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The Violent Left is in Denial

The Violent Left is in Denial

We millennials have finally crossed the threshold  as a generation, like many generations before us, wherein the political left is willing to justify its worldview and its half-truths with violence. The riots at UC Berkeley and the violent portions of the anti-Trump inauguration protests are not by themselves a threat to the stability of the United States. However, it is disconcerting that the mediasphere,  including a cacophony of histrionic voices on social media from everyday garden-variety leftists, has  already begun to generate a narrative of justification for violent acts as a “legitimate” response to words and/or potential policies they might not like. This is dangerous.

Moreover, this is not a courtesy  that is extended to the political right when the tables are turned. While the neckbeards and Bernie bros cling to the popular vote of the most recent presidential election to justify any and every act of civil disobedience (even when the activities veer into the realm of criminality), they neglect to discuss how and why both houses of Congress are red. The two most likely options are unflattering to this demographic. Either (A) The Democratic Party does not have the backing of the people, including demographics they once thought they held a monopoly over, and are out of touch with the spirit of the current age in America or (B) the demographics out on the streets protesting were too lazy or apathetic to be bothered to vote. This social force’s own inability to connect with and mobilize ordinary Americans is the very reason Trump has carte blanche to enact any conservative reforms he wants.

What are they protesting exactly? Words? Attitudes? A certain “feeling” that Trump will not represent the groups they want represented? (And to hell with everyone else, of course!) Where is the logic in this? The President once engaged in “locker room talk”. Clearly this indicates he means to strip female CEOs of their positions to reallocate them to Klansmen.  Surely, he will send these poor newly jobless women on their way to the menstrual hut thereafter. Look at their slogans: “NO TRUMP, NO KKK, NO FASCIST USA” They’re conflating three separate things. What is this, far-right intersectionality?

Please.

These geniuses could never correctly identify a fascist. If Mussolini ran for office today as a Democrat, they’d recognize and embrace most of his policies as their own . Mussolini in turn would love his new electorate – Mussolini, the atheist who identified as a socialist for much of his early life and career. What are life, liberty, and property rights when weighed against “the cause” or “the state” or “social justice?”

It also goes without saying that the KKK had a long, intimate history of association with the Democratic Party. See more: http://www.history.com/topics/ku-klux-klan

The silver lining is that their excessive reactions will undermine their own agenda.  The Hollywood elites are distant enough from ordinary Americans as it is, but the gulf will only widen as they throw themselves fully into a revolution no one asked for . We see it over every Trumpian policy. The left loses their mind over a “Muslim Ban” that restricts people of all faiths from the seven Muslim-majority countries (out of about 50) determined by the Obama administration. They lose their minds over Trump’s deportations, even though it is unlikely that he’ll deport more than Obama did. Whether it be an economic proposal that could have come from the mouth of Bernie Sanders, all the way to saying that men can’t use the girls room if they feel like it, the hysteria is truly out of control. Soon enough, even the most complacent and ill-informed Americans will understand the game that “liberal” elites play.

When  Pompey had control of the Patricians, Caesar used the Plebs to his advantage. What would happen if the Plebs ever found out how exactly they were being used, or if they understood that wealthy liberals have something to gain from all their “altruism?” Bread and circuses until the coffers are emptied, anything to widen the gap. It is fine for the poor to be poorer in the long term so long as the rich be less rich, as Margaret Thatcher correctly identified. She only omitted that it was the rich families that the liberal establishment does not like that are reduced. Wealthy families in bed with the liberal agenda always seem to come out on top, greatly enriched; “charity” indeed. Every time a Debra Messing or a Sarah Silverman or a Lea DeLaria tweets to incite violence, the timer starts on when ordinary people will inevitably ask: “Where are they?” It’s not their children being arrested. These celebrities gladly send out legions of fans to do their dirty work. What’s the loss of few pawns compared to “the greater good?”

To the thugs who now call themselves “anarchists,” but eschew the Non-Aggression Principle, I ask: “Where were you for the last eight years of Obama’s statism? Why are you only anarchists when the policies jeopardize bread and circuses?” And finally, “Are you really that dense?”

They are not anarchists just because they desire to be ruled by a different faction of the elite. They think they’re communists, which makes them useful idiots for manipulative “progressive” elites to maintain their own power, status, privilege, and all the other naughty buzzwords. There is no greater hypocrisy. Black is white and red is blue if a progressive sophist can spin it in a way that favors his master. This entrenchment of privilege manifests itself in the dynasty, the political family.

“Progressive political families.” Isn’t that contrary to all their platitudes about redressing problematic privilege? You bet it is! For example, Senator  Chuck Schumer and “comedian” Amy Schumer are two tentacles of the same squid. Chuckie writes the policy and Amy justifies it to the public at large through her medium. That’s why a fan base is collected. If it’s not a product being sold; it’s an ideology. Progressive news anchorman Anderson Cooper is of Vanderbilt stock. These champagne socialists and limousine liberals really do have blue blood. The American liberal elite are so inbred they put the Hapsburgs to shame. Tell us again about the needs of the working classes. Refugees welcome indeed. To use a Lefty technique: I don’t see any of them volunteering to take in these refugees or illegal immigrants into their homes. Of course not, they just want to use the apparently unlimited budget of the federal government to add more and more people to our spectacular welfare system, and more low-skill level workers into the work force, while we struggle to even take care of our own. The moral posturing is really something. To these privileged progressives: enjoy your cheap labor while a veteran starves.

 

Alternative Facts: The “Pro-Choice” Argument

Alternative Facts: The “Pro-Choice” Argument

 

This week marks the 44th anniversary of the worst Supreme Court decision since Plessy vs Ferguson, Roe vs Wade. 7 of the 9 unelected human beings on the Court ruled that it is a Constitutional Right for a mother to kill her child, depending on location. One of the most consistently well-attended, and greatly ignored yearly protests, The March for Life, is set for this Friday in D.C.. President Trump re-signed into law Reagan’s policy of not providing federal funds to any international organization that kills babies, Paul Ryan is leading the charge to defund Planned Parenthood, and we’ve been promised a pro-life Supreme Court Justice. All signs so far point to this administration being very against killing babies, and one of the most sure-fire ways to watch the Left lose their minds is to get in their way of killing babies.

So why is it that those on the Left advocate so strongly for the “right” to kill babies? If you ask them, they’ll give you a plethora of meaningless answers including, but not limited to: “It’s no one’s business what I do with my body,” “It’s not murder because it’s just a bundle of cells that needs me to survive,” “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries,” “People will still do it whether it’s legal or not,” and the ultimate “Women’s Rights are Human Rights.” Let’s take a look at some of these arguments.

Probably the loudest thing you’ve seen on your social media, or on the news from the “Woman’s March,” is TRUMP/MEN/OTHER PEOPLE DON’T GET TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO WITH MY BODY. They’re, of course, correct. As I’m fond of saying, nobody cares what other people do with their private lives. Those who are pro-life tend to lean to the Conservative side. They are not supportive of the government being all up in your business.  So, let me say it very clearly for those in the back: I do not care what you do with your body. Not one bit. Live your life. I do care, however, what you do to the body inside your body. The Atlantic recently released a pro-abortion piece called “How the UltraSound Pushed the Idea that the Fetus is a Person.” This was in the same section as “How the Telescope Propagandized that There are Other Planets” and “How the X-Ray Made People Think that Bones Break.” The actual science deniers strike again. Contrary to the alternative facts used to justify the killing, there is a human being present inside every pregnant woman. You may not care, but your attempts to say there isn’t one are provably untrue. It’s literally science.

This brings us to the “Bundle of Cells” argument. Those who perpetuate this are either ignorant or liars. First off, I’m just a bundle of cells, you reading this are just a bundle of cells, and my daughter was a bundle of cells from the moment of her conception until this moment right now when I wish she was a sleeping bundle of cells. The particular number of cells in the bundle does not affect the humanity of said bundle. Location also doesn’t determine the humanity of a Bundle of Cells. Everyone agrees (for now) that once a baby is born, you shouldn’t be allowed to murder them. What is the difference in humanity between that moment, and the moment before when the child was still inside the mother? I wasn’t aware that vaginas magically bestow humanity.

Another popular argument is that women should be able to kill babies because those parasitic bundles of cells are dependent on them for survival. For those who don’t know this, the umbilical cord is still attached after the magical birth canal bestows rights on the baby. It appears we have reached an impasse. The location has changed, the baby is out, yet the bundle of cells is STILL anatomically attached. What do we do?! Your children are going to be living off your body in one way or another for at least 18 years (30 years if they major in Gender and Diversity Studies). So, does dependency take humanity away? If so, does a baby who is born, but requires life-support, not have a right to life? Can I suck out my father’s brains once he becomes too old and senile to live on his own? Get back to me, time is of the essence with this one.

We’re now going to play a small game called “When can we kill this baby?” using knowledge from a decade-old high school Child Development textbook. You can’t legally kill the human person once they’re born. Some pro-choicers, who aren’t completely murderous, believe that there should be a cut-off date. So Let’s Play! Months 7-9: The baby could survive outside the womb and utilizes 4 of the 5 senses. Ok to kill? Months 5-6: The baby is practicing their breathing with amniotic fluid, reflexively grasps the umbilical cord, and the mother and father can both feel very active movement. Ok to kill? Month 4 (this is the earliest the term “late term abortion” is used): Baby recognizes their mother’s voice, and their brains are capable of REM sleep, where dreaming occurs. Ok to kill? Week 12: Baby has all the nerves to experience pain, has vocal chords, and sucks their thumb. Ok to kill? Week 8: All organs are in place, bones begin to replace cartilage, and the baby can hear. Ok to kill? Week 6: Brainwaves detected, mouth and nose distinguished. Ok to kill? Day 22: The baby’s heart is beating the baby’s blood, which is often different than the mother’s blood type. Ok to kill? Most of us agree it is bad to kill innocent humans. You tell me where the humanity begins. If you cannot say with any certainty when is the precise moment that Bundle of Cells magically turns into a person with inalienable rights, then the only option is to err on the side of preserving those rights.

Speaking of people who care about humanity, there is a lie promulgated by the pro-abortion crowd that all pro-lifers (and Conservatives in general) are just crazy religious folk that wish to impose a theocracy, and force their religious convictions upon all citizens. This is the “Rosaries off My Ovaries” shtick. Let me make something clear: Abortion is not a religious issue. It is a Human Rights issue. The Bible also condemns theft. Should that be legal because most major religions are against it? There are things that are right and things that are wrong no matter how you were raised, what you do on Sunday mornings, or who/what you worship. It doesn’t seem unreasonable to lump killing a child into that category.

Now that we’ve established that people are people and you don’t get to frivolously kill them, how do we feel about the “people are still going to have abortions even if you evil men outlaw it” argument? I don’t feel that I need to get into this too much. As is the case with every law, outlawing abortion would not completely elimate the practice, but it would significantly reduce the amount of it, as well as send a clear message that this is an unacceptable act. Evil actions should not be permitted in any society.

If you want to make certain decisions with your life, again, have a fun time. There is, unfortunately this thing called reality that the Left hates so much. I don’t know how to break this to you, but there are consequences for your actions and YOU have to deal with them, not the government. Take responsibility for yourself. Be a grown up. You have a right to make dumb decisions with your body, you do not have the right to have Daddy Government help you deal with the repercussions.

So, what did we learn today? Unborn babies are human beings. It is wrong to kill innocent human beings. The right to life is a founding principle of this country. All the time. No situation or circumstance makes it acceptable to kill innocent human beings. I find it deeply hypocritical that those who are so concerned about their perceived “rights” are willing to overlook actual rights. Namely, the right to be alive. Those who push the pro-abortion agenda are either ignorant to these facts, or are aware of them, and simply don’t care. In this era where any information you seek is a click away, which is worse? I’ll let you make that choice.

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Luke Garrison is currently studying Criminal Law and Constitutional Theory at Seattle University Law School, and is a graduate of The Catholic University of America. For Questions, Comments, or Hate Mail, he can be reached at contact@lukegarrison.com. To hear more from Luke, follow him on Twitter: @_lukegarrison.

Why Conservatism Is On The Rise (And Will Continue to Grow)

Why Conservatism Is On The Rise (And Will Continue to Grow)

As we swear in our new president amid protests and bellyaching, there are many questions about where this is all going to lead us.  No one would deny that the majority of people across America, and across the world for that matter, woke up shocked the day after Election Day 2016.  Even Conservatives who kept the faith, were not willing to bet the farm on a Trump victory.  So how did Conservatism withstand the year-long onslaught from the left, and end up with commanding control of two branches of the Federal government?

Let me start off by saying that I am going to use generalizations, superlatives, and speak in black and whites, not greys.  If that bothers you, then I suggest you do two things.  First, understand that this is both silly and not possible to try to include all attitudes and opinions when you are discussing something that covers millions of people.  There will inevitably be those who say, “Since I don’t feel that way, this writer must be an idiot!”  Don’t be that person.  The second thing I suggest you do is relax and read on.   Whether the ideas expressed by others apply exactly to you or not, that in no way dismisses their validity.

For those of you who do not understand the meaning of the word “Conservative” in America today, let me help you. Democrats in the government and the media would have you believe that being a Conservative means “unwilling or incapable of change”, “intolerant of anyone who is different than you”, or “refusing to move forward”.  In actuality, it does not mean any of those things.  Being a Conservative simply means that you value the traditions of the past.  Conservatives understand that the traditions of the past are the cornerstones which every single American has stood upon to get to where they are today.  That is not an arguable point. Whether you believe as strongly as Conservatives do in those traditions or not, you cannot deny that this country was built upon them.  Traditions such as natural rights, freedom, sovereignty of the individual over the state, the social contract, a free market, Judeo-Christian foundations of morality, and the belief in the exceptionalism of this country as the rightful and well-earned leader of the free world.  These are the American traditions that Conservatives want to “conserve.”  Conservatives believe that these ideas are to be revered, preserved, and fought for.  Why?  Because, as previously stipulated, they are the reason why every one of us has the truly amazing life we enjoy today in this country.

If you are now having a breakdown, and feel the need to inform me of all the American traditions that have been ugly and hurtful to people, then please try to remove such emotionalism from an intellectual conversation.  Bringing emotional evidence to an intellectual discussion is puerile.  So let’s not do it, please.  Yes, there have been things in our American past that were wrong and downright despicable; things in our history of which we are not proud.  Here is what you need to remember about those things – they were all done by people.  People can be bad.  People can hurt others.  Any time that people are involved, there is the chance that they will do something terrible.  It was people who killed Native Americans, people who owned slaves, people who destroyed lives in the name of weeding out Communism, and people who forced blacks to drink out of separate water fountains and used loaded weapons to block their access to white schools.  It is people who abuse and beat homosexuals nearly to death.  And it is people who loot and burn buildings while pretending to be supporting a cause.  All these acts are committed by people, not ideas.  These awful incidents are not traditions of America, these are actions by people.

When I speak of American traditions, I am speaking of ideas, not actions. What makes Conservatives angry, and what propelled Americans to so roundly reject a Hillary presidency, is the constant assault on those traditions by those on the Left.  During the presidential campaign, a co-worker of mine (an admitted Liberal) said to me, “It is clear that our country is moving to the Left.  The pendulum is swinging to a more liberal nation.  Why don’t you Conservatives just accept that your ideas are dying, and give up?”  On that day, I understood why Liberals make me so angry.  It is not enough for them to think differently than we do.  We must accept that they are right and we are wrong, and give up all the things that we hold dear; give up our very foundation and core beliefs.  That’s the only thing that will satisfy Liberals.  Conservatives must fully accept the death of their value system and embrace the Left wing’s value system in its stead. They will accept nothing less.  I will not do that.  Let’s just say that our American society is indeed moving to the left.  That point is arguable, but let’s say that it’s true.  The exchange of one value system for another in a society is not proof that the new value system is superior.  Yes, there are examples where a certain new set of values has been proven to be verifiably better than the old set of values, but that does not mean you could argue that it is always the case.  A very quick evaluation of history will tell you this.  One only has to look at the changes in values that occurred in the Roman Empire, pre-WWII Germany, and the championing of the “White Man’s Burden” all across Europe during the Age of Imperialism to see that it would be an unsustainable argument to make.

There are many changes happening in the United States today that people on the left characterize as “progressive.”  In many instances these changes contradict the traditions and values that this country was built upon.  True Conservatives don’t hate Americans who support or vote for these changes.  They just do not believe that supplanting the values and traditions that America was founded upon is a good path for this country.  It’s that simple.  That view is not rooted in hatred, bigotry, or fear.  It’s a simple disagreement on what is best for this country’s future.

So be whomever who you want to be.  Believe in whatever you want to believe in.  That is a foundational tradition that America is based on, and one which Conservatives want to conserve.  Just let me have my own beliefs too. To punctuate my earlier point, what makes Conservatives so angry, and propels people like Donald Trump to the presidency, is Liberal contempt for our values.  From Hillary calling us deplorable, to Al Gore referring to Conservatives as the extra chromosome crowd, we are repeatedly told that if you hold Conservative values you are hateful, despicable, and mentally challenged. We are told this by the press, the media, celebrities, members of Congress, and presidential candidates.  This is why Conservatives were so incensed in this latest election cycle.  Issue after issue, Conservatives are demonized by Liberals for their conservative values.  At times, it truly boggles the mind.  Family, the life of an unborn child, protecting our borders, the right to defend yourself, responsible sex, and self-reliance.  Do these sound to you like values that were created by Satan?  These are not things that devils value, but you might think so if you listen to the way that Liberals characterize Conservatives who dare to stand up for these values.

One of the effects of Trump’s victory that has given Conservatives so much pleasure is the gallons of Liberal tears flowing since the election.  This does not please them because Liberals are upset (well, maybe a little), but it pleases them because it validates everything that I have been saying here.  How could Liberals not have seen this coming?  In what universe do Liberals think that abusing people would not lead to vigorous pushback?  Donald Trump did not win because Conservatives felt such a tight kinship to him, or a passionate ideological connection.  I assure you, the vast majority of Conservatives did not, and do not, feel those things for President Trump.  He won because of the vicious assault on our core beliefs, and the steady drumbeat of name calling and degradation by American Liberals.  This is not a new machination in the Liberal approach to civil discourse.  This goes back decades.  Don’t forget Alec Baldwin inciting thousands of people to chant for the stoning of the family of the man who was appointed to investigate Bill Clinton’s criminal activity.  A professor friend of mine, who is far wiser than I, was telling me recently that every year his students always ask him, “If Christians were so abused, persecuted, feared, and slaughtered for entertainment in the early days of the religion, how was Christianity able to survive and become the largest religion in the world?”  His answer is simple. When you assault someone’s core beliefs, it only makes those beliefs stronger.  Injury breeds resistance.  Donald Trump defeated a person who by all accounts should have completely run away with this election because Conservatives have had enough injury.

Being unified as a country does not mean that we all have to agree.  It does mean that we have to be respectful of each other’s viewpoints.  It’s OK that half of this country believes in the complete opposite of the other half.  Actual Conservatives, the kind who honestly value the traditions outlined above, do not hate you because you are gay, have had an abortion, or feel that there is a conspiracy of white police officers to kill American blacks.  Be who you want to be.  We support your right of thought and expression, and will fight to keep the government from forcing you to change.  We just would really appreciate it if you support ours as well.  We will never move forward as a country if anyone who disagrees with you deserves to be treated like dirt.

Fascism and The Left’s Hypocrisy

Fascism and The Left’s Hypocrisy

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As we have seen in the majority of recent political discourse, the Left loves to name call. The Left knows that they can’t win any policy arguments, so they attack your character or just shout their feelings really loudly in an attempt to derail the argument. This is especially true now that a reality TV star defeated their candidate. Throughout the years, depending on the events, their favorite meaningless buzzwords change. During the Obama regime, the word “racist” was king. Everything and everyone who wasn’t all-in Left was racist, didn’t you know? I think that one of the reasons there has been so much delicious Liberal outrage is not only Hillary’s glorious defeat, but knowing that they’ll have to put “sexist” on the back burner until next time, and think of a new insult to hurl at those who dare oppose them. Their anger has set their hair on fire, and they can’t think of anything original, so they’re recycling “fascist” from the Bush years. Trump is a fascist, Trump’s cabinet picks are fascists, Trump’s voters are fascists, and even if you didn’t vote for Trump, you’re a fascist for supporting anything he does. As is the case with all the words the Left has overused to the point of meaninglessness, the narrative runs something like: “Yes, we know we’ve called everyone we don’t like racist/sexist/bigot/fascist, but we REALLY mean it this time.” So, it’s time to talk about what Fascism is, as well as why the Left has both no idea what they’re talking about, and the genuine hypocrisy that is the Left saying the word “fascist” if they’re not looking in a mirror.

It is difficult not to outwardly laugh at the Leftists who call Donald Trump and his Cabinet appointees fascists after we watched them mourn the death of Fidel Castro. The same people who weep about how terrible Donald Trump is, and shriek all the terrible things he is going to do that violate human rights, talk about what an effective leader Fidel Castro was. Yes. Really. This isn’t just the Left of the Unites States, by the way. From Obama talking about “the countless ways Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, and families, of the Cuban Nation,” Jimmy Carter saying that he only remembers his visits with Fidel in Cuba fondly and Castro’s “love for his country,” to the Prime Minister of Canada, to the Palestinian Dictator, to Vladimir Putin, to Chinese Dictator Xi Jinping, Leftists all over the world wept that one of their own had fallen.

To set the record straight: Fidel Castro destroyed Cuba’s flourishing economy, teamed up with Che Guevara, another mass murdering fellow who is glorified by the Left (you’ve seen him on T-shirts. I promise), he arrested and executed thousands of dissenters including anyone who tried to escape the hell-hole, and he begged the Soviet Union to attack the United States during the 1960’s Cuban Missile Crisis. A quick note about the amazing Cuban Healthcare system you’re probably hearing about: it’s all a lie. There are three tiers of Cuban Healthcare. The bottom tier of the healthcare system, which the majority of Cubans citizens qualify for, is so terrible and poor that when you go to the hospital you need to provide your own sheets, toilet paper, and light bulbs for the room. Doctors reuse latex gloves. As for their “legendary” low infant mortality rate, they have an astronomically high abortion rate because they murder any child who shows even the slightest issue in-utero. Their system only works for those in the top two tiers: the Cuban elites, and wealthy foreigners like Michael Moore. Regardless of these facts, you’ll hear Bernie Sanders and company referencing Cuba as a role model for the United States.

Why would anyone have anything nice to say about Fidel Castro? The reason is actually quite simple: The Left does not care about evil acts committed as long as they are in the name of the Leftist agenda. Moral Relativism runs rampant in the Leftist mind. You can be a mass murdering dictator, but if you are seeking the same collectivist utopia that the Left seeks, they can look past it. The Left’s entire ideology is centered around the idea of equality of outcome, rather than equality of opportunity. The rights of individuals impede the “greater good” of the state. This is in part because to the Left, rights are endowed by the State, so the State can give and take-away individual rights based upon whatever they want to do that day. This is one of the many reasons that every fascist, socialist, and communist regime has been so successful throughout history… or am I getting that confused?

Let’s look at Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition of what this word actually means: “Fascism-a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.” Now let’s see…race over individual…centralized autocratic government…economic and social regimentation…suppression of opposition… Does this sound like anyone we know? Refer back to my piece on the Left hating free speech.

With that definition in mind, why is it generally accepted that the Republicans are the fascists? The Left holds on to only two areas of fascism, and runs with them: nationalistic pride, and the general tendency of those on the right be religious. They create this certifiably false claim that all Republicans are trying to impose their religion onto the whole country. Side note: they also ignore the fact that while we do have Freedom of Religion in this country, Judeo-Christian values greatly influenced the founding documents of this country, as well as the Laws of any successful country in history. To say otherwise is willfully ignorant.

The Left equates nationalistic pride with ethnic pride, specifically, white supremacy. This comes from an understanding of History. In the past, the reason nationalistic pride and ethnic pride have been linked is because the people of many other countries in the world have a set race. For the most part, Ethiopians are black, Germans are White, Chinese are Asian, Mexicans are Hispanic. So when Hitler talked about German supremacy, he literally meant killing all those who weren’t Aryan. The idea that Trump is “literally Hitler” because he wants to “Make America Great Again” and is “America First” is ridiculous. America has no set race. Americans are people of every color. The faction of Trump supporters that are white supremacists is a small percentage, but the media disproportionately reports on them because it feeds their narrative and, more importantly, makes them a lot of money.

While Trump is certainly not a Fascist in the way the Left believes, there are some things we should be worried about and, no, they’re not his tweets. Everyone is very excited about Trump “saving jobs” with his Carrier deal. While you’re excited that Trump did a good thing, and on the surface this seems like an inherent good, you need to think with a clear head. As I’ve said before, Trump does not stand for small government. Trump saved between 800-1000 jobs by bullying Carrier with the threat of imposed tariffs. In other words, the government said to a business “Do what I want or I will ruin you.” This is the same crony capitalism that Trump was so against during his campaign. Just because we are getting what we want in more jobs, does not mean that the principle changes. If you were pro-Free Trade during Obama’s presidency, and now have switched to being pro-Protectionism simply because that’s what Donald Trump says we should do, you just might be the problem.

This is my biggest problem with the Trump election. Our principles don’t change just because “our guy” won the White House. Worship principles not people. Setting aside that the federal government has no Constitutional authority to dictate the behavior of a private business, this move does not encourage a free market. The solution to companies trying to outsource their businesses is not to punish them, it is to fix the reasons they want to leave. It is wrong for the government to tell a business that they must bake someone a cake, and it is wrong for the government to tell a business they must operate in a certain sector. We must be consistent. We all need to keep an eye on Trump’s economic policies and ideologies, and call him out when he does something bad, because we know we won’t hear anything about these types of things from the media. As we’ve discussed, the Left is willing to allow the branches of fascism that violate basic human rights, if everything is fair economically. It is also becoming obvious that we won’t be able to rely on Republicans to call Trump out on something they would have scolded Obama for doing.

The Left uses intimidation or physical violence to block any viewpoint not in line with their policies of thought policing, “settled science,” and inevitable economic ruin. They are trying to establish the Orwellian Thought Police, and lock up all of us intolerant Conservatives who dare to propose another line of thought. The fact that Leftists call any non-Leftist a fascist is borderline satirical. I hope they keep this nonsense up, as we all should, because this will almost guarantee more Conservative victories, and Lefty tears, in 2018 and 2020. The Republican Party isn’t perfect by any means, and we need to hold their feet to the fire, but as we’ve seen this year, imperfection Trumps fascism.

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Luke Garrison is currently studying Criminal Law and Constitutional Theory at Seattle University Law School, and is a graduate of The Catholic University of America. For Questions, Comments, or Hate Mail, he can be reached at contact@lukegarrison.com. To hear more from Luke: Subscribe, using the mail icon, and follow him on Twitter: @_lukegarrison.

President Trump: A Reality Check

President Trump: A Reality Check

trump-smileDonald Trump has proven me wrong every step of the way. I did not think he would win the primaries, and I certainly didn’t think he would win the election. Even though he was the lesser of two evils, I could not vote for him because he is truly evil. That didn’t change because he won the election. Rather than list all my reasons I could not vote for nor support Trump, I will direct you to my first piece. In their latest disservice to America, the Left has made everyone forget all the bad things about Trump. I’ll only speak for myself, but so far my happiness about a Hillary loss, and everyone on the Left entering a dark place of despair where there has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth, has far outweighed my fear and skepticism for a Trump presidency. As always, reality is more important than feelings. The enemy of your enemy is not always your friend. Both Democrats and Republicans need to be honest about Trump. It’s time for a reality check. #ActuallyHeISYourPresident, so let’s take a quick dip into The Good and The Bad of President-Elect Donald Trump.

The Good

Term Limits: This is a good thing that everyone should be getting behind, no matter which side of the aisle you’re on. Career politicians will do anything to keep their seat, only caring to benefit themselves. It is extremely difficult to dislodge an incumbent, with between 80%-90% retaining their position each election. Limiting the number of terms would ensure the true representative of the people was in the seat, and add another check to preventing an oligarchy.

Scale back Economic Regulations: “For every new regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.” This will allow the Free Market to actually function, compared to an Obama regime that regulated the economy to a standstill. He proposes a number of possible policies to lift some of Obama’s stranglehold on the market, and most of them seem plausible. I have the opinion that our current government sucks at almost everything, so these types of policies are particularly exciting for me.

National Security and Constitutional Rule of Law: He proposes Five actions. Cancel all of Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders, fill Scalia’s seat with a Justice who cares about the Constitution, cancel funding to sanctuary cities, remove illegal immigrants, and impose extreme vetting on all people entering our country from terror-prone regions. He has gone back and forth between whether or not he will accept a fence, but this is, of course, not the point. It doesn’t matter if it’s a wall, a fence, or a crocodile-infested moat. The point is that the illegal crossings of the border get shut down. Important Points: There is nothing for legal immigrants to be concerned about. Preventing another ISIS attack on our soil is more important than maybe hurting the feelings of Muslim immigrants by thoroughly vetting them. Everyone who tries to come here should be thoroughly vetted. If you do not follow the laws for legal immigration to this country, you don’t get to stay. These are not controversial statements. We are a sovereign country. Sovereign countries have laws and borders that must be respected.

Restoring Community Safety Act: More cops lead to less crime. That is basic stuff. Lawmakers shouldn’t be afraid of being called racist, or accused of racially profiling. Reality is reality. Again, stopping the crime is objectively more important than hurting subjective feelings. Stop the crime, improve the communities, businesses will want to open there, which provides jobs and other economic benefits. Would you want to open a business in a city where the store will get robbed, or you’ll get mugged walking back to your car?

School Choice: The public education system in this country is, at best, troubled. I place the blame mainly on tenure and lack of school choice. If teachers can’t be fired, they have no reason to do a good job.  If the students have no choice but to attend a particular school, that school has no incentive to perform well. This is why the DMV sucks, you can’t “just go somewhere else,” so why should they care if they give terrible customer service after you’ve waited 3 hours?

The Bad

I’ve already discussed Trump’s character. There are many terrible things to talk about. At the end of the day, a president can still be an effective leader even if he is a terrible person. We have survived this before, the most recent and prominent being Woodrow Wilson and Bill Clinton. As I’ve also discussed before, Trump is no hero of Conservatism in all his policies. We must be honest about him.

On the books, Trump has only one consistent ideology that I take issue with: his Free Trade Opposition. Trump and Openly-Socialist Bernie Sanders have almost the same position on this. That should tell you something. The solution to foreign competition is not punishing people for going with the competition, the solution is being better than the competition and incentivizing Americans to stay domestic.

My issue with Trump’s policies so far, especially those “hot topics,” is that he is very inconsistent. From little things that don’t matter, Fence vs Wall, to things that really do matter, like what he plans to do with Obamacare. On 60 Minutes last week, Trump said that he would be keeping in the “pre-exisiting conditions” part of Obamacare in his “much better” plan, which he is yet to spell out, in case you haven’t noticed. That’s a major reason that premiums are skyrocketing, and Obamacare is failing. Insurance companies make money because they bet that you are not going to get very sick. You can’t buy fire insurance after your house burns down.  A non-smoker has a much lower chance of needing help than the guy who has smoked “a pack a day” for 50 years, so the non-smoker pays significantly less per month. Americans would rather take the penalty, than pay for an over-priced insurance they don’t need.

I said in my last piece that Trump believes nothing, and would say anything to get elected. He shows not only inconsistency in policy promises, but inconsistency in logic. In the interview last week, he said the following two things: that he would appoint Justices to the Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v Wade, and return abortion laws to the States AND that his position on gay marriage is “irrelevant because it’s already settled. It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. It’s done.” Regardless of your position on these topics, you must see that there’s a flaw here. Also, this is a very Leftist way of thinking. “Just the way it is” is only acceptable if it’s something you personally support.

Trump has softened on his three strongest selling points in the primary and general election: He said he would repeal Obamacare, and now he says that he is going to keep the most damaging aspect. He was one of the strongest candidates on illegal immigration, one of the reasons I think he won the primary, and now has pivoted to almost an identical position that he smashed Marco Rubio for in the primaries. He also for the last year has been the candidate of “Lock Her Up” and “the special prosecutor,” and now says that he will not pursue Clinton because she’s “a good person.” Now I understand that this is just politics, and he is trying to bring the sides together, but this was a major part of his campaign. He also hired a lobbyist, Mike Catanzaro, to lead his energy team despite the strong stance he took against lobbyists having a role in government. These are just a few of his flip-flops, and individually they don’t seem like a big deal, but what is coming next?

Final Thoughts

President-Elect Trump hasn’t done anything yet. Almost everything people are overly concerned about is simply based on media-hype and speculation. I have already addressed a few of the biggest issues those on the left have, and here I’d like to address a few more.

I implore all people in the United States to read the Constitution and the Federalist Papers. From those, we need to clarify two important things: what your rights actually are, and what powers the president has. I hear too often from many Americans “WE HAVE A RIGHT TO… (insert thing they don’t have a right to).” Just because you want something, doesn’t mean you’re entitled to it. There is a reason we have so vehemently opposed Obama’s overreaches for the last 8 years. The office of the presidency was not intended to have this much power. You supported Obama using the Constitution as toilet paper because you were getting what you want. Did you really think the pendulum wouldn’t swing back?

I won’t speculate on Trump’s potential cabinet picks. As far as his current picks that are causing people to lose their minds: We all need to hope that Reince Priebus has more power than Steve Bannon. I also think it’s important to note that Bannon is not a white supremacist. He’s a nefarious man who has ruined Breitbart News, and panders to the alt-right white supremacists. There is zero evidence that he is one himself, though I know that evidence doesn’t matter to the Left. I mean, how could the Huffington Post be wrong? You should be much more concerned about his economic ideas. In regards to Jeff Sessions: He was prevented from attaining a judgeship in 1986 due to alleged “racist remarks.” His factual track record, however, shows quite the opposite. He desegregated schools in Alabama, and led the prosecution of a KKK leader, who he ensured was executed by the way, which led to a seven-million-dollar civil suit, which broke the Klan in Alabama. So, he might be racist, but he also fiercely battled racism. Refer to what I said earlier about bad people/good leaders. You’re going to draw your own conclusions, but those are the facts.

No, he’s not going to put Muslim citizens on a registry. This is a myth. As we’ve said, he will implement a strong vetting process for those who try to enter the country, or suspend immigration from ISIS affected areas of the world until that vetting system is ready. This will not be a repeat of World War II, on any side, let’s calm down a bit.

Yes, Trump is going to act to remove your ability to murder unborn humans, and he’s certainly going to stop forcing tax payers to fund your convenience killings and your birth control. If Trump is all the horrible things you say he is, and you’re most worried about birth control and abortion, you might want to re-evaluate yourself as a human.

As mentioned above, Trump’s clearly not against gay marriage. All the Mike Pence demonization from the Left is the same stuff they’ve said about every hard-right Christian Republican for the last decade, so no one cares. Trump defends certain Religious Freedom Acts. Religious Freedom is both what allows for same-sex marriage of those who wish to take part AND what forbids forcing Christian businesses to take part. You cannot have one without the other. You don’t have to like it, I don’t have to like it, they don’t have to like it, but that’s the whole point. You have a right to live as you please. You do not have a right to force others to live as you please. Expecting millennia-old religions to completely abandon their doctrine for the sake of your feelings is incredibly selfish. Stop it.

This is nowhere near a complete list, and we are learning more every day, but it is vitally important, for the sake of the country, to be honest about Trump. For Republicans, call him out when he does bad stuff. For Democrats, you need to accept that he’s going to do good stuff. I’ll end on a final word to Liberals: If you’re ready to impeach him over tweets about Hamilton, you won’t be taken seriously when he does something actually terrible. Your volume is turned all the way up, and he hasn’t even stepped into office. It won’t be as bad as you think. I have always been honest about Trump, and will continue to be honest about him. Good and Bad. If he attempts to overreach on power, I will call him on it. If he attempts to take away yours, or any American’s actual rights, I will turn my volume all the way up and fight for you.

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Luke Garrison is currently studying Criminal Law and Constitutional Theory at Seattle University Law School, and is a graduate of The Catholic University of America. For Questions, Comments, or Hate Mail, he can be reached at contact@lukegarrison.com. To hear more from Luke: Subscribe, using the mail icon, and follow him on Twitter: @_lukegarrison.

The Left is Winning the War on Free Speech

The Left is Winning the War on Free Speech

censoredHillary Clinton is about to take over the White House, backed by her army of social-justice warriors and new-age feminists who stand for Tolerance and Diversity… assuming you totally conform to their beliefs and support every one of their agendas. Should you not bend the knee to them, they will destroy you. We see outspoken Conservatives lose their jobs and have their reputations destroyed, simply because they do not comply with the current acceptable “group think.” We are watching, in real time, the United States slip into an Orwellian nightmare.

The central locations for this borderline-fascist movement are American college campuses. Since the 1960’s, colleges have decided to appease the violent leftist students, rather than combat them. The compromise has been “you stop rioting, we promise to teach about how awful America is, and to further your victim narrative.” Those appeased hippie-rioters are now the leaders of Academia. They are passing the torch of Leftist insanity from generation to generation, seeking to verbally and/or physically bully all those who disagree with their ideals, or lack thereof.

We’ll start with the most important, controversial, offensive tradition of our time: Halloween. Yes, that’s right. The tradition of children dressing up in fun costumes and being allowed to take candy from strangers in recent years, has become more about adults putting on lingerie and having too much to drink. So, upon which aspects of Collegiate Halloween are the social justice warriors focusing? Binge-drinking? Sexual assault? Nope! Not important. The most important travesty to prevent this Halloween is whether a person’s choice of costume is offensive to anyone anywhere ever. Aren’t you glad we’re focused on the important issues?

In 2015, Yale’s “Intercultural Affairs Committee” released a statement telling the students of the University which costumes they should not wear because they could cause offense. Nicholas Christakis, a Yale professor, and his wife Erika, a lecturer in psychology, had the audacity to question the statement’s censoring and controlling implications. What ensued was a campaign of character defamation and public shaming started by a small portion of the “ever-tolerant” Left on campus, simply because they injected a different line of thought into discussion. There is a viral video that shows an exchange between Nicholas and Jerelyn Luther, one of the social justice warriors (hereafter referred to as: SJWs). Jerelyn is seen shrieking at Nicholas, calling him “disgusting,” telling him to “be quiet” when he tries to explain himself, and yelling that “he should not sleep at night” because of what he’s done. She screams “Who the f*ck hired you?!” (Spoiler alert: she did. She was on the hiring committee that brought him to Yale). Both Nicholas and his wife have stepped down at Yale. A celebrated victory for Diversity and Tolerance.

In 2016, NYU Professor Michael Rectenwald was forced to go on “paid leave” after tweeting, from an anonymous account against the ridiculous aspects of the “politically correct” or “outrage” culture. He chose to make the account anonymous due to the reactions he faced, like the Yale professors faced, when he voiced his opinion. In early October, he used his Twitter persona to criticize the recent attempts to “protect students from uncomfortable speech.” After admitting that he was behind the account, he was brought in and told that he was being put on leave because the administration was concerned about his mental health. In an interview with the NY Post, Rectenwald said “They had no reason to believe my mental health was in question, unless having a differing opinion makes you insane.”

The silencing of different opinions does not only apply to the professors of these institutions. They are also in the business of banning Conservative speakers that are brought in by student clubs or associations. North Carolina University banned speakers Katie Pavlich and Ann McElhinney, DePaul University banned Ben Shapiro, William’s College banned John Derbyshire, Warwick University banned Maryam Namazie, Fordham banned Ann Coulter, Brandeis University banned Ayaan Hirsi Ali… this list goes on… Should, by accident, one of the evil Conservatives make it through the vetting process, they are met with riots, screaming and literal whistle blowing during their presentations, pulling of the fire alarm, and a barring of the doors “red-rover” style so that no one may enter the venue. Just look up UMass’s protesters screaming during Steven Crowder, Milo Yiannopolos, and Christina Hoff’s presentations, or UCLA violently protesting Ben Shapiro. Gone are the days of “I don’t agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”

College is supposed to be a preparation for the real world; a place where developing minds are exposed to new ways of thinking that challenge their preconceived notions. Instead, people are entering the post-graduate life having never been exposed to ideas that oppose their own. They’ve spent their entire educational career in an echo chamber of the current leftist agendas. After the banning of a speaker, the university releases a statement that is usually along the lines of “we are concerned for the safety of the students.” So, instead of saying: “Hey Leftists, stop acting like babies,” they cancel events so that they don’t have to expose the students to the danger of different ideas. In the real world, you can’t hide from other people’s ideas in safe spaces, and you don’t get trigger warnings when some words might offend you or cause you to use your brain. The “Thought Police” don’t follow you once you graduate, at least not yet.

This ideology is beginning to become the mainstream thought of our civilized society, from the floors of the presidential debate, to every day conversation, to fiery battles on Facebook. If you don’t comply with the mainstream Leftist thinking, you are labeled as a bad person. Here’s the reason: the Left cannot defeat you on policy or logic alone. They know they can’t fight with facts, so they attack the character of those who don’t agree with them. Illustrating the proven ineffectiveness of Gun Control? You must enjoy that kids are being killed. Have some statistics demonstrating the benefits of a Free Market, or that the Affordable Care Act is both not affordable and is, in fact, imploding? Wow, I didn’t know you hate poor people. Think killing unborn babies is wrong? You’re a misogynist that wants to keep women in the kitchen. Misogynist, Sexist, Homophobe, Transphobe, Xenophobe, and, their most sacrosanct, RACIST. So now, instead of continuing the intelligent political discussion about policy, most people get suckered into defending their character and “checking their privilege.” You must resist this. If you deflect the character attacks, and keep a Leftist on policy, they will lose. Every time.

Millennials have grown up in an era of political correctness and a false sense of self-esteem. Very few of them have parents who force them to grow up. They get to college expecting their professors and all other humans to treat them as the precious snowflakes they are. In psychology, this is referred to as their personal fable. It is an expectation that you are the hero of every story, and that the world should treat you as such. This term was coined by David Elkind, referring to the egocentrism of early adolescents. Unfortunately, in modern-day America, that period of adolescence now spans until you’re about 30.

Besides being a right guaranteed by the Constitution, Free Speech is one of the factors that makes America the greatest country in the world. We don’t get to outlaw speech that we don’t like, we think is mean, or that offends us. The Left, the Right, the Social Justice Warriors, the shrieking Feminist harpies, the KKK, the alt-right, Black Lives Matter rioters, the American Nazi Party, the Communists, and every other group should be allowed to say whatever they want. I don’t want racist speech to be illegal, I want the racists to out themselves so that they can be properly challenged and defeated. Allowing the government, or anyone else, to decide which speech is “hate speech,” or which speech should or should not be allowed, leads the country down a very dangerous path. Being offended or triggered is completely subjective. This piece of writing will probably be hated by some people. Does this mean that because my words could hurt some feelings, they should be illegal or shut down completely?

The Left’s agenda of shutting down free speech is slowly, but surely, taking over the landscape of the country. What are we to do? The answer is that we fight. To quote the currently reigning Leftist, we need to “punch back twice as hard.” We know what these bullies do and how they do it, and we need to fight them. As is the case with the school yard bully, the Left is weakened when they are stood up to. We cannot be afraid of the names that we will be called for standing up for our beliefs. We need to speak the truth, regardless of whether or not that truth is popular. We cannot let the Left silence us. Ronald Reagan said “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” We must not allow this generation to be the one that concedes our freedom.

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Luke Garrison is currently studying Criminal Law and Constitutional Theory at Seattle University Law School, and is a graduate of The Catholic University of America. For Questions, Comments, or Hate Mail, he can be reached at contact@lukegarrison.com. To hear more from Luke: Subscribe, using the mail icon, and follow him on Twitter: @_lukegarrison.

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