The Congressional approach to gun control mirrors the parenting method of Ned Flanders’ beatnik mother:
“we tried nothing, and we’re all out of ideas.”
Of course, it’s nothing by design because so many of our most powerful leaders in Washington are beholden to the National Rifle Association, from whom they receive much of their campaign funding. In fact, the NRA donated $5.8 million to Republican candidates, and just $100,000 to Democrats. Right now, in the wake of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida which took 17 lives, it’s time to both think about how to change the status quo, and take action to help make it happen.
This mass shooting feels different than all the previous senseless disasters. This time, it feels like the enthusiasm gap between the NRA agenda and the rest of us who believe in common sense gun regulation is finally closing.
The election of candidates like Donald Trump opened the door for candidates like Roy Moore to win primaries and run in the general election on a national stage. Roy Moore has opened the door for Arthur Jones, a bonafide, full-blown Holocaust denying former member of the American neo-Nazi party who wants to be Congressman of Illinois' third district.
It's a district that encompasses parts of the city of Chicago, as well as several southwestern suburbs. The 70-year-old Jones will run unopposed in the Republican primary March 20th, and will likely then face off against the favorite on the Democratic side, incumbent Dan Lipinski in the November general election. Lipinski, in power since 2005, is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, the more conservative wing of the Democratic Party.
Vice President Mike Pence regarding NFL players kneeling for the Star-Spangled Banner this past NFL season:
"I don't think it's too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem."
This is also Mike Pence: a man who refused to stand for the host country as they entered the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies.
Today, many on the left and in the center believe the NRA, the National Rifle Association, to be a terrorist organization. That would make Chairman Wayne La Pierre a terrorist leader, a label that the left has not been shy about affixing to him.
What happened in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay was a terrorist act. Ditto for the church in Sutherland Springs (Texas), The Pulse night club in Orlando, Newton, Columbine, the school in Kentucky last week and everywhere else. What those deplorable, irredeemable monsters of human beings did was the very definition of terrorism.
They say that Donald Trump is the "Telfon Don," as nothing can stop him. Given the long list (which just keeps getting longer by the day) of scandals, character flaws, missteps, gaffes and bad decisions (which we have chronicled in detail at this link) that would have ended anyone's political career but his, it's easy to understand why the moniker has stuck.
However, even Superman had a Kryptonite, and with Trump it could be sharks. Yes, sharks, the seagoing predators that reside at the top of the ocean food chain. We're joking of course, except for the fact that we're not.
Take a look at the Twitter terms of service that all users must agree to. The Twitter rules, under "Violence and physical harm reads:
Violence: You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people. This includes, but is not limited to, threatening or promoting terrorism. You also may not affiliate with organizations that — whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform — use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes. We will begin enforcing this rule around affiliation with such organizations on December 18, 2017.
The so-called "Deep State" is one of many extremist sociopolitical phenomena that have recently risen in popularity so significantly that now even moderates and liberals must take notice.
If your views are center, or left of it, you probably weren't even aware that things like Tomi Lahren, TheBlaze (it's one word for some reason), Daily Stormer, Richard Spencer, Milo Yiannopoulos, Clay Travis etc. even existed until mid 2016.
The fact that substantially more of us non-wing nuts are aware of who they are is obviously not necessarily a good thing, but at the same time we all must consistently exit our ideological silos.
Late night talk show hosts have often practiced this bit of dark comedy during the Donald Trump administration:
Trump gets caught doing something deplorable, an act which would end the career of anybody else but him, and he suffers no consequences. The talk show host then says "Oh, because nothing actually matters anymore."
It will definitely feel that way, if/when Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller. If that maneuver is in the works, and as of right now, no one can say for sure, Trump would likely do it during the holidays so as to minimize attention...
President Donald Trump has been called the Teflon Don by many because nothing seems to stick when it comes to potentially stopping him. However, now he's facing not one, but two irresistible forces closing in on the immovable object that he truly seems to be.
As we've chronicled before, we've seen Trump survive countless situations since 2015 that would have ended the career of absolutely anybody else. Will the #MeToo movement finally terminate his political career? How about the Robert Mueller investigation into his potential treasonous collusion with Russia?
What does it take for someone to get on a public platform and literally say "I'm with the child molester!"
How can an individual have such a repulsion to the Democratic Party that they consciously side with a pedophile instead?
I guess we'll have to ask Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, who says she plans to vote for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. This despite Ivey saying “I have no reason to disbelieve any of them [the women]" and will still vote for Moore because "we need to have a Republican in the United States Senate" in order to maintain a majority, and thus confirm conservative appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court...