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Why Cruz Trumps Trump

My latest column is up at Right Wing News!

Here is an excerpt:

EVERYONE has been talking about Donald Trump lately.  It seems that almost the entirety of election coverage has either been about the latest thing that Donald Trump said, or the media asking other candidates to react to the latest thing that Donald Trump said.

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But here’s the thing: regardless of how loudly or boldly Donald Trump is advocating for certain conservative issues, he would make a horrible president.  Just the fact that he is such an egotistical hothead makes him a bad pick, but when you look at what the Democrats, particularly President Obama and those in his administration (oftentimes in collusion with Republican leadership in Congress) have done to Constitutional separation of powers, Donald Trump is probably the LAST person we need in the White House.  He likes to throw his weight around, he insists on getting his way…kind of like Barack Obama does when Congress opposes him on certain issues.  Trump doesn’t seem like the kind of person who will act within the law to get things done – if he wants something done, he’ll get it done, and if he has the power of the Presidency behind him, well, the law be damned.  President Obama set the precedent, and we can’t afford to allow that to continue.

The Republican field is comprised of somewhere around one hundred and twenty-seven candidates.  It’s crowded on that stage, but the only real draw for Donald Trump that separates him from the rest of the pack is that he yells loudly and has obnoxious hair.  The press is only obsessed with him because they know that, eventually, he’s going to put his foot in his mouth.  They watch him and talk about him constantly and ask other candidates for their opinion on his remarks for one and only one reason: they know that the Trump train will wreck, and they want to get it on film when it happens.

Continue reading here.

Confederate Red Herring

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

As a conservative who believes in States’ Rights, I have always found it difficult to find much of any good in the Confederate States of America. For as much as I may agree with their act of secession in the name of states’ rights, the moral evil of slavery has always been an insurmountable obstacle in holding any sympathy for the Confederacy. But the push over the last few weeks toward banning any and all reminders that there ever was a Confederacy has little to do with racism, or slavery, or hurt feelings. It’s all a show.

Let’s get one thing straight from the outset: in the War of Northern Aggression, the South lost…and they won’t be rising again, at least not any time soon. As nice as it may make some conservatives feel to romanticize the Confederacy, the truth is simple: Because the Confederacy refused to end the abhorrent practice of slavery, hundreds of thousands of Americans died.

On June 17, 2015, a deranged young man named Dylann Roof walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He spent about an hour there, sitting in a Bible study, when he opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun.

Thinking back through the facts of what happened, it’s almost hard to believe that anything like this could happen. To walk into a church, spend an hour with a group of good and decent people, and then slaughter them in a mad attempt to instigate a race war – it sounds like something out of a horror film. Some news reports have indicated that after spending an hour in the prayer meeting, Roof almost didn’t go through with his plan.

Continue reading here.

You Just Can’t Trust Government

Initial reports about Dylann Roof, the young racist scumbag who killed 9 people in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, indicated that the .45 handgun that he used in the shooting had been a gift from his father.  This was reported by both the Washington Post and Reuters, but as it turns out, that just wasn’t true.

As it turns out, this convicted felon was able to walk into a gun shop and purchase a gun…because the feds screwed up his background check.

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Apparently, the federal system used for background checks is some kind of amateur Mickey Mouse operation:

[FBI Director James] Comey indicated that the data was not properly entered in federal criminal justice computer systems, or had been mishandled by an analyst with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

I mean, seriously?  “Mishandled by an analyst?”  Just the fact that there is data entry involved at the federal level boggles the mind.  The bureaucrats and the big-government crowd are already complaining that these programs are underfunded, but the simple truth is that, had they set the system up right the first time, the federal government would have minimal involvement in entering data into the federal background check database, because they would receive that data directly from state law enforcement agencies.  These kinds of things really aren’t that difficult to set up, but as we’ve all seen from Obamacare, the feds aren’t known for getting it right the first time…and the only reason we saw it with Obamacare is because that was a very massive, very public failure.  We’ve also seen how inefficiency at the Veterans’ Administration ended up costing lives.

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It kind of makes you wonder: if the federal government can screw up this massively with the criminal background check system, how many other bloated, inefficient, poorly constructed systems exist at the federal level that the public will never find out about until something goes horribly, massively wrong?

Killing The Living Document

I ran across an article on Breitbart, and I think I need someone to explain this to me, because it just doesn’t make any sense.

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Here is the headline:

ACLU: ‘WE CAN NO LONGER SUPPORT FEDERAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LAW’

The article explains that the deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union wrote an op-ed in the Washington Times, wherein he explained that in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, the ACLU can no longer defend anyone under America’s RFRA laws.

You see, RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) laws, both at the federal and state levels, are designed to protect Americans’ 1st Amendment religious rights.

According to the ACLU’s website:

“For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”

The First Amendment guarantees religious liberty, but the Constitution says nothing about marriage…so when it comes to protecting Americans’ rights, wouldn’t it make more sense to protect the rights that are codified in America’s highest law, rather than something that was tacked on after the fact?  After all, the federally-required recognition of gay marriage is still contingent on one minor factor: the government recognizing marriage, which not required of any state in the Union.

But, as usual, the ACLU is choosing ideology over liberty.  It doesn’t make sense, but no one should be surprised.  With the Left, the Constitution isn’t worth the parchment it’s printed on.

For A Free Country

My latest column is up at AND Magazine.

Here is an excerpt:

It seems that with every election, America’s entrenched political class becomes even more entrenched, and it’s easier then ever to let a feeling of futility sink in. Is there anything we can do to stop the out-of-control train of abuse and corruption that is our federal (and in too many cases, our state and local) government? In our representative democracy, we like to think that we have power – government of, by, and for the people – yet more and more it seems that we just suffer under an illusion of power. We vote, but our vote doesn’t really count.

For too many, the way out of this conundrum is the easy slide: just stay home on Election Day. Every day, people ask, what can I do? My vote doesn’t matter, so why vote at all?

But there is a much more productive option:

Just say NO!

Continue reading here.

Now Perception Really Is Reality!

“Perception Is Reality” has been an adage of modern politics for many years – to sum it up, it basically means that when SHTF in the political arena, the truth doesn’t matter nearly as much as what the public thinks is the truth.

But now, it seems that perception truly is reality.

First, the media spent weeks obsessing over Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner’s surgical malformation.  Bruce Jenner felt that he was a woman, so he underwent hormone therapy and surgical transformation to make himself look more like a woman.  Of course, at a basic biological level, Bruce Jenner will always be a man, but in today’s society, if a man feels like a woman, then he’s a woman – biology be damned.  Ironic coming from the group that condemns conservatives as anti-science, but apparently, biology is only science when we want it to be.

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And just as Caitlyn Jenner was fading from the news, Rachel Dolezal entered the national media scene.  This white woman, born to white parents, decided that she felt like she was black, so she styled her hair, got a tan, and applied for a job with the NAACP, where she served as the president of the Seattle chapter.  She stepped down yesterday, after her parents revealed that she was actually white…but even though she resigned from her position, she is still sticking with her narrative that because she feels like she is black, she truly is black.  Not because of her skin color, mind you, but because of her feelings and perceived cultural experiences.  “Well, I definitely am not white. Nothing about being white describes who I am.”

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The truth is that most people these days don’t care about race, at least as it applies to skin color.  That’s why Rachel Dolezal seems so important to some on the Left – we can move past looking at skin color, and define race by culture…so when you denounce those rioters in Baltimore as thugs, or avoid black people dressed as gangbangers, you really are being racist, because you are looking down on the culture that defines what it is to be black.  Does it matter if you would do the same for thugs and gangbangers of any race?  Not anymore, because now they’re black, too.

I guess this means that we should take another look at the Brian Williams scandal, as well.  After all, if he truly felt that he was on the helicopter that took the RPG hit, who are the rest of us to judge his feelings?

Is The Government Putting Our Cars At Risk?

A couple of weeks ago, I came across this story on Gizmodo about the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) plan to accelerate (get it?) their requirements for vehicle to vehicle networking.

The whole scheme really revolves around self-driving cars, or at the least, cars that can take control from the driver to turn or brake to avoid accidents.  Government speculation (or research, or whatever) is that V2V could prevent as much as 80 percent of accidents.

But as they’re planning all of this, the government’s primary concern seems to revolve around radio frequency interference – after all, Wi-Fi is everywhere (even in a lot of new vehicles), terrestrial radio is still around, and cell networks are all over the place.

This likely means that the FCC will be getting involved at some point, which will undoubtedly add to the bureaucracy.  But while the government seems primarily concerned with finding that sweet bandwidth spot where V2V won’t interfere with all of our other various forms of wireless communication, there are some other pretty big considerations that haven’t even been mentioned.

From Time:

The DoT proposal would require all car manufacturers to install v2v communications in cars and other light vehicles. The systems typically feature transponders able to communicate a car’s location, direction and speed at up to 10 times per second to other cars surrounding it, using a dedicated radio spectrum similar to WiFi. The vehicle would then alert its driver to a potential collision. Some systems could automatically slow the car down to avoid an accident.

This is the government, so when they say that “Some systems could automatically slow down the car to avoid an accident,” it’s only reasonable to assume that sooner or later, that will mean “all systems.”  After all, the government can’t abide anything it can’t regulate…and God knows we all need the government controlling our cars.

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But the elephant in the room that no one seems to be talking about is security.  We have plenty of holes in our critical infrastructure as it is; now imagine someone like China or Anonymous or North Korea planting a virus.  V2V is supposed to broadcast location, direction, and speed to surrounding cars.  All it would take is to confuse those transmissions, or even stop people’s cars altogether, spreading from car to car in the process, and it could shut down major sectors of US transportation.

It used to be that we only needed to run antivirus software on our computers.  These days, we need it on our phones, as well, and it won’t be long before we’ll need it on our TVs…and thanks to interference by the government, pretty soon we’ll need it for our cars, as well.

The government will go out of its way to try to mandate every minute aspect of our lives, but it’s pretty obvious that they don’t really have our best interests at heart…and judging by how well they did with Obamacare, even if they are considering the security implications of this mandate, you can rest assured knowing that the government has no idea how to keep V2V secure.

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