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Evil In Our Time

My latest column is up at AND Magazine.

Before I present the normal excerpt, allow me to say a few words about this column:

The release of these videos has brought Planned Parenthood’s unmitigated evil into the limelight.  So far, the leaders of our government have done NOTHING to stop it.  According to Press Secretary Josh Earnest, President Obama still hasn’t watched any of the videos, yet he has pledged to veto any bill defunding Planned Parenthod, and the White House merely continues to regurgitate Planned Parenthood’s lies as their official response to this atrocity.

Personally, I am not only against Planned Parenthood because of the scheme they have cooked up to sell babies’ body parts for profit.  I believe that abortion itself is evil, and its prevalence in our society makes it one of the worst horrors ever visited upon mankind.  The continual efforts to deny the humanity of unborn human children – in defiance of all logic and basic biology – to justify these unjustifiable acts makes it that much worse.

Right now, my wife is pregnant with our third child – a boy.  Today is my younger daughter’s third birthday.  At no point, from finding out that my wife was pregnant the first time, until today, have I ever considered any of my three children to be less than human.  I find the very idea that someone would dehumanize their own child to justify its extermination – often as a matter of convenience – to be inexplicable.

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Last weekend, in preparation for writing this column, I watched all of the videos that had been released to that point.  The only thing that prevented me from openly weeping was concern for my daughters – I want to preserve their innocence, and I didn’t want to have to explain to them why I was crying.  Before this, the only times a “video” had this profound an impact on me were when I watched American Sniper and Saving Private Ryan.  When I finished the Planned Parenthood videos, I had to fight the urge to vomit, and as I wrote this column, I had to stop several times and work on something else for a while so that my stomach could settle.

If you are in any way ambivalent on this issue, watch the videos.  If you are concerned about the allegations that the videos are deceptively edited, full versions and transcripts of each video are there, as well.

There is no doubt in my mind that this is the most important issue of our time.  Millions of unborn children are slaughtered every year by Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics.  It has been the greatest genocide known to man, and it must be stopped.  The media, politicians, and much of the American public have very short attention spans.  With the Senate failing to pass its bill to defund Planned Parenthood, I’m sure that Democrats and abortion advocates are hoping that this issue will just fade away, like so many others have.  We must not let that happen.  Talk about this with your friends and family members.  If they are skeptical, and haven’t seen the videos, show them.  Call your Congressmen and your Senators.  Call them every day, if that’s what it takes to get the point across that this issue is that important.

Here is the excerpt:

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Over the past several weeks, The Center for Medical Progress has released a series of videos (with more to come) exposing how Planned Parenthood has developed its abortion mills into a thriving organ harvesting business. The videos show high-ranking muckety-mucks in Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of body parts from aborted babies – haggling over prices, discussing how to circumvent federal laws, and crafting the language so that if word were to get out that they were doing this, they could minimize the damage.

The first video, showed Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, eating lunch while haggling over prices, and discussing what types of organs and body parts organizations tend to be looking for from Planned Parenthood clinics. It gets particularly disturbing when she flippantly mentions that “a lot of people want liver,” and then takes a bite of her salad. I have to admire the people at The Center for Medical Progress – I was about to lose my lunch just watching the discussion.

After the video’s release, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards released her own video in response, in which she told lie after lie after lie in her attempt to discredit CMP. As they do each and every time their official endorsement (and funding) by the U.S. Government are threatened, they trot out the “women’s health” card – if you’re against Planned Parenthood, then you pretty much want women to die. For Planned Parenthood, the problem is thatthey don’t actually perform the services they claim to provide. “Women’s health” is just a smokescreen – one of the main tenants of the abortion industry’s campaign to craft the language surrounding abortion in order to hide the extreme evil that they represent.

Recently, presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was criticized by pundits and politicians on both sides of the political aisle after he stated that, with his Iran deal, President Obama “will take Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” He wasn’t wrong, per se, but these days, invoking Nazis or the Holocaust is frowned upon in political circles, primarily because the meme has been so overused, but also because we tend to bestow Hitler, Nazis, and the Holocaust with its own special status of evil, as though it were unfathomable that anyone in a Western society could possibly do such a thing today.

But if the Nazis were a special kind of evil, Planned Parenthood is their rival for the top spot in the Evil Hall of Fame.

Continue reading here.

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?

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