One of the certainties of 2018 was that it was difficult to be certain about what was coming next. Political and cultural turmoil seemed the norm during the past year.
From the midst of the raging pace of outrage for 2018, there has emerged some disturbing trends which will linger into 2019. Their potential is perilous to the very existence of human liberty.
Here are eight of the most disturbing trends entering 2019.
1. The Transgender ‘rights’ Train Picks up Speed
The speed at which so-called transgender ‘rights’ has gained support is astonishing…and very disturbing. In less than six years transgenderism has gone from a psychological disorder to a legal right in nations such as Canada.
This began back when Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner and claimed to be a female. It is now at the point where a male ‘transitioning’ to female was entered into the 2018 Miss Universe pageant.
However, this ‘movement’ is most threating to children. As I have written before, transgender advocates are engaging in child abuse.
The latest example of such child abuse featured an 11-year-old boy dressed as a provocative female dancing in front of adult gay men.
The obvious question which ran through the article and comments was this. What if this had been a pre-teen girl dancing for men?
Would there be an exhibition of leftist ‘moral’ outrage in that case? Why is it different for gay men and an 11-year-old boy?
Transgenderism has led to both physical and psychological child abuse in 2018. It is very disturbing that the Left is promoting it into 2019.
2. The Swing Toward Socialism
One of the fruits of the 2018 midterm elections in America was the success of the ‘democratic socialist’ movement. The current star of the movement is newly-elected N.Y. Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez has been a controversial and revealing figure even before assuming office. Conservatives can be grateful for that.
Grateful because at least the demands of the Left are being exposed for all. This is a portion of her list from the campaign of 2018.
Medicare for all – medicine, vision, dental & mental health care
Universal Jobs Guarantee – serve our communities with living wages
Fully Funded Public Schools and Universities – plus taxing Wall Street to support tuition-free public universities and trade schools
Paid Family and Sick Leave – giving everyone the right to choose care
Housing as a Human Right – safe, secure, habitable, & affordable homes
Justice System Reform – end the War on Drugs, demilitarize our police, and abolish for-profit incarceration
Immigration Justice – protect DREAMers & TPS recipients, simplify the paths to citizenship and abolish ICE
Infrastructural Overhaul – invest in 100% renewable green industry..
The price tag for these goodies has been estimated at a whopping 40 trillion dollars. That would lead to the collapse of the American economy, as Socialism has done in Venezuela.
Socialism is the same poison everywhere it has been tried. Sooner or later, it will kill the liberty of any land.
3. The Leftmedia’s Hatred Is Unabated
The first piece posted on TIL Journal called out CNN over its absence of journalistic ethics especially concerning covering President Trump. CNN has epitomized Leftmedia hatred for all things Trump.
There are multiple Leftmedia outlets which echoed the enmity of the CNN, MSNBCs, and NY Times etc. in 2018. Here is a recent example from NBC of a false story broadcast out of fury toward Trump.
On Christmas Day, NBC News published what can only be described as a hit piece, scorning the president for ignoring American troops during the holidays. “Trump becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime,” that outlet’s scolding headline declared… “By staying home on Tuesday, Trump became the first president since 2002 who didn’t visit military personnel around Christmastime,” NBC declared in its article.
NBC decided that since their “sources” had not heard about a visit, there wouldn’t be one. However, the “news” story turned out to be all story and no news.
This disturbing trend will continue in 2019 and in fact, will increase in intensity. There are serious problems with this reality for journalism and for liberty as well.
Journalism is the carrier of truth in current events. If that carrier is so bias that the truth is not being carried, liberty itself is threatened.
4. The Immigration Invasion Situation
This disturbing trend is the most immediately serious problem facing America and many other nations around the world. During the last few months, the immigration invasion gained sharper focus from the Left.
One reason for this is the Obama administration’s invitation to anyone from Mexico to South America to come to America illegally combined with their ‘catch and release’ policy. Simply said, that meant that anyone crossing the border illegally would be first ‘caught’ by law enforcement and then ‘released’ upon promising to show up for a court hearing concerning their case.
Since over 90% did not show up for court, their cases were never adjudicated. Then these illegal aliens would disappear from legal authority and could live anywhere in America.
The second factor behind the new immigration invasion is purely partisan.
The Left is pushing this trend because it gives them an automatic voting block which they can count on. Which is also why the Leftist social media machine is desperately trying to stop any criticism and honest reporting about this crisis on the border.
This leads to the next disturbing trend as 2019 approaches. That is the all-out assault by the Left on the right of free speech.
5. The Leftist Assault on Free Speech
This trend has the potential to be the most damaging of all for Western society. Leftist groups associated with Antifa began this with violent protests on the Berkeley campus against conservative speakers.
Antifa has shown no signs of either letting up or growing up. Their conduct in recent ‘protests’ in Portland, Oregon testifies to that.
The annihilation of anyone who disagrees with them is the purpose of this leftist activist group. Here is a quote from a reporter’s Twitter feed who covered the latest Portland event.
I was assaulted by a mob of masked individuals in black. They also targeted my equipment. They called me a fascist & Islamophobe. They said my parents & grandparents would be ashamed of me. It feels surreal to be treated this way by people who don’t even know me.
By the way, Andy Ngo associates with the Left’s point of view. He is also Asian and gay so you would think lefties would at least leave him alone.
This trend has grown and evolved into personal attacks on social media. Combined with ‘doxing,’ leftist platforms suspend certain accounts on the basis of political affiliation.
This is simply another form of violence aimed at silencing opposition voices. This past year saw executives from Twitter, Facebook and Google testify before congressional committees about censorship of political views from conservatives.
Those testimonies were held for a good reason. All three of those social media giants have been credibly accused of censorship against conservative voices.
6. The Militant Muslim Machine Marches On
This threat has been escalating worldwide for years. 2018 has seen the threat advance through both physical and political intimidation and violence worldwide.
A recent example comes from the continent of Africa. It is the attempted murder of a 12-year-old child by Muslims in Uganda.
Sleeping on a hospital bed at Budaka Health Center in eastern Uganda, 12-year-old Emmanuel Nyaiti writhed in pain as he explained how Muslim extremists attacked him for refusing to convert to Islam. …Emmanuel was walking home from his grandmother’s house when four men ambushed him and spirited him to a cassava plantation, where they tortured him and attempted to strangle him. One was named Ali and another was Abdul, he said. They wound up leaving him for dead. “Ali convinced me to convert and become a Muslim, but I declined. They started pushing me on the ground threatening to kill me if I don’t accept Islam,” he said. “One of the attackers hit me with a sharp object on my neck, and I became unconscious. I remember them saying they have killed me.”
This is but one of millions of such stories in Africa alone. This is from a list of Islamic terror attacks worldwide in just the 30 days from November 28 to December 27, 2018.
During this time period, there were 99 Islamic attacks in 24 countries, in which 556 people were killed and 523 injured.
Moreover, the Muslim invasion has come to political power all over Western society. London has a Muslim mayor, first elected in 2016.
An imam of Vienna’s As-Sunnah mosque has called to establish an Islamic State and wants to introduce Sharia Law on Austrian territory. “Last month a Muslim party leader called for the introduction of an Islamic State in Belgium as well.” Islamic supremacists have become more emboldened as a result of Western kowtowing to Muslim groups,
7. The Social Activism of the Leftist Church Continues
It is not an exaggeration to state that every socio-political issue favored by the Left was also advocated by one or more of the so-called main-stream ‘Christian’ churches during 2018.
There are three issues in particular left-leaning churches decided to take up the standard for in 2018. These were in favor of abortion on demand, illegal immigration, and LGBT ‘civil rights.’
These are simply against the teachings of God’s Word, period. One sterling example of support for LGBT comes from the Episcopal Church in America.
The Episcopal Church has garnered a lot of attention, but with the help of organizations such as Integrity USA, the church has continued its work toward full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Episcopalians. In 2003, the first openly gay bishop was consecrated; in 2009, General Convention resolved that God’s call is open to all; in 2012, a provisional rite of blessing for same-gender relationships was authorized, and discrimination against transgender persons in the ordination process was officially prohibited; and in 2015, the canons of the church were changed to make the rite of marriage available to all people, regardless of gender.
8. The Hostile Political Arena Will Get Worse
As 2019 approaches there is one fact that virtually everyone will agree upon. The political air, not just in America but in much of the globe, will very likely get worse in the coming year.
The leftist political rage has spilled over into everyday life as a routine and daily event. The old atmosphere which allowed a separation of politics and private life has been almost completely burned away by leftist fury at President Trump.
Here is one very recent example involving a purple heart triple amputee attempting to raise money to build a border wall. In normal circumstances, attacking this man and his family on a personal basis would be unacceptable.
Deranged leftists have been sending triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage mountains of abuse after he was trashed by the Daily Beast, Jimmy Kimmel, Alyssa Milano and other high-profile liberals. The hate mail provided to the Gateway Pundit contains appalling statements such as people asking if his brain was “amputated too,” calling him a “handicapped bitch,” telling him to commit suicide, wishing harm upon his children and mocking him for having lost his limbs while fighting for this nation.
Nor is the hate-filled rhetoric exclusive to border wall issues. Remember the ugly conduct of the Left during the Kavanaugh hearings.
Next time we will look at the most hopeful trends heading into the new year.
They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together who are makers of idols. Isaiah 45:16 KJV
Sources: The Holy Bible, King James Version, Public Domain
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Originally Published in TIL Journal