The Mueller Collusion Circus Theatre of the Absurd [Video]

Collusion Obstruction

Since the release of the Mueller report the Leftist political-media mafia in America has behaved like a teen caught altering an F to an A. In other words, they are being true to character, especially during the era of President Trump.

The Left is increasingly at a loss to provide actual reasons for opposing the President now that the Mueller boogeyman has been defeated. For two years these fanatical miscreants have awakened each morning and offered obeisance to the office of the special counsel only to find their fervent prayers to that idol unanswered.

In spite of all of their spite, President Trump remains in office and moreover has done an outstanding job on behalf of the American people. All the while, this President has labored against unprecedented opposition both in the Congress and the Judiciary, as well as virulent and truly ugly Leftmedia hatred.

How is the Left handling the revelation that President Trump did not collude with the Russians, or anyone else, to ‘fix’ the 2016 election? They are handling it with all the immaturity and obtuse deflection of a toddler, which is what has come to be expected these days.

The Mueller Collusion Circus headlines the political ‘theatre of the absurd,’ in 2019. It is a classic comedy of errors, which is to say it is a tragedy, in two acts.

Act 1: The Collusion Delusion

Collusion ObstructionIt has now been almost two months since Attorney General William Barr released his four-page summary of the Mueller report. The immediate reaction from the Left to its release was twofold.

The most common response was along the lines of, “we have to see the whole report because we think you, the AG, are a partisan liar.” This was a typical quote from the political spectrum.

his letter leaves more questions than answers. A sanitized summary from Trump’s hand-picked bodyguard is not acceptable. Barr has his finger on the scale to protect Trump. The full report should be released immediately,” Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., in a tweet. [italics added]

AG Barr was more than accommodating to the demands and has presented the full, over 400 page Mueller report, at the beginning of May with as much material revealed as is legally allowable. Yet that was not enough for the Leftists, and they demanded the AG actually break the law or he should be held in contempt of Congress for… umm…not breaking the law! Rep. Jarrold Nadler [D-NY] was,

“…asking in a subpoena for Attorney General Barr to break the law or else he would hold him in contempt,”… After voting to hold Barr in contempt, the New York Democrat told reporters that he and his fellow Democrats “did not relish” holding the attorney general in contempt for not turning over the entire fully unredacted special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and its underlying evidence, but felt they “had no choice.”

There is a particular phrase here that can easily be ignored but is extremely important in determining the intentions of Leftists in Congress. Nadler said that they wanted not simply the unredacted Mueller report, but also ‘its underlying evidence.’

Obstruction collusionThe ‘underlying evidence’ refers to the over 1 million documents provided to the special counsel during his investigation. This generates a natural question, ‘Why would they want so many documents?’

The answer would be that those documents spread over six congressional committees and their staff would most likely be leaked to the Leftmedia in a desperate attempt to try and damage Trump in 2020. When one considers that an illegal leak from former FBI Director James Comey started the absurdity circus rolling, Trump was both prudent and justified by exerting executive privilege over that material.

“The Attorney General has been transparent and accommodating throughout this process, including by releasing the no-collusion, no-conspiracy, no-obstruction Mueller Report to the public and offering to testify before the Committee. These attempts to work with the Committee have been flatly rejected. They didn’t like the results of the report, and now they want a redo,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Wednesday. “Faced with Chairman Nadler’s blatant abuse of power, and at the Attorney General’s request, the President has no other option than to make a protective assertion of executive privilege.”

However, many on the Left also realize that the Russia collusion angle isn’t working especially since the Mueller investigation produced no charges from it. Thus, they are moving forward in another direction linked to the second half of the Mueller tome, that the President somehow obstructed justice by trying to stop the investigation, cue Act 2.

Act 2: The Obstruction Construction

Russia collusionSince the collusion story doesn’t pass muster, the Left is more focused at present with the idea that President Trump interfered in some manner with the Mueller investigation, and that this constitutes obstruction of justice. However, there remain two very large facts that negate this construction of obstruction.

The most obvious fact is what is missing from either part of the Mueller report. There are no charges for obstruction recommended in it.

If the Mueller team could have found actual obstruction of justice, does anyone believe they would not have recommended charges? Moreover, since we are not now watching the impeachment proceedings against President Trump it is safe to assume no obstruction occurred.

However, it has been noted on the Left that though Trump did not fire the special counsel, he thought about it. Yet, upon advice from his chief counsel Don McGhan, the President changed his mind.

Trump asked McGahn if he would talk to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (who has authority over the special counsel) about it …McGahn, though, told the president in no uncertain terms that firing Mueller – the head of the probe into possible collusion by Trump associates with Moscow – would be a horrible idea and blow up in his face, the source said. Trump took McGahn’s advice and dropped active consideration of firing Mueller

Russia collusion, obstructionSo …Trump was justifiably upset at being railroaded on a false accusation of “collusion” and being roasted by the Leftmedia and wanted to fire Mueller but instead took the wise advice of his staff and he is to be punished for that!? By the way, even if he had fired Mueller, it still wouldn’t be obstruction because the investigation would have continued with someone else in charge.

The second large fact which destroys the accusation of obstruction of justice is that “collusion” is not a crime. Thus, the Mueller investigation was not a criminal investigation which means there should never have been a special counsel appointed at all!

The Russia investigation is instead a counterintelligence investigation. Such investigations are designed to gather information about suspected harmful activities against the nation, and not to bring criminal charges.

Former U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy writes,

It is worth repeating that the Russia investigation is a counterintelligence probe; it was not a judicial proceeding or a criminal investigation. Counterintelligence probes are not conducted to enforce the law through judicial proceedings; they are conducted to inform the president of threats posed by foreign powers. The president may shut them down at will, and doing so does not obstruct justice in any way.

McCarthy nails what the Leftists can’t [or won’t] understand when he specifies that the purpose of a counterintelligence probe is “to inform the president of threats posed by foreign powers.” The results of this investigation were never meant to be seen by anyone besides the President and the investigating team.

The so-called ‘deep state’ simply ignored this mandate and manipulated the DOJ and the press, aided by the leak from James Comey, to get a special counsel appointed anyway. The result is that an improper and possibly illegal investigation targeting the President of the United States was conducted under false pretenses and the Left wants to continue investigating under a false allegation of obstruction of justice.

Epilog: The Left May Be ‘Reaping the Whirlwind’

There may just be a ‘silver lining’ in the midst of the Leftist absurdity and insanity about the Mueller report and hatred for all things Trump. The time is perhaps upon us to conduct a real criminal investigation into the Mueller investigators themselves.

At least this is the judgment of AG Barr who has recently decided to do that, and the Left isn’t happy about it. Conservative pundit Jon Miller explains in the video below.

The Left will try to denounce Barr’s new investigation and deflect attention from it. However, they may soon experience the biblical truth that you reap both what you sow and more than you sow, and that can sometimes be a very bad thing.

For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. Hosea 8:7 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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The Left and Islamofascism: A Strange and Troubling Alliance, Part One [Video]

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Much has been written here and elsewhere about the many detrimental elements that the 2019 crop of Democratic congressional rookies have brought to American society. However, there is at least one somewhat positive service these neophytes have done for the public, they have visibly revealed the mind of the activist Left.

One of the more troubling revelations that have come to light is the political and societal alliance between the far Left and Islamofascists in the United States. No, there isn’t a formal written agreement between the two groups, nor could there be one that truly states the intentions of either party, as will be seen.

However, each of these ‘movements’ has something to gain through cooperation in their fight against a common foe, the traditional, conservative Judeo-Christian society of the West. Whatever differences they may have they are unified in this immediate goal.

The Political Alliance

IslamofascismThe political alliance of the Left with Islamofascism in America began immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the opportunity was unwittingly provided by former President George W. Bush. In a speech six days after 9/11, Bush declared that,

The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace.

The naivety of President Bush was a denial of the brutal history of Islamic Jihad and its resurgence in modern times. Yet the refrain that “Islam is a religion of peace,” became the moral pedestal for the Left to the present day.

Most political conservatives at that time were approving of Bush’s call for tolerance out of a sense of solidarity and the inherent conservative tendency to place blame for evil acts on the individual perpetrators. The other side of that coin is conservatives, in general, tend to trust others until given a good reason not to trust them.

During the remainder of the Bush presidency, Islamic terrorists focused on America’s efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the homefront was relatively quiet. However, that situation began to change after the ascension of Barak Obama to the Oval Office.

One of the first actions President Obama took after his inauguration was to embark upon what became known as his ‘apology tour,’ in various countries. During that international speaking jaunt, Obama routinely degraded American policy, both with dictators in places such as Cuba, and shamed our conduct of the ‘war on terror’ in Islamic nations.

LeftismPresident Obama then proceeded to initiate secretive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood around the time of the so-called ‘Arab spring,’ uprisings in Egypt during 2011. Obama supported the uprisings which were aided by the Muslim Brotherhood.

At the same time, Obama began to withdraw troops from Iraq, which quickly resulted in the rise of ISIS and their successive military conquests in the Middle East. This set the stage for the veil to be lifted on any pretense that our Commander in Chief and his cohorts were not aligning with radical Islamofascism against American interests.

The veil came off on September 11, 2012, at Benghazi, Libya. The Obama administration, in a strategic alliance with Islamic terrorism backed by Leftist political players including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, covered up a clear Islamic attack on Americans by falsely blaming the attack on an internet video.

This horrible event cemented the troubling alliance between the political Left and Islamofascism. The stage was now set for a new crop of eager young Leftists and Muslim terror apologists to arrive in 2018.

The chief representative of the Left is, of course, the ever verbose Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [D-NY]. The main apologist for Islamic terrorism is the slightly less infamous Representative Ilhan Omar [D-MN].

Rep. Omar has been featured in a previous article and the clear danger she poses to America was thoroughly outlined in that piece. However, there is another necessary element which supports the pernicious alliance between the Left and Islamofascism. That element is the Leftmedia.

The Leftmedia Supports Islamofascism

IslamofascismThe conglomerate of the Leftist media apparatus has shown unwavering support for the assault of Islamofascists upon Western civilization at every juncture, especially during Obama’s tenure. The pre-eminent example of this was the lack of honest coverage by the Leftmedia network outlets after the terrorist attack on Benghazi.

For the seventh night in a row, ABC’s World NewsCBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News refused to give one single second of coverage to the Obama administration’s deceitful response to the terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11.

However, there are many other examples where Islamic terrorist attacks on American soil were downplayed or dismissed altogether. One prominent example that has faded from memory, especially if one is of the millennial generation, occurred in 2009 at my former military home base of Food Hood, Texas.

U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan went on a premeditated murderous rampage at Ft. Hood on November 5, 2009. As was later uncovered, Hasan was a sympathizer with Islamofascism groups and vocally declared his allegiance to Islamic Jihad as he shot and killed 13 American soldiers.

The response of the Leftmedia was to cover-up Hasan’s clear connections to Jihadists with every lame reason they could concoct including PTSD, though Hasan never served overseas. Prominent among the fables was the Left’s favorite screed of ‘racism’ directed against Hasan which caused him to kill his fellow soldiers.

Media outlets found another convenient motive that would fit its worldview — racist U.S. soldiers drove Hasan to kill. ABC News ran a story the day after the attack titled Nidal Malik Hasan, “Suspected Fort Hood Shooter, Was Called “Camel Jockey.” This allowed the media to ignore any relationship between the attack and Islam and blame it on “racist” U.S. military personnel.

Examples such as this abound including the Leftmedia. Another example is the media blaming conservative groups like the Tea Party for the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

On April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring 264. Before the scene was even cleared, many in the media had a suspect — the Tea Party. Chris Matthews and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer attached great significance to the fact that it was Patriots Day. Michael Moorealleged that the Tea Party was behind the bombing. CNN’s security analyst Peter Bergen “suggested more than once that a right wing extremist group could be behind the attacks.”

IslamofascismFast forward to 2019 and the same Leftmedia apologists are busy excusing the anti-Semitism of Ilhan Omar. As a result of this support, the House of Representatives changed their mind about a critical resolution against anti-Semitism and instead passed a meaningless one which spoke against several categories of so-called ‘hate speech.’

Her recent characterization of 9/11 as “some people did something” rightly garnered harsh criticism. It also brought sympathetic support from some of her Democratic colleagues as well as those in the Leftmedia who said that outrage over this comment was phony and insisted the real problem was bigotry against Muslims.

This is a small sampling of the evidence that the Left in America is allied with those whose objective is to further Islamic Jihad. It is also but a fraction of the evidence seen around the globe, perhaps most notably in Europe over many decades.

Moreover, this strange alliance between the Left and Islamofascism involves one final serious participant. It is the Left wing of the ‘Christian Church’ around the globe, which will be examined in part two.

I have sent to you all my servants the prophets, sending them persistently, saying, ‘Turn now every one of you from his evil way, and amend your deeds, and do not go after other gods to serve them, and then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to you and your fathers.’ But you did not incline your ear or listen to me. Jeremiah 35:15 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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Media and the world by Ngobesing Suh Romanus

Many things are definitely wrong with the practice of Journalism in the world today.

What is wrong with the practice of this profession in your country?

I can guess.

The first thing that hits my mind is self interest. Many practitioners of this noble profession only say or write what will bring benefit to them. This mercenary spirit has made lies telling reporting the norm.

What is worse, many Journalists have transformed themselves into public relations officers and political propagandists at the service of the highest bidder.

Many are supporters not reporters.

A lot of them are governed by fear instead of courage. Hence, you will find many journalists who coin their reports to stay out of trouble with anyone. The indisputable result is objectivity, balanced reporting, and credibility are killed.

When journalists play the role of propagandists, tell lies shamelessly, manipulate news and report to please rather than to truthfully inform, they easily fall prey to the trap of becoming instruments of destruction in the hands of unscrupulous people.

Instead of reporting the truth which they find many reporters resort to reporting what they know their listeners would like to hear.

This has turned the instruments of mass communication into dangerous weapons of mass destruction.

The communication enterprise takes a big chunk of the blame for the so much hate, misunderstanding, negativity, intolerance, violence, wars and wanton destruction of life and property that one bears witness to in today’s world.

If this does not change, we are in for it. Humanity is headed for destruction.

The whole communication community needs to go back to the drawing board, reexamine itself and reset the rules, putting truth not lies, responsibility not irresponsibility and construction not destruction at the center of their trade.

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Transgender Tyranny Is Here

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Girls will be boys, and boys will be girls, it’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world.

Lyrics from the hit song “Lola” by The Kinks. The tune was released on June 12, 1970.

Ray Davis has claimed that he was inspired to write “Lola” after Kinks manager Robert Wace spent a night in Paris dancing with a transgender woman.

Three of the four original band members, including the composer[s] of “Lola” reformed The Kinks in June of 2018. It would be interesting to know what they think of the current socio-political push for “transgender rights,” in Western society almost 50 years later.

This journal has chronicled the devastating and dangerous movement to enshrine “transgenderism” as a basic human right on several occasions. In the past few years, advocates of this reality-denying cult have begun to quietly manipulate the legal system to their ends, especially concerning what can only be called forced transitioning of young children. 

However, before the gender ID enforcers could make meaningful legal strides, they believed they had to accomplish three things. First, left-wing academia had to be convinced to normalize ‘transgender rights’ as a health issue.

A New and Dangerous ‘Diagnosis’

transgenderismThe crucial turning point which empowered the transgender movement and helped launch it into the ‘mainstream’ of culture happened not quite six years ago. It came in a publication that most don’t know about, the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or the DSM.

 

The DSM is the ‘biblical’ authority of the psychiatric profession. It is,

published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). In the United States, the DSM serves as the principal authority for psychiatric diagnoses. Treatment recommendations, as well as payment by health care providers, are often determined by DSM classifications, so the appearance of a new version has significant practical importance.

Until 2013, the fourth edition of the DSM was in effect. The DSM-IV classified those who believed they were ‘assigned’ the ‘wrong’ gender as suffering from Gender Identity Disorder.

As a “disorder,” it was a mental illness. Today, due to political and cultural pressure, the DSM-V calls this condition Gender Dysphoria. Such a classification is not considered a mental illness. Rather it is considered a kind of psychological discomfort and confusion. This is how mental illness can be masked as a difficult, but “normal,” reality.

The necessity of lessening the severity of what is a delusional disorder is evident. In this way, the Leftist ‘science’ community could grant ‘scientific’ credence to the notion that transgender ‘rights’ advocates represent a group of people being ‘victimized’ by the predominant culture.

Which leads to the second step to be completed for the transgender ‘rights’ advocates to be successful. That is the step of playing the victim card.

Playing the ‘Victim’ Card

In the culture war, the victim ‘card’ is the favorite choice of the Left. This card has been successfully played numerous times in the past.

The pattern of play is similar in each case. First, a group must be identified which could be characterized as ‘victims’ of some terrible abuse.

2580363763_b709cda150_qNext, the group must be canvassed somehow to isolate individuals within it who could be used to showcase their ‘victimhood’ publically. It has become all too familiar to see such an individual or even a small group in front of the cameras and microphones speaking about their tragic ‘victimization’ at the hands of evil people who are also not-so-coincidentally conservative.

This strategy accomplishes two things. It demonizes the evil conservative ‘oppressors’ while garnering pity and synthetic ‘outrage’ on behalf of the perceived ‘victim.’

Whether or not the offense against this poor ‘victim’ is true is irrelevant to the Left. There are many examples both recent and decades-old of this phenomenon.

Most recently there is the example of the hoax hate-crime orchestrated by Jussie Smollett in Chicago. The purpose here was to demonize Trump supporters while increasing Smollett’s value as a Leftist extremist and thus enriching him as an actor.

The fact that this was carried out so carelessly almost immediately revealed it was a hoax. But for the Leftmedia, that was only a slight inconvenience as they immediately labeled it a “hate crime,” with a little apology when they were proved wrong.

Smollett himself is facing some very serious charges that could result in severe punishment from the courts. He is facing 16 felony counts in Chicago as of today.

However, the penalties which are inflicted upon children in the transgender ‘rights’ cause are far more severe than Smollett’s because of the lifelong damage that could ultimately result. It is indeed tragic that children, some whose ages register in the single digits will become the true victims of adult manipulation, in the name of illusionary rights.

It is also tragic that adult transgenders cannot see their own delusion. A delusion so pervasive that it warps biological reality, and causes its adherents to lash out with tyrannical demands for all of society.

Turning Tragedy into Tyranny

transgender agendaIt is unequivocally a tragedy that for the sake of creating a phantom human ‘right’ people will not only mutilate themselves, via having body parts cut off and others sowed on, but will insist that others change their own lives to accommodate the delusion. Those who desire to live in reality are now expected to alter their speech, i.e. no unapproved pronouns allowed.

Moreover, society as a whole must now deny the exclusiveness of male and female bathrooms, lockers or dressing rooms in public areas and schools, according to trans-activists. This insanity is seeking the force of law to turn a tragic condition into a normal one.

The Leftmedia, whether on social media outlets or through the airwaves, engages in the third step which is pushing the narrative. A narrative that is dangerous to adults, and extremely dangerous for children.

Thus, the Leftmedia is less likely to report about the enabling of pedophiles through the transgender ‘rights’ movement. However, there are cases of adult male predators ‘identifying’ as female and accosting young girls in public bathrooms.

In Scotland, an 18-year-old male who identifies as a woman was given a slap on the wrist by authorities earlier this month after assaulting a 10-year-old girl in the restroom. According to The Courier, the suspect, who goes by the name Katie Dolatowski, sexually assaulted the unidentified little girl in a supermarket restroom on March 4, 2018, reportedly grabbing “the terrified youngster by the face, shov[ing] her into the cubicle and order[ing] her to remove her trousers.”

The penalty for this individual should have been some lengthy prison sentence. Instead, he was

banned from having contact with children and given community service and electronic tagging.

How can the parents of this child be assured this predator will not strike again under the guise of identifying as a female? How has the legal system not only in Scotland but in many other countries turned to favor the transgender agenda?

The short answer to that last question is twofold. One reason is the cultural acceptance of transgenderism for adults, as seen especially in the instance of Caitlyn [formerly Bruce] Jenner’s relatively recent popularity.

Secondly, trans-activists have been ‘teaching’ and promoting their cause as ‘experts’ both in the medical community and at legal conferences in various states. These disturbed ‘health’ professionals have also gained the support of the American Academy of Pediatricians in a recent statement affirming ‘transitioning’ for children.

Dr. James Cantor explained in his detailed analysis of the AAP policy statement, “almost all clinics and professional associations in the world use what’s called the watchful waiting approach to helping GD children, [but] the AAP statement rejected that consensus, endorsing only gender affirmation.

Trans-Activists Are Targeting Children

It is alarming is that trans-activists are pushing their sex-change agenda on pre-pubescent children and threatening the parents if they object. Their pernicious influence has reached even the level of state government in South Dakota.

[Last month] the Health and Human Services committee of the South Dakota House killed a bill that would have protected the right of parents to refuse to consent to medical or psychological treatment for a child suffering from gender dysphoria if the treatment “would induce, confirm, or promote the child’s belief that the child’s sex or gender identity is different from the child’s sex presented at birth.”

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This is tyranny at a level so fierce that it promotes children not just acting against their parents’ wishes, but advocates punishing the parents with the force of law if they object. In South Dakota’s case, this means that children would not be afforded counseling unless that counseling affirmed the “child’s belief” they were somehow trapped in the wrong biological sex.

 

There are also some in America specifically targeting children as young as 4 years old. This tactic began to surface about 3 years ago in custody battles during divorce proceedings.

Dr. Michelle Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians. …“…first began hearing from distraught parents in this situation in 2016 and in 2017, I heard from seven families in as many different states in this situation. In all but one case the child was a 15 year-old girl who never had any sexual identity confusion prior to her parent’s divorce,” Cretella said. “The other case involved 4-year-old triplet boys whose mother desperately wanted a girl. The mother was a psychologist herself and had cross-dressed one of the boys for two years, insisting that it was his idea. In each of the seven cases the guardian ad litems and judges removed the right to medical consent and/or custody from the parent who objected to transition with puberty blockers and hormones.”

Puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are not well-studied and thus the harmful side effects are also not well-known. The physical damage of these potent and potentially dangerous drugs was not considered by the judges or the mother in this case.

The state of California has decided to tyrannically bypass the concern of parents and the judgment of the courts. This was accomplished by passing an insidious law affirming transgendered treatment for children as young as 12 in foster care without the caregiver’s knowledge.

[In California] you only need to be 12 years old to privately seek and consent to treatment for gender transitioning.

However, California decided to go even further by also requiring the taxpayers to foot the bill for this absurdity, whether they like it or not. In one section the new law states,

All children in foster care, as well as former foster youth up to 26 years of age, are entitled to Medi-Cal coverage without cost share or income or resource limits. The Medi-Cal program provides transition-related health care services when those services are determined to be medically necessary.

As has been chronicled in this journal and in many others, such ‘transition-related’ treatments, I will not call this ‘health care,’ are never necessary for children. Many studies have shown that 75-95% of children and adolescents lose these feelings of gender confusion when they become adults.

Once a person is an adult, the choice to poison and mutilate themselves because they deny reality is their own individual, if unwise, choice. That is, provided that choice does not make unreasonable demands on others to also deny biological reality with their speech and with public accommodations.

However, there is no right of choice allowing adults to manipulate children who have not yet matured mentally into life-altering and dangerous gender “affirming” actions. Nor should the law uphold and force such tyrannical nonsense upon society while endangering children in the process.

See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 18:10 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Intentional Immigration Ignorance, Part Two: A Wall Is Not Enough [Video]

Illegal Immigration

In part one we saw that building a physical barrier on America’s southern border is a wise and moral action to confront the invasion of illegal aliens into the country. However, though it is wise and moral, building a border wall, even a wall that completely halted illegal entry, would not be enough.

There are two additional measures that must be taken to halt the illegal immigration threat. Moreover, they must be taken quickly lest the nation is overwhelmed.

Asylum Law Must Change

The primary task is changing the asylum law in the United States. This must happen because no wall will stop this avenue of invasion.

Current law is a different version of the ‘catch and release’ method made famous in the Obama presidency.  The policy was originally created because of a court settlement during former President Bill Clinton’s administration.

At the time, it began with a Federal court ruling requiring Law Enforcement to briefly detain, and then release unaccompanied minors who show up at the border. They could be released to parents, other relatives, or into a licensed care giver’s hands.

If that was impossible,

As a last resort, U.S. officials may place children in the “least restrictive” setting available.

Illegal ImmigrationThe policy was also used liberally by the George W. Bush administration during the early 2000s until they halted the practice in 2008. President Obama reinstated and expanded the ‘catch and release’ policy in 2016, and under that reinstatement, anyone who could convince the Border Patrol they qualified for asylum would be released into the United States.

President Trump attempted to halt this with an executive order and, predictably, a Federal court in San Francisco blocked it. However, the President had something up his sleeve for just such an eventuality.

the Trump Administration has quietly negotiated an agreement with Mexico that effectively circumvents US courts to implement one of Trump’s biggest immigration-policy wins so far: A plan that will keep Central American applicants for asylum in the US on the Mexican side of the border while their claims are processed.

The agreement is not yet in force, however, it is only a temporary solution. Moreover, it doesn’t address applicants from countries outside of Central America that are showing up at the border in increasing numbers.

Basically, this is how it works today. When a family group, usually a woman with children, shows up at the border, they must do two things. First, they must surrender to the Border Patrol.

Illegal ImmigrationSecond, they must claim or apply for asylum. To qualify for asylum they must show a “credible fear,” of severe danger from their home countries.

Those who claim domestic violence or extreme poverty do not qualify for asylum. There is no such animal as ‘economic’ asylum.

Once this is accomplished, the family is released with an order to appear in court and have their asylum claim adjudicated. As you might have guessed, most don’t appear.

In fact, over 90% don’t make their court date. They aren’t tracked during the time until the day of their asylum hearing because, until their scheduled appearance, they are not considered in violation of the law.

It can be two years or more between illegal entry and the date of the asylum hearing, giving newcomers ample time to disappear into the interior of the country. This along with the increasing humanitarian crisis at the border prove the President right in declaring a National Emergency.

These facts have not escaped the attention of those whose interests lie with the illegal invasion. The word has been out south of the border, and people are taught to show up, with a child, surrender and even told the proper words to say to be able to claim asylum.

Moreover, the invitation to flood the border was practically given to Central America by the statements and policies of the Obama administration.

The Obama government and its media puppets celebrate the decline in border apprehension numbers from 2014 to 2015 as a sign of “success,” while they are silent on the Border Patrol policies that deliberately discourage Border Patrol officers from apprehending border jumpers. Those anti-enforcement policies are numerous, but some are downright unbelievable:  Would you believe the government’s Customs and Border Patrol official agency website has a section devoted to telling illegal border crossers how to avoid capture?
Would you believe that website also advises illegal aliens how to file a complaint against the Border Patrol or its sister agency, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), if they were apprehended in violation of the published rules of engagement?

A long-term change to this legal and virtually open-border situation must happen soon.

However, there is one other action that must happen even sooner. It is imperative that the southern border be closed, as quickly as possible.

The Border Must Be Closed

Illegal ImmigrationWhile changing the law is primary, the most urgent step that must be taken if America is to survive the crushing wave of illegal immigration currently underway is to close the border. That is the only way to create enough time for a real change in immigration law to be enacted and take effect.

The numbers of border apprehensions have greatly increased during the first two months of 2019, and the immediate prognosis is for even larger numbers of illegal aliens to inundate the border.

According to the statistics from the CBP [Customs and Border Protection], in the fiscal year of 2018,  migrants held between the ports of entry totaled 521,090. In FY2019 so far, the total is 318,407 and the year is only a third of the way along!

Each fiscal year runs from October to September of the following calendar year. America is on pace to more than double FY2018’s total in 2019.

In other words, should the pace continue at the current speed, border apprehensions will easily exceed 1 million, making it close to 2 million illegal aliens invading in the past two years alone! Thus, President Trump was correct in declaring the situation a National Emergency.

To his credit, the President seems to have also recognized the necessity of closing the border. He has threatened to do so on more than one occasion.

The latest warning about closing the border came via a tweet in December of 2018.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

…..close the Southern Border. Bring our car industry back into the United States where it belongs. Go back to pre-NAFTA, before so many of our companies and jobs were so foolishly sent to Mexico. Either we build (finish) the Wall or we close the Border……

49.8K people are talking about this

However, I believe the President may be waiting too long to start the process of closing the border. I submit that his reasoning should not be an insistence on building the wall or closing the border.

Instead, it is more prudent to first close the border so that the wall can be finished. Both building the wall and changing the asylum laws should be done before the border is reopened.

The Window of Opportunity Is Closing Fast

Many people have been hoodwinked by the false narratives of the Left concerning illegal immigration. Perhaps the worst of these has been the ongoing claim that there are around 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.

This claim has been around for a long time. It has also been a fiction for a long time.

Closer to reality is a September 2018 study conducted at Yale University on the subject.

Professors at Yale University have roiled the immigration debate with a new study calculating there are between 16 million and 30 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. — as much as three times more than most demographers figure. The professors’ model looked at estimates of how many people came illegally, and how many people likely left, and concluded there are a lot more people who arrived than the 11 million suggested by traditional estimates. The model says the most likely figure is double that, at about 22 million.

However, 22 million is actually a very conservative figure, in fact, too conservative. The upper limit of the numbers estimated, 30 million, is an undercount as well.

New Migrant Caravan – G. Arjas/AFP/Getty

The Yale study got one thing correct. The 11 million official figure, still used by the U.S. Census Department, is a fiction. However, they were missing two key facts in their analysis, and there was no way to account for those facts.

First of all, we do not know how many people are in America illegally because of overstaying their visa. Those with visas are not tracked as they are already here legally until their visa expires.

Second, and most revealing of all is this bit of information. Neither Yale nor anyone else can know the total of those who were not apprehended.

Remember, these extreme numbers of more than 1 million count only those who are caught by the Border Patrol, not those who got away. The Border Patrol used to do official estimates of the numbers of those who got away.

For years, the Border Patrol (BP) officially used to report the “gotaway” rate, those who “got away” from apprehension.  For decades, it was felt that on a “good day,” the Border Patrol caught one in five illegal aliens, on a “bad day,” the number was one in seven.

However, that all stopped during the Obama administration. This policy change occurred in August of 2016.

Obama’s Border Patrol has officially abandoned the use of the “Gotaway” number in weekly and quarterly reports of apprehensions. For decades, the Border Patrol routinely compiled and reported the Gotaway number as a supplement to the number of actual apprehensions.

By applying the additional variables of those who leave and repeat offenders, a more accurate number has been estimated by retired Border Patrol chiefs at 40 to 50 million illegals in the United States today.

This is an astounding number, but it is far closer to reality than most want to admit. And it is getting larger by leaps and bounds every day.

It is no longer a question of stopping an invasion of illegal aliens because we have already been invaded by millions of them, many of whom are not loyal to America or respectful of her laws. The immediate question now is how to stop the number from getting simply too large to cope with, even in the currently ‘rich’ U.S.A.

The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving. Proverbs 14:8 [ESV]

D. T. Osborn

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A strongly worded letter to the media

Dear Media,

What is wrong with you?
Are you to build or to destroy?
Do you know your role or you don’t know it?
See all the harm you cause
In the world;
The lies you tell;
The sensation
The conflicts you fan;
Are you aware of what you are doing?
Is it money you run after
Or popularity or service to the people?

Please, reader,
Add something
To this letter;
I am so angry
I can’t continue
To write;
Let’s put our heads together
And complete this letter
And send to the media;
Let them know what we think; you must be aware of their madness.
Nonsense!
Thank you!
Have you sent in your contribution to:

A strongly worded letter to poverty?

A strongly worded letter to Liars?

Media Madness and Malice on Global Display [Video]

4366040718_4c28855420_oThis journal has featured several articles about the media and the shameful way they have “reported” in the past. Additionally, the plague of the social media attack dogs has exploded in modern times and made the situation immeasurably worse.

One thing I have learned about observing journalism and media is this, when you think you’ve seen the worst from them, they will prove you wrong. The latest outrages emerge from perhaps the worst week ever for the mainstream media, or MSM, whether in print, on TV, or deposited like sewage on the internet.

If there are worse manifestations of media malevolence possible, I fear what might be forthcoming.

BuzzFeed Beating up the Truth to get Trump

BuzzFeed was created in 2006 as a site which tracked viral videos. The site began to fashion itself as a “news” organization around 2011.

Despite their efforts, even hiring someone from left-wing Politico to help, BuzzFeed couldn’t get any traction as a news organization. The public just didn’t buy it.

a 2014 Pew Research Center survey found that in the United States, BuzzFeed was viewed as an unreliable source by the majority of respondents, regardless of age or political affiliation.[12]BuzzFeed News has since moved to its own domain rather than exist as a section of the main BuzzFeed website.[13]

Mainstream MediaStill, BuzzFeed News wasn’t getting much attention. But with the publication of the infamous debunked fake “Steele Dossier” that all changed.

Therefore, it is not a tremendous surprise that BuzzFeed News would provide the first of these demonstrations of malicious malfeasance in the media. This was the supposed leak from the Mueller camp that Cohen would testify that Trump ordered him to lie under oath and there was documentation to prove it.

The MSM, of course, pounced on this like it was the gospel truth which would finally destroy the demonic Donald Trump. The breathless and hopeful mantra of the Leftmedia clones CNN, NBC, MSNBC etc. was that “if true, this was impeachable.”

However, there was one most astonishing development which would dash those nascent hopes just a few hours later. Mueller’s team released an official statement that BuzzFeed’s claims were “not accurate.”

This was a blunt denial from those BuzzFeed claimed as their “sources” for the fallacious piece. This was worse than publishing the phony dossier which not even the Trump-hating networks thought worthy of their efforts at the time.

BuzzFeed says they “stand by their reporting.” Good luck with that.

Mueller is the darling of the Left. Your compatriots are not going to believe you over their champion.

It is amusing that the Left leaped at this so quickly because the BuzzFeed story doesn’t make sense. Mueller has nothing to gain by having this information and keeping it hidden for one second.

Conversely, he has everything to lose if because of this an investigation of leaks in his operation is the result. Mueller’s investigation itself would never survive with that kind of credibility gap attached to it.

Clearly, here is another example of the Leftmedia infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome. Unfortunately, TDS is real and really dangerous.

However, the media doesn’t need TDS to excuse the next example. Hating pro-life people has been a specialty of the Left for five decades.

March for Life MSM Coverage Very Deceptive.

The coverage of the March for Life was scant on the MSM. Despite that, it was many times larger in attendance than the so-called “Women’s March,” which was also held in Washington D.C. this last weekend.

The 2019 Women’s March received roughly 15 times more news coverage than the 47th March for Life on broadcast television, according to the Media Research Center. …NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck examined the coverage each event received on the ABC, CBS, and NBC morning and evening newscasts — and the results are staggering. …“Between Wednesday morning and Saturday evening, the Women’s March fetched 14 minutes and 26 seconds of coverage… this stood in stark contrast to just 58 seconds for the March for Life,” Houck wrote. “For the March for Life, ABC and CBS were especially pitiful.”

Mainstream MediaLeftmedia outlets have been trying to distort and smear the annual National March for Life since the event began. This continued in 2019 even with the increased scrutiny modern tech provides.

In this age of video surveillance of and by everyone everywhere in public, it seems insane for anyone to believe they can make a false claim about an event like the March for Life. But that didn’t stop the Leftmedia from trying, and getting caught.

USA Today, the first result when you search for the march in Google News, began their story by saying, “more than a thousand anti-abortion activists, including many young people bundled up against the cold weather gripping the nation’s capital, gathered at a stage on the National Mall Friday for their annual march in the long-contentious debate over abortion.”

Yes, this is an accurate statement mathematically. The conservative estimates of 100,000 and more are greater than a thousand by about 100 times!

This tweet with video from Students for Life gives a 60-second time-lapse look at the massive amount of people pouring into the Washington D.C. March for Life 2019. You decide if this is merely a few thousand demonstrators.

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Students for Life@StudentsforLife

The 2019 March for Life was a great success! People from across the country, and the world, met in D.C. to march for the rights of the preborn! We are the Pro-Life Generation and we will abolish abortion!

5,062 people are talking about this

Yet, even with this level of deception, the MSM wasn’t done with their malevolent and shameful misdeeds. The treatment given to the Covington Catholic High School students after the March was concluded is worse than even the smears leveled at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.

The Unmatched Pernicious Media Treatment of the Covington High School Students

There has been an incredible amount of coverage about the aggressive confrontation tactics of both the so-called ‘Black Hebrew Israelites,’ and Native American Nathan Phillips toward the students of Covington Catholic High School after the March for Life on January 18th.

Mainstream MediaThe most spiteful, denigrating coverage appeared almost immediately after a few seconds of a viral video showing Phillips banging a drum and chanting inches from the face of teenager Nicholas Sandmann. Despite the fact that the full video was available to all the ‘news’ sources at the time, all that was shown on the MSM outlets was the shortened and clearly deceptive video.

The full video runs around two hours and tells a totally contradictory story of the incident. In short, it shows that all of the initial accounts of the media and the interviews Phillips gave afterward were lies, plain and simple.

Worse yet was the reaction on social media. Twitter, which Mark Dice correctly calls the “bathroom wall of the internet,” was filled with angry and violent responses to the fake video.

Calls for “doxing” the teens, expelling them from school, assaulting them and even one suggesting these children be fed into a wood chipper were all present! Twitter, to its continuing shame, didn’t object to any of this.

Worse yet were two particular responses. The first was the initial response from the Covington Catholic School and the Diocese of Covington.

Here is part of a statement they jointly released without having seen the full video or heard the student’s accounts.

We condemn the actions of the Covington High School students toward Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general on Jan. 18, after the March for Life in Washington, D.C. We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips.

The school and the Diocese also threatened disciplinary action including expulsion of the students. The PC ‘cred’ they thought they could gain here made cowards of them, so they abandoned their kids.

Even the Archdiocese of Baltimore got in on the outrage party and condemned the students! And they did it all based on false testimony from false witnesses including Nathan Phillips and the MSM.

What Really Happened?

If the claims of Phillips are compared to the video evidence, he is shown to be false every time. The media’s enabling of the lie with the deceptively edited video makes them complicit in the lies.

He claims the students were taunting the Black Hebrew Israelites. False: Video evidence reveals the black supremacist group hurled racist insults at the students throughout the confrontation.

Phillips said that Sandmann blocked his way and he couldn’t retreat and was surrounded. All false as the video reveals.

The Native American activist stated the students chanted “Build that wall!” The video shows that never happened.

There are more such examples all showing the same pattern. However, one falsehood which is particularly irritating involves Phillip’s claim to be a Marine veteran who had served in Vietnam.

Mainstream Media
Vietnam War Memorial

I served in the U.S. Army from 1973-76. Phillips served in the Marines from 1972-76. I did not serve overseas at all, let alone in Vietnam. Phillips claimed he did, which is extremely unlikely on its face.

Military deployments to Vietnam ceased in 1972. By the time I reached my station at Ft. Hood, TX in 1974, we were seeing soldiers return from Vietnam on a regular basis.

Phillips later walked back his claim. Perhaps he realized after reflection that the truth will come out (as it did, he never served in Vietnam) and that veterans, especially Marines, do not take kindly to ‘stolen valor.’

Nicholas Sandmann also released a written statement detailing the incident in as factual a manner as possible. The video evidence lines up almost exactly with his account.

The statement was also disturbing when Sandmann described what was happening to him and his family because of the uproar.

I am being called every name in the book, including a racist and I will not stand for this mob-like character assassination of my family’s name. My parents were not on the trip, and I strive to represent my family in a respectful way in all public settings. I have received physical and death threats via social media, as well as hateful insults. One person threatened to harm me at school, and one person claims to live in my neighborhood. My parents are receiving death and professional threats because of the social media mob that has formed over this issue.

Yet the media, specifically NBC’s Savanna Guthrie, while interviewing Sandmann on January 22, asked if he felt he “needed to apologize” for anything that happened. To his credit, Nick calmly and without malice denied any responsibility or need to do so, and he was correct.

Mainstream Media
Trump supporter pinched for wearing his hat

She also suggested in one question if evil-looking MAGA hats that Nick and many other students were wearing might have been too provocative and caused the confrontation. That sounds kinda like blaming the rape victim for what she was wearing.

Incidentally, Guthrie also interviewed Nathan Phillips. She did not ask him to apologize for anything at all.

‘Conservatives’ Contributed to the Falsehood and Fury

This is the most disappointing and instructive part of this malicious media lynch mob mentality. Disappointing because it came from those who should know better; instructive because it teaches valuable lessons about media scrutiny.

Most disappointing was the ravenous rush to judgment of a few ‘conservatives’ who chose to destroy innocent teens that were simply waiting for their bus to arrive to take them home. It was the esteemed National Review which paved the downward path into journalistic degeneration.

According to an excellent YouTube video by Stefan Molyneux on the Covington Mob Mania, “The Truth About the Covington Confrontation”:

National Review deleted its article, posted Sunday at 2:55 a.m. titled “The Covington Students Might as Well Have Just Spit on the Cross.”

Nicolas Frankovich was the author of this defamatory, prejudicial, piece of elitist propaganda masquerading as a serious conservative appraisal of the event. National Review should have known better than even considering this for publication.

Which brings to mind the lessons to be learned here. A while ago I discovered the first lesson, which is waiting.

If you really want to know the truth of a sensational story, a ‘viral’ video and such, wait at least three days and see what the story becomes then. 72 hours is my minimum for waiting and watching.

I might not be on top of the breaking news, but that’s not what I write, except on occasion with sporting events. However, it also means there is a better chance of getting the whole story before commenting, rather than leaping headlong into unknown territory.

Mainstream MediaThe second lesson is to comprehend the consequences for those you chose to defame. The technological traps of today mean that these kids are going to be negatively associated with this event for a lifetime.

The media madly rushing to judgment is not excusable for any reason and just stokes passions that are destructive. The malice manifested reveals that destruction may be the evil intent implemented by slimy Twitter trolls and morally blind SJW’s.

Continuing down this path is disturbing, degenerate and frankly dangerous to the very idea of liberty and justice. Moreover, the loss of even the attempt to find the truth will stain the societal soul and enslave the people it possesses.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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The Illogic and Idiocy of ‘Never Trumpism’

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Recently the publication “The Weekly Standard” ceased to exist. Its publisher, Bill Kristol, has been famous as a ‘never-Trump’ conservative.

I must confess I never really understood the phenomena of never Trump conservatives. The group began by not giving the president a chance to enact any policy and now continue complaining about him despite his performance on actual issues and policy.

Those who declared and remain never-Trumpers and consider themselves conservative have specific issues with Trump himself. Recently a particular article revealed not simply what these issues are, but how far this group will go to never support Trump.

A Never-Trumper’s List

Here is part of the aforementioned article by Sarah Quinlan,

I remain #NeverTrump and there is almost nothing Trump could do to convince me to vote for him in 2020.

Never TrumpMs. Quinlan is upfront as she writes this toward the start of her writing. She makes the point that she says “almost,” only because there are things Trump could do, but surely would never do, to gain her support.

What are her requirements? Let her speak for herself.

It’s possible he will sincerely apologize for all his past behavior; promise to treat people with respect — even when he disagrees …make genuine attempts to right past wrongs; drop his tariffs and end his trade wars; work to improve relations with our allies; …denounce the alt-right and neo-Nazis, rather than be pressured into doing so; …focus on the Russian and North Korean people being wronged than on complimenting their leaders; treat asylum-seeking individuals, legal immigrants, and, yes, illegal immigrants with compassion, not cruelty — even when enforcing the law; take initiative to control our mounting debt crisis instead of dismissing it; and stop tweeting, among other actions.

This list epitomizes the illogic and idiocy of ‘never-Trump’ reasoning. The complaints that aren’t simply about personal taste have little or no substance behind them.

Never-Trumpism is Illogical

The ‘never-Trump’ position is the exclusive possession of some conservative Republicans. However, their reasoning does not jibe with conservatism itself.

Examine Ms. Quinlan’s objections, for example. Many of them are simply complaints about personality and style rather than substance.

Never TrumpLogic would dictate that what was done as president should be more concerning than whether or not his tweets might be insensitive.

A bedrock conservative principle is that smaller government is better than larger government. President Trump has done more to reduce the size of the Federal Government than anyone in memory.

The past two years have been the greatest period of deregulation in modern times because of Trump. Anyone embracing real conservatism should be cheering this president on if we really believe in smaller government.

Any objective examination of Trump’s actual accomplishments in the first half of his first term would find much to be pleased with. His support for the military and law enforcement is strong.

His fiscal policy is free-market conservative and the economy is booming. He has been consistently pro-life in action and speech.

He has set records for conservative judicial appointments in but the first half of his first term. That doesn’t include his first two Supreme Court appointments and a possible third in 2019.

No not all that the president has done is unqualified conservatism. But on these large important issues, Trump has been solidly conservative.

Do conservatives believe that these make America better or not? If so, being never Trump is either illogical or insincere.

It is unlikely the ‘never-Trump’ crowd is insincere. Insincerity would not have persevered this long.

The illogic of ‘never-Trumpism’ means it is based on flawed thinking. Flawed thinking which also leads to foolish, or idiotic, thinking.

Never-Trumpism Is Idiocy

Never TrumpIt is never very smart to embrace illogical thinking. However, ‘never-Trumpism’ goes beyond that to idiocy.

‘Never-Trumpism’ is a form of a self-defeating action. Its goal is supposed to be the preservation of conservative political philosophy.

Yet, the action taken toward this goal is to not vote for a person who actually works to implement conservative action. Moreover, they vow to never support this person because his style isn’t pleasant enough.

If that was the extent of their behavior, it might be only marginally dumb. However, ‘never-Trumpers’ also actively oppose this president. Writing for The Federalist in 2017, Julie Kelly shows how Kristol fits this description,

One day into Trump’s administration, Kristol declared he would not get used to the “unprecedented vulgarization” of the presidency. He’s mocked Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway, and Ivanka Trump. He referred to Trump’s immigration executive order as “Breitbart-like boob bait for the bubbas” and compared Trump’s presidency, less than one month old, to President Nixon’s second term. Then this shot a few days ago: “Honest Q for conservatives who aren’t just working with or around Trump, but rationalizing him: In your heart, don’t you know you’re wrong?” Wrong about what? Nominating an education secretary who supports school choice? Rolling back burdensome, costly federal regulations? Prioritizing national security? These are all things conservatives support.

This means that there are those calling themselves conservative who would rather witness the defeat of conservatism than have Trump as president. They prefer to join the Left and accelerate the destruction they bring to America.

They prefer to let the socialist Left destroy the economy and press an immoral social agenda down the throats of the American people than ever side with Trump.

That is the folly of never-Trumpism. The greatest conservative president of modern times would chastise Kristol, Quinlan et. al for their behavior.

Reagan’s 11th Commandment

Never TrumpIn my considered opinion, President Ronald Reagan was the greatest president of my lifetime. Whether you agree or not, it is at ĺeast consensus that Reagan was the greatest conservative president of modern times.

One of his many oft-quoted sayings became known as his ’11th Commandment.’

“Thou shalt not speak ill of thy fellow Republican.”

By this, Reagan did not mean Republicans were above criticism. He meant rather that even with some disagreement in the party, the alternative is far worse for America.

Therefore, party unity should prevail over personal disputes. The history behind Reagan composing his 11th has some similarities to today’s political disputes among Republicans.

The GOP was divided after the defeat of Goldwater to Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Some had been vocally opposed to Goldwater’s nomination, and Reagan aimed his 11th commandment their direction.

Clearly, Donald Trump the primary candidate was not shy about criticizing his fellow Republicans. Mostly he did so in reaction to others criticizing him, staying in character as a “counter-puncher.”

There were many conservatives who didn’t care for Trump then, this writer included. His comments and demeanor were not what was imagined by many.

However, that all changed necessarily when Trump won the nomination. Or at least it should have.

Once he became the Republican nominee, Trump should have had consistent conservative support if only because the Democratic alternative was a certain disaster for America.

Never-Trumpism Is Potentially Destructive to America and Beyond

Never TrumpAmerica thrives in substantial, measurable ways today because President Trump has taken steps in line with conservative principles. A ‘never-Trump’ position would deny the nation substantial economic benefits, a smaller tax burden, a stronger military, and more that a Trump presidency has so far provided.

A look at what a ‘never-Trumper’ in high office will be like is coming this year in the person of new Senator Mitt Romney. The newly-elected Utah Republican decided to give a preview of his coming service in an anti-Trump tirade op-ed in the Washington Post.

It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not. When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion. …But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.

Bear in mind that Trump aided Romney’s bid for the Senate in Utah. During that campaign, Romney appeared to have mended fences with the President.

So, his first act as a freshman senator is to repay Trump’s favor with a public scolding featured in a leftist paper?! All of it, again in never-Trumper fashion, is style over substance.

Buck Sexton made this excellent point when discussing Romney’s attack on his January 2, 2019 radio show. Sexton noted that he thinks Romney is priming a run for the presidency in 2020 and that Trump would soundly defeat him.

However, should Romney run a third party candidacy,

He’s just gonna hand the presidency to the Democrats… At what point do the results just not matter to the never-Trumpers because they’re so in love with their own sense of righeousness and their need to be right?

At what point indeed? Will it have to be when America vaults headlong into Democratic Socialist submission before conservatism is ‘pure’ enough for never-Trumpers?

Will Kristol and fellow never-Trumpers feel vindicated if the country is decimated as a result? I suppose they could say “I stayed true to my principles to the end.”

These opponents of President Trump may be well-intentioned, but as the saying goes, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Should never-Trumpers succeed they will have hastened America down that road to destruction.

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Ecclesiastes 5:1 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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