Bill Clinton, Roy Moore and the Politics of Hypocrisy

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So the Left is having a cathartic come to Jesus moment over having stood by Bill Clinton all these years with eyes wide open to his sexual predator nature and the abhorrent treatment his accusers faced at the hands of Team Clinton.

Remember those fun  times?  A quote from  loyalist James Carville inferring Paula Jones was making up being sexual harassed by Bill in return for cash, pretty much sums up the disgustingness of it all.

“Drag a $100 bill through a trailer camp and there’s no telling what you will find”.

Just lovely, and from the so called “pro women” party no less.  Liberals finally seem to be coming to terms with their own hypocrisy and the shameful behavior of that era, as two recent and decidedly harsh articles from some surprising sources display.  Vox’s  “Bill Clinton Should Have Resigned” and the New York Time’s, “I believe Juanita”  both offer scathing indictments of the Clintons and their abusive and opportunistic ways.

While it’s hard to tell whether the authors are more upset about Bill Clinton’s behavior and their own non reaction to it, or that it gave Republicans a wedge issue to beat Democrats over the head with for 25 years, it is still nice to see some sort of reckoning, finally, from the Left.

As a recent college graduate, the whole Monica Lewinsky circus was a surreal thing to witness and I recall that time period as my rather bizarre introduction to politics.  Pre- Twitter and Facebook mind you, the mainstream news was filled 24/7 with tabloid like details of Oval Office sexcapades, cigars, a new definition for the word “is” and an infamous stained blue dress.

I remember thinking, the President of the United States is a lying pig that takes advantage of his power to abuse women, surely he will be thrown out of office.

Yet we all know he was not. His supporters on the Left, particularly feminists, gave Bill Clinton a pass because of shared politics and their doomsday belief that a Republican president would be utterly catastrophic to their cause.  They were so blinded by their own self-righteousness, they put winning political battles over moral decency, which even my politically naive 20 something self could sense was a putrid sort of strategy that stunk to its core.

This was a turning point for me, where my views about the Democratic Party shifted from mere indifference to disgust.  Party loyalists lined up to give unquestionable support for Bill while slut shaming his victims and blaming a “vast right wing conspiracy”.  Cue feminist leader Betty Friedan:

 “Enemies are attempting to bring him down through allegations about some dalliance with an intern…. Whether it’s a fantasy, a set-up or true, I simply don’t care.”

The rank hypocrisy and sheer bankrupt morality of it all turned me permanently away from the Democratic party and the feminist movement and I began to seek out news from alternative sources and really think for myself politically for the first time in my life.

Jumping ahead to 2017 and what do we see?  A Senate candidate in Alabama fighting off accusations of having sex with minors by blaming the victims and crying of a conspiracy by “the establishment” to keep him off the ballot.  His supporters are not only on board with this but actively trashing his accusers or, worse, justifying the behavior with absurd reference to Joseph and Mary from the Bible.

Aside from what I believe are credible accusations against Roy Moore, he is still a troubling candidate. As a judge, he refused to enforce federal orders he disagreed with on gay marriage and has stated on record that Muslims should not be allowed to serve in Congress.  Regardless of your thoughts on gay marriage and Muslims, Roy’s positions here are anathema to the Constitutional workings of our government and the basic tenants of religious freedom.  Roy Moore is a very flawed man and is not someone anyone on the Right should be falling on their sword for.

My fellow Conservatives, we need to be extremely mindful in how we represent our philosophy to others, as it is a direct reflection on our own values.  This very much includes the candidates we support and their behavior, from the President all the way on down.  We must be willing to call them out when they say or do immoral things.

I know the media operates as an arm of the Democratic party and I am as sick to death as anyone over their lies, smear tactics and unfair treatment.  I understand too that we are in a battle for the future direction of the country and electing politicians who share our values on individual liberty and religious freedom is essential like never before.

There could not be a better time for a large injection of integrity and decency in to the body politic and that my friends starts with ourselves.

 

 

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California’s War on the Poor

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Why does California hate poor people? More accurately, why does the CA State legislature continually pass bills that make it so expensive to live there? Even, worse, to address the inevitable poor results of their initial bad laws, they then mandate new regulations to fix the mess they created in the first place that usually screws things up even more.

Inept, unaccountable, politicians plus layer upon layer of ill conceived and economically illiterate policy has created a dysfunctional state government and enraged populace.

Case in point, California’s double-digit increase on fuel taxes that took affect this past Wednesday. These additional taxes, passed via party line by Democrats, bumped the price up 12 cents per gallon and 20 cents per gallon respectively for gas and diesel. Vehicle registration fees went up too.

This is on top of already sky-high pump taxes and the extra fees brought on by California’s special fuel blending requirements. Oh they’re special all right, as they give us poor saps in California the privilege of paying more for a blend of gas no other state in the nation uses and who manage to get along just fine without.

The new tax is supposed to raise $5.2 billion annually for road and bridge repair but call me skeptical. It’s true, we have horrible roads; I sometimes wonder if I’m in a third world country, as I watch the front end of my car bounce up and down while navigating enormous potholes that have been known to swallow up entire cars.

The thing is, we Californians have been paying some of the highest gas taxes in the nation for eons, yet our roads and bridges continue to deteriorate. Why?  One reason is a good portion of the money that’s supposed to go towards repairs gets sucked in to the general fund for CA state expenditures. This is akin to pulling bills out of your wallet and lighting them on fire.

So here we are with a big mess of a road system created by years of neglect from clueless, greedy politicians, who would rather spend our hard earned tax dollars on things like a bullet train to nowhere that nobody wants and patching holes in an imploding state pension fund that again was their fault to begin with.

But things will be different this time, as we are promised  that the extra tax dollars really will go towards fixing the roads. Uh, huh. Meanwhile, while we wait for that enormous herd of pigs to fly on by we get the privilege of paying $4-$5 per gallon of gas.

This will affect everyone, but the poor and middle class will get hit hardest. Being forced to spend an extra $20-$30 per week is painful to someone already living paycheck to paycheck, doubly so for those whose jobs require a lot of driving. Look also for the cost of food and other goods to rise, as companies  factor in extra fuel costs for distribution.

The California state legislature doesn’t really hate poor people. They just care more about feeding the growing blob of government bureaucracy that gives them power and job security. Their reckless spending of our money and complete inability to pass responsible budgets means that taxes and fees will only continue to rise.

A better question to ask is why do we citizens of the formerly great state of California continually reelect these opportunistic morons?

 

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Good Boundaries Make Good People

“By this, the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son in to the world so that we might live through Him.” –1 John 4: 9

I read a truly awful news story  this morning on the sex trafficking of young children. We all know it goes on but it’s always shocking to me to hear the stories.  Just horrific stuff as you can imagine, of how sick and twisted minds indulge in their most deviant fantasies with the click of a mouse. Continue reading

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Battle of the Sexes

No, this isn’t a review of the new movie out about that infamous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, although I do hope to see it soon. It looks hilarious and who couldn’t use more laughter in their life right now.

Today’s topic is Harvey Weinstein and female oppression. Hold on guys, don’t leave the room, as this isn’t a male bashing hit piece either. While the whole pathetic Weinstein saga brings about several steaming piles of hypocrisy just begging for dissection, what intrigues me most is how far off track we’ve gotten when it comes to women’s oppression, because those words have lost their meaning.

First, a brief summation of events. Harvey Weinstein is (was?) a big time movie producer and co-founder of Miramax films, who for decades used his industry power to pressure women in to having sex and/or perform lewd acts in front of. He is a living, breathing caricature straight out of 1930’s Hollywood of a cigar chomping film mogul who preys on women in return for movie roles. His number of accusers is now pushing 30 and growing daily.

Calling Harvey Weinstein a pig is an understatement and unfair to real pigs, who can be quite charming. He is a predator who views women in one of two ways; those that can fulfill his perverted sexual needs and those that can make his films successful and thus fatten his bank account. He is a selfish, vile abuser who oppressed women in the worst of ways and deserves the public flogging he’s now getting.

What to make then of Mitt Romney, who after a question about pay equity in the 2012 presidential debate said: 

“I had the chance to pull together a cabinet, and all the applicants seemed to be men . . . I went to a number of women’s groups and said, “Can you help us find folks?” and they brought us whole binders full of women.”

Ok, not the most eloquent statement, but it was clear he was saying that he went to great efforts to make sure women would be hired for his cabinet. Yet he was roundly pilloried by the Left as wanting to put women in binders, which quickly morphed in to the “big scare” narrative that Mitt Romney’s policies are from the 1950’s, implying he wants to oppress women by keeping them barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen.

Of course this was a big fat lie drummed up by Team Obama to piggyback off the Left’s bigger, “War on Women” theme, which demonizes Republicans on issues like birth control, abortion and equal pay as wanting to oppress women.  Legitimate policy differences exist by the way on these topics, but it’s so much easier to exploit the vulnerable and demonize your opponents as sexist cavemen, than engage in debate.

Unfortunately it worked and the “women are oppressed” narrative along with a heavy assist from a compliant media, perpetually outraged feminists and, ironically, Hollywood, took on a life of it’s own. Women’s Studies’s classrooms across the country now teach as fact that oppression is everywhere, as common as the air we breath, brought to you by an invisible patriarchy that exists to keep women down.

Question, if women’s oppression is everywhere, so much that a squeaky clean Mitt Romney can be painted with such a villainous brush, how then do we describe the Harvey Weinstein’s of this world?  Is he like a Super Duper Women’s Oppressor or perhaps an Oppressor Extraordinaire?

No, Harvey Weinstein deserves the label of women oppressor without the  extra superlatives.   In normal times, it would be understood that this is a very serious business and accusing someone of such evil should not be taken lightly.

We don’t live in such times however, which unfortunately means Mitt Romney and many other good men will continue to be demonized,  as long as it pays off politically.  Welcome to the insanity of identity politics.

The problem is when the wolf constantly cries “oppression, sexism and patriarchy,” many folks tend to tune out, especially those being unfairly maligned and instances of real oppression and harassment don’t get the attention they should.

One final note, ladies, give the men in your life the benefit of the doubt that for the most part they are decent people and not out to harm or oppress you. Guys, don’t be so quick to dismiss our complaints of sexual harassment and abuse because it does happen.  It’s not the norm and certainly not systemic to our culture, but it is real and we need good men like yourselves to help combat it.

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Heart Wins the Game

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver spoke these words at the opening ceremony of the very first Special Olympics  in July of 1968 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.  The words eventually became the official motto of the Special Olympics and is duly recited at each event by eager athletes ready to compete.

I had the privilege of attending such an event today at the Special Olympics  Southern California County Regional Fall Games.  The day was hot, too hot to be playing outside, much less competing in rigorous sport and I was worried this would dampen enthusiasm or worse, cause medical issues.  Boy, was I mistaken, as these athletes were here to play and certainly weren’t going to let a little heat stand in their way!

Some takeaways from this spectacular day:

People are people regardless of mental or physical disabilities.  We all want to be acknowledged and treated with dignity and fairness.

Those that might be considered “different” don’t want special treatment, just a shot at doing things many of us take for granted.  They might need certain accommodations or a helping hand, but this doesn’t mean they aren’t like everyone else when it comes to competition.  They like to win.

There is a certain character trait shared by many who have faced hardship and which I Special Olympics-High Fivesaw in abundance in the athletes and families I interacted with.  It’s a calm joy that exudes outward and that comes from having learned long ago that circumstances don’t define a person and that the ability to choose your attitude is the secret to life.

We are all considered equal in God’s eyes, each stamped with our own unique qualities.  We ALL have value through Him, none more than the other, regardless how our brains may work or our bodies move.

Special Olympics-Color GuardThe most touching moment for me was when the National Anthem was played.  As usual, I teared up as those memorable words were sung and I looked out over a sea of people beaming with pride.  Most were standing, some seated in wheelchairs and many with hands held over hearts.  Not one downed knee among the crowd, no surprise there.

 

 

 

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My Name is Tricia and I’m a Conservative

Good satire is a lost art , which is one of the reasons I enjoyed the above video so much.  Mainly though, I was just really pleased to see a black woman speaking  publicly about being a Conservative in a smart and funny way that demolishes  stereotypes on who and what they are supposed to be about.

That woman by the way is Candace Owens, who puts out fabulous videos meant to wake up her fellow African Americans to the absurdly hypocritical progressive left and how damaging it has been and still is for black people.

As a politically Conservative woman, I can sympathize. I know my views often raise eyebrows among some people and I’m very familiar with the surprised look that comes after declaring them.   This is often followed either by uncomfortable silence or a drawn out monologue on all the evil ways Conservatives wish to oppress women. How could possibly I be one of them, don’t I know about the patriarchy?

Um, yes I do and I believe its existence as a political wedge issue has been one of the most damaging things for women since being denied the right to vote.  Spun to manipulate us in to blaming sexism and right wing Republicans for everything wrong in our lives, the corrosive effects of this false narrative on women’s empowerment and societal cohesiveness cannot be overstated.

For all the ills of the Internet and social media, it’s also brought about  tremendous change to the political landscape by allowing individuals like the woman in the video to share their views with millions of others without the filter of a news anchor telling us what to think about her.  This destroys the conventional labels the media and politicians like to pin on us and is a very good thing.

For more examples of this Liberal Red Pill phenomenon go here.

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Reflections on 9/11

10450846_10152657445138150_1527888332419789200_nIt’s been 16 years since that awful day when the Twin Towers came crashing down and so many lives were tragically cut short.  It’s important to take a few minutes today to reflect on what happened.  What did 9/11 mean to you then?  Does it differ in how you view things today?

It does for me.  During the days immediately following the attack, I was angry, sad and numb.  I didn’t know anyone personally that died, but the momentousness of the event was unavoidable and we all knew that things would never be the same.  Our false sense of security was destroyed and our innocence lost.

At least it was for many of us having come of age in the 1980’s.  That bubble gum era of optimism and bad pop songs provided a false sense of inevitability about the future and naivety of the world around us.  9/11 shattered all of that.

We saw repeated news footage of the towers disintegrating, listened to unusually calm voices from those still stuck inside or on flight 93 leaving voice messages to their loved ones, knowing they were about to die.

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Taken at the 9/11 Museum in NYC

We watched in horror as people flung themselves out windows rather than face being burned alive.

Yes, things had definitely shifted that day and America was going to war.

What exactly did these idiot jihadists wish to accomplish by all this? Did they have even know or were they just drones following orders? For that matter do we even know?

Sure we went in to Iraq and Afghanistan and we, in effect, “took the battle over there”, but did we really accomplish anything?  We destroyed the Taliban and they came back as ISIS, we are in the process of destroying ISIS and now  Al Qaeda is gaining strength.  The names change but the Islamist fanaticism behind it remains the same and its followers hate us as much, if not more, than they did on 9/11.

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Tribute wall at the 9/11 Museum in NYC

I’m still angry today, albeit it’s softened a bit by time in to exasperation.  The people that were murdered, the suffering of their loved ones, the painful recoveries of those that were injured, both physically and emotionally; it all seems so pointless.

I’m sad too but in a different way, as I mourn for a time when we seemed to be able to come together, at least on the big things.  We are a divided people today, uniquely so I think when compared to other tumultuous times.  Social media, fake narratives repeated as truth, the demonizing of political views, identity politics and the instant reaction of so many to imply ill intent to those that think differently is ripping this country apart.  We are a hot mess and only getting hotter and messier.

It’s not despondency I feel when looking back at 9/11. It’s more of an acceptance that there will always be bad events and innocent people getting murdered. The best we can do is focus on what’s important; God, friends, family, loving others and always holding on to the truth.

What are your thoughts about September 11?  Have they changed from then to now?

 

 

 

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“I Didn’t Need the Nazi, I Had One in Me”

 

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Edith Eva Eger was starved, beaten and terrorized on a daily basis during her brutal stay at a WWII Nazi death camp, even forced to dance with Josef Mengele, the infamous Angel of Death who murdered her parents along with countless others.  She survived that horrible time by clinging to her mother’s last words before being sent to the gas chamber, “I want you to remember, no one can change what is in your own mind”.

That brief sentence became a personal mantra for Eger, both during her time at Auschwitz and while battling the post-traumatic stress disorder she suffered for years after the war.  In fact she built an entire career around it, as a highly successful clinical psychologist, helping thousands overcome trauma by accessing what’s inside of them to make the shift from victimhood to empowerment.

This took time though, as survivor’s guilt messed with her thinking process, causing much shame.  Years after refusing to walk at her graduation from the University of Texas (with honors) because she felt too old, she realized she never really left the concentration camp.  As she says:

“I became a high achiever because I never thought I deserved to survive.  So where is Hitler?  I didn’t need the Nazi.  I had one in me.”

Fortunately, most of us will never experience what Dr. Eger did during the Holocaust, but we all carry trauma from the past that bleeds in to the present. Our own inner Nazi exploits this with words like:

“You’ll never make this work.”

“How could you be so stupid?

“You’re a fraud.” 

“Nobody really likes you.”

“You’re ugly.”

 “You don’t measure up.”

 “What’s wrong with you?”

 “Why did you say something so dumb?”

Crippling self talk poisons a person’s soul and can rob them of their ability to be who God created them to be. It stems from anger and resentment and breeds a victimhood identity, which in turn brings on depression, fear and spiritual paralysis.

If anyone has the right to be angry and resentful of their past, it’s Dr. Evers, yet she is not. When asked about going back to Auschwitz 35 years after the war ended she said,

Oh, it was the most excellent thing I’ve ever done. I needed to look at that large lion in the face and I needed to laugh at him.”

Dr. Evers believes our thought process plays a critical role in how we cope with life and that it’s essential for those stuck in the past to face their own lions and to not let others or events define who they are. She goes on to say:

“I do have a story but I am not my story. I may not have overcome it but I came to terms with it. It is wonderful to be a WHOLE person – the more you depend on needing others to heal… the more you are a victim.”

Avoiding pain is a national pastime in America. Sky rocketing substance abuse levels, intolerance of views we disagree with, trigger warnings on even remotely controversial content; this all feeds in to a collective desire to hide from discomfort. It’s these very protections though, these giant “safe spaces” we draw around our lives, that can prevent inner reflection and emotional growth.

Yet our societal instinct is to numb emotions through antidepressants, drugs and alcohol, which only feeds a vicious cycle that leads back to victimhood.

Does this mean we should be happy when difficult times come around? Of course not, but we should recognize the value these experiences bring in teaching us how to deal with life and each other.

On May 4th, 1945, seventeen-year-old Edith Eger was left to die in a pile of corpses and would surely have done so had an American soldier passing by not glanced up and seen her hand move. Emaciated, barely breathing with a broken back and suffering from Typhus, it was a miracle she survived.

Dr. Eger believes she was allowed to live through those awful days of the Holocaust for a reason. It was God she turned to then for the strength, “to turn hatred into pity” and “to pray for the guards” and who put her on a mission to lead others out of their emotional imprisonment to what she calls the ultimate spiritual freedom of forgiveness and love.

“I remember, God had spoken to me, and said, if you die, you’re going to be a coward.  But if you live, I’m going to show you that you’re going to be for something.

And how does she feel now after all those years?

“We are all survivors here and not a victim. I don’t have time to be a victim. I was victimized.”

And about Hitler?

“I am a mother of 3, grandmother of 5 and great grandmother to 3…, that is the best revenge against Hitler.”

 Amen to that Dr. Eger and God bless you.

To learn more about this remarkable woman and her new book, The Choice, go here.

Prison “The biggest concentration camp is in your own mind and you can find the key in your pocket.”~Edith Eva Eger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Good Thing Harvey Washed Away

It can seem at times that American citizens are continually at war with one another, always fighting over whatever the latest issue of the day is. While it’s true the country is in flux, the majority of people that make it up are good and decent and it’s important to remember that. I thought the author of this post did a great job showing the human side of tragedy and how even a devastating flood like Harvey can bring us together.  Take a jump to her site and read the whole thing.

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There’s not much in the world I can truly say I hate. But I hate Harvey.

We have been sitting here for more hours than I can begin to count being brutally lashed by his seemingly never ending fury. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t scary…terrifying…at times, but we are among the lucky ones. We are safe and dry.


Harvey has taken so much from so many. Homes, lives, hopes, jobs–all washed into the Gulf of Mexico by his relentless anger. As the horrifying images and desperate needs flash across my screen in endless and quick succession, I sit here with tears in my eyes. Where do you begin? I have never felt so helpless. My neighbors are in dire straits and I can’t do anything but pray. It’s a terrible feeling.


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ESPN, Coward of the Year

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It’s been quite the rollercoaster of events these past couple of weeks, with Nazis openly marching in the streets, a self identified anti-fascist group employing their own fascist techniques to shut them up, historical statues and monuments vandalized by mobs and a president who has not yet learned that how and when you say something is just as important as what is being said.

Taken individually, these things are not yet cause for too much alarm.  The majority of the country soundly rejects Nazism and white supremacists, is appalled by mobs tearing down statues and is waking up to the violent tactics of groups like Antifa.  Collectively though, they are symptoms of much a greater problem; one whose essence is captured in a seemingly small event. Continue reading

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