Saturday, February 17, 2018

Protect Our Kids

            Once again we’re faced with a school shooting, the Parkland shooting. And once again, the same conversations. Here they are:

-          The NRA is to blame: Nope. Not close. First, no NRA member has committed any of these shootings. One NRA member did kill a shooter, before he could get away, possibly to kill more people. Second, the NRA is a safety organization who is FOR background checks and strengthening the effectiveness, completeness and thoroughness of the NICS, the federal background system.

-          We need to ban guns/assault rifles/semi-automatics: First, you can never ban guns. The 2nd amendment will never get overturned and the tyrannical moves it would take to get around that would bring an armed revolution. Second, most people calling for assault weapon bans really can’t define them. The problem is not the type of weapon, it’s the people using them. Third, if you ban semi-automatics, which the Supreme Court will overturn, you severely limit the defensive capabilities of the weapons. The difference between having to manually chamber and the gun loading the next round on its own is significant. Finally, the 2nd Amendment is not just about self-defense from criminals, it is also about defense from the government. The 2nd Amendment secures all the others. The first thing every tyrannical government does before oppressing its people is confiscate the guns.

-          We need “common sense” gun laws: 99% of the time when you ask “Ok, name a common sense law not already on the books,” you are met with silence. We have 22,000 Federal, state and local gun laws on the books already. People guilty of domestic violence, felons, people courts have ruled too mentally unstable to own them, can’t buy guns, legally. Every gun sold at a store, gun show, over the internet and between private parties requires, by law, a federal background check. If I was to sell you my gun, I’d have to do it through a registered dealer with a background check installed. BIG POINT: Criminals don’t obey the law, that’s why they are criminals. Laws ONLY impact the law abiding.

-          People don’t really use guns for self-defense: Actually, according to FBI statistics, people not associated with law enforcement use a gun for stopping a crime over 2 million times a year, 10-12% of those rapes or sexual assaults. In over 90% of the incidents, the gun was never fired, just used to hold the criminal until the police could arrive.

We live in a society with a liberal media that defends killing babies in the womb, even after twenty weeks, something that the vast majority of Americans doesn’t support. More and more states are pushing and passing euthanasia laws. Video games glorify violence and even criminal activity. PG-13 movies can have a high level of violence, just not as graphic as R. Yet, the same people who would say all these things, abortion, euthanasia, Hollywood, are not a problem, wring their hands and wonder “where’s the value for human life.”

We took the Bible out of the schools, even as literature or social studies, and wonder how our moral standards have slipped. When our morality is based on human, majority rules shifting standards, the measure of morality slips.

      Given that we can’t get morality back to this generation, and probably not the next, teaching the value of human life, and we aren’t going to get the Bible back into schools anytime soon, what then is the solution? The answer is armed guards in schools. Between the willingness of active and retired law enforcement to volunteer/work cheap, and veterans to do the same, we can do it. We need to also allow and encourage administrators and teachers to get conceal carry licenses and be armed at school. We can’t get rid of all the guns, nor can we suddenly get troubled kids to value human life. Apparently we can’t trust the FBI to follow up strong leads (as they failed to do with Parkview and Cruz).  So the only answer is to have good guys with guns. We have them protecting our banks, politicians, government buildings (other than schools), actors and actresses, etc., but our kids most of all deserve it.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Fake News

            The media is doing a lot of bleating about Trump calling them fake news. However, they are self-inflicted wounds and not as serious as they try to claim. The media (MSM) has gone so far to argue that he’s suppressing them.

            What the MSM fails to understand is that Trump is not only baiting them, but calling it correctly. If Obama had claimed his campaign was wiretapped during the election, the media would have investigated like rabid dogs smelling day old steak. Accusations would have flown around on their airwaves as they tried to figure out who did it and took everything the Obama administration said as gospel. When President Trump said his campaign was wiretapped by Obama’s administration, the media went on a frenzy as well, only it was a frenzy of “how irresponsible of Trump”, “liar in chief”, etc. When it actually came out that Trump was right to claim what he did, they barely covered it. And now that more and more evidence is coming out that the FISA court was lied to by an FBI paying for a former British spy for a dossier of information bought from Russians, they are spinning it.

            It’s too late for the MSM to fix their eight year nap from inquisitiveness during the previous administration, but they could go a long way to fix their reputation if they took a more honest look at his tenure now. How about really digging into Fast and Furious and the spying on Sharyl Attkisson for trying to cover it? Or why Obama went to bed and then jetted off to a fundraiser while Benghazi burned? For eight years they fawned over him and nothing he did was critically analyzed.

            The other half of fixing their reputation is to come back down from their current level of ninety five percent negative coverage of President Trump. That number is from Pew, a respected polling firm . There is a non-stop drumbeat of negative from a press corps that openly admits to leaning liberal in polling, and proves over and over again that the biggest fake news is “we’re unbiased reporters.” I challenge anybody to watch President Trump’s Arizona speech following the Charlottesville tragedy and argue that the media’s coverage of him after that was fair. Yes, he did say after the march that some of the people there protesting the statue being taken down were “good people,” which is probably true for those wanting to keep it up for historical, not racism reasons. His statement inappropriate in its timing, but it was ONE part of a larger statement he made three times condemning the majority of protesters who turned out to be neo-Nazis.

            The MSM would also be well-served not writing and tweeting article after article praising North Korea’s Minister of Propaganda and her cohorts for their showing at the Olympics. While snidely slamming Pence, they have heaped praise on a major participant in the oppression and killing of her own people, a woman who knows her brother killed their other brother and an uncle in horrible ways.

            One final thing they have to do: Stop pretending Trump is shutting down the press, invading their headquarters and jailing journalists, or starting a state run media. None of that is true, and his criticism has been proven correct over and over again. Not that you’d hear that reported, because that would require the rare honesty about their own mistakes that the MSM refuses to show. It’s not just what they report, it’s what they don’t. They’ve asked Trump if he’s racist or posed questions to him to try to get him to say something they can twist thousands of times, to the point he just rolls his eyes and walks away now. Yet, not once have they reported on his tens of millions in donations to Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and their organizations, nor his close relationship with them.

            Stop trying to build narratives and ignoring what doesn’t fit, and maybe the MSM can climb out of their current basement, untrusted by the vast majority of Americans.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Real Problem with the FISA/Dossier Scandal

            I’m sure my limited following is just chomping at the bit to hear my take on the FISA memo. I wanted to write this earlier but I was just too busy with work and life.

            It comes down to this for me. Throw out all the talk about “this should end the Mueller investigation” along with all the “Trump and the GOP are out to destroy the FBI!” This is just a memo, not hard evidence. Nobody has ever been indicted over a summation memo, when there is evidence to back it up. That is what will end investigations. And if you can destroy the FBI by prosecuting a few bad actors that broke the law, then it was never strong to begin with.

            On the “I thought GOP was for law and order” crowd, you can’t have law and order if the officers of the law are breaking the law themselves. Yes I want a strong FBI, but I don’t want the leaders of the FBI violating the fourth amendment of the constitution. They can do their jobs and respect our laws and constitution, and I would encourage and support them doing so.

            That is the crux of the memo argument for me. I don’t particularly care that the dossier was paid for by Hillary and the DNC. I don’t particularly care that a British spy, colluding with the Russians, put the piece of fiction together. All in all it was a fictional piece of opposition research that belonged in the garbage, even according to some of the most salacious left wing sites. Even Buzzfeed published it as “completely unverified.”

            The problem with all of it boils down to one thing. The FBI leadership saw fit to use this uncorroborated, unverified (in the FBI’s own words!) document to spy on the Trump campaign. Andrew McCabe said under oath they wouldn’t have even gone for the FISA warrant without it, but even James Comey under testimony said it was unverified and salacious. These people violated Carter Page’s fourth amendment rights to spy on an opposition political campaign based off fiction.

            That is what should bother all Americans. If people at the FBI can get away with using foreign lies and propaganda to violate your rights, there is no law and order. If the FISA judge wasn’t told of the unreliability of the dossier and its sourcing, the FBI and DOJ officials who signed off on the warrant should go to jail. If the FISA court was told, the FISA judge should join them all in jail.

            This isn’t a partisan thing for me. I’d be saying the same thing if Obama discovered the same malfeasance by Bush and McCain when he took office. What happened, no matter the politics of the people involved, the FBI’s use of this fiction is a threat to all of us.

            Prosecute them. Don’t let the Democrat water carriers in the MSM shame anybody into not doing it. Like we have to trust that the police aren’t going to bust down our door and arrest us as Russian spies for wearing the wrong shirt, we have to have the trust that if the FBI is spying on American citizens, they have proper and complete evidence to do so!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Democrats Shooting Themselves in the Foot

            I’ve taken a whole day to read and listen to analysis of the SOTU last night. I, of course, completely agree that Trump did a great job and looked more presidential than at any time in his administration. Just yesterday I said the definition of that may be out of date. In some ways he still didn’t fit in the mold, the traditional picture of what a president should be. I can’t remember a previous president encouraging the opposing party to stand and clap, like President Trump did with the lower drug prices applause.

            Before I get to the Democrats, I want to throw out one major critique of the president. It opens him up to unfair, yet possible, criticism. He needs to say more than “criminals are coming across the border.” While a completely true statement, open and unspecific like that his opponents and detractors try to claim he means “all immigrants are criminals.” I don’t for one second believe this to be the case, but I think he needs to be more thorough. So here’s how I would make this point it the future:

“Without a border wall, and increased manpower, anybody can come across the border. Many of those crossing illegally are hard-working people who could make a positive difference in our society, but they should still be immigrating legally, not sneaking in. Another portion of those crossing want to take advantage of America’s social safety net, including having children that automatically become citizens. However, among the people crossing our unprotected borders are people of ill intent, including gang members seeking to join their companions already here. Nearly half of the illegal immigrants arrested for serious crimes in this country were previously deported, which means they were able to sneak back in through our porous border. Along with this criminal element wanting to plunder our wealth comes illegal drugs and weapons. Again, I would say most people who cross the border or overstay student or work visas just want to work and contribute and be a part of being an American. We should make the naturalization process more streamlined for them. But if we are going to protect ourselves from the repeat offenders, the previously deported, the terrorist sleeper cell members, the drug mules and the gang members that also take advantage of the border, it must be secured.”

            This kind of specificity almost completely shuts down the spurious charges of racism, the charge that President Trump just has it out for Hispanics. I don’t for one second believe that he believes any one color or creed is the bad group. There is great purpose in securing the borders so that those who do violate our laws, especially those who commit violent crime or other felonies, can be effectively deported and have more difficulty returning.

            The Democrats have to understand this. Americans already do, which is why they are on Trump’s side in numbers enough to get him elected. Illegal immigration is most unpopular amongst poor communities, including many black communities. The low skilled citizens of America have to compete with people coming here illegally. More often than not they live in communities affected by the gang violence. Their staunch refusal to compromise on this, and President Trump has come a long ways from the stance that his supporters wanted, will bite them. The “racist” shtick is wearing thin and a lot of the Democrats’ voting blocks are starting to see the light. From blue collar workers seeing more money in their paychecks, to people seeing MS-13 taken from their neighborhoods by the thousands, the truth of President Trump’s “All Americans” pledge is breaking through.
            In deciding to sit on their hands and not applaud lower unemployment rates, whomever gets the credit, standing for the anthem, and so many other things the president said that led to his eighty percent approval of the SOTU, the Democrats made a huge error. In refusing to cooperate on immigration, when the offer is 250% of the current “Dreamer” population and gives years to get legal, they make President Trump look like the reasonable one offering to come to the middle.

            The Democrats can’t keep stiffening their backs in a way to please the 20-30% of the population that wants them to. This position of “the GOP can come along for the ride,” as President Obama once said is why the Democrats lost a record number of seats in state and federal legislatures over his terms. They are the opposition party now, and Americans traditionally vote in a way that moves us away from one party rule. Without appearing to be willing to listen to the majority of Americans that want lower taxes, less competition for jobs and resources from people here illegally, and security in the rule of law, the Democrats will squander their chance to take back the house, and could see sixty GOP senators.
How Americans Remember Democrats Right Now

            Early in his first term Obama used terms like “I won,” to tell the GOP to sit down, be quiet and let him use his 60 senate seats and house majority to do whatever he wants. Once he lost the house and the super senate majority, he still refused to compromise and went to “pen and phone” to force his agenda. Because of that President Trump has been able to undo a lot of what President Obama did with that same pen. Real, permanent changes in the laws of this land come through Congress. If the Democrats don’t at least appear to be something other than “we can’t work with or cooperate with or compromise with anything Trump wants, because TRUMP,” the president will have four years of full Republican control of the government. If that happens, the next Democrat president will need Congress to undo what they don’t like. It won’t be as easy as it was from Trump to undo Obama’s legislation by executive order.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Stable Genius

                I see a lot of people from both sides of the aisle, from pundits to reporters, wishing President Trump would stop tweeting. Some of the objection I see is purely that his tweets violate their standards of presidential decorum. Others think the tweets are counterproductive to the goals for which the president should be striving. A third group thinks they are just downright lies sent around the media so they can’t be fact checked before millions read them.

                To me they are part of a genius strategy. In order to see this you first have to realize our current president is not a politician. He didn’t run your typical political campaign, and that’s what got him elected. Almost every other Republican politician he beat would have rolled over and submitted like beta dogs to the press. Only Trump would ignore and even push back against charges of being a misogynist or otherwise “beating up” Hillary. He was never concerned about his image or what the media thought about him. He even thrived off of the media’s negativity and used it as a weapon right back at them.

                So then how is the tweeting a strategy and how do I think it works? First, I believe President Trump when he says he doesn’t spend time watching cable TV. He could not both spend hours watching “fake news,” tweeting about it, and accomplish what he has in his first year. He’s ended twenty two regulations for every new one. He’s been out giving speeches, meeting foreign leaders, and being president. There is too much on a president’s plate to sit around watching the cable screamers. Hope Hicks and others in his administration do that for him.

                Second, I don’t think Trump does the vast majority of the tweeting himself. Whether he’s a “stable genius” or not, he does know how to delegate or he wouldn’t have built the personal empire that he did. Delegation is THE essential piece of growing a company, as an owner that tries to do everything will burn out or never grow. In the same way the communication strategy in his tweeting is managed by people delegated to follow that strategy. Hope Hicks age, young enough to grow up embedded in the social media world, makes her the perfect person to carry out the campaign.

                Finally, the genius of the strategy is that the media becomes his trumpet, unwittingly, of things that distract from all the things he’s doing they would be freaking out about. This works for him in two ways. First, it increases his followers on Twitter, further amplifying his messages there to go around the media. Second, President Trump is able to get away with repealing regulations and shrinking the federal government and a host of other things he’s done while the media freaks out about clearly metaphorical things like bigger buttons. While the #FakeNews is having five people talk for twenty minutes about the danger that is Trump having a button and calling his bigger, Trump is signing an executive order reopening offshore drilling and ANWR. Sure, the media gets around to stories on drilling, but they’ve already wasted twenty minutes on whether a tweet brought us closer to war. Ordinary people watch segments like that and see the metaphor. Smart people know he doesn’t really have one button to launch nukes.

                I’ve even seen the media spend portions of their “news” hours wondering why President Trump hasn’t tweeted on certain things, like the Stormy Daniels story. The president, and his team, have made his tweets and the fact that he tweets such a big media fish hook he has them wrapped around his finger. He, or his staff, tweets that the Obama administration was spying on him. The media freaks out about the tweet being a ridiculous claim and brings on all kinds of talking heads about it. Months later it comes out that the president was right, but thanks to the tweets and the freak out that followed, Americans have enough information to pay attention. In the past, a Republican president would never put that information out there since his only way to do would be the media itself, who would frame it as insanity from the start. Instead, Trump gets his say to millions of followers in several 140 character tweets that live in posterity for all to go back and read when he’s proven right.

                Rush Limbaugh does these segments on his show that he openly says are to bait the media. I don’t know if the president learned these tricks he uses from Rush, but the trolling is similar. I sincerely hope the media never figures it out, but even if they do and stop hyperventilating, Trump has his following. He speaks to more followers on Twitter than CNN does on TV, especially if you don’t count airports and other waiting rooms. Is it Presidential? Depends how you define that. What it means to be a gentleman has changed over time, why can’t what it means to be Presidential change? The President’s main job is lead the country in the way he was elected to take it. He’s keeping his campaign promises more than most politicians ever do, so by the measure I just laid out, he’s very presidential.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A New Beginning

This week I left Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They were disturbing my mind and heart. So much of the stuff there was mental vomit, from both sides. Even the conservative sites I liked had started generating things in my timeline by conservative sites publishing unsubstantiated garbage. Filtering through all the posts for what had been legitimately researched and what was just pure clickbait was wasting too much of my day.

Sure, there were the truly important things there, like updates on my nephews’ and nieces’ activities. I kept up to date on friends I can’t text any more. I’ll just have to keep up the old fashioned way: texts and phone calls. Yes, I know texting isn’t really old fashioned, but it’s nearly as direct as a phone call.

I still need a place to vent my political side, and that’s what this blog was originally set up for. So here goes some quick venting:

Trump is not a racist. He was NEVER accused of being one prior to becoming a Republican candidate. He was widely praised for his work with the Rainbow Coalition and Jesse Jackson Sr. worked closely with him. He is a billionaire who could put his money to any cause he wanted. No, Trump saying “rapists and pedophiles are coming across our border” DOES NOT MEAN THE SAME THING as all Mexicans are rapists and pedophiles, or even illegal immigrants are rapists and pedophiles. You have to stretch it, read the man’s mind and heart, and apply evil intentions to him to turn what he said into what the liberal media has claimed he meant. He’s married to an immigrant and was married to another. It would be like taking me saying “baseball’s drug testing policy allows steroid users to play” and twisting it to argue that I said all baseball players use steroids. The two are not the same without distorting what I said.

And don’t even try to claim that because the National Policy Institute or the KKK or whomever endorse Trump it’s because he agrees with them on everything. They had to choose between Hillary and Trump, four more years of Obama or four years of ending his crushing policies. Trump never once claimed white people are superior, colored people are inferior or any other statement anywhere close to that. He has more sexual and racial diversity in his executive structures than his entire industry. No candidate can control who endorses him, and nobody should have to repeatedly repudiate who endorses them to bizarre standards set by the media, standards that are raised every time you meet them so they don’t let you off the hook.

On that same note, I warned 8 years ago that calling everything racist, such as opposition to Obamacare on its merits, would result in the word having no power. It has happened. Then when Ben Carson joins the Trump administration a member of the media tweets “house or field?”. How can anybody take the term “racist” seriously when it’s applied to EVERYTHING and EVERYONE who is white and conservative by people who turn around and attack a black man for being conservative? That never ending drumbeat works great for the perpetually offended social justice warrior crowd, but the rest of America has stopped listening. Like the shepherds that ignored the boy who cried wolf, I’m afraid that America would ignore real racism now, if declared by our corrupt media.

On the subject of the corrupt media, refusing to take questions from a media outlet at a press conference isn’t a violation of the first amendment. It wasn’t when Obama froze out Fox News for a short time and it isn’t when Trump won’t let CNN answer a question. The first amendment only restricts the government from telling the press what they can and cannot write. It does not grant them the right to ask questions or to be recognized at a press conference. Nobody is stopping CNN from saying whatever they want. No government officers have shown up at their offices to shut them down for “reporting” on things they then have to retract, quietly, later. They are free to continue being the Clinton News Network or the Communist News Network or whatever biased business model they want to follow. If they can’t directly ask Trump questions, they’ll have to get it from other sources. I’m sure one of the other biased MSM sources will ask the same questions off the Journolist postings from that morning.

Another example of the corrupt media is the “Trump mocked a disabled reporter” falsehood. Trump hadn’t met with the reporter he was talking about in decades. He didn’t know the reporter he was talking about is disabled. He makes the motions that the media jumped on every time he talks about somebody being flustered, including Ted Cruz. Watch this video defense of him, it is explained best here:

Can we drop all the label throwing now, the Russia hyperbole, the attempts to divine the future off a hyperventilating liberal “press”? Let’s see what he actually passes. I’ve never seen so many “I’m scared” and “I fear for my life” tweets (before I left twitter) ever before. So who’s the side campaigning on fear? Trump never campaigned on ending gay marriage or interning anybody. Everybody needs to relax and actually address the laws and policies that come out of this administration, not try to read the future. There are a lot of things conservatives didn’t want Obama to do that pundits and others said he would. He didn’t actually do many of them.

So relax. Our republic survived Carter and Obama, it will survive Trump too. And if he’s half as bad as the liberal world claims he is, based on their mind reading and Ouija boards, he’ll only be there four years

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What's Wrong With Our Political World

I’ve had this blog kicking around in my head for a few days, but this article in the NY Times pushed me to actually write it. I totally agree with the writer, even though he’s a liberal. See what I did there? I tried to discount that he could have a good opinion because of his politics. While a certain level of this is totally appropriate and should be taken into account, we’ve come to a place in our politics where we are completely shutting down opinions and positions and arguments we don’t like. It is important to understand another person’s perspective from which their positions are coming, but we’ve gotten to the point of completely ignoring the contributions people we disagree with can make to a discussion.

                Yes, this has always gone on to some extent, and I’ll get back to that later.

We have spent the last seven years having reporters and commentators explain away opposition to our president as racism, nothing more. Reporters do it with “some have opined that the opposition to this bill is steeped in racism” (who is some? What a convenient out). Conservatives have been wailing about Obama’s Marxist tendencies, as if that means nothing that comes out of his mouth is worth involving in the debate. We can’t have a civil discussion about voter ID and point out that minority voting participation has risen in every state that has implemented it because the people we’re trying to discuss it with are shouting “Racist! Bigot! You want to suppress minorities!” We can’t even discuss female bathroom safety without bringing into question the hearts and intents of the people involved. A recent discussion about it I was part of went straight to “evil Christians”.

                As the writer of the article I linked above points out, in many research studies it’s been shown that the liberals at these colleges dismiss the opinions of conservatives and Christians immediately, and label us uninformed, idiotic, bigoted, racist, etc. I have liberals in my own family that, despite me being a conservative myself, have an image of conservatives being racist, rich, white people with their foot on the neck of their workers. And I know conservatives who have come to see liberals as just chomping at the bit to open up gulags and throw all climate change deniers and Christians into them.

                While we look at each other like this, closing our minds to other opinions by reducing the value of the speaker to zero, we make our heads and our worlds echo chambers. But what we really need is sounding boards, open discussion, finding middle ground. We can’t have reasonable conversations about the issues of the day when liberals are told by voices on their side that conservatives want to stone gays, and conservatives are told that liberals want to post speech police on their pulpits to arrest people for their religious beliefs. Nor can we have either side threatening to do that to silence the opposition. The very basis of freedom of speech, a fundamental right for us to come to consensus solutions to issues, is everybody gets their say and the majority work it out. Both sides need to be careful about silencing, by force or ignoring, opposing views because the pendulum swings both ways.

                I firmly believe the vast majority of Americans, no matter their political stripes, are good hearted in that they want America to be safe, they want the needy fed and clothed, they don’t want people dying in the streets because they can’t get medical care anywhere. The current political climate has jaded a lot of people, for sure. It’s made people who no longer see those who truly need welfare, for all the people who are just leeching. But it’s also made people who ONLY see those who need help, not all the people who could work and take care of themselves but out of a sense of entitlement or laziness take from those who need it. Americans, though, at their heart, are a charitable, caring people who just have different opinions on how to solve the problems we need to solve. Heck, we even disagree on whether some things are problems. I realize that even in writing this it’s impossible for me to hide my own political stripes as well.

                However, I’m trying to do better at not dismissing opposing viewpoints. I took a few months off of political debates and posting stuff online and I saw all of this when I stepped back. It was shocking to realize the level of hatred laced rhetoric people direct at their opposition. I will concede there are evil people, some of them are politicians and some of them are rich. But most politicians and rich people are as good hearted and well intentioned as the vast majority of Americans and want the best for their constituents, whether they be voters or employees.

                There has always been an undercurrent of dehumanizing and discounting the opposition, but there used to be adults in the room. Social media is an unregulated cesspool in most cases where people can fling stuff around. Perhaps because of social media, however, the traditional media and politicians have stopped being those adults in the room that they’re supposed to be. I remember when Paul Ryan proposed some Medicaid reforms, to save it, and the national news played only one Democrat response: that Paul Ryan wanted to push grandma off a cliff. Conservative politicians have fed the (so far) lie that Obama plans to use his AmeriCorps rebirth to stage a coup and never leave office. I stopped watching national news after that Paul Ryan incident because they never bothered to actually review the elements of the proposal, the issues each was meant to address, and get serious Democrats to offer substantive arguments against each point. It was the last straw for me.

                I’ve heard more from the conservative side on this for the last 20 years, so I have lots more examples I could make of Democrats and liberals than Republicans and conservatives, but that’s not what this about. This is a plea to begin pushing back against people who say we should just close our ears because somebody is liberal, conservative, Marxist, whatever. When a college campus says a speaker can’t come on campus because they are conservative and their views are “controversial”, alumni and the community need to push back. The media needs to question the suppressing of speech, not the hearts and minds of the protestors or the speaker, because that’s the issue.

                Can we all please take a step back and start focusing on the issues, give every voice a legitimate opportunity and start coming to a consensus again? Can we all please drop our stereotypes of our political “opponents” and consider what their proposals can do? And most of all, can we have an open mind that there’s a good chance we could learn something? When you believe the people who disagree with you are nefarious, it makes it impossible to consider what they are saying very well could be the truth . . .