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Dem Senators Declare ‘All-Out War’ On SCOTUS Over 2nd Amendment Case

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The Supreme Court is set to hear its first 2nd Amendment case in over a decade and that’s got Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee in a tizzy and sending warnings to SCOTUS.

No really.

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York alleges New York’s rules about transporting legal guns to homes or ranges outside the city are unconstitutional. Back in July, New York City officials tried to keep the case from going to the Supreme Court by asking justices to reconsider hearing the case because recent city regulatory changes rendered the issue moot.

In a letter last week, New York City Assistant Corporation Counsel Richard Dearing told the Supreme Court’s clerk that there is no longer a “controversy because the new city regulation gives petitioners everything they have sought in this lawsuit.”

Mr. Dearing added: “The new state law, upon signature by the Governor, will make the case doubly moot.”

In short, Democrats really don’t want a Supreme Court with Brett Kavanaugh instead of Anthony Kennedy hearing a 2nd Amendment case. Here’s how Think Progress describes efforts by Democratic Senators to warn the court, if SCOTUS determines it will still take up the case, about what they say is playing politics:

Whitehouse is one of five senators (the others are Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)) who filed a brief earlier this week in a Second Amendment case the Supreme Court’s Republican majority could use to dismantle what remains of America’s gun regulations. Whitehouse is also the lead (and only) counsel on the brief.

The brief itself is less a legal document than a declaration of war. Though parts of it argue that the high court lacks jurisdiction over this case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York, the thrust of the brief is that the Supreme Court is dominated by political hacks selected by the Federalist Society, and promoted by the National Rifle Association — and that if those hacks don’t watch out, the American people are going to rebel against them.

And Whitehouse concludes the brief with a threat. “The Supreme Court is not well,” he writes, “and the people know it. Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics’.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham blasted his colleagues on the Judiciary Committee for their warning, saying Whitehouse’s words are a thinly veiled reference to the Democrat pipe dream of expanding the Supreme Court to allow for more liberal justices.

Graham also tweeted his response to the suggestion that the Supreme Court is not well.

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Israel Barring Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Was the Right Move

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

This morning, news broke that Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib were being barred from entry into Israel. This has set off a firestorm on the left, who after years of cheering on cities and countries telling Trump he’s not welcome, have suddenly decided it’s deeply wrong to bar political figures from entry.

To those complaining, security in Israel is simply a game where only appearances and news headlines matter In reality, it’s much more serious than that. Any provocation can lead to violence and people dying. Is that worth letting a couple of anti-Israel, pro-BDS Americans walk around for photo-ops to push propaganda for Palestinian terrorists?

The answer is no, it’s not worth it. Omar and Tlaib have had an opportunity to show a level head when it comes to Israel and they’ve instead pushed a movement that seeks the destruction of the Jewish state while delving in their own frequent anti-Semitism. Am I really supposed to be mad at the Israelis for not wanting to host them? The United States doesn’t grant visas to people who seek the overthrow of our government and Israel shouldn’t be expected to do so just because these two women happen to be members of the US Congress.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu defended his decision this morning.

As a free and vibrant democracy, Israel is open to critics and criticism, with one exception: Israeli law prohibits the entry into Israel of those who call for and work to impose boycotts on Israel, as do other democracies that prohibit the entry of people who seek to harm the country. In fact, in the past the US did this to an Israeli member ofKnesset, as well as to other public figures from around the world.

Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar are leading activists in promoting the legislation of boycotts against Israel in the American Congress. Only a few days ago, we received their itinerary for their visit in Israel, which revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy. For instance: they listed the destination of their trip as Palestine and not Israel, and unlike all Democratic and Republican members of Congress who have visited Israel, they did not request to meet any Israeli officials, either from the government or the opposition.

A week ago, Israel warmly welcomed some 70 Democratic and Republican members of Congress, who expressed broad bipartisan support for Israel, which was also demonstrated a month ago in a resounding bipartisan vote against BDS in Congress.

However, the itinerary of the two Congresswomen reveals that the sole purpose of their visit is to harm Israel and increase incitement against it.

In addition, the organization that is funding their trip is Miftah, which is an avid supporter of BDS, and among whose members are those who have expressed support for terrorism against Israel.

Netanyahu is exactly correct. Their planned trip was nothing but a propaganda stunt meant to stir up further resentment against Israel. They didn’t even have enough respect to refer to Israel by name, instead saying they were visiting Palestine (which doesn’t exist).

The trip was being paid for by Miftah, which is an anti-Israel organization whose members have supported terrorism in the past. You’d think two Congressional members being hosted by such a group would make our media uneasy, but they apparently think it’s fine.

Part of the concern over the visit was a possible visit to the Temple Mount with Palestinian authorities. This would have been a disaster because either Israel allows it and legitimizes a terrorist government’s claim over the site, or they bar them from the site and violence inevitably erupts from the Palestinians.

This is the kind of game playing Omar and Tlaib were obviously seeking and Israel was 100% right to shut their trip down. I hope the pressure doesn’t cause an about-face here from Israel. They owe these women nothing.

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UK Bans Volkswagen Commercial Due to the Horror of Displaying a Mother With a Baby

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Don’t worry, everyone. If you’re scared that gender stereotypes are going to be pushed in public then rest easy, because the United Kingdom’s politically correct overlords are on the job.

Volkswagen recently released a commercial that featured men doing actions like floating in space and doing the long jump with a prosthetic leg, but ends with a woman — dare I even speak of this horror? — sitting next to a stroller as she reads in a park.

Watch this terror for yourself below, if you dare.

Liderully shaking.

Don’t worry, readers of unspecified gender, because the brave folks at the U.K. Advertising Standard Authority (ASA) leaped into action after they received just three complaints. They swiftly banned the commercial for violated gender stereotyping rules.

Also, just a heads up, there are gender stereotyping rules in the U.K. that can get your commercial banned. Super progressive stuff.

“By juxtaposing images of men in extraordinary environments and carrying out adventurous activities with women who appeared passive or engaged in a stereotypical care-giving role, we considered that the ad directly contrasted stereotypical male and female roles and characteristics in a manner that gave the impression that they were exclusively associated with one gender,” said the ASA. “We concluded that the ad presented gender stereotypes in a way that was likely to cause harm and therefore breached the Code.”

Volkswagen defended themselves, noting that the commercial was centered around adapting to change and that bringing a child into the world is one of the biggest changes to your life that can happen.

“The core message of the ad was centered on the ability of the human spirit to adapt to challenges and change brought about by circumstances. They illustrated that through a number of different scenarios featuring various characters so that as diverse an audience as possible would be able to identify with the message.”

“They included the final scene of the woman in the park as a relatable example of adaptation to change, as they believed that welcoming a newborn into the family was a life changing experience that would be shared by many viewers, regardless of gender. The scene served a secondary purpose of illustrating the reduction of engine noise in an electric vehicle.”

Every day, I’m more and more glad that our founding fathers shot their way out of UK rule.

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Free Greta: Why Letting Children Perform For the Entertainment Of Adults Is Serious Business

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, centre, arrives for a meeting in the French National Assembly, in Paris, France, Tuesdays, July 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

Greta Thunberg is a world-wide Climate Warrior sensation She is a thought leader, a movement maker and a world-traveler.

Greta is also 16-years-old.

She is (and has been since age 12) a bonafide star in the climate change industry; and “industry” is exactly what has popped up around environmental issues in the last 40 years. Eco-tourism is branded as your “last chance” to view any particular wonder for climate change kills it. Traveler’s checks accepted.

Environmental/climate conferences are huge business. Google hosts an elite, exclusive climate summit every year in the most glamorous and high-end of locations. The world’s biggest celebrities and politicians fly in individually on their private jets and then (individually) hop on their giant, diesel-fueled yachts and consume more resources in a few days than some small countries do all year.

With political utterances becoming more and more dangerous for celebrities and their careers, climate change is a win-win cause. Who doesn’t love Earth?

Win-win.

But you know who is losing, right now? Greta Thunberg.

Western culture’s obsession with idolizing children is disturbing at best, dangerous at worst. The #MeToo era has also ushered in a greater awareness of how children are treated in the entertainment industry. There is an ugly truth behind the shiny Hollywood veneer.

A child who gets paid to perform for the entertainment of adults is already in trouble.

You may think Greta is climate warrior, but she is really just an eco-entertainer. Her age is her brand. Her every move is controlled by adults. Adults are the ones praising her, inviting her all over the world to speak, invading her space for comments and interviews. Adults are the ones profiting from those clips and words and appearances. Adults are the ones sharing Greta’s activism and holding her up as an example of their own definition of perfection.

Greta herself has made unsettling comments about why she became an “activist” in the first place. Her family claims she has Asperger’s, which already isolates her socially. Greta says she has lived in fear and loneliness most of her life, feeling like she was the only person concerned about climate.

That really struck a chord with me, because I too spent a large portion of my youth terrified that the world would end before I got the chance to enjoy it. Global warming, holes in the ozone layer, the next Ice Age, rising seas, acid rain – you name it, we worried sick about it in my house. I’m 45 years old, but at 16 I was convinced the disintegrating world would never let me see this age.

It isn’t natural or healthy for a child to feel like they are solely and singularly burdened with saving the world.  What child can bear that type of fear and emotional trauma without lasting consequences?

And what child can bear the probing, judging eyes of the entire adult world as they scrutinize her development, maturity and opinions? Like any normal person, Greta will grow and evolve. Her opinions and feelings will change and her experience will inform her outlook. However, now she is locked into a single phase in her life. She is forever preserved in stern-looking magazine covers and fawning memes. All aimed at the pleasure of adults, who share her images and silently (or publicly) wish their own children were this smart, this motivated, this aware.

Ask any former child star how that type of pressure works out for growing children?

Greta seems smart, and is smart but what is happening to her is no different than the off-putting child beauty pageant circuit. She’s not being forced to cake on make-up and imitate adult physicality for recognition. She is being being asked to put on the mantle of a fully-formed adult, and take on the burden of rescuing humanity. She is being asked to imitate an adult mentality for the pleasure of real adults. Some may think they are just supporting environmental issues, but those people can’t see how much pleasure they are getting out of the actions of a child who is working as though she is 30 years old.

Greta is not in control of her life. I don’t care how mature you think you were at 16, you weren’t either. Even if you were independent for whatever reason, your brain and emotions were still so susceptible to interference you were making decisions based on what other people thought was best for you even if you didn’t know it.

Like the children the media hails as “drag kids”, the political “stars” like C.J.Pearson or the beauty pageant contestants like Honey Boo Boo, Greta’s singular attraction in the world of climate change is that she is a child.

We should all be concerned when a child becomes the object of entertainment and idolization by millions of adults.

Greta will never be able to move on from this mindset without great public attention or outcry. She may not think like this at 30, but will she feel free to tell that to the world? Or will she still need to protect her brand for the comfort of others? Greta’s parents could still allow her to work in favor of environmental issues. They don’t need to trot her all over the world, stunting her in this mental state for the rest of her life.

Forget about the politics of this issue. This isn’t an op-ed about climate change. This is an op-ed about children, and how to protect them, and how perverse it is for anyone of any political bent to objectify a child in any manner.

I understand it is too late to ask for people to let Greta just be a girl. But maybe, down the road when she is feeling used and abandoned because her youth has faded (and thus, her attraction as an activist…again, disturbing) she’ll find this post in the way-back machine and know that at least someone was concerned, and voiced that concern. Maybe it will be some small measure of comfort.

Free Greta.

 

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Anderson Cooper: Decline of White American Demographic is “Exciting”

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The weird thing about the “rise of white supremacy” obsession the media has going right now is that they’re doing and saying things to put themselves so far on the opposite side of white supremacy that they end up becoming racist against white people, even if they themselves are white.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper is one such anchor who recently called the demographic decline of white people in America “exciting,” and then immediately mentioned how it would make white supremacists angry.

He said this during his show on Wednesday night while speaking with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos.

“The idea that, you know, whites will not be the majority, I mean, that’s — it’s an exciting transformation of the country, it’s an exciting evolution and you know, progress of our country in many different ways,” said Cooper.

Ramos agreed with Cooper and added that this is a positive development.

I’m not going to give any heed to the argument of what is and isn’t considered racism. Racism is racism, whether you’re racist to a black person or a white person.

And what we just watched was racism.

Cooper didn’t call the development “interesting,” or treated it with any kind of neutral or fact-based language. He called it “exciting.” That’s a word you use when talking about about a future event you’re looking forward to, like a concert featuring your favorite band or a vacation to a tropical location.

Despite its popularity right now, racism against white people is awful. The erasure of its cultures should be considered bad just as it would be considered if any other culture was steadily being wiped off the map. If it was any other kind of race, you’d see days of appreciation or awareness pop up.

Cultures change, and that’s a natural thing that happens. Why it’s “exciting” to see white culture disappear, however, is sinister at its heart. You’re essentially applauding the disappearance of a people. If for some reason it was the Hispanic population that was disappearing from America and Cooper had called it exciting, he’d be tarred and feathered for his racism.

However, racism against whites is not only okay, but it’s also encouraged in today’s society. I find that awfully disturbing.

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Ouch: Gaffetastic Joe Biden Is Making so Many Flubs That Some Allies Want to Scale Back His Appearances

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The fact that Joe Biden is a gaffe machine is well-known in Democratic and Republican circles alike, and in the past his allies usually laughed them off and chalked them up to just “Joe being Joe.”

But while his campaign surrogates have continued to grasp on to the “Joe being Joe” excuse in recent days after a series of high-profile flubs that happened over the course of a little over a week, some of his allies are panicking – and suggesting his appearances be cut back.

The Hill reports:

Biden has a tendency to make the blunders late in the day, his allies say, particularly after a long swing on the road, like he had last week in Iowa. They say something needs to be done to give the candidate more down time as the campaign intensifies in the fall.

“He needs to be a strong force on the campaign trail, but he also has to pace himself,” said one ally who has talked to members of the campaign team and others in the broader Biden World about how to move forward.

The ally said it was unclear whether the campaign would make any changes to Biden’s schedule, particularly because Biden was criticized recently for not doing as many events as his Democratic rivals.

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Biden’s age — he’ll be 77 in November — has been seen by some as a liability ever since he launched his campaign earlier this year. While he has been billed by those around him as the most electable Democrat to take on President Trump next year, some wonder if he has the zeal to compete.

“A lot of people are nervous that he’s lost some of his mojo,” said one major Democratic donor. “They’re getting nervous about him going toe to toe with Trump. But the problem is, there doesn’t seem to be an alternative.”

Columnist Larry Elder compiled a short list of some of the gaffes Biden has made just this month:

“Those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president.” — Biden, Aug. 10, 2019. The Parkland shooting was a year after Biden left office.

“We choose unity over division. We choose science over fiction. We choose truth over facts.” — Biden, Aug. 8, 2019.

“Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.” — Biden, Aug. 8, 2019.

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“You had people like Margaret Tha — excuse me. You had people like the former chairman and the leader of the party in Germany … Angela Merkel.” — Biden, Aug. 8, 2019, campaigning in Iowa.

Maybe some of them can be simply chalked up to Biden losing steam after a long day of campaigning, but the one about the Parkland students visiting him “when I was vice president” after the Parkland shooting is the one that stands out as the most troublesome. That’s not juts a flub, and it’s not merely a lie.

It suggests he can’t remember the dates he was vice president, and perhaps really believes that the students visited him in that capacity after the shooting. I don’t recall a mass shooting at a high school during the time he was vice president that would have precipitated a visit from some of the students in the aftermath, certainly not one he could have mixed up with the Parkland shootings.

In fact, the aggressive political activism of some of the students after the Parkland shootings happened was widely praised by the mainstream media at the time because it hadn’t been done before.

A couple of months ago, President Trump insinuated there might be a more troubling reason why President Obama was not outright endorsing his former veep for President that went beyond merely not wanting to show favoritism before the primaries even started.

After the series of gaffes committed by Biden earlier this month, CNN‘s Jake Tapper reported that even some Democrats were starting to be troubled by the former veep’s error-prone nature:

If Biden continues his gaffe streak, more people including Democrats are going to be openly speculating as to just what that “something else” might be.

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Philly Police Shooter Had a Long History of Criminal Activity

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New information has rolled in about the recent suspect who shot police officers in Philidelphia.

According to The Inquirer, the man who shot and injured six police officers has a long history of gun convictions and a past of trying to run away from justice. Maurice Hill, 36, is a Philadelphia native who is no stranger to crime:

Hill’s history in the adult criminal justice system began in 2001 when he was 18 and was arrested with a gun that had an altered serial number.

Public records show that he has been arrested about a dozen times since turning 18, and convicted six times on charges that involved illegal possession of guns, drug dealing, and aggravated assault. He has been in and out of prison; the longest sentence handed him came in 2010, when a federal judge gave him a 55-month term.

The Inquirer has also reported that Hill has called his lawyer:

The police sources declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak. Reached by phone about 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening, Shaka Johnson, the lawyer who most recently represented Hill, confirmed that Hill had a connection to the standoff.

“My client is requesting me to come to the scene,” he said.

Police say the incident happened as the Narcotics Strike Force were trying to serve Hill a search warrant on Wednesday around 4 p.m., resulting in the standoff with police. The police attempted to coax him out with bullhorns for several hours afterward.

During that time, Hill called Johnson “in a panic,” and Johnson continuously tried to tell him to surrender himself.

“I told him, ‘you gotta surrender, man,’” said Johnson according to the Inquirer.

Hill eventually gave himself up just after midnight.

The officers who were shot suffered no life-threatening injuries and were released shortly after being treated by the hospital.

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Here’s a Totally Not Insane Video of Liberals Reacting to Conservative Signs

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One of the odder occurrences after Donald Trump’s election has been the propensity for certain liberals to simply lose it. Who can forget the viral video of the woman screaming at the sky as Donald Trump was sworn in?

Just in case you haven’t been exposed to the levels of insanity currently propagating on college campuses and within left wing activism, the Daily Caller has put together a montage of just how crazy even the mere site of conservative thought is driving people on the left.

Some of these even surprised me.

There’s a good case that most of these people should be committed. The vulgarity, the violent outbursts, and the inability to control one’s emotions. At one point, you see a young women cursing and then deciding that poll dancing on a street sign made sense in her protest of ICE. At another, you see a woman shrieking in terror at the mere site of a conservative holding a sign. People run over to make sure she’s not being harmed. Nope, she’s just that unhinged.

Politics is doing something to our society and it’s not good for a lot of people. If your reaction to those on the opposite side of the aisle is to legitimately lose your mind, screaming and flailing, you shouldn’t be following politics. You should be asking yourself why your life is so devoid of purpose that such a reaction would happen from within you.

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The Most Powerful Woman In History

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Usually, when you read secular or even progressive Christian criticisms of the Christian faith, and Catholicism in particular, one of the arguments that inevitably comes up is the sexism inherent in placing so much emphasis on a single woman only as a vessel through which the Savior of Man could come into the world.

In the Catholic Church, today is the Feast of the Assumption, the celebration of the day that Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, was assumed – body and spirit – into Heaven at the end of her life, marking the end of a pure, sinless life. The belief in the Assumption is actually just the capstone of the story of the most powerful woman in the world.

The critics who would complain of Mary’s treatment in the Bible do so largely by flat out ignoring how influential Mary was in the life and ministry of her son. She was a young woman approached by the angel Gabriel and told she was to bear the Son of God and name him Jesus – despite the fact that she was a virgin. However, if you read the story of the interaction between Mary and Gabriel, it’s quite clear that it was not the command it is usually made out to be.

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

The bolded part here is where the power in the conversation actually shifts. Mary is not just accepting this. She is giving her permission. This moment is referred to as Mary’s fiat, a Latin term meaning “an official authorization.” Thus, we see that Gabriel isn’t telling her she will do this. He is saying that it is the Lord’s intention, should she accept. Her response tells both Gabriel and God that, yes, I will bear this child.

Rarely in history do you see any choices given to women when they are ordained by a higher power to take up some holy cause. The choice isn’t there, as though destiny or whatever higher power is in charge simply forced the holy charge onto them. In this case, Mary’s allowance of this charge is one of the most progressive moments in both history and religion. However, simply saying “Your will be done” is not the end of her legacy in Christianity. It is simply the first in a lifetime of responsibility that she will take in guiding Jesus.

In the Gospel of John, we find Mary again at the center of one of the most important moments in Christianity. The wedding at Cana is considered to be the first miracle Jesus performed, and it was at the direction of Mary, not God, that he revealed himself.

3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

In this moment, we see that Jesus doesn’t believe his time has come, but he performs the miracle anyway at the behest of his mother, Mary. She was not simply the means for Jesus entering the world, but instead was the guiding force in his journey to becoming the figure he is.

Mary’s existence wasn’t merely inserted into the Bible to play the part of a birth mother, but rather as the figure that Jesus would respect and listen to even if he felt it was not part of his mission. This deference to his mother grants her a power that no one else had. Jesus did not perform miracles because anyone else told him to. He did it as part of his ministry. But, at the wedding at Cana, Jesus performed a miracle because Mary told him to. He revealed himself to his disciples in that moment, but not because it was part of some grander lesson. It was because of his own love and respect for his mother.

That is not a power that is given out to women so freely during that time, and even if you were to argue that it was an account written much later, the fact is that women did not regularly achieve such a status in religious or historical text. Mary is an exception that stands above other figures in history because of it.

Her influence in the world is not the influence of simply the Mother of God. She is a woman who was given the choice to bear, raise, and follow her son, and she chose this knowing that she would also likely see him killed by the very people he was sent to save. That she is depicted as she is, choosing that life, seeing what she saw, makes her Assumption that much more powerful. She is assumed, body and soul, into Heaven because she accepted the greatest charge one could take on, and in doing so she helped in a big way to shape the world.

This is why Mary is celebrated. If Jesus can be considered the most influential man in history, then it has to be recognized that without Mary, Jesus would not have walked the earth. For this, she did not die, but was granted a perfect reward for her perfect life on Earth.

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Stacey Abrams: The Grift That Keeps On Grifting

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Oprah Winfrey and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams greet a crowd gathered for a town hall conversation at the Cobb Civic Center’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta, Ga., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Winfrey visited Georgia on Thursday to canvass neighborhoods in Metro Atlanta and show her support for gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. (Alyssa Pointer /Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Stacey Abrams is trying very hard to stay relevant, despite the fact that she lost a gubernatorial race (but hasn’t admitted it). She is still making appearances before whatever media will talk to her and let her tell her sob story. The best part is that the media will keep having her own out of a tremendous sense of guilt they feel for ignoring her and focusing on Beto O’Rourke.

But, Abrams is a particularly fascinating grifter and is especially good at making sure she stays relevant and continues to raise money. Objectively, it is something the Democrats should worry about. It’s something they should tell her to stop doing. But, as a partisan, I hope she keeps on doing what she’s doing.

Here’s Abrams’ plan: Keep relevant, keep raising money, and run for governor of Georgia in 2022. She was close last time, and I am pretty sure she thinks she can make it happen next time. Of course, Georgia governor Brian Kemp is thus far a man praised for a good many things, like teacher pay raises, including diversity in his appointments, and working in non-confrontational ways with the rest of state government. If he keeps going like this, he’ll end up being one of the most popular governors Georgia’s ever had.

So, Abrams has to continue with this tirade about stolen elections, minority voter suppression, and the like. The problem for Democrats is that she is doing this at the most pivotal time in the national party’s existence: They are trying to raise money to fight Trump. She exists right now solely to raise money, but that money should be going to them.

None of the Democrats will dare to raise any objections to Abrams’ campaign of “Me, Myself, and I,” because they don’t want to be the ones to tell a black woman to stop being a victim and start helping the team. They will let this continue because that’s the box they as a party have trapped themselves in, and they can’t make this a team effort until the other candidates do.

And so Abrams will keep appearing in the media to make nonsensical claims about voter suppression and lost ballot access, use cheap buzzwords meant to rile up the most rabid of the Democrats’ base – a base that should be excited for one of the three hundred or so Democrats running for president – all to raise her profile and her campaign’s bank account.

That will be money not going to Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, or any of the others. That is money that will sit for three years in a campaign’s or non-profit’s account and won’t be touched until she decides to run for governor.

I, for one, hope she keeps at it.

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