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Through With Causes

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I have been away from Redstate for a few days working on something with a friend of mine who works in the state department of education.  It started as a joke between us- the term “spatial ambiance-” but the powers that be in the state of New Jersey liked the term and we have been working on, for lack of a better term, classroom designs.  The idea is not student comfort, but a classroom set up conducive to better behavior and learning.  I know it sounds weird and touchy-feely, but trust me: there is actual science behind it.

One of the things we noticed (he did the observations and such) was that certain colors had a more calming effect on students, especially those in the lower grades (K through 4th).  Generally, kindergarten classrooms and 7th-grade classrooms are perhaps the most unruly.  With kindergarten, it is likely attributable to separation anxiety and a lack of socialization skills.  Hormones explain seventh and perhaps sixth grades.  Regardless, most kindergarten classrooms, if not all bland and generic white- have happy vibrant colors: red, yellow and orange.  We noticed this tendency although there were exceptions.  Without going into details of the research aspect, we noticed that in classrooms that had more pastoral colors (blues, greens) there were better-reported classroom behaviors.  Longitudinally, we also discovered that the more pastoral-colored rooms had better grades when those students advanced to a later grade.

All of this is not to say that the happy, vibrant colored rooms cannot be successful.  There is still a lot of data to go through and analysis, but this got me to thinking about colors.  In particular, I started to think about those ribbons celebrities wear to awards shows to signal their virtue and those colored wrist bands people wear to signal their awareness or virtue.

Recently, some have taken to wearing orange wrist bands and they are the ones in favor of gun control.  My only guess is that the selection of the color orange has something to do with the color hunters wear… get it?  Hunting…guns?  At one time, people “tied a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree.”  This trend started in 1979 during the Iranian hostage crisis where people literally tied ribbons around trees until the hostages were home.  Today, yellow ribbons are a sign of a desire to bring Americans home safely.

However, I was also surprised to learn that wearing a yellow ribbon or wrist band supports the cause of missing children (I thought that was the role of milk cartons), bladder cancer, liver disease, spina bifida, and obesity.  I get the liver disease part (jaundice), but obesity?  Perhaps that is the color of fat cells in the human body.

Red at one time was used to signify AIDS awareness, but AIDS is so 1980s.  That’s a generation ago and no one really cares or talks about AIDS outside the gay community.  But…wait!  Isn’t the color of blood red?  In fact, it is and red is often used to signify one’s awareness of any number of cardiovascular diseases and ailments.  Of course, other diseases tangentially related to the cardiovascular system have adopted red also.  As has the DARE program.  What drug abuse resistance education has to do with either AIDS or cardiovascular disease and ailments, one knows not.

Confusing the whole color system, there are other shades of red.  For example, take the case of pink.  Everyone knows that pink is for breast cancer.  It makes intuitive sense: breast cancer is primarily a woman’s disease and all women like the color pink.  So why not use pink to symbolize breast cancer?  But, it is estimated that about 3,000 men develop breast cancer every year, so perhaps some blend of pink and blue (it is supposedly a male color) should be worn to draw awareness to male breast cancer.

Remembering basic art class, red plus blue equals purple, so male breast cancer awareness cannot use that color.  Alas, the poor male sufferer of breast cancer cannot use purple because that has been stolen by ADHD sufferers, those in chronic pain, cystic fibrosis, trisomy 18, premature births, domestic violence, and elderly abuse.  Even the various shades of purple like violet (Hodgkin’s disease), lavender (a multitude of cancers), and periwinkle (eating disorders) are taken.

What about good old blue?  Sorry- drug addiction recovery awareness has a dibs on that color as do many other forms of cancer.  In fact, even a blue wrist band or ribbon may signal awareness of Restless Leg Syndrome.

People suffering from mental diseases, mainly depression and bipolar disorder, are color hogs.  They have not only claimed green virtue signals, BUT ALSO GRAY.  Talk about privilege?  Also associated with green are cerebral palsy awareness and even Tourette’s Syndrome awareness as if the scatology did not give it away.  Lime green signifies…you guessed it…Lyme Disease awareness (note: no ticks wear this color) while jade signifies some liver disease and mint green means a genetic disorder (which must really confuse those aware of trisomy 18…see above).

We can always mix colors like autism awareness which uses the three primary colors in a jigsaw puzzle fashion.  However, those suffering from a dissociative identity disorder- which translates into confusion- may be further confused since an identical design to autism is utilized.  And of course, black and blue signals not your average bruise, but solidarity with law enforcement.

This is intended in no way to disparage the sufferers of any disease or ailment.  It is meant to draw attention to the fact that there are soooo many causes and only so few colors to go around.  Realistically, there are only six colors in the visible light spectrum (sorry…indigo in ROYGBIV does not exist).  Combinations and shades have to be utilized given the number of causes that seem to necessitate all the awareness and all the signaling.

As for me, I signal my virtue by flying an American flag on my front porch and the Gadsden flag and Second Amendment (word-for-word) on my car.

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Remember the ‘Secret Server’ Trump Used to Store Zelensky Call? The Obama Administration used the Same One

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Whistleblower Mania is folding faster than a house of cards.

Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice, unintentionally and begrudgingly, threw cold water on yet another allegation. The story we’ve been hearing is that White House officials were so worried about this phone call that they saved it on a secret server.

Speaking at the Texas Tribunal Festival on Friday night, Rice said:

What [the Trump administration] did instead of storing it in the normal system, which is protected and classified, even though there was no classified substance in that actual discussion. Instead of putting it where it normally resides, they hid it on a very highly sensitive, highly compartmented server that very few people in the U.S. government have access to in order to bury it.

The interviewer asked Rice how often Obama moved conversations onto that type of a server. Rice replied that they never moved them over unless they were, in their substance, classified. Asked again, Rice said, “It’s rare for a conversation to be classified to that highest level, it’s not impossible, it’s very rare — even when two leaders are discussing classified information.”

Ultimately, she acknowledged that the Obama administration did sometimes use that server.

The use of this server has become common practice in the Trump administration for a valid reason. Early in his presidency, the contents of Trump’s conversations with leaders from Mexico and Australia were leaked to the media.

ABC News reported:

The two calls in early 2017, with leaders from Australia and from Mexico, leaked early in Trump’s administration, and sources said the procedure to store them quickly changed — many calls between the president and world leaders instead were stored in a secure server to avoid leaks. The sources who talked to ABC News did caution that it’s unclear if the calls being stored were done so for national security or for political concerns.

One source said it became “basically standard operating procedure” for many of the conversations Trump has had during his time in office.

Rather than the Trump administration panicking over this conversation and trying to bury it as the press had characterized it, it was business as usual. And, Susan Rice, as hard as she tried not to admit it, indicated that sometimes they used this secret server as well.

Another one bites the dust. In the last three days, many of the whistleblower’s claims and the interpretations spun by the eager liberal commentators have been blown up.

First, we were told there were eight references to Biden during President Trump’s July 25th conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Turns out there were three. Next, the media breathlessly reported that a ‘promise’ had been made, there was a quid pro quo. There was no promise, no quid pro quo.

My colleague Nick Arama reported (here) two more whistleblower claims which have been debunked. The complaint said that Counselor to the State Department Ulrich Brechbuhl was on the Trump/Zelensky call. He was not.

The document also claimed that “by mid-May, U.S. diplomat Kurt Volker sought to “contain the damage” from Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s outreach to Ukraine.” Text messages from Volker to Giuliani have since shown that to be false. Even ABC News has acknowledged this. They reported, “The State Department has confirmed that Volker put Giuliani in touch with Zelensky adviser Andriy Yermak at Yermak’s request.”

Last night The Federalist’s Sean Davis reported that days before the whistleblower submitted his complaint, the intelligence community “secretly eliminated the requirement that whistleblower complaints contain only direct, first-hand knowledge of wrongdoing allegations.” This change allowed the whistleblower to file a complaint based on hearsay information.

Right about now, Republicans could use a nice, devastating Inspector General report showing FISA abuse by the FBI. It’s been two weeks since DOJ Inspector General submitted his report to the DOJ for classification. Hopefully, it will be released this week. President Trump, as well as the rest of us, need a win.

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Source Claims Casey Anthony Wants to Have More Children – She ‘Feels Like Her Biological Clock is Ticking’

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In 2008, Casey Anthony was indicted by a grand jury for the first-degree murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Other charges: aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child, and four counts of providing false information to police.

As stated by ABC News:

Casey Anthony’s legal team opened her defense by admitting that she had lied about a babysitter having stolen her daughter Caylee a month earlier, claiming the child had drowned instead.

She was sentenced to four years for lying, but the murder charge was unsuccessful.

I could write much more, but let’s just say many, many, many people believe she was guilty.

Yet, a jury felt otherwise, and now the South Florida resident is reportedly lookin’ to make more.

Babies, that is.

Someone close to Casey told People magazine she “feels like her biological clock is ticking,” and that she wants to “find some meaning in her life.”

She may have been trying to do that last part for a long while — following her 2011 release from jail, she took to the shelter of the Cross Church of Palm City.

It seems a new phase is now in order.

According to the source, Casey’s no longer the “young girl who everyone saw on trial.” She purportedly now wants “marriage, family, the white picket fence. … In some ways, that’s very appealing to Casey. She’d want things to be less dysfunctional than the family she had growing up, but she likes the idea of stability.”

It’s not the first time the notion’s come up in the press.

In a 2017 article by the AP, Casey expressed her desire to have more children.

But she could “never live with” someone being mean to them:

“If I am blessed enough to have another child — if I’d be dumb enough to bring another kid into this world knowing that there’d be a potential that some little snot-nosed kid would then say something mean to my kid — I don’t think I could live with that.”

It would be true even if the jury was right: Many would say she’s proved she can live with quite a lot.

-ALEX

 

See 3 more pieces from me:

Are Comedians Finally Fighting Back Against The Far Left’s Cultural Clampdown?

A Hit-Making Music Star Announces He’s No Longer A Man

Bock Bock, Beto Lays Another Egg: In America, You Can Murder Transgendered Non-Whites ‘With Impunity’

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Source Claims Casey Anthony Wants to Have More Children – She ‘Feels Like Her Biological Clock is Ticking’

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In 2008, Casey Anthony was indicted by a grand jury for the first-degree murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Other charges: aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child, and four counts of providing false information to police.

As stated by ABC News:

Casey Anthony’s legal team opened her defense by admitting that she had lied about a babysitter having stolen her daughter Caylee a month earlier, claiming the child had drowned instead.

She was sentenced to four years for lying, but the murder charge was unsuccessful.

I could write much more, but let’s just say many, many, many people believe she was guilty.

Yet, a jury felt otherwise, and now the South Florida resident is reportedly lookin’ to make more.

Babies, that is.

Someone close to Casey told People magazine she “feels like her biological clock is ticking,” and that she wants to “find some meaning in her life.”

She may have been trying to do that last part for a long while — following her 2011 release from jail, she took to the shelter of the Cross Church of Palm City.

It seems a new phase is now in order.

According to the source, Casey’s no longer the “young girl who everyone saw on trial.” She purportedly now wants “marriage, family, the white picket fence. … In some ways, that’s very appealing to Casey. She’d want things to be less dysfunctional than the family she had growing up, but she likes the idea of stability.”

It’s not the first time the notion’s come up in the press.

In a 2017 article by the AP, Casey expressed her desire to have more children.

But she could “never live with” someone being mean to them:

“If I am blessed enough to have another child — if I’d be dumb enough to bring another kid into this world knowing that there’d be a potential that some little snot-nosed kid would then say something mean to my kid — I don’t think I could live with that.”

It would be true even if the jury was right: Many would say she’s proved she can live with quite a lot.

-ALEX

 

See 3 more pieces from me:

Are Comedians Finally Fighting Back Against The Far Left’s Cultural Clampdown?

A Hit-Making Music Star Announces He’s No Longer A Man

Bock Bock, Beto Lays Another Egg: In America, You Can Murder Transgendered Non-Whites ‘With Impunity’

Find all my RedState work here.

And please follow Alex Parker on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for reading! Please sound off in the Comments section below. 

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Flashback: Watch When Dems Scorned Impeaching a President “For Political Battles”

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Democrats have been pushing impeachment pretty much since President Donald Trump was elected.

Of course, it really has nothing to do with anything he’s done and everything to do with trying to re-litigate the 2016 election.

How do we know this? Well, if it wasn’t already obvious, we could just take a look back at their words the last time the question of impeachment came up, during the administration of President Bill Clinton.

Let’s hear from some of them.

Here’s House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), telling us that they should not be trying to undo a national election and overriding the vote of the people.

How about Joe Biden? He reminds everyone that the President serves at the pleasure of the people, not the Congress.

Republicans may not have liked Bill Clinton, but there’s no match in modern times to the hatred and complete mania that Democrats feel over Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) warns about being paralyzed with fear of the President, so much so that you would violate privacy and the normal checks and balances.

Almost like you might do if you spied on your opponent’s campaign and tried to undermine it, even getting the FBI and the media in on the act in an unprecedented abuse of power.

Then there’s Mad Maxine, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). Now she’s been on a hate-filled rant even before Trump won in 2016. Everyone recalls how she even encouraged people to “get up in” the faces of Trump officials and “push back” wherever her minions might see those officials, which was then followed by a number of officials being harassed. Waters preached against impeachment and hatred, and not being oblivious to what the people say.

Perhaps the best was Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) who warned about “impeaching over politics,” that Democrats might demand payback and try to impeach a Republican president if the GOP dared go after Clinton. You think?

But here Democrats are now, doing everything they can to push impeachment over politics, even knowing they will fail to convict in the Senate if they were to manage to impeach in the House. And even knowing that about 60% of America is against it, against them overturning the results of an election.

From NY Post:

That the Democrats have been talking impeachment since before Trump was even sworn in has made the voters a bit cynical about them. “I’m like, yeah, boy who cried wolf,” Donna Burgraff, a Tennessee independent who voted for Barack Obama and Donald Trump, told the Times. “You’ve got to have something big, and I haven’t seen something big.” One Times reporter said she spoke to six middle-of-the-road voters, and all of them vehemently opposed impeachment.

The Clinton impeachment saga lasted six months. If it takes six months this time, it’ll wrap up just seven months before the next election. Why bother? The voters will have their say soon enough. And impeachment will eat Washington. Nothing else will get done. This should matter to Democrats, because it looked as if they might get at least some of their gun-control ideas passed into law. Not anymore. Gun control has been pushed off the back burner and disappeared behind the stove.

If impeachment goes on for the next several months, Democrats will hardly be able to go to the voters and claim they delivered anything for them. Republicans in swing districts where gun control is popular might well say, “Look, we may have had a consensus to do something on this, but the Democrats decided to waste all of our time playing politics.”

And if all they get out of all this, Democratic voters will eat them alive and Trump will sail into office in 2020.

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Conservatism Isn’t Dead, But It is in Hibernation.

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It seems that every time you turn around, someone is predicting the end of conservatism. Since a wave of populism swept President Donald Trump into the Oval Office, many have speculated that his ascent marks the final death knell for the conservative movement. But those who are concerned that conservatism is on its deathbed might want to take another look.

Recently, Republican strategist Shermichael Singleton penned an excellent op-ed for The Hill in which he discusses the potential death of the conservative movement. In the piece, he points out the growing influence of progressivism in American culture, especially among the youth. He writes:

“As liberalism continues to expand and make progress with an ever younger and more diverse America, conservatism has failed to articulate its purpose and translate that into a meaningful debate about politics and policy in a way that meets the challenges of today. Instead, it has become reactionary, incapable of addressing today’s problems.”

He’s not wrong. Socialism seems to be creeping into the zeitgeist of American youth. And the conservative movement, including the Republican Party, has not yet discovered an answer for the increasing acceptance of Marxist thought. A few months ago I interviewed conservative activist Mahgdalen Rose, who frequently discusses the lack of youth outreach on the right.

Rose explained that one of the reasons why the GOP has such a hard time reaching young voters is because they lack a coherent strategy. “They don’t run voter registration drives, they don’t strategize, the infighting (sabotage of each other) is so rampant that they can’t unify against anything, and they look at the fight against Socialism as a game.”

Singleton also points out that the conservative movement failed to articulate a message that explains why conservatism is still relevant to American society, especially in the age of Trump. “The root of conservatism from Latin is conservare, which literally means to preserve, but American conservatives have failed to articulate what is being conserved under Donald Trump,” he writes. “To the vast majority of the American people, conservatism appears to be nothing more than an ideology looking backward, but to be conservative does not mean that one has to be reactionary.”

Again, Singleton is correct. Despite winning big in 2016, the conservative movement has not yet found its voice – it has not yet figured out how to communicate its message in a way that resonates with America. Because of this, despite earning victories in the government, conservatives are still stuck reacting to the left’s attempts to move the country leftward. Instead of setting the narrative, have become its puppet.

To make matters worse, the conservative movement, along with the Republican Party, has failed to attract a wider base of voters. Singleton writes: “And instead of expanding to make a case to new groups of people, conservatism has weaponized them and turned them into negatives, thus isolating groups that otherwise might have been new recruits to the ideology.”

The conservative movement, whose adherents claim to be a wide tent, has shown itself to be rather exclusive. When it comes to reaching different types of Americans, the right has been a dismal failure.

If you follow me, you know I’m passionate about getting the GOP to start speaking to minority voters in person. And I’m not alone; other conscious black conservatives are doing the same. But instead, the conservative punditry class still relies on the same tired talking points that repulse those they wish to attract.

Sounds pretty dire, doesn’t it? Despite gaining some wins and the rise of conservative media, the right is still not making progress in the culture. Let’s not mince words. Trumpian populism has eclipsed conservatism, which has been forced to take a back seat to competing ideologies.

It has become that nerdy, socially awkward, ashy – yeah, I said ashy – kid who nobody likes. It is the annoying hall monitor threatening to tell on everyone who misbehaves. And most importantly: It is unattractive.

Conservatism needs a makeover. It needs a new wardrobe. A new hairstyle. A new car. Also, conservatism needs some lotion. While conservatism is not quite in the mainstream anymore, we need to focus on reformation. We need to start doing things differently.

Fresh new strategies, tactics, arguments, and platforms are the only things that will revitalize the movement. Trump was a wrecking ball, and instrument intended to smash the GOP establishment to little pieces. But the conservative cultural establishment would benefit from a sound smashing as well.

There are signs that a change could be on the horizon, though. A recent Pew Research Poll revealed that Generation Z is more conservative than previous generations. This might come as a shock given the left’s stranglehold on our educational institutions. But it’s happening nonetheless, and conservatives now have an opportunity to make inroads with the youth.

Another positive development is the fact that conservative media is on the upswing, with more right-leaning content on the internet being consumed. Right-leaning content creators are expanding their audiences and reaching more people. These are both positive developments.

But be warned, nothing will change unless we evolve. What we do now will determine the fate of conservatism and what happens after populism fades. As conservatives, we must force the GOP to widen its base; they must be made to see that ignoring minorities and young voters will no longer be acceptable.

We must abandon the old talking points and messaging of previous decades and construct a new platform, one that will attract instead of repel. Otherwise, Singleton’s predictions might come true, and we will live to see the demise of American conservatism. Some things are no longer worth conserving.

 

What do you think? Is conservatism dying? Let me know in the comments below!

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Forced Union Representation is Just as Unconstitutional as Being Forced to Pay Union Dues

Suppose you opened your own home-based business offering childcare in your community to your friends, acquaintances and new clients as word of mouth spreads.

The parents approach you, ask your hours and rates, what you provide versus what they bring or supplement for their child, and together you reach an agreement that works for both parties.

Now imagine finding out that because one of the families you’re serving receives low-income assistance to offset the cost of childcare so they can work outside the home, the state now requires you to accept union representation you don’t need or want.

Without your consent, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has been designated as your exclusive bargaining representative, able to dictate the terms of how you run your home-based childcare business — even though you’re not even a member of the union.

It seems outrageous and unfair, but this is exactly what’s going on for thousands of childcare providers across the State of Washington.

Katherine Miller is a licensed childcare provider in Washington, contracting with the state’s Department of Early Learning to provide services to children under one of the agency’s myriad assistance programs. She does not want to be a member of SEIU, nor does she want to be represented by the union or be associated with the union leaders’ political activities.

Washington state has a message for Katherine: Tough luck.

And she has a response for the state: See you in court.

Katherine is currently embroiled in a protected lawsuit with the state of Washington demanding it recognize her First Amendment rights of free speech and association to decline a relationship she doesn’t desire with a labor union whose values she doesn’t agree with.

Unfortunately, the federal courts — most recently the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals — have been unjustly standing in her way by refusing to reasonably apply Supreme Court precedent.

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Harris v. Quinn that homecare providers whose clients are subsidized by Medicaid are not “public employees” and cannot be forced to accept union representation.

Miller – also an in-home care provider – has not been a member of SEIU since 2014, but because the Harris ruling has not been broadly applied beyond Medicaid-paid homecare providers, she’s still forced by Washington state law to accept SEIU representation in bargaining matters, and is correspondingly linked to the union’s political activities.

(Interestingly, Washington’s state government gave a half nod to the Harris decision, discontinuing the deduction of agency fees from in-home care providers such as Miller.)

With legal representation provided by the Freedom Foundation and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Katherine Miller and another childcare provider, Cynthia Mentele, in 2015 filed a federal lawsuit against state officials and SEIU.

The district court rejected their argument in 2016, but while the plaintiffs awaited their appeal to the 9th Circuit, the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling on forced government union participation, Janus v. AFSCME, in 2018.

In Janus, the court overturned a much-criticized 44-year-old ruling to affirm that government employees cannot be compelled, as a condition of employment, to either become a full union member or pay so-called “agency fees” to offset the cost of union bargaining on their behalf.

Forced dues, the justices agreed, is a violation of their First Amendment rights. Janus was the logical successor to Harris and opened the door to free all government employees from unwanted union intrusion in their lives.

Prior to Janus, Miller, Mentele and thousands of other home childcare providers could make a compelling logical case for why it violated their free speech rights to have a union speak for them against their wishes. Now, in the wake of Janus, the legal rationale is incontrovertible.

If compelling government employees to pay dues or fees to a union they don’t support is a violation of their Constitutional rights, how could any reasonable person — or judge — conclude that forcing them to accept representation from the very same union is any more defensible?

And yet that’s precisely what the 9th Circuit ruled. Ignoring both Harris v. Quinn and Janus v. AFSCME, the country’s most overturned circuit court held in February 2019 that exclusive representation does not impinge on associational freedoms.

Cynthia Mentele, eager to assert her own First Amendment rights, has since ceased accepting childcare subsidies so that she is no longer a “partial” state employee.

Meanwhile, Katherine Miller — still working with the Freedom Foundation and National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation — has appealed the 9th Circuit’s ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to announce soon whether it will hear the case.

Like Janus, Miller v. Inslee has the potential to free thousands of Americans across the country from government union tyranny once and for all.

Given that federal courts on the West Coast are thumbing their noses at the Supreme Court’s rulings in both Harris and Janus, a ruling by the court in Miller affirming the First Amendment rights of all in-home care providers to choose how they wish to be represented in their business is essential to provide consistency across the federal bench for all Americans, regardless of where they reside.

Ashley Varner is Vice President of Communications and Federal Affairs for the Freedom Foundation, a free-market organization committed to helping free government employees from forced unionization.

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On Rappers, CVS Ladies, and the N-Word

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I guess the N-word is what we’re doing on Twitter today.

It seems that every so often, a conversation arises on the right about the use of the term. It’s usually a response to a viral video showing someone using the word in a derogatory manner.

Or sometimes it comes up because a famous individual is caught saying it. This time, it was the now-infamous CVS lady, who was filmed screaming at a black woman and repeatedly calling her the N-word.

“I hate n*ggers!” she yelled as she walked to her car. The woman began using the slur over and over again: “I would kill a n*gger, but the law says I can’t kill the n*ggers. If the law didn’t say that I couldn’t kill the n*ggers, they’d all be dead.”

This is where I would normally say: “Imagine being this person.” Instead, just be grateful that you’re not.

The identity of the woman was finally revealed, and she lost her job. But that hasn’t stopped the backlash.

Conservative pundit Brandon Tatum posted a video on YouTube titled “The White lady at CVS can’t say it BUT Rappers can?” In the video, he played the footage of the woman’s rant, then played clips of rappers using the N-word in their music.

He then argued that the woman’s use of the word was equivalent to how hip-hop artists use it in their songs. “If you gonna be mad and offended because some white lady at CVS used the N-word, you should be offended when Nipsey do it, you should be offended when Young Jeezy do it,” he said.

Tatum then discussed the fact that white supremacist violence against blacks is far less than black-on-black violence. It was a departure from the original point, but it echoed the same arguments made when Congress held hearings discussing the impact of white nationalism.

Needless to say, his video elicited quite a reaction. Some agreed with his opinion while others did not. Interestingly enough, many of those who disagreed with Tatum were Trump supporters. One user tweeted:

Another took issue with the false equivalency in his arguments, tweeting:

Lastly, another argued that there is a distinct difference between the two:

<https://twitter.com/RealPaulWinters/status/1177952177697878016 The debate over the N-word has been constant on the right. But it is also a discussion common in the black community as well. Some believe that the word is harmless when used by other blacks. Others think it should never be used by anyone regardless of the meaning. People on both sides of this argument make compelling points. But this particular video obfuscates the issue in a way that is unnecessary and intellectually dishonest. Those who responded to Tatum’s video were right: There is no equivalency between the CVS lady’s use of the epithet and the way the word is used among blacks. Most know that when blacks use the N-word in reference to one another, it is typically a term of endearment, a way to call someone “friend” or “brother.” It is apparent that the lady in the video was not using it in this fashion; she was using it in the traditional manner, as a slur. The notion that these two situations are the same is patently absurd. Regardless of where one falls on the debate over the N-word, it is easy to see how one is far less offensive than the other. If you think nobody should use the word, that’s fine. Not everyone is going to agree, but I believe you can make a valid case for it. As stated previously, blacks fall on both sides of this issue. But to pretend that a rapper using the word is the same as an actual racist is an intellectually dishonest way to distract from the conversation and it downplays the woman's behavior. And the notion that the issue of white supremacist violence vs. black-on-black crime is at all relevant to the conversation is a bit silly. Nobody – including individuals on the left – actually believes this lady is going to go on a killing spree in Watts. Nor do they believe that white nationalists are hiding behind every tree with a rope waiting to kill the nearest black person. People on both sides of the political spectrum were rightly offended by the woman’s actions because they were clearly racist, and the majority of Americans are offended by actual racism. If we’re going to discuss these issues, we must discuss them honestly, and without political agendas. Otherwise, productive conversations cannot happen.   What do you think? Let me know in the comments below. If you want to discuss further, follow me on Twitter: @JeffOnTheRight

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Trump Attacks! Calls Nadler, Schiff, and ‘AOC Plus 3’ a Bunch of ‘Democrat Savages’

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First of all, if you missed it, ya gotta read “Woman’s Boyfriend Shoots Her In The Head, But She Forgets For Almost Two Months So They Keep Dating.”

Moving on:

On Saturday, the President had a few choice words for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, and House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff:

“Can you imagine if these Do Nothing Democrat Savages, people like Nadler, Schiff, AOC Plus 3, and many more, had a Republican Party who would have done to Obama what the Do Nothings are doing to me. Oh well, maybe next time!”

His post, of course, hits the Twitterwaves amid escalating chants of “Impeach!” (Also, “Impeach the Mother*****r!” — here)

Personally, I find the Democrats’ move rather odd:

Firstly, keeping the Ukraine issue in the news will drag Joe through the mud and give Elizabeth a chance to take the lead (which she already has, according to this poll).

And, as I noted previously:

“[A]s surely many would agree, Donald Trump against the mild-mannered Democrat in a no-holds-barred debate will be like Dracula fighting a mosquito — they may both technically be out for blood, but one will just step on the other.”

Secondly, what’s the idea here? America voted in Trump. Why keep trying to fight the election, aka the will of the people? Trump’s already more than half-way through the term, and you’re still trying to undo 2016?

If they’re right about America, and if they have superior ideas, he’ll be ousted in 2020.

It seems the only reason to try to kick him out the back door is if they believe he’ll win again.

And if they believe that, then they believe it’s what America wants. Why, then, would they attempt to cut off at the pass the very country they serve?

Over and over, they’ve said Trump is a threat to Democracy. Isn’t that what they’re being, if the above is the case?

And if they’re that sure he’ll be re-elected, why wouldn’t they try to change lever-pulling minds by convincing America liberal policies are superior?

Regardless, Nadler responded to the President’s jab:

Alexandria likened it to a remix:

As for the other mention in Trump’s Twittering, the Schiff riff is easy to understand; Fox reports:

On Thursday, Schiff pressed Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on his decision to not to relay a whistleblower complaint about that call. Instead of sending the complaint to the inspector general, Maguire notified the White House.

But their quest appears destined to lead nowhere:

Trump, on Wednesday, released a rough transcript of his call with Zelensky. Neither that transcript nor the whistleblower report contained an explicity quid pro quo offer of foreign aid for an investigation into Biden. But some Democrats have suggested the transcript clearly showed Trump seeking some kind of exchange with the Ukrainian government.

Man, I sure do miss the days when Washington was about the debate of ideas.

Remember JFK? That guy had some notions.

It seems the only idea contemporary Democrats have to offer is “Trump is Lucifer.”

I don’t see that playing particular well.

Voters will get to the polls and realize there’s no one else and nothing else to vote for — Dems spent the last four years just calling Trump a poopie pants.

Then he’ll get clinch another 4 years, and they’ll be crapping themselves.

Welcome to Washington D.C., where the D.C. stands for Diaper Change.

-ALEX

 

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