Wednesday, President Trump fulfilled a campaign promise by signing the “Right-to-Try” law. It will allow terminally ill patients as a last resort to request experimental drugs that have passed Phase 1 of FDA testing. The law is very popular: there are already similar laws in 40 states, and it passed the Senate unanimously last August. However, in the recent House vote, it passed by only 250-169.
I’m honestly trying to understand the thinking of those 169 opponents, but I just can’t. One complained that the bill might give patients false hope. Uh, news flash: they have no other hope. They’re already terminal. Talk about meddling government overreach! Do they really think they’re doing these patients a service or kindness by blocking them from trying the one treatment that might save or at least extend their lives, so that when they die, their last words can be, “Well, at least I didn’t get my hopes up”?
If Congress members really want to help desperately sick people, then get the FDA to speed up the glacier-like drug testing process. In the meantime, at least now, terminally-ill Americans will be free to make their own decision as to whether the possible risk of failure or side effects outweighs the 100% certainty of death.
The case of Jorge Garcia became a media sensation last January when video surfaced of ICE agents arresting Garcia, who was brought to the US illegally from Mexico when he was 10, for deportation as his American wife of 15 years and their children looked on in tears. It seemed the perfect ready-made Trump-bashing story. But Garcia’s wife, Cindy, threw a surprise wrench into the narrative.
Cindy Garcia was interviewed on CNN where she stunned the host by refusing to blame her husband’s problems on ICE or President Trump. She said they were just doing their jobs of enforcing the laws that protect US citizens from criminals. She instead blamed the law because it doesn’t differentiate between someone brought here as a child and raised in America and illegal alien criminals who “need to go back.” While she’s praying for a solution so her husband can rejoin his family, she said the real problem needs to be addressed by fixing the broken law.
Kudos to Mrs. Garcia for refusing to let herself be used as a political pawn and insisting on keeping the focus where it belongs. As a refresher course for those unfamiliar with the Constitution, especially after the Obama years: laws are written by Congress, not the President. Trump gave Congress six months to pass a legitimate DACA bill, and they failed to do so. He tried to cut a deal for one, but Democrats refused to compromise. Now, they are trying to make political hay by blaming him both for their failure to pass a new law and for the consequences of him enforcing the old laws that they did pass.
I have small grandchildren who are better at taking responsibility for their own messes than that.
I can just hear the latest criticism of President Trump from the mainstream media: “Now, look what you’ve done, you brute! You made Kim Jong-Un cry!”
Kim Jong-Un also reportedly hopes to appeal to President Trump with a show of good will by opening a Western-style hamburger joint in Pyongyang. Note to the President: make sure the patty is all-beef and not hot dog.
Remember when Sarah Palin was accused of being an accessory to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, just because her PAC ran an ad that had target graphics on Congressional districts they were targeting for flipping to the GOP? I can’t wait to see if there will be equal outrage from Democrats and the media over the far-left Mad Dog PAC’s anti-Trump, pro-impeachment, anti-NRA ads targeting “treasonous” Republican Congress members, which urge voters to “take out” Rep. Steve Scalise.
As you might recall, Rep. Scalise was nearly killed after he was shot at a charity baseball practice by a fired-up Bernie Sanders supporter who reportedly went there in hopes of killing as many Republicans as possible. A spokeswoman for Rep. Scalise condemned the ad, saying, “This kind of extreme rhetoric has no place in our politics,” and suggesting that the appropriately-named PAC channel its anger into something more constructive.
This is just a top-of-my-head suggestion, but how about coming up with one positive reason to give Congress back to the Democrats, aside from “we hate-hate-hate Trump SOOOO much”? The election is now 160 days away, and if they have a platform other than “let’s go back to the stuff that wasn’t working,” they’ve yet to share it with us.
Say, you know how, according to the media and polls taken ‘way before anyone is paying attention, Texas is always on the verge of turning blue? I hope the people who are waiting for that to happen aren’t holding their breaths until they turn blue, because the latest Texas Senate poll shows that the great liberal hope, Beto O’Rourke, currently trails Ted Cruz by 11 points.
Everyone has been waiting for Roseanne Barr’s TV husband Dan (John Goodman) to say something about her Twitter tweet that cost him and the rest of the cast their jobs. Now, Goodman has finally spoken, and it shows once again why he was always the MVP of that show. He responded with a joke that was funny and not offensive…then shut up and refused to say anything else.
Has ABC considered keeping the show and just renaming it “Dan”?
Former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes has written a book about the 2016 election called “The World As It Is,” a pretty hilarious title considering Rhodes is most famous for admitting he sold the Iran nuclear deal by feeding a lot of banana oil to ignorant young reporters so they’d create an echo chamber that just repeated whatever he told them. It made sense when you realized his background wasn’t in foreign policy or the military but in creative writing.
In other words, I wouldn’t exactly rely on this book as a factual account of the 2016 election. However, there is one passage that’s already making headlines. Rhodes describes a shocked Barack Obama trying to understand how the voters could’ve possibly elected Trump after all he’d done for them. The book quotes Obama as saying, “Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early. Maybe we pushed too far...Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe.”
Excuse me, but that is incredibly insulting and condescending. I’m amazed he didn’t say “their tribe that clings to guns and religion.” If he’s really interested in knowing why Trump won, he could try reading my book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” that warned the coastal elites well before the election that they were totally out of touch with working Americans who were sick of being unemployed, struggling to feed their families, working three part time jobs, seeing the system rigged against them while well-connected rogues skated away scot-free, and being denigrated as a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic basket of deplorables if they complained.
It was Obama and other “progressives” who divided Americans up into warring tribes and pitted them against one another. Trump voters wanted to “make America great again” by bringing the country back to its founding principles of equality under the law and everyone abiding by the same set of rules. How about according enough respect for the voters' intelligence to concede that maybe they had lived through Obama’s policies for eight years and decided they didn’t work and they didn’t want any more of them?
To be fair, though, perhaps Obama was shocked because he was living in a bubble inside of a bubble. He was not only in the Beltway bubble, but Rhodes admits that Obama’s staffers had been reinforcing his belief that he would have been reelected to a third term if only he’d been able to run. Wow, if only this guy had been as good at crafting nuclear deals as he is at building echo chambers.
Yesterday, I wrote about the irony of an MSNBC interviewer in full Roseanne pile-on mode asking the network’s star Joy Reid just what someone has to do on social media to get fired by a TV network. Ms. Reid could have replied, “Funny you should mention that…” Everyone knew about the recent dust-up over some old anti-gay posts unearthed from her defunct blog (remember those?) that she claimed must have been inserted by hackers, an excuse that raised more eyebrows than a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. But Joy Reid, being a reliably histrionic anti-Trump liberal, was still on MSNBC (although her column was temporarily suspended by the Daily Beast and it cost her an award she was going to receive from a gay rights group.)
Well, brace yourself for act two. Turns out someone’s dug up some old 2006 blog posts in which Ms. Reid reportedly wrote positive comments about the disgusting crackpot conspiracy “documentary,” “Loose Change 9/11,” that suggested the 9/11 attacks were planned by the US government, not al-Qaida. We’re now waiting to see if endorsing fake news that slanders a Republican President will get you dropped from MSNBC, and if so, will it then get you hired by CNN?
Incidentally, this should also provide two good lessons to everyone who talks about public issues online: 1. Do research from reliable sources and think very carefully about what you write and how you phrase it before you hit “send” (and if a “fact” later turns out to be incorrect, admit it and retract it ASAP). That’s because (2.) the Internet is forever. It’s like knowing that your driver’s license photo may appear on the Jumbotron in Times Square 20 years from now, so you’d better shave and comb your hair every time you visit the DMV.
I feel I’m somewhat qualified to speak on this because I’ve now been doing commentaries on radio, TV and the Internet for nearly a decade, and those are rules I’ve followed from day one. Of course, it also helps to follow my third rule: if trolls call you names on Twitter, simply refuse to give a hoot.