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BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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"One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent."
McConnell returns as Senate Minority Leader
Much to the consternation of many conservatives and Trump backers, Mitch McConnell was once again reelected as Senate Minority Leader with only 10 GOP Senators opposing him.
That 80% margin is being presented by his backers as a great show of confidence, but I think it’s actually more explainable by the old saying, “If you strike at a king, make sure you kill him.” McConnell controls the powerful committee assignments, so anyone voting against him has to weigh the odds of him losing the vote (tiny) against the odds of losing their own power if they oppose him (YUGE.) I’d say that the fact that 20% of Republican Senators were willing to throw caution to the wind and go on record as opposing him shows how deep the dissatisfaction with him is.
But that’s how things work in Washington. You didn’t really think that Nancy Pelosi has remained the Democrats’ leader for this long because so many of them love her, did you?
Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media has some comments on his own trepidations about McConnell, how his continued leadership is likely to block a much-needed overhaul of the GOP, and how he’s more likely to compromise with Chuck Schumer and oppose MAGA Republicans than the other way around.
The “Respect for Marriage Act” passes with Republican help
Yesterday, 12 Republican Senators joined with all the Democrats to pass the “Respect for Marriage Act.” It got 62 votes, two more than needed to overcome a Republican filibuster. It now goes back to the House, which will almost certainly pass it, since they already passed their version with the support of 47 Republicans, and then President Biden will sign it into law. There’s not much that can be done about it, even though this is one of those bills like the “Inflation Reduction Act” where the sunshine-and-lollipops name has little to do with the actual contents.
The RFMA codifies the Supreme Court decision in which a majority of Justices miraculously found a right to same-sex marriage hiding in the Constitution where nobody else had noticed it for over two centuries (I wish I had these guys with me for Easter egg hunts, or when the TV remote is lost.) It doesn’t force states to issue same-sex marriage certificates, but it does require them to recognize those issued in states that do.
Republicans justified their votes for it because it includes a GOP amendment exempting religious nonprofit organizations such as churches, synagogues, mosques, religious schools and faith-based social service organizations from lawsuits for not recognizing same-sex marriages. That's good, as far as it goes. However, critics pointed out that it does nothing to protect the religious rights of private citizens and business owners, a number of whom have been hounded, smeared and bankrupted by malicious lawsuits and prosecutions to force them to compromise their religious beliefs and participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies, somethat that the activists who pushed for same-sex marriage claimed would never happen. Remember, "If you oppose same-sex marriages, just don't participate in them"?
If they were going to issue such a ruling, the SCOTUS should have at least affirmed clearly that the enumerated, fundamental, First Amendment right to religious freedom takes precedence over a right they just suddenly found hiding behind a dangling participle. They did not, and ever since, it’s caused incredible grief, expense and persecution for a number of Americans of faith. Now, Congress is about to write that mistake into law.
How many more years of legal persecution must religious people endure before the SCOTUS finds this law unconstitutional? Or will they, at long last, finally do their duty even then?
Must-Read: A woman whose mother had her necessary cancer treatments delayed by COVID lockdowns (she is now terminal) makes a personal case for why we should ignore calls for a “pandemic amnesty” to forgive authorities who were wrong about COVID and just forget about it.
I’ve said all along that I don’t blame people for making mistakes before they knew what they were dealing with, if they tried to act with the best intentions. But those who continued acting as if they knew everything long past the time when it became clear that they didn’t, and who went power mad, declared themselves dictators, and tried to force their policies on citizens, strip away their rights, and punish and silence anyone who questioned them? For them, there must be a reckoning.
Before anyone tries to argue for them by bringing up all the people who died of COVID (or maybe just “with” COVID), take a look at what their insistence on prioritizing COVID over all other health issues wrought:
Europe is now facing a potential “cancer epidemic” because COVID lockdowns forced the cancellation of 100 million cancer screenings. And that’s just Europe. And just one disease. We are not going to forget that.
Another "red wave" theory
Here’s another theory of what happened to the expected “red wave”: Google, and to a lesser extent other powerful online sites like Facebook, switched millions of votes by delivering heavily-biased news and search results. And even now, they’re promoting rumors and conspiracy theories to get people to look anywhere else other than at them for an explanation.
After boasting that California has run budget surpluses for several years, including a $98 billion surplus this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom was safely reelected last week. And now, abra-cadabra! It’s projected that California will have a $25 billion deficit in the 2023-2024 fiscal year, due to revenues not keeping pace with spending.
There are a lot of things I could say to Californians, but I’m tired of trying to talk sense to them, so I’ll just leave it at this: You reelected him.
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