In the latest example of leftist intolerance, the owner of a Tex-Mex restaurant in Houston apologized after he was savaged on the Internet, and even received death threats, simply because Attorney General Jeff Sessions ate there. I understand the pressure he must’ve felt, but I wish he hadn’t apologized. That’s the response these "brave" keyboard warriors are looking for to make them feel big and tough and far more effectual than they are in real life. Besides, what did he have to apologize for? For running a business that’s open to the public and serving anyone who comes in, just as both his business model and the public accommodations laws require?
At the link is a clip of a TV appearance I made on Fox News, where I was asked about this, and I offered a very simple solution, one that I’m sure these unthinking, hysterical hotheads would like because it’s a form of segregation. They really seem to relish that idea: they’ve even called for making black college students feel “safer” by having designated white and black areas on campus, a barbaric concept that I thought we dispensed with back in the ‘60s.
I can’t help wondering why these loons think that building a wall on our border is a horrible, offensive, racist idea, but building walls between groups of American citizens is just peachy.
Remember this story
When reporters start wrapping themselves in the flag and the First Amendment over President Trump accusing them of being biased against him, remember things like this:
Over the weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey, Trump posed for a few photos with members of a group of supporters called “Bikers For Trump.” They sported the typical biker wear, such as leather vests and black T-shirts covered in patriotic and aggressively non-PC patches. One of them, who was standing a couple of people away from Trump, had one patch among the many on his vest that a Washington Post reporter found to be sexist and made a story out of it. Well, that is, she found it to be sexist once she blew up the photo so big she could actually read the patch.
She admitted that she couldn’t say whether Trump had even noticed that one tiny patch among the dozens in the crowd, but still found it worthy of turning into a story about how Trump’s staffers didn’t vet the photo op properly to screen out sexism.
You can see the patch, and another definitely un-PC patch, at the link, if you want to (warning: contains language appropriate to bikers.) Frankly, I would think that if you’re going to stare at a photo of bikers that closely, you shouldn’t be too surprised by anything you see; but then, I’m not literally going over every image of Trump with a magnifying glass, desperately trying to find something to offended about.
Apparently, that’s what the Founders meant by “freedom of the press” when they wrote the First Amendment: that Republicans cannot criticize reporters who act as if they’re “Born to be Riled.”
Lack of trust
Just as a reminder: according to Gallup polling, Americans’ trust in the media hit a high of 55% in 1998-99 (the total of those who said they had "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of trust and confidence in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly.) Over time, trust in the media eroded to an all-time low of 40% in 2012, which is where it stood in the spring of 2015. Donald Trump announced that he was running for President in the summer of 2015.
So if 60% of Americans didn’t trust the media to report the news fully, fairly and accurately for three years before Trump even announced that he was running for President, how is it his doing that Americans have no trust in the media? I think they’re selling themselves short. They didn’t need his help to trash their own reputations for journalistic integrity. They accomplished it all by themselves.
Omarosa's over-hyped book
I hate to keep talking about Omarosa Manigault Newman’s dumb book, “Unhinged” (which is starting to seem like the title of an autobiography), but when the media blow up its unfounded claims as if they were actual news scoops, I feel I have to relay the responses. The two latest: she claims Melania Trump uses her fashion choices (which I think are fantastic) to “punish” her husband and plans to divorce him as soon as he’s out of office. The First Lady issued this response through her spokesperson:
“Mrs. Trump rarely, if ever, interacted with Omarosa. It’s disappointing to her that she is lashing out and retaliating in such a self-serving way, especially after all the opportunities given to her by the President.”
And Omarosa’s latest over-hyped claim is that Trump is suffering severe mental decline and can barely read or even remember “basic words or phrases” in meetings. Funny, when I’ve interviewed him for my TBN TV show, I didn’t notice that. Neither have any of the tens of thousands of people who regularly pack arenas to watch him speak extemporaneously for over an hour at a stretch (note to any reporters who are swallowing this nonsense: “extemporaneously” means without a TelePrompter, something Obama never even tried.)
Her stories are filled with so many contradictions and holes, she can’t even get through a puffball interview with the Trump-hostile NBC "Today" show without melting down and fleeing.
And now, please Lord, let this be the last time I ever have to type the name “Omarosa.”
People who make false accusations of sexism on Twitter should probably delete their own tweets in which they engaged in the exact behavior they allegedly find so offensive.
Following the rules
While much of the recent news about government encroachment on freedom of religious expression has involved Christian business owners, there has been too little scrutiny given to the pressures put on military chaplains by Pentagon brass, particularly those installed during the Obama Administration who had little or no real battle experience. Sadly, the “social justice warrior” crusade that has driven some devoted and experienced military chaplains out of the service has not gone away with the election of President Trump.
Here’s a case that deserves more attention and a public outcry: Chaplain Scott Squires, a Southern Baptist chaplain at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, declined to hold a marriage retreat including same-sex couples because he’s barred from doing that by the tenets of the Southern Baptist Convention. However, he followed what he believed to be the correct Army regulations by rescheduling the retreat as an alternative event, even though it inconvenienced the straight couples who had planned to attend the first retreat.
An investigation found that the Army’s rules are unclear and any discrimination was unintentional. But Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag is calling for Squires and his assistant to be found guilty of violating Army Equal Opportunity policy and punished anyway. Sonntag claims they exhibited a “complete lack of urgency” because it took three days to reschedule the event. Squires says he’s shocked that he’s being punished for following the Army’s own regulations.
First Liberty Institute provided an attorney for Squires, who is appealing the punishment. He said, “The United States Army, acting under the command of Major General Sonntag, is threatening to punish one of its chaplains because he followed the rules,” and “the Army, or Congress, must hold Major General Sonntag accountable for allowing this aggressive anti-religious hostility against its military chaplains to occur under his command.”
I don’t know what anyone can do about the Army, but it’s easy enough for the public to make sure Congress hears about it. For more information, check out the link.
Keep Aretha and her family in your prayers
There have been conflicting reports about the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, being in seriously ill health. But the latest word from her family is that she is resting at home and is alert, laughing and joking with family members. They say she’s watching TV, and they don’t want her spirits dampened by seeing all these false “Aretha’s dead” reports. Both she and her family believe she will recover, and they are “asking for prayers and privacy.” I will certainly comply, and I hope you’ll all join me in remembering this great lady of music, and her family, in your prayers.