November 20, 2018

I already liked Texas Representative-elect Dan Crenshaw, but I’m liking him more every day.  He was a heroic Navy SEAL who continued his service even after losing an eye in an I.E.D. attack.  When he was mocked on “SNL,” he declined to demand an apology, suggested they donate to a military charity instead, then went on the show to forgive the comic who mocked him and make a plea for all Americans to show appreciation to veterans and first responders.  And he hasn’t even joined Congress yet, but this past weekend, he made two more TV appearances that both deserve a standing ovation for his bursting of over-inflated anti-Trump media bubbles with the sharp needle of truth. 


First, on CNN’s “State of the Union,” two Democrats slammed President Trump for missing the Veterans’ Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery (the left is currently trying to pump up a ridiculous narrative that Trump is the least military-friendly President ever.)


Crenshaw, who has more gravitas on this issue than the other guests, said, “Well, I’ve been to Arlington multiple times to bury my friends, at least two funerals there that I’ve attended and gone back occasionally.”  He also noted that he knows Trump personally, and knows how he embraces Gold Star families, and while he would have liked for Trump to go to Arlington, he’s not offended if he misses a ceremony.  He explained, “What affects us is, are you giving us a clear mission, are you giving us the equipment we need to do it, are you raising pay for the military? He has done all of these things. That’s what matters to me as a veteran.”


For the record, Trump admitted it might have been a mistake to miss that ceremony, but he was at Arlington on Memorial Day, and three of the four Presidents who preceded him also missed that ceremony on some occasions, including decorated World War II veteran, George H.W. Bush.  Also, I should add that Trump didn’t send an overextended, under-manned, under-funded military to face dangerous, nearly impossible situations while handcuffed by suicidally-PC “rules of engagement.”


Crenshaw’s next great moment came when CBS’s “Face the Nation” brought on several newly-elected Representatives, and the Democrats were only too happy to parrot the nonsensical notion that Trump is somehow “undermining our democracy.”   


Colorado Democratic Rep.-elect Joe Neguse played the now well-worn tune: “I think that right now it's important for this majority in the House to engage in some really critical oversight of an Administration that is undermining a lot of critical freedoms for folks in our country. When I say save our democracy, I mean precisely that. I think some of our democratic freedoms and the principles that we live by have been under attack for the better part of the last two years."  (As always, note that he felt perfectly free to say that on national TV with no fear whatsoever of the guillotine or the gulag.)


But while CBS talking heads might let that pass unchallenged, Crenshaw was having none of it. He dared to ask the obvious follow-up question that’s gone unspoken for two years now:


“What is he undermining exactly? You know, what democratic freedoms have been undermined?  We just had an election where we switched power in the House. Democracy is at work. People are voting in record numbers."


The Democrats, expecting the media simply to swallow their talking points like free drinks at a press junket, had no ready answer.  Democratic Rep.-elect Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania tried the hilarious gambit that revoking CNN “reporter” Jim Acosta’s White House press pass for acting like a jerk was an “attack on democracy.”  She claimed that Trump "is consistently disruptive” in press conferences (because he argues with the press when they disrupt and insult him rather than just standing there and taking it?) in what she called "literally an attack on the press." That’s “literally” an attack on the press in the same way that Trump is “literally” Hitler, I guess.


Again, Crenshaw took careful aim and coolly blew away their hysteria.  He replied, "I've literally been attacked. So I, don't — let's choose our words carefully."


He went on to give them a friendly lecture on the difference between holding policy disagreements that can be debated civilly and accusing your opponent of “undermining democracy” and “being a bad person fundamentally.”  It was a refreshing dose of mature common sense the type of which you’re about as likely to hear on a major network political talk show as you are to hear Trump finish a sentence without being interrupted by Jim Acosta.   


Democrats use these ridiculous, hyperbolic misrepresentations of their opponents’ motives and character for two reasons: (1.) they work on their base, as witness their takeover of the House with no coherent policy platform whatsoever; and (2.) they’ve got nothing else, because every policy they believe in has repeatedly been proven to be a miserable failure (“Hey, here’s a winning new idea: try socialism again!”)


The media have been helpfully echoing the left’s transparently bogus claims for over two years now, starting from “Trump colluded with Russia to steal the election" to “Trump is taking our freedoms away” (you mean like the right to freely express our religious beliefs without fear of government reprisal?  I thought he was bringing that back) to “Trump supporters are Nazis and fascists and white supremacists” to “Trump is undermining democracy” and is “literally Hitler.” Anyone who knows anything about history -- real history, not the kind currently taught in elite institutions of indoctrination -- should grasp instinctively that if Trump really were a Hitler-like tyrant/dictator, there wouldn’t have been an election at all. There wouldn’t be a Democratic House (or a House at all, or federal judges) to oppose him.  There wouldn’t be a Mueller investigation, there wouldn’t be regular White House press conferences, and there wouldn’t be a Jim Acosta.  It wouldn’t just be his press pass that disappeared.  


Hitler did not deal with his critics by giving them mean nicknames on whatever the 1930s equivalent of Twitter was. That’s not even as bad as what Obama did to the press (like secretly declaring a Fox News reporter to be a possible criminal co-conspirator so the government could spy on his privates communications to discover his sources – talk about branding a reporter an “enemy of the state!”).  And the media loved Obama more than a cool drink on a hot day.   


Claiming that not only journalism and democracy but the First Amendment itself are under “attack” because one disruptive egomaniac who can’t follow simple rules of decorum got tossed out of a press conference shows a highly overdeveloped sense of unearned moral superiority and a woeful lack of awareness of what the word “attack” means.  It was a high-five moment to see someone with genuine moral authority and personal experience with what a real “attack” is finally set them straight.


Dan Crenshaw hasn’t even taken office yet, and already, some Republicans are talking about him as a possible Presidential candidate in 2024.  It might be a little early for that, but he’s certainly on the right track so far.  Maybe he could even show some bipartisan kindness to his future colleague, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, give her some remedial lessons on the Constitution, and point out to her why she can’t run for President in 2020 when she’s 30. 



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  • Liz Griffin

    11/21/2018 06:58 AM

    As a citizen of the US I am fearful of the “angry left” but as a Christian I am thankful He is still on the throne. Please continue to shed light on those who would destroy the greatest country in the world....God bless America!

  • Steven Sullivan

    11/21/2018 06:48 AM

    Very well stated and presented. Thank you for pointing out we have mature, skillful leaders who operate in the world of reality and are capable of working with actual facts.

  • Luanne Kath

    11/21/2018 12:27 AM

    i enjoyed this well-written and encouraging article. Thank you.

  • Carolyn J Blue

    11/20/2018 07:48 PM

    I also like Dan Crenshaw Governor and am going to “like” him more on Facebook!!! This young man knows what he is talking about and knows how to convey intelligently and confidently what he has to say.

  • P L Franklin

    11/20/2018 01:23 PM

    Ocasio-Cortez most likely does not know what the Constitution says, but even if she does, the Constitution requirement about citizenship to be president and the rule of law forbidding muslims from invading this country or holding political office here, has been so blatantly ignored over the past decade or two, that she doesn't think the law will apply to her either.

  • Elaine Romanias

    11/20/2018 01:03 PM

    I would love to see the California Congressmen and Senators dig into their pockets and help the homeless after the fires. This would really show a commitment to constituents! They could provide buses to take the people to warmer parts of the state and help them rebuild their homes! Also, I'd like to see more fair and balanced coverage in the media such as with the CNN reporter situation. When Mr. Obama was President, he asked security to remove a rude reporter. Nothing was said about that but EVERYTHING is said about the situation with Mr. Acosta! Fair and balanced, please!!!!

  • Ron Besse

    11/20/2018 12:52 PM

    Crenshaw would be great as President based on what I have seen and heard. Another great choice would be Nikki Haley as a no nonsense lady and the first female President or pair the two of them together.

  • Kathy Wingate

    11/20/2018 12:51 PM

    Mike, I think having Ocasio-Cortez in the House, is going to make for some very interesting moments ahead...I expect there will be a few laughs for everyone around...Her response when asked what she means by her statement that Israel is "occupying" Palestine, was choking to try to come up with an answer, she couldn't come up with....she had no idea what she meant, she is only parroting her liberal (probably muslim) co-house seat winners...boy, are we in trouble!!

    Re the POTUS not being at Arlington on Veterans Day, for goodness sake, he was in Paris in the rain, honoring WW1 Vets who gave the ultimate sacrifice over seas....I watched that service, and don't see how anyone who supports him could criticize that...must be the
    "opposition party and/or Fake News, making waves over that.
    Thank you so much for providing this forum. It is great to have you and Sarah providing information we can trust!

  • Charles Breedlove

    11/20/2018 12:31 PM

    By being the only adult in the room (including the so called jounalists) on these talk shows, it won't be long before Dan Crenshaw is no longer invited.

  • Arlene Kovash

    11/20/2018 12:25 PM

    What’s great about Dan Crenshaw, among many other things, is that he can think on his feet and come back with cogent remarks refuting crazy Democratic platitudes.

  • Nancy Iverson

    11/20/2018 12:21 PM

    Finally someone with common sense and intelligence, what a wonderful combination and so lacking in our government representatives, mostly those on the left. Thank you Can Crenshaw!

  • Peter Dyke

    11/20/2018 12:03 PM

    Where was democracy when the Democrats called for votes on the stimulus and health care bills without the representatives getting a chance to read them, when Ryan's budget was not even considered in the senate and ads showed Ryan pushing grandma over a cliff, conservative speakers not allowed to speak at universities, planned demonstrations, fake news, etc, etc.

  • Wayne Burden

    11/20/2018 11:55 AM

    Unfortunately, the Left has a reactionary and unlogical approach to any problem or issue. They seem unable and unwilling to think like a rational person should. I think this young man’s comments to the media, although spot on and well vocalized, are falling on deaf ears. The Democrat mindset Is unable to see truth as they have given themselves over to a worldview incompatible with a representative republic such as ours. They belong in a failed socialist state like Venezuela.

  • Joseph

    11/20/2018 10:45 AM

    And that my friends is what separates us from the Democratic Socialist Party of today and of 1938. Like the survivors of Killary's Bengazi failure to any of our military people I'll believe them before any liberal

  • Allison Averett

    11/20/2018 10:24 AM

    Great article! Thanks for always bringing us the truth.

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    11/20/2018 10:05 AM

    Dan Crenshaw is a breath of fresh air. He seems to be eminently equipped to open people's minds and change the conversation. A real class act.

  • David Colonna

    11/20/2018 09:34 AM

    Thank you for posting some uplifting facts and information, we need more Mr. Creshaws in our government, with common sense and good wholesome responses to liberals evil remarks! We truly need to hear more good after the nation voted in what most of us would like to see them running for office in Venezuela instead, a place where they can freely have Socialism and get away with it. I sure hope our nation smartens up for 2020 election.

  • Susan Perreira

    11/20/2018 09:20 AM

    Thank you, Dan Crenshaw. BRAVO!!

  • Lawrence E. Maxwell

    11/20/2018 09:13 AM

    Dan Crenshaw putting the Dem rep who said President Trump was "literally attacking" the press in her place by saying that he had literally been attacked and knew the difference, reminded me of Dan Quayle comparing himself to JFK in a VP candidate debate with Lloyd Bensten when Bensten famously said "I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. You're no Jack Kennedy." While not a great moment for us, its another example of the left not learning from history. See socialism or anything that comes out of the mouth of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

  • Judy L Copp

    11/20/2018 09:05 AM

    Cortez has embarrassed herself terribly by her ignorance. I think for sure she is a democrat patsy strictly allowed to run to get votes for the Dems, and it will backfire. They will tell her how to vote and to shut her mouth.

  • Kevin Cook

    11/20/2018 08:59 AM

    I am truly inspired by Dan Crenshaw and I pray we Republicans get more people like Dan in office. But I cannot help but be depressed by the fact that we have so many depraved and morally sick people who elect depraved and morally sick Democrats. I really cannot think of one Democrat that loves this country as much as a billionaire who gave up a life of luxury to try and fix a country that was nearly destroyed by Hussein and Hillary.
    Keep praying to our Lord and Savior that He doesn't give up on us because of these sick Democrat voters and politicians!

  • Stephen Russell

    11/20/2018 08:52 AM

    CA wildfires & Trump: Note the "meek mild" Jerry Brown & Gavin Newsom.
    Good act or is it an act, once Trump leaves Do Nothing??
    Hey Leftists Burn down CA thats the way to keep the illegals from entry, sorry for those homes whove burned etc due to screwed up CA State policies which wont allow clearing debris & dead wood from homes etc.
    Blame CA State for ALL>

  • Debra Bortner

    11/20/2018 08:46 AM

    I think the house should pass their Healthcare plan while they have the majority. Then in January pass it in the Senate if they still have a larger majority. Or they could pass it now if they think there are enough votes to pass it. It will be a nightmare if the Dem majority tries to pass their plan.