Thursday, Iran escalated its provocations against America by reportedly shooting down an unmanned US drone over international air space. There were reports (how reliable, I can’t say) that President Trump planned retaliatory strikes against Iran, but called them off at the last minute. Trump called it a “very big mistake” by Iran, but suggested that it might have been the action of someone “loose and stupid” rather than an official provocation. The White House reportedly told Congressional leaders that the response will be “measured.”
I’m sure Trump is hearing conflicting advice from all sides, ranging from those who want a full military response against Iran to those who urge negotiations to those who claim these recent attacks are a false flag operation by Israel to make Iran's mullahs look bad (don’t be surprised if that idea gets picked up by certain freshman House Democrats.)
Trump has some tough decisions to make: he can’t let Iran get away with these provocations because they’ll surely escalate. But he ran on a promise to avoid getting involved in endless wars in the Middle East, and many people who voted for him are weary of those. Of course, part of the reason they dragged on was because of the limits placed on our troops, which likely would not apply under Trump. I know he’d rather concentrate on America than the world, but sometimes, the world comes looking for you.
This is a fast-evolving story, so keep an eye on the news for breaking developments.
A couple of weeks ago, Joy Behar of “The View” said she doesn’t understand why Republicans accuse the left of embracing crazy ideas because to her, those ideas are just “common sense.” I’ve thought of that often over the past couple of weeks as I strain my brain trying to figure out what possible connection there could be between leftist ideas and common sense. And the more I puzzled over it, the more I realized that there’s seldom even a connection between leftist ideas and reality.
Only a leftist could look at a detention center for non-citizens who illegally cross our border of their own free will and see a “concentration camp.” Or look at the catastrophic mess that gave rise to those overflowing centers and call it a “phony” or “manufactured crisis.” Or look at a sonogram of a baby in the womb with fully-formed organs and limbs, moving and kicking, and claim it’s not a baby, it’s a “clump of tissue” (and it doesn’t have a heartbeat; that’s just “embryonic pulsing.”) Or look at a muscled-up dude with long hair trouncing all competitors in a girls’ school sports event and think that if s/he claims s/he feels like a girl, then s/he must really be one and it should be illegal to suggest otherwise. Or think that terrorists and a nuclear Iran don’t represent an existential threat, but Donald Trump and cow farts do. Or look at the economic and humanitarian disasters wrought by socialism everywhere it’s been tried and still think it would work just great if we tried it here. I could go on and on, but you get the picture. Trying to catalogue the current list of irrational beliefs of the “progressive” left is like watching one of those movies from the 1960s that were made by people on LSD.
Which brings me to this story: Nancy Pelosi claims she just can’t figure out why pro-lifers don’t support Planned Parenthood.
This delusion (or to be charitable, this whopper) is based on her claim that pro-lifers should love Planned Parenthood because it reduces the number of abortions by providing contraceptives. So all she can figure is that pro-lifers must simply hate family planning and contraceptives.
Uh…no. In fact, one of the few areas of agreement between conservatives such as Ted Cruz and leftist upstarts such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is that oral contraceptives should be available over the counter without a prescription. That’s something many Republicans have pushed for a long time, but it’s been blocked by Planned Parenthood and the establishment Democrats in its thrall, such as Nancy Pelosi.
To make it easier for her: What pro-lifers don’t like about Planned Parenthood is that it’s America’s largest abortion mill chain, responsible for slaughtering more than 320,000 pre-born children per year. As the movie “Unplanned” revealed, it views abortion as a profit center and pressures its clinics to perform as many as possible. PP aborts 118 babies for every adoption referral it makes.
Click this link to read Pelosi’s full comments, along with an explanation of what Planned Parenthood actually is and what pro-life people actually believe.
Of all the ways in which today’s leftists deny reality, the area of abortion may be the most jaw-dropping. They can look at what is obviously a baby in the womb and not see a baby. They argue that giving medical care to a baby that’s already been born somehow tramples on the mother’s right to make choices about her own medical care. They claim that pro-lifers only care about fetuses and do nothing to help babies once they’re born, when millions of pro-life people donate amazing amounts of time, effort and money to help children and single mothers and support adoption agencies and non-abortion crisis pregnancy centers.
But probably the most telling of all the denials of reality is their need to misrepresent the pro-life viewpoint. We simply want to protect what we believe is obviously a separate, innocent human life. They can’t plausibly dispute that, so they create a straw man and claim we just want to control women’s bodies. Hint: a sonogram is not a picture of a woman’s body. It’s a picture of a child inside a woman’s body. If you can’t even concede that basic reality without your entire argument falling apart, maybe it’s time to rethink the wisdom of your position.
Wednesday, former top Trump White House advisor Hope Hicks gave lengthy testimony to Rep. Jerry Nadler’s House Fishing Committee…sorry, “House Judiciary Committee.” If the purpose was to entrap her and embarrass Trump, then it backfired, since it was her inquisitors who should be embarrassed by that sorry spectacle.
During the questioning, Hicks reminded them of the bogusness of the Steele dossier that sparked the “chaos” created by the Mueller witch hunt, and responded to one dumb question by reminding Committee Democrats that “we have this thing called Google now.” She told them that to her knowledge, Trump never asked anyone on his campaign to lie, and when she said she’d told “white lies” in the course of her job – a statement the Democrats have literally tried to make a federal case out of – she just meant things like “The President is too busy to see you now,” not anything of substance.
Personally, I think the American people should be ashamed that we even have a House Judiciary Committee chaired by the embarrassing likes of Jerry Nadler. Let’s hope they correct that grievous mistake in 2020.