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Today's Commentary --- "Gone fishin" -- Laura Ainsworth: Time to take down Biden, so trot out the women -- Laura Ainsworth: A follow-up on Joe Biden --- The Born Alive Act -- Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy -- Taking the media to task -- Quotes from American History -- Remember Sybil Ludington -- The impact of low moral standards -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
When Democrats claimed they were doing to do great things for America if they were put back in power, voters probably didn’t think that meant they would immediately go fishing. But that’s all they’ve done since retaking the House: gone on endless fishing expeditions, concocting investigations and writing subpoenas and now, requesting that the IRS show them six years’ worth of President Trump’s personal and business tax returns, all in a desperate fishing expedition to turn up something – anything! – to impeach him over.
Good thing America doesn’t have any real problems that Congress should be working on.
You’d think that after fishing for two years in the Russian Sea and coming up empty, they would have gotten this out of their system, but no, they’re hanging up the “Gone Fishin’” sign again.
Laura Ainsworth: Time to take down Biden, so trot out the women
By Laura Ainsworth, Staff writer
Joe Biden has been doing very well in recent polls, so, of course, it was time to trot out the women.
This has become such a cliché that it was inevitable, and the timing was suspiciously perfect. But this time, since Biden isn’t what most would call a sexual predator –- even in 2019 –- the “line” for inappropriate behavior had to be moved in order to include him in that category. “Uncle Joe” has always been the sort who lacked clear physical boundaries, kind of like the big, affectionate dog who can’t resist jumping all over every visitor, male or female, who comes to the door. Some people like or at least tolerate the dog jumping up, sniffing them and and slobbering on them, but others are not thrilled. They feel uncomfortable and anxious, and they wish he had been trained to stay down and keep his paws off them.
Laura Ainsworth: A follow-up on Joe Biden
By Laura Ainsworth, Staff writer
Something has been bothering me ever since I wrote yesterday’s piece on Joe Biden and "the trotting out of the women."
My view on the #MeToo Movement certainly has not changed --- I still think this whole PC business is setting women back decades by making men paranoid about even being in the same room with us. How are we supposed to get ahead at work when men are constantly afraid of being slapped with lawsuits? On the other hand, if it hadn’t become so rigid and political, it could have been a huge force for good, as no woman in the workplace should have to indulge her boss’s disrespectful behavior in order to advance at work. No one wants to go back to the working environment of “Mad Men” --- except for the teakwood paneling and cool shag rugs, but I digress.
But something else was nagging at me, not just #MeToo, and I couldn’t put it into words. Heather Mac Donald’s appearance on Wednesday’s Tucker Carlson show helped me figure out what it was.
Mac Donald described the modern PC world as one in which “there’s no forgiveness, there is no acceptance of differences, of behavior --- we’re all supposed to be for diversity, right? How about accepting the diversity of an older generation that has a different style of engagement, that has not been terrorized into frigid self-criticism by the feminist harpies that cannot understand that there are different human beings, there are different ways of relating to people. This is going to end normal human intercourse as we know it if they are allowed to get away with this.”
She implicates Biden in helping to bring in and solidify the very campus PC culture, rape culture and war on due process that, ironically, is victimizing him now. In a way, she thinks of his current problem as a case of “turnabout is fair play.”
“What’s at stake here,” she says, “is the livability of human society. Young people have to understand --- [with] old people, people have to be a little flexible. But the feminist world view is brittle, it’s intolerant, it’s unforgiving, and it’s utterly narcissistic. These females are saying their world view, their subjective experience, should be now the norm for everybody else, regardless of whether it is objectively reasonable what their interpretation is.”
In other words, what matters is if THEY get triggered, not you. What THEY feel about any interaction you have with them, not you. And they get to interpret it any way they want. Your behavior will be controlled according to their whims.
Mac Donald warns about going down that PC path, because, as she says, “there’s gonna be a whole line of Republican politicians who deserve to succeed who are gonna have photos taken of them when they’ve got an arm around somebody...”
The concept of “consent,” she says, once novel on college campuses, has now been taken so far that it’s even being applied to platonic touch, as with a daughter who objects to her mother hugging her because she didn’t get consent. This is where we’re going, towards a completely sterile world of superficial interaction.
As I’ve said many times before, leftists ruin EVERYTHING!
As a singer of romantic old jazz songs from before my time, I deeply lament the unromantic age in which we live. Romance was for older generations, not us in 2019. Today’s kids are culturally deprived. Today it’s trashy hip-hop, fleeting hook-ups, social media, mandatory genderless pronouns and campus consent forms. It’s a strange, cold combination of the Junior Anti-Sex League and abortion in the delivery room. Whatever happened to “Some enchanted evening...you may see a stranger...”?
But as far as I’m concerned, this is the worst problem of all: The criticism of Biden’s cluelessness inevitably comes down to his age, when it shouldn’t. Leftists see an OLD guy. (White, too, which makes it worse.) As Tina Brown put it, he’s from the “crustacean period” of gender relations. In this time when diversity seems to be the most important thing of all to leftists --- much more than wisdom, intelligence, competence or experience --- diversity of age is not valued. Just the opposite; it’s something to be avoided, along with all other reminders of the past. Lip service is sometimes given to it, but that is all. Older people need to move out of the way; it’s so much easier to get a group that thinks as one when everybody’s about the same age.
Clearly, when Biden grasps the shoulders of a 13-year-old girl and whispers in her ear, he really does look like the cliché of a creepy, dirty old man, and he’s got to bring himself to understand the discomfort such behavior causes. (The fact that this hasn’t been made a serious issue until now tells me this really is all about politics.) In his mind, he likely does not mean his actions in a perverted way, but that’s the way they come across. No matter how friendly he wants to be with new acquaintances, he absolutely can’t be the slobbering puppy dog he wants to be. And all young girls need to know that no one, not even someone in a position of authority like a former Vice President, may presume to invade their personal space like that.
Given that, Mac Donald helped me understand that the Presidential race is being viewed as a generational thing, when it should not be. Anyone who says the Presidential candidate needs to be “young” and “fresh-faced” and needs to act in just the right PC way and express everything in just the right PC way and phrase his repeated apologies for being old (and white and male) in just the right PC way IS EVERY BIT AS BIASED AND INFLEXIBLE AS THE DINER OWNER IN 1952 WHO WOULDN’T LET BLACKS EAT AT HIS LUNCH COUNTER. It’s called “ageism,” you hypocrites. YOU, “progressives,” are the prejudiced ones for looking at people this way, and history will show you for what you are.
Here’s the irony of this “diversity” garbage: that what leftists want isn’t diversity at all, just variations on their one overarching politically-correct theme, offered up in fixed proportions of skin tones, hair textures and sexual orientations, but, underneath, disturbingly alike. No diversity of thought, no diversity of expression. Liberal as he is, maybe an “old” guy like Joe Biden just doesn’t fit with their idea of people with whom they prefer to associate.
This makes it sound as if I’m defending Joe Biden, when the very idea of that is surreal, as I do think he’s far too familiar with women and girls and I absolutely do not want him to be President. But as I hope my original commentary made clear, there are other, bigger reasons for not wanting him to be President, and these have nothing to do with his age, his generation or even his wandering hands. They have to do with positions he’s taken, indefensible things he’s said, and potential involvement in some pretty huge corruption scandals in China and Ukraine. But it must be said to “progressives” who are all excited about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: People of Biden’s age belong to a great generation that I think we should all be sad to see go.
The Born Alive Act
By Mike Huckabee
If a fetal heartbeat doesn’t mean a baby is a living human, then how about if it’s already been born? As supporters of the Born Alive Act like to say, this shouldn’t even be a debate: if a baby is born alive during an abortion, and is separate from its mother’s body, there is no longer any question of infringing on a woman’s control over her own body. You are now dealing with a separate human being who is invested with the full rights of every American citizen, which includes the right to life-saving emergency medical care from the doctor who is standing there.
This seems to be Common Decency 101, something that should not even require a new law to codify it. Yet Democratic Senators blocked the bill to affirm that a child born alive during an abortion has a right to medical care, and House Democrats have voted 20 times to keep it from being allowed out of committee for a vote. The Internet is filled with snarky comments from liberals, mocking the idea that they are pro-infanticide. Well, sorry for the confusion, but when you keep voting to let infants die, it’s easy to get the impression that you are pro-infanticide.
At the link is an account of a major effort on Tuesday by House Republicans to try to get their Democratic colleagues to (to use an expression they love to quote but don’t seem to understand) do the right thing.
Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy
By Mike Huckabee
There is a recently-elected female member of Congress who is young, dynamic, attractive, outspoken, a racial minority and she is saying things that should make her a rising leader of the Democratic Party. And no, it’s definitely not the person you’re thinking of.
This is someone who really deserves the attention being lavished on the other one, and for the sound future of both America and the Democratic Party, the media should turn its attention away from the Bronx socialist and toward Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy.
She’s the first Vietnamese woman ever elected to Congress. Her family fled the Vietnamese communists when she was six months old and were rescued at sea by the US Navy. While there are a number of policy issues upon which we would disagree, she’s a more traditional Democrat than many of her Party’s younger generation whose only knowledge of socialism came from their leftist college professors. She’s seen Marxism in action, and you need to read what she has to say about it at the link.
In fact, all her Democratic colleagues and a big portion of their voters need to hear it, too. Let’s hope some of those hypocritical fashion magazine editors who give so much space to glamorous socialists in between ads for designer clothes and luxury goods will realize what socialism would mean for them and start putting Rep. Murphey on their covers instead.
Taking the media to task
By Mike Huckabee
Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi surprised a lot of people last week when he released a chapter from an upcoming book taking the media to task for its two-year-long self-delusion and departure from traditional journalistic standards in promoting the nonexistent Trump-Russia collusion story. No surprise, many of his liberal readers were not happy at getting this bucket of cold reality dumped on them when they’re used to outlets like Rolling Stone reinforcing their smug, comfy preconceptions. So Taibbi has been getting some pretty hateful tweets since it came out.
This week, he tries to get back into the left’s good graces a bit while still gently urging them to come out of their safe spaces and venture out into the light of truth.
In this article, he repeats just enough popular false beliefs of the left (that Trump started the Obama birth certificate story when it was actually Hillary Clinton’s campaign, or that Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house, when that was actually Tina Fey on “SNL”) to make his usual readers feel comfortable while prodding them to think about reasons why Trump might have won that don’t involve elaborate Russian conspiracies or even 63 million Americans being racists.
Quotes from American History
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Remember Sybil Ludington
By Mike Huckabee
(This essay was originally posted on July 1, 2018)
I’ve been astounded recently by the way the left has been so successful at using “hate speech” and school shootings to convince young people to demand that their own First and Second Amendment rights be taken away. Somehow, they have managed to bamboozle a large slice of the young generation into simultaneously believing that they are wise and mature enough to start voting and even writing laws at 16; yet they are so childish and irresponsible, they can’t be trusted to handle a firearm until they’re 21 or to hear an opposing opinion without rushing to a safe space to cuddle a puppy.
When young people don’t know their rights, where those rights came from, and how much was sacrificed to secure them, it’s easy to convince them to trade them away for empty promises of comfort and security. These days, students barely learn the most basic facts about American history, let alone all the great stories you discover when you dig into the details. This seems like the perfect week for a lesson in how America came to be born. And I’ll try to put it into terms they can relate to.
The impact of low moral standards
(This essay originally posted on July 3, 2018)
By Mike Huckabee
There are a lot of things people like to believe that are patently absurd if you think about it (much of the Obama Administration was based on making nonsensical declarations – “We can’t just drill our way out of an energy shortage,” etc. – in a somber tone that made them sound like unquestionable fact.) One of the most common is that “the government can’t legislate morality!”
Evening Edition - April 3
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
Daily Verse (KJV)
"Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing,
and obtaineth favour of the Lord."
– Proverbs 18:22
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