Focus the criticism on reality

I am sorry to burst your bubble, but it is time for a Root awakening: No, Donald Trump did not claim to be the “second coming” of the Lord Jesus Christ. Wayne Allyn Root also did not claim either of those things. Trump is a man who loves anyone who effusively praises him. That is a problem, and it is bad for the country, but critics of Trump need to focus their fire on the actual facts, not on an exaggeration of those facts.

First, let’s examine what Root said. He claimed that “the Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God.” This is not a claim that Trump is God, but a claim that the Jews love him as if he were God. Now, obviously, that is not good either. Root was likely using hyperbole, but it is still an obnoxious and stupid statement. It certainly does not display the proper reverence for God. But it was not a claim of divinity.

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Where I stand on Donald Trump

Because there seems to be some confusion, let me clarify where I stand regarding the President of these United States, in no particular order:

  • Trump’s personal character is abominable.
  • The tendency among some “christians” to excuse Trump’s personal sins is a betrayal of the Gospel. It often crosses into heresy, blasphemy and idolatry. Vulnerable souls are crushed by this.
  • Trump was the least qualified of the Republican field of candidates in 2016. He still is.
  • Trump’s combative style is good and sometimes he implements it well. However, Trump often goes way too far with it. He goes nuclear when a flyswatter would be more appropriate, or simply ignoring an attack would be better.

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False accusations enable real white supremacists

As usual, the radical Left is demanding censorship, and scolding the local newspaper for publishing a mainstream conservative opinion by a former candidate for the U.S. House of Representative and influential figure in Indiana Republican politics. We must resist these calls for censorship.

I have known Bob Hall for almost 8 years. He is not a racist and certainly not a white supremacist, so the accusation that the Herald-Times editor is “legitimating white supremacist ideas when he publishes them as editorials” is a fraud. In fact, Hall opposes racism and white supremacy. His entire argument is that the owners of Schooner Creek Farm are not white supremacists.

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The real problem at the Farmer’s Market

I sent this to the New York Times in response to this article.

Imagine an alternate timeline: Schooner Creek Farms was never accused of holding white supremacist beliefs. They would have continued to peacefully sell vegetables at the Bloomington, Indiana farmer’s market and no one would have been bothered at all. The market would not have been closed for two weeks and the community would not have been roiled by controversy.

The people causing the trouble were not the owners of Schooner Creek Farms. They have never discriminated against anyone at the market or used their booth to spread white supremacist ideology. They deny they are white supremacists. All they have done is sell vegetables to consenting adults. Continue reading

Chillax

Good article here:

Screaming at each other over policy disputes, the loudest segments of the population set out to prove that they are unworthy to ever be trusted with the power to rule over people with whom they disagree. They made their case well, and it would be advisable to refuse deference to any government that any of them control.

Source: Reason.com

Maybe we should all chillax just a little bit.

The deplorable treatment of people in prisons and jails

Sandra Bland should have been watched more closely, and a failure to follow proper procedures allowed her the opportunity to kill herself. Former pro wrestler Brian Lawler was also not monitored as closely as he should have, allowing him to commit suicide. Because of the failures of the state, these two people made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27) are dead. But it is far worse than just those two deaths, because suicide is a far too common cause of death in prisons and jails.

For the sake of argument, assume that Jeffrey Epstein killed himself. The series of events leading up to his death – taking him off suicide watch, not doing the required wellness checks, and other failures – demonstrated staggering incompetence by the jail where he was held. One does not have to believe in a conspiracy to see that this is a major scandal, and only one small part of a much bigger scandal.

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Throwback Thursday 8/22/2019

This is something I’ve addressed before: While I do not think video games are bad in and of themselves, far too many young men devote hundreds upon hundreds of hours to them while neglecting the responsibilities of adulthood. It is not good to be a teenager forever. So here are three posts on that topic.

Comments on this post are closed, but are open on the posts linked here.

Should we have more privacy for political donors?

After a Congressman in Texas decided that “doxxing” donors to President Trump in his own district was a good thing, Indiana state representative Jeff Ellington proposed removing addresses from campaign disclosure forms. This is a good idea, and should be passed by the state legislature. Congress should follow up with reforms for federal elections financing.

I think it is good to disclose donations, but the numbers are laughably low. The threshold for disclosing the address and employer of a donor to a federal candidate is $200. Adjusted for inflation, that would be over $1000 today. The disclosure trigger should be raised to at least $1000 and then automatically indexed to inflation so that the trigger amounts are consistent.

(Full Disclosure: Jeff is a friend, and has been since 1996.)

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Chris Cuomo, “Fredo” and basic human decency

The “scandal” that hit social media last week after CNN anchor Chris Cuomo reacted aggressively to a man who accosted him in public demonstrates so many things that are wrong with our politics. But before I start, we should get this out of the way: “Fredo” is not an ethnic slur. Cuomo was silly to play the victim card. It undermines his argument and diminishes sympathy for him as he makes this about inter-sectional identity politics instead of basic human decency.

And basic human decency is the real issue here. If you walk up to someone who is out with his family and start insulting him in front of his wife and child, and he reacts badly, you do not get to play the victim. This is why conservatives leaped to the defense of Tucker Carlson when someone insulted his daughter, and this is why conservatives defended Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Kat Timpf and Tomi Lahren when they were accosted by mobs while minding their own business in a public place.

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