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Trump Is Winning Ugly

What a contrast, right?

At the same time President Trump was stumbling through his post-game presser with Putin which necessitated a next-day contraction retraction, former President Obama was in South Africa treating the world to his soaring rhetoric thereby reminding us how good we had it.

That’s the DC press corps’ version of events.

Unfortunately for Democrats, Obama’s tawdry sentimentality and Life’s Little Instruction Book maxims hold up about as well over time as do his policies.

Obama got away with congenial disdain for the Bible-and-gun clingers but his political progeny—not to mention his administration’s apparatchiks—are not nearly as adroit.

Obama’s veiled invective is weak tea compared to his former CIA Director’s call for a firing squad.

Obama’s cliché-ridden claptrap lacks the appeal of Adam Schiff’s Manchurian Candidate conspiracy theories or a Business Insider deep dive on bugging soccer balls.

Obama served as a veneer for the Left’s ugliness.

Trump has unleashed it and marginalized Obama as a political asset in the process.

Now Trump leads the Left’s parade of horribles around by their P-hats in full public view.

It’s messy. And Trump is sloppy. But, like the 1983 Chicago White Sox, Trump is Winning Ugly.


Elder And Proft On Kanye, Race, And Trump

Is the Democratic Party detrimental to black Americans? Can the GOP convert minorities without dismantling the welfare state? What effect does the left-leaning media and academia have on culture and opportunity? In this special episode of Against The Current, Bestselling Author and nationally syndicated talk show host Larry Elder, 'the Sage of South Central' joins Dan Proft for an in-depth discussion on race, culture and identity politics in America. Elder also explains Trump's likeness to Reagan and why Kanye is good for conservatives.


Scaling Illinois

Living in Illinois, I know something of the ravages of big government Republicanism.

It’s an approach to governance that sends people scurrying for the exits before the bills come due.

Which is why Trump’s decision to fund Obamacare and Planned Parenthood, bump up the subsidies for P-hat-approved art and reward the swamp monsters with increased office allotments was a disastrous one.

Illinois is a model to discontinue not replicate.

In Illinois, the physical exodus from the state has cemented the GOP as the superminority party.

Nationally, the evacuation will be of a partisan nature not a physical one but the result will be the same: Democrat control.

In 2008 and 2012, the nation chose to scale Chicago Democrat governance nationally. It did no better inside the Beltway than it’s done in the Land of Lincoln, an officially-decreed Trump-free zone.

If Trump was looking for a Midwestern model to emulate, he would’ve done better to look to the states he actually won or ask his Vice President.


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What happened in Donald Jr.’s meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya? She turns up in a lot of places, who does she actually represent? How does the Democrat opposition research company Fusion GPS connect to all of this? Were the Russians trying to trip up Trump? Were operatives on the left colluding with the Russians to get dirt on Trump? Dan & The Chicago Tribune’s Kristen McQueary asked Bret Baier, Anchor of Fox News’ Special Report.


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Should Donald Trump Jr. be imprisoned for life or executed? How big a bombshell are the revelations about Trump Jr.? Did Trump Jr. commit treason or was he just sloppy? Either way, the reverberations inside the Left's echo chamber rage. CNN's "sources" get it 200% wrong on Trump-Putin meeting. And Mayoral Emanuel brags about the CTA while Chicago's violence spikes, scandals metastasize, and pension funds face bankruptcy. Dan & Kristen McQueary, editorial board member of the Chicago Tribune, posed these questions and more to Commentary Associate Editor Noah Rothman.


Journalism Is Authentically Better Than Ever

Despite what some conservatives claim, journalism is not only not dead, it’s better than ever.

The charge of “fake news” whether from the left or the right is the verbal equivalent of a white flag on the battlefield of ideas.

The person leveling that charge is almost invariably saying that they cannot defend their underlying position on the merits and thus are using this dismissive phrase to cover their retreat.

In fact, news is more authentic than ever.

But what about the open hostility and manifest bias of the DC press corps?

Would you rather the hostility and bias that has pervaded the DC press corps for generations preceding Trump continue to be covered by a patina of false congeniality and ersatz objectivity?

In a recent article in The New Republic, allegedly the thinking liberal’s outlet, Leah Finnegan calls on the media to be the true opposition party to POTUS. Schumer and Pelosi aren’t hard core enough.

To that conservatives should say, thank you, Ms. Finnegan.

Conservatives have long understood the Beltway media to be the opposition party. The fact The New Republic and other leftist outlets are stripping away their pretense of neutrality is conceding conservatives’ point.

That’s called victory. And there’s nothing fake about it.


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Picking Up Our Wounded

The Left doesn’t need to learn new tricks if the old ones work just fine.

The whipped-up frenzy around Attorney General Jeff Sessions is little more than fodder for a couple of episodes of some hackneyed Aaron Sorkin TV drama.

It is not an occasion for Republicans to wet themselves as some have.

It is not an occasion for Republicans to adopt the high dudgeon of Senator Stuart Smalley as some are.

And it is not an occasion for Republicans to provide fuel for the gaslighting by the Left on Russian influence on the Trump Administration or impact on the 2016 election.

William F. Buckley commented that, relative to the Left, conservatives do a poor job of picking up their wounded on the battlefield. True.

What we essentially have here is Jeff Sessions cutting himself shaving while putting on his uniform. He then stopped his bleeding with his recusal on 2016 campaign-related investigations.

Compare that to the wounds inflicted by bad actors at the IRS, for example, who illegally targeted Americans based on their religious and political beliefs and have yet to be held accountable.

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Things Not Yet Seen

By, Kathleen Murphy

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  – Hebrews 11:1

In 1837, a coalition of women who had created local, female abolitionist societies came together in New York, forming the Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women. It was the first national political women’s meeting in American history. Both black and white women met and began to break the taboo of speaking in public and petitioning in the political arena. Calling their work “the cause of God,” this courageous band of 180 women saw themselves on a mission to unite Heaven and Earth, in the form of a society that would live the democratic and religious ideals it espoused.

The response to the meeting was outrage. At the next convention, a mob of 10,000 surrounded the building throwing stones at it, and eventually lighting it on fire. The demoralizing reaction seemed only to galvanize these pioneers.

With deepened resolve, the women continued to meet. In 1848, five religious women, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, a Quaker Minister, would meet in Seneca Falls, New York for the infamous tea party during which they would plot a revolution.  

These women were both revolutionaries and visionaries who had their eyes on a truth that transcended man-made religious or governmental law.

By contrast, modern feminism has grown in opposition to religious authority, becoming a totally secular movement. In January, feminist organizers of a Women’s March even banned Pro-Life women from sponsoring the march. This is just one very prominent manifestation of the resistance the modern Women’s Movement has to religion and religious women.

Faith, generally, is based on a connectedness to a higher power. While I understand that organized religions have often been fierce opponents to women’s social and political equality, I consider it an enormous loss to separate the women’s movement from faith entirely.  As Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D, author of Faith and Feminism: A Holy Alliance writes, “the crimes of any religious institution do not negate the value of universal love and the religious ideals at its core. Sadly, human institutions will always be flawed reflections of the values they hope to embody.” Hunt goes on to explain that women’s groups – and I would add, most political organizations and movements – fall short of their stated values and ideals, as well.

In 2017, the feminist movement seems to have been commandeered by those on the partisan Left, who find it politically effective to create division instead of healing. They advance a depressing view of women as helpless, isolated wards of the state, who always benefit when government grows and assumes power, and always suffer when government frees them to make their own decisions.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Women’s March organizers reveal the goals of the movement include not only an end to “male violence,” and protection of “reproductive rights” (by which they mean the right to have a taxpayer-funded abortion), but also “anti-capitalist” feminism.

This interpretation of feminism seems a far cry from the faith-fueled activism that was aimed at healing a broken and disconnected culture. The religious energy of women such as Stanton, Mott, Susan B. Anthony, St. Joan of Arc, St. Theresa of Avila, Sojourner Truth, Harriett Tubman, and Dorothy Day was grounded in the conviction that their calling was an extension of divine order and virtue. That connection to spirit is absent in the modern feminist movement.

Personally, I believe the feminist movement’s goal of protecting women from violence or discrimination is noble and important. Yet, I find the movement’s secular, almost atheistic sentiments run in contrast to both my beliefs and my experiences.

On a dark night in 2011, I found myself moving back into my parent’s house, a single mother of two young children, clothes and toys in trash bags, $100 in cash and a part-time job. I was no one. And, I had nothing to my name. I was strengthened by family and faith. It was often a struggle, but I chose to believe that there was a plan for me and that it was good. I took each step – big and small – that appeared on my path. Despite mistakes and missteps, I have moved out of that dark night. Not only would it be wholly disingenuous for me to ignore God’s hand in my life, it would be an act of tremendous ingratitude.

I have known the protection and power that comes through my faith. I want my daughter – and my son – to know it, as well. I want to create a world for my daughter in which she will hold equal standing with her male contemporaries, be cherished by her husband, and valued as much as her male colleagues. I cannot, however, be a part of a movement that ridicules her belief in the source of connectedness and love that we understand as God.

Is it possible to reconcile Faith and Feminism?

The two strike me as manifestations of the same yearning. I am Catholic. While I have great esteem for the accomplishments of other faiths, we speak most authentically from personal experience. So, I use the example of Christianity.

The inception of both Christianity and Feminism did more than just pose a few new ideas to a dominant world view. They shook things up until a new social order emerged. In their pure form, both are revolutions of consciousness; both challenge comfortable beliefs; both seek to enlarge our capacity for empathy; and both demand deep and critical thought.

Today, we are in need of a new social transformation that strengthens the work of feminist revolutionaries. If we resist the opportunity to form this unique and truly inclusive relationship, we do no better than those who uphold fixed models of division and antagonism.

It is time to renew the call for an intentional dialogue between people of faith and the feminist movement. Both sides call for connection, compassion and advancement. Yet in cutting the other off, both fall short in their mission. If political or religious leaders will not take up this call, then, as Mother Teresa recommended, “Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone, person to person.” After all, just look at all that was created by five women at a tea party in 1848.



LaKelly-Hunt, Helen Ph.D. Faith and Feminism: A Holy Alliance. Atria Books, 2004.

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