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Archive for October 5th, 2018

Collins, Manchin say ‘aye,’ all but cementing Trump’s pick for Supreme Court seat

Collins, Manchin say ‘aye,’ all but cementing Trump's pick for Supreme Court seat
Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va on Friday said they intend to vote in favor of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation — two crucial votes that appear to secure Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the nation’s highest court.

Leftists’ contempt for middle-class values

The Ledger

Prager: Leftists’ contempt for middle-class
By Dennis Prager / Creators Syndicate

Posted Oct 3, 2018 at 12:01 AM

When I was in graduate school, I learned a lot about the left. One lesson was that
while most liberals and conservatives abide by society’s rules of order and
decency, most leftists do not feel bound to live by these same rules.
I watched the way leftist Vietnam War protesters treated fellow students and
professors. I watched left-wing students make “nonnegotiable demands” of
college administrations. I saw the Black Panthers engage in violence — including
torture and murder — and be financially rewarded by leftists.

Today, we watch leftist mobs scream profanities at professors and deans, and
shut down conservative and pro-Israel speakers at colleges. We routinely
witness left-wing protesters block highways and bridges; scream in front of the
homes of conservative business and political leaders; and surround conservatives’
tables at restaurants while shouting and chanting at them.

Conservatives don’t do these things. They don’t close highways, yell obscenities
at left-wing politicians, work to ban left-wing speakers at colleges, smash the
windows of businesses, etc.

Why do leftists feel entitled do all these things?

Because they have thoroughly rejected middle-class, bourgeois and Judeo-
Christian religious values. Leftists are the only source of their values. Leftists not
only believe they know what is right — conservatives, too, believe they are right
— but they also believe they are morally superior to all others. Leftists are
Ubermenschen — people on such a high moral plane that they do not consider
themselves bound by the normal conventions of civics and decency. Leftists don’t
need such guidelines; only the non-left — the “deplorables” — need them.

In August 2017, University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax wrote a
column for the Philadelphia Inquirer in defense of middle-class values. She and
her co-author cited a list of behavioral norms that, as Wax, put it, “was almost
universally endorsed between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s.”

They were: “Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for
their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and
avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready
to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable. Avoid coarse
language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and

She later wrote in The Wall Street Journal, “The fact that the ‘bourgeois culture’
these norms embodied has broken down since the 1960s largely explains today’s
social pathologies — and re-embracing that culture would go a long way toward
addressing those pathologies.”

For her left-wing colleagues at Penn Law School, this list was beyond the pale.
About half of her fellow professors of law — 33 of them — condemned her in an
open letter. And Wax wrote in the Journal, “My law school dean recently asked
me to take a leave of absence next year and to cease teaching a mandatory firstyear

The Pennsylvania chapter of the left-wing National Lawyers Guild condemned
her for espousing bourgeois values and questioned “whether it is appropriate for
her to continue to teach a required first-year course.”

As regards traditional Jewish and Christian codes of conduct, just read the left’s
contempt for Vice President Mike Pence’s religiosity. They fear him more than
President Donald Trump solely for that reason. One would think that leftists, as
sensitive as they are to sexual harassment of women, would admire Pence’s
career-long policy of never dining alone with a woman other than his wife. On
the contrary, they mock him for it.

With such high self-esteem and no middle-class, bourgeois or Judeo-Christian
values to guide them, many leftists are particularly vicious people.

The opening skit of “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend — Matt Damon’s
mockery of Judge Brett Kavanaugh — provided a timely example. It is
unimaginable that a prominent conservative group or individual would feature a
skit mocking Kavanaugh’s accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
Indeed, Kavanaugh noted his 10-year-old daughter’s prayer for his accuser, and
a political cartoonist promptly drew a cartoon with her praying that God forgive
her “angry, lying, alcoholic father for sexually assaulting Dr. Ford.”

Is there an equally prominent conservative public figure on the right who has
ever said ”(expletive) Obama!” on national television just as Robert De Niro
shouted, ”(expletive) Trump!” at the recent Tony Awards?

Now, why would De Niro feel he could shout an obscenity at the president of the
United States with millions of young people watching him? Because he is not
constrained by middle-class or Judeo-Christian moral values. In Nietzsche’s
famous words, De Niro, like other leftists, is “beyond good and evil,” as
Americans understood those terms until the 1960s.

In 2016, at a Comedy Central roast of actor Rob Lowe, the butt of the jokes was
Ann Coulter, not Lowe. They mostly mocked her looks, and if there is
something crueler than publicly mocking a woman’s looks, it’s hard to identify.
For example, “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson said, “Ann
Coulter, if you’re here, who’s scaring the crows away from our crops?”

There surely are mean conservatives — witness some of the vile comments by
anonymous conservative commenters on the internet. And it is a moral scandal
that Ford has received death threats. The difference in left-wing meanness is the
meanness of known — not anonymous — people on the left. They don’t hide
behind anonymity because they do not feel bound by traditional notions of
civility, for which they have contempt.

Now you can understand why the left hates Mike Pence, a man who has, by all
accounts, led a thoroughly honorable life. He — and other evangelical Christians
and Orthodox Jews — tries to live by a code that is higher than him.
That ethic is what Ubermenschen seek to destroy.
They are succeeding.

Dennis Prager (contact him at dennisprager.com) is a nationally syndicated radio talkshow
host who writes for Creators Syndicate.

Democrats have subverted basic standards of justice

Democrats’ New Anti-Gun Laws Are Also an Attack on Due Process

David Harsanyi
David Harsanyi Posted: Oct 05, 2018 12:01 AM
Democrats' New Anti-Gun Laws Are Also an Attack on Due Process
The notion that certain Americans are pre-emptively guilty of wrongdoing, whether there’s any corroborating evidence to back up an accusation or not, isn’t reserved for conservatives who happen to be in contention for a Supreme Court seat. In the hierarchy of progressive values, due process is a bottom dweller.
Over the past decade, you could see the illiberalism evolving on college campuses, where Democrats subverted basic standards of justice. It was the Obama administration that demanded schools judge cases of alleged sexual assaults under a “clear and convincing evidence” standard rather than on a “preponderance of evidence” standard, allowed accusers to appeal “not guilty” findings and permitted the meting out of punishment before any investigation was even conducted, among other big problems. Democrats are simply shepherding those corrosive standards into the real world.
Another area of American life where we continue to see egregious attacks on the presumption of innocence is gun ownership. You might remember that a couple of years ago, Democrats engaged in a much-covered congressional “sit-in” to support legislation that would have stripped Americans on secret government watchlists — hundreds of thousands of people who had never been accused, much less convicted, of any crime — of their constitutional right to bear arms.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, in fact, proposed legislation that would have restricted not only American citizens on faulty watchlists but anyone who had been on any watchlist at any time during the previous five years and anyone who had traveled to select Middle Eastern countries. Apparently, Democrats believe limiting the number of refugees from Syria is unconstitutional but explicitly restricting the constitutional rights of Syrian immigrants here legally is just fine.
Then again, the entire effort was a frontal attack on about half the Bill of Rights. At the time, even the American Civil Liberties Union, which has increasingly turned away from its guiding principles, argued that policies based on flawed terror lists would undermine civil liberties.
In much the same way they are attempting to sink the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, Democrats relied on theatrics, bombastic rhetoric and a compliant media, which framed the issue exactly how they had hoped. You can imagine such bills will reappear when they’re back in charge. Until then, though, Democrats have been doing some gun grabbing — and I don’t mean it figuratively — on the local level.
California, a state that already features the strictest gun control laws in the country, just enacted a law that raises the allowable age to buy a shotgun or rifle from 18 to 21. The United States might be willing to hand weapons to young men and women who volunteer to protect their country, but Gov. Jerry Brown doesn’t believe those young men and women should be able to protect their own property or families.
An even more outrageous new law bans Californians who’ve been hospitalized more than once in a year for mental health issues from owning a gun.


DeSantis – Gillum Virtual Scott -Nelson Virtual Tie’s – VOTE REPUBLICAN RED -WE DO NOT WANT A SANCTUARY STATE

FLORIDA POLITICS: Hermine hangover: Andrew Gillum ‘unfit to lead,’ Republicans charge

The Republican Party of Florida released two powerful new ads that illustrate Andrew Gillum’s failed leadership as Mayor during Hurricane Hermine. Both Tallahassee residents tell their story and explain why Gillum’s failures won’t be forgotten.
Read the story here.

NATIONAL REVIEW: Poll Shows Tight Gubernatorial and Senate Races in Florida
Yesterday, I shared with you that the Tampa Bay Times had noted our positive movement in the polls. Now, even national outlets are recognizing the fact that Ron DeSantis has captured the race’s momentum with only 32 days left.
Read the story here.

THE CAPITOLIST: Gillum supporter calls Florida a “___hole” during a conference call with reporters
Florida is leading the nation in improving education, has been ranked first in higher education and fiscal responsibility two years in a row, and our economy continues to boom. Yet, in a comment that’s consistent with our opponent’s campaign platform, a supporter decided to denigrate our great state. Unacceptable.
Read the story here.

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