Never means never

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There was a glowing, arrogant consensus among smug Trump supporters yesterday, after RNC delegates officially nominated him to be president. #NeverTrump, the movement among conservatives and libertarians who vowed to never support the candidate, for many, varied, and sundry reasons, was through.

Wow wrong. Someone needs to be reminded what the word “never” means.

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Never. Not ever. Not even once.

#NeverTrump began in the Republican primary as an effort to deny Trump the nomination, once it became apparent that the polls were right and he was cruising toward it. It was by definition not designed to end there.

Many Trump opponents during primary season have since surrendered and endorsed or vowed to at least vote for him reluctantly. These people weren’t really #NeverTrump. The rest of us still are. And never means never.

Things aren’t getting worse, they’re getting more obvious

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On nearly every statistical measure, human society has improved dramatically over the last few decades. War, famine, disease, poverty, infant mortality are all down globally. Violent crime, cancer, teen pregnancy, abortion, drug use are all down nationally. Some of these truths come as a shock to people for one reason: media.

We have 24-hour news networks and social media that act like megaphones for tragedy. Every time someone gets shot, especially when multiple people do, it’s a breaking news event. And every time it’s tragic. But it’s not more common.

Gun deaths have been declining since the early 1990s. Mass shootings, depending on how they’re defined, are even more rare, though by definition prone to spikes.

Unfortunately this year might prove to break the trend on one unfortunate statistic: police gun deaths. Due mostly to the recent massacres in Dallas and Baton Rouge, on-duty police deaths are up nearly to their full-year level last year. Overall, cop assassinations have been on the decline for some time, so hopefully this horrific year will prove to be just an outlier and not the start of a reversing trend.

TX senators propose dueling bills that move justice reform backward

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Texas, the land of liberty, proud former republic, happy to be left alone to grill meat and eat tacos until the end of the earth, is supposed to take care of its own and not demand federal government interference, even when times get tough. But that’s exactly what two bills just introduced by the Lone Star State’s senators do. Neither is necessary or advisable, especially in light of justice reform efforts that do the opposite.

After the horrific police massacre in Dallas last weekend, John Cornyn has introduced a bill to make killing law enforcement officers and other public officials a federal crime with a new mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years and option for the death penalty. While a reaction of this magnitude is understandable after Dallas and other recent attacks on police, in reality it’s much more of an overreaction.

Killing a police officer is already a capital offense in almost every state that has the death penalty, including Texas. The country is currently debating whether the states and federal government should have the death penalty at all; adding new qualifications for it should be out of the question, especially when states are handling it just fine on their own.

Bader-Ginsburg’s Trump Comments Beyond Inappropriate

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“The truth is, that, even with the most secure tenure of office, during good behavior, the danger is not, that the judges will be too firm in resisting public opinion, and in defence of private rights or public liberties; but, that they will be ready to yield themselves to the passions, and politics, and prejudices of the day.” ~ Joseph Story (U.S. Supreme Court Justice, called the “Father of American Jurisprudence”), 1833, Commentaries on the Constitution

I suppose we can finally abandon any pretense that the judiciary is still a neutral body rendering opinions based on an impartial interpretation of the Constitution as written. Rather, the judiciary, and especially the Supreme Court, has become a supra-legislative oligarchy of nine (or eight, for the time being) which imposes its own version of morality and “social justice” upon the roughly 315 million Americans who are expected to abide by its diktats.

Two recent examples tell us all we need to know in this regard.

First, 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner a few weeks ago declared his unbridled contempt for the Constitution he is sworn to uphold, stating “I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation (across the centuries — well, just a little more than two centuries, and of course less for many of the amendments). Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century…Let’s not let the dead bury the living.”

#Dallas, #AltonSterling, #PhilandoCastile: No sides now

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Yesterday afternoon I drove two hours to Baton Rouge to attend a prayer vigil for Alton Sterling, the man killed by police the day before. Governor John Bel Edwards was in attendance and made some remarks in support of the victim, his family, law enforcement, and the community as a whole.

When I arrived home after the two hour drive back, the massacre in Dallas was just beginning. The world turned upside down…

Since last night, the motive of the Dallas killers, or at least one of them, have become clear. The only suspect killed by police told them during the prior negotiations that he “wanted to kill white people.” But he also told them that he was working alone, which almost certainly was not true. So we still don’t know everything.

The frustrating thing for me is that the stated target of “white people” in a police shooting protest necessarily becomes cops, because those are usually the only white people there in significant numbers. Even at the Baton Rouge prayer vigil, which was held in a large black church to be sure, there were almost no other white people in attendance who weren’t part of a media crew or security detail.

A few ways government could, you know, maybe not waste your money.

“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” ~ Thomas Jefferson, 1802, Letter to Thomas Cooper

Our federal government is an all-consuming, gargantuan parasite growing ever larger with each passing day. Under the rubric of providing for our every need from cradle to grave, it consumes more and more of our labor. It is, to quote Reagan, “like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”

Yet one organization has a blueprint for reining in this ocean of red ink; Citizens Against Government Waste. CAGW has compiled a list of wasteful government spending each year since 1983, and the incorporation of some of its recommendations for the federal budget has resulted in spending cuts of $1.4 trillion.

A short sampling of potential taxpayer savings from this year’s report, Prime Cuts 2016, includes:

- Reducing improper Medicare payments by 50% over five years ($4.3 billion), noting, “Medicare is plagued with the highest reported amount of improper payments of any federal program…Because of its chronic vulnerability to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, the [Government Accountability Office] has for 20 years designated the Medicare program as ‘high risk.’”

- Eliminating federal subsidies for Amtrak ($1.4 billion in one year, $7.1 billion in five years). Amtrak, a government-run railroad, has been in operation for 45 years at a cost to taxpayers of more than $40 billion. It has never turned a profit and now costs taxpayers almost a billion dollars a year, leading Amtrak’s founder to call it a “massive failure”.

FBI: No charges for Hillary. But everything else they said disqualifies her from office.

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FBI Director James Comey held a surprise press conference Tuesday morning. It was announced about an hour before it was scheduled to begin, but with no subject specified, so speculation on Twitter was swift and relentless.

The obvious topic was the correct one: Hillary Clinton’s private email controversy. For 15 minutes, Comey rattled off all the negligence and irresponsibility the FBI had uncovered in their year-long investigation. Since he sees no criminal malfeasance, though, he will not recommend that the Department of Justice pursue charges.

Everything Comey did say, however, should completely disqualify Secretary Clinton from ever holding public office or receiving a security clearance. He basically went over a checklist of everything she said in her first press conference on the issue in March 2015 and proved each one wrong.

10 years of #JusticeReform success: Tough on crime, not on criminals

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When you hear “tough on crime”, you think of convicting criminals with long, harsh sentences and no parole. For decades, that was the standard operating procedure for states and cities across the country. One minor problem - it made crime worse, not better.

After nearly 10 years of trying new ideas in some of those states, the evidence is clear. Being tough on crime requires treating criminals like people, since, well, they are.

In 2007 Texas was faced with a problem - build new prisons it couldn’t afford, or find another way. It found another way. The Justice Reinvestment Initiative increased rehabilitation services in several areas: drug abuse, mental health, occupational training, and education. The results are undeniable. Texas saved between $3 and 5 billion in costs and has lowered both crime rates and the state prison population by double digits.

Since Texas pioneered the approach, 32 states have made significant reforms to their criminal justice systems and subsequently seen decreases in both incarceration and crime rates, according to Jenna Moll of the US Justice Action Network at FreedomWorks’ #JusticeForAll summit over the weekend. It’s simply a provable fact now that there is no public safety benefit from incarceration-only policies.

The problem with the old “tough on criminals” approach is that 95% of convicts get out of jail. What shape do we want them in when they do? Do we want them ready to reintegrate into society, healthier, smarter, more well adjusted? Or do we want them locked away for years with their own kind to hone their anti-social behaviors into superpowers?

Opinion: SCOTUS Leads Assault on Religious Liberties

Leftists in this country like to say that they are “pro-choice”. To that I say…”bull***”! They are only pro-choice when it comes to killing the unborn, but not on education, or how much of your money you keep, or whether you get to manage your own retirement, or what kind of light bulbs you use, or how much water comes out of your shower head.

Leftists proclaim to be the embodiment of tolerance. To that I say…well, I think you know.

Leftists in this country are celebrating this week’s release of a Supreme Court decision, and a non-decision, both of which portend dark times ahead for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and protection of conscience.

In Whole Women’s Health v. Cole, the Supreme Court overturned a Texas law requiring abortion facilities in the state to 1) employ abortionists who have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and 2) meet the same surgical standards as other outpatient surgical centers. The need for both of these common-sense regulations should be obvious.

The trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell a few years ago revealed just what houses of horror many of the nation’s abortion clinics are. Gosnell was convicted of murdering three newborn babies in the minutes after they survived his botched abortions. He took the helpless, crying, wiggling babies and cut their spinal cords with scissors. He also killed another woman, a 41-year old refugee, who bled out after he punctured her insides during an abortion. Prosecutors say there was ample evidence that he’d killed hundreds of other surviving babies, and at least several more women.

Obey Obama’s Health Regime or Pay the Price

“One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project, most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.” ~Ronald Reagan

“We have to pass the [ObamaCare] bill so that you can find out what is in it.” ~ former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 2009, pushing for the passage of ObamaCare


Well, Democrats did indeed pass ObamaCare, on a party-line vote, in the middle of the night, on Christmas Eve, after months of threats, arm-twisting, and open bribery, and over the last half decade or so we have indeed found out what was in it. We now know that the “in it” amounted to a giant, teeming, fetid cauldron of government-mandated, top-down, force fed, command-and-control socialized medicine where government bureaucrats, rather than doctors and patients, get to decide what kind of treatment you get.


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