Oh, not by the new standards of the Left when it comes to optics, but they're not making any friends in the center / right rest of the nation with their antics. Le't review the highlights, shall we?
- Protesters storm a restaurant where DHS Secretary Kirstjen Neilsen is trying to have a lunch with her husband. Among the chants they make: "No borders! No walls! Sanctuary for all!" Really? Apparently these Socialists (they were from the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America) never learned about national sovereignty in their many years government education. Worse yet, the protest was led by a DOJ employee, Allison Hrabar, who was apparently pretty proud of being able to take time off of work to harass another Federal employee. Methinks Ms. Hrabar's next work review will be less than stellar.
- The owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, VA couldn't rush down fast enough to her business when employees called to tell her that WH Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders was dining there that evening with family and friends. Worried that her employees might just be offended (more likely worried about what they might do when preparing Sanders' meal) by Sanders' presence, she pulled the Trump administration official aside and asked her to leave. Ms. Sanders had the good grace to agree to leave, but apparently "No shirt - No shoes - No dissenting speech - No service" is now the new norm at the Red Hen.
- An Senate intern decided to ruin her future employment opportunities by yelling, "Mr. President, F--- You!" as he was heading to meet with GOP Congressional leaders. Suspended for one week - ONE WEEK?! - 21-year-old Caitlin Marriott's long term employment opportunities plummeted like the proverbial lead balloon.
- Democrat rep Maxine Waters (D-Looney Farm) basically tells her supporters at a very well attended campaign event of about a dozen people that it is perfectly fine to harass and stalk government officials who are following the laws of this nation. When called out on her actions by fellow rep Jeff Hensarling (R-TX), Ms. Waters doubled down on her remarks by stating, “Let me just say that I think every reasonable person [has] concluded that the president of the United States of America has advocated violence, he has been divisive, and he has been the one that has caused what we see happening today . . . So Mr. Chairman, if you want to talk about civility, you start with the president of the United States".
OK, has President Trump been divisive? Sure. He's also been crude and boorish in his public remarks. But I'm a reasonable person, and I haven't concluded anything she's ranting about. More to the point, her defense of her actions can be summed up by using the kindergarten defense - "He started it!" Most people actually stop using that defense when they reach their teen years, if not sooner.
But the bigger point to her last comment is what needs to be addressed. Civility doesn't start with someone else; it starts with each and every one of us. If Maxine Waters thinks that harassing and stalking people and getting in their faces is going to change President Trump's way of governing, she's got another thing coming to her. There is a civil way to protest, but she knows it doesn't get headlines, and headlines are all she cares about.
- Masked "Occupy ICE" protesters storm and block an ICE facility in Oregon. Masked? Aren't you proud enough of your actions to show your face?
- Nearly 600 arrested for blocking access to the Senate's Hart building.
- An avowed Socialist ousts a vocal anti-Trump Congressman in the Bronx on a platform of Medicare for all, free college tuition and abolishing ICE. Her qualifications for making legislation: working a bar.
Playing for headlines, but is it playing across America? Time will tell, but I don't think so. It will likely just energize BOTH sides in November. But all the above is just optics - what about substance? The Left has had a bad week there as well, in the form of the U.S. Supreme Court.
This week, rulings were handed down on Trump's travel ban, abortion rights and workers right. None of them went the Left's way.
On the travel ban, the SCOTUS correctly ruled that the President has broad powers that can be used to protect the security of our borders and nation. With Trump specifying certain countries whose vetting policies for people attempting to travel to the U.S. that are less than thorough, the court overturned previous Federal rulings claiming he didn't have that power and even admonished those judges ruling incorrectly to stop using a nation-wide scope to their judgments and stick to their local plaintiffs. Liberal dissenters at the SCOTUS level tried to use Trump's campaign speeches to justify their opposing viewpoint, forgetting that it's not what you say, but what you do. You cannot rule based on intent; you can only rule on the law.
The SCOTUS also ruled that government unions cannot force non-union members to pay dues if they disagree where those dues will be going. In short, many people choose not to join a government union because they don't want their dues funding Democrat candidates with whom they disagree. In her dissent, Justice Elena Kagan claims the ruling "weaponized the First Amendment". I'm not even sure SHE understands what that statement means, but what the RULING means is that the right to assemble is still intact - but that you can't be FORCED to assemble or pay for others who wish to do so.
Finally, Justice Anthony Kennedy, a reliable swing vote on many issues for 30 years, announced his retirement. This gives President Trump yet another SC pick, and with liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg hanging on by her fingernails, the potential to set the Supreme Court on a Constitutional (not legislating from the bench) course for decades to come. Liberal heads are exploding.
No, it hasn't been a good couple of weeks for the Left.
I could only stomach 5 minutes of listening to MSNBC on the drive up to Massachusetts today.
The guest on MSNBC Live was the President of the American Federation of Teachers, a liberal lobbying group formed to do everything BUT improve the quality of education in America. The hosts were typical liberal media whiners who have been graced with hosting duties on a midday "news" show that no one likely watches.
The hosts and guest were lamenting the fact that Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVoss, just testified in from of some ineffectual congressional committee that the bipartisan group (of which the Dept of Education is a member) studying the recent rash of school shootings was not specifically addressing the gun issue.
They were stunned. They were incredulous.
They were clueless.
Look, this issue is serious stuff. Kids are getting killed. But the bottom line is that any group studying this problem needs to focus on what can be addressed and/or changed.
The gun portion of this issue cannot be changed. Pretty much every shooter in the past 10 years has obtained their guns through means which skirted our gun laws, therefore no new laws would have stopped nearly all these shootings.
And you're not going to get the guns. There's a little thing called to 2nd Amendment that keeps you from getting them, so citing Australia and Britain as countries that don't have our problem is just dishonest.
Take a look at mental health issues, look at social media and how it's removing our personal interaction with our fellow human beings, look at video games which dehumanize killing, and more importantly, look at how government should harden our schools from outside attacks. Why do I say this is the most important thing to look at?
Because it's government's responsibility to protect our kids while they are in government's care. Plain and simple, government forces our kids to attend school, and mostly government schools at that. If you're going to force kids into your buildings and institutions, then it's YOUR responsibility to protect them - no excuses. Don't tell us you can't afford it, because you can. Get rid of a couple of administrators you've padded into every school, and replace them with cops. Cut back on some of those investments in football and other sports, and buy yourselves some metal detectors.
Kids safety is Job #1, because if you can't do that, nothing you try to do to educate them matters one damn bit.
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