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Transgender Wars: The Left Has Barely Begun to Fight

In an eye-opening piece on the current transgender war, David French concludes, “The Left has barely begun to fight.”

Transgender Wars

French argues that the current bathroom regulations battle is merely the opening salvo of a war to further “transform American culture and values,” including the erosion and destruction of orthodox Christianity.

French begins by quoting Vanita Gupta, “the head of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice,” who claimed, “Here are the facts. Transgender men are men – they live, work, and study as men. Transgender women are women – they live, work, and study as women.”

Really? This is utter nonsense on a par with believing that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam and everything to do with welfare.

The folly of Obama’s Justice Department is self-evident, as French so ably noted, “according to the DOJ, it is a simple ‘fact’ that a man can have a menstrual cycle, that a woman can have a penis, and that men can get pregnant.”

The Obama administration wants to use the full weight of the law to force not just compliance with its crazy experiment in social engineering. It also seeks celebration of its views.

In his column, French highlighted some of the dangers every American faces under this tyrannical regime.

Disagreement will be regarded as “hate speech,” punishable by law. Non-compliance will be regarded as “discrimination,” punishable by law. Dissidents will be treated like Nazis and white supremacists, marginalizing mainstream views.

David French’s cogent and compelling column is well worth reading, contemplating, and acting upon.

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Why Veterans Must Oppose Trump

John Noonan provides a succinct and compelling case why American veterans – and all lovers of America and her Constitution – must oppose Trump.

Veterans Oppose Trump

Noonan notes Trump’s cowardice in the face of questions from Megyn Kelly and his many draft deferments. Despite Trump’s trumpeting of his alleged support for veterans, he has yet to provide it. Trump, Noonan notes, “wears veterans’ service like Kevlar, hoping the nobility of their sacrifice can shield him from the hostility of tough questions.”

In direct opposition to Trump’s New York values and statist beliefs, Noonan lists shared characteristics of veterans. Unlike The Donald, America’s veterans swore a sacred oath to the Constitution, vowing “to protect the rights and values enshrined therein.” We have no reason to believe Trump would keep his oath any more diligently than the current President.

Moreover, veterans “swore to uphold freedom of speech and the press,” “to protect religious liberty,” “to uphold the law,” and “to protect a society that values, above all else, human dignity and the equality of man.” None of these bedrock aspirations or commitments appear of importance to Trump, who would wield his own pen and phone.

Donald Trump is the ultimate anti-veteran, taking political advantage of the military ethos and American patriotism while forsaking the foundational beliefs of Americans and shunting aside the purpose of the military.

Therefore, Noonan argues, “veterans must oppose him because they all took an oath in defense of America, the Constitution, and the values Americans hold dear. Mr. Trump has made a mockery of those values. He must be defeated.

Bully Boy Trump!

The bully, Donald Trump, proved himself just a bloviating boy. In the end, bullies usually do.

David French related two key moments in the Houston debate.

Bull Boy Trump

First, The Donald insisted that Rubio “Be quiet. Just be quiet.” Why? Trump fears the truth, especially about himself.

As French put it, “An alpha male commands respect; a bully tries to rule by fear. But when no one is actually afraid, the bully looks foolish. When the bully demands silence but instead receives a sarcastic retort, he reveals that that his ‘strength’ was a mirage.”

George Will puts it this way: “Like all bullies, Trump is a coward, and like all those who feel the need to boast about being strong and tough, he is neither.”

Second, The Donald insisted that Cruz apologize. Why? Trump wants the truth, especially about himself, to go away. Trump wants to suppress the truth! Intimidation is his primary tactic to achieve that end.

French noted, “Once again, the bully made his demand, this time for an apology. Cruz refused to comply, and went on to make exactly the right point: that Trump would be the Democrats’ best ‘Republican’ friend.”

Rubio correctly characterized Trump as a “con artist,” a truth many have heralded since before Trump launched his presidential campaign. Cruz astutely noted that Trump cares nothing for the Constitution and would be a Barack Obama in whiteface.

As I and others have pointed out before, Trump is a braggart and a bully who holds neither conservative principles nor a Christian ethos. Jonah Goldberg argues, “His cheap macho posturing and boasting is simply tacky.”

Trump is, as Andrew McCarthy describes, “a fraud – a liberal Democrat posing as the Republican savior.” Transfixed by Trump, some people still “blindly worship” him as their “Savior”!

McCarthy outlines, on issue after issue, the fraudulent nature of Trump’s politics, persona, and character.

It is important to stress Trump’s own purported self-image, concocted for the moment, to garner votes. After the Houston debate, he claimed, “I’m a strong Christian.” On another occasion, he claimed, “nobody reads the Bible more than me.” Goldberg noted, “Either Donald Trump believes what he said, or he doesn’t. If he does believe this, he’s sufficiently delusional to disqualify himself for public office. If he doesn’t believe this, he thinks his conservative Christian supporters are morons.”

Trump also alleges, “I’m very conservative,” adding, “I’m the most conservative person in the world” on a host of issues. Even New York Magazine called him out on that one.

But Trump is following in the footsteps of his consigliere, Ann Coulter, who regards herself as both an exemplary conservative and extraordinary Christian. Coulter boasts, “I’m like the conservative ayatollah” and “I’m an extraordinarily good Christian.”

As an example of her good judgment and proof of her conservative and Christian credentials, Coulter said that she would actually marry Trump if he were available. Maybe they should (after his fourth divorce). They are made for each other.

Burning Down Your Own House

David French’s headline is prescient: “‘Burn It All Down’ Is Not the Answer, Trump Fans.”

Have Americans lost the American spirit? Have Christians forsaken their faith? Have Conservatives abandoned their principles?

Burning Down Own House

In his column, French pointed out the obvious – at least obvious to those whose reason has not been replaced by irrational anger: It is far easier to destroy than to build. America’s Founders built America. The American experience is one of building and creating, not burning and destroying.

A strikingly high percentage of even evangelical voters are siding with Trump, not because they approve of his policies or his character, but out of pique at both political parties.

But is destroying the GOP without a replacement truly Christian, Conservative, or American?

French observes (emphasis added):

“As the evidence mounts that Trump isn’t exactly channeling justifiable conservative (or even populist) anger for constructive ends, Trump’s fans have found themselves reduced to a single argument in his defense: Even if he’s wrong on substance and they reject his personal values, at least he’ll ‘burn it all down.’ He’ll wreck the broken system and destroy a failed party.

But French does the unthinkable! He actually resorts to history, logic, and principles!

French responds to this destructive ethos pervading American culture and politics, writing, “Yet it’s hard to think of an answer more antithetical to the spirit of the American Revolution and our Constitution than ‘burn it all down.’” French notes that the American colonists, Founding Fathers, and Framers of the Constitution faced “a crisis far graver than the crises we face today,” and, instead of pursuing destructive goals, built a great nation.

French warns, “The torch and pitchfork, meanwhile, are instruments of the French revolutionary, of the nihilist who lives only to take revenge on his enemies, with a will to power but no interest in justice.” He adds, “’burn, baby, burn’ is the language of the Left.”

Plato referred to this as “canvas cleansing” with the idea being to destroy everything and then create a utopia from scratch. (It never works. Ask the victims of any socialist regime in history.)

The vapidity of Trump supporters who seek to bring down the Republican Old Guard is countered by French with lucidity (emphasis added):

“Replace men who surrender to Planned Parenthood with a man who embraces Planned Parenthood? Replace men who supported a path to legalization with a man who supports amnesty? Replace men who failed to stop Obamacare with a man who embraces single-payer health care? Nominate a man who believes in Iraq War conspiracy theories to confront the party that spawned those theories? Meet the new boss. He’ll be the same as the old.”

French cautions (emphasis added), “An American revolution isn’t a temper tantrum. It’s hard work. It’s anger channeled into virtue. Trump represents anger stripped of virtue. He will burn the GOP, but what will he build in its place?

Trump’s ascent – in a nation which opposes his New York values and desires people of character and integrity – is shocking!

We must eschew the “torch and pitchfork” and, instead, have faith in our principles and our God, championing people of character and integrity who love God, love our Country, and love the Constitution!