Come-y at me, bro!

One of the things I love most about the Trump presidency is its unpredictable nature. I’m so used to seeing typical politicians doing typical politician things: kissing ass, giving overly complicated speeches, and failing to act on a problem when it’s staring them right in the face. Then Trump comes along and says, “Screw those rules and let’s get our hands dirty.” So far, we’ve seen Tomahawk missiles, a MOAB, better relations with China, and an actual response to a certain obese North Korean dictator’s brash threats. Are we tired of winning yet? Apparently not, because Trump has finally started to come through on his promise to drain the swamp. James Comey, you’re fired!

I think one of the greatest things about this action is how it was actually done. Comey didn’t even know it was coming. Better yet, the disgraced former FBI director found out he was fired right in the middle of speech he was giving to some new agency recruits. Oh, the irony! The head honcho is shown the door right in front of the faces of the FBI’s future. These moves that Trump is making are just so perfect. Not only was this an ultimate “Screw You” play, but I think it was a message to the new guys and girls that if they want to play politics while trying to enforce the law, they’re going to be quickly shown the exit.

I don’t think it’s any surprise that Comey and Trump weren’t exactly great pals. I mean, one minute this guy’s saying that Hillary’s e-mail scandal should be investigated and the next minute he’s saying that everyone needs to drop it. And then the next minute, he’s saying that the investigation should continue. But then after that, he’s all about investigating the Trump-Russia “connection.” This guy couldn’t even keep his own investigation objectives in order and here he was leading the entire FBI. No wonder he was shown the door.

Now the thing I still don’t understand about the firing of James Comey is why the left is suddenly so upset. I thought they hated the guy. After all, he did decide to reopen the investigation into Hillary’s e-mails only a few weeks before the election. What a scumbag! He actually attempted to redeem himself and do his job by investigating a scandal that still stank of corruption and lies. That is a troubling thought, isn’t it? Every media outlet was calling for his head. And then Hillary lost. Instantly, Comey was blamed for the loss. How dare he make everyone remember that Hillary most likely did some shady things when she was Secretary of State. It was time for this snake in the grass to be stomped out.

Six months later, Trump actually gave those people what they asked for and stomped out that snake. The left responded in the usual manner: impeachment.

I really am starting to think that the left just can’t be happy with anything Trump-related. The crowd for this past week’s Colbert taping cheered when Colbert mentioned that Comey had been fired. Don’t worry, Colbert quickly corrected the audience’s mistake by mentioning that the Comey firing was actually a bad thing. Unlike Comey’s empty promises, at least I can still rely on the media to maintain its manufactured narratives, even if those narratives come back to bite them. The obvious propaganda and ubiquitous Trump bashing is starting to wake people up. At least, I hope it is. I can only imagine the headache involved with trying to follow a party that can’t even keep its own ideas about people and philosophies intact for more than one election cycle.

About six months into a Trump presidency and I’m still not tired of winning. I’m hoping we get to see a competent FBI director that will actually do his job and help to get rid of the political rats that keep stinking up this wonderful nation. Trump has another big decision to make, but as always, he’ll make the right move.

Grab your tickets, folks. There’s still some room on the Trump Train.

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That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore

Hey all, sorry for skipping out on writing something up last week. I’ll try not to make a habit of it. As a result, tonight’s rant may be a little bit of old news, but it’s based off a thought that’s been irking me for a while. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two week, I’m sure you’ve heard about Stephen Colbert taking a little flak for referring to President Trump as nothing more than Vladimir Putin’s “cock holster.” Now, first and foremost, I really don’t care that the comment was made. In this country, we have the privilege to speak our minds, and if Colbert wants to make vulgar remarks about the president, he’s more than welcome to do so. However, at what point are “comedians” like Colbert and the rest of the late night hosts going to admit that their shtick isn’t being derived from wit or situational absurdity? At what point will they admit that their brand of “comedy” is being derived solely from hate?

I liked Colbert when he was on Comedy Central. I think his satirical portrayal of an ultra conservative commentator was pretty witty, and I’ll admit that when I first started watching the show, I thought he actually was a centrist who tended to lean a little more to the right. Back then, he’d mock the gaffes and screw ups of politicians on both sides of the aisle and it made for good television because he was showing how all of these establishment politicians were alike in their disconnect with the average American. However, as the show went on through the years, I noticed less and less jokes were being made about the left and more and more attacks were being launched against the right. Eventually, the show just became a giant GOP roast session. What happened to the man who wasn’t afraid to point out the flaws and hypocrisies of both parties? Why was one side suddenly elevated to a position of moral superiority while the other side became nothing more than a whipping boy? In my mind, if you’re a comedian, you shouldn’t be afraid to mock hypocrisy and plain lunacy, even if it’s spouted off by a person you hold in high regard. That’s just a missed joke, and in the world of comedy, that’s a terrible tragedy.

I look at Colbert and I start to think about some of his other cohorts on the various networks. We have Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Jimmy Fallon, and I’m sure loads of other left-leaning comedians that I’ve failed to mention. I think of these names because like Colbert, all they do is spew Trump hate. That’s their whole routine. “Trump is a monster.” “Trump hates women.” “Trump is a Cheeto.” “Trump is in love with his daughter.” The audiences all respond with the same hysterical laughter and applause as if these hosts have told the funniest joke in the world. These aren’t jokes. They’re just insults. It’s not comedy. There’s no wit behind the roasts. Did these people even study why a joke is actually funny?

Some of the best roasts I’ve ever watched are funny because a flaw of the target is lampooned in a hyperbolic way. The comedian has thought of some witty way to inflate the flaw to such heights that you end up laughing simply based off of the absurdity of the exaggeration. This kind of humor, to me, is the best. It’s a way we can talk and cope with our own flaws simply by laughing at them and refusing to give them any more status in our lives than that of a mild annoyance. These late night hosts are not engaging in that kind of humor. Their one-liners are not based off of wit, but rather, the absolute loathing hatred they harbor for the president. Comedy based on hate can only get you so far because it is based off of anger and not the usual happy-go-lucky emotions associated with humor. Colbert’s comment wasn’t funny. I’m sure the audience laughed, but they have to every time the stupid sign in the studio tells them to laugh.

I really wish we could make comedy great again. Anything made by humanity has flaws because we as humans are flawed. When we cannot joke about those flaws, or worse, say one’s sides flaws are better or worse than the other side’s, we are not using humor as it should be used. Humor can truly unite people and change their world view into something positive. It should not be used to push agendas and make people hate each other. I feel like humor is one of the reasons why humanity has survived all these years. The world is tough and if you can’t laugh at everything equally, you’re just not going to make it.

If you don’t agree with my point, I can understand. Humor in itself is highly subjective. Maybe you love the jokes made by Colbert and the other late-night hosts. If that’s your cup of tea, so be it. I want no part of it. I think their humor is lazy and born from hate, and when I want to laugh, I don’t look to surly, overgrown crybabies to tell me why hating the president is funny.

I just hope these guys get some new material soon. I’ve heard this joke one too many times.

 

Marching into Obscurity

In case you didn’t know, there was another international march that occurred over the weekend. The March for Science took place this past Saturday and united scientists and non-scientists across the globe in their quest to prevent the powers that be from infringing upon the progress of science. Now, I’m not criticizing the purpose of this march. After all, I am a scientist myself. However, what is a march like this really going to accomplish? I feel that ever since the November election, there have been marches and rallies every other day of the week. We’ve had marches to see Trump’s tax returns, general anti-Trump marches, marches for and against abortions, and I’m sure many more that I have failed to mention. I’ve had varying viewpoints on the marches and protests that I have heard about, and the purpose of this post is not to address my views on those topics. Instead, I want to ask one simple question. How many more protests, rallies, and marches do we have to have before nobody cares anymore?

Now don’t misquote me here. I’m all for public assembly, protesting, and exercising our first amendment rights. Hell, that amendment is the reason why I can type a blog like this without fear of the state police breaking down my door and escorting me to the nearest “re-education camp.” However, the marches that I have read about in the news in recent months are almost like mockeries in terms of what they are trying to accomplish. Take the anti-Trump marches that occurred shortly after the elections, for example. CNN showed city streets filled with anti-Trump protestors marching and shouting and protesting against a man they had grown to hate with every nerve of their bodies. Some marched to protest the United State’s electoral college system of voting while others marched against the comments Trump made in the now infamous Pussygate tapes. And my question to those people is, what were any of you trying to prove? Was a march supposed to convince him to resign from the Presidency right after he won it? Was a march supposed to convince him to out himself as some hateful bigot? Was a march simply to vent frustration over Hillary’s loss really going to net you a win for the progressive agenda? Simply marching and coming up with witty little rhymes to belittle your target of protest is not going to do anything but get you bonus points with CNN and make you feel good about yourself. If obtaining that “feel good” feeling is the true underlying purpose behind all of these marches, then the founding fathers are rolling in their graves by now.

I look at these marches as a kind of virtue fad. From what I see on TV and social media, it’s cool to live on the fringe. It’s cool to care about science, hiking, the environment, and offbeat hobbies. There’s nothing wrong with being interested in something. However, I see a problem with pretending to be interested in something just to give everyone else a false impression. Unfortunately, I see these marches and protests evolving into a virtue fad. Jane posts a status on Facebook saying that she’s going to the March for Science. Joe sees this and says he’s going to go. The statuses keep spreading until we have a whole mass of people going to the March for Science. Now that’s great for organizing, but do these people even care about what they are doing? Are they devotees to the cause or just trying to look cool on Facebook? Remember the terrible terror attacks that took place in Paris a while back? Do you remember how Facebook released a profile photo filter of the French flag? Do you remember how each of your friends had it? I’d like to think that the people who used this filter all truly felt sorry for what happened in those attacks, but I feel that some just followed the fad and simply were trying to one-up one another in the contest of who could appear to be the most virtuous.

What changes do we really want to see in our cities, states, and the country as a whole? How can we accomplish these changes? Do we have to come up with a local program to solve a community problem? If that program fixes the community, can we apply it in other neighborhoods? Can we apply it at the state level? If it’s successful at the state level, maybe it could be useful at the federal level. This is how change occurs. If you have lofty goals with no idea of how to obtain them, you will get nowhere. If you march for the sake of marching, you’re not changing the world. You’re simply sitting in the driveway with your car in park.

This past week, a man committed a murder while using Facebook Live. Police had a perfect description of the man and the car he drove. This guy should have been caught by the end of the night. Instead he crossed state lines and did not meet his fate until 48 hours after he committed his heinous crime. Where are the marches for that? Why aren’t people marching for safer communities? Where are the calls for more cops? Where are the calls for more resources for police so they can prevent these types of crimes from happening again? These would be reasons to march and these types of marches might actually accomplish something simply because there’s no lofty goals to conquer. The only goal is for the city to give the police the resources they need to do their job. That’s an obtainable objective. We need more marches with obtainable objectives because then we might actually start to see the positive things that we desire from our marches. Maybe these benefits would not be seen in our lifetimes, but the least we could do is lay the groundwork for our future generations.

I know this post offers more hope than substance and highlights more complaints than solutions, but if you don’t take anything else away from this piece, at least heed the words of this last paragraph. If you’re going to march and protest, go ahead and do it, but do some soul searching first. Why are you marching? Do you really care about the message or are you just trying to utilize a cool geotag in your next Snapchat? How far are you willing to go with the message from this protest? Are you here to stay or just trying to impress your followers? If you doubt your answers to any of these questions, then don’t participate in the next march that you happen to hear about on Tumblr. Otherwise, you are just helping to turn a great right in this country into the next crappy Facebook filter.

The smugness of a “good” Christian

Hey everyone, thanks for all the feedback on my previous post. I hope you and yours had a wonderful Easter. This week, I read an article that my local paper published and it just really rubbed me the wrong way. Here’s the link so we can all be on the same page:

The Passion of Southern Christians-Margaret Renkl

This one is coming from Margaret Renkl of The New York Times. Now, this is an op-ed piece, so I won’t call it fake news, but I feel that an article like this does nothing to foster honest political debate in this country and reveals further ignorance from a member of the left.

Now I have to admit, Renkl drew me in to this article with her discussion of Judas and Peter’s actions in regards to the death of Jesus, but as soon as I hit the second paragraph, that’s when I really lost it and had an idea of the type of garbage that was I was about to digest. Once again, The New York Times and its writers can’t go one day without taking a shot at Trump voters. Referring to his supporters as “angry white voters in red hats,” Renkl does herself better and uses this description to bash any Christian person who voted for Trump. She makes sure to put quotes around the word Christian, just to hammer home her own condescending view of her fellow Christian brothers and sisters who have the audacity to disagree with her progressive ideals. What are those progressive ideals? According to Renkl, they are some of the values supported by the church: “…open immigration, welcoming refugees, opposing capital punishment, housing the homeless, feeding the hungry, caring for the sick and the aged and the lonely…” Now, first off, I’m not sure where in the Bible it states that God and Jesus were in favor of open borders and letting in refugees with little to no vetting. If someone can find a passage that directly supports these policies, I am legitimately curious to read it. Renkl should not be twisting the word of the God to satisfy her own political philosophies. For me, capital punishment is a grey area that we may never really be able to outright justify or reject, so I won’t touch that teaching. For everything else, I fully agree with Renkl. Jesus did tell us to feed the hungry, house the homeless, and take care of the sick and the old and the lonely. And it is at this part of the article where I feel Renkl revealed her true ignorance.

A few paragraphs into her article, Renkl discusses southern hospitality. The southern¬† people welcome new neighbors with food and company and are the first to take care of their neighbors when disaster strikes. However, now that they voted for Trump, in Renkl’s mind, they are suddenly incapable of continuing this tradition. Because they chose to elect a man who promised to bring back jobs, enforce the nation’s laws, and bolster border security, they are now terrible people. Because they elected Trump, they will forego the sort of hospitable actions they once performed. Because they elected Trump, they will no longer help their neighbors. Hell, these people probably already stopped going to church and I’m sure they’re planning the next big bonfire where they can burn all of their bibles. Give me a break, Renkl. Putting your pencil mark next to the “R” rather than the “D” on the ballot doesn’t automatically get you a one-way ticket to damnation.

Renkl later states that her southern Christian Republicans placed Trump in the White House to turn America into a Christian nation. Now, I can’t really comment on whether this is an accurate statement because I’m a midwest Catholic. I really don’t know what kind of religious agenda southern Christians may hold, but I think Renkl is ignorant to the type of people who elected Trump. It wasn’t just the Christian base. In fact, in my mind, the Christian base was probably the hardest for Trump to attract because he never seemed to come out and say what kind of Christian he was. That was never a focus of his campaign. He won over the working class by promising to bring back jobs. He won over the jaded 20-30 somethings by promising to dismantle the establishment career politicians. He won over the swing states with his constant campaigning in those places. And as opposed to hanging with Jay-Z and Beyonce in the final days of the campaign, he did some cram campaigning. Maybe that’s why the people voted him into office. Crazy thought, but maybe the election of Donald Trump had nothing to do with how many times the guy has gone to church in his life.

Now I know that this is an opinion piece. Of course it’s meant to be controversial. It’s meant to get people talking. However, I don’t think a piece like this is beneficial to the conversation. As opposed to examining the true reasons why her fellow southern Christians helped to elect Donald Trump, Renkl instantly slams them as traitors to her view of Christianity and as traitors to the basic ideas of hospitality. She just ends up parroting the typical media view of Donald Trump and his supporters: they’re all terrible people and the nation will be ruined. Calling your neighbor a traitor and doubting his or her ability to do good in this world simply because he or she voted to Make America Great Again? Maybe it’s time for Renkl to reopen her own Bible.

Syria-s Business

Let’s get this blog started out with a bang (pun totally intended) and talk about President Trump’s decision to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles against a Syrian air base this past week. Now, first and foremost, I am a YUGE Trump supporter. Loved The Art of the Deal, The Apprentice, and the guy knows how to make a pretty fashionable hat. Up until this point, I found myself agreeing with 99% of his policy decisions as they were all the promises he made during the campaign. You just can’t Stump the Trump. However, this week, in my opinion, was the first true presidential test and at the end of the day, I feel that the Trump wasn’t stumped, but the honeymoon is over.

Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. The photos were shocking and disturbing to say the least. Something needed to be done. Of that, there is no question. You cannot be a formidable and influential force on the world scale and do nothing when one country clearly violates not only rules of warfare, but the rules of humanity. Of course, this attack had to come at a time when Trump was meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping. Looked like the hot seat had got a little hotter. All eyes were on President Trump. The Comeback Kid had to make a decision. Do nothing and appear weak or do something and suffer the consequences. Thank goodness he chose the latter.

The Pros of the President’s decisions:

  • Classic power move. No more “lines in the sand” that the enemy can simply cross over and expect no consequences. You piss off America and you’ll be getting a boot up your ass straight from Uncle Sam. And doing this all with the Chinese president in attendance? Brilliant! Now Xi Jinping knows that he better roll out the red carpet when Trump comes to town and better yet, tell North Korea to shut up with their missile threats.
  • Elimination of the Russian collusion narrative. This “story” is so boring and full of holes that I’m surprised that the media and certain politicians are still pushing the theory that the Russians somehow hacked the election. Might be hard to say that Trump’s a Russian puppet when he attacks the air base of a Russian supported leader.
  • Peace through strength. When you’re on the world stage with leaders who are thugs and dictators with questionable backgrounds, you can’t just play the “nice guy.” You’ll be eaten alive. Trump’s showing his hand early that any threats against his country or its people will be dealt with accordingly. Hard to bully someone else when they’re willing to push back.

And now for the negatives of the President’s decisions:

  • More Middle Eastern meddling. The Afghanistan and Iraq wars have led to more turmoil as different groups vie for power. We don’t need to start another pointless war in a region notorious for instability. Trump’s isolationist policies are what drew me to him in the first place. I’d hate to see him reverse course.
  • Are other forces at work? Is Trump falling into a trap? I was watching CNN mere hours after the missiles were launched, and I couldn’t help but notice that the anchors and contributors were a little too excited about Trump’s decisions to launch the missiles. It seemed to me that they were salivating at the possibility of putting troops on the ground, and praised the actions of the President a little too much. Now maybe that’s just my viewpoint as I hold CNN as a top example of propaganda, but I really hope President Trump doesn’t let the media, and the forces that own them, goad him into escalation that is not needed. That would only backfire.

In summary, I think the President made the right decision in this scenario. I truly think it was a lose-lose situation. Staying the course of isolation, especially in front of China, would hamper America’s leverage at the negotiating table as every leader would think they’re still working with an all-bark, no-bite leader. However, I feel the crisis in Syria is a powder keg and any sort of actions like this are only going to stoke the flames. The last thing I want to see is another costly Middle Eastern conflict.

Either way, buckle up, kids. America’s in for one hell of a ride.