• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Have Republicans Fallen Asleep? Or Are They Merely Stunned?

Kamala Harris tries to flee Joe Biden’s sinking ship

By Monica Showalter at American Thinker:

Is Kamala Harris jumping ship?

Sure looks like it, now that Congress is talking up the 25th Amendment to remove doddering Joe Biden from office for incapacitation amid the biggest foreign policy catastrophe since the Saigon embassy rooftop evacuation of 1975.

Suddenly, Kamala doesn’t seem to want to be anywhere near old Joe. 

First, there have been reports of screamings behind the scenes, according to commentator Jack Posobiec, who seems to have someone on the inside at the White House giving him the lowdown.

Vice President Kamala Harris reportedly did not want any part of facing the music on Sunday after the catastrophic collapse of Afghanistan. The U.S. humiliation on the world stage set off public demands to hear from the president; but in the absence of the Commander-in-Chief, any White House explanation about the disastrous finale in a two-decades-long war would have sufficed.

According to multiple reports, Harris was asked to address the American people on Sunday about the unraveling situation in the war-torn country, but refused. As the Taliban threatened the lives of thousands of Americans and allies in Kabul, pressure mounted on the White House to look the people in the eye and explain what happened. Yet, no one did.

A well-placed source inside the White House informs Becker News that Kamala Harris objected to addressing the nation on Sunday. The source reports that Kamala Harris could be heard screaming, “They will not pin this s*** on me!” Furthermore, the source reports that Jill Biden was at Camp David deflecting calls being made for Joe Biden.

With a tin ear of her own, Harris has refused to cancel her long-planned trip to Vietnam, home of the actual Saigon, and certainly a place where the topic of Afghanistan is going to be brought up. Fox News has the story on that here, with an insightful video clip from Greg Gutfeld.

What’s more, she’s making herself scarce, according to Breitbart News, perhaps to avoid questions about her own role in the Afghanistan fiasco, which is far from over.

Vice President Kamala Harris vanished from public view for five days as President Joe Biden and his administration tackled their worst foreign policy blunder to date.

Her last solo public appearance was on August 12, as she met with business leaders to discuss the importance of childcare and paid leave benefits.

Harris last appeared publicly with President Joe Biden on August 10 as they celebrated the president’s proposed infrastructure deal passing the Senate with a bipartisan majority.

The vice president was spotted in a photo released by the White House over the weekend showing President Biden attending a video conference from Camp David with Harris and other administration officials.

Since May, according to my Washington sources, she’s apparently been in a sort of open rebellion against Biden anyway, over Joe’s fobbing the border crisis onto her, a job that President Biden dumped into her lap with predictable failed results, and dueling negative press briefings. She’s been sidelined repeatedly by Mrs. Edith Wilson — Jill Biden, that is — quite possibly over a string of bad decisions regarding the Afghanistan fiasco, including the business of Joe Biden hiding out in Delaware at a time of crisis.

Now there’s talk from Congress of invoking the 25th Amendment, and Kamala seems to be waiting in the wings.

It’s ugly, and with Biden’s poll numbers sinking to Kamala levels of public disapproval, it looks as though the vice president is doing her utmost to escape responsibility for the Afghan fiasco, despite being “the last person in the room” when the awful decision on the pullout was made. She’s unlikely to escape scrutiny. But like a rat on a sinking ship, she’s paddling away as fast as she can.

Our Fascistic Oriented Obama Did What?

Obama Freed The Taliban Leader Who Engineered Kabul Takeover

AUGUST 17, 2021 By Haley Strack at the Federalist:

Former President Barack Obama didn’t listen to Pentagon officials when they told him Taliban mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa was too dangerous to release. Instead, he freed the group that came to be known as the ‘Gitmo five’ — Khairkhwa alongside four of his buddies — from the Guantanamo Bay prison in 2014 in exchange for a U.S. soldier who deserted his post.

Obama all but guaranteed that Khairkhwa and the four other men would be sent to Qatar, where their movements would be restricted and where they could do no harm. As it turns out, the Taliban isn’t as trustworthy as the former president thought.

Now, Khairkhwa has resurfaced as one of the masterminds behind the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

The Taliban leaders didn’t grow any fonder of America while they were locked up. After their release, the Taliban five made contact with active Taliban extremists in Afghanistan and vowed they would return to fight against America.

The Gitmo five were among the Taliban representatives negotiating for peace in Afghanistan, which eventually led to the U.S. withdrawing troops in the region. Khairkhwa has said in the past that the Taliban wouldn’t launch a military offensive if Biden withdrew troops from Afghanistan. Shockingly, it doesn’t appear that the Taliban has kept its word.

In 2001, Khairkhwa was accused of collaborating with Osama bin Laden, and was subsequently arrested. When Obama released him, Khairkhwa wasn’t shy about wanting to establish strict Islamic rule in Afghanistan — and that’s just what he’s doing.

The Obama-Biden administration was notoriously lax on their treatment of Gitmo prisoners. Former President Donald Trump tightened the reins during his time in office, but Biden has reinstated Obama’s policy of releasing dangerous prisoners.

There’s no telling what would’ve happened in Afghanistan had Khairkhwa and his cronies been left in prison — but it wasn’t hard to predict that a man with clear ties to infamous terrorists would return to extremism after prison.Haley Strack is an intern at The Federalist and a student at Hillsdale College studying politics and journalism. Follow her on Twitter @StrackHaley or reach her at halstrack@gmail.com.

Crooked And Now Senile Biden, Hasn’t A Clue What Is Going On In Afghanistan Or Washington!

 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at PowerLine:

AFGHANISTAN? IT’S A-OK! [UPDATED]

Today Joe Biden, seeking damage control, was interviewed by Democratic Party loyalist George Stephanopoulos. I am not sure how long the interview was, or whether it is available online in its entirety; this is the longest excerpt I have seen. Biden says nothing went wrong with the withdrawal from Afghanistan that is now under way. Intelligence, planning, tactics–all perfect. Chaos was predestined, in his view, and he wouldn’t change a thing:https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=powerlineUS&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1428103188780048390&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.powerlineblog.com%2Farchives%2F2021%2F08%2Fafghanistan-its-a-ok.php&sessionId=3d34759a07f7e71089e36b65e4e4dd201cd3531b&siteScreenName=powerlineUS&theme=light&widgetsVersion=1890d59c%3A1627936082797&width=550px


George S. is apparently too loyal to his party to ask the obvious question: why didn’t you get the civilians out before stopping air support to the Afghan forces, closing Bagram Air Force Base, and starting to pull our soldiers out?

And, no doubt a certain amount of chaos in Afghanistan was inevitable following our pullout, no matter how well it was managed. But that chaos didn’t have to include thousands of American citizens desperately trying to fight their way through Taliban checkpoints to get to the Kabul airport. Nor did thousands of Afghans who helped our effort need to be left to the sadistic ravages of the Taliban.

If this is what Joe Biden considers a success, it is hard to imagine what a failure would look like.

UPDATE: Also, at one point Stephanopoulos starts to ask about the hundreds of Afghans packed into transport planes and photographed falling off of airplanes, and Biden interrupts, saying “That was four days ago, five days ago!”

It was a revealing moment, first because in fact, it was day before yesterday. And second, because the point is completely irrelevant. The airport fiasco will be evidence of Biden’s inept conduct of the withdrawal for many years to come. Two days or four, what is the difference? The brief exchange shows how sensitive Biden is to the video and photographic evidence that his management of the withdrawal has been a disaster.

What American Ruling Class?

Afghanistan and America’s Ruling Class 

They govern in your name for their own sakes, and for the sake of a globalist vision that exists to serve themselves and their friends.

By Kevin Portteus at American Greatness:

August 17, 2021

The sudden collapse of American power in Afghanistan has triggered the usual partisan blamestorming in Washington. Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) has blamed the Biden Administration. How clueless does a member of the Cheney family have to be to go around assigning blame for Afghanistan? Talking points from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) office show that their plan was to blame Donald Trump for everything. Biden went on TV and blamed Trump for the plan Biden abandoned, the Afghan people for being unwilling to fight, and the Good Humor Man for running out of chocolate chocolate chip

There’s going to be a lot to sort out in the weeks and months to come regarding this catastrophe, and all the questions that have been asked are legitimate. Should we have been there in the first place? What was our mission? What does the outcome say about the competence of our military? 

In one sense, this is very clearly a disaster of the Biden Administration’s making. We managed to bobble along in Afghanistan for nearly 20 years before the present administration arrived, with ideas about foreign policy that seem to be no deeper than lecturing America on its faults, flying rainbow flags, and pushing cringy Instagram videos

In another sense, if it’s accountability you want, then it’s time to look in the mirror. We were all part of it, you know. All of us. Republicans and Democrats alike. Did you vote for Bush, Kerry, McCain, Obama, Romney, Hillary, or Biden, or any of the array of primary candidates that are too numerous to mention? You were part of it.

Did you go along with the mission creep that turned a campaign to kill jihadis into an exercise in nation-building? Did you cheer George W. Bush when he talked about Afghan women voting, or Afghan girls learning to read? You were part of it. Did you swallow all of the lies our generals told us about our progress in the region, and about the capabilities of the Afghan military? You were part of it. 

But if you were on the other side, did you notice that your people kept right on doing the same things once the Bushitler was gone? Did you swoon over President Hope-and-Change, whose preferred Middle East diplomacy tactic was the drone strike? Do you remember Cindy Sheehan, the “Gold Star Mom” who was paraded in front of the microphones by the Democrats on every occasion to attack Bush? Do you remember how those same Democrats kicked her to the curb as soon as Obama came into office? You were part of it, too. 

We were all part of it because we believed that there was a meaningful difference between the parties in Washington. There isn’t. Self-proclaimed Republicans and Democrats in real America are different, but not the subspecies of each that prowls the Washington swamps. They go through the motions of disagreeing, but none of it means anything.

There is a ritual of partisan combat in D.C., but it’s just bread and circuses for the masses. Do you remember the foreign policy debate between Obama and Romney during the 2012 election? Read the transcript without the names. Except for a 30-second exchange on Russia, the two were basically indistinguishable. Neoliberal, or neoconservative; does it really make any difference? 

Many people in both parties figured this out, from the Bernie Bros on Twitter to your neighbor who went to the Trump rally. Some people figured it out earlier than others. For me, Angelo Codevilla’s 2010 essay “America’s Ruling Class and the Perils of Revolution” and the whole Mitt Romney experience in 2012 were seminal moments. Some figured it out for the wrong reasons, like those on the far Left who basically agreed with our putative enemies that America is the Great Satan. Some figured it out but kept supporting the establishment anyway. 

So we were all part of it. That can’t be changed now. The question is, are you still part of it? Have you learned anything?

The same class of self-interested lying incompetents who brought about this debacle in Afghanistan have spent the last 18 months peddling COVID fear porn and musing about vaccine mandates. And they’re the same people who breathlessly tell us that a couple of grandmas who took a self-guided tour of the Capitol are a greater threat to Our Democracy™ than Antifa goons, the Chinese Communists, and millions of Third-World invaders. If you still trust these people, you haven’t learned anything. If our elites tell you the sun comes up in the east, you should go outside and check. 

For all his faults, Trump was the exception, the only viable alternative to this policy of Progressive Imperialism. The uniparty knew it and went all-out to destroy him. They finally deposed him, and perhaps half the country cheered; because mean tweets. 

If you were one of those who cheered Trump’s ouster and the restoration of the uniparty to power, you’re still part of it. If you’re running around squealing about how this is all the Republicans’ fault, or all the Democrats’ fault, you haven’t learned a damn thing. You’re still the stooge of a ruling class that couldn’t possibly care less about you, your community, or even the United States as a sovereign nation. They govern in your name for their own sakes, and for the sake of a globalist vision that exists to serve themselves and their friends. As far as they are concerned you are to be kept as postmodern serfs: a cheap, disposable, and easily exploited resource pool for their projects.

Where’s That Kamala The Clown?

Kamala Harris tries to flee Joe Biden’s sinking ship

By Monica Showalter at American Thinker:

Is Kamala Harris jumping ship?

Sure looks like it, now that Congress is talking up the 25th Amendment to remove doddering Joe Biden from office for incapacitation amid the biggest foreign policy catastrophe since the Saigon embassy rooftop evacuation of 1975.

Suddenly, Kamala doesn’t seem to want to be anywhere near old Joe. 

First, there have been reports of screamings behind the scenes, according to commentator Jack Posobiec, who seems to have someone on the inside at the White House giving him the lowdown.

There’s also this report from Citizen Free Press, citing multiple sources:

Vice President Kamala Harris reportedly did not want any part of facing the music on Sunday after the catastrophic collapse of Afghanistan. The U.S. humiliation on the world stage set off public demands to hear from the president; but in the absence of the Commander-in-Chief, any White House explanation about the disastrous finale in a two-decades-long war would have sufficed.

According to multiple reports, Harris was asked to address the American people on Sunday about the unraveling situation in the war-torn country, but refused. As the Taliban threatened the lives of thousands of Americans and allies in Kabul, pressure mounted on the White House to look the people in the eye and explain what happened. Yet, no one did.

A well-placed source inside the White House informs Becker News that Kamala Harris objected to addressing the nation on Sunday. The source reports that Kamala Harris could be heard screaming, “They will not pin this s*** on me!” Furthermore, the source reports that Jill Biden was at Camp David deflecting calls being made for Joe Biden.

With a tin ear of her own, Harris has refused to cancel her long-planned trip to Vietnam, home of the actual Saigon, and certainly a place where the topic of Afghanistan is going to be brought up. Fox News has the story on that here, with an insightful video clip from Greg Gutfeld.

What’s more, she’s making herself scarce, according to Breitbart News, perhaps to avoid questions about her own role in the Afghanistan fiasco, which is far from over.

Vice President Kamala Harris vanished from public view for five days as President Joe Biden and his administration tackled their worst foreign policy blunder to date.

Her last solo public appearance was on August 12, as she met with business leaders to discuss the importance of childcare and paid leave benefits.

Harris last appeared publicly with President Joe Biden on August 10 as they celebrated the president’s proposed infrastructure deal passing the Senate with a bipartisan majority.

The vice president was spotted in a photo released by the White House over the weekend showing President Biden attending a video conference from Camp David with Harris and other administration officials.

Since May, according to my Washington sources, she’s apparently been in a sort of open rebellion against Biden anyway, over Joe’s fobbing the border crisis onto her, a job that President Biden dumped into his lap with predictable failed results, and dueling negative press briefings. She’s been sidelined repeatedly by Mrs. Edith Wilson — Jill Biden, that is — quite possibly over a string of bad decisions regarding the Afghanistan fiasco, including the business of Joe Biden hiding out in Delaware at a time of crisis.

Now there’s talk from Congress of invoking the 25th Amendment, and Kamala seems to be waiting in the wings.

It’s ugly, and with Biden’s poll numbers sinking to Kamala levels of public disapproval, it looks as though the vice president is doing her utmost to escape responsibility for the Afghan fiasco, despite being “the last person in the room” when the awful decision on the pullout was made. She’s unlikely to escape scrutiny. But like a rat on a sinking ship, she’s paddling away as fast as she can.

“My America was different than my parents’ America!”

Fall of Kabul: The Day Reagan’s America Died

By William Sullivan at American Thinker:

Much has been made of the similarities between what we’ve witnessed in Kabul, Afghanistan and the fall of Saigon in 1975.  These comparisons are entirely appropriate, to be sure. Like the South Vietnamese in 1975, any Afghans who placed their trust in the ally-ship and promises of the United States very likely await torture and death at the hands of the murderous scourge which had been held at bay by American resolve and military might.  It is only the absolute certainty of such a horrific fate that led South Vietnamese would-be refugees to cling to boats and helicopters as the Americans evacuated, just as Afghans clung for dear life to departing American airplanes.

The similarities are obvious.  What may not be so obvious to some, though, is the contrast between the America that I’ve known all my life and what the events in Kabul signify that America has become.

My America was different than my parents’ America, you see. 

My father left home at a young age to fight the communists, in defense of South Vietnam.  His treatment by his countrymen upon his return was the most shameful violation of the public trust imaginable, and that internal stain upon our national soul was rivaled only by the global stain of our complete abandonment of the promises made to our allies in South Vietnam.

In the Carter years leading up to 1980, America was in a state of economic stagnation and social malaise, while American credibility and its resolve to protect its national interests in the face of the communist threat on the global stage was little more than a punchline to an old joke in the eyes of our many enemies abroad.

That changed with the election of Ronald Reagan. 

On Nov. 4, 1979, militant Iranian “students” attacked and seized the American embassy in Tehran.  For the next 444 days, 52 Americans were held hostage by the denizens of Ayatollah Khomeini.  President Carter ordered a disastrous rescue mission in which eight Americans were killed without having made any rescues, and diplomatic efforts were equally fruitless.

Then, just over a month after my birth on Nov. 4, 1980, Ronald Reagan carried 44 states to become president.  Minutes after his inauguration on Jan. 20, 1981, the American hostages were released.

The progressive left has created all sorts of fanciful tales to dispute the significance of this moment in Reagan’s legacy.  For example, Mark Bowden writes in Guests of the Ayatollah that Iran negotiated the release with Carter but waited to release the prisoners until Reagan was inaugurated to make Carter look weak because Carter had become the personification of America.  This is nothing more than really bad and unconvincing storytelling.  Why would the Ayatollah want to make the meaningless Carter look bad, after all, at the cost of making his newest adversary in Reagan look strong by comparison?

Stupid theories like Bowden’s aside, the world knew what to take from that moment in history, and was reminded of it many times over in the ensuing decades.  Reagan’s election was a turning point for the country.  America under Reagan would not be the weak, inept, self-loathing shell of itself that had capitulated to the communists and squandered its victory in Vietnam. 

This was a new America.  A strong America.  An America that made good on promises to its allies in defense of freedom and against the forces of tyranny — and one that desired peace, but understood that only a strong America could secure peace.

It was this vision of “peace through strength” that Americans voted for.  In the summer of 1980, Reagan told his countrymen that “[w]e know only too well that war comes not when the forces of freedom are strong, but when they are weak,” he said.  “It is then when tyrants are tempted.”

It was that America which brought down the Berlin Wall and Soviet communism, and it was that doctrine that persisted for a long time thereafter. 

And it was that America and that doctrine which unceremoniously gasped its last breath in Kabul in 2021.

Undoubtedly, my take on American history before Reagan will be a bit different than someone who lived through it.  But what seems clear enough in the record of history is that the Soviets and Middle Eastern dictators knew that Reagan’s America was a marked change from the America that had abandoned Saigon to the communists.

This week, thousands of Taliban, ISIS, and al Qaida prisoners have been freed to plot murderous jihad attacks against the West, and the Taliban will undoubtedly cozy up to communist China, which seeks to advance its Belt and Road Initiative.  The humanitarian casualties in the wake of the Taliban takeover will undoubtedly be severe and appalling, but it’s important to understand that the mission in Afghanistan was never strictly humanitarian or about “nation-building,” contrary to popular opinion and some particularly awful political messaging by Republicans in recent years.  It was about the geopolitical value of Afghanistan as a matter of national security interest, ensuring not only that Afghanistan would not be a safe haven for terrorists who would attack America and its allies in the West as they did on 9/11, but that there would be maintenance of a friendly government there rather than the fascist tyranny of the hostile Taliban.

The comparison between Saigon and Kabul will continue because it’s apt.  America has indeed abandoned Afghanistan to the Taliban as it once abandoned South Vietnam, and with it, Joe Biden has similarly abandoned American diplomatic and military credibility on the world stage, making us and our allies much weaker. 

It doesn’t matter if you believe that or not.  What matters is how our enemies see things, and their perception is reality.  As the Global Times correctly asserts, the Taiwanese would be wise to heed the lesson in Afghanistan:

The geopolitical value of Afghanistan is no less than that of Taiwan island… Once a cross-Straits war breaks out while the mainland [China] seizes the island with forces, the US would have to have a much greater determination than it had for Afghanistan, Syria, and Vietnam if it wants to interfere.

Within one day of Kabul’s fall to the Taliban, our allies in Taiwan, the Chinese communists, and the rest of the world know well that the America that once sought “peace through strength” is dead and gone, now only a memory — a shadow of its former self that’s as frail and feeble as its current president.

“When the forces of freedom are weak,” Reagan warned, “tyrants are tempted.”  The question is not whether tyrants will be tempted, but the extent to which they are willing to go to exploit the weakness that they now undoubtedly sense. 

A Note Passed On By Waldeland!

Gender Ideology Run Amok

 • Volume 50, Number 6/7 • Abigail Shrier

Abigail Shrier
Author, Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters


Abigail Shrier is a journalist and author. She received her A.B. from Columbia College, where she was a Euretta J. Kellett Fellow; her B.Phil. from the University of Oxford; and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Fellow. A member of the Board of Advisors of the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism, she has written for numerous publications, including City JournalNewsweek, RealClearPolitics, The Federalist, the New York Post, and The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters.


The following is adapted from a speech delivered on April 27, 2021, in Franklin, Tennessee, at a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar.

In 2007, America had one pediatric gender clinic; today there are hundreds. Testosterone is readily available to adolescents from places like Planned Parenthood and Kaiser, often on a first visit—without even a therapist’s note. 

How did we get to this point? How is it that we are all supposed to pretend that the only way you can know I’m a woman is if I tell you my pronouns? How did we get to an America in which a 13-year-old in the State of Washington can begin “gender affirming” therapy without her parents’ consent? How did we get to an America in which a 15-year-old in Oregon can undergo “top surgery”—elective double mastectomy—without her parents’ permission? And what can we do about it?

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To understand how we got to this point, it is useful to begin by considering gender dysphoria—the feeling of severe discomfort in a person’s biological sex. Gender dysphoria is certainly real. It is also exceedingly rare. It afflicts about 0.01 percent of the population, most of whom are male.

For nearly 100 years of diagnostic history, gender dysphoria typically began in early childhood, between the ages of two and four, and usually involved a boy who insisted that he was not a boy but a girl. Children afflicted are insistent, consistent, and persistent in the feeling that they are in the wrong body. It is by all accounts excruciating—I’ve talked to many transgender adults, most of them biological males, who describe the relentless chafe of a body that feels all wrong. 

Historically, this has been the classic presentation of gender dysphoria. When these children were left alone—when no one intervened medically or encouraged what we today call “social transition”—over 70 percent of them naturally outgrew their gender dysphoria. Most of those who outgrew it became gay men. Those who did not outgrow it became what used to be known as transsexuals. They did not believe they were women, but they felt most comfortable presenting themselves as females. 

Today, however, we don’t leave these children alone. Instead, the moment children seem not to be perfectly feminine or perfectly masculine, we label them as “trans kids.” Teachers encourage them to reintroduce themselves to their classes with new names and new pronouns. We take them to therapists or doctors, nearly all of whom practice so-called affirmative care—meaning they think it is their job to affirm the diagnosis of gender dysphoria and help the children medically transition. 

The typical first step in treatment administered to these kids is puberty blockers, which shut down the part of the pituitary gland that directs the release of hormones catalyzing puberty. The most common of these drugs is Lupron, whose original purpose was the chemical castration of sex offenders. To this day, the FDA has never approved this drug for halting healthy puberty. 

One has to wonder why a parent or a doctor would take measures to stop a child’s puberty, given that even a child with genuine gender dysphoria would most likely outgrow that condition if left alone. Some argue that it is traumatizing to let children go through the puberty of the sex to which they do not wish to belong. But in many cases, puberty seems to have helped children overcome gender dysphoria. The truth is that there is no satisfying answer, given that scientists have no way of predicting which children will outgrow the dysphoria on their own and which won’t. 

Proponents of “affirmative care” also argue that allowing puberty to occur is dangerous, because suicide rates for trans-identified youth and trans adults are very high. Therefore, they say, we need to start treating children with gender dysphoria as soon and as dramatically as possible. 

Yet there are no good long-term studies indicating that puberty blockers cure suicidality or even improve mental health. Nor are there studies that show puberty blockers are safe or reversible when used in this manner.

What we do know is that puberty blockers prevent the development of secondary sex characteristics, sexual maturation, and bone density. Indeed, because of the inhibition of bone density and other risks, doctors don’t like to keep children on puberty blockers for more than two years.

We also know that in almost every case when a child’s healthy puberty is medically arrested, placing the child out of step with his or her peers, that child proceeds to cross-sex hormones. And when puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are administered to a girl, she becomes infertile. She may also have permanent sexual dysfunction given that her sex organs never reach adult maturity.

Given this, the claims made by so many doctors and gender activists today that these medical transition measures for children are safe and reversible—that they are a “pause button,” without serious downsides—are not only dishonest, but destructive. We would not accept this sort of glib salesmanship in any other area of medicine. 

Trans Identification among Teenage Girls

As I mentioned, for the nearly 100-year history of scientific study of gender dysphoria, it has been diagnosed almost exclusively in young children, and mostly in boys. But over the last decade, large numbers of teenage girls have begun to claim they have gender dysphoria. 

Prior to 2012, in fact, there was no scientific literature on gender dysphoria arising in teenage girls. Dr. Lisa Littman, then a Brown University public health researcher, used the phrase “rapid onset gender dysphoria” to refer to the subsequent sudden spike in transgender identification among teenage girls with no childhood history of gender dysphoria.

This spike is not unique to America—we see it across the Western world. To offer just one statistic, there has been a decade-to-decade increase of over 4,400 percent in the number of teenage girls seeking treatment at the United Kingdom’s national gender clinic. Across the West, teen girls are now the leading demographic claiming to have gender dysphoria. 

What is behind this is social contagion—the spread of ideas, emotions, and behaviors through peer influence, one more instance of teenage girls sharing and spreading their pain. There is a long history of social contagion with this demographic—anorexia and bulimia are also spread this way. And we know that teen girls today are in the midst of the worst mental health crisis on record, with the highest rates of anxiety, self-harm, and clinical depression. 

The teen girls susceptible to this social contagion are the same high-anxiety, depressive girls who struggle socially in adolescence and tend to hate their bodies. Add to that a school environment where you can achieve status and popularity by declaring a trans identity. Add to that the teenage temptation to stick it to mom. Also add the intoxicating influence of social media, where trans activists push the idea that identifying as trans and starting a course of testosterone will cure a girl’s problems. Put those together, and you have a fast-spreading social phenomenon. 

I’ve spoken to families at top girls’ schools who attest that 15, 20, or in one case 30 percent of the girls in their daughter’s seventh grade class identify as trans. When you see figures like that, you’re witnessing a social contagion in action. There is no other reasonable explanation. 

These teen girls are in a great deal of pain. Almost all of them have at some point dealt with an eating disorder, engaged in cutting, or been diagnosed with other mental health comorbidities. And now they’re being allowed to self-diagnose gender dysphoria by a medical establishment that has decided that its job is to affirm and agree with trans-identified adolescents.

Turning a Blind Eye

You may not know the name Keira Bell. She is a young woman in the U.K., very troubled in adolescence, who was rushed to transition in her teen years and came to regret it. She underwent double mastectomy and spent years on testosterone, only to realize that her problem had never been gender dysphoria. She sued the U.K.’s national gender clinic, and last December, after the High Court of Justice examined her case and the claims of similarly situated plaintiffs, she won. 

The Court examined the medical protocols applied to Keira Bell—protocols identical to the ones we have in the United States—and was horrified that a young girl had been allowed to consent to begin a process of eliminating her future fertility and sexual function at an age, 15, when she could not possibly have gauged that loss.

Hailed as a “landmark case” by The Times of London, The Economist, and even The Guardian, Bell’s victory was widely viewed as a serious condemnation of the effort to fast-track teen girls to gender transition. One of the appalling things the Court noted was that the national gender clinic had been unable to show any psychological improvement in the adolescents it had treated with transitioning hormones. 

If, as I suspect, you haven’t read or heard about the Keira Bell case, that’s because America’s legacy media decided to pretend the case didn’t happen. Similarly, they continue to ignore or dismiss the stories of the thousands of “detransitioners”—young women who underwent medical transition, later regretted it, and attempt to reverse course. A lot of the treatments these girls have undergone are permanent, but they do what they can to try to reverse some of the effects. 

Thus it is that in the United States, this crisis among teenage girls gets treated as a political issue—a conservative issue—rather than a medical one. And so perhaps the greatest medical scandal of our time is dismissed as a conservative preoccupation.

The Assault on Women’s Sports and Safe Spaces

No discussion of gender ideology can ignore the ongoing movement to eradicate girls’ and women’s sports and protective spaces. Many or most of the people pushing this are not transgender themselves. But they are activists, they are energized, and they seem to be winning. 

This movement promotes dangerous bills like the Equality Act, which would make it illegal ever to distinguish between biological men and women—and thus to exclude a biological male from a girls’ sports team or a women’s protective space, whether it be a restroom, locker room, or prison. We have these laws now in California and in the State of Washington—and as you might imagine, one result is that hundreds of biological male prisoners, many of them violent felons, have applied to transfer to women’s units. 

For activists pushing this, it is not enough to create unisex bathrooms, a separate category for trans-identified athletes, or separate safe zones in prisons for trans-identified biological men. No, they are working to abolish all women’s-only spaces and they want to abolish them now. 

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The common thread running through these topics is that the truth is being obscured by gender ideology. Lies are told about the risks of the transition treatments administered to young children, both to play down the dangers of those treatments and to exaggerate the degree to which those treatments are known to be helpful. Lies are told about the researchers and journalists who attempt to report on the crisis of social contagion among teenage girls undergoing transition treatments. And lies are told about the movement to eradicate women’s protective spaces. 

The gender ideology behind these lies is a sibling of critical race theory. While critical race activists are teaching kids that they are largely defined by their skin color, gender activists are teaching kids that there are a great many genders, and that only they know their true gender. And just as families who object to racial indoctrination in schools are told that their denials of racism are proof of racism, young women who object to biological males participating in girls’ sports are told that their objections are proof of transphobic bigotry. 

These mendacious dogmas have corrupted our K-12 schools, our universities, and our legacy media, as well as our scientific journals and our medical accrediting organizations—the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, etc. To give you a sense of how far things have gone, I was informed late last year by a member of the National Association of Science Writers—an association of journalists with scientific backgrounds—that a member of the association’s online forum had been expelled for mentioning my book on the transgender social contagion among teenage girls. He hadn’t even read my book. He just mentioned that it sounded interesting, and for that he was banned as transphobic. 

Similarly, endocrinologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, and researchers who are concerned about the risks of gender interventions report that they struggle today to get their research published. And public and private funding of research is almost entirely restricted to researchers who promote gender transition and downplay the risks. 

There are phalanxes of young doctors now, many of them in pediatrics or child psychiatry, who are open about their belief that their primary job is “social justice.” They unreservedly celebrate the increase in transitioning treatment of young people and are inexcusably complacent about the risks of those treatments. The Washington Post recently quoted some of these doctors to the effect that puberty blockers are fully reversible—which is not something that any honest doctor can claim to know. We simply don’t have the data to know whether puberty blockers are fully physically reversible when applied to halt healthy puberty—and they are certainly not psychologically reversible. We’re seeing a startling politicization of medicine and science, which is symptomatic of a larger woke corruption of American society.

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Now, there’s something I make a point of saying whenever I speak, and I say it for the simple reason that it is true: transgender adults are some of the soberest and kindest people I have met in my work as a journalist. Many of them seem to have been helped by transition, and they are leading admirable and productive lives. They have no desire to harm women or to push transition on children. The gender ideology activists do not represent them. 

My understanding of freedom includes a belief that society should allow adults to make consequential decisions about their lives, which includes choosing to undergo sex reassignment surgery. And whenever I am asked by a transgender adult, I use his or her chosen name and pronouns. This seems to me the courteous and the right thing to do. But—and this is a big but—I never lie. This means I never say, and I will never say, that trans women are women. I think reciting this lie leads, as we are seeing, to unjust and dangerous consequences for women and girls. It is not courteous or right to parrot these lies. It is the cowardly surrender of women’s welfare to the woke gods. And it is wrong.

I’m also often asked why it is that the gender ideology activists are doing what they are doing. What possible justification could there be, for instance, for telling small boys that they might be girls and small girls that they might be boys? My best guess at an answer occurred to me while talking to detransitioners. I heard repeatedly from these young women that while they were transitioning, they were angry and politically radical. They often cut off relations with their families, having been coached to do so online by gender activists. Related to this, if you look, you’ll notice a disproportionate number of gender-confused people among the ranks of Antifa in cities like Portland. 

In other words, chaos is the point, and these troubled girls become prey for those who seek to recruit revolutionaries. Just as the destructive objective of critical race theory is to divide Americans racially, that of gender ideology is to disrupt the formation of stable families, the building blocks of American life.

So what do we do about it? How do we push back? First and foremost, we must oppose the indoctrination of children in gender ideology. There is no good reason for it, and it does real harm. We can absolutely insist that all children treat each other kindly without indoctrinating an entire generation in gender confusion. 

Second, we must overcome our squeamishness and speak the truth in public. Wherever we find ourselves, we must refuse to recite lies. And we must always clearly distinguish between transgender Americans, generally wonderful people, and the ideological transgender movement, which seeks to warp children and weaken families. 

This is a movement that would turn our children against themselves because its advocates know there is no greater harm—no quicker way to bring America to its knees—than by driving our children to do themselves irreversible damage. The people pushing this ideology have gotten a head start on us by perhaps a decade. But now I think they have awakened a sleeping giant. The success of my book is one indication. The many state legislatures that are now debating these issues is another. 

These are our kids and grandkids. Our future depends on our winning this fight.

Which Biden IS OUR PRESIDENT? The Thug and Gangster Joe? The Delaware Leftist Dem Crook? OR DITSY PELOSI DEM?

BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN AFGHANISTANBIDEN FOREIGN POLICY

COUNTING ON THE TALIBAN

With thousands of westerners at the mercy of the Taliban, the world is awaiting events in Afghanistan. Taliban leaders have embarked on a charm offensive with western media; as has been widely noted, they have taken more questions from reporters than Joe Biden. These adjacent headlines from today’s London Times sum up the situation well:

The less optimistic of the two stories begins:

Reports of Taliban atrocities have spread across Afghanistan since the insurgents launched their final offensive.

Despite pledges to be magnanimous, the Taliban have been accused of beheading prisoners, gouging out eyes and executing hundreds. Fleeing civilians have brought tales of girls forced into marriage or kidnapped as sex slaves. Video on social media shows Islamists pumping machinegun rounds into the bodies of captured Afghan policemen.

Then there are the woman shot for not wearing a burka, and the “two men [paraded] through streets with blackened faces and nooses around [their] necks.”

I expect we will find out in the weeks and months to come that it is the same old Taliban. Still, that leaves open the fate of the thousands of westerners now trapped in Kabul and, no doubt, other cities. The Taliban may decide that its interest lies in letting them go. After all, the “international community” might pony up cash in an implicit quid pro quo. But even on that assumption, since no one knows how many Americans or other westerners are trapped, occasional atrocities against them are likely to go unreported. As for the much larger number of Afghans who worked with the U.S. and allied countries and are unable to get out of the country, I am afraid there is little such hope, despite the Taliban’s current promises of “amnesty.”

Joe Biden’s handling of our withdrawal has been such a clusterf*** that the above now represents the optimistic scenario.

Obama’s “STAR” Minnesota Dem Ditz Ilhan Omar In Action!

BY SCOTT JOHNSON IN CRIMEMEDIAMINNESOTAREPUBLICANS

A TALE OF MINNESOTA CRIME & POLITICS

A week ago yesterday one Anton Lazarro disseminated the following press release regarding the investigation he commissioned to confirm the sibling relationship between Ilhan Omar and Ahmed Nur Said Elmi. Omar and Elmi were “legally” married in 2009. Omar married Elmi for fraudulent purposes — Omar was already in a long-term relationship with Ahmed Hirsi, the father of her three children, whom she subsequently married and divorced to clean up the very sloppy record.

Here is the text of Lazarro’s August 10 press release:

[MINNEAPOLIS] After a two-year global investigation, Big Tent Republicans PAC has legally collected DNA evidence from Rep. Ilhan Omar and her former husband (full biological brother) Ahmed Nur Said Elmi. These collections were done through trash waste in Washington, DC and the United Kingdom. For too long, Ilhan Omar has refused to provide answers since this [June 17, 2019] Minneapolis Star Tribune [story by Patrick Coolican and Stephen Montemayor] was published showcasing the extremely suspicious legal filings she has made since assuming public office.

The results were a 100% match of full siblingship that once and for all proves Rep. Omar has indeed committed multiple felonies including Immigration Fraud, Marriage Fraud, Tax Fraud, and Felony Conspiracy. It is statistically impossible for this data to not be accurate, and we offer $1,000,000 USD to Rep. Omar to prove this evidence is not accurate….

Please visit http://www.IlhanOmarDNA.com to see the undeniable evidence.

Lazarro’s press release was issued in the name of Big Tent Republicans PAC. The link at the bottom of the press release includes a link to a brief building on my own work on Power Line as well as that of Preya Samsundar at Alpha News and especially that of David Steinberg at PJ Media and Power Line to set forth the factual background in great detail. With the exception of the alleged confirmation by DNA analysis, all of this should be old news to Power Line readers.

Lazarro’s name vaguely rang a bell with me. Two or so years ago he called me on a couple of occasions regarding his desire to commission an investigation to prove what we all knew about Omar. I believe he held himself out as the campaign manager of Lacy Johnson, Omar’s Republican opponent in the Fifth District election, though Lazarro’s precise relationship with the Johnson campaign has since become a disputed question of fact.

I hadn’t heard Lazarro’s name since those conversations and had forgotten about them until receiving the press release last week. I have never met Lazarro and called a friend who knew him to ask him whether he could vouch for him. He couldn’t and wouldn’t.

When I received Lazarro’s press release last week, I put in a call seeking to follow up with him. I never heard back. As I asked around about him, I was told that Lazarro sought to break the story of his investigation on FOX News. I was told that Lazarro took down the site pending an appearance on FOX News.

The next day, however, a week ago tomorrow, Lazarro was charged with sex trafficking of underaged girls and related federal crimes. The unsealed indictment also charged a 19-year-old University of St. Thomas student leader of the college’s GOP chapter with related crimes.

Lazarro was a friend and ally of Minnesota GOP chairman Jennifer Carnahan. It turns out that Lazarro has been a prolific funder of Minnesota Republican candidates.

Lazarro’s indictment has opened the proverbial Pandora’s box into Carnahan’s leadership of the state party. She continues to hand onto her position over numerous calls for her to resign. Carnahan apparently doesn’t care how far she drags the party down. Carnahan, by the way, is married to Minnesota First District Rep. Jim Hagedorn, who is suffering with an advanced form of kidney cancer.

As for Carnahan, it’s time for her to go. Actually, it’s past time. The state party badly needs to put its house in order, if possible. If you want to follow this part of the story, check in on Rebecca Brannon’s Twitter feed.

Back to Omar, I documented my original drop down the rabbit hole in the 2016 City Journal column “The curious case of Ilhan Omar.” When I first dipped my toe into the story and sought a comment from Omar in August 2016, she accused me of anti-Muslim bigotry.

Since then I have confirmed the substance of the story since many times over with Somali sources and other evidence compiled by Preya and David Steinberg as well as the voluminous state campaign finance board investigative file. As I have reported the story on Power Line over the past five years, that City Journal column has stood the test of time.

By the same token, Omar’s strategy of denial along with the accompanying claims of victimhood and attribution of bigotry have served her well so far. Her strategy too has stood the test of time.

Anyone who looks at the circumstantial evidence making out the sibling relationship between Omar and Elmi will have no reasonable doubt, and I mean none. When the Star Tribune was finally embarrassed into the task in 2019 — see “New documents revisit questions about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s marriage history,” by Patrick Coolican and Stephen Montemayor — the paper was unable to come up with a single fact supporting Omar’s denial of what by that point had become painfully obvious.

The Star Tribune found that begging Omar and her family for an interview that might give them another side of the story proved a thankless proposition. Omar essentially accused the Star Tribune reporters of “colluding with right-wing outlets to go after Muslim elected officials or hounding family members…”

Let me put it this way. There is no other side of the story. Any fool can see that.

I do not want to touch Anton Lazarro with a pole of any length. I accordingly left his investigation on the cutting room floor. The Daily Mail is not so dainty. The Daily Mail reported on it in “EXCLUSIVE: Is this the proof that Ilhan Omar married her own brother to bypass US immigration rules? Conservative group’s DNA test from ‘congresswoman’s cigarette butt’ purports to show 99.99% match to her second husband Ahmed Elmi.” The New York Post followed up in Miranda Devine’s update “FBI dodged Ilhan Omar-‘bro’ wed probe.”

As it plays out, this saga appears to be yet another chapter in Minnesota’s downward spiral. We are in a deep, deep hole and sinking.

If Ilhan Omar were ever exposed in some definitive sense, she would still skate. Indeed, it would only add to her heroic aura on the insane left and its media adjunct. She only did it to save her family! You would have done the same.

Retarded Dem Biden’s Ridiculous Disorder!

U.S. military bases prepare for arrival of Afghan refugees

KAREN TOWNSEND at HotAir:

AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

American military bases are preparing to receive Afghan refugees. So far, three bases have been named. Fort Bliss in Texas and Camp McCoy in Wisconsin are reported to be the first that will shelter the refugees. Fort Lee is reported to be one that will be used if necessary.

Pentagon officials made the announcement Monday as thousands of Afghans were scrambling at the airport in Kabul to get on a plane and leave their country.

“As we prepare for even more arrivals, [U.S. Northern Command] and the U.S. Army are working to create additional capacity to support refugee relocation in the U.S., including temporary sights under assessment at Fort Bliss, Texas, and Camp McCoy, Wisconsin,” Department of Defense official Gary Reed said.

“There may be other sites identified if services are needed, additional capacity is needed,” he added. “At this point we’re looking to establish 20 [thousand] to 22,000 spaces. We can expand if we need to.”

Fort Bliss (El Paso) is an interesting choice, given it already has its work cut out for it with housing illegal migrants that are being dumped in the El Paso area away from the southern border. Perhaps the Pentagon figures the base is already set up to handle civilians in need of shelter. While many governors have agreed to take in refugees, Texas is one state that has opted out of the program. In January 2020 it became known that Trump’s agreement with the Taliban included taking in some Afghani refugees. More than 40 governors opted into the federal program but not so for Texas. The Trump administration said that Trump’s executive order required written consent from states and local entities before they resettle refugees. Abbott wanted to concentrate on Texas’ issues like the people already here.

“At this time, the state and nonprofit organizations have a responsibility to dedicate available resources to those who are already here, including refugees, migrants, and the homeless—indeed, all Texans,” he wrote.

Abbott wrote that Texas has already been forced to “deal with disproportionate migration issues” due to federal inaction to fix a broken immigration system.

Other cities in Texas that refugees may go are to Refugee Services of Texas facilities in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston. The organization is expecting to settle 324 Afghans. The U.S. is expecting up to 30,000 Afghans to relocate. They have to be temporarily housed in order for vetting and other details to be finished.

CEO Russell Smith said so far, 107 families are confirmed to relocate to Austin in the next few weeks.

The Austin office of Refugee Services already resettled a family of seven this weekend and plans to welcome at least four more families this week, Smith said Monday.

Smith says federal dollars help pay for things like medical case management, English classes and social security until families become self-sufficient.

“Pretty much just comprehensive services to help them kind of acclimate and get settled in their new community,” said Smith.

He expects the number of Afghan refugees in Austin and other cities to grow.

“I think everybody is gearing up for this now,” Smith said.

It is reported that eight thousand others will be transported to a third country for processing. The refugees run the spectrum from doctors and lawyers to men and women with no formal education. They are applying for Special Immigrant Visas, available to people who worked for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, as interpreters, or in other roles. All applicants have to undergo background checks and health screenings.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds wants to help settle Afghan refugees who helped the U.S. military. Her spokeswoman said Monday that the governor wants to continue the work that her administration has done in Iowa for the last four years. The state has resettled 94 Iraqi and Afghan refugees in that time. Axios reports that it is expected that hundreds of refugees are likely to resettle in the Des Moines area in the next months, according to an operations manager for the Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services. Iowa is being held up as an example of how resettling refugees in the state can work.
At least five new Iowa resettlement proposals are in the works from private agencies that provide placement services through agreements with the U.S. State Department, Bawn said.
By the numbers: The number of people coming to the metro in the next year is currently undetermined.
Iowa has the capacity to place as many as 2K a year once placement agencies are fully staffed and ready, Bawn said.
There have been 69 Iowa resettlements this fiscal year so far. That’s down from 995 in 2016, according to the BRS.
Between the lines: The Midwest, and Iowa in particular, is far more open to refugees than some might think, Iowa Public Radio recently reported.
Iowa resettlements go back more than 40 years and include more than 2,600 Tai Dam refugees welcomed under former Gov. Robert Ray.
Iowa’s largest pork producer testified before a U.S. Senate committee last month, calling for immigration reforms that could help fill vacant jobs.
The bottom line: There will likely be far more resettlements in the coming year but Iowa has got the history to show it works.

The Biden administration has created a larger humanitarian crisis than anyone could have predicted. It’s hard to believe how badly this exit from Afghanistan has been botched. Let’s hope those who helped our military are allowed to seek safety in the United States or in another country. We know that despite the claims by the Taliban leadership that things will be different this time around and those who worked with Americans will not be hunted down and killed, it’s just what is being said for the time being. In no time, the Taliban’s version of Sharia law will take effect again across the country. These animals won’t change their stripes. The Americans working in Afghanistan and those who helped us should have begun evacuating weeks ago if this was to be Biden’s timeline. These people did everything right. Blood is on Joe Biden’s hands for the deaths of those who don’t make it out of the country now.