• 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

That LOONY FEM, Nancy Pelosi, ….America’s Greatest TRAITOR STAR…..(or is she ‘TRAITORESS’?

Pelosi’s ‘pick crops’ line shows how Democrats betrayed the working class

By Batya Ungar-Sargon

October 3, 2022 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that Florida needs illegal immigrants to "pick crops."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that Florida needs illegal immigrants to “pick crops.”AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi suggested last week that Florida needs illegal immigrants to pick crops — revealing much about the Biden administration’s incomprehensible inaction at the border.

“Right now, the best thing that we can do for our economy is to have comprehensive immigration reform,” she said. What does immigration reform have to do with the economy? Pelosi (D-Calif.) helpfully clarified: “We have a shortage of workers in our country,” which is why, Pelosi claims, farmers are asking, “Why are you shipping these immigrants up North? We need them to pick the crops down here.” We must secure the border, Pelosi said, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t recognize “our moral responsibility.”

Pelosi was excoriated for her comments. Many pointed out how shocking it was for the speaker of the House to be endorsing hiring illegal workers. Others pointed out the racism inherent in assuming Central American migrants will be fieldhands. Still others pointed out the strong “Who will pick the cotton?” vibes.

But most of all, her comments exposed something the Left has been struggling mightily to hide: that they talk about immigration in moral terms when in actual fact, they think about immigration in economic terms.

For Pelosi, the open border isn’t a problem to be addressed so much as a solution to another problem: the labor shortage. Thanks to a slew of mass resignations, the labor market is currently extremely tight; many employers are struggling to fill their rosters. This has translated into the first wage gains for workers since the 1970s, though inflation is eating away at a lot of those gains.

Pelosi said that illegal immigrants are needed to help with the country's labor shortage.
Pelosi said illegal immigrants are needed to help with the country’s labor shortage.

The national minimum wage remains a laughable $7.25 an hour, but few Americans are still making that little. Almost 80% of American workers now earn at least $15 an hour, thanks to the pandemic labor market. That’s still not a living wage in any major metro area, but the tight labor market has had a huge impact on low-wage and blue-collar laborers.

You know how you undo those gains? Import an entirely new working class from a failed socialist state made up of people who are willing to work for much less money than an American worker. Undercut working-class Americans by opening the border and signaling to the working class of other countries that there is work for them here.

Don’t take it from me. Take it from Sen. Bernie Sanders, who as recently as 2015 was telling Ezra Klein that open borders was a Koch Brothers proposal to undercut American workers. That is exactly what Pelosi is suggesting we do: Use immigration instead of raising wages for working-class Americans.

Migrants crossing the border into Yuma, Mexico on April 15, 2022.
Migrants crossing the border into Yuma, Arizona, on April 15, 2022.

Pelosi’s argument is that this will improve the economy, and she’s right: GDP goes up with mass immigration. There are huge profits to be made when your workers aren’t citizens and can’t demand a living wage or safe working conditions. The rich get richer while the working class is once again hung out to dry — and Pelosi has the audacity to call this our “moral responsibility.”

The real cruelty of Biden’s open border policy — it hurts low-income Americans

The party that oversaw NAFTA is now lecturing the very people whose jobs they outsourced, telling them that it’s their moral responsibility to endorse importing an entirely new class of people to take their jobs here at home. It’s galling. Where is our moral responsibility to our fellow Americans? Scratch beneath the surface of most progressive claims to “moral responsibility” and you’ll find a class divide that the elites are benefiting from — very literally — and demanding the working class pay for.

But at least they are now admitting that these aren’t asylum seekers but economic migrants whom the rich intend to exploit. The Democrats’ reversal on immigration reveals everything about whom they view as their base. It was once the working class, which is why they sought to limit immigration. Today it’s liberal, highly educated elites, which is why they seek to expand it under the guise of “moral responsibility.”

What I hope is clear by now is this: How you see immigration is much more about your economic status than it is about your moral virtue. Tarring people as racist or immoral for not wanting their jobs to be taken by people who crossed the border illegally is truly despicable, the furthest thing from moral you can imagine. It’s to demand that people endorse their own economic abandonment, while you welcome the needy of other countries.

Those Days of Soviet Spies Conquering America!

OCTOBER 4, 2022 BY SCOTT JOHNSON at Power Line:

EDWARD JAY EPSTEIN: SNOWDEN’S CHOICE

Edward Jay Epstein is my favorite investigative journalist and the author of several of my favorite books including, most recently, How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft. Ed has forwarded his thoughts on Snowden’s becoming a Russian citizen. Ed writes:

Edward Snowden, the former civilian contractor at the super-secret National Security Agency, has now joined the group of secret-stealers including infamous British Cold War spies Harold Kim Philby, Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess, to whom the Kremlin has awarded full citizenship. Snowden, who defected to Russia in June 2013, received his citizenship from Vladimir Putin on September 26, 2022, possibly making him eligible for military service in Ukraine if Putin further expands his mobilization.

What Snowden did to earn this distinction is still a matter of dispute in the universe of the media, but the December 2016 report report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which was unanimously agreed upon by all the Democrats and Republicans on it, concluded that Snowden removed from the NSA digital copies of no fewer than 1.5 million files. This haul included 900,000 Department of Defense documents concerning, among other things, the then newly created joint Cyber Command.

Other stolen files contained documents from GCHQ — the British signal intelligence service — to which Snowden had access. Then NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett, who also headed the NSA’s damage assessment, stated just one of these NSA file, a 31,000-page database, reveals the gaps in our knowledge of Russia, thus providing our adversaries with a “roadmap of what we know, what we don’t know, and gives them—implicitly—a way to protect their information from the U.S. intelligence community’s view.”

What Snowden did with these files remains unknown. But U.S. intelligence had to act on the assumption that all the sources and methods in the classified material might be compromised. The Pentagon thus assigned hundreds of intelligence officers, in round-the-clock shifts, to go through each of the 1.5 million files to identify all the compromised sources and methods they contained and shut them down even though it meant seriously reducing the capabilities of the NSA, the Cyber Command, the British GCHQ, and other allied intelligence services to see inside Russia and China. According to former NSA director Michael McConnell, repairing the damage might take many “decades.”

Putin had become first aware of Snowden soon after Snowden took the trove of NSA’s secrets to Hong Kong in 2013, as he revealed in a televised press conference on September 2, 2013. After saying “I am going to tell you something I have never said before,” Putin explained, “Snowden first went to Hong Kong and got in touch with our diplomatic representatives.” At that time, Putin continued, “I was informed that there was such a man, agent of special services.”

Although this revelation contradicts Snowden’s denials that he had no contacts with the Russians before arriving in Moscow, Putin did not set forth what Snowden told these “diplomatic representatives.” But whatever Snowden said, it was evidently enough to persuade Putin to authorize Snowden’s trip to Moscow and offer him sanctuary from U.S. efforts to arrest him on the charge of violating its espionage laws.

Even though Snowden has consistently denied sharing any information with Moscow, the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee came to a different conclusion. According to its December 2016 report, he remained in contact with the Russian intelligence services for at least three years after he arrived in Moscow. Mike Rogers, then the committee’s chair, confirmed this finding to me.

This raises the question of what the American defector has been doing in Moscow for the past eight-and-one-half years. When I met in 2015 with Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden’s Moscow lawyer, Kucherena said that Snowden had been employed by a Moscow cyber security enterprise. I asked the name of the firm but Kucherena said he could not reveal it because of lawyer-client privilege. Nor has Snowden ever publicly revealed the occupation through which he earns his living and supports his wife and child in Russia.

He does, however, have skills and knowledge, which he freely discusses with journalists. For example, he told the editor of the Guardian in Moscow in 2014, “If I were providing information that I know, that’s in my head, to some foreign government, the US intelligence community would . . . see sources go dark that were previously productive.” That sort of knowledge, as well as the skill set by which he acquired it, could be of considerable value in Russia. Although Snowden’s activities in Moscow since 2013 have never been fully disclosed, Putin evidently appreciated them enough them enough to award Snowden citizenship during his disastrous war in Ukraine.

What is less of a mystery is Snowden’s choices. He chose to betray the American intelligence service for whom he worked by taking its secrets. He chose to accept the protection of the Putin regime to avoid prosecution in the U.S. He chose to accept Putin’s gift of Russian citizenship. In short, in his moral vacuity, he chose sides by throwing in not with the critics of liberal democracy but with its sworn enemies.

HOW WAS OUR AMERICAN THOUGHT FOR THE DAY FROM FIFTY TO EIGHTY YEARS AGO?

POSTED ON OCTOBER 3, 2022 BY STEVEN HAYWARD IN THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: DOSTOYEVSKY ON LIBERALS

“I have found from many observations that our liberals are incapable of allowing anyone to have his own convictions and immediately answer their opponent with abuse or something worse.”

—Dostoyevsky, The Idiot

As an American I was educated to believe in God, civility, seek knowledge, and be good to others.

I was born in 1934 and entered public school five years later….a time when the American female, the unmarried one who was well educated and Godfearing, was usually the teacher of the school trade, often with forty kids to a classroom.

Churches and synagogues were always crowded on those days of service. In the Lutheran Church I and my parents attended, Sunday School for kids began at 8:00 AM Sunday’s……where I attended. Forty to sixty kids, ages five to twelve, learned God’s beauties of the days…..centering around the past and Nature’s events of the out doors…..Gods birds, animals, trees, flowers throughout our Minnesota, especially those near by….and where children studied the King James Version of the Bible……that book which in its language teaches and expresses the beauty of our spoken English for a couple centuries far beyond any other book.

God was honored and respected throughout the public schools of my days of learnings. From Church to PUBLIC Schools we were taught knowledge and goodness Godfearing styles from the Judeo Christian Bible.

Compare such a generation’s good fortune of experiences with the learnings from single female teachers of eighty years ago, to the decaying American classroom world of today.

We are born to be curious. I am now 88 years old and so agree with my teachers of yesterday. KNOWLEDGE IS SACRED, as I was taught. The more we know makes us closer to GOD!

Is This Abram’s Case Finally Over?

Judge Smacks Down Stacey Abrams’ Bogus Claims Of Voter Suppression In 2018 Election Loss

BY: SHAWN FLEETWOOD at the Federalist:

OCTOBER 03, 2022

Stacey Abrams speaking at an event

‘The challenged practices violate neither the constitution nor the [Voting Rights Act of 1965],’ wrote Judge Steve Jones.

Author Shawn Fleetwood profile

Shawn Fleetwood.

Afederal judge ruled on Friday that Georgia’s election procedures during the 2018 midterms, which were challenged by an organization aligned with the state’s Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, do not violate the constitutional rights of Georgia voters.

Writing for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Judge Steve Jones, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, ruled that while “Georgia’s election system is not perfect,” the “challenged practices violate neither the constitution nor the [Voting Rights Act of 1965].”

“In sum, this Court finds Plaintiffs have not met their burden under Section 2 of the [Voting Rights Act] to demonstrate that the Exact Match or citizenship verification processes renders Georgia’s elections not ‘equally open’ when considering the totality of the circumstances as required” by federal law, Jones wrote. “As a result, there has been no showing that the election system is not ‘equally open’ by Georgia’s compliance with federal law regarding matching processes.”

The lawsuit against the state was originally filed in November 2018 by the group known as Fair Fight Action, which serves as an affiliate of the Abrams-founded PAC Fair Fight. Among the allegations made by Fair Fight include “serious and unconstitutional flaws in Georgia’s elections process” relating to, as Breitbart summarized, “absentee ballots, voter registration, and voter list management.”

According to Breitbart, “The group alleged certain voting practices in the state disenfranchised racial minorities, but many of the claims had already been thrown out over the last four years, including claims related to ‘long lines, voting machines, inadequate poll worker training, ballot rejections and large-scale voter registration cancellations.’”

“One of the claims left hanging in the balance was that the state’s ‘exact match’ voter registration policy disproportionately affected black voters,” the Breitbart report continued. “Jones shot that down, writing, ‘Here, plaintiffs have not provided direct evidence of a voter who was unable to vote, experienced longer wait times, was confused about voter registration status.’”

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who successfully ran against Abrams in the 2018 gubernatorial race and previously served as Georgia’s secretary of state, celebrated the Friday ruling as a humiliating defeat for Abrams’ bid to delegitimize the state’s election processes.

“From day one, Abrams has used this lawsuit to line her pockets, sow distrust in our democratic institutions, and build her own celebrity,” Kemp wrote on Twitter. “Judge Jones’ ruling exposes this legal effort for what it really is: a tool wielded by a politician hoping to wrongfully weaponize the legal system to further her own political goals.”

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In her own statement, Abrams attempted to use the ruling as justification for why Georgia voters should elect her as governor instead of Kemp in November, saying that it “demonstrates that the 2022 election will be a referendum on how our state treats its most marginalized voices.”

“The conduct of this trial and preceding cases and legislative actions represent a hard-won victory for voters who endured long lines, burdensome date of birth requirements and exact match laws that disproportionately impact Black and Brown voters,” Abrams said.

Following her 2018 loss to Kemp by roughly 55,000 votes, Abrams has repeatedly denied the Georgia Republican’s legitimate victory and has gone on to blame her failures as a candidate on nonexistent voter suppression. After it became obvious that she would not force then-candidate Kemp into a runoff in 2018, for instance, Abrams told a crowd of supporters that “concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true, or proper” and that “as a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede.”

“Make no mistake, the former Secretary of State was deliberate and intentional in his actions,” she said. “I know that eight years of systemic disenfranchisement, disinvestment and incompetence had its desired effect on the electoral process in Georgia.”

The Georgia Democrat went on to echo similar sentiments in April 2019, saying that she does “not concede that the process was proper” and that she does not “condone that process.”

In addition to her imaginary role as Georgia’s rightful governor, Abrams has been at the forefront of attacking the state’s recently enacted election law. In March 2021, Abrams referred to state Republicans’ efforts to enhance the integrity of Georgia’s elections as “nothing less than Jim Crow 2.0” and accused lawmakers of using the bill to “suppress the vote and seize electoral power.”

Around the same time, President Joe Biden also repeated the same “Jim Crow” smear and encouraged the MLB to move its 2021 All-Star game from Atlanta to protest the signing of the bill into law. The weak-kneed league commissioner ultimately acquiesced, moving the event to Colorado and costing Georgian businesses approximately $100 million in revenue.

Shawn Fleetwood is a Staff Writer for The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous outlets, including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood

Matt Rowe At American Thinker SHOULD WAKE UP TO COUNT THE FASCIST EVILS OF TODAY’S CORRUPT DEM PARTY!

October 4, 2022

The GOP needs to abandon passivity and work hard to reach voters

By Matt Rowe at American Thinker:

I know some very smart people who also happen to be very busy and turned off by politics and the news media. They simply are not paying attention, and when I tell them things that are going on to destroy our republic they first react in disbelief, then say, “I heard something about that,” and then come around to feeling the way I do as a conservative. They aren’t happy. The problem is, they were not engaged before because they felt they had no say in things anyway. Moreover, they believe that people like me who write articles, participate in election staffing, and are otherwise politically engaged will work it all out. Getting them to take action is still like pulling teeth.

What amazes me is that the Democrats have worked very hard to solve this problem on their side by being active in efforts like Mark Zuckerberg’s Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) election grants. These grants focused on Democrats almost exclusively, and any conservatives that may have benefitted from them were most certainly unintentional.

Sadly, the Republicans have done nothing of the sort at the grassroots level to change anyone’s mind. Sure, they raised a lot of money for candidates, but yard signs and mailers aren’t going to motivate a change in anyone’s vote. Don’t forget that the GOP does not seem to have done anything productive in the eyes of the moderate or slightly more left moderate voter either. Once again, it appears that the GOP is just hoping the Democrats will hang themselves for us…and it could happen…this time. Right?

The GOP still has some time to motivate itself and get out to the grassroots level and explain to consistent Democrat voters why they should consider voting for conservatives. The only national leader who has motivated anyone on this level is Donald Trump, but the demographic he interests are people who were already looking for someone who speaks and administrates the way he did. There are many more people out there who could be won over if only another national GOP leader would simply step up and promote the same actionable ideas!

Creating a competitor to Twitter or Facebook is nice but reaching the Twitter and Facebook users is what really needs to happen. We can’t do it via those platforms and others, so creating a separate platform like Parlor or Rumble, or even Truth, is not effective. The GOP must get active locally, and if it wants grassroots participation, it needs a leader people to whom people will listen. Until that time, I fear we are just going to get more of the same. That is, voting for someone we don’t want to avoid getting someone in office we really don’t want.

There are plenty of smart people out there on both the Right and Left. The GOP must get smarter about how to reach them.

“The military is replacing the type of people who believe in service and country with those who don’t”. 

October 3, 2022

Air Force Academy Woes Highlight Collapse of Military Values Under Diversity Mania

By Fletch Daniels at American Thinker:

Other than a well-fought win over rival Navy, the United States Air Force Academy had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. 

First, came the story that the Academy gave diversity training to cadets encouraging them to stop using such patently offensive words as mom and dad.  This was followed up closely by a story that the Academy was promoting a fellowship that was open to just about everyone, but straight white men need not apply.  Finally, the school that used to be underpinned by its notable lack of tolerance for lying, cheating or stealing was put on two-years probation by the NCAA, complete with a rather long list of punishments, for apparently cheating at recruiting.

What ties these three stories together is the complete breakdown of values at the school, which are reflective of the breakdown in values across the military.

Both my wife and I graduated from USAFA in the 1990s.  At the time, the school’s values were integrity, service, and excellence.  Cadets were encouraged to put their classmates and country ahead of themselves.  Even the smallest lie or anything that could be construed as cheating, to include poorly documented homework, was a one-way ticket home.   

Those values have been turned upside down in the school’s commitment to the military’s new value system of diversity above all.  For the Air Force-Navy game, the Falcons wore their new uniforms honoring the Space Force. Semper Supra, which means always above, was displayed prominently where names are normally shown.  The motto is somewhat ironic since in today’s military, that’s where diversity and inclusion rank in the priority list, always above and eclipsing everything else.  All other values are subservient to it. 

2019 US Air Force Academy graduation (public domain)

While the element of the diversity training that suggested cadets should refrain from using words like mom and dad got most of the attention, the bigger problem is the overall philosophy that pits people into tribes and places the individual over the group.  We are now suggesting that we should be conscious of color and “value people for their uniqueness.” 

In other words, individuality based on color of skin takes precedence over forming a common bond across the unit.  This is a complete reversal of the military’s traditional values.  Military service is no longer about Service Members subordinating their own desires to be part of a cohesive group that is serving something greater than themselves.  Instead, it puts individuals in the spotlight and then values some higher than others based upon nothing more than their skin color or sexual desires.

We’ve gone from Martin Luther King’s dream of a colorblind society 180 degrees in the other direction to where we no longer judge anyone based upon the content of character, but instead focus almost entirely on the color of skin.    

This has gradually strangled the military’s values.  General Douglas MacArthur’s famous “duty, honor, country” approach cannot co-exist alongside such a demented worldview that is both tribal and individualistic.  

In February, all the cadets were forced to sit through a lesson from George Takei, a strident promoter of the left’s new religion, to kick off their National Character and Leadership Symposium. 

When I was at the Academy, the school welcomed Christian and religious ministry groups and partnered with them in helping to build a strong values foundation in the cadets.  Today, the cadets get the man who once called Clarence Thomas a clown in blackface. 

A service academy would never dare put up a speaker who showed such utter contempt for a Democrat president as Takei routinely shows towards all Republicans, to include the former president and vice president.

Americans are taking notice.  In 2022, USAFA saw a 28 percent decline in the number of applicants.  When all was said and done, there were only 1,775 qualified candidates for that year’s class, a staggeringly low number considering that the Academy needs to offer relatively close to that number of appointments to fill each class.   

This tracks with the broader recruiting challenge the entire military is now facing.  While military leaders regularly meet to discuss this problem, they rarely zero in on the obvious issue.  Parents in the areas where the military typically is most successful recruiting no longer encourage their children to join a hyper-politicized military that no longer shares their values.  

My wife and I did not encourage our three kids to join the Air Force, which is somewhat telling considering we are both retired Air Force officers who once bled blue.  Many of our friends and classmates feel the same.  The military has always had its greatest success recruiting from the parts of the country where patriotism runs highest and military service has also always been a family affair, with kids emulating their parents’ service.  But why would anyone want their sons and daughters to serve in a military that holds their values in contempt? When you’ve lost the parents and influencers, you’ve lost most of the kids.  It isn’t rocket science.

While the military maintains its traditional values on paper, they barely give them even lip service at this point, but the value of diversity is talked about ad nauseum.  Anyone who tries to return the military to the values that underpinned it for generations would likely be slandered as an extremist and pushed out the door. 

In response to the Academy getting called out on its diversity training, the USAFA Superintendent said that “our American diversity is a strategic advantage that opens the door to creative solutions, providing a competitive edge in air, space and cyberspace.”  Interesting choice of words in the very week that the Army’s first transgender officer chose the rather creative solution of trying to give confidential medical information to Russia, a story that is mostly absent from all but conservative media. 

Almost all military leaders parrot those same nonsensical talking points.  It’s practically a job requirement at this point.  But diversity is a neutral concept.  It is certainly not bad, but it is also not good, or even a value.  The blind worship of diversity as the highest good is a cancer.  Imagine if we demanded equal representation based on race and sexual orientation in sports?  What you would end up with would be something far less than the ideal and it certainly would not be viewed as a strategic advantage.

This is a national security crisis on many levels.  For one, the military is replacing the type of people who believe in service and country with those who don’t.  That won’t end well.  When the military’s very mission requires asking people to potentially give up their lives in service to their country, the values that underpin it matter.  It is hard to imagine anyone who will be willing to die for these new values that encourage tribalism and elevate the individual over the unit, with a side of grievance and resentment thrown in.

Our military leaders like to comfort each other, even as China surpasses the U.S. in some military capability areas, with the fact that our people are better.  They shouldn’t.  What made our people better were the values they held.  With those values being shredded, that advantage is also disappearing.

The other problem is that every minute spent on this charade is a minute not spent on the true national security threat, which is China.  Right now, it is hard to overestimate the number of minutes that every command and leader in the military is wasting in furtherance of this false religion.  Pacific Air Forces, the lead Air Force command charged with planning and leading any air operations in China’s region, lists diversity as its top priority because of course they do.  If we ever have to pit the politicized military we are building against China, the result may very well be catastrophic.

If the military is to succeed going forward, it needs to return to the values that made it great.  And that will not happen as long as Democrats hold power.  If and when Republicans are back in power, they need to do a lot more than outlaw critical race theory.  They need to dismantle the diversity and inclusion infrastructure in the military.  No more toxic diversity commissars or indoctrination sessions.  Until that happens, the problem cannot be fixed, and the military will continue to face a values crisis that impacts recruiting and readiness at every level.        

(A Note From Mark…)

Arizona’s Pro-Life Candidate SQUASHES Reporter’s Targeted Question

https://newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/tierin-rose-mandelburg/2022/10/03/arizonas-pro-life-candidate-squashes-reporters

[…]To take it a step further, Lake pointed out the extreme views of her opponent, Hobbs. 

But I really challenge you, I’m happy to get back to you on this, when you find out where Katie Hobbs stands. Because let me tell you where she stands. She supports abortion right up until birth and after birth. She supports if a baby survives a botched abortion, that that baby die on a cold metal tray. 

Lake, unfortunately, is right. Her opponent, Hobbs, presently serves as Arizona’s Secretary of State. She called AZ’s present pro-life laws that criminalize abortion “draconian.” She also wholeheartedly supports abortion and on her site, does not indicate any restrictions on abortion. 

Furthermore, Lake showed the undeniable bias of the reporter and reporters like her. 

“None of you ever try to get her to talk about her stance. So get back to me after you do. And tell her that I wanna debate this topic on October 12th but she really needs to show up for that debate,” she said.

Unfortunately, this is the reality of modern day “reporting/journalism.” Leftist media focuses entirely on painting conservatives in a negative light while propping up leftist views. 

As a matter of fact, journalists often hide and cover for radical democrats who support abortion up until birth. The Media Research Center’s Newsbusters division conducted a study on morning and evening newscasts on ABC, CBS and NBC regarding extreme abortion views of Democratic candidates. The study found that from January 1, 2022 to August 31, 2022, there was NO coverage of the radical nature of numerous anti-life candidates. 

(From Mark Waldeland)