My attitude towards illegal immigration began to change three years ago when I read a story about a Dreamer who unfurled a Mexican flag at her graduation ceremony at the University of California – San Diego. The sheer stupidity and arrogance of the act stunned me. America was kind to let her stay, and had given her opportunities she would have never had if her family had stayed in Mexico -- and yet she chose to wave the flag of the country that gave her nothing. At the time, I was in contact with immigration reform activists who, to my dismay, cheered her self-defeating stunt. I warned them that such in-your-face tactics and a sense of entitlement was only going to backfire and turn Americans against the Dreamers. Their response was to hurl insults and hit the block button on Facebook.
The news will always be out to sensationalize, exaggerate, and scare. But if we are going to move beyond the propaganda of the Drug War, it means not only changing policy about drugs, but resisting fear-based propaganda like this. Because, hey -- tabloid trash can be as addicting as heroin.
We find ourselves in a strange new world of unipolar status and global communications -- we have no more major external enemies. Right now we need to do to the hard work of confronting the enemy within: our fallen state as human beings -- to put more love and understanding and listening back in our politics, culture, and society, so we can do the hard work of becoming a truly great country.
Without James Comey's grandstanding, the state of the country would be very different today. We expect that top politicians and bureaucrats will have egos, but this kind of mammoth grandstanding on the part of an FBI director is like nothing we've seen since the days of J. Edgar Hoover. When Trump fired Comey, he apparently found out by seeing the news on CNN. That makes me feel good inside. I feel nothing but schadenfreude toward this joker -- he tried to cover his own ass, but in the process, he ended up making enemies of everyone. Hillary supporters hate him. Trump supporters hate him. Both parties hate him. The news media likes him only because it thinks he might have dirt, and then they will be done with him. History should remember him exactly as Trump described him: Mr. Showboat. As a country, let us all agree that this man is a grade-A, certifiable asshole, and ignore his book to the greatest extent we possibly can.
In the aftermath of a complete betrayal, it is very hard to focus on any silver linings. And 'betrayed' is just the word for how many Trump supporters feel after the second bombing of Syria. It's just the latest of a string of policy reversals: he's open to amnesty and gun control, there's no wall, he's funding Planned Parenthood, and he's even contemplating rejoining TPP. Trump's core supporters are asking themselves whether he is compromised, simply not up to the job of changing Washington, or simply lied to get elected. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Trump is a lost cause. Trying to decipher his latest move or tweet is now a waste of time. Defending him against Mueller, the Deep State, or the Mean Media is just a waste of energy that could be better used to advance the MAGA agenda. So I say: forget Trump. It's time to look for our silver linings and focus on the future.
"The fate of Syria matters to next-door Iraq, whose government once again shows a fighting chance of functioning, owing to the long-awaited near-defeat of ISIS. (Let us note that the old argument that toppling Assad opened the door for ISIS to rule is no longer valid.) It matters to our allies in Israel and Saudi Arabia, and our friends the Kurds. It matters for our enemies Russia and Iran, who are far more tangibly invested in the conflict than we are; the longer we keep the conflict going, the more we can bog them down and keep our options open. It matters for the sake of punishing chemical warfare rather than allowing a tyrant to show the world that he can use these weapons without fear of retribution -- a strategy of both punishment and deterrence."
Sarkozy's violation of Italian air space is emblematic of Italy’s position within NATO. Although blessed with a strategic location in the middle of the Mediterranean, Italy has never been little more than a junior partner whose sovereign rights can be trampled upon and national interests can be ignored. As long as the Soviet Union was around one could make the argument that keeping Italy from falling into communist hands trumped all other considerations, but the Soviet empire and Warsaw Pact are long gone. What is the rationale for Italy to stay in NATO? I see none.
In the past, Christianity has not recognized itself as the East within the West; in this vision, therefore, we as Westerners in philosophic crisis must rediscover and rehabilitate the tools already in front of us. The West is not done with Christianity, and Christianity is not done with the West. If rationalism and empiricism, and their fruit, technology, build up the I, or the Ego, or the Self, Christianity helps to tear it down; reconciliation of our consciousness to divine consciousness, Man to God, requires an emptying of self, a recognition of our limitations, our dependencies -- it requires an education in the highest kind of humility. The West is in dire need of it right now -- and so am I, which is why I wish to submerge myself into Christianity. I wish to learn more fully how to empty myself into God.
Sessions' refusal to appoint a second Special Counsel seems to have finally caused many MAGA fans to realize that he is not the right man to drain the swamp - or drain a clogged kitchen sink - but precious months have been wasted. Had Trump supporters backed the president as I did during the summer, the Mueller probe could have been shut down before announcing any indictments. Whatever controversy or political hit firing the Special Counsel would have surely generated would be a distance memory by now. Attorney General Scott Pruitt would have been well on his way of reforming the Justice Department as he did the EPA. The MAGA agenda would be alive and well.
"There is an open conspiracy among the all-heat-no-light gun control zealots to suppress a simple truth that neither side wants to hear: America experiences more mass shootings than other developed nations because there are enough guns in this country to arm every man, and woman, and child, which means that anyone who really wants to get his -- it's usually a 'he' -- hands on a gun can get his hands on a gun. This is unwelcome news on the right because it implicates America's gun culture in the frequency of mass shootings, and on the left because it suggests that, as in the case of the failed and tyrannical Drug War, there is no way to simply legislate our way out of this problem"