Drew Ryun – The Resurgent https://theresurgent.com Committed to Freedom, Faith and Family Sat, 12 May 2018 00:42:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://theresurgent.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Drew Ryun – The Resurgent https://theresurgent.com 32 32 104855451 Congresswoman Mia Love Leads The Way https://theresurgent.com/2018/05/11/congresswoman-mia-love-leads-the-way/ https://theresurgent.com/2018/05/11/congresswoman-mia-love-leads-the-way/#respond Sat, 12 May 2018 00:42:31 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/2018/05/11/congresswoman-mia-love-leads-the-way/ There are no-brainer issues in politics that people are afraid to touch. Human trafficking should not be one of them.

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We all know the hot button issues in politics. They seem to be the polarizing ones that everyone wants to talk about all the time. Abortion, marriage, gun rights, etc. Just sitting there I am sure you can add a few more to that short list.

One that no one seems to want to talk about is human trafficking. My hometown of Fort Worth is a hotbed of it. It’s big. It’s ugly and it’s an problem that hides in the corner shadows of our political construct.

It should not.

It’s a huge issue for us and one that is a winning issue for any politician who will take it up and force it to the forefront of our national conscience. Which is why when I saw the press release from Congresswoman Mia Love’s office this morning, I thought, “That is what winning looks like.” It’s problems and solutions like these that Republicans should be hammering all day long.

The infinite worth of people is an issue Republicans should own. In fact, it’s why the party was created.

That is not to say we as conservatives lose our focus on abortion and marriage. No, we fight just as hard each and every day on those issues.

However, when we are presented an issue like ending human trafficking, we should forcefully take the lead. Kudos to Mia Love for doing this. She is articulate (see this YouTube clip) and just who we need leading on this issue.

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Why are we still in the Iran Deal? https://theresurgent.com/2018/05/01/why-are-we-still-in-the-iran-deal/ https://theresurgent.com/2018/05/01/why-are-we-still-in-the-iran-deal/#respond Tue, 01 May 2018 15:44:53 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/2018/05/01/why-are-we-still-in-the-iran-deal/ The 2015 Iran Deal was a scam from the beginning. Why are we still in it?

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Barack Obama considered it one of his crowning achievements, but make no mistake-the 2015 Iran Deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was a scam from the beginning.

Marketed as a the path to make Iran a responsible member of the international community, the deal has done exactly the opposite. Not only has Iran continued to develop its nuclear program, with no legitimate sanctions imposed on its financial institutions, it has become the state sponsor of terrorism. On top of bolstering Assad’s regime in Syria, Iran has single handily made Hezbollah one of the most powerful armies in the region, pumping hundreds of millions into this known terrorist organization.

Before the Iran Deal, however, this was not the case. Iran was a nation teetering on the brink of destruction. Billions in gas and oil revenue were being lost, largely due in part to sanctions. The trickle down of those sanctions was Hezbollah and Hamas lost millions of dollars in funding from Iran and for Hezbollah specifically, this was a death spiral as almost 80% of its funding comes from Iran. On top of all this, Iran continues to currently expand its ballistic missile armory and every component of a nuclear program, even, specifically, uranium enrichment!

But, oddly enough, we have re-certified the deal every 90 days, even under the Trump Administration. The next certification is May 12th and the message from the Trump White House has to be crystal clear: we are done, we are walking away.

Immediately on the heels of this walk away needs to come renewed sanctions that force Iran to make a decision to either double down on their sponsorship of terrorism and development of their nuclear program OR become responsible members of the international community.

The United States and President Trump must lead the way. The stability of the Middle East begins and ends with us.

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A Win for Conscience’s Sake https://theresurgent.com/2018/04/04/a-win-for-consciences-sake/ https://theresurgent.com/2018/04/04/a-win-for-consciences-sake/#respond Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:37:40 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/2018/04/04/a-win-for-consciences-sake/ The Air Force's reversal in the case of Colonel Leland Bohannon is a win for individual's rights and conscience.

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He’s known in the news as Colonel Leland Bohannon. Those of us who know him as a friend call him Bo and I have called him friend for over 20 years now. He’s a genteel sort of guy, easy going and considerate of others even while holding strong convictions of his own.

Until 2017, he was one of the rising stars in the Air Force and had already been recommended for promotion to one star general. His career was almost derailed by events that many would consider insignificant.

Last May, Bo declined to sign a spouse appreciation certificate for a retiring master sergeant’s same-sex spouse, claiming he could not in all good conscience do it. As a committed Christian, he does not believe in same sex marriage. Instead, he asked a superior officer to sign the certificate and that superior officer did. Case closed.

Except it wasn’t.

The retiring master sergeant took offense at Bo’s actions and filed an Equal Opportunity discrimination complaint. Even though Bo had sought every opportunity and used every proper channel to create a solution for all parties, it wasn’t good enough and when the Equal Opportunity investigators ruled against Bo, he was relieved of command and his promotion halted.

It seemed this was the end of his career. But Bo decided to fight back and the First Liberty Institute agreed to take his case. Then, this past fall, eight Republican Senators wrote a letter to the new Air Force Secretary, Heather Wilson, asking the Air Force to rescind its decision. After a lengthy review, Secretary Wilson did just that, fully restoring Bo to his command and putting his career on back on track. It was an unexpected and incredible turn of events.

In a letter to Members of Congress, Secretary Wilson wrote:

“The director concluded that Colonel Bohannon had the right to exercise his sincerely held religious beliefs and did not unlawfully discriminate when he declined to sign the certificate of appreciation for the same-sex spouse of an airman in his command.”

Why is this all so important? Because it is a win for conscience’s sake, something that is inherently American and yet appears lost in our modern culture. Those on the Left, as they already have this week, will decry the Air Force’s decision as reinforcing discrimination. It does not. It reinforces the right of every man or woman to act based on conscience’s sake within the parameters of a healthy (and just) society.

This is a big win for everyone, no matter which side of the ideological aisle you are on. It should be celebrated as such.

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Is Wisconsin About To Reverse Itself? https://theresurgent.com/2018/03/21/is-wisconsin-about-to-reverse-itself/ https://theresurgent.com/2018/03/21/is-wisconsin-about-to-reverse-itself/#respond Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:49:52 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/2018/03/21/is-wisconsin-about-to-reverse-itself/ It looks like Wisconsin is on the verge of rolling back all the reforms from 2011.

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From www.MediaTrackers.org

Wisconsin was one of three improbable state victories that propelled Donald Trump to the White House in 2016. But without immediate Republican Party course corrections, the state’s conservative revolution could screech to a halt after the November elections, or even be reversed in some areas. That’s according to two Republican insiders, whose job it is to win elections, who spoke with Media Trackers in separate interviews last week. Both agreed to be interviewed on the condition that they not be named. Neither believes a GOP bloodbath is inevitable. Yet both feel it is likely if state Republicans don’t accept the gravity of the situation now.

As Insider #1 put it:  “If you’re a Wisconsin Republican and you don’t see the headwind that you’re facing then you’re blind and you deserve to lose.” Insider #2  agreed that the current situation is dire, but not irreversible: “I do not think this is a sky is falling moment. This a ready the warplanes moment. We’re looking up and we see the trouble coming. It’s not time for Chicken Little.”

Both were responding to this question posed by Media Trackers: “do you get the sense there is concern among Republicans in Madison that they could see the party suffer heavy losses in November?” We later specifically asked about control of the State Senate and the governor’s office. Both sources agreed Republicans could lose both, if the party continues to be in denial about the magnitude of the challenge it faces. Both sources identified similar problems and solutions. Both agree that anti-Trump fervor is generating off the charts enthusiasm among Democrats and that running from President Donald Trump isn’t the Republican solution.

Insider #1 is advising Republicans to ignore Washington D.C. and focus on the conservative victories achieved in Wisconsin since 2011:

Distancing yourself from a president in your party, I don’t know if you can do that, I don’t know how you can do that. I think going out of your way to say “hey I’m not him,” I don’t know how that’s going to work and that just gets the media talking about Donald Trump. We’re investing in education like we’ve never done before, we’re cutting taxes like we’ve never done before. I think ignoring him is hard to do, but I don’t know what’s to gain by debating where you stand on the president. That’s a rabbit hole you don’t want to go down because its fraught with peril. I’m not saying it’s easy, it’s hard. I think it’s the best play for Wisconsin Republicans (talking up accomplishments and ignoring Trump). Our state’s in a really good spot under Republican leadership.

Insider #2 agrees:

Campaigning against the president is not necessarily the answer. Wisconsin conservatives are getting results. Give a stark contrast to Democrats who have been nothing but obstructionists and hold us back.
Provide a contrast to Washington. We have a record of results to run on, more achievements in the future to run on. There is deep concern among those who have a clear understanding of the voters right now, that what we need to run on a record of results and that isn’t happening. And unify to get more results before the election, instead of carping at each other on process stuff instead and making it more difficult to get things done.

Insider # 2, on that last point, referred to a rift between Assembly and Senate leadership:

Democrats are so inconsequential you forget they can come roaring back; Republicans can be victims of their own success. They (Democrats) can take this state and turn it in the other direction. It’s easy when you’re in Madison looking around at inconsequential Democrats and feud with Republicans with whom you disagree and have these pissing matches. But if you listen to the electorate and find out what people need, our conservative reforms can connect with these people. They want to see the results.

As the Wisconsin State Journal reported last week, the two houses continue to be at odds over a number of issues:

In the waning days of the state legislative session, two key proposals championed by Gov. Scott Walker — to shutter the state’s youth prison and to give tax cuts to families — are jeopardized by disagreement between Republicans leaders in the Assembly and Senate.

Scores of other once high-profile bills appear dead after having been excluded from an upcoming Senate session or faltering in the Assembly.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos have been engaged in a game of legislative chicken. Vos concluded his chamber’s business on Feb. 22, signaling to the Senate that it should pass bills previously approved by the Assembly, or else risk them not passing. Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, is poised to do the same Tuesday, when the Senate meets for what could be the last time this session. The period in 2018 during which the Senate can pass most new bills ends Thursday.

So, if Republicans remain on their current course, how vulnerable is Governor Scott Walker? Insider #2:

I think we should presume that the governor’s race is going to be incredibly tight and Wisconsin is going to be a battleground. I think Governor Walker can and will win. I think we need to throw everything we got at it, just as the left is. The energy on the left is very, very high right now. Democrats can roll out of bed and have a better get out the vote effort than in the past.
Wisconsin Republicans have won in years when the environment has favored them and won in years when everything was thrown against them. We can win in the fall. It requires once again that we unify, run on results, be the party of results. I’m not confident right now that Wisconsin conservatives have their heads in the fight.

Insider #1:

In the governor’s race, so much will depend on who the opponent is and right now nobody has any idea who is opponent could be. You could make the argument for at least five (being legitimate contenders), maybe more. Yes, Scott Walker is facing a headwind for the first time and that’s a significant thing to consider.

Neither source felt that the upcoming State Supreme Court race will be much of an indicator has to what will happen in the fall. But insider #1 says the apparent Democrat victory last week in a deep red Pennsylvania congressional district is all the barometer you need:

It’s tough to answer that question in March(fall prospects) , but I DEFINITELY think that Pennsylvania is another piece that indicates that things are not looking good for Republicans in November.
We have seen there is massive Democratic enthusiasm that should scare every Republican on the ballot this fall. It’s not a foregone conclusion that Republicans are going to lose everything. But the way things are setting up it’s going to be very difficult for Republicans, the likes of which they  have not seen since 2006 and 2008.
The key will be for Republicans will be what they can do to hold on.
I disagree that the (enthusiasm) gap has closed. If you look at history, the party out of power is pissed off. Pissed off people are always more motivated than happy people. The question is how bad is it. Is it landslide bad, or is just bad.
I lean toward landslide bad, but there is a chance it could be normal bad (for the out of power party in the mid-term elections).

Insider #2 isn’t convinced that the possibilities for Republicans are limited to bad and worse.  But both agree that accepting just how bad the situation is right now is an important first step for the GOP in Wisconsin.

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Is Wisconsin About To Reverse Course? https://theresurgent.com/2018/03/21/is-wisconsin-about-to-reverse-course/ https://theresurgent.com/2018/03/21/is-wisconsin-about-to-reverse-course/#respond Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:47:52 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/2018/03/21/is-wisconsin-about-to-reverse-course/ Wisconsin is on the verge of reversing the progress it has made over the past 7 years.

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Cross posted from www.MediaTrackers.org

Wisconsin was one of three improbable state victories that propelled Donald Trump to the White House in 2016. But without immediate Republican Party course corrections, the state’s conservative revolution could screech to a halt after the November elections, or even be reversed in some areas. That’s according to two Republican insiders, whose job it is to win elections, who spoke with Media Trackers in separate interviews last week. Both agreed to be interviewed on the condition that they not be named. Neither believes a GOP bloodbath is inevitable. Yet both feel it is likely if state Republicans don’t accept the gravity of the situation now.

As Insider #1 put it:  “If you’re a Wisconsin Republican and you don’t see the headwind that you’re facing then you’re blind and you deserve to lose.” Insider #2  agreed that the current situation is dire, but not irreversible: “I do not think this is a sky is falling moment. This a ready the warplanes moment. We’re looking up and we see the trouble coming. It’s not time for Chicken Little.”

Both were responding to this question posed by Media Trackers: “do you get the sense there is concern among Republicans in Madison that they could see the party suffer heavy losses in November?” We later specifically asked about control of the State Senate and the governor’s office. Both sources agreed Republicans could lose both, if the party continues to be in denial about the magnitude of the challenge it faces. Both sources identified similar problems and solutions. Both agree that anti-Trump fervor is generating off the charts enthusiasm among Democrats and that running from President Donald Trump isn’t the Republican solution.

Insider #1 is advising Republicans to ignore Washington D.C. and focus on the conservative victories achieved in Wisconsin since 2011:

Distancing yourself from a president in your party, I don’t know if you can do that, I don’t know how you can do that. I think going out of your way to say “hey I’m not him,” I don’t know how that’s going to work and that just gets the media talking about Donald Trump. We’re investing in education like we’ve never done before, we’re cutting taxes like we’ve never done before. I think ignoring him is hard to do, but I don’t know what’s to gain by debating where you stand on the president. That’s a rabbit hole you don’t want to go down because its fraught with peril. I’m not saying it’s easy, it’s hard. I think it’s the best play for Wisconsin Republicans (talking up accomplishments and ignoring Trump). Our state’s in a really good spot under Republican leadership.

Insider #2 agrees:

Campaigning against the president is not necessarily the answer. Wisconsin conservatives are getting results. Give a stark contrast to Democrats who have been nothing but obstructionists and hold us back.
Provide a contrast to Washington. We have a record of results to run on, more achievements in the future to run on. There is deep concern among those who have a clear understanding of the voters right now, that what we need to run on a record of results and that isn’t happening. And unify to get more results before the election, instead of carping at each other on process stuff instead and making it more difficult to get things done.

Insider # 2, on that last point, referred to a rift between Assembly and Senate leadership:

Democrats are so inconsequential you forget they can come roaring back; Republicans can be victims of their own success. They (Democrats) can take this state and turn it in the other direction. It’s easy when you’re in Madison looking around at inconsequential Democrats and feud with Republicans with whom you disagree and have these pissing matches. But if you listen to the electorate and find out what people need, our conservative reforms can connect with these people. They want to see the results.

As the Wisconsin State Journal reported last week, the two houses continue to be at odds over a number of issues:

In the waning days of the state legislative session, two key proposals championed by Gov. Scott Walker — to shutter the state’s youth prison and to give tax cuts to families — are jeopardized by disagreement between Republicans leaders in the Assembly and Senate.

Scores of other once high-profile bills appear dead after having been excluded from an upcoming Senate session or faltering in the Assembly.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos have been engaged in a game of legislative chicken. Vos concluded his chamber’s business on Feb. 22, signaling to the Senate that it should pass bills previously approved by the Assembly, or else risk them not passing. Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, is poised to do the same Tuesday, when the Senate meets for what could be the last time this session. The period in 2018 during which the Senate can pass most new bills ends Thursday.

So, if Republicans remain on their current course, how vulnerable is Governor Scott Walker? Insider #2:

I think we should presume that the governor’s race is going to be incredibly tight and Wisconsin is going to be a battleground. I think Governor Walker can and will win. I think we need to throw everything we got at it, just as the left is. The energy on the left is very, very high right now. Democrats can roll out of bed and have a better get out the vote effort than in the past.
Wisconsin Republicans have won in years when the environment has favored them and won in years when everything was thrown against them. We can win in the fall. It requires once again that we unify, run on results, be the party of results. I’m not confident right now that Wisconsin conservatives have their heads in the fight.

Insider #1:

In the governor’s race, so much will depend on who the opponent is and right now nobody has any idea who is opponent could be. You could make the argument for at least five (being legitimate contenders), maybe more. Yes, Scott Walker is facing a headwind for the first time and that’s a significant thing to consider.

Neither source felt that the upcoming State Supreme Court race will be much of an indicator has to what will happen in the fall. But insider #1 says the apparent Democrat victory last week in a deep red Pennsylvania congressional district is all the barometer you need:

It’s tough to answer that question in March(fall prospects) , but I DEFINITELY think that Pennsylvania is another piece that indicates that things are not looking good for Republicans in November.
We have seen there is massive Democratic enthusiasm that should scare every Republican on the ballot this fall. It’s not a foregone conclusion that Republicans are going to lose everything. But the way things are setting up it’s going to be very difficult for Republicans, the likes of which they  have not seen since 2006 and 2008.
The key will be for Republicans will be what they can do to hold on.
I disagree that the (enthusiasm) gap has closed. If you look at history, the party out of power is pissed off. Pissed off people are always more motivated than happy people. The question is how bad is it. Is it landslide bad, or is just bad.
I lean toward landslide bad, but there is a chance it could be normal bad (for the out of power party in the mid-term elections).

Insider #2 isn’t convinced that the possibilities for Republicans are limited to bad and worse.  But both agree that accepting just how bad the situation is right now is an important first step for the GOP in Wisconsin.

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Steve Bannon is only “mostly dead” https://theresurgent.com/2018/01/04/steve-bannon-is-only-mostly-dead/ https://theresurgent.com/2018/01/04/steve-bannon-is-only-mostly-dead/#respond Thu, 04 Jan 2018 18:47:57 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/2018/01/04/steve-bannon-is-only-mostly-dead/ While Steve Bannon took a beating yesterday, make no mistake. He's only mostly dead.

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It’s one of the greatest, and frankly most random, scenes from the classic movie, The Princess Bride.

Feared dead after being tortured by Prince Humperdink, Westley is dragged by Inigo and Fezzik to Miracle Max. When Max tells Inigo and Fezzik he’s going to ask Westley what he has to live for, a perplexed Inigo replies, “But he’s dead!”

Miracle Max then utters the famous lines , “Ohhh, look who knows so much! Well, it just so happens that your friend here is only mostly dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead.”

Such is the case of Steve Bannon and his political aspirations, which I have noted are more Robespierre in nature than anything else. Did he ever take a beating yesterday, though. First was the news from the White House and a statement from President Trump:

Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party. Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base — he’s only in it for himself.

I have long thought that Steve Bannon is one of the greatest self-promoters and parade jumpers we’ve seen in a long time. Take the Alabama Senate race for instance. The Roy Moore story is one that started decades ago. Moore was Alabama’s “kind of” version of a political and religious Robin Hood. He had his own following, his own story. He was going to beat Luther Strange with or without Steve Bannon’s help, but as soon as he did win, guess who was there to take credit for the victory? Steve Bannon, prompting Bannon’s short-lived charge of the Establishment’s Bastille. The media ate it up. Steve Bannon believed his own press. And that all ended yesterday.

But it wasn’t just the beatdown from Trump that raised eyebrows. It was this tidbit of news at the end of the day that clearly indicates Steve Bannon’s influence is on life support.

As I wrote this past fall , Steve Bannon’s power (for what it was worth) didn’t derive from his own force of personality or political acumen. It rose from the possibility that GOP megadonors would rally around his cause and give him the funding he needed to create political chaos. It started with Bob Mercer creating daylight between himself and Steve Bannon . Yesterday, it seems Bob’s daughter Rebekah is following suit and they were his two biggest donors.

To say that Steve Bannon is all dead politically or otherwise is to make a mistake. He’s only mostly dead. He still has the Breitbart platform as well as a dedicated following willing to circle the wagons for him. However, with even his own candidates (again, see “Roy Moore” and “Alabama” for mitigating reference to the term “Bannon’s candidates”) distancing themselves from him, it appears, at least for now, that Steve Bannon is politically impotent.

And this is a good thing.

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Has Steve Bannon Lost His Mind? https://theresurgent.com/2018/01/03/has-steve-bannon-lost-his-mind/ https://theresurgent.com/2018/01/03/has-steve-bannon-lost-his-mind/#respond Wed, 03 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/2018/01/03/has-steve-bannon-lost-his-mind/ Is it possible that on the heels of losing the Alabama Senate race that Steve Bannon has lost his mind?

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It appears the strain of losing one of the reddest Senate seats in the nation has finally gotten to Steve Bannon.

According to Mediaite.com , Bannon is now contemplating a run for President himself in 2020 because Trump is acting like “an 11 year old child.”

There’s an overblown sense of one’s importance and influence. . . and then there’s this. I am pretty sure I couldn’t even get odds on this candidacy at Predictit.com it is so far fetched (I can’t-I just checked).

Not only did Bannon show poor judgement when he jumped in front of the Roy Moore parade last fall, he continues to show it with his selection of candidates in 2018. Add to it the timing of this article on the heels of tax reform passing and he looks to be a man on an ever shrinking island.

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Fox News=Obi Wan? https://theresurgent.com/2017/12/15/fox-newsobi-wan/ https://theresurgent.com/2017/12/15/fox-newsobi-wan/#respond Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:22:22 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/2017/12/15/fox-newsobi-wan/ As I read the news of the Disney/Fox merger yesterday, the question on my mind was: what does this do for Fox News?

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The blockbuster news yesterday was that Disney was acquiring Fox to the tune of $52B. In the news, however, there was no mention of what this would do (or not do) to Fox News.

Today provides the answer and it appears Rupert Murdoch and Fox News are pulling an Obi Wan (yes, yes, I am familiar with the theory that Obi really didn’t become more powerful when Darth killed him. . . ).

Not only is Fox News not dead, Rupert Murdoch is keeping it and appears ready to roll a portion of the $52B into growing it.

From Politico :

As Rupert Murdoch unloads $52.4 billion worth of assets to Disney, one thing is clear: He is doubling down on Fox News.

Thursday’s blockbuster deal, in fact, may even provide an opportunity for the conservative cable news network to expand its impact.

My read is that this appears to be a direct response to the media leviathan, the Sinclair Media Group , that has quietly been building a news empire that dwarfs Fox News.

Currently, the Sinclair Media Group owns 173 stations nationwide and is looking to add 40 more.

Fox News? Currently owns 28.

The story-within-the-story of the Disney/Fox merger is that while, yes, Disney just made a huge acquisition and Rupert Murdoch is $52B richer, it appears Murdoch is about to ratchet up his game against the Sinclair Group. This is going to be interesting to watch.

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Congressman Blake Farenthold To Retire https://theresurgent.com/2017/12/15/congressman-blake-farenthold-to-retire/ https://theresurgent.com/2017/12/15/congressman-blake-farenthold-to-retire/#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:45:02 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/2017/12/15/congressman-blake-farenthold-to-retire/ Another Texas Congressman announces his retirement, but this one is tied to potential sexual harassment.

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For years Congressman Blake Farenthold has been pursued by whispers of sexual harassment. In the current political climate, those whispers appear to have been enough to force him out of office, creating another open Congressional seat in Texas. Yesterday he announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018. My guess is this becomes a resignation very soon.

According to CNN:

The news that Farenthold won’t seek re-election follows a CNN report Wednesday that a former senior aide to the congressman has approached the House Ethics Committee to share a damning account of working for Farenthold, with the intent of describing the congressman as verbally abusive and sexually demeaning — and his congressional office as an intensely hostile environment that drove the aide to physical and emotional distress.

 Farenthold “>The Ethics Committee was already investigating Farenthold for investigating sexual harassment allegations made by Farenthold’s former aide, Lauren Greene. The congressman has previously denied any wrongdoing in the Greene case and on Wednesday denied some of the accusations the former aide told CNN though Farenthold also said some of the language he used was not appropriate.”

Farenthold already had drawn multiple challengers, the most viable of whom appear to be Michael Cloud, former chair of the Victoria County (TX) GOP and former Texas Water Development Board chairman Bech Bruun. 

With TX-21, TX-5 and now TX-27 as open seat scenarios, things just got a little crazier here in Texas in 2018.

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By What Standard? https://theresurgent.com/2017/11/28/by-what-standard/ https://theresurgent.com/2017/11/28/by-what-standard/#respond Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:19:11 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/2017/11/28/by-what-standard/ In a world of gray, we are suddenly asked to make definitive judgement in black and white. But by what standard?

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A few weeks ago, as I sat in church, the question was raised regarding the current sex scandals rocking Hollywood and politics-“By what standard are we judging them?”

In a culture and world that preaches situational ethics, relativism and “live by your own standard,” we are suddenly asked to make moral judgement on those who have done just that. But by what standard of right and wrong are we being asked to do so? That’s the rub, right? I hope it’s not too broad a brushstroke to say that the non-Christian will simply say, “It’s wrong because you cannot treat your fellow human beings, especially women, like that.”

I agree 100% with that and this is not a Golden Rule argument. However, if for the past few generations, we have been told that there is no standard, there is no judgement, there are no rules except those which we create, where does this moral high ground come from? It is inconsistent at best. Reduced to its most basic form it’s little better than a parent replying to the child who asks, “Why not?” with a “Because I said so.” A “Because I said so” argument is one that can shift from situation to situation.

I would argue that it is wrong for a very simple reason. It is an assault on the inherent worth of man (universal term applied here) as man, a being created in the image of God. It really does go back to our origin story-where did we come from, why are we here, what are we called to do? If we are created by an Intelligent Designer, then there must be a manual as well. The unbeliever will toss this argument aside as soon as I get to this point in the argument because it opens the door to the fact that if there is a manual for living, then there are laws and at the end of that thread, there is a Lawgiver. And if there are laws given by a Lawgiver, there are also right and a wrong and a day of judgement.

Without going going any further down that thread, let me re-ask the question: by what standard are we judging the Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinsteins of the world? I would suggest that it is something hardwired in our sinful humanity from the moment we are born, this inherent concept of right and wrong. It doesn’t mean we live by it, it simply means it is there. As A.W. Tozer wrote years ago (italics added):

In the breathing, living cosmos there is a mysterious Something, too wonderful, too awful for any mind to understand. The believing man does not claim to understand. He falls to his knees and whispers, “God.” The man of earth also kneels, but not to worship. . .Just now we happen to be living in a secular age. . .We are more likely to explain than to adore. “It thundered,” we exclaim, and go our earthly way. But still the Voice sounds and searches. The order and life of the world depend on that Voice, but men are mostly too busy or too stubborn to give attention.

THIS is the infinite point of reference Sarte loved to refer to. It gives the finite, mankind, meaning, but most importantly, an answer to the question, “By what standard?” can we judge what is right and wrong in our modern world today.

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