Stacey Lennox – The Resurgent https://theresurgent.com Committed to Freedom, Faith and Family Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:17:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://theresurgent.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Stacey Lennox – The Resurgent https://theresurgent.com 32 32 104855451 First Do No Harm Particularly To Children https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/24/first-do-no-harm-particularly-to-children/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/24/first-do-no-harm-particularly-to-children/#respond Thu, 24 Oct 2019 17:30:58 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=56610 I have been watching the story of a child in Texas who is the subject of a pitched battle between his parents in Texas. His mother is fighting for the right to begin treatment to transition the child’s gender. His father is fighting to prevent this treatment over concerns that it is dangerous and irreversible. […]

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I have been watching the story of a child in Texas who is the subject of a pitched battle between his parents in Texas. His mother is fighting for the right to begin treatment to transition the child’s gender. His father is fighting to prevent this treatment over concerns that it is dangerous and irreversible.

I am not here to savage either parent. Or comment on the particulars of the case. I think it is far more important to ask why this debate is even happening. And why society, the medical community and our legislators are not saying STOP in the loudest voices possible.

Every age before this has performed or permitted acts that to us are morally stupefying. So unless we have any reson to think we are more reasonable, morally better or wiser than at any time in the past, it is reasonable to assume there will be some things we are presently doing – possibly while flushed with moral virtue – that our decendants will whistle through their teeth and say ‘What the hell were they thinking?’

Douglas Murray, The Madness of Crowds page 184

I believe the Left’s push for abortion until the moment of birth will fall into this category. I also believe the push to perform what amounts to a medical experiment on children will be something that leaves our progeny wide-eyed. This may require some percentage of our youngest generation to enter adulthood sterile, mutilated and steeped in regret. Then maybe society will view pumping children full of puberty blockers and performing irreversible surgeries on them as abhorrent as it is.

Even Blaire White, a trans-YouTuber has referred to childhood transition as “literally child abuse”. She has also highlighted cases of regret among people who started their transition as children and teens and now regret it.

The Left likes to call those of us who do not believe the world will end in ten years due to “climate catastrophe”, science deniers. However, they are all in on a set of medical treatments for children that are based on ideology and feelings rather than scientific rigor. To be clear, a new chemotherapy regimen to treat childhood cancer would take far longer to weave it’s through the FDA than childhood gender transition has taken to permeate the public discourse. This is insanity.

Let’s talk about what we know about human beings generally. The frontal lobes of our brains govern executive function and decision making. It is not fully developed until a person reaches their early to mid-’20s. This is backed up by decades of statistical studies from crime rates to risk behaviors. They tend to fall off dramatically when the frontal lobe reaches maturity. It is also why the car insurance rates for teen boys stay high until they are in they are about 25.

Yet if you question the judgment of a teen or a child even younger to make life-altering decisions, the argument ends with ‘Shut up bigot’ or a word that ends in -phobe. Children in elementary school should not determine their own bedtime. Yet we are supposed to bend to their wisdom and insight into human sexuality. And people who advance this want you to take them seriously.

Next, let’s talk about what we know about the treatment of gender dysphoria. This is the underlying diagnosis for transgenderism as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM). It was renamed from Gender Identity Disorder in the DSM 5 to be more politically correct. However, like any other mental health diagnosis, it contains diagnostic criteria. Further:

  • Studies have shown that somewhere between 80-95% of children with gender dysphoria are no longer dysphoric after puberty.
  • Mounting evidence shows the effects of puberty blockers are not 100% reversible as advocates claim.
  • The neurocognitive effects of puberty blockers have not been adequately studied.
  • There are real health consequences of the full treatment plan to transition for children including neuromuscular problems, cardiac problems, blood clots, and elevated liver function tests. It can also lead to sterility and may increase the incidence of some kinds of cancer.
  • The drugs being used to transition children and teens are being used off-label and are not FDA approved for the purpose. The FDA found one puberty blocker, Lupron, caused 6,419 deaths in adults between 2011 and 2019.
  • Brown University researcher Lisa Littman found indications of social contagion related to transgender identification in teens that she termed Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD). Any further research into this was shut down by trans activists.
  • The longest study of the mental health and morbidity of trans people was conducted in Sweden between 1973 and 2003. According to the study, “Persons with transsexualism, after sex reassignment, have considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behaviour, and psychiatric morbidity than the general population.”

Even the Obama Administration concluded there was not enough evidence to determine if gender reassignment benefitted individuals with gender dysphoria. From the 2016 memo:

Based on a thorough review of the clinical evidence available at this time, there is not enough evidence to determine whether gender reassignment surgery improves health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries with gender dysphoria. There were conflicting (inconsistent) study results—of the best designed studies, some reported benefits while others reported harms. The quality and strength of evidence were low due to the mostly observational study designs with no comparison groups, potential confounding, and small sample sizes. Many studies that reported positive outcomes were exploratory type studies (case-series and case-control) with no confirmatory follow-up.

Following this assessment, The Wall Street Journal republished an editorial by Dr. Paul McHugh, the former Chief of Psychiatry for Johns Hopkins and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry. He noted that poor psychosocial outcomes led Hopkins stopped doing reassignment surgeries:

And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs.

In the editorial he specifically warns against the use of reassignment treatments in children. Of course, now Dr. McHugh, who has decades of experience studying gender dysphoria and 125 peer-reviewed articles, is dismissed as a transphobe. Largely because the advocates can not refute his arguments with data to the contrary. Shut up, bigot.

Patients of all ages who suffer from gender dysphoria should receive compassion and be protected from harm. They should also receive treatment rooted in the realities governed by medical studies cognizant of all the things we don’t know and the risks associated with individual treatments.

However, medical science does not support the invasive medical treatment of children and teens. There is no other disorder for which we would accept this type of uncertainty in the treatment of children. As a society, we need to roll back the ideological push. And remind people that boys who play with dolls and girls who play in the mud simply exist on the wide distribution of behavior that males and females have displayed forever. Let them be kids.

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Who Was the LBGTQ Town Hall Speaking To? https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/11/who-was-the-lbgtq-town-hall-speaking-to/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/11/who-was-the-lbgtq-town-hall-speaking-to/#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 20:00:51 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=56292 It’s really like watching a trainwreck in slow motion. I didn’t sit down and watch the LGBTQ Town Hall on CNN last night. Instead, I saw the highlights via social media. It was the same for the Climate Town Hall. Frankly, the debates have been painful enough. I have sat through several hours of them. […]

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It’s really like watching a trainwreck in slow motion. I didn’t sit down and watch the LGBTQ Town Hall on CNN last night. Instead, I saw the highlights via social media. It was the same for the Climate Town Hall.

Frankly, the debates have been painful enough. I have sat through several hours of them. Watching what passes as a moderate Democrat try to reign in the mad dash to the left most of the top tier candidates are making is just disconcerting.

The debates are sanctioned by the DNC. The town halls have been on topics the DNC chose not to focus a formal debate on. Dare I say the DNC was making a strategic decision not to focus on these topics? On some level, they had to know these would become protracted woke-a-thons. It seems each candidate is just trying to out-woke the preceding speakers.

And to be sure they have. The Climate Town Hall was a veritable cornucopia of future campaign commercials. Potential nominees threatened to ban everything from combustion engines to hamburgers. It wasn’t bad enough several of them want to nationalize the healthcare industry. Now they are advocating taking over the energy industry too.

From the highlight reel, last night was also a pageant of pure lunacy. Whether candidates were deciding where American’s freedom of religion ends, specifying their pronouns or yammering about federal bathroom policy it just kept going. The crowning achievement was seeing a grown man who thinks he’s a woman yank the microphone from a nine-year-old girl who thinks she’s a boy. And proceed to have a meltdown.

Who are these town halls speaking to? Since the 2018 midterms, polls have consistently shown there are three top priorities for likely voters. They are the economy, healthcare, and immigration. I saw a tweet about “57 million equality voters”. For such a large number of concerned citizens, this issue doesn’t crack the top 10 for the electorate.

The climate change debacle basically showed voters the Democrats are willing to destroy the economy to fight Mother Nature. The LBGTQ forum talked about nationalizing policies that are only advocated by fringe advocacy groups.

Ninety-nine percent of the population uses pronouns that align with their biological sex. A Williams Institute Study in 2016 estimated 0.6% of adults in the United States identified as transgender. If you watch the media and listen to the left you would start to think it was in the neighborhood of 30%. It’s not.

Yet last night we talked about taxpayer-funded reassignment surgeries for inmates and making rules regarding bathroom use a national concern rather than one that is addressed locally. Then it was proposed that churches and other groups lose their tax-exempt status if they do not condone gay marriage.

It would seem to me that in such a large, diverse country we could figure out how to coexist without rolling over the guaranteed rights of any group. Democrats and the activist LGBTQ lobby no longer seem to think so. You can not just take a libertarian view of LGBTQ issues. You will applaud and endorse or you will be punished.

Exactly who are these authoritarian policies that rely on the power of a bloated central government supposed to appeal to? I am not even sure they appeal to the entire 0.6% of the population that identifies as transgender.

Perhaps they should have taken note of the fact that Governor Matt Bevin in Kentucky saw a significant bump in polls numbers after Campaign for American Principles ad. The ad highlighted his challenger’s support for trans female teens competing in girl’s sports. CNN’s townhall was like 100 thirty-second ads. And may well be turned into at least 50.

I guess we should thank CNN for the in-kind donation to recapturing the House. And highlighting to Americans that are not knee-deep in Twitter every day that the Democrats are far left of mainstream American culture.

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Now You Get Canceled For Telling The Truth? https://theresurgent.com/2019/09/24/now-you-get-canceled-for-telling-the-truth/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/09/24/now-you-get-canceled-for-telling-the-truth/#respond Tue, 24 Sep 2019 19:01:09 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=55319 This morning there was a Media Matters fueled hullabaloo about commentary made by Daily Wire host Michael Knowles of Fox’s The Story regarding teen climate activist Greta Thunberg. I went out and looked at the clip and was not shocked by anything he said. She indeed suffers from multiple mental illnesses as defined by the […]

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This morning there was a Media Matters fueled hullabaloo about commentary made by Daily Wire host Michael Knowles of Fox’s The Story regarding teen climate activist Greta Thunberg. I went out and looked at the clip and was not shocked by anything he said. She indeed suffers from multiple mental illnesses as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders. She is also Swedish and a child.

All of the information about Greta’s mental health diagnoses has been in the public realm for some time. I was actually more by Chris Hahn’s denial of this fact. Knowles’ criticism was not of Greta. It was of the adults in her life and the movement that is propping her up. I have had similar criticisms since I became aware of Greta earlier this year. Yet Knowles has reportedly lost his spot on Fox. For simply stating the truth.

I first became aware of Greta when I was researching the climate movement following the protest by children in Senator Feinstein’s office. As a pretty clear picture emerged that a children’s global climate strike was planned for March 15, 2019, I started to write about it. The movement couldn’t make Fetch happen in March, so we saw this protest last Friday instead.

In February, I questioned the adults in Greta’s life thrusting her into the public eye based on the information I found at the time. She was interviewed at a climate conference in Poland with her father by Democracy Now. In that interview, they discussed her Asperger’s and outline some pretty severe symptoms of depression due to her obsession with climate change.

What shocked me more about my findings at the time, was the coordinated push to put Greta in the spotlight. This was all done by adults with questionable personal motives. This included the release of a book written by her mother scheduled to launch shortly after Greta’s initial publicity tour. And the CEO of a for-profit Swedish company related to climate change.

Having watched Greta speak at that time and observed the children in Senator Feinstein’s office, I have a few observations. Greta has a flat affect that is typical in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is not being rude. From her comments, it seems she has a problem typical of her diagnosis. She lacks Theory of Mind. This is the ability to accurately discern what others are thinking and why many people on the spectrum never develop the ability to lie effectively. She also has deeply held irrational fears related to climate change.

And she is not alone. Many people called the children in the Senator’s office rude. Watched through a different lens, they were distraught. This is supported by the emergence of eco-anxiety in children. The apocalyptic narrative of the far Left is damaging our children.

Yet pointing that fact out, as Michael Knowles was doing about Greta in particular, will get you banned. Would Media Matters have been any less upset if he had referred to her as a disabled Swedish child? What descriptor would have been politically correct enough to describe her as a child who suffers from multiple mental health diagnoses?

The answer is none. Clearly, it is a fact that can not be mentioned. Except by her mother in the book she wrote. And her father during an interview. And whoever runs her Twitter account. This information can only be used to shield her from criticism or increase the idolization of her. The visceral offense also helped relieve Chris Hahn from having to answer the actual argument Knowles was making. From commentary on her mother’s book Scenes from the Heart:

Greta is eleven years old and has gone two months without eating. Her heart rate and blood pressure show clear signs of starvation. She has stopped speaking to anyone but her parents and younger sister, Beata. 


After years of depression, eating disorders, and anxiety attacks, she finally receives a medical diagnosis: Asperger’s syndrome, high-functioning autism, and OCD. She also suffers from selective mutism—which explains why she sometimes can’t speak to anyone outside her closest family. When she wants to tell a climate researcher that she plans a school strike on behalf of the environment, she speaks through her father.

According to her speech, this child wants you to feel the panic she feels. The fear she feels every day. Unfortunately, that is not likely for much of the population. She nearly starved herself to death because of her fear. When her mother’s book published last year, even now she only allows herself certain foods:

In Scenes from the Heart, when Greta eventually starts eating again, she only allows herself certain foods. Her mother has to prepare the same food every day for Greta to bring to school and keep in the school refrigerator: pancakes filled with rice. Greta will eat them only if there is no sticker with her name on the container: stickers, paper and newspapers trigger Greta’s OCD against eating

Yet a Michael Knowles loses a platform for questioning whether the adults in this situation should be propping up a child with significant symptoms of the mental illnesses she suffers from. I am disappointed in the response from Fox. Media Matters has been targeting the staff at the Daily Wire for weeks. They let the mob win.

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A Questionable Strategy Emerges https://theresurgent.com/2019/09/16/a-questionable-strategy-emerges/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/09/16/a-questionable-strategy-emerges/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 22:42:57 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=55255 According to Axios, the Democrats have decided to attempt to paint a leader from each branch of government as a villain who must be defeated in 2020. Trump is the biggest target, of course. But they are adding Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to the list. Kavanaugh The New York Times […]

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According to Axios, the Democrats have decided to attempt to paint a leader from each branch of government as a villain who must be defeated in 2020. Trump is the biggest target, of course. But they are adding Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to the list.

Kavanaugh

The New York Times certainly did nothing to assist in this cause over the weekend. Another unsubstantiated allegation against Justice Kavanaugh made the rounds. Then the Times’ obvious and deceptive tactics in the presentation were immediately noted. This caused the Times to have to make a very embarrassing Editor’s Note. It turned out the “victim” had no recollection of the incident covered in the editorial that was published.

I also have to wonder what kind of mental derangement you would have to suffer from to think attacking Justice Kavanaugh is a great strategy. Especially when Ruth Bader Ginsberg has praised him for promoting women to clerkships at the Supreme Court. This tactic absolutely blew up in their faces before the midterms. Democrats had a healthy lead in voter enthusiasm that evaporated after the dog and pony show they engineered during the confirmation process. A rehash is a horrible strategy, but the in-kind donation is appreciated.

McConnell

I guess they are going to paint McConnell as an obstructionist and Trump’s enabler. Interesting take if you lived through the tenure of Majority Leader Harry Reid. The only reason McConnell has been able to confirm so many judges is that Reid was Obama’s enabler using the nuclear option to lower the bar for confirmation to a simple majority.

In 2014, as Majority Leader, Reid had over 350 bills sitting on his desk. Former Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins actually posted the following statistics on her website:

The President is fond of referring to the House as the “Do-Nothing Congress.” But we have 352 reasons why it’s a “Do-Nothing Senate.

352 bills are sitting on Harry Reid’s desk, awaiting action.

98% of them passed with bipartisan support. Republicans and Democrats working together to pass legislation.

50% of the bills passed unanimously, with no opposition.

70% of the bills passed with 2/3rds support in the House.

And over 55 bills were introduced by Democrats.

Has McConnell held up bills passed by Nancy Pelosi’s House? Sure. There have been two that the Democrats have had a real tantrum over. One was an elections security bill that was full of poison pills that took the responsibility for elections away from the states. The other is the “common-sense gun control” bill that demands a gun registry. Neither of these bills would have passed under any Republican Senate nor would they have been signed by any Republican President.

Further, the last Congress with Reid as Leader, 296 bills were passed into law. In the two subsequent sessions under McConnell, 329 and 443 bills were passed to become law. The 116th Congress stands at 56 nine months in. Obstructionist? Not really seeing it. Except on Democrats far left pet issues.

Trump

Then, there is President Trump. I think the Democrats might be overly optimistic. After the debate on September 12th, I am not sure that the President seems quite that radical. Pete Buttigieg called half the country racist. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders doubled down on eliminating private health insurance for 150 million Americans. The Kamala Harris basically advocated torching the Constitution followed by a bizarre cackle. Joe Biden was Joe Biden, which seems like the least terrifying option.

That trainwreck followed a seven-hour climate change marathon where the potential nominees advocated taking straws, cars, airplanes, and hamburgers away. In addition to spending trillions of dollars and putting hundreds of thousands of people out of work.

Even Bill Maher called out the insanity of the party. On Thursday he went on Morning Joe and hammered the Democrats for moving too far left. He actually called the far left a cancer on progressivism.

It’s a rare day that I agree with Bill Maher. However, in this case, I think he’s spot on. He’s been issuing warnings to Democrats since Trump won in 2016 on political correctness and apology tours. Let’s hope the party continues not to listen.

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Conservative in College https://theresurgent.com/2019/09/11/conservative-in-college/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/09/11/conservative-in-college/#respond Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:03:37 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=55052 Many pundits wonder aloud about the value of a college education that often looks more like indoctrination. One that comes at an exceptionally high price. This perception is reinforced by studies like a recent one from College Pulse. In an online survey of Republican college students, 73% reported they had hidden their political views out […]

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Many pundits wonder aloud about the value of a college education that often looks more like indoctrination. One that comes at an exceptionally high price. This perception is reinforced by studies like a recent one from College Pulse. In an online survey of Republican college students, 73% reported they had hidden their political views out of fear it would negatively impact their grades.

Charlie Copeland, President of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, (ISI) understands these type of trends very well. His organization is centered around teaching the principles of individual liberty, limited government, and personal responsibility. ISI was founded by William F. Buckley Jr. in 1953. The goal of the organization is to fill the gaping hole in higher education driven by an increasingly progressive influence.

I asked Charlie how the higher education environment would embrace Gen Z. Especially since they appear to be leaning more to the right. He predicts there will be blowback against what he refers to as the “diversity bureaucracy” on campus. This collection of administrators and professors will find it increasingly difficult to enforce their written and unwritten rules.

He gave the example of University of Missouri Adjunct Professor Melissa Click who famously called for some “muscle” to remove a cameraman from a student protest. The video of this exchange went viral as did the coverage of protests on campus. The following year, the school saw a 25% drop in enrollment.

This coincides with an overall drop in enrollment at the collegiate level. As of 2018, undergraduate enrollment had dropped for the sixth straight year in a row. It is expected to continue as the number of high school graduates declines due to lower birth rates. Copeland believes this will cause smaller private schools without a clear or compelling mission to close. He asserts schools like Oklahoma Wesleyan, with a niche offering that includes an education focused on critical thinking with a religious foundation, will continue to thrive in this environment.

He does believe the environment on campuses will change as the financial pressures of lower enrollments increase the competition among colleges. However, Copeland says the changes will be slow:

The diversity bureaucracy that strives to control speech or compel behavior on campus is not going away any time soon.

According to the Copeland, a fundamental characteristic of the bureaucracy is the New Left. Their ideology equates speech with violence. In other words, hurt feelings are no different than getting punched in the nose. This causes campuses to limit speech and behavior. It also emboldens student activists. This has resulted in the doxing of right-leaning students on campus and other ways of outing students as being conservative.

There are resources for students who want to pursue a college degree and worry about receiving a well-rounded education. ISI maintains a network of over 3,000 conservative and libertarian professors on 37% of campuses nationwide. Copeland says a student must be invested in doing the research and utilizing the network to find the classes that will challenge them and encourage robust, open discussion. The good news is they do exist. Information for students and parents evaluating schools can be found by joining the student community.

ISI also provides its own ongoing programs and education. Alumni of the programs include Justice Neil Gorsuch and entrepreneur Peter Theil. The organization’s 14th Annual Gala for Western Civilization is taking place on September 19, 2019, to honor Sir Roger Scruton in Philadelphia.

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Democrats Are Overestimating Suburban Appeal https://theresurgent.com/2019/09/10/democrats-overestimating-suburban-appeal/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/09/10/democrats-overestimating-suburban-appeal/#respond Tue, 10 Sep 2019 19:49:11 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=55025 As a suburban, college-educated woman who has a lot of suburban college-educated friends, I think the Democrats suburban strategy is easily countered if the RNC gets their strategy straight. I sat out the top line in 2016 and will not be repeating that in 2020. There is too much at stake. Yes, Donald Trump can […]

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As a suburban, college-educated woman who has a lot of suburban college-educated friends, I think the Democrats suburban strategy is easily countered if the RNC gets their strategy straight. I sat out the top line in 2016 and will not be repeating that in 2020. There is too much at stake.

Yes, Donald Trump can be boorish. Sure, sometimes I wince when I see his Twitter feed. However, these are not my priority issues. My priority issues are immigration, the economy, and the judiciary. On these grounds, I have very few objections to the progress the Trump administration has made.

Immigration

According to ABC News, the Democrats seem to think that they have a leg to stand on in the immigration debate. Nothing could be further from the truth if the intractability of the Democrats in dealing with the border is highlighted. Since Trump has taken office, they have done nothing but obstruct any move to improve conditions. Spending to improve conditions related to the overwhelming number of migrants could not even be approved until Mitch McConnell basically but Nancy Pelosi in a headlock with a bipartisan Senate bill.

The only thing that has improved conditions are administrative and foreign policy actions taken by the Trump administration. In a briefing yesterday Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan gave a briefing just yesterday where he said:

Thanks to the leadership of President Trump, we are addressing the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. The President is using every tool in the toolbox, from putting pressure on Mexico to enforce their own security and forging international partnerships to addressing pull factors and legal immigration loopholes, the president’s policies are working.

Meanwhile, Democrat candidates for the nomination are advocating for de facto open borders through decriminalization and offering medical benefits through Medicare for All. Some are even walking people across the border.

Democrats had the ability to sign a bi-partisan measure in January of this year to avoid a shutdown. The elements of the plan polled exceptionally well and were the specific requests of Border Patrol. They said no. The Democrats behavior through this entire debate has been cynical and dishonest which is easy to demonstrate.

The Economy

There is so much to say here, it’s hard to know where to start. If you were born between 1965 and 1980 and vote for a Democrat, you may need a lobotomy. As it stands now, our generation is more like to head multigenerational homes than our grandmothers were. Yet the genius Democrats want to take more of our earnings to pay for other people college debt, daycare and medical care after while we take care of our own families. I say no thank you.

We are currently in the prime earning years of our lives and the Democrats big push is to get rid of the SALT caps that were in the Republican tax cuts. This only benefits the wealthy in high tax blue states. But they are the party of the working class. Not even close. And even though 64% of taxpayers saw a tax cut last year, Democrats still say the tax cuts were only for the wealthy. Another demonstrable lie.

Add this to the economy-killing ideas all the participants put forth in the Climate Town Hall on CNN and there is no way I will sit out. We currently have low unemployment, net gains in the manufacturing sector and energy independence. All of this while we lead the world in emissions reductions. I’ll keep my hamburgers, plastic straws and Rav 4, thank you very much. I am also not really into exporting unfettered abortion to the globe funded by U.S. taxpayers to solve the problem as Bernie Sanders suggested.

The Judiciary

One of the signature achievements of the Trump administration and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been the remaking of the federal judiciary. Thanks to Former Leader Harry Reid, McConnel has been able to confirm nominees at an unprecedented rate. Before the August recess, nearly 150 judges had been confirmed by the Senate since President Trump took office.

This matters because we have seen the problems activist judges in the 9th Circuit and other jurisdictions can cause. They routinely put in nationwide injunctions on Executive actions, even when they are clearly in the President’s Article II powers. As much as the media like to say President Trump is an extra-Constitutional actor, Obama actually had the worst record at the Supreme Court. And the most visible cases, such as the travel ban, the border wall funding, and even the Census question were ruled to be within the Executive branch’s authority.

Various and Sundry

Certainly, there are things I have questioned since 2016. Tariffs are one big tactic I was highly skeptical of. However, I have come to see that Trump uses them as a negotiating tactic. This is clear in the case of Mexico, where in exchange for lifting the scheduled tariffs, Mexico agreed to greater cooperation on securing our border. This is one reason apprehensions are falling in spite of the Democrats obstruction.

China is a different story. I have come to see this as part of a much larger strategy to increase our national security. This interview with Bill Gertz explains more than I ever could in the context of this article. The short version is the steal our military and intellectual property, have military capability in space and are economically dishonest. Opening their economy decades ago has not made them less authoritarian or an honest broker on the global stage. It is one reason the Democrats renewable-energy plans are terrifying, Battery operated cars and other technology would leave us highly dependant on China for rare metals.

Add that to the two-year circus of the Russia investigation, the behavior of our intelligence and law enforcement agencies and the information that has come to light about the investigation, I am more inclined to believe there is a swamp. I want a few more years of Bill Barr as Attorney General to right the ship.

Conclusion

Trump is brash, not terribly articulate and sometimes engages in hyperbole. However, I have no doubt he loves this country and believes in American exceptionalism and has recovered some leadership on the world stage. It is in the best interest of my children and eventual grandchildren to vote for the President, my Republican Senator and Republican member of the House. It is unfathomable to me that my peers around the country want to pay higher taxes for subpar healthcare and cradle to grave government programs for all because of a few mean tweets and a bit of boorish behavior. But do what you must.

I’ll be over here grilling burgers while I still can.

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Some Good News From the Border https://theresurgent.com/2019/09/09/some-good-news-from-the-border/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/09/09/some-good-news-from-the-border/#respond Mon, 09 Sep 2019 21:13:34 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=54793 Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan gave a briefing today about apprehensions at the southern border for August. It clearly demonstrates things are moving in the right direction. There has been a 22% decline in apprehensions since July and a 56% decline from the high of 144,255 seen in May. In […]

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Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan gave a briefing today about apprehensions at the southern border for August. It clearly demonstrates things are moving in the right direction. There has been a 22% decline in apprehensions since July and a 56% decline from the high of 144,255 seen in May. In six of the past eight years, apprehensions have been higher in August than July.

Acting Commissioner Morgan said:

Thanks to the leadership of President Trump, we are addressing the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. The President is using every tool in the toolbox, from putting pressure on Mexico to enforce their own security and forging international partnerships to addressing pull factors and legal immigration loopholes, the president’s policies are working.”

It has been known for some time that policies such as those required by the Flores settlement which resulted in catch and release were encouraging migration. This pull factor increased the tragedies of human trafficking and encouraged people to bring children on a dangerous journey. It also resulted in children being “recycled” and accompanying multiple adults to the border. Quick DNA tests at one border station confirmed children arriving with adults that were suspect were unrelated 30% of the time.

To prevent the abuse of children and improve conditions at the border, it is clear the changes the President has made through administrative actions need to be made law. Democrats have been immovable on this issue to prevent the President from delivering on a campaign promise. They have also exploited the issues that their own inaction caused.

First they denied a crisis. Then they pushed the concentration camp meme and the photos from the Obama administration. They even tried to block funding in the House to keep the subpar conditions going until their Senate colleagues forced their hand. It has been one of the most dishonest and cynical campaigns in my lifetime.

Acting Commissioner Morgan was clear.:

This decrease in apprehensions and inadmissables is an improvement, and we are grateful to the law makers, citizens, and international partners who have made it possible, but we cannot stop here. We are still in a crisis. Now that Congress is back from summer recess, they must continue the work that has begun and take every necessary step to mitigate this crisis and its impact on our national security.

Year over year, the numbers are certainly no cause for celebration. Year to date apprehensions on the southern border reached 811,016 through the end of August. This is 129% higher than this time last year. But the recent decline is a clear indication that the actions taken by the administration are offsetting the intractability of the Democrats in dealing with the crisis.

Speaker Pelosi and the moderates that make of most of the newfound majority need to find a way to make the new administrative rules law. Or they should pay a very dear price at the ballot box.

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When All Else Fails Lower the Bar https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/27/when-all-else-fails-lower-the-bar/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/27/when-all-else-fails-lower-the-bar/#respond Tue, 27 Aug 2019 17:53:51 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=54461 What is it about Progressive ideology that continually attempts to solve problems by lowering standards? Increasing regulation and control is surely a feature as well, but lowering expectations and is also a feature, not a bug. You see this throughout deep blue areas where people are defecating in public, politicians want drive-through injection sites and […]

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What is it about Progressive ideology that continually attempts to solve problems by lowering standards? Increasing regulation and control is surely a feature as well, but lowering expectations and is also a feature, not a bug.

You see this throughout deep blue areas where people are defecating in public, politicians want drive-through injection sites and killing the unborn free on-demand and throughout pregnancy is permissible. Now, two of our deepest blue areas are taking this philosophy into their schools.

To fix a broken public school system, Mayor DeBlasio of New York created the School Diversity Advisory Group. Because clearly lack of diversity is the problem. It surely can’t be a lack of discipline, restorative justice programs that leave disruptive children in the classroom or failure of administrators to support teachers because schools must demonstrate reductions in disciplinary actions. But I digress.

The charter of this group established in early 2018, was to flesh out a school integration plan. The original plan included a set of goals to increase the number of “racially representative” schools. These are defined as schools where black and Hispanic students make up at least 50% but no more than 90% of the student population. The Advisory Group was charged with defining the tactics that would achieve these goals.

Their recommendations for years 0-3 of the plan? Eliminate gifted and talented programs at all levels and stop academic tracking in elementary school. In explicitly states, any academic screening for selective programs must include “inclusionary” criteria that ensure the goals for racial representation are met. This includes the district’s flagship high schools.

To understand how ridiculous the entire report is, here is how the report defines exclusionary admissions practices:

Eliminate the use of exclusionary admissions practices that create segregation by race, class, disability, home language, and academic ability. This includes the exclusionary use of school screens such as grades, test scores, auditions, performance in interviews, behavior, lateness, and attendance.

So basically, no traditional measure of behavior that is demonstrated to lead to academic success or demonstrated academic success can be used to screen students for an academic program. In essence, this means New York City public schools will have no selective programs in any traditional sense of the word if this plan is adopted.

The truly ridiculous part of this entire exercise is it never needed to be done. The committee never needed to be formed. New York City has the answer inside its charter school system.

For the third year in a row, Success Academy charter schools have been the top-scoring school system in the state. Of course, these schools are not subject to the nimwit Mayor and the whims of his administration, so that could be part of it. These schools accept children by lottery and according to their website educate 1 in 60 students in New York City. Look at how they stack up statewide:

These schools are serving a very diverse, lower-income population with outstanding results. When you look at their website, you see clean well-lighted classrooms with children in clean uniforms engaged in classroom activities. They even have an academy to spread their methods and curriculum.

The biggest problem for the virtue-signaling Mayor and his band of SJW advisors is Success runs their schools using common sense. Their student handbooks lay out clear expectations for students and parents along with a clear articulation of consequences. They eliminate the visual indications of socioeconomic differences by requiring uniforms. They even have something called an Honor Code both in and out of school.

By employing the basic principles of setting expectations, incorporating accountability and setting high expectations children from some of the most challenging neighborhoods in the city thrive. Nothing in the report from the Mayor’s cronies on the Advisory Group incorporates any of these concepts.

If the goal was really to provide better educational experiences for minority and disadvantaged children, their report should have been one sentence long, “Let Success Academy take over.”

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YouTube Deems Itself the Ministry of Truth? https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/26/youtube-deems-itself-the-ministry-of-truth/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/26/youtube-deems-itself-the-ministry-of-truth/#respond Mon, 26 Aug 2019 21:13:48 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=54314 There has been a lot of news lately that indicates the companies we rely on for information may either manipulate or attempt to manage what we see. I believe there is more to come and our current understanding of the effects of the algorithms used by these companies are not well understood. However, based on […]

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There has been a lot of news lately that indicates the companies we rely on for information may either manipulate or attempt to manage what we see. I believe there is more to come and our current understanding of the effects of the algorithms used by these companies are not well understood. However, based on what we have heard to date, there is reasonable cause for concern.

In the midst of all of these discussions, revelations and proposed solutions, you would think the companies that are being looked at would be particularly cautious. Especially about positioning themselves as curating content or having an obvious political bias. You would be wrong.

Comedian Michael Loftus posted one of his two weekly videos last Friday. It was poking fun at Barack Obama and Al Gore for purchasing oceanfront property given their public concerns about climate change. In full disclosure, I know Michael and do a weekly podcast with him. However, what happened when he posted his video is worth noting.

Below his video, is a definition of global warming and a link to Wikipedia. He did not place it there and can not remove it.

First of all, this is Michael’s channel. It is his content that he owns the copyright to. And YouTube seems to think they have the right to flag it in this manner. Second, I don’t know a single University that considers Wikipedia a reliable source. So why is YouTube linking to publicly edited content?

Michael did a segment on climate change three years ago when he did the Flipside Show in syndication. Curious, I pulled it up. And there it was.

Even more curious, I decided to search for other commentators I know had talked about the subject. Two interesting things happened. First, I searched for Steven Crowder and climate change. The first video from Crowder’s channel was the 18th one in the videos that displayed. So I tried again using Louder with Crowder and climate change. Crowder’s content appeared 10th in the list.

Next, in both searches, all but one of the videos that were prioritized had lower views and many were older. Kind of makes you wonder what the algorithm is doing, doesn’t it? Additionally, look at what appears at the top of the search results:

And on Crowder’s content when climate change is in the title.

Now, if you search The Young Turks and climate change, only content from their official channel comes up for three pages worth of scrolling. And guess what does not appear on their content. You guessed it. The Wikipedia link.

It does appear on some of their videos. Most obviously when they are discussing President Trump and climate change according to the description.

So I decided to look at someone I consider to be a little more in the middle. Dave Rubin has done interviews on climate change. When you search his name and climate change, his channel content appears at the top of the feed. Unlike Crowder’s. His content also has the Wikipedia link placed on some content and not others. In those videos where Rubin appears to be an advocate for climate change, even in a debate with Crowder, the Wikipedia link is missing.

However, in a Direct Message where he is critical of the climate change debate in the video description, it does appear.

There is some combination of terms that are causing the box containing the Wikipedia link to appear below some videos and not others. Yet it does appear in all of the searches I did on the site that included the words climate change. When the title and or description of a video appears critical of climate change ideology, the box with the definition and Wikipedia link appear. I found it on content by Glenn Beck, Prager U, Sean Hannity, and Tucker Carlson.

It also appears that Crowder’s channel content is being de-ranked in search when you search for his content the same way you search for Dave Rubin or The Young Turks. The videos that precede his content are often critical of him. Given recent events, this is not surprising, but it certainly gives credence to complaints from content creators on the right of the political spectrum.

More disturbing is the obvious way YouTube is trying to frame the topic. What’s next? If a conservative commentator creates pro-life content a box with “Reproductive Healthcare” will pop up and a link to Planned Parenthood’s Wikipedia page? What other debates could YouTube try to define the parameters of in this manner?

This is a platform taking an editorial position. Then placing a flag on content that they believe it is likely they disagree with. Is this an attempt to close the Overton window by flagging on the content they deem “wrong think”? Is it aimed at discouraging creators from creating content that will likely pull a flag they don’t agree with?

Whatever the goal, they are giving additional ammunition to those that accuse them of bias. Not a good look.

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Made in America Matters https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/23/made-in-america-matters/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/23/made-in-america-matters/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:00:55 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=54272 I spent most of my career in manufacturing organizations. There is something really satisfying about seeing a bunch of raw materials go in one end of a building and come out the other as huge rolls of paper, pallets of shingles or a tractor. There is also a sense of camaraderie in those facilities that […]

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I spent most of my career in manufacturing organizations. There is something really satisfying about seeing a bunch of raw materials go in one end of a building and come out the other as huge rolls of paper, pallets of shingles or a tractor.

There is also a sense of camaraderie in those facilities that I never experienced in other industries. Some days I left hot, sweaty and dirty, from climbing catwalks and walking around huge machines running at high temperatures to do safety assessments or speak to with an employee. But at the end of the day, there was always a sense of satisfaction.

Don Bauchner has the same passion for the manufacturing sector. He sold his own successful company, Vactron, which made vacuum excavation equipment. Then he decided to dedicate his energy to unify the manufacturing sector and promote goods that are made in America.

His work to date is culminating in the first Made in America trade show at the Indianapolis Convention Center October 3-6th. The event already has several hundred exhibitors who manufacture everything from brushes to bicycles. Hoping to encourage business to business relationships and well as business to consumer, the focus is on highlighting the innovation and breadth of goods manufactured in the United States.

For the first time in decades, the country has seen a net increase in American manufacturing jobs. According to Rose Tennant, a spokeswoman for the conference, keeping the focus on American manufacturers and buying American made goods will help keep the momentum.

Country singer, show participant, and American manufacturer, John Rich demonstrates how one American manufacturer can support others. By keeping the supply chain at home:

One often thinks that manufacturing is the province of men. Not so fast. Another show attendee, Barbara Creighton is the founder and CEO of Sarati International. After a career of working for others, she was in her 50’s when she became interested in bioidentical hormones. She wanted a natural product to treat the symptoms of menopause.

Her research pushed her to establish her own company to make the products so she would have control over the product standards. She established the company in 1995 and today it serves a niche market in private label skincare. Her company makes hundreds of formulations and employs three chemists for custom formulations.

One of her joys is helping other entrepreneurs. She was inspired by the founder of Mary Kay cosmetics who also founded a company in her 50’s out of her garage. She is proud of her ability to provide jobs in her community and will be on the Women in Manufacturing panel at the conference.

There is a service economy, but the country needs to make products to continue to thrive. Made in America is supporting this premise by bringing businesses and consumers together to highlight American made products. There is still time and space for additional exhibitors who make great products here at home.

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