The Resurgent https://theresurgent.com Committed to Freedom, Faith and Family Mon, 18 Mar 2019 19:00:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://theresurgent.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-favicon-32x32.png The Resurgent https://theresurgent.com 32 32 104855451 How Do We Make College More Affordable? https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/how-do-we-make-college-more-affordable/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/how-do-we-make-college-more-affordable/#respond Mon, 18 Mar 2019 19:00:35 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=46282 For weeks, I’ve been writing about the problems with college and the way it’s financed. That was easy. Finding solutions is the hard part. First of all, let’s stipulate that there are plenty of ways to get an education. If you just want to learn for the sake of learning, there are plenty of colleges […]

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For weeks, I’ve been writing about the problems with college and the way it’s financed. That was easy. Finding solutions is the hard part.

First of all, let’s stipulate that there are plenty of ways to get an education. If you just want to learn for the sake of learning, there are plenty of colleges that post their lectures online FOR FREE! You can download Kindle editions of the great works of literature for a couple of bucks each. I once subscribed to a course that emailed me little mini lessons every day. I enjoyed the one on Art History immensely.

There are also plenty of ways to get job training at low costs. You can go to the welding school here in Atlanta for about $9000 and graduate in six months making more money than I will ever hope to make. There are technical colleges. You can join the military. Many employers will pay for college classes.

If you want to earn an actual 4 year degree, there are cheaper ways to do it than Harvard. Start with 2 years at a community college and then transfer. The College Level Examination Program (or “CLEP”) offers online courses for a fraction of the cost. State colleges and universities are far less expensive than private ones.

But with all of those options available, there are still students and parents willing to borrow thousands of dollars for a degree. And why shouldn’t they? Last week’s bribery scandal revealed that some feel that a college diploma is worth spending thousands of dollars just to get your kid admitted (or, if you’re Jared Kushner’s dad, it was worth a $2.5 million donation to Harvard.)

Jonah Goldberg posted an interesting question last week: would you rather have the Yale diploma without the education, or the education without the diploma? Most people would take the diploma, no question. Because education for the sake of education is a wonderful thing, but that piece of paper is what opens the job opportunities.

Changing our culture is going to be difficult. If you grew up in the 80’s like I did, every sitcom had what I called the “Mikey goes to college” episode. The plot rarely varied. The slacker kid that did poorly in school would ponder skipping college to get job. Mom and Dad would have a cow and insist kid go to college. After all, Mom was usually a lawyer and Dad was a doctor, so they could afford to pay tuition without going into debt. Nobody ever stopped to question whether or not Mikey actually NEEDED to go to college. Ultimately, slacker kid always made the “right” decision. And, if the show stayed on the air long enough, he was eventually shown with his cap and gown at his college graduation, thanking his parents for showing him the right way.

A lot of young people today ARE turning away from the college path. But it’s a hard thing for parents who were raised in the “college for all” mentality to let go of that image. That’s one of the reasons I ended up in debt. I realized at 20 as my sophomore year was ending that I didn’t know what I was doing. I liked school and was making good grades, but I had no earthly idea what I wanted to “do with my life” or what degree to pursue to make that happen. I suggested to my parents that I take some time off. I had a summer job that I enjoyed and they offered me a full time position. My parents hit the roof. My dad told me in no uncertain terms that I WOULD be staying in college. After he died, I knew that my graduating was his last wish and did what I had to do to make it happen. It turned out to be a poor decision. When I finally graduated 2 1/2 years later, I was thousands of dollars in debt and my first job payed the exact same salary I had been offered earlier. Imagine if I had chosen to keep working instead? Then I wouldn’t be whining here about how much student loan debt ruined my life.

We don’t do people a favor by letting them take on more debt than they can afford. I bought a new house last year, and my real estate agent thought it would be a good idea to by the new house first, move and THEN try to sell my old house empty. I qualified for the mortgage, but the underwriters scuttled the deal. They felt that I couldn’t carry the mortgage AND pay taxes, utilities, etc. on both houses. Which was true! And what if the old house DIDN’T sell right away?

Maybe student loans should be assessed the same way. Instead of just allowing students to borrow any amount deemed “necessary,” maybe someone should sit down and consider how much the student was likely to earn and whether the loan amount would be manageable. After all, $100K loan is not unreasonable if you’re going into law or medicine. But it’s far too much if you’re majoring in Women’s Studies or Art History. Maybe there should be a maximum cap on borrowing. Because why WOULDN’T colleges keep raising tuition charges if the loan program defines “need” as the gap between what the college charges and what the student can pay?

Democrats of course have a solution for all of this: make college free! But the problem with that is there is no such thing as “free.” What they really mean when they say “college should be free” is that “Congress should take money away from taxpayers who have earned it and use that money to pay tuition for every kid with a pulse.”

It’s easy for conservatives to mock the kids complaining about there debt and dismiss them with “Well, you shouldn’t have done that.” But as I pointed out before, it’s YOUR problem because YOU guaranteed those loans as a US taxpayer! It won’t help our society for conservative parents to scrimp and save and send their kids to community college if liberals are allowed to borrow with abandon. In fact, nothing will make the inequities in our society worse than having one class of people forego colleges due to the expense, while another relies on the taxpayers to fund it.

Government subsidies have contributed to the escalating cost of college. Pouring more money into it will just make the problem worse. Economics 101 shows that the more you subsidize something, the higher the price rises. (So, at least I learned something in college.)

The Brookings Institute has proposed a “risk sharing” program that would require colleges to have “skin in the game.” This would require the colleges themselves to repay part of the money if the student defaults. You can read the details here: https://www.brookings.edu/research/a-risk-sharing-proposal-to-hold-higher-ed-institutions-accountable-to-their-students/

Personally, I think we should turn off the tap. The government shouldn’t be in the student loan business at all. Banks would take a much more sensible approach to lending if the loans weren’t guaranteed by the government. And colleges would have to figure out how to make their products affordable if the government quit subsidizing them with student loans. It’s called the “free market.”

Apprenticeships would be another solution. Businesses that need workers with certain skills could pay for that training in exchange for the worker being contractually obligated for a set time period.

If the government DOES finance education, it should at least be for the skills that we need. We need nurses. We need engineers. We’d get a much better payoff in this state if we devoted all the proceeds from the Hope Scholarship towards funding GA Tech than from what we’re doing now. Society as a whole benefits from a more educated population. Nobody benefits from entitled students running up thousands of dollars of debt for worthless degrees.

And if we DON’T come up with some workable proposals, the liberals will eventually win with their “free college” proposal. Then we’ll all be direct funding the elite indoctrination centers instead of just underwriting the loans.

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Just What I Needed https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/just-what-i-needed/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/just-what-i-needed/#respond Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:30:22 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=46256 Chris Murphy is absolutely, positively not here to take your guns. He just says you don’t need them.

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Here we go again.

Another terrible mass shooting, another chorus of gun control from liberal Democrats—but this time with a twist: the shooting took place all the way down in New Zealand, a place that your average voter had probably never even heard of before those Lord of the Rings movies came out.

So how is it that stateside progressives are using the Christchurch atrocity as a rallying cry to ban guns over here? Part of it is the usual cynicism of using tragedy as a way to push bad laws and stifle dissent—but I think another reason is that Democrats and their allies in the media are looking at New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern and sighing wistfully as she announces an initiative to ban all semi-automatic weapons in that country:

While curtailing gun owners’ rights is a political battleground in the United States, Christchurch gun owner Max Roberts, 22, predicted Ardern won’t face serious opposition to her agenda.

“There will be no opposition to it. There’s no movement in New Zealand for that. Our media and politics are more left wing,” said Roberts, a carpenter who uses guns for hunting.

I can already tell what our left wingers are all thinking: If only we could do that…

Of course, being the sniveling weasels that they are, the politicians who always swear up and down that they’re not coming for our guns aren’t quite so direct as their compadres Down Under, and so they couche their desires by phrasing things a different way. Exhibit A—Chris Murphy, the Senator from Connecticut, who tweeted out this pearl of wisdom:

Yes, Chris Murphy knows just what you need—even though I’d bet real money that he’s never even hunted in his entire life, much less hunted with an AR-15. I think it’s also safe to assume that Murphy doesn’t understand that the only difference between an AR-15 and any other run-of-the-mill .223 caliber semi-automatic hunting rifle is the way it looks.

News flash for the Senator: pistol grips, rails and other cosmetic stuff don’t make the AR-15 work any differently than one of those other rifles you profess to be okay with. But by all means, tell everyone it’s just that one specific rifle that they don’t need. If you can play them for suckers with the AR, it’ll be that much easier to do the same thing when you come for their Remingtons and Rugers.

Or maybe Murphy could just stop pretending he knows what you need better than you do. As long as the Second Amendment protects your right to make that choice for yourself, he doesn’t have a damn thing to say about it anyway.

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Fox Pulls Plug On Judge Jeanine https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/fox-pulls-plug-on-judge-jeanine/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/fox-pulls-plug-on-judge-jeanine/#respond Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:00:29 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=46266 There is no word on whether Pirro's show will return.

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In a surprising move, Fox News has pulled the plug on Judge Jeanine. The cancellation of Jeanine Pirro’s popular show appears to be related to the loss of advertisers after the judge made controversial comments about Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar on March 9.

Fox did not announce the suspension publicly, but Judge Jeanine’s show did not air in its usual time slot on Saturday night. CNN reported that Fox neither confirmed nor denied that Pirro had been suspended or fired. There was no indication of whether Pirro’s show will return next week. Variety reported a few hours before air time on Saturday afternoon that Pirro’s show would be replaced with a rerun of “Scandalous,” a documentary series.

“We are not commenting on internal scheduling matters,” Fox told USA Today in a statement.

On her March 9 show, Pirro questioned in a scripted monologue whether Rep. Omar’s (D-Minn.) use of a hijab, a traditional Muslim head covering, was “antithetical” to the Constitution. “Think about it: Omar wears a hijab,” Pirro said. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”

Pirro’s words were remarkably similar to Omar’s own claims that Jewish congressmen “forgot what country they represent” and need a “refresher” on the Constitution. Omar’s tweet drew widespread criticism from both parties.

After the monologue, several companies pulled their advertising from Pirro’s show. The Hollywood Reporter noted that online auction site Letgo, personal finance company Nerdwallet, and pharmaceutical companies Allergan and Novo Nordisk had dropped the judge.

Pirro did not apologize for the monologue, but denied that she had called Omar “un-American.” Pirro said, “My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution. I invite Representative Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.”

Judge Jeanine’s absence from the Saturday night lineup created a backlash on social media. In particular, one prominent fan who lives in Washington, D.C. tweeted angrily to the network, “Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro.” In strong words usually reserved for CNN, President Trump added, “The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well.”

The anger didn’t stop with the president. Fox stories posted on Facebook were inundated with angry comments from Pirro’s fans who want Judge Jeanine back.

After the controversial monologue, Fox issued a statement that said, “ We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar,” the network said in a statement. “They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.” There was no indication at the time that Pirro’s show was being suspended or canceled.

Pirro was previously rebuked by Fox last year when she appeared onstage with Sean Hannity at a Trump rally in Missouri. Both hosts delivered remarks backing the president prompting Fox to issue a statement saying, “Fox News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events.”

Fox News hosts have repeatedly come under fire for their behavior in recent years. In addition to appearing at the Trump rally, Sean Hannity angered both the network and advertisers when he refused to drop the Seth Rich conspiracy theory, now proven false, in 2017. Tucker Carlson has gotten in trouble for comments made years ago on a shock radio program as well as more recent populist anti-corporate statements that would be more at home on MSNBC than Fox News. Both Hannity and Carlson are still on the air.

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Beto Outraises Bernie Despite Rocky Start https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/beto-outraises-bernie-despite-rocky-start/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/beto-outraises-bernie-despite-rocky-start/#respond Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:30:31 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=46254 Beto's rock star image is reminiscent of Barack Obama, but can he overcome missteps?

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In the four days since Beto O’Rourke announced his candidacy for president, his campaign has become embroiled in several controversies that may doom his chances even before he leaves the starting gate. Nevertheless, the level of donations that the campaign has received in its early hours indicate a high level of interest in the Texas candidate. It would be a mistake to write off the millennial presidential hopeful despite his campaign’s problems.

Beto’s campaign immediately suffered from a series of missteps as well as revelations about his past. One of the most shocking items is news of an article that he wrote as a teenager in which he fantasized about running over children with his car. The article was posted online for the Cult of the Dead Cow, a hacking group to which the candidate belonged.

“I’m mortified to read it now, incredibly embarrassed, but I have to take ownership of my words,” O’Rourke said of his teen writing in the Chicago Tribune. “Whatever my intention was as a teenager doesn’t matter, I have to look long and hard at my actions, at the language I have used, and I have to constantly try to do better.”

O’Rourke also had a lesson on the easily-offended nature of modern Democrats with a seemingly innocuous joke in which he said that his wife, Amy, was raising their three children “sometimes with my help.” Politico notes that the joke disappeared from later speeches after it was pointed out that the reference could reinforce gender stereotypes and O’Rourke apologized, saying that he would be “much more thoughtful going forward in the way that I talk about our marriage, and also the way in which I acknowledge the truth of the criticism that I have enjoyed white privilege.”

The new candidate also faced down the media for what he called a misrepresentation of a statement to Vanity Fair. After telling the magazine that he was “just born to be in it,” Beto criticized the headline that quoted him as saying, “I’m just born to do this” and attempted to distance himself from the idea that he thinks he was born to be president.

“I saw the cover with that quote, ‘Born to run,’ or ‘Born to do this,’ and I was like, ‘Man, I hope I didn’t say that,’” O’Rourke told reporters in Wisconsin on Sunday. “I think the context of that, which makes sense, is the way that I feel, is that I’m born to serve, I’m born to try to help bring people together.”

He continued, “I don’t know that anyone is born for an office or a position, and I certainly am not. But I do think that I find my purpose and function in life in doing this kind of work.”

Aside from the gaffes and skeletons in the closet, the Beto campaign seems to rely more on style than substance. Just prior to his presidential announcement, O’Rourke apologized to a prominent Iowa Democrat for his lack of organization in the crucial early state and his campaign website rolled out with a complete inventory of Beto campaign gear but little in the way of policy positions.

“For all the fanfare, the band was playing a pretty flat tune,” Dave Nagle, Iowa state Democratic Party chairman and a former congressman, told Politico. “There’s just no substance to it.”

O’Rourke still does not have a campaign manager, but he does have experienced advisors. Norm Sterzenbach, a former executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party, and Paul Tewes, who ran Barack Obama’s 2008 effort in Iowa, are helping O’Rourke organize in the Hawkeye state.

“So [O’Rourke] made some missteps,” said another Democratic strategist. “What really matters is when are you putting people on the ground and giving Norm some money to go hire them.”

Despite the missteps, the O’Rourke campaign brought in $6.1 million in its first 24 hours. Beto’s haul eclipses the $5.9 million raised by Bernie Sanders after his announcement and dwarfs the contributions received by other Democrats. For example, Kamala Harris received only $1.5 million following her announcement.

Beto is off to a rocky start but don’t count him out yet. The Texan’s rock star image generated more than $80 million in the 2018 election cycle per the FEC. His ability to generate huge contributions almost cost Ted Cruz his Senate seat. With President Trump’s approval in Texas underwater, an O’Rourke candidacy could put the Lone Star State in play for the first time since 1976.

In many ways, O’Rourke is reminiscent of Barack Obama in 2008, a relatively blank slate with rock star popularity. To capitalize on that popularity, however, Beto must get his campaign organized and show backers that he has the depth to mount a serious national campaign. Against Donald Trump, who also has a reputation as a candidate with a shallow understanding of policy and who is not popular with young or minority voters, Beto could be a formidable candidate.

At this point, the greatest threat to Beto is a Joe Biden candidacy. The former vice president, who has consistently led polling, has hinted that he will soon enter the race. Without Biden in the race, the non-Bernie vote will splinter between the numerous other candidates and O’Rourke has a chance to come out on top. If Biden does decide to run, however, he will be the odds-on favorite for the nomination. In that case, Beto, with his Texas roots and youthful charisma, would be a logical vice-presidential pick.

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Nancy Wants Sophomores to Vote https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/nancy-wants-sophomores-to-vote/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/nancy-wants-sophomores-to-vote/#respond Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:00:39 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=46251 Speaker Pelosi is open to lowering the voting age to 16. In a C-Span video picked up by Allie Beth Stuckey, Nancy Pelosi is asked about age restrictions to voting. Nancy Pelosi was at a press conference regarding the House’s “For the People Act.” H.R.1 is expansive legislation on all things voting. More to come […]

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Speaker Pelosi is open to lowering the voting age to 16.

In a C-Span video picked up by Allie Beth Stuckey, Nancy Pelosi is asked about age restrictions to voting.

Nancy Pelosi was at a press conference regarding the House’s “For the People Act.” H.R.1 is expansive legislation on all things voting. More to come on that.

Here is the tweet with the video.

And here is Stuckey’s tweet.

In the video, Pelosi says that she has always been in favor of lowering the voting age to 16. Essentially, she was for it before it was cool.

Regardless of how much of that is pandering, the discussion of lowering the voting age is interesting to say the least.

In America, the right to vote is sacred. We have addressed the topic four times via constitutional amendment. Fifteen percent of the amendments to the US Constitution are about voting.

And there is a reason for that. The constitution gives most of the power to regulate elections to the state legislatures. The Elections Clause of Article I, Section 4 says that state legislators prescribe the time, places, and manner of holding elections. Though congress can, by statute, regulate things as it deems necessary.

A democratic congress currently thinks that some changes are necessary. Though the voting age provision of H.R.1 got no traction, the idea of putting that through by legislation raises some questions.

Congress has no power to regulate state and local elections absent a 14th amendment concern. That is why we have constitutional amendments that have applied voting rights to the federal government AND the states.

Current provisions in H.R.1 wish to improve civic education. In some states, passing a civics or constitution test is a prerequisite for graduation. If the voting age gets lowered to 16, states may have to rearrange their curriculum. The entire point is to prepare young people to be engaged in the public life, yet I have no doubt that such requirements may be construed as a type of literacy test. Democrats want young people engaged in civics, but will probably loose their minds if states require it.

And then there is the main point of Stuckey’s brief commentary: high school kids are stupid. As a nation, we recognize the age of 18 as the age of adulthood. Regardless of findings in psychology that say the human brain isn’t fully developed until 25, the law says you’re at adult at 18. My personal opinion is that high school kids are stupid and young adults in college are stupid. Adults can also be stupid.

Also, how did Allie Beth Stuckey retain her driver’s license?

Right now, the logical thing to do is to keep things how they are. It makes sense for individuals to complete 80% of high school before they can vote. But even then, not everyone completes high school. We don’t bar them from voting because it assumes that life will have prepared them for engaging in the political process.

In our laboratories of democracy, states are free to let minors vote in state and local elections. Voters in various states can make that decision first. We got the 26th amendment lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 because of the draft. There was a disparity in the age at which one could be conscripted to fight in wars and the age at which one could vote for representatives making decisions about those wars. We had a reason as a nation to address that disparity.

Right now, there is nothing to prompt lowering the voting age.

Though I am sure that the democrats will argue that the approaching Kingdom of AOC and the climate apocalypse is sufficient to let toddlers vote.

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Who Cares About Buttigieg the Hufflepuff? https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/who-cares-about-buttigieg-the-hufflepuff-not-a-lost-dr-seuss-book/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/who-cares-about-buttigieg-the-hufflepuff-not-a-lost-dr-seuss-book/#respond Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:30:10 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=46248 When you’re one of approximately a thousand Democrats running for president in 2020, I suppose you need to do something to separate yourself from the rest of the crowd. That’s what the husband of South Bend, Indiana’s mayor, Pete Buttigieg did this weekend when he made the candidate take a Harry Potter quiz to determine […]

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When you’re one of approximately a thousand Democrats running for president in 2020, I suppose you need to do something to separate yourself from the rest of the crowd. That’s what the husband of South Bend, Indiana’s mayor, Pete Buttigieg did this weekend when he made the candidate take a Harry Potter quiz to determine which Hogwarts house he belongs to.

Chasten Buttigieg – a name that I swear sounds like a character in some hipster indie film – posted on Twitter that he and the mayor took the quiz and invited followers to guess which house Pete belonged to.

A plurality of people guessed Ravenclaw, but guess what? They were wrong! Buttigieg is a Hufflepuff.

Maybe you’re a Harry Potter fan and this makes complete sense to you. Or you could me like me, and you might as well be reading Chinese. The article over at The Hill gets even more deep into the Harry Potter world (and makes even less sense to me):

Quoting the Sorting Hat’s song from the “Harry Potter” books, Chasten Buttigieg tweeted that Hufflepuffs are “just and loyal,” “true” and “unafraid of toil.”

Chasten Buttigieg noted that the mayor took the official Pottermore quiz, which was created by author J.K. Rowling.

He also urged supporters to kick in donations for his husband, asking people to “toss in a few galleons” before he revealed his Hogwarts distinction.

Yeah, the only part I understood was the phrase about asking for money.

I get that a certain segment of Harry Potter fans will eat stuff like this up, especially if they’re fans of Buttigieg, but I couldn’t care less what Star Wars character any candidate resembles or what Disney movie most matches any politician.

It reminds me of the Saturday Night Live sketch where the 1992 Democratic candidates spoke at a Star Trek convention and pandered to fans of the show. It’s one thing to have a little fun with your Harry Potter fandom, but to use some online quiz to troll for donations is just silly.

At the end of the day, whether Pete Buttigieg is a Hufflepuff or a…whatever else…doesn’t matter. (The whole thing sounds like a second-tier Dr. Seuss book to me.) What matters is what he’s going to do for this country – and since he’s a Democrat in 2019, I can’t imagine that it’s going to be all that good.

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Melting Snowflakes https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/melting-snowflakes/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/melting-snowflakes/#respond Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:07:30 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=46263 For 20 percent of Millennials, getting zero “likes” on social media is more stressful than being in an argument with a partner. For 20 percent of Millennials, getting zero “likes” on social media is more stressful than being in an argument with a partner. For 20 percent of Millennials, getting zero “likes” on social media […]

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For 20 percent of Millennials, getting zero “likes” on social media is more stressful than being in an argument with a partner.

For 20 percent of Millennials, getting zero “likes” on social media is more stressful than being in an argument with a partner.

For 20 percent of Millennials, getting zero “likes” on social media is more stressful than being in an argument with a partner.

All this from new research that pries into the minds of stressed out young people frustrated that childhood can’t last forever.

Aaaaaaand here’s the top 20 stressors Millennials report:

1. Losing wallet/credit card
2. Arguing with partner
3. Commute/traffic delays
4. Losing phone
5. Arriving late to work
6. Slow WiFi
7. Phone battery dying
8. Forgetting passwords
9. Credit card fraud
10. Forgetting phone charger
11. Losing/misplacing keys
12. Paying bills
13. Job interviews
14. Phone screen breaking
15. Credit card bills
16. Check engine light coming on
17. School loan payments
18. Job security
19. Choosing what to wear
20. Washing dishes

These “problems” cause a lot of stress for young people, apparently. Phone battery dying. Slow WiFi. Choosing what to wear. Washing dishes? Washing dishes?

At least we all have running water because prior to 1900 our great-great-grandparents didn’t even have that.

Look, I realize life is stressful. Many of these things have stressed me out too at one time or another.

Here’s the thing.

When you stop for a half-second to realize how unbelievably fortunate we are to live in the wealthiest, most prosperous nation in world history, these little quirks of modern living are really quite small.

And then stop to consider that even in our wealthy time, many people have real problems that most of us can’t even imagine – even right here in our own backyard.

There are still families in America struggling to put food on the table.

There are still veterans who, having served an ungrateful nation and developed numerous physical and mental disabilities, are now relegated to roam the streets, homeless, in search of generous passers-by.

There are still children abused, harmed, and abandoned by people who are supposed to love and protect them.

There are still elderly people who are lonely and don’t receive visits from family and friends, or have none left.

There are still people who are murdered, raped, and subject to all sorts of senseless and totally unnecessary crimes. Not in a third world country. No. Here, in America.

In fact, come to think of it, we still do have people without running water. Ever been to Detroit?

So guess what, snowflakes. You’ve got it good. We all do.

And all of us should thank God every day for the ground we walk on, because life itself is an extraordinary gift – even if you have slow WiFi and lost your phone.


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Know Your Drag Queen: Sex Offender Allowed Access to Kids https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/know-your-drag-queen-sex-offender-allowed-access-to-kids/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/know-your-drag-queen-sex-offender-allowed-access-to-kids/#respond Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:00:57 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=46264 Are there any sane minds out there willing to insist that the virtue-signaling, “woke” progressive mob is not out for our children? Let’s be more specific. Are there any sane minds out there willing to insist that exposing young children to the wickedness that is “Drag Queen Storytime” is healthy for the mental, emotional, and/or […]

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Are there any sane minds out there willing to insist that the virtue-signaling, “woke” progressive mob is not out for our children?

Let’s be more specific.

Are there any sane minds out there willing to insist that exposing young children to the wickedness that is “Drag Queen Storytime” is healthy for the mental, emotional, and/or physical well-being of young children?

Hold that thought.

Have I got a story for you.

To begin with, we need to ask who these men are, who think dressing up in garish-to-grotesque garb and makeup somehow qualifies them to call themselves, “queens”? This isn’t a normal pastime, so what drives them to such an extreme form of self-expression?

It has to be internal.

These guys aren’t painting, sculpting, writing, baking, or making music. They’re purposely becoming the most monstrous caricature of womanhood they can muster, then presenting themselves to the public.

In the case of “Drag Queen Storytime,” which has caught on in libraries across the nation, they’re forcing their twisted summation on impressionable children, with city and library officials facilitating the vile hedonism.

The goal is to make this seem acceptable or normal to younger and younger ages.

They are after our children.

Meanwhile, no one seems to be looking closely at who is under all that makeup and glitter. We already know there has to be some mental or emotional malfunction. They wear it like a badge.

 What else?

Ask the city of Houston, Texas.

A group called Mass Resistance has been protesting against “Drag Queen Storytime,” and attempting to have the events shut down in their area for some time. They, too, want to know the background of the individuals who are dressing up and dropping propaganda into the minds of children, but have gotten no help from city officials.

They took matters into their own hands, did the necessary digging about, and guess what they found?

Yup. A kiddie toucher in drag.

A media spokesperson for the library confirmed one of the program’s drag queens, Tatiana Mala Nina, is Alberto Garza, a 32-year-old child sex offender. In 2008, he was convicted of assaulting an 8-year-old boy.

“Most parents would not allow that individual to sit in this library and be held up as a role model to our children. Shame on you, Mayor (Sylvester) Turner!” said Tracy Shannon with Mass Resistance.

The facts are, nobody checked the background of any of the individuals they’re allowing to have access to children during these events.

Don’t ask “Why not?”

We know why. They’re scared that any attempts to check who these men are would result in lawsuits and public excoriation by leftwing activists, who see upholding the imagined dignity and privacy of these characters as more important than the safety of children.

The Houston Public Library responded to the report, admitting that they did not check the background of those they allow to participate in the events.

“In our review of our process and of this participant, we discovered that we failed to complete a background check as required by our own guidelines,” the library said in a statement. “We deeply regret this oversight and the concern this may cause our customers. We realize this is a serious matter.”

Failed to complete? Don’t you mean, “failed to start”?

Back in October, opponents of the program attempted to sue the library system, as well as Mayor Turner, on grounds that they were promoting “secular humanism,” which was in violation of the First Amendment.

It was a longshot, and they lost in court, when a judge dismissed the suit in January.

Protesters further raged at the lax attitude of the library system.

“If they had done their job and due diligence, if they had said wait…maybe it’s not a good idea to have a sex offender who at 200 pounds and 5-foot-11 assaulted an 8-year-old boy!” Shannon said.

“We may not all agree that having adult entertainers is the right way to entertain young children or promote literacy and adversity and acceptance and inclusion,” Shannon said, “but we can all agree that it’s inappropriate to have a sex offender. And for someone to not do their due diligence, to have a sex offender entertaining children at the library.”

Now, I’m going to go ahead and insert here that I am in no way suggesting that Mr. Garza is typical of drag queens, or that every drag queen is a potential kiddie toucher.

What I will say is that the leftist drive for “acceptance” of those things that are unnatural has made them neglectful of the rights of others to be safe, in far too many instances. This is just one more example.

Do better.

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Declining Church? Try Selling Aerial Yoga! https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/declining-church-try-selling-aerial-yoga/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/declining-church-try-selling-aerial-yoga/#respond Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:31:48 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=46247 People aren’t coming to White Rock United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas like they used to. Attendance had gotten so low in recent months that leaders were wondering if they would even be able to keep the doors open. But then they had an idea. Tai Chi. Zen meditation. Yoga. And aerial yoga. Whatever that […]

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People aren’t coming to White Rock United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas like they used to. Attendance had gotten so low in recent months that leaders were wondering if they would even be able to keep the doors open. But then they had an idea.

Tai Chi.

Zen meditation.

Yoga.

And aerial yoga. Whatever that is.

Mitchell Boone is the church’s senior pastor and he says that, “We were spending way too much money to keep the doors open and the lights on and the staff paid and Sunday morning going, and so it was clearly a move out of desperation. We were close to death.”

You could make the argument that the death had already happened. It’s just that no one at White Rock United Methodist Church realized it. When a church sees its primary mission as keeping the doors opened, that church has already died. When leaders forget that the church is a body, not a building, the pulse of that body is gone. The breathing has stopped. And it’s likely too late for resuscitation.

Boone said that it got to the point where, “We could no longer afford to maintain a 60,000 square foot facility.”

There are a few ways to solve that problem without having to resort to bringing in goats for a Tuesday morning yoga class.

First, you can get rid of the 60,000 square foot building. Despite the reports you read, not all churches are declining. There are plenty who would gladly pay to make good use of that space. On top of that, remember that the growth of the church that is documented in the book of Acts happened without the modern trappings that we tend to associate with the church today. People were just moved by the Spirit and meeting in each other’s homes and as a result the world was changed. All without a large fellowship hall and gymnasium. Imagine that.

Second, it’s important to consider the reasons for the decline in attendance. Notice that I said reasons. Plural. Because no two churches are the same there are a host of factors that impact attendance. But one of those factors is usually the teaching of the church. Over time, as a church abandons the gospel, people tend to vote with their feet and find somewhere else to go. Who wants to get up early on a Sunday morning to hear a sermon, sorry, I meant talk, on how the resurrection of Christ is really just allegory for resurrecting our personal awareness and self-love? I’d rather stay home and do aerial yoga.

Leila James is a long time member of White Rock who loves the church’s new plan for keeping the doors open. “I attended the yoga class and I remember one day we got the giggles because we were just enjoying it so much and we thought, ‘Well, this is the way church should be. We should be able to have other aspects of our lives here.”

No it’s not.

Church should not be boiled down to “getting the giggles” and spending more time in a building.

I’m 100% in favor of laughter and I have no problem with buildings. Both are great but neither should be the primary mission of the church. Jesus gave us a better mandate than simply keeping doors opened, the calendar busy, and the people entertained.

The health of a church cannot be measured by its attendance or the size of its buildings. If you really want to know about a church, find out what they teach when they’re inside the building and how they live outside of it. If either aspect is not centered around the truth of God’s word, it’s no wonder that the church is declining. In fact, the surrounding community would be better off if the doors of that church were closed.

What’s the point of being a part of a body that has denied its head?

And he is the head of the obeyed, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. Colossians 1:18 (ESV)

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Reuters Got Oppo Research Against Beto O’Rourke and Agreed to Keep It Secret https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/reuters-got-oppo-research-against-beto-orourke-and-agreed-to-keep-it-secret/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/18/reuters-got-oppo-research-against-beto-orourke-and-agreed-to-keep-it-secret/#respond Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:00:00 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=46241 Reuters has been trickling out stories about Beto O’Rourke. He was in a notorious group of hackers. He wrote fantasies about killing people, including running over children. Reuters is dribbling out the information now as investigative reports. Reuters got this information at the time Robert Francis O’Rourke was a candidate for the United States Senate […]

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Reuters has been trickling out stories about Beto O’Rourke. He was in a notorious group of hackers. He wrote fantasies about killing people, including running over children. Reuters is dribbling out the information now as investigative reports.

Reuters got this information at the time Robert Francis O’Rourke was a candidate for the United States Senate against Ted Cruz. It was given to Reuters, but on the condition that it be kept secret until after the election was over. Reuters claims it was for a book on O’Rourke. Media watchdog groups are dismissing it as no big deal. It was for a book. They wouldn’t have gotten it otherwise.

Okay sure, but what would the reaction be if Fox News had done this? What would the reaction be if a conservative journalist now released a book about Brett Kavanaugh with more stories that could have come up, but were unknown, at the time of confirmation.

There is not a person alive who truly believes the media watchdogs at CNN to the New York Times would not be screaming foul about this.

Reuters covered up damaging information about a candidate while that candidate was running for office. But we also know that the media covered for Beto on other information too. The media gave copious amounts of coverage to Beto and never mentioned him fleeing the seen of a collision while drunk. Republicans had to aggressively badger the media to get that out there.

It has been a pattern with the media. They cover for Democrat politicians and make excuses for one another. They give each other a pass when it is Democrats involved. It is why so many conservatives distrust them.

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