The Resurgent https://theresurgent.com Committed to Freedom, Faith and Family Fri, 23 Aug 2019 15:04:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://theresurgent.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-favicon-32x32.png The Resurgent https://theresurgent.com 32 32 104855451 WATCHING COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Para Bellum https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/23/watching-college-football-para-bellum/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/23/watching-college-football-para-bellum/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 22:00:41 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=54192 There's an old saying that all roads lead to Rome.

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In their heyday, the Romans ruled the world – or at least the world they knew. 

Calling their former domain massive puts it too lightly. At its peak Rome held sway over 65 million people, about 21% of the world’s population. If you were born in the second century AD, there was a one in five chance you were born a Roman. 

To give you a sense of how insane that is, only about 5% of the world’s population lives in America today. 10% calls Europe home. Africa boasts 17%. Proportionally, the Roman Empire outstrips them all. 

How’d a little city on seven hills take over the world? Infrastructure. A Greek historian writing during Caesar Augustus’s fabled reign famously quipped that the Romans best displayed their greatness through aqueducts, drains, and roads.

Roman law stipulated that public roads should be the exact width needed for two-way cart traffic. Most city roads also boasted sidewalks which removed wayfarers from the way, keeping wheeled traffic moving. Custom dictated that roads should be straight wherever possible, to save on material. And that material varied from road to road – flattened gravel, concrete, paving stone – prioritizing ease of repair.

Rome reduced road-building down to a science. And necessarily so: these standardized streets stitched Roman land together, making continued control easier.

These viae Romanae were the web on which Rome’s military moved. Centurions led cohorts to and fro along them, moving quickly, staying supplied. If conquered colonists ever made trouble, in no time at all, like white blood cells swarming an infection, there was Rome.

The Romans didn’t win or keep their empire by asking nicely. They won it with war. And they kept it by roads.


John Wick’s not like most action heroes.

His skills aren’t particularly unique. Sure, he’s ridiculously good with a gun. So are most action stars that come to mind. That’s not what I’m talking about.

What makes John Wick different from every other modern action protagonist in film is his motivation, the ultimate reason why he fights.

Jason Bourne fights to remember more about himself. Jack Bauer fights to save America. James Bond fights because . . . well, it varies, but it usually involves saving the world.

John Wick fights so he can have peace.

Consider John’s backstory. His life was bullets and bodybags. Then to be with the woman he loved, he bought his way out of the assassination game with blood. At last he could rest.

But then his wife dies. And some moronic mobster punks steal his car and kill the adorable puppy she gave him as her final gift, an “opportunity to grieve unalone.”

As he scrubs his dog’s viscera from the floor the morning after, John’s face transforms into a cocktail of pain and rage. He does not want to fight anymore. But actions have consequences.

So for the rest of John Wick, the titular hero obliterates any force that would ever disturb his calm again. He torches the Tarasov crime family, leaves it in ashes, and makes peace with what’s left at the beginning of the sequel.

That’s right, there’s a sequel. Because that’s the point. John’s terrifyingly thorough rampage through the Tarasovs nevertheless riles up the entire worldwide criminal underworld, making it more and more unlikely that he’ll ever regain the peace he had.

By movie number three, everything’s snowballed. John’s on his last legs, beset on all sides. Where can he go?

Home.

John stumbles into the lair of The Director, a powerful underground figure who trains assassins. Grasping an old cross, speaking a language we the audience had no idea he knew, he begs her for an audience. The Director calls him by another name that thrums with tradition and age: Jardani Jovanovich.

We feel the immensity. John has returned to his tribe, his ancestral family. He’s invoking a bond running back centuries, rooted deep, a commonality beyond mere convention. 

“What do you want, Jardani?” The Director waits for an answer.

“Passage.”

The Director’s a member of the High Table, the criminal ruling body who wants John’s life. Granting his request will bring down retribution on her head. She knows this. But she also knows where John’s trying to go, what he’s trying to get back.

So despite the cost, she chooses to help John, opening the way for his journey on.

At first, I thought the subtitle of John Wick Chapter 3 was goofy. But in light of the Director’s aid to John, it makes sense. Your tribe won’t forsake you in times of war. They’ll close ranks. And they’ll do what they can to guide you along a pathway to peace.


Human beings are tribal by nature. Aristotle was right to call us “political animals,” but God put it far better: “It is not good for man to be alone.” Our most essential instinct is the drive to connect.

Some tribal loyalties run deeper than others. The deepest ones involve choice. No tribe is perfect. Belonging to one takes heartache and sacrifice, but brings jubilation and happiness.

As a tribal member you participate in tradition, feeling the past in your bones, passing it on to the future. As a species, we’ve done this since we could communicate. Tradition grants something elemental and special to a song or a rock or a grove of trees. Adding ritual to the mundane gives it lasting significance that lives as long as memory does.

College is a tribe we choose, each class a container of multitudes, a willed community of individuals who came to learn and live together.

Tribes fight, with and within each other. But colleges fight differently than other tribes. They fight in the most honest, settled, peaceful way.

Every autumn Saturday, teams of tribal warriors meet in battle. They fight for victory for 60 punishing minutes as thousands look on. The winner wins; the loser loses. And then we do it again.

College football is a weekly war that somehow brings peace. It’s uniquely American and acts like it, boasting swaggering personalities and screaming partisans. Yet it has a strange commonality to it.

Because we care about our tribal teams, yes, but also about this 130-army-large, 150-year-old cacophony our nation plays every year like clockwork. When we watch college football, we’re not only connected to our collegiate circles. We enjoy watching itself, because the spectacle and the stories are so palpably real. 

You cheer for your team, and I cheer for mine, but in the end, we all cheer. Because at the end of the game we exit the stadium the same way, returning home down the same roads.


Rome’s roads brought not only conquest, but civilization. Plebeians walked them, trade arrived along them, and from the Empire’s center theater and art and culture spread using them. Both the Roman government and private citizens paid to create and maintain Rome’s concrete highways and byways. In fact, the Romans considered road maintenance so important that the most well-respected magistrates, the censors, were personally responsible for their upkeep.

But all things fall. Eventually it was Rome’s turn.

In the twilight of the Empire, Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus wrote De rei militari, a handbook of Roman army practices. We don’t know much about the author beyond his name. But he was a Roman citizen, and an avowed Christian.

As Rome had doddered into old age, the soldiery had grown corrupt. By showing the people Rome’s glorious past, Vegetius hoped he could spur the army to reform, to return to their ancient ways.

Vegetius’s work inspired leaders for years to come, becoming standard reading for commanders and kings. Perhaps the most famous portion of the manuscript is a collection of pithy military maxims. Some historians believe it’s cobbled together from a variety of famed sources: the wall-builder Hadrian, the statesman Cato, even the great Caesar Augustus.

Maybe it was that final source, the crafter of the Pax Romana, who inspired Vegetius to pen five simple words that neatly sum up Rome’s strategy, form the heart of John Wick’s story, and echo in every gridiron clash.

Si vis pacem, para bellum.

If you desire peace, prepare for war.


At last, it’s here! College football’s back in a matter of hours. I hope you’re as excited as I am.

Every week this season, I’ll be publishing a column called Watching College Football right here at The Resurgent. It’ll break down Saturday’s games, sorting the slam-bang spectacular ones from the stuff you can skip. In fact, here’s a quick and painless abbreviated breakdown for this Saturday, all times CST: Florida plays Miami at 6pm on ESPN, and Arizona faces Hawaii at 9:30p on CBSSN. 

You should watch ‘em both. It’s college football. And it’s been too long.

I’ll also be posting a lot on Twitter, watching along with y’all. As the season goes on, I’ll introduce some more fun things, like rankings, polls, and a foolproof way to predict the College Football Playoff (I hope)! Follow @WatchingCFB and you’ll always be up to date. 

I can’t wait to take this ride with you, whoever you are. Thank you for reading, and I’ll see you next week.

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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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DNC Gives Chilly Response to Climate-Focus Presidential Debate https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/23/dnc-gives-chilly-response-to-climate-focus-presidential-debate/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/23/dnc-gives-chilly-response-to-climate-focus-presidential-debate/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 14:18:51 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=54271 Yesterday, a panel at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) voted down a proposal for a climate change-focused presidential debate during a meeting in San Francisco. They voted 17-8 against the idea. It was previously touted by Washington Governor Jay Insee, who dropped out of the 2020 primary race earlier this week. It reportedly could be […]

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Yesterday, a panel at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) voted down a proposal for a climate change-focused presidential debate during a meeting in San Francisco.

They voted 17-8 against the idea. It was previously touted by Washington Governor Jay Insee, who dropped out of the 2020 primary race earlier this week.

It reportedly could be resurrected during the full committee’s general session tomorrow.

Democrats expressed concern over hosting this type of a debate in the middle of a primary season:

It was a predictable outcome. Top brass at the DNC opposed the climate debate from the get-go, fearing it could sow discord in the base and hamper the eventual nominee in the general election. CNN and MSNBC announced plans last month to host forums on climate change in September. DNC Chair Tom Perez affirmed the forums in a resolution introduced earlier this month, which some activists saw as setting the stage for voting down the climate debate.

Symone Sanders, a senior adviser of presidential candidate Joe Biden, was among those who urged the DNC on Thursday to vote down a climate debate, saying it would be “dangerous territory in the middle of a Democratic primary process.” 

It’s not surprising to see this political party tilt this far to the left on the environment. Yesterday, presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled his Green New Deal plan that would cost $16 trillion and “guarantee” 20 million jobs within 15 years of going into effect.

All this party had to do was not go full crazy, but alas, they are—as expected. This is President Trump’s race to lose and Democrats are making it increasingly easy for him to cruise to re-election.

We shall see if a climate-focused debate happens and if it will call for dismantling the economy, abandoning red meat, and having fewer children.

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Is Trapping Relevant or Passé in America Today? https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/23/is-trapping-relevant-or-passe-in-america-today/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/23/is-trapping-relevant-or-passe-in-america-today/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:00:22 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=54248 As Americans become more removed from their surroundings, the disappearance of longstanding outdoor traditions—much like cultural traditions—is more noticeable. Endorsing fur, whether the practice of trapping or selling pelts for money, puts a target on one’s back. Even if a person utters the slightest defense of fur or fur trapping, social media accounts soon become […]

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As Americans become more removed from their surroundings, the disappearance of longstanding outdoor traditions—much like cultural traditions—is more noticeable.

Endorsing fur, whether the practice of trapping or selling pelts for money, puts a target on one’s back. Even if a person utters the slightest defense of fur or fur trapping, social media accounts soon become flooded with obscene and nasty comments.

The sale of fur has been banned in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. New York City has also mulled a fur ban, as with Hawaii. Bans on the sale of fur can have serious ramifications on small businesses—particularly those run by immigrants. In NYC, the proposed fur ban has pitted animal rights activists against African American pastors and Hasidic Jewish leaders.

Legislatively, several states have banned trapping or predator hunting through bills and ballot initiatives. States like California have ban trapping and furbearer management altogether, much like New Mexico. Bills that failed in Oregon will be reintroduced next year. The state legislatures in Connecticut, Tennessee, Colorado, New Hampshire, and Nevada also flirted with bills this past session too.

Recently, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife even proposed a ban on coyote hunting contests—which is very atypical of state wildlife agencies. Their statement reads:

“The recommendation addresses public concerns that these hunting contests are unethical, contribute to the waste of animals, and incentivize indiscriminate killing of wildlife, inconsistent with the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.”

But for hunters, ranchers, sportsmen, and land owners, there’s still great value in furbearer conservation and trapping. It’s not only a source of income; it’s an effective wildlife management tool.

Up on my podcast, District of Conservation, this week, I asked furbearer conservationist and specialist Jeff Traynor about the merits of trapping, its benefits, its misconceptions, and its future. You don’t want to miss it.

Listen to the full episode here:

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David Koch, RIP https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/23/david-koch-rip/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/23/david-koch-rip/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:00:19 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=54269 David Koch, who the left and some Republicans vilified for his free market support and support of similarly situated candidates, has passed away. In 1980, Koch ran as the Vice Presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party, a high water mark of credibility for the party, but running against Reagan it was a principle play, not […]

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David Koch, who the left and some Republicans vilified for his free market support and support of similarly situated candidates, has passed away.

In 1980, Koch ran as the Vice Presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party, a high water mark of credibility for the party, but running against Reagan it was a principle play, not a bid to win.

Over the years, David Koch and his brother Charles ran both a major corporation and also advocated for free market principles and smaller government. The left, populists, and a group of people who lack principles savaged Koch for both his views and his effectiveness.

But Koch was more than that.

He was a tireless champion of the poor and practiced what he preached. He poured his personal wealth into funding research against cancer and expanding hospitals. He supported the arts in New York and elsewhere providing many of his critics with gainful employment on brilliantly lit stages.

Koch elevated many out of poverty through both his philanthropic efforts and his industry. He employed many and helped many people make good livings via the free market.

David Koch’s passing will let the contemptuous spirit of the age show some glee in death. But those so doing will still be in the shadow of a man who has done more for more people than they can ever hope to do.

His passing is a loss for the nation and the millions of people who benefited from his personal generosity. David Koch lived his life practicing what he preached — allowing the free market to elevate mankind in their own industry with their own self-appointed destiny and allowing mankind to then help others unrestrained by a jealous and covetous government. The government may have gone to war against poverty, but David Koch actually elevated people out of poverty.

RIP.

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The Erick Erickson Show: Dancing With The Press 8/22/19 https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/23/the-erick-erickson-show-dancing-with-the-press-8-22-19/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/23/the-erick-erickson-show-dancing-with-the-press-8-22-19/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:25:32 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=54266 The post The Erick Erickson Show: Dancing With The Press 8/22/19 appeared first on The Resurgent.

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Yes the President’s Behavior is Abnormal. But the Democrats’ Policies are Bat Crap Crazy. https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/23/yes-the-presidents-behavior-is-abnormal-but-the-democrats-policies-are-bat-crap-crazy/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/23/yes-the-presidents-behavior-is-abnormal-but-the-democrats-policies-are-bat-crap-crazy/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:59:00 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=54256 I'd rather a President who wants to build a big beautiful wall than a Democrat who pretends there is no problem at the border.

I'd rather a President who moves our embassy to Jerusalem than a Democrat who'd put one in Havana.

I'd rather a President who imposes tariffs than a Democrat who wants to ban paper straws, plastic bags, and human consumption of cows while imposing a carbon tax.

I'd rather a President who makes it difficult every day to support him than a Democrat who would make it difficult for a person of faith to exercise their religion in their work and daily life.

The President may be nuts in his behavior, but I'll take his crazy over the insanity the Democrats who unleash on the United States.

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Let me lay all my cards on the table.

I think the President’s behavior is highly abnormal for any person, but very abnormal for and unbecoming of the President of the United States. He does himself more harm than good and he is driving away a lot of people who would hold their nose and vote for him because he cannot help but single-handedly generate more drama than a a dozen high school girls infatuated with the same boy.

If the President could just stay off Twitter for a few days and stay out of the spotlight, he’d probably go a long way to helping himself. I don’t know how much he and his advisors have concluded all polling is wrong, but the polling is actually pretty damn consistent.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton did win the popular vote just like the polling suggested. If the election were called tomorrow, Joe Biden would beat the President by double digits and that is enough to offset the California-New York population at the polls. The President would lose states he needs and his behavior puts Republicans in jeopardy in places like Texas and Georgia.

What is really remarkable is that, in general, if he would just stop tweeting and talking to reporters, most people would have a chance to get their blood pressure down. His constant drama is causing even some who voted for him 2016 to just want to stay home.

But we are rapidly crossing the point at which the President can just behave a few days to change things.

The President has pigheadedly refused to end his trade war and the economy is sinking. I don’t even know if Larry Kudlow is being honest with the President behind closed doors on this. Instead of blasting Democrats for talking down the economy, they need to consider instead that Germany is going into recession with a quarter of negative growth already. A hard Brexit looks likely, which is going to push the rest of Europe into recession. China is cooking the books on its economy and is already on hard times. We know this because tech companies like Apple have been talking about slowing sales in China for a while.

The President’s tariffs are causing, in part, Del Monte to lay off over 800 workers. The President’s tariffs are causing, in part, a steel manufacturer to close up shop. The President’s tariffs are hurting farmers and causing Americans to spend more on things like beer and cars. Americans cannot buy as much because each item costs more.

All the President’s horses and all the President’s men can say China is paying the tariffs, but the horses and the men are full of the same foul substance and everyone knows it. Americans are being taxed. Congressional Republicans were derelict in their duty to stop the President. The people who wanted the President to drain the swamp never expected he’d also drain their retirements and pocketbooks through reckless fiscal policies like tariffs.

Adding insult to injury, all the stuff the free marketeers said would happen is happening. They were right. Peter Navarro was wrong and should be run out of town.

In suburbia, all the President has to do is stop tweeting and avoid screwing with people’s 401(K)’s and he is doing his damnedest to mess it all up. Those voters are going to mess him up and mess up his party if their 401(K)’s are impacted.

The good news for the President is that November 2020 is a long way off and he has time to fix things. The bad news is that it takes a while to steer the ship of state out of rough economic waters. The best news is that the Democrats are awful.

For all the talk about the President being insane and for all the stuff I wrote above, I still plan to vote for him because while the President’s behavior is abnormal, if not insane, his policies are mostly normal, with exceptions like tariffs.

The media and the left absolutely do not want to confront it, but I’d rather take a man who wants to buy Greenland and tweets outrageous things than a Democrat who doesn’t tweet at all, but wants American tax dollars going to kill babies.

I’d rather a President whose behavior makes other people feel comfortable being braying jackasses than a Democrat who wants to take away my healthcare while giving healthcare to illegal aliens.

I’d rather a President who doubles down on stupid comments like American Jews are disloyal to Israel for voting Democrat than a Democrat who’d undermine Israel and fund Iran.

I’d rather a President who spends half his day watching Fox News than a Democrat who spends even an hour trying to advance socialism in this country.

I’d rather a President who wants to build a big beautiful wall than a Democrat who pretends there is no problem at the border.

I’d rather a President who moves our embassy to Jerusalem than a Democrat who’d put one in Havana.

I’d rather a President who imposes tariffs than a Democrat who wants to ban paper straws, plastic bags, and human consumption of cows while imposing a carbon tax.

I’d rather a President who makes it difficult every day to support him than a Democrat who would make it difficult for a person of faith to exercise their religion in their work and daily life.

The President may be nuts in his behavior, but I’ll take his crazy over the insanity the Democrats would unleash on the United States.

There is a concerted effort by the media and left to paint all of Donald Trump’s supporters as enabler of racism, intolerance, and bigotry. They are helped by a feckless band of brown nosing evangelical sewer dwellers who worship at the altar of the President and maybe, possibly, occasional pool boys. By the way, you should really order Ben Howe’s book.

The President absolutely contributes to an atmosphere that brings out the worst in a lot of people, but the President has also helped expose so many reporters for political hacks and others for opportunists. So many of the people who accuse the President of terrible things engage in the exact same behavior of which they accuse the President. See e.g. the New York Times, which regularly accuses the President of dividing the country up on racial lines and is now trying to “reframe” American history to divide up the country on racial lines.

It is no easy thing to wake up every day and support a man who accuses American Jews of disloyalty to Israel or suggests native born American citizens go back to where they came front. He makes it hard and he generates too much drama. He wants loyalty and no criticism.

On top of that, too many of the President’s most ardent supporters treat anyone who offers up any criticism of the President as heretics while ignoring the heretics in their midst. Too many conservatives have been willing to sell out their values and convictions and serve as apologists for things they just simply cannot be proud of.

If the President doesn’t change course soon, I think Joe Biden blows him out of the water and, if he does not change soon, he will kind of deserve it. But I will gladly take the President, his behavior, his tweets, and his policies over the socialist social justice warrior nonsense from the Democrats. They may put Biden in charge, but he’d be a muppet with a progressive’s hand up his butt steering the action. Contrast that with President Trump who has an outstanding Vice President, outstanding advisors led by Mick Mulvaney, a national security team making real progress in Venezuela led by John Bolton, and some impressive cabinet secretaries.

Between Donald Trump and progressivism, I will take Trump. The actual policies implemented by this administration are far more mainstream than the left and media want to give him credit while the Democrats pursue a radical agenda that puts Americans last.

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Who Knew Kamala Harris Would Be So Bad At This? https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/23/who-knew-kamala-harris-would-be-so-bad-at-this/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/23/who-knew-kamala-harris-would-be-so-bad-at-this/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:30:11 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=54263 I’m not ready to pull the plug on my prediction that Kamala Harris would be the Democrat nominee in 2020…yet. There’s way too much time for her and she has way too much ambition to count her out. But I have to admit that I am legitimately shocked at how bad she is at this. […]

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I’m not ready to pull the plug on my prediction that Kamala Harris would be the Democrat nominee in 2020…yet. There’s way too much time for her and she has way too much ambition to count her out. But I have to admit that I am legitimately shocked at how bad she is at this.

I’m not sure why, but I thought she was quicker on her feet than she has proven to be in the debates.  Her delivery comes off as contrived, her campaign as way over-produced, and her convictions seem, well, non-existent.

The first glimpse of that came in the days immediately following her supposedly strong attack on front-runner Joe Biden in the inaugural debate:

In the days since Sen. Kamala D. Harris used the debate stage to challenge former vice president Joe Biden for opposing court-ordered busing in the 1970s, she has fielded an almost daily question: Would she support federally mandated busing to address school segregation now?

The California Democrat’s answers have varied, leading some to wonder how much her position actually differs from Biden’s current posture.

And now, it’s her healthcare position that has seemingly changed three times since declaring her candidacy.  The Washington Post has the receipts:

This has pander-queen written all over it.  It’s shallow, it’s condescending and disrespectful to voters, and it’s signaling not only a willingness to say or do anything to get elected, but also a lack of core, foundational beliefs.

I’ve got to be honest – I totally thought she would be better at this than she is.

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Ted Cruz Roasts ‘Leftie Academic’ Over Socialism Monopoly https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/22/ted-cruz-roasts-leftie-academic-over-socialist-monopoly/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/22/ted-cruz-roasts-leftie-academic-over-socialist-monopoly/#respond Thu, 22 Aug 2019 21:05:51 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=54238 Twitter unknown Nick Kapur was not happy about Hasbro’s parody adult board game, Monopoly Socialism that you can buy at Target here. Nick went so far as to do an extensive tweetstorm that I still have not found the bottom of. Enter Ted Cruz. And last but not least: Please pray for Nick.

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Twitter unknown Nick Kapur was not happy about Hasbro’s parody adult board game, Monopoly Socialism that you can buy at Target here. Nick went so far as to do an extensive tweetstorm that I still have not found the bottom of.

Enter Ted Cruz.

And last but not least:

Please pray for Nick.

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Babylon Bee Fires Back At Snopes In The Best Way Possible https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/22/babylon-bee-fires-back-at-snopes-in-the-best-way-possible/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/08/22/babylon-bee-fires-back-at-snopes-in-the-best-way-possible/#respond Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:00:48 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=54233 The problem may stem from the fact that, in our surreal political world, real news often seems more satirical than fiction while satire can seem more truthful that real news.

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I’ve been a fan of Snopes for about as long as I’ve been using the internet. About 20 years ago, I stumbled across the site and spent hours perusing its investigations of urban legends. After I started blogging, I found Snopes’ fact-check pieces to be invaluable. As a longtime defender of Snopes, I’ve been very disappointed with the site’s ill-conceived war on The Babylon Bee.

Snopes is correct that satire masked as news is a problem, but they are incorrect that the Bee is representative of this genre of fake news. The Babylon Bee is an obvious satire site in the vein of The Onion. Nobody takes either site seriously.

The problem may stem from the fact that, in our surreal political world, real news often seems more satirical than fiction while satire can seem more truthful that real news. The Bee’s cutting satire targets both sides of the political spectrum with on-target criticisms that are cloaked in humor. For example, recent articles attack the Portland police for rolling over for Antifa and mock Donald Trump’s claim that he is “the Chosen One.”

The real problem is from a number of lesser known sites that mimic real news sites and post articles that are clearly intended to mislead. Often these pieces are not clearly labeled as satire and and closely resemble real news articles with fake-but-plausible sounding quotes and claims. Contrast that with the Bee’s over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek writing and clearly posted claim, “The Babylon Bee is the world’s best satire site, totally inerrant in all its truth claims.”

In response to Snopes’ unprovoked attacks, the Bee has returned fire in a most un-Bee-lievable manner. In a break from his typical unserious fare, the Bee’s editor-in-chief has penned most serious op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

“Opinion and satire involve layers of context and interpretation—and, yes, bias,” wrote the Bee’s Kyle Mann. “It’s dishonest for ‘fact checkers’ like Snopes to treat satirical sites like ours as if we claimed to be objective news sources simply in order to saddle us with the ‘fake news’ sobriquet.”

“Lies claiming to be objective truth are a problem, and sometimes people mistake satire for fact,” continued Mann. “But let’s not give up our sense of humor just because some ‘fact checker’ pretends not to have one.”

To prove the Bee hasn’t lost its sense of humor, the site simultaneously launched a satirical attack on Snopes as well. On Monday, the Bee published an article titled, “Under Mounting Pressure From Snopes, Babylon Bee Writers Forced To Admit They Are Not Real Journalists.”

“The headlines, the copy, the quotes—they’re all fake,” the article quotes the site’s editor in chief, who was reportedly “hanging his head in shame.” “It started a few years ago. We made up a few stories about church culture, some about politics, some about everyday life, just for fun.”

Yesterday, the Bee accused Snopes of being a satire site in an article titled, “Concerning Survey Finds Too Many People Believe Snopes Is A Legitimate Fact-Checking Website.”

The Bee’s researchers allegedly “went to a Walmart and grabbed random people by the arm and started shouting at them: ‘HEY, DO YOU THINK SNOPES IS REAL!?’ The ones who didn’t run away screaming or call for security responded, and of those few dozen people, we got our results,” which indicated that a large segment of the Walmart population confuses Snopes with Snoop Doggy Dogg.

I don’t care who you are, that’s funny stuff. Anyone who confuses it for real news is probably one of those people who need to have the flight attendant show them how to fasten their seatbelt.

There is a real need for fact-checkers in our culture of fake news and lying politicians, but there is also a place for well executed, side-splittingly funny, obviously fake satire. There is room for both Snopes and The Babylon Bee on the internet. The two sites should embrace their own niches and bury the hatchet.

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