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2018 Will Be A Bloodbath – For Democrats

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks after Senate Republicans unveiled their version of legislation that would replace Obamacare on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 22, 2017.   REUTERS/Joshua Roberts.

As President Trump’s troubles mount, the long-standing expectation that Democrats will gain several House and Senate seats in 2018 has only intensified. At this point, many observers are expecting a bloodbath – and they’re right. But for structural, historical, and intangible reasons, expect the bloodbath to be for Democrats as the GOP further expands its dominance in both houses of Congress.

The ACLU Betrays America

11:33 AM 08/21/2017

Last week’s announcement by the ACLU that it will no longer defend unpopular speech by heavily armed groups wasn’t just a betrayal of its historic mission. The group is a private non-profit organization, so it can choose its cases at will. But Americans trust the ACLU to articulate what the Constitution means, and when it claimed that the First Amendment itself doesn’t protect such groups, it betrayed the American people.

CEO Quitters Are Just Unpatriotic Whiners

5:27 PM 08/16/2017

Count me out of the rush to praise the CEOs protesting President Trump’s equivocation about last weekend’s racist march by quitting the administration’s American Manufacturing Council. They weren’t working for the president’s re-election campaign; they were working for the American government and thus the American people. Expressing moral outrage at the chief executive by calling it quits wasn’t courageous; it was unpatriotic.

It’s Stupid To Call Trump A Racist

10:14 AM 08/16/2017

Many of the president’s opponents are celebrating a silver lining they see in this week’s racial ugliness: that Donald Trump’s supposed longstanding alliance with avowed racists is finally on full display. What they “knew all along” Is now explicit, they think, so it will be easier to bring this infernal presidency to an end.

Gays Love The First Amendment – Except When They Don’t

3:46 PM 07/25/2017

Many LGBT people who run in leftie circles were pleased with last month’s ejection of women carrying Star of David pride flags from Chicago’s Dyke March. Seeing the “intersectionality” between lesbian equality and Palestinian rights, they didn’t want any hint of support for Israel at their event, even if only vaguely via symbols carried by Jewish women.

Texas’s ‘Bathroom Bill’ Is Wrong On The Merits

1:32 PM 07/19/2017

Going into next week’s consideration of a bill restricting transgender bathroom use, Texas Republicans are split. Social conservatives tend to support it, hoping to push back against liberal overreach, particularly regarding sexuality and gender. Moderates oppose it, fearing the effects of an economic backlash like the one suffered by North Carolina when it passed a similar bill.

When “LGBT Inclusion” Means Persecuting Jews

5:42 PM 07/17/2017

Rejection by religious institutions has been a major source of pain for LGBT people. Increasingly empowered by social and political change, the gay-rights movement has been settling old scores by using government power to punish their old antagonists who dare hold fast to traditionally religious ideas about sexuality. Without a First Amendment, LGBT activists overseas have had the most success, but troubling signs suggest danger for traditionally religious Americans, too.

Damned Right Republicans Don’t Trust Colleges

6:08 PM 07/12/2017

Liberals are crowing over the Pew poll results released Monday showing that a majority of Republicans think colleges have a negative impact on the nation. The data, they think, affirms their belief that conservatism and ignorance are pretty much the same thing. I mean, how could anyone be against college?

Our Rights Do Not Come From God

12:40 PM 07/03/2017

That our rights come from God is deeply etched in the American consciousness. It is emblazoned in the document we celebrate tomorrow, which famously Declares that all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Though present-day conservatives champion the belief more often, it was a credo for liberal icons like Martin Luther King Jr. (“Man has rights that are neither conferred by nor derived from the state, they are God-given”) and John F. Kennedy (“the essentially Christian and American principle that there are certain rights held by every man which no government and no majority, however powerful, can deny”).

Six Queer Arguments For Wedding-Cake Liberty

1:17 PM 06/28/2017

Soon after the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision two years ago, the battleground shriveled down to the sideshow of bakers and florists trying to duck gay weddings. The LGBT community has nearly unanimously rejected religious-liberty and free-expression arguments as smokescreens for noxious discrimination. But now that the Court is set to settle the matter next year, let’s take a step back and ask whether this battle is worth our energy – and whether we’re even on the right side.

Minimum Wage: You Want Jobs With That?

2:34 PM 06/26/2017

For decades, the McDonald’s cashier has been the prototypical minimum-wage employee. Time for a new prototype, folks, since within a few months customers at nearly all the chain’s 14,000 branches will be ordering on their cell phones. Given the alternative (waiting in line), “you want fries with that?” is headed for catchphrase heaven.

Are We Convicting Too Many Rape Suspects?

11:08 AM 06/19/2017

The hung jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial has puzzled and angered the former comedian’s detractors, since statute-of-limitations laws made this the only possible case to prosecute. But alleged victim Andrea Constand’s sustained, even overeager post-incident pursuit of Cosby’s friendship completely compromised her credibility.

Force The NEA To Fund Conservative Art

7:33 PM 06/16/2017

Is President Trump right to oppose the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)? Well, art lifts us up and inspires the creativity of future generations. But government funds are precious and current NEA projects have a liberal bias.

Liberal Shoots Republicans; Democrats Blame GOP Gun Policies

11:21 AM 06/14/2017

This morning, someone who specifically wanted to kill Republicans sprayed more than 50 shots at a GOP Congressional baseball practice, wounding at least five – including Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.). Within minutes, the sadly inevitable Tweets began:

“Jefferson Beauregard” Sessions Is No Different From “Barack Hussein” Obama

10:57 PM 06/13/2017

Liberal corners of the Internet are giggling at the discomfort of Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifying yesterday before the Senate Intelligence committee as he tried to rebuff accusations of Russia-Trump collusion. But too often the schadenfreude has referenced the attorney general’s full name: Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III – thus reinforcing what has become a mean-spirited and unfair caricature of the Alabaman as a racist good-old-boy.