“Playing Russian Roulette With The History Of The Country…” *Open Thread*

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That is what the esteemed Thomas Sowell said about voters voting for a candidate based on a personality contest, a homecoming king or queen kind of thing. It is to that point he directs his comments in the following video interview with Neil Cavuto about the upcoming election and the choice to vote or not:

 

I have heard a whole lot from a whole lot of people about how people MUST vote for Trump lest we get another Clinton presidency and a third Obama term. I disagree with that leap on its face, but even more that I should vote for a candidate I find to be despicable, misogynistic, sexist, bullying, arrogant, juvenile, dishonest, and unethical.

Here’s the thing: NO ONE owes my  vote but me, not a Party, not a candidate, no one but me. It is mine alone to determine who, if ANYONE, has the qualities I want in a President, and whether or not that candidate has EARNED my vote. As Sowell also noted, people need to DO THEIR HOMEWORK first, a d if not, they should not vote.

Choosing a President (or any other elected official)  is NOT a popularity contest, as Sowell mentioned. It is not a vote for which team we want to win over the other. It is for our country and the very direction in which the country will go. It is, as Sowell noted, “playing Russian Roulette with the history of our nation,” and I, for one, am unwilling to do so.

My vote is my own, no one else’s, and it is my privilege to determine to whom my vote will go, or if it will go to anyone at all. To be bullied or forced into voting for someone by members of a Party is just wrong. We are better than that.

But this isn’t the only issue in this country with which this nation is playing Russian Roulette. Another way is this recent push by Democrats and the President to force women and girls to give up our right to privacy and safety for the rights of people who may (or may not) be transgendered to use whichever bathroom they wish to use.

The President’s recent decree to all states that public schools must now allow children to use whatever bathrooms they want or face the Wrath of Khan, um, I mean, lose their FEDERAL monies (which means OUR monies) if they do not capitulate to this most recent demand, is nothing short of blackmail.

Beyond that, it is an infringement upon the right to privacy for girls across this country, as well as setting them up for the potential to be abused. The following video is powerful indeed, and highlights the impact this new policy will have on those who have been abused (h/t the Daily Signal):

 

As a transgendered woman, Jacqueline Andrews, in the video above said, “We are telling them their boundaries don’t matter.”

Yes. That is exactly what we are telling women and girls: our boundaries don’t matter. The following is a salient point made by one  of the sexual abuse survivors in the video, from the Daily Signal:

“The presence of a male of any variety, whether he’s somebody who identifies as a trans or not, whether he has deviant motives or not, that’s irrelevant to the reality that for survivors of sexual trauma to just turn around and to be exposed to that is an instant trigger,” Kaeley Triller, a sexual trauma survivor, said in a video created by Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative, Christian legal organization.

[…]

“People are afraid, and with good reason, because they’ve had experiences where they were in places where they were vulnerable and someone hurt them,” a woman named Autumn Bennett said in the video.

This year in Washington state, a man was reported to have undressed in front of girls in a women’s locker room.

“As long as the person says, ‘I identify as a woman,’ and they’re not doing something criminal like actually assaulting somebody, this rule gives them the legal right to be present,” Joseph Backholm, executive director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington, told The Washington Times in February. […](Click here to read the rest.)

Sadly, regardless of whichever candidate is now running gets elected, this policy will not be changed.

The bottom line is this: as long as this policy is being forced upon usGirls and women will continue to get the message that our boundaries don’t matter, our safety doesn’t matter, WE don’t matter. We are playing Russian Roulette with the message we are imparting as well as the safety and security of women. That is a dangerous game we cannot afford to play, much less lose…

This is an Open Thread.

NOTE: Sorry this is a bit late going up this morning. We had the house inspector come at 8:00 and he just left at 10:15. Thankfully, just a few very minor items that require our attention, but overall, everything is GREAT. Thank heavens. One more hurdle done!

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44 Responses to ““Playing Russian Roulette With The History Of The Country…” *Open Thread*”

  1. piper Says:

    Repeating quote:
    “If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.” Thomas Sowell

    Read more at:
    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomassowe440790.html

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you so much for bringing that quote forward, Piper. It is most appropriate here.

  2. piper Says:

    Helen – fantastic article with salient points

    “Endorsing Trump means having to defend every ridiculous thing that comes out of his mouth. Including ordering the military to commit war crimes. Including maybe nuking people just because he feels like it. Including playing footsie with the KKK. Including defaulting on the U.S. debt. All day, every day.

    Maybe you think you can finesse it, by saying something like “I endorse him, but I don’t support everything he says.” Come on. Nobody will buy that. An endorsement is an endorsement. Everybody understands that not every Republican who endorsed Mitt Romney agreed with him about every issue (I certainly didn’t). The reason they didn’t ask those questions is because there were no issues where he deviated from the Republican norm too much, or indeed from the bounds of civilized discourse. As the proudly #NeverTrump Republican strategist Rick Wilson put it, when you endorse Trump, “you permanently inherit Trump’s problems without his invulnerability to them.”

    Here’s the thing. Donald Trump will humiliate you. He can’t help it. He did it to Chris Christie. He did it to Ben Carson. (Remember that time Ben Carson defended Trump’s comparing him to a child molester?) He does it to his wives!

    And here’s another aspect: You get absolutely nothing out of it. Donald Trump doesn’t need you; he has the nomination. And even if he did, it’s not like Mr. Art of the Deal ever respected a deal in his entire life. If he thinks he’ll need you, he might promise you a lot of things, but there’s no guarantee he’ll keep his end of the bargain. What’s the point of being appointed secretary of everything if you work for an insane maniac and will probably get booted out or will resign in disgrace and/or frustration after three months? But before we even get there, what’s the point of endorsing him in exchange of the secretary of everything position, when you know he promised that job to three other people before breakfast?”

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I am watching our godson’s graduation from VMI online. We had planned to be there, but my back issues prevented the long drive up. Thank heavens I can still see him. So proud of this guy – MVP for Rugby, and in the Honor Society of Engineers. 🙂

  4. helenk3 Says:

    I decided in 2008 COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS. i will keep that promise to myself for the rest of my life.
    I do not owe anyone my vote. I will give it freely to the person that shows they have the best interest of the country as a first priority

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    And I’m late to the party because I was cutting the grass. Cutting is quick. Trimming around all the stuff we insist on putting in our small yard is not.

    Anyway, love that Sowell interview. He is one of the great men of this country and gets so little attention while mountebanks lkke Sharpton get so much. That’s just wrong.

    The interview by Cavuto is especially sweet to me because I remember when Neil Cavuto was pushing “The Donald” and his phone calls all the time. Since I quit watching Cavuto, who had been a daily view after that I wonder, does the Donald still call Neil? Or does he now have bigger fish to fry?

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Why This Man is the Last of the Senate Conservatives

    https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/05/why-this-man-is-the-last-of-the-senate-conservatives#sthash.62w6Mc2M.dpuf

    Why did Mike Lee stand alone in voting against cloture? Why did Ted Cruz, Jeff Sessions, Rand Paul, Deb Fischer, Jeff Flake, Arthur Heller and Ben Sasse vote for cloture?

    As you know I am/was a big Ted Cruz supporter. But I don’t hero worship any politician and I think this is a fair question. I would like Cruz et all to answer.

  8. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/05/undecided.php

    undecided vote

  9. helenk3 Says:

    this election seeing what is running, I just put a write in vote for
    Jeff Dunham’s WALTER

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Walter look just like Biden doesn’t he? I’ll vote for Peanuts – he’s just as crazy as Trump but a whole lot more likable. Better looking too.

  10. helenk3 Says:

    had to share this. also how would you make this into a screen saver?

  11. helenk3 Says:

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    How Facebook Became The Old Media, Only Worse

    By Robert Trancinski

    Facebook is re-building the gatekeeper role once claimed by The New York Times editorial board, but with less accountability.

    After decades of disruption and experimentation, the basic structure of the new Internet media is finally beginning to take shape, and the big social media companies dominate it. They are emerging as the Internet media’s equivalent of the big television networks or the old national newspaper syndicates.

    http://thefederalist.com/2016/05/16/how-facebook-became-the-old-media-only-worse/

    Zuckerberg being outed as the lying POS he is – terrific! I don’t “do” Facebook or other social media because from what I can see it has been tainted with hate and lies almost from the beginning. Not interested in any more of that crap than you can get in the comments section of any blog.

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    Little Sisters of the Poor Win Big in Obamacare Case

    In a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court “vacated,” meaning erased, all of the lower court cases and required them to reconsider the claims brought by the Little Sisters of the Poor and others that the regulations promulgated pursuant to Obamacare violate their religious exercise in light of the government’s admission that it could indeed provide contraceptive coverage without the Little Sisters’ collaboration.

    This is a victory, not only for the Little Sisters, but for all individuals and organizations who step outside the four walls of a house of worship to serve the poor, heal the sick, or educate the next generation.

    http://dailysignal.com/2016/05/16/little-sisters-of-the-poor-win-big-in-obamacare-case/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      HALLE-DAMN-LUJAH!!!!! This is GOOD news indeed! Thank you for this update. YES!!!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Finally some good news. And what surprised me was that it was unanimous. Whodathunkit?

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          That is amazing, isn’t it? Not sure how they got there, but glad they did!!

  15. helenk3 Says:

    http://heatst.com/politics/breaking-burlington-college-closes-due-to-crushing-weight-of-debt-acquired-by-jane-sanders/

    sanders economics

  16. helenk3 Says:

    More: Rep. Gerry Connolly says Ben Rhodes should talk to Congress on Iran deal; Rhodes should make himself available ‘even though we know’ House committee is ‘up to no good’ – @ChadPergram

    what part of “you were played for a sucker” doesn’t this fool get?

    • helenk3 Says:

      Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., on GOP comments on Iran pact ahead of tomorrow’s hearing: I see enormous evasion on the GOP side because the agreement worked – @ChadPergram
      See original on twitter.com

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I really dislike Connolly, He makes me INSANE when I have to watch him during hearings. Smug, arrogant, hypocritical, and sanctimonious are the words that come to mind…

  17. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435450/secretary-homeland-security-jeh-johnson-unwanted-georgetown?utm_source=NR&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=May16

    damn maybe I should break some laws. In this country today a criminal has more rights than a law abiding citizen

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      No kidding, huh? Wow – we are now glorifying criminals and making them the victims. Thanks, Dems!

  18. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    But of course Obama is hiding information from us abt what happened with Iran and our sailors: http://therightscoop.com/report-obama-withholding-shocking-details-of-how-iran-treated-our-sailors-in-janurary/?

  19. helenk3 Says:

    http://reason.com/blog/2016/05/16/hey-kids-dont-be-suckers-for-socialism

    they really do not have a clue

  20. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/05/donald-trump-2016-polling-turnout-early-voting-data-213897?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    this is an interesting article on the number of voters

  21. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/05/trump_to_the_gop_lead_follow_or_get_out_of_the_way.html

    this article annoys me a lot.

    why are those of us who would not have trump on bet being told screw your principles just follow along.
    Good people in a lot of countries have been told the same thing about bad leaders and paid a very high price for doing it.

  22. helenk3 Says:

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/2016/05/16/earnest-wouldnt-be-fair-for-rhodes-to-testify-before-gops-who-lied-about-iran-deal/

    we lied to you, but it not “fair” for you to question us about it

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That’s abt the size of it! How DARE anyone try to hold the MOST TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION EVAH accountable for anything, ESPECIALLY getting in bed with a terrorist-sponsor nation like Iran? Sheesh!

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