You can have your own opinions but not your own facts

A twofer at ZeroHedge: CNN: Trump Is Leader Of “Destructive Cult”; Using “Mind Control” On Americans – “Much of what they’re hearing is emotionally driven, loaded words, thought-stopping, and thought-terminating-type clichés.” he added, citing “fake news,” “build the wall,” “make America great again.” … “So, we can start with the pathological lying, which is characteristic of destructive cult leaders.” Hassan claimed, again without providing any evidence.” … “Could there be a better example of the pot calling the kettle black?” Then there is Here Is What The Horowitz Report Should Conclude – “The following is not my opinion. It is based on the flood of information that has come out over the past two and a half-years surrounding the plot to destroy the Presidency of Donald Trump. When you read these facts it is easy to understand how dishonest and corrupt the FBI were in presenting a FISA application to spy on Carter Page. Helen Keller could see this is wrong.

Thomas Lifson: Two (!) polls find black approval of Trump at 34% – “One poll could be an outlier, but when two resected polls find the same outcome, it’s time to realize that, most likely, something serious is going on.”

Michael Anton: The Bribery Bait-and-Switch – “To ordinary Americans—assuming any are paying attention—it looks as though Trump is being impeached for delaying by nine weeks aid that the Obama Administration refused to provide Ukraine for three years. How many Americans think he deserves to be removed for that?

“The president’s enemies remain unable to find any “smoking gun”—any clear, irrefutable and publicly compelling proof of “Treason, Bribery [or] other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Ordinary, decent folk in search of actual crimes, having not found any, would have backed off long ago. But our Javert-Democrats are having none of that. Well aware that the public wasn’t buying the product they’re selling, they’ve kept the product—there’s nothing wrong with New Coke!—and changed the marketing.

if it’s now always illegitimate for a president—to whom, let’s remember, all federal law enforcement agencies report—to investigate a political rival, what’s to stop the president’s—any president’s—rivals from getting on the take with impunity? Is the new standard to be that only Democrats can investigate Democrats, and Republicans, Republicans?

I’ve made the point elsewhere that the Left is fundamentally driven by projection; as Tucker Carlson has put it, their modus operandi is to “accuse you of exactly what they’re doing.” No single insight summarizes impeachment more accurately or succinctly.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Hatred that Fuels Impeachment – “We are in new territory now. Hating a president is equivalent to finding him guilty of supposed high crimes. Impeachment is a casual affair. Hearsay is as valid as direct testimony.”

Monica Showalter: Francis Effect: Catholic membership drops sharply in Argentina – “Pope Francis, who was widely reported to have been chosen for the highest office in the Catholic Church as a means of reinvigorating participation among Latinos, isn’t quite working out the way they thought he would. He was supposed to be the people’s pope, with “the smell of the sheep” on him as he put it. But all he’s managed to do is become an advocate for the phony claims of socialism. That may be the problem.”

“The pontiff, despite his reputation, is constantly defending the state rather than the people. He even defends the indefensible, such as the Venezuelan state. The state, to him, is the source of all salvation to the people, which is why he always sides with socialists and other statists, no matter what the issue. It’s why he talks about global warming when churches are being set on fire by socialists in places like Chile. It’s why he chose the Chinese government over the tiny Church underground in China. It’s why he stiff-armed the Ukrainian uniate Catholics in favor of an alliance with the state-linked Orthodox leaders. It’s always the state for him. Sound appealing? Not to me.

Which might just be why they’re staying away in Argentina, too. He never manages to put in a good word for the people. It ought to be a public relations problem for him at the very least since it’s unlikely that as a dyed-in-the-wool socialist he’s going to figure this out on his own.

The sheep are going a different direction, they’d apparently like a bit less state in the Church, even if there isn’t a large amount of clarity. Maybe the selectors of the next pope can take this unexpectedly weak performance to heart.

Everett Piper: What today’s educational ruling class gets wrong – “I believe that raising a child is the responsibility of the community and that parents should not have the final say. Let’s be honest; some of you don’t know what is best for your kids. … The public education system is not here to serve your archaic beliefs.

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