Civility has Left the Building

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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So is this the way it’s going to go?

For months, we on the right have been bemoaning the rhetoric and violence of the left. For months right wing media has pointed out the outrageous behavior of leftist politicians like Maxine Waters for encouraging and inciting violence.

We’ve endlessly illustrated her now infamous screech-fest recorded in late June, 2018, in which she said: “If you see anybody from the cabinet, in a restaurant, in department store, at a gasoline station – you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them.”

This, we on the right claim, is utterly unacceptable behavior in a civilized society. And we’re correct. It is utterly unacceptable behavior.

But they did what old Maxine asked of them. Mobs formed to confront conservatives and Republicans. And sorry to Brooke Baldwin of CNN for using the ‘m’ word. Recall she said “Oh, you’re not going to use the ‘mob’ word,” in reaction to fellow leftist and Daily Beast senior columnist Matt Lewis’s description of Ted Cruz being chased out of a restaurant. read more

The Pope has Taken Another Hard Left Turn

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I’ve expressed my perplexity with the present Vicar of Christ in the past and it doesn’t appear I’ll be jumping on his band-wagon anytime soon.

By all accounts, Pope Francis is a good guy. Of course he’s a good guy – he’s the head of the Catholic Church – revered by millions! But, as I’ve stated before – I’m not Catholic – so to me, he’s just a man – flawed like me and you.

That being said – I have been tough on him in the past and as I am not Catholic, when he says or does something I consider to be a bit off (in my opinion), I call him on it – the way I would anyone else, or anyone might do of me.

Among the many faults we conservatives find of the left is their use of moral relativism. Being that the Pope appears to have liberal and socialist leanings, his use of moral relativism should not be surprising. But this doesn’t seem to jibe with a laymen’s view of the Catholic Church – which has always been culturally or socially conservative.

Yet this Pope has waded into a number of hot social and political topics since being elevated and most of his opinions have taken a decidedly liberal bent – and this one is no different.

On a plane ride back to the Vatican from a trip to Poland, Pope Francis revealed his thoughts on Islamic violence. He said: “I think it is not right to identify Islam with violence. This is not right and this is not true.” read more

Podcast – A Breakdown and Translation of the Obama Hiroshima Speech

In this episode I discuss President Obama’s speech in the city of Hiroshima, Japan – a speech which was predictably chock full of apologies, moral relativism and guilt over the aggression of the United States. A speech designed to force the uniformed American public and the world to somehow feel that the act of dropping those bombs which ended World War II was our fault. A speech designed to further the left’s goal of unilateral nuclear disarmament. It was a real humdinger! read more

Radical Islam – What’s in a Name?

By: the Common Constitutionalist

Does it really matter if an administration won’t call ISIS Islamic?

Does it really make a difference whether they call it terrorism, Islamic terrorism, or just extremism?

What’s in a name? Is it going cause our administration to somehow fight harder, or at all?

21 beheadedWe conservatives constantly rail against political populism and grandstanding. But isn’t that what this is? We’ve heard sayings like “We have to name it” and “We must recognize and put a name to evil.”

Why? What’s in a name? I know I sound like one of those squishy establishment “no labels” weenies, and I frankly don’t care if I do.

But I ask again – what’s the big deal in calling ISIS Islamic. We could call them a tuna fish sandwich or a hippopotamus – what’s the difference?

My point is that everyone on the right is getting hung up on this “Islamic” label. We champion that Reagan called the Soviet Union the evil empire and Bush called out the new axis of evil.

Yeah, those made us all feel good and patriotic and want to chant “USA, USA” and all. I get that and I agree that those declarations can be an important national unifier, but beyond that, they’re just good theater. read more