Author: Christopher McDonald

Three Respones to Manchester Attack

Again, a Muslim has shared his peaceful religion with the world;  again, innocents are dead, including a dozen children, one a girl aged 8. Again, we see the world rush to explain away the attack as a lone wolf. But not all responses to the latest tragedy are the same. Katy Perry, diva divine, has shared her wisdom with the world on the Elvis Duran Show, saying, ” I think that the greatest thing we could do is just unite and love on each other, and like, no barriers, no borders, like, we all need to just co-exist.” J.K. Rowling chose to emulate one of her novels. In her Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when Voldemort returns, the powerful Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, pressures the wizard newspaper, The Daily Prophet, to write stories of how Harry lied about Voldemort’s return, thus hiding an uncomfortable truth. Rowling has just done the same. In a tweet after the attack, she went after journalists for trying to uncover the truth behind the attacks. Yes that’s right, J.K. Rowling has become The Daily Prophet, hiding truths to protect the powerful. Rowling has also attacked Laura Ingraham after Ingraham questioned how it was that darkening the Eiffel Tower really changes the situation in Europe. Donald Trump’s response has been far different. Trump, master of the juvenile put downs we all remember, declared...

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Erasing Southern Monuments and History

New Orleans has begun a trend which ought to disturb anyone with a regard for history, whether admirable or not. This city has begun to remove monuments to Confederate figures and to Civil War events. So far, four monuments have been removed by order of the Mayor and the City Council. They include statues of P.G.T. Beauregard, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. The fourth was a monument to an insurrection that took place during Reconstruction. New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu stated that these removals were meant to distance New Orleans from racism in its history: This is not a naive...

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When Rape is Not a Crime

We all know the saying, “getting away with murder.” And if you’re someone powerful, like a politician, maybe you can. But what about getting away with rape? Is that possible in today’s world? Progressives would argue no–at least, not if they have anything to say about it. On college campuses across the United States, men are told that they are potential rapists who cannot be trusted. Feminists claim that, when a woman claims to have been sexually assaulted, she should always be believed, no matter what the evidence may say. Europe has a sort of feminism similar to what is in the States. Europe...

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America’s Healthcare Divide Is Over Rights

The latest iteration of a federal health care bill, the Affordable Health Care Act, has passed on a party line vote. Before that, Obamacare passed in 2008, also on a party line vote. And now, as it was then, conservatives and liberals are at each others’ throats over the issue of healthcare. Is this what we’ve come to in America? Everything that passes is done on a party line vote? Are we unable to reach a resolution over anything, let alone healthcare? A Divided America There is a good article on the Huffington Post right now that discusses just...

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Trump’s Word on Guns

President Donald Trump is now the first sitting President to address the National Rifle Association since Ronald Reagan in 1983. His speech affirmed his support of gun ownership and Second Amendment rights in the United States. President Trump opened his speech by reliving Election Day last year, when he won his office. Trump acknowledged the NRA’s legislative efforts by saying that “The NRA protects in our capitols and legislative houses the freedoms that our service members have won for us on those incredible battlefields.” He went on: The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.  You...

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