Doug Jones has 22,819 thank-you cards to send this Christmas.
Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election last night, becoming the first Democrat Senator from that state in 25 years.
Doug Jones won because there were over 22,000 Alabamians who used their votes to protest with write-in candidates. 22,000 people who were not willing to choose between the lesser of two evils. A better Republican candidate than Roy Moore would have received all those write-in votes and probably a lot more.
In his rambling victory speech, Doug Jones said, “This entire race has been about dignity and respect.” Uh, which race was he watching? Because the Alabama Senate race was only about Leigh Corfman, Beverly Young Nelson, and whether or not you believed their stories of abuse by Roy Moore 40 years ago.
Roy Moore beat himself. This election was a unique perfect storm of Moore’s questionable past, coupled with the #MeToo cultural momentum, which cast enough doubt about Moore that many voters were conflicted and he didn’t get the support he needed. This was a single-issue election in the end – the issue was Moore’s past, and he did not do nearly enough to convince voters of his innocence.
Even if none of the Moore allegations had ever surfaced, he was never a good candidate. The Republican Party is at a crossroads – are they going to continue supporting candidates endorsed by Steve Bannon, or aim much higher?
Doug Jones’ victory is a gift to the Republican Party, a blessing in disguise. The only question is whether the party will be smart enough to see it that way. Now they won’t have to deal with the added drama of whether or not to expel Roy Moore from the Senate. This is an opportunity to take stock and reset. To understand what went wrong (and why they should actually be thankful it did). To realize that they don’t want to be the party of Steve Bannon. To remember that character does matter.
Have you ever wondered what high stakes diplomatic negotiations sound like? Here’s a live listen into the negotiating table between North Korea and the United States.
That’s some high-level stuff right there.
The current situation with North Korea is this: we are now two weeks past the biggest ICBM advancement the North has ever made. They now have the ability to hit the entire continental US with a nuclear bomb. You’d think the State Department would be in overdrive trying to talk Kim Jong Un down. Is that what’s going on? This is a quote from Rex Tillerson on his plan for engaging the North Koreans in diplomacy. He said:
“We can talk about the weather if you want. We can talk about whether it’s going to be a square table or a roundtable. Then we can begin to lay out a map, a road map, of what we might be willing to work towards.”
In other words, this is what diplomats between the two countries are currently talking about:
NOTHING IS BEING SAID. Tillerson’s statement is the diplomatic equivalent to a husband trying to get his wife to stop giving him the silent treatment… “Honey? Are you awake? You’re right and I was wrong. Talk to me now? Please?”
It seriously sounds like we are now willing to accept negotiations without preconditions. That means we’re also probably willing to accept a nuclear-armed North Korea, because any conversation going forward won’t include Kim Jong Un disarming his nukes.
I seriously hope there’s some uber angle or master plan at work here, because if this is all we’ve got up our sleeve – with North Korea arming and aiming ICBMs at our homeland – diplomatic crickets are not going to get the job done. And when diplomacy fails, that’s when the real nightmares begin.
Merriam-Webster has announced their 2017 Word of the Year: “Feminism.”
The dictionary defines feminism as “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes” and the “organized activity in support of women’s rights and interests.”
But I’m not really sure that’s an accurate definition.
In fact, Merriam-Webster, I do not think you know what that word means.
Here’s how I would define feminism: “Leftist activism that is fueled by perpetuating the victimization of women.”
The feminist movement has never been concerned with actually achieving equality between the sexes. They are not even concerned with the equality of women. The activists who label themselves feminists don’t seem to care for all the baby girls who are aborted every year. They only seem to care about their mothers. Why? Because adult women can vote and babies cannot.
Like it or not, feminism herds women into a voting block that can be manipulated by the left. It treats women as a group to be conquered, not as unique individuals.
Feminism has always been a collective movement that needs women to believe they are inherent victims; That they are incapable of changing their lives and circumstances without politics and marching outside together against something or someone.
Women don’t need anyone to be empowered. They already have the power to determine their futures. And they certainly don’t need Feminism to fight their battles for them.