Opinion

Why I Bash the Media: The Hall of False Narratives

If one thing has become the biggest theme of the 2016 Election for me, it’s the complete failure of the national media in America to cover this race in an honest way. I’m not even talking about covering it with a bias, it’s way beyond that.

I could paint the picture with statistics like the 96% of journalist donations that have gone to the Clinton campaign, or the sheer volume of negative coverage news channels give Trump, while saying nice things of Hillary. But it’s more than that – most “major” networks are not even explaining the candidates’ policies and plans, choosing rather to dig up the latest scandal. Whether it’s based in fact or not.

Now, I would argue this is done to help Hillary, but even at that we still don’t learn much about what she would do as President. I couldn’t tell you for certain what her top 1 or 2 policies are, to be frank. College debt or something?

But what I really see happening, that has happened since the very day Donald Trump announced his candidacy at the bottom of the escalator, is a nonstop attack on his character and every other aspect of him. While I could quickly point out a number of negatives about Trump, what really bothers me are the countless false narratives that have occupied the news cycle, sometimes for days.

So I bring you: The Hall of False Narratives

Rigged or Not Rigged?

obama-its-the-russiansThe first narrative should be one you’re familiar with, if you were following the news over the last couple of weeks. Trump has suggested, starting back this summer (August 1 by my calculation), that the election “might be rigged.” Whenever he’s said anything like that, the Clinton campaign is quick to fire back and insist how preposterous that is (even to think about or consider). In fact, it’s a threat to our democratic process!

Only back in July, President Obama warned that Russian hackers might try to … rig the election. Yeah, they’re interfering with our process, remember? Trying to hack in. So, who’s right?

But in reality, what Trump is saying is that we’ve already discovered rigging, like the way the Democrats rigged their primary against Bernie Sanders. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned over it. Since then we’ve also learned about Donna Brazile, who has now resigned from CNN. Add to this voter fraud investigations in many states that are currently underway, and now if you’re a Democrat, bringing up rigging might be the last thing you want to do at this point!

Not There Yet

Do you remember when Donald Trump “refused” to endorse Paul Ryan? This was an attack line, largely run by conservative media pundits, intending to convince other Republicans that Trump was sabotaging the party and trying to hurt down-ballot races.

Only, it was an obvious misinterpretation of what was happening. On August 2nd Trump said he was “not quite there yet” when asked about endorsing Ryan in an interview with the Washington Post. WaPo called it “an extraordinary breach of political decorum.”

Well, as it turns out Paul Ryan said the exact same words before endorsing Trump in June: “not there yet.” Also Trump didn’t refuse, he was asked a question in an interview and said he wanted strong leadership. He then endorsed Ryan on August 5th.

The 11 Year Old Kid on Trump’s Language

August 6: A multiple-story narrative here: Trump is a horrible role model for your kids, and also he hates babies, or something.

CNN tried to use an 11 year old kid, who criticized some of the language Trump has been known to use in order to support the storyline that no one should look up to the horrible man who is Donald Trump.

Only the kid went on CNN and basically said some bad language is a lot better than getting your head chopped off by ISIS terrorists. (smart kid!)

“I really think that listening to a few bad words coming out of Donald Trump is a lot better than people getting blown up by terrorists, people getting burned alive, people getting their heads chopped off, and people getting drowned.”

But He Threw a Baby Out of One of His Rallies!

Yes, part 2 of this is when they tried to say he threw a baby out of one of his rallies. That detestable meanie.

Except the mom says this NEVER happened.

WaPo came out and admitted it, at least: washingtonpost.com/news/fact-chec…

Melania Trump Might Have Immigrated Illegally

August 5: They tried to say or to suggest Melania Trump was an illegal immigrant.

This is false. Why was it in the Hall of False Narratives? Trump is against illegal immigration, so if his own family’s not following the process, why he loses all credibility on the subject! And like most of these stories, the negative sentiment spreads around on social media for days on end.

The Secret Service Is Investigating

Here’s one that got my blood boiling a little. This was widespread, and a little more damaging due to its implications. Even Jake Tapper ran with this one.

August 9: Trump makes a comment about the “2nd amendment people.” Full comment:

By the way, and if she gets to pick –if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day, if — if — Hillary gets to put her judges in.

Ignoring whatever you might think that implies, it is not necessary to fabricate a story to facilitate your view. Then for 24 hours, all I saw on the news was this story that the Secret Service was investigating the Trump campaign over the comment.

On August 10th, I found out the Secret Service looking into the comments was another story CNN pushed based on “source.” “Source” has been a frequent “source” for this election, as story after story was broken this summer based on anonymous sources, only to be debunked within days or hours, or simply never materialize, as you’ll see after this.

Tapper tweets out the story:

secret service sources say

And the text on CNN’s website, stating the narrative as though it were fact:

secret service sources say 2

On the next day, Donald Trump says there was no investigation and the Secret Service has only said they’re “aware” of the comments. Later, Reuters confirms.

A blogger agrees with me – the public should catch up on this because the public is being lied to by our media.

Half of Trump’s 30 Latino Advisers READY TO QUIT After Immigration Speech

Now I take you back to the week of Trump’s big immigration speech, right after he got back from meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The pundits’ reaction alone – including many conservative new media types – was enough to turn me off from paying attention to them for the rest of this election. This is when I completely quit listening to them. They said all week long how Trump was going to flip-flop on his central policy after visiting Mexico. They railed hard, predicting he would turn his back on his supporters in pivoting to the general election, but then when he didn’t do anything of the sort, they had another plan in place.

One outlet, Politico, ran a story on it, ‘Limbaugh looses it over Trump’s immigration flip-flop.’ Only there was one small problem; Trump didn’t flip-flop. He outlined his policy proposals and solidified support with his early base, assuring them he would take illegal immigration seriously and build a wall to protect our border. When he didn’t, a counter narrative was released, a la New York Times. But that’s not the worst of it to me yet.

So what happened afterward, when these wise guys were all proved wrong again? Did they admit it? Not a chance, instead the next few days Twitter was buzzing with the story that HALF of the campaign’s 30 Latino advisers were “READY TO QUIT.” Leslie Sanchez, a GOP adviser, blasted out the story on Twitter, amassing 2,600+ retweets and plenty of other people quoting or referencing her. She also indicated the advisers felt “misled.” What? They didn’t hear about “Build The Wall?” RawStory picked it up.

With all this noise, two advisers actually did leave. One of them turns out to be an amnesty lobbyist. The other one I’ve read came back, but haven’t had time to chase down the story to find out.

To get a picture of just how widespread this (or any story on the list) was, here’s a google search to get you started.

The List Would Go On

Theses narratives were all picked out around the same time from August and September, but I could really amass quite a list if I did this for the whole year. For time’s sake, and my own personal sanity, I chose to limit it to 6

The reporting from the people who are supposed to give us sound information and cover the election is slanted to make it sound like there’s constantly drama in the Trump campaign. There’s a shakeup, an intervention, a reset. They’re reigning him in. Come on, you people have been saying this campaign was falling apart and a joke since June of last year! Every step of the way, some people, who refuse to admit they’ve been wrong, are saying whatever they can to convince you Donald Trump isn’t the successful man America has know him to be for the entire rest of my life before he ran.

My patience for it ran out this summer, how about yours?

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Since He’s So Awful, Why Would Anyone be for Trump?

The week before the Republican and Democratic National Conventions began, I wrote about my decision to vote for Donald Trump. I know a lot of detractors say Trump supporters are either total lemmings who love everything he says, or they’re ONLY voting for him to vote against Hillary.

Donald Trump waves to a crowd at the Oklahoma State FairThe comparisons run everywhere from being just like Obama supporters in 2008, to Hitler’s youth (when we should know by now that CNN is Hitler), to unprincipled sellouts. And those are only some of the nice ones.

See, what’s happening here is Donald Trump is running a pretty effective campaign, something the Republicans haven’t exactly become famous for. He’s made it to this point spending hardly any money. Now the campaign is raising a ton of it, putting the Republicans on near equal footing with the Democrats. And that scares a lot of people, so to combat they have to debase his supporters. There’s a smear campaign against the intelligence of anyone who thinks Trump would be good for this country.

But I want to tell you, there is no reason anyone should be ashamed of their vote for Trump, and you don’t have to sell out your principles in order to support him.

So in short form, here are 24 of my reasons why I’m FOR Donald J. Trump

  1. He rejects Obama’s and previous presidents’ excessive executive orders and pledges to rescind them in areas like immigration or the Second Amendment.
  2. He will appoint justices to the Supreme Court that respect our Constitution and laws.
  3. That means they won’t support Sharia law.
  4. This also means *other* federal court appointments will be in this line, too. It’s a lot more than SCOTUS at stake here, people, despite what National Review says.
  5. He legitimately gets under the skin of the press and for once fights back against them. Just look at any publication or TV channel, they all hate him.
  6. He’s actually hired people, a lot of people – and not just campaign staff.
  7. His business success rate far surpasses even highly successful entrepreneurs, whom conservatives ordinarily praise. Understand that most business startups fail within the first few years. He’s had a few bankruptcies, out of over 500 businesses.
  8. Colorado Governor Hickenlooper even says this. He’s bashing Trump, but he’s really making my point, when you divide 6 / 500 and get the percentage.
  9. Rich people don’t care what you think.
  10. He articulates the arguments conservatives have railed about for years, and he doesn’t back down when challenged on it like Romney & McCain did.
  11. He pre-empts the Democrats and Hillary. He speaks up about issues FIRST instead of letting them lead the conversation, like when he hit Hillary early on by saying she plays the “woman card.”
  12. His tax plan cuts taxes overall and simplifies the code, eliminating loopholes that typically benefit the rich (read: business owners with CPAs who can find and take advantage of said loopholes).
  13. Though I don’t like the idea of having a bottom 0% while others have to pay, it does sound appealing that there would be people not paying any income tax – not even filing them. (Libertarians advocate for this in off-election years.)
  14. He will ask every department head to submit a plan to reduce spending. (What?! I thought he was going to grow government so much!)
  15. He wants to repeal Dodd-Frank (a banking regulation that is part of the reason you don’t see many community banks anymore).
  16. He is *for immigration* and *against illegal immigration* – he has stated this over and over despite what the media says.
  17. He attracts voters from across the ideological spectrum because he isn’t an ideologue.
  18. He wants trade deals on a level playing field. (which is why I’m opposed to the TPP ) Don’t make me dig up articles about the US & China and carbon pollution, because I know where conservatives stood on that one!!
  19. He will lift moratoriums on drilling on federal lands.
  20. He will ask TransCanada to renew its permit application for the Keystone Pipeline, so he can approve it.
  21. He has contributed more than $49 million to his own campaign. Meanwhile many so-called conservatives, who don’t understand how to manage money, said he should write a $20 million, or $40 million, or whatever dollar check to cover expenses. (Update: as of this morning the amount is apparently now $100 million)
  22. He’s against Common Core. (Update 10/19: and for school choice!)
  23. Foreign leaders have already indicated they respect him. Mexican President Vincente Fox apologized to Trump after cursing him earlier this year. Vladimir Putin called Trump “bright and talented.” (This is of course spun, by dishonest people, to imply Putin owns Trump, or some other wild conspiracy claim that would immediately garner ridicule if the tables were turned.)
  24. Lastly, he does not fit the mold people keep trying to put him in. Ideologues want to fit him into categories of strictly “conservative” or “liberal,” Republican, Democrat, populist, you name it. But the thing I hope you will be come aware of, is that he is not a Washington ideologue. He’s not made for your paradigm. The old paradigms are dying, if not dead already. Neocons are going back to the Democratic Party, and millennials are voting independent.

One more supporting reason (for now)

Though I could go on, there will be plenty of time for more in the days to come. One thing I want to address is a message that gets washed out with the stories that distort and attach the character of Donald Trump in all areas, but particularly in his love for this country. He talks about it literally all the time, but media reports on the size of his hands, or spends weeks saying there was a controversy in his remarks to Kizr Khan, when nobody can even tell me what he said that was offensive. (Literally, I’m still waiting for an answer…)

He genuinely cares about the American worker. Did you know The Apprentice, the NBC show which turned into Celebrity Apprentice after seven seasons, was switched back for one season specifically to help those affected by the economic downturn around 2008-2010?

They want you to think he is some awful racist, even Hitler-like authoritarian, and play you a nasty soundbite. When in reality Donald talks like a normal person, if you listen to him. He sounds like a regular guy, having a regular conversation. (Hillary sounds like a robot, by contrast.) Maybe you should get out and try that with non-political friends sometime. Or listen to a group of old men having coffee together in the morning at Panera.

I’m not telling anyone “you have to vote for” or even “you should like” Donald Trump. But what I am telling you, is that you’re being lied to, frequently, and it’s affecting the race. Stop listening to the lies. I hope you can take some of my reasons, and many others, and use them to show that there is plenty to support Donald Trump over – even for this Constitutional, libertarian-minded conservative!

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When you have nothing nice to say, attack the successful female speaker

The media won’t talk about the real issues, so they have to throw dirt any chance they get.

Last night at the opening night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Melania Trump, wife of Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump was slated to speak. A much-anticipated moment, many viewers would be gleaning their first glimpse of the potential future First Lady.

Detracting from the event before it even started, some expected Donald Trump to walk out and “steal the stage” in his unconventional move to appear before the acceptance of the nomination. But instead, he just walked out there, briefly introduced his wife, and left. So there goes that narrative.

Then Melania delivered a speech which excited all kinds of people, and showed that it’s pretty difficult to maintain an inhuman characterization of Donald Trump when his family speaks about him. She shared her immigration story, talked about her values, and spoke highly of her husband from a personal perspective. I saw several of my online friends make comments of how impressed they were, and almost all were saying “they need to have her speak more for the campaign.”

The Narrative must continue!

Well, we should know by now this is unacceptable sentiment. What’s a good way to counter that? Oh, I know, let’s get a plagiarism narrative going! She plagiarized her speech!!

So instead of talking about her speech, and what an amazing lineup there was last night, we’re all talking about a sentence or two in a fifteen minute speech. But, of course, the question you have to ask (because the media controls the narrative), is was the speech plagiarized?

It turns out, of the fifteen minute speech, about one paragraph is pretty similar to a Michelle Obama speech from 2008, and it is word-for-word in a few spots. So like clockwork, outlet after outlet has run with the story. I used Google to search for “Melania Trump speech” this morning, and on Page One these media sources all had the plagiarism headline: CNN, Politico, NBCNews, NYTimes, FOX News, USA Today, LA Times, Chicago Tribune.

But what is this paragraph about? Many have commented this is the sort of thing every parent tells their kids. I guess we were all plagiarizing Michelle Obama! The Washington Post listed the text of both speeches, but didn’t put them right up against each other. I recommend reading the article so you can evaluate it for yourself, but to emphasize my point I’m posting the paragraphs in question, and all the exact words that match, side-by-side.

side-by-side wording of melania trump's

Melania’s speech is on the left, Michelle Obama’s on the right. I don’t know about you, but this doesn’t look like it was stolen to me. It looks like something I’ve said plenty of times in my life, you work hard for what you want, you live by your word and treat people with respect. They’re our values, something we all share.

But beside that, there are some identical portions. However, this does not make it plagiarism, and I submit it’s dishonest to perpetuate that narrative. You can read up on plagiarism, and what it actually is and isn’t here.

In brief, here’s some general rules about what constitutes plagiarism. And since I’m quoting the source, The University of Wisconsin, this isn’t plagiarism, either:

Rule 1: If some particular wording is the best way to phrase an idea, or there are few other practical ways to phrase an idea, unattributed usage is not plagiarism.

Rule 2: If an author is openly credited and a passage clearly implies paraphrasing or restatement of the original author’s ideas, it is not plagiarism.

Rule 3: If writing uses wording or ideas that an author could reasonably have composed on her own, a charge of plagiarism is not justified.

Rule 2 clearly doesn’t apply here, but rules 1 and 3 sure do. What you saw last night by academic standards, or any reasonable standards not tainted by the media narrative, is not plagiarism. So stop spreading the lies.

What this drowns out, for better or worse, is everything else going on at the convention. It also drowns out the polls. Did you know Rule 40 that enraged so many grassroots Republicans in 2012 was reversed? Did you know another poll was released this morning showing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at even numbers?

Probably not, but that’s why I write.

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Sorry, try again next election

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Donald Trump at a rally in Oklahoma CityThe RNC is now one week away.

I’ve had two solid months to soak in the reality of a Donald Trump GOP ticket and consider what I’ll do now, having been a Cruz supporter in the primary. And with it slightly less time to deal with the all-but-certain nomination of Hillary Clinton. Or maybe it is certain now. Either way, you should plan for it.

For many voters, this has been the worst imaginable selection of presidential choices in modern history.

For me, it was disappointing to say the least to watch my candidate back down from the race. Ultimately I believe he made the right decision after Indiana. Meanwhile, other segments of the population are either ecstatic about moving ahead to the general, or holding on to fumes of last-ditch efforts to afford any possible alternative to Hillary vs. Trump.

As a writer who’s observed all aspects of this race for the White House, and a Republican who did not burn his membership card over the primary, I’d like to offer you my thought-out decision to vote for Donald Trump this November.

What brought me here

Before I can even start down the road of why I am voting for the Donald, I’ve got to address the incessant, relentless outrage machine that tries to make him sound like a fascist 2nd cousin of Adolf Hitler. Frankly, it’s all hyperbole, and a lot of the accusations are outright lies. What I see happening is a less-than-concerted effort to dishearten conservatives and make them feel like they’ve sold their soul if they decide to vote for Trump. This is something I’ll elaborate on later, but it needs to be said.

To start things off then, from the beginning of this entire process, even before Trump announced he would run, I have said there are two people I would not vote for. Hillary Clinton, and ¡Jeb Bush!!.

And in reference to just the GOP:

I would dare to say I’ve lived enough of my measly years with Clintons and Bushes in charge of things, and sadly they have left us with more problems than they’ve solved. They’ve been telling us they would do the same things, too, since I was a kid. My particular beef with Jeb (though he earned back one point this year) is that he is an affirmative representation of the problems with the Republican party. He was this cycle’s Romney 2012, or the 2008 McCain.

Add to that one way or the other, one of two people is going to be President-elect. There isn’t another option. You had a choice earlier this year, but nobody won enough voters over to defeat Donald or Hillary. Not Rubio, not Cruz, not even Bernie Sanders.

Are you serious, Donald Trump?

Yeah, I’m serious. I can give you plenty of strong reasons to support his candidacy, and to even look forward to an administration he would create. Though I’ve been open about criticisms against him, if you take a look through my Twitter history, you’ll notice I’ve note when I agree or disagree with all the candidates’ policy or  rhetoric. Trump is no exception.

That said, what is there to support? For one, he has the tenacity to go up against the Democratic Party, something wholly lacking from the GOP for a long time. Second, he has actually created jobs, a lot of jobs. And he’s been doing it longer than I’ve been alive. Some throw in here “oh that’s because he’s taking advantage of the rigged system, and that makes him as bad as the politicians!” What’s missing from that critique is that those who are successful always have to work their way through the legal framework.

It would be nice if you could start up a real estate firm one day, go make a few deals, move up to bigger ones, and keep the ball rolling. But business isn’t that simple in the system we have set up. It’s complicated, with taxes, lawyers, and powerful politicians at every government office. It’s not a level playing field. But does that make using the laws on the books wrong? Is it immoral to make more money than someone who didn’t hire a good lawyer?

Moving along, there’s also the plain and simple fact that his policies are not as far off as National Review or RedState might lead you to believe. In fact I can prove it. I’ve used ISideWith.com multiple times throughout the election process as one tool to gauge where I line up with the candidates. Here is my most recent result, taken in June 2016.

FoaRyan results in ISideWith poll 2016 election

Before I mess with the numbers, without even considering where I stand on policy, can you honestly tell me Trump and Clinton are the same? They clearly are not. And I will add to this, the 73% figure is more like 80% or better when you account for nuances. The questions give you more than Yes/No options, so I went back to compare. Do we agree on everything? Nah. But that’s not the point.

I’ve already touched on this briefly, but though I obviously agree with a huge part of the Libertarian Party platform, they have not inspired confidence in me and so I choose to look elsewhere. My belief is that local elections are where the LP will take off, if it ever takes off.

Next. Business track record? He’s had maybe 12 out of 500+ businesses file bankruptcy. That’s a pretty good record. You want to tell me you’re a capitalist and you’re not ok with that? I don’t buy it.

Finally, for purposes of this article I’ll close this section with this about Donald Trump. Despite what you might hear from right-wing media, he isn’t planning to overthrow the Congress and become a dictator. Just the opposite, he has made it clear that his ideas are the starting ground for negotiations, and that he expects Congress to send him the bills. He’s also repeatedly denounced the excessive use of Executive Orders by recent presidents. These are issues conservatives have been lamenting about for years!

Why aren’t they now? That’s my next section…

Two #NeverTrumps

From what I see, there are two distinct #NeverTrump camps. One is a camp, the other is more cult-like than any “trumpkin” I’ve ever met. (By the way, at some point they can’t all be trumpkins, we are simply voters, voters who will have to live with the consequences of this election and who ought not be berated for our choices.) To the first camp, I apologize if I ever appear to lump you in with the second – your group is one who has opposed Donald Trump mostly on policy. Also the group who isn’t devoting every other social media post to why they despise him.

On the other hand, the second group of #NeverTrump has been going nonstop since last June, but interestingly offering little alternative. Remember when Cruz won Iowa, and several states in the Heartland, and had the only viable campaign that might overtake Trump’s lead? Where was this crowd then? Well, I can tell you, some of them even said they were #NeverCruz. So… so they backed Kasich then, right? Because he was the only other one left? Nope, not a chance. They just wined and said “stop Trump.”

Well good job, everyone, you didn’t come up with a plan, and now he’s the presumptive nominee, so it’s over, RIGHT? Well, except that some of them are still at it. They want a convention revolt. They want to free the delegates. But they still haven’t come up with a candidate. And it’s futile, because there’s not near as many of them as they want you to think. It’s doing nothing but dividing.

So I’m calling for anyone else like me, who has been utterly fed up with the same old Republican Party to join me on the “Trump Train,” and let’s win this election. Let’s make this country great again. After all, if “Make America Great Again” isn’t a concept you can get behind, what exactly do you support?

President Ronald Reagan smiling a Ronald Reagan sticker saying Make America Great Again

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Some Thoughts on the Heroism of Gay People

This has been a challenging year. I mean, hasn’t it? No matter which way you look at it, whether you’re into politics or you’re still aching over Copa America Centenario, or just trying to live your daily life, 2016 is a year full of challenges.

For me, my thinking has been challenged in a number of ways. I’ve had to look at presidential politics in new ways. I’ve had to change how I look at my job, in fact even re-apply for it because the position itself was replaced! And presently I am challenged (yet again) with choosing how to view terrorism and crime in this country. But while that’s all going on, maybe there’s another way your thinking and mine could be challenged, too.

Have you ever subscribed to the stereotype that gay men are effeminate, “mamby pamby” sorts that run around flailing their arms and talking with a lisp? A lot of people do – that’s why there’s the stereotype! Whether it’s comedy from Mel Brooks or a derisive remark made by someone who dislikes gays, we’ve all been exposed to this overly broad depiction. The one that makes gay people look weak and dependent.

Let me propose to you that may not be a remotely accurate description at all.

Every victim or eyewitness I have seen give an interview on television since this horrific shooting in Orlando has relayed an account of bravery and heroism. We’re talking about people who would run for their lives choosing instead to stay behind to carry bodies out of the nightclub. I saw a man on Sunday morning interviewed while standing in a concourse where hundreds of Floridians waited to give blood. He was there looking for his friend, if he were alive, whom he had not seen since escaping the club some hours before.

Shooting survivor of Orlando Pulse terrorist attack goes On The Record

In another interview I saw today on FOX, a young man had earlier learned his partner was killed when they were separated the night of the shooting. He sat there and calmly gave his recollection of events, and went on to describe how they met, and their three years together. When asked how he could bear to talk about this, he replied, “The thing is that, if I don’t get the story out there, who’s going to do it?”

I applaud that.

Maybe it is because of the many battles gay people face, from rejecting insults to ignoring prejudices, to even struggling with families for acceptance and continued emotional support, that you see such boldness in the face of danger. And maybe we should all consider that the next time we’re tempted to label a certain group of Americans or followers of a religion as all the same way.

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Free Takeaways, Get Your Debate Takeaways

Having survived yet another Republican debate, I would like to give you my thoughts on each of the candidates’ performance, and some sort of snide remark, where applicable. For the record, I’ve stopped watching the pre-debate GOP debates, where only a handful of underpolling, underperforming candidates are left. I don’t have the time, and even if I did I don’t think it would be worth it. Sorry, but there are just so many candidates, at some point it needs to narrow down to “likely possibles” for me. More on that at the end.

First, I’d like to note the entire character of the Fox Business GOP Debate was a huge improvement over the previous CNBC debate. What was different? Well, for starters, they actually talked about business issues. It was also more informative, I thought. Each of the eight front-stage candidates shared details of their policies, often at the insistence of one of the moderators. So let’s take a look, shall we?

Dr. Ben Carson at the Fox Business presidential debate

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