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We are in the midst of a terrible rampant disease in our country today.  That became evident to thousands of people who were simply watching the morning news broadcast in Roanoke VA yesterday morning.  WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman, Adam Ward, were doing a “live” interview with Vicki Gardner, an official of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Suddenly shots rang out.  Both Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed, and Vicki Gardner was seriously wounded on camera by a disgruntled, former employee of the station named Vester Flanagan.  It turns out that when Flanagan arrived at the scene, he saw that the camera was pointed away from Parker.  He patiently waited until it was on her again before opening fire.

This tragic case is going to be talked about for quite a while.  Both gun control advocates and the NRA are going to have a huge fight again.  But, you can expect that nothing will be done about gun control, again.  The news media has already blown this up.  Fox News asked why this isn’t a “hate crime” since the shooter was black and the victims were white.

Donald Trump said that this wasn’t a “gun problem” it was a “mental health” problem.  He is all in favor of keeping guns out of the hands of mentally ill people, but doesn’t say how that is to happen.  The President is calling, again, for gun control legislation.

I have already made my view clear about how much I want to see meaningful gun control legislation that helps keep guns out of the hands of people like this.  This writing is not about that.  It is more about the disease of violence that has gripped our nation.

Did you know that this country averages at least one “mass killing” per day?  The definition of “mass killing” usually means that more than two people are killed in one crime.  Think about that for just one minute.  We average at least one “mass killing” every single day!

There has been a lot of talk about crime, especially over at Fox News.  We hear about black-on-black crime.  We hear about hate crimes and mass killings like the one in Charleston, SC.  We hear about police abuse, mostly against black citizens, but not always.  We hear about police officers being killed.  We hear about serial killers.  The list goes on and on.

Everywhere you look, you can read or hear about violent crime taking place somewhere.  This has definitely become a disease.  But, what has provoked Americans to react in such violent ways?  What could possibly be the root cause of all of this violence?

The answers to those questions vary depending upon whom you talk to.  Liberals usually say it is because we have too loose gun laws.  Conservatives say we don’t have enough people with guns to protect themselves.  Some blame race.  Some blame religion.  Some blame sexual-orientation.  Some blame poverty.

The national debate about violence is being drowned out by the loud mouths on all sides of the issue.  I believe the primary root cause of all of this mass violence is simply hate.  I don’t make that accusation lightly.  But, I believe that hate has become so rampant in our society that mass violence cannot help but follow.

You don’t have to look far to see all of the signs of hate today.  The birthright citizenship issue is based on hate.  The deportation of undocumented immigrants, especially since it is intended to target one group of people, is based on hate.  The idea being spread by too many people that all Muslims are terrorists is based on hate.

County Clerks refusing to issue marriage licenses to anyone because they don’t want to issue them to gay couples is based on hate.  The idea that you can justify discrimination against any group of people using “religious belief” is based on hate.

Unfortunately, hate is all around us.  Unfortunately, it is being flamed by politicians and news outlets.  Any time a politician targets any group of people as being those “others” that is whipping up the flames of hate.  Every time a news outlet or talk radio host puts labels on groups of people to show how they are causing all of your problems, that is whipping up the flames of hate.

We are living in a society where so-called conservative politicians keep talking about “pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps” all the while blaming certain groups for all of America’s ills.  That is not “pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps” that is playing a blame game.

D’Souza, who I consider to be mentally ill, said after the shooting “I hope the President shows pity for the victims, and not the gay black guy who killed them.”  That is stirring the flames of hate.  We always hear about liberals trying to raise the “race card.”  Yet, it is the so-called conservative media that keeps bringing it up whenever something like this happens.

It is very clear that we have a real hate issue in our country.  I lived through the civil rights era.  I witnessed the pure hate against anyone who wasn’t white.  I also understand that hatred wasn’t just against people of color.  It was against anyone not classified at the time as a “White Anglo-Saxon Protestant” or WASP.

The hatred was mostly against Blacks but included Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and any other group that wasn’t a WASP.  Religion was used as justification for that hatred.  Religion was justification to keep those “others” down.  Violence against those “others” was justified in the Bible.

Today, we are hearing the same rhetoric.  Today we are seeing the same hatred for those “others.”  Those “others” may have different names, but it is the same rhetoric and the same hate.  So-called conservatives say we should follow the Constitution.  Yet, they claim you can ignore the Constitution if you have a “religious belief” against it.  That isn’t patriotism, that is treason.

In the meantime, thousands of our fellow citizens are dying by violence.  Thousands of our fellow citizens are murdered, raped, brutalized, beaten, or abused simply they are different.  And what do our politicians do?  They blame the victims.  What do their talking heads do?  They blame the victims.  What do we as a society do?  We turn away and pretend it didn’t happen.

Hate has permeated our society so much, that we simply believe that there is nothing we can do about it.  Hate has been with mankind since we first stood upright and walked.  So, how can we stop it?  In other words, we seek excuses and not solutions.

Sorry, but it is our fault as a people that we are surrounded by so much hate and violence.  If we as a people do not stand up and say STOP IT, it will continue.  The problem is, if you look at history, dictatorships begin with hate.  Fascism begins with hate.

It may seem amusing to many people that certain politicians want to use the “blame game” to gain votes.  But, every time they use that game, it stirs the flames of hate.  It becomes justification for violence against any group of people who are “different.”  If you want proof, simply look at what Trump said when asked if he condemned some of his “followers” attacking a homeless person in New York.  He simply said, I am paraphrasing here, “well some of my followers are passionate.”

Trump is not alone in the field either.  I have used the term “so-called conservatives” earlier because these politicians and talking heads are NOT conservatives.  To call them such is an insult to the real conservatives in our country.  I don’t agree with conservatives and their policies, but we have had conservatives who were not filled with hate, and we still do.

No, these people are simply hate mongers.  They want control.  As a result, they are willing to allow street violence as long as it gets them votes.  We suffer a tragic disease called “violence.”  One of its biggest root causes is hate.  If we don’t stop listening to, and silence the hate mongers, we are all doomed to more violence.  That is how you destroy a society and establish a dictatorship.

We as a people can still stop this disease if you are willing to step up and do something positive.  Otherwise, we lose and our society will become a footnote in history.

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Is it possible that one major sorts league finally got the domestic violence issue correct?  Domestic violence and sexual abuse have been common headlines in sports for the past few years.  These cases involve professional athletes, college athletes, and even high school athletes.   The problem is only made worse by the “blame the victim” culture that seems to surround, not only sports, but society as a whole.  It just might be possible that one sports league has found a way to break that horrible cycle and actually “help” those involved in these types of cases.

When the NFL found themselves embroiled in a mess over the Ray Rice case last year, the MLB stated it would come up with a “comprehensive plan” to address the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Last week, they announced their plan to the world.  This plan did take a year to be put together, but it was jointly done between MLB and the Players Association.

The significance of this announcement is that both sides worked together to make it happen.  That is really something.  The MLB and its relations with the Players Association was the most fractious relationship for decades.  The Union didn’t trust the Owners, and the Owners didn’t trust the Union.  They really hated each other.

However, peace has broken out between the two groups.  When the NFL found itself in its quagmire over domestic violence with the Ray Rice case as well as others, MLB and their Players Union didn’t want to get sucked into that same quagmire.

The resulting “comprehensive plan” should be looked at by all other sports leagues as a model to follow.  Here is a breakdown of this plan:

  • At the heart of the plan there will be a seven-person Joint Policy Board, composed of two members each from MLB and the players’ union, along with three experts in the field of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. One of the board’s expert members will submit a treatment plan to the full board for approval and oversee the player’s compliance with the plan.
  • A player’s treatment plan could include submitting to psychological evaluations, counseling sessions, court compliance, relocating from a home shared with his partner, limiting interactions with his partner, relinquishing of weapons and other “reasonable directives” to ensure safety of victims. Concurrently, the commissioner’s office will investigate any allegations of domestic violence, sexual assault or child abuse and can place the player on seven-day administrative league during the investigation, subject to appeal.
  • Discipline will come at the commissioner’s discretion, and the policy does not include suggested guidelines for length of suspension; rather, it allows Manfred to “issue the discipline he believes is appropriate in light of the severity of the conduct.  The Commissioner’s authority to discipline is not dependent on whether the player is convicted or pleads guilty to a crime.”  Players can appeal their discipline and have that hearing held by an independent arbitrator.
  • They will establish a 24-hour, confidential help line for players and their families, with bilingual experts available.

It must be noted that this plan is not just about punishment.  It includes a treatment plan as well.  The objective here isn’t just to punish a player, but to help that player change bad behavior.  That is something that is woefully missing from other leagues and their plans.

The fact that three members of the Joint Policy Board are experts in the field of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse is extremely encouraging.  That means people with knowledge of all of the ramifications for everyone involved in domestic abuse can be fully understood.

Some will criticize that there are no “set limits of suspension” in these cases.  I don’t have a problem with that.  Each case should be evaluated on its own.  Punishment should be appropriate to the severity of the case.  The fact that both sides agreed that any appeals will be heard by an independent arbitrator takes away all of the finger-pointing we now see in the NFL.

When Commissioner Rob Manfred and Union Chief Tony Clark released details of the agreement, they said it aims to: “reflect the gravity and the sensitivities of these significant societal issues.  We believe that these efforts will foster not only an approach of education and prevention but also a united stance against these matters throughout our sport and our communities.”

“Players are husbands, fathers, sons and boyfriends,” said players’ association executive director Tony Clark in a statement. “And as such want to set an example that makes clear that there is no place for domestic abuse in our society.

“We are hopeful that this new comprehensive, collectively-bargained policy will deter future violence, promote victim safety, and serve as a step toward a better understanding of the causes and consequences of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.”

I don’t know what you think about MLB.  But, this is a perfect example of how two sides can sit down and come up with a comprehensive plan that takes into consideration the victims of domestic violence.  It shows that organizations can come up with plans that help everyone and not just have knee-jerk reactions to headlines.

MLB and the Players Association should be applauded for their actions on this matter.  They seem to “get it” on this matter.

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All of the talking heads are going on and on about Donald Trump.  Some hate Donald Trump, and others are in love with Donald Trump.  Trump is still leading the polls and the regular Republican field is falling further and further behind.  Only Carson and Fiorina seem to be able to keep up with him, but just barely.

We are hearing all sorts of people telling us that Trump is the “strong leader” this country needs.  We are being told conversely that Trump is bad for America and simply a buffoon.  However, his backers are not listening to the converse arguments.  They are listening to the first argument.

As everyone waits for Trump’s star to fizzle out, he seems to be getting stronger with every interview.  At least stronger with the base of the Republican Party.  He even appears to be overcoming the one thing most thought would drag him down.  His support for exceptions in abortion cases.  Trump believes in exceptions for rape, incest, and the woman’s life.

That puts him at odds with the vast majority of the Republican field.  However, his “strong leadership” seems to be pardon the pun, trumping his exception stance.  This has caused the rest of the field to shift ever more right in order to gain the nomination.  Something that every candidate did in 2012 and cost the Republicans the election, according to some.

More and more of the Republican field are starting to sound more like Trump than  Trump.  Unfortunately for them, they sound more like parrots seconding everything Trump says first.  That doesn’t go well with the fringe of the Republican Party who usually selects their candidate.

Trump wants to deport 11 million people.  He doesn’t care if any of them were born in the U.S. making them citizens.  As far as Trump goes, the 14th Amendment granting birthright citizenship doesn’t count towards these people.

As a result, at least 13 of the current 17 candidates are in favor of changing the 14th Amendment to take away birthright citizenship.  They are pounding away at “building that wall” on the border with Mexico.

But, what is really going on here?  Are these candidates really bringing up things of real importance?  Or, are they using their infamous “dog whistles” to make people angry in order to get their vote.

I am of the opinion that they are simply using “dog whistles” to get your vote.  If you talk loud enough about how “someone else is the root cause of all of our problems,” then you don’t need to speak in coherent sentences and provide real solutions to our problems.

What is happening on the Republican side of the election is really quite scary.  Latinos, mainly Mexicans, are being used as the scape-goats for all of our ills.  See, it isn’t that the corporations are shipping our jobs overseas which is causing employment problems, it is those damn Latinos who are taking our jobs.

It isn’t the rich who want their tax cuts that is breaking the budget, it is tose damn illegals who are bilking the system for everything they can get.  It isn’t college men who are raping all those coeds, it is those damn illegal landscapers.

Everything is the fault of those lousy illegals.  And, when you cannot blame them, then it is obviously those murderous Muslims who are the real danger.  What they are asking is how can we have a prosperous and safe America with all those Latinos and Muslims running around killing us and raping our women?

The fringe right-wing fanatics are lapping all of this up.  They are screaming at the top of their lungs that Trump is right!  They are claiming that both parties have abandoned the American People in favor of all of these “others.”  That is what their definition of “political correctness” is all about.

Throughout history we have heard the same “dog whistles” being blown.  There is always a scape-goat to explain what is wrong with a country.  We have heard it right here in our country before.  The “welfare queen” scenario made famous by Ronald Reagan.

We also heard it loud and clear in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s when the Nazi party blamed the Jews for all of the ills afflicting Germany. Hitler and the Nazis talked about the Germans being the “master race.”  It is becoming more evident that all of the talk about “American exceptionalism” is basically the same thing.

Dog whistles are nothing new and all by themselves are not really a danger.  The danger starts to become real when more and more people start reacting to those dog whistles.

The real danger about dog whistles is they don’t stop once the enemy is vanquished.  Once the primary enemy is defeated, another enemy is picked out for the dog whistles.  And that beat goes on until only a select few are allowed to exist.

It has been said many times that history repeats itself.  The reason history repeats itself is not because of history, but because we fail to learn from it.  I have always believed in the mantra that if we fail to learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.

I am beginning to see history repeating itself, again.  There are way too many people who want to become our leader by using dog whistles instead of real policies.  These people are playing to fear rather than reason.

The leader of the pack is Donald Trump.  Unfortunately, too many of his rivals are picking up the hammer and swinging away as well.  This can best be shown when Rick Santorum claims that no other developed country has “birthright citizenship” like we do.  He also claims that is reason enough to change the 14th Amendment.

But, using his own logic, we are also the only developed nation that does not have universal health care.  Yet, he says we “don’t need” universal healthcare.  That part of the “developed country” comparison doesn’t fit the dog whistle tactic.

Even if Donald Trump’s star fizzles out, we will be left with many candidates who will carry on with the dog whistle tactic.  There is no shortage on the right of enemies.  There are the Latinos, the Muslims, the gays, the socialists, the poor, minorities, women, the elderly, etc.

At some point you will discover that you are part of the problem, if you already aren’t.  Remember, if you are working, Jeb Bush says you are lazy and need to work more to help America prosper.  You don’t have to be paid more, just work more.

It would be easy to blame Fox News and right-wing radio for all of this hate being thrown about.  But, be honest, if the American People would reject this hate speech from the beginning, it could never gain ground.

Some claim that the fringe has taken over the Republican Party.  I am inclined to believe that as well.  However, the only reason the fringe has taken over is because reasonable Republicans have let them take over.  They have not fought for their party.

The Democrats faced a similar problem in the early 70s.  But, instead of bowing to the fringe, the mainstream Democrats fought back.  As a result, the Democratic Party was able to recover and become viable again.  It took a few years, but it succeeded.

There are some on the far left that say that was a bad thing for the party.  But, whether you like it or not, this country is more centric than extreme.  But only when reasonable people say enough is enough to the extremists.

As it is shaping up, the upcoming elections are going to have some very real ramifications for this country.  The only question that really remains is will the extremes prevail, or will reasonable people say enough is enough.

Although I am confident that reason will ultimately win out, there are no guaranties in life.  Time will tell.

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There are a lot of things that conservatives want to talk about.  Rather, there are a lot of things that conservatives want to rage about.  First we have Hillary’s emails.  But conservatives don’t seem to want to talk about Jeb’s emails.  There is the Iran deal, which conservatives have no alternative to except war.  There is the Affordable Care Act which again, conservatives have no alternative.  Then finally, in their loudest voices yet, there is Planned Parenthood.

Every Republican Candidate wants to defund Planned Parenthood.  They are trying to claim that the organization is “deliberately performing abortions to sell body parts.”  That is total nonsense of course, but that is essentially their claim.  Dr. Ben Carson last month said on Fox News:

“At 17 weeks, you’ve got a nice little nose and little fingers and hands and the heart’s beating. It can respond to environmental stimulus. How can you believe that that’s just an irrelevant mass of cells? That’s what they want you to believe, when in fact it is a human being.”

He has also said that fetal tissue research isn’t all that important.  This sounds like a man who hates the very idea of using fetal tissue for medical research.  But, there is a big oops in all of this.  Turns out Dr. Ben Carson has actually done medical research on 17 week and 9 week fetuses.

What is worse for the famous doctor, there is proof.  According to Dr. Jen Gunter, an OB-GYN and pain medicine physician, the Republican presidential candidate published a study with three other colleagues in 1992 that described using “human choroid plexus ependyma and nasal mucosa from two fetuses aborted in the ninth and 17th week of gestation.”

 She wrote on her blog:

As a neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson knows full well that fetal tissue is essential for medical research. His discipline would have a hard time being [where] it is today without that kind of work. What is even more egregious than dismissing the multitude of researchers whose work allowed him to become a neurosurgeon is the hypocrisy of actually having done that research himself while spouting off about its supposed worthlessness.

The Washington Post asked Carson about this seemingly contradiction.  He defended his actions by saying:

You have to look at the intent.  To willfully ignore evidence that you have for some ideological reason is wrong. If you’re killing babies and taking the tissue, that’s a very different thing than taking a dead specimen and keeping a record of it.

In other words, if you perform abortions because a woman wants the abortion and then donate the tissue for medical research with the woman’s full consent, you are being evil.  If you are a famous doctor like he is, it is okay to take that donated fetal tissue for your research, knowing it came from an abortion.

How nicely hypocritical of the good doctor.   That comment makes me go back in time to the 17th and 18th century when grave robbers dug up the dead and sold the bodies to medical schools for their “research.”  The schools needed the bodies, and they weren’t too concerned where they came from either.  They just shelled out the money and did their research.

As far as I am concerned, Carson’s statement defending his research is the same thing.  But the biggest difference is that these grave robbers were breaking the law.  Planned Parenthood is not breaking the law, even though conservatives want you to believe they are.  Carson is even one of those wonderful conservatives that thinks the government should be shut down to force defunding Planned Parenthood.

This type of research is vital in finding cures for our most deadly diseases.  Dr. Carson knows that as well.  He even engaged in the research himself.  I am not criticizing him for his research, but his phony contempt for Planned Parenthood for donating the tissue.

This is a perfect example of “cherry picking” what part of a topic you wish to discuss.  Saying “I wasn’t part of performing the abortion, so I am guiltless I using fetal tissue for my research” is nothing more than proclaiming “self-righteousness.”  Conservatives are proving to be very good at self-righteousness but very bad at discussing actual facts.

So, I ask once again.  Conservatives, where is your outrage on this matter?

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The right-wing just won’t let go of the Planned Parenthood issue.  There are people, like the Canadian Senator who say we should shut down the government if we don’t “defund” Planned Parenthood.  The videos that have been released seem terrible.  However, I have seen nothing in the videos that shows that Planned Parenthood did anything illegal.

That brings us back to our Canadian Senator who says that if he is President he plans to “prosecute” Planned Parenthood for donating fetal tissue for medical research.  So, our Canadian friend wants to prosecute an organization for doing something legal.  Remember, this is the same Senator who claims that our current President is making up the law as he wishes.  Yet, he openly plans to do exactly the thing he accuses President Obama of doing.

The issue of using fetal tissue for medical research does present “moral” issues.  Even people who conduct this research struggle with the whole concept.  But, they continue their research because the end results can, and already have been tremendous.

Fetal tissue is used because it contains “stem-cells” that help open the doors to how our body works, and possible cures.  Even the Canadian understands the necessity of medical research.  In mid-July, Cruz held a Senate Hearing with a panel of medical experts to discuss ways to better use government resources when it comes to researching cancer, AIDS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and a bevy of other incurable diseases.  During the hearing he said:

 “We pay billions or trillions on the back-end, dealing with the consequences of horrific diseases rather than investing and creating the incentives on the front end to cure these diseases once and for all.,”

Today, in order to make his point about Planned Parenthood, Cruz is running an ad that appears to be black-and-white videos of young polio patients in wheelchairs and leg braces. The narrator is saying:

“For a century, Americans have helped heal and care for millions in need.”

That line is very true.  But what the narrator doesn’t tell you is the fact that the researchers who developed a cure for polio used fetal tissue in their research.  They even won a Nobel Prize for medicine for their work.  Since then, we have seen very real possibilities of cures for diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease and spinal injury cures.  Stem-cell based treatments for Lou Gehrig’s disease show great promise.  All because researchers use fetal tissue for their research.

The point here is that if we remove fetal tissue from scientists tool-box, they will be extremely hampered.  This is not to say the practice isn’t a gut wrenching decision.  A lot of this tissue comes from abortions.  Many people hate the very idea of abortions.

On the other hand, abortion is legal in this country.  It is also legal to donate fetal tissue for medical research.  Yes, you are not allowed to “profit” from those donations, but so far, nothing in the videos proves that Planned Parenthood is profiting from their donations of fetal tissue.

All of this means that conservatives, in their desire to defund every agency that provides abortions along with other medical care, calls the practice of donating fetal tissue as “harvesting baby’s organs.”  That phrase makes for great headlines, but it doesn’t make the practice of donating fetal tissue illegal.

It is also true that no federal money may be used by any agency in the performance of abortions.  That is the law of the land.  Meaning, none of the abortions that are performed at Planned Parenthood is paid for by federal tax money.  Additionally, the tissues being donated are being done so with the full consent of the person having the abortion.

So, what all of this grandstanding by Cruz and the rest of the conservative world comes down to is politics.  On one hand they want the “magical cures” that medical research provides.  On the other hand they want to remove a tool that has given us many cures in the past.

I am not going to try to argue the moral issues of using or not using fetal tissue here.  Each person needs to make up their own minds on that dilemma.  Nor, am I going to try to persuade you to change your mind on this issue.  Again, what you believe is up to you.

It has been said that for every good thing there is a bad thing.  Many believe this research is coming from a bad thing.  Others believe it is not.  It is for those who are conducting the research and those who wish to donate the tissue to come to terms on which side they stand.

If you are so-called “pro-life” you hate the idea.  If you are so-called “pro-choice” you probably love the idea.  And that is how it should be.  We must each make up our own mind on this.  And the party of “small government” who wants “government out of our lives” should stay out of our lives themselves.

This isn’t just about what is legal and illegal.  It is about personal moral choices that we all must make.  When I say moral, I don’t just mean religious morality.  Non-religious people have morals just like everyone else.  Since their beliefs are based on reason and not some religious text many believe that makes them more “moral” than those with “religious morality.”

Sorry, but just because someone disagrees with you, doesn’t make them wrong and you right.  It is their right to think differently and act according to their decisions so long as their actions are legal.  Isn’t that what the Constitution is all about?

In any case, threatening to prosecute someone who is doing nothing illegal is one of the most un-Constitutional things you can ever suggest much less carry out.  Maybe our Canadian Senator should reread his law books before opening his mouth again.

Or, maybe he is trying to usurp the Constitution and form a Theocracy instead.  That is even more un-Constitutional and un-American as making up your own laws.  In either case, he is proving just how much he really hates our Constitution!

 

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I am not a fan of Megyn Kelly.  As far as I am concerned she is no different from the other talking heads over at Fox News.  Yet, I was somewhat amazed that she actually went after Donald Trump during the debate.  As I wrote, I figured that Roger Ailes allowed, and even planned, the attacks on the Donald.

Ms. Kelly is an intelligent person.  Her questions were poignant.  I won’t say they were tough, but they were poignant.  I also understand that Ms. Kelly has been groomed by Roger Ailes.  Ailes sees her as a way to entice new viewers to his network.  Something he desperately needs since his viewership is mostly old people, like me.  Though I rarely tune into his hate fests.

As I wrote, the other candidates attacked Trump and his after-the-debate comments about Kelly.  She wasn’t the only one with poignant questions, but he singled her out as his fodder.  Kelly said she had no intention of apologizing to Trump for asking “journalistic” questions.  And, it appeared that there might actually be a real schism in the conservative ranks.

Then, Kelly claimed that she had been receiving death threats from many of Trump’s followers.  Trump never said a word about how despicable that was.  But, he did state clearly that he “was done with Fox News.”  To place emphasis on that point, Trump made the rounds of all of the non-Fox news shows over the weekend.  Hell, he even went to that network conservatives believe is the communist voice in America, MSNBC.

When Fox started receiving all sorts of emails supporting Trump, all Ailes would say was the he “was extremely proud of all of his moderators at the debate.”  The infamous PR apparatus remained very silent.  They did not attack Trump in defense of Kelly.

As a matter of fact, it has been reported that many in the PR apparatus at Fox suggested that Ailes call Trump.  Ailes hesitated on that front.  Until Trump showed up on Morning Joe on Monday over at MSNBC.  I guess that was the final straw that broke Ailes’ back.  He picked up the phone and called Trump.

According to sources in several stories, Ailes suggested that Trump do a special on Kelly’s prime-time show to clear the air — an offer Trump flatly refused. “Donald was sufficiently pissed off that there was no way that was happening,” a person familiar with the call is said to have reported.

Also according to sources, Trump said he would appear on Fox and Friends and Hannity, two venues that have been loyal boosters of his candidacy.  Of course, Ailes wanted Trump to publically state that he and Fox were friends.  Trump obliged tweeting:

Roger Ailes just called. He is a great guy & assures me that “Trump” will be treated fairly on @FoxNews. His word is always good!

Ailes then put his own spin on the whole matter and released this statement. “We had a blunt but cordial conversation and the air has been cleared,” adding that Kelly is a “brilliant journalist.”  Kelly also must have had to say something too.  She addressed the controversy only briefly on her show saying simply: “I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism.”

So, why didn’t Ailes defend his prized journalist?  Why did Ailes pick up the phone and convince Trump to “come back” to Fox News?  The simple answer is ratings.  Even after the debacle of the first debate, Trump leads the polls.  He has a huge following of conservatives who were blaming Fox News for “attacking” him unfairly.  If he wanted to keep his ratings, Ailes had to bow down to the King Of Stupidity.

There appears to be peace between Trump and Fox News.  The other day, Trump showed up on Fox and Friends his usually chatty self.  Even Doocey drooled “I am glad we are friends, again.”  As things move forward, Fox News will have its ratings thanks to Trump.  Trump will have a favorable platform to spew forth his blather.  All is well in the conservative world.

But, where is all of this leaving Megyn Kelly?  It is obvious that she must have gotten the message that Donald Trump is far more important to Fox News and Roger Ailes than she is.  She must see the writing on the wall.  I will be absolutely stunned if Ms. Kelly is allowed anywhere within 50 miles of Trump.  What will that do to her career at Fox?

Like I said, I am not a fan of Megyn Kelly.  It would be easy to say that she made her bed and she must now sleep in it.  But that would be way too cruel.  I believe Kelly really thought she would get the backing of Ailes and the Network when they pushed her into the forefront of a possible war with Trump.

The fact that Ailes and his network was so willing and eager to throw her under the bus is very troubling for any real journalist.  If I were Megyn Kelly, my agents would be making the rounds right now to find me another gig at a different network.  If on the other hand she is willing to take this knife in the back quietly, then my sympathy for her will definitely wane.  That would mean “stardom” is more important to her than her integrity.  Even I have held her in better standing than that.

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Shortly after the first “debate” for the Republican Party was over, The Donald started thumping away at Megyn Kelly.  He claimed that she was “out to get me.”  Of course that was the clean version of what he said.  I am not going to waste ink on all of the misogynist things he did say.  Let’s just say that he let his true feelings about women out of the bag.

Of course, everyone else had to jump on the “bash Donald bandwagon.”  The Republican Party really seems to want Trump out of the race.  Even though he is still currently leading the field by a wide margin.  Fox News also wants Trump out of the race.  They understand how big of a detriment he is to their “big plans” to take the White House in 2016.

Hell, even Erik Erickson “disinvited” Trump from his RedState conference.  For the biggest misogynist on record to say “Trump’s comments crossed the line,” was really something to hear.  Carly Fiorina came to Kelly’s defense also.  Dr. Ben Carson criticized Trump for his comments.  Funny thing though, when he was reminded that he hates political correctness and criticizing Trump was falling into the “political correctness” thing, he simply stated he was just being polite in defending Kelly and not being politically correct.

Yes, everyone criticized Trump for his comments.  Everyone hates the man.  Well, not everyone since he is leading the polls right now for the nomination.  So, everyone needs to gang up on him and “run him out of the race.”

The real sad part of all of this is that Trump merely stated what he thought.  He definitely used misogynist language when addressing Kelly and her supposed “attack” on him.  But, let’s be honest here.  These other candidates are not slamming Trump for saying derogatory things about “women.”  No, they are merely slamming Trump for making comments about Kelly.

Now that may sound like a contradiction.  Kelly is a woman after all.  But, if you had listened very carefully to the full debate, you will understand that these candidates really don’t like women at all.  That includes Fiorina!  All of the candidates came across, at least to me, as more Todd Aikens, then Todd Aikens.

Every single candidate had nothing but bad things to say about abortion.  They had nothing but bad things to say about contraception.  They had nothing positive to say about women in general.    They all claim to be “pro-life.”  Which is fine.  Except, I think we need a new definition of what actually “pro-life” really means.

In the Republican world, pro-life merely means that every single fetus needs to be carried to full term and be born.  It doesn’t matter if that fetus was the result of rape, incest, or even endangers the life of the mother.  Even Kelly understood that when she asked Walker if he would really let a mother die rather than allow an abortion.  A question he never did answer.

But, that is as far as the Republican definition of “pro-life” goes.  Once that baby is born, they don’t care what happens to it.  They don’t care if the mother received proper pre-natal healthcare.  They don’t care if the mother and child receive proper post-natal healthcare.  They don’t care if there is any healthcare at all.  If they live in poverty, they should do without healthcare.

Additionally, they don’t really care if the child developes or not.  They don’t care if the child receives enough to eat.  They don’t care if the child lives in a regular home or on the streets.  They don’t care if the child receives a proper education or not.  That isn’t their problem as they see it.  Just make sure they dictate that it is born.

Their domestic policies prove my point for me.  It is domestic policies that are drastically cut in their budgets.  It is the welfare of those very children they say must be born that are hurt the most in their draconian budget cuts to the social safety nets.

None of these candidates, including Fiorina, are in favor of paid maternity leave.  None of them are in favor of paid paternity leave.  None of them are in favor of contraception being part of everyone’s healthcare plan.  None of them are in favor of making the minimum wage a “livable” wage so these children can receive proper care.  Yet, they want you to believe that they are the party of “family values.”

These are the same candidates who favor things like bringing infanticide or murder charges against women who suffer a miscarriage.  If a woman suffers a miscarriage, she must be investigated to see if she did something “wrong” that caused the miscarriage.  Yet, none of these candidates are in favor of charging a husband for the same crimes if he beats the hell out of his pregnant wife and causes a miscarriage.

None of these candidates raise one eyebrow when women claim they were raped.  On the contrary, they complain that the woman is “ruining” the man’s life with frivolous charges.  Obviously, she did something that caused the man to act the way he did.  Why should his life be ruined by a “vengeful” woman?

So, don’t get too carried away with praising these candidates for “defending” Megyn Kelly against Donald Trump.  They simply understand that Megyn Kelly is necessary to help build their false claim that they are the party of “family values” and that they really care about women.  Besides, Megyn Kelly is a favorite of Roger Ailes.  And, you certainly don’t want to piss of the leader of your party.

By getting you to talk about the Trump v. Kelly farce, you will hopefully miss their real war against women and families.  Otherwise, you might figure out what they really stand for, which is neither women nor families.  Of course, if they really did care about women and families, they would have to change about 90% of the party platform.

 

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