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Contrast Between Pence Family Wisdom And Left Ugliness Is Stark

Rod Thomson

The Pence family is an amazing portrait of wisdom and grace under unrelenting, ugly attacks by leftist activists.

Vice President Mike Pence has been assailed repeatedly for his traditional Christian faith, from believing in God’s involvement in people’s lives to not accepting homosexuality as an equivalent lifestyle worthy of extra protections that heterosexuals do not enjoy. He’s been attacked for the private wedding of his Marine son in October being held at a public park in Indiana and inconveniencing people. Even his high moral standard of not being alone with a woman to prevent temptation to sexual infidelity or even give the appearance of it was roundly mocked — until the MeToo movement erupted. Then that mockery fell silent.

Through all this hideous behavior by leftists and Democrats, Pence and his family have remained cheerful, loving and wise. And it shows in their children.

Because now comes Charlotte Pence, his daughter, who is proving to be a chip off the ol’ block.

Charlotte wrote a non-political children’s story about the family bunny titled “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President.” She is donating the proceeds to charities fighting human trafficking and supporting art therapy. It’s just a fun children’s story and was illustrated by her mother, Karen Pence, who it turns out is quite a gifted artist.

But Pence disdain on the left, driven by the gay militant machine that brooks no opposition, could not allow his daughter to just write a lovely, non-political children’s book.

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John Oliver, one of several late-night-style talkers who have transformed their platforms into Democrat attack dog kennels, is mocking Charlotte’s book and vilifying her father personally at the same time. So, you know, all class.

Oliver released a copycat book called A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo that makes a pair of rabbits gay as the main characters and, naturally, rants against Pence hating gay people (he doesn’t, by the way). Mocking, virtue signalling, ranting, attacking. The left just doesn’t have much else right now. Even this book. It is ironic, in that rabbits are best known for their reproductive acumen and two males ain’t reproducing anything — except snarkiness.

Oliver’s fans thought he had gone too far however and…haha, I’m joking! No, they went even further. Just applauding the snarker for attacking a politician’s child’s innocent children’s book was not enough. Nor could they just buy his book. No, his fans followed in troll fashion and spammed Charlotte’s Amazon page with one-star reviews. Because, well, that’s the sort of thing that rotten people do.

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Fortunately, Charlotte is long acquainted with the hate emanating from the left for people who disagree with them. It is brutal, personal and ugly. (I know this personally.) She handled it all with the kind of grace the troll leaders like Oliver and his minions truly cannot imagine.

She thought his book was great and she lauded him for sending the money to charities, just as she is doing. “I’m fine with it!”

She comes by this affable, generous attitude because of how she was raised.

Charlotte once relayed her dad’s advice to her when protesters (it’s just what liberals do) would be outside their residence chanting things about her dad she knew to be untrue.

Mike Pence simply and beautifully told his daughter: “Charlotte, that’s what freedom looks like.”

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As ugly and hurtful as the protest lies were, she realized that protests being allowed against a powerful man meant we still have a great and free country, filled with individual liberties.

The Pences are quite a compare and contrast moment with what else is going on.

If you want to support Charlotte’s book, it’s here on Amazon.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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Constitution Guns Liberalism NRA Progressives Second Amendment

Why I Finally Joined The NRA

Rod Thomson

I’ve never been interested in guns. I grew up with guns. I went hunting. I own a gun. But I have no real interest in them as many of my friends and family do, who will talk my ears off about guns in much the same way many talk about cars or fishing or football.

I’ve never been a member of the NRA. Never sent them a dime. When I was a lonely conservative in a sea of liberals while working at daily newspapers in the ’80s and ’90s, I had an NRA bumper sticker posted in my cubicle for everyone to see. But that was just to drive my colleagues bananas, which it did along with the Ten Commandments plaque.

However, I’ve long understood the Second Amendment. It is clear it was the Second to buttress the First when there were eight other slots for it in the Bill of Rights. The framers considered the right to bear arms as both the natural right of humans for self defense and as a last line of defense against a government intent on destroying the rights enumerated in the First Amendment and the rest of the Constitution. A well-armed citizenry is very difficult for a tyrannical government to subjugate.

The National Rifle Association is the nation’s preeminent defender of the Second Amendment. I sometimes have thought they were too rigid in their slippery slope concept, but generally supported what they did. I just never joined.

I can’t really explain why. It’s certainly not any antipathy towards guns. It’s not any misunderstanding that the Second Amendment is about hunting. Perhaps, it was partially as a single-income family with eight children — I’m a lifelong tightwad. But really, 20 years ago, surrounded by newsroom liberals and fighting those battles on every issue, perhaps even I didn’t want to be painted as an “extremist” on just one issue.

All that has changed.

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Watching the now abusive nature of the militant and dangerous part of the left in this country, willing to use emotionally traumatized teens to further their autocratic government agenda to weaken this indispensable American right, it’s become clear that the NRA, and as importantly, its membership, is a bulwark against the further diminution of American civil liberties.

This is a straightforward response to the wild and irresponsible reactionary Left since the Parkland shootings. From the vicious attacks on NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch at the CNN “townhall” and afterwards, to the abusive use of emotional teens to pursue a radical leftist agenda by professional activist organizations such as the Women’s March and Black Lives Matter, to the Democrats smelling another opportunity to regain power — their issue du jour —  I realized that the NRA has become one of the indispensable front lines of defense for Americans and our ultimate ability to defend ourselves against attackers and our rights against a coercive government.

The NRA’s actions are about more than just gun rights. They are about the rest of the Constitution, too. They suffer the slings and arrows and absorb the blows that the Progressive Left and their propagandists in the traditional media would otherwise be aiming at individual, traditional Americans.

They form a front line of defense and they can rally a deep reservoir of traditionalist Americans like few other groups. While their focus is Second Amendment, their impact is much broader and far reaching.

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At its core, the NRA is a civil rights organization. Sure, the media and rest of the Left will scoff at that. But then they consider Al Sharpton and the Southern Poverty Law Center civil rights leaders. So they obviously don’t understand actual civil rights. But that is exactly the role the NRA is now playing in our country: Defender of American civil rights. And it may be one of the most indispensible such organizations out there because of its focus on the amendment that acts as a fists-up defense of all the others.

So if the NRA has been defending the Right that is the last-line defense for all other Rights — which is essentially what the NRA has been doing for the past 100 years, but much more so in recent decades — then the reality is that their only real extremism is in defense of liberty. And as Barry Goldwater said: “Moderation in the protection of liberty is no virtue; extremism in the defense of freedom is no vice.”

What’s may be most meaningful about the NRA is that, unlike many leftist groups funded by the likes of George Soros, its strength is not in its money, whether through campaign contributions or other promotions. The NRA has donated less than $4 million to congressional races in the past 20 years. That is essentially a rounding error in the total amount spent on congressional races in that time. Even the liberal Vox has figured this out and reported it honestly when talking about the donations to Sen. John Cornyn, who is one of the top recipients with $30,000 since 2002:

“But it was a drop in his much bigger ocean of donations. In 2014 he raised $14 million, including $57,000 from Exxon alone. The NRA was nowhere near his top 15 biggest donor contributors. All of the money the NRA has given Cornyn for more than a decade might pay for about 1 percent of his fundraising for one election cycle — and Cornyn is one of the biggest recipients of NRA cash in Congress.

No. It’s strength is in its people, in the millions of members that it bands together to protect this essential right that the framers raised up to second in line. These members vote in high numbers and they vote heavily on this issue. That is where the NRA’s power comes from — the power of democracy in action by an activated electorate.

But knowing all this, I still had not joined. Until now. Watching the now abusive nature of the militant and dangerous left in this country, willing to use emotionally traumatized teens to further their autocratic government agenda to weaken this indispensable American right, it’s become clear that the NRA, and as importantly, its membership, is a bulwark against the further diminution of American civil liberties.

And for that great and noble cause, today I’ve joined the NRA.

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Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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Another Youtube Purge Now Terminating Non-Leftist Political Channels

Rod Thomson

Another major Youtube algorithm change is resulting in mass account terminations, video flagging and further demonetization of popular political Youtube channels. And yes, you guessed it, they are almost all on the political right.

This purge is rolling out now just one year after the ‘adpocolypse” censorial wave hit where Youtube began mass demonetization of primarily conservative political sites — from alt right sites to Louder With Crowder, who uses edgy political humor from the traditional right, all the way to mainstream conservative sites such as PragerU.

The demonetization and flagging of dozens of popular conservative sites has been continuing apace throughout the year since the adpocolypse. (Two Youtube terms to know: “Demonetizing” simply means the video that shows no ads, and therefor makes no money for the creator. “Flagged” means the videos are posted, but they are not shown anywhere unless you actually go directly to the channel’s site, meaning the number of views plummets.)

The latest round of Youtube’s ongoing purge is on top of that, and going to the level of terminating accounts. Youtube has begun completely eliminating and banning entire accounts, particularly of alt right content creators. But they’ve also included some less alt right channels such as InfoWars contributors, Mike Cernovich and others who got strikes or were terminated.

The alt right is seriously problematic in many ways for actual conservatives, but they are no worse than the inordinate amount of rot found on Youtube from the anarchists, communists and other extreme leftists who rarely get demonetized or flagged. For instance, one search finds plenty of channels supporting Louis Farrakhan, who is an unapologetic anti-Semite and “white devil” hater. He’s wildly worse than anything found on InfoWars, but there he is, all over Youtube. It’s not hard to predict that this purge of accounts will not stop with the alt right. It will move further into mainstream conservative channels.

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What’s worth remembering is that whether it is the alt right or conservative channels, they are opinionating on the same issues as the Youtube-supported Young Turks and CNN. They are just on different sides of the issues. Yet Youtube “moderators” only ever find offense with one side. That is straightforward censorship, and it is only going to continue.

Youtube claimed some of the removed videos were done by mistake based on their rapidly increasing force of “moderators.” Moderators — which I’m sure George Orwell would term something like Right Think Enforcers — are the non-algorithmic part of Youtube’s censorial arm that flags videos. Among their moderators is the wildly leftist Southern Poverty Law Center, an anti-Christian organization that was used by a leftist to attempt a mass shooting at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington in 2012. So again, expect this purge and level of censorship to continue and increase.

Consider PragerU has charged that Youtube uses its moderator system as a “political gag” — which is self-evidently true. But it becomes undeniable when you look at this very mild, mainstream conservative channel that provides data-driven commentary from an impressive array of leaders.

“Watch any one of our videos and you’ll immediately realize that Google/YouTube censorship is entirely ideologically driven. For the record, our videos are presented by some of the finest minds in the Western world, including four Pulitzer Prize winners, former prime ministers, and professors from the most prestigious universities in America,” stated PragerU founder Dennis Prager. Topics flagged or demonetized have included: “Why America Must Lead,” “The Ten Commandments: Do Not Murder,” “Why Did America Fight the Korean War,” and “The World’s Most Persecuted Minority: Christians.”

You see the problem. But Youtube is only getting started, as the most recent purge wave that goes beyond demonetizing and flagging prove.

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The people running Youtube have the strong tendency toward authoritarianist views, intolerance of those who disagree, discriminatory actions and censorship of traditional American Judeo-Christian views. In other words, modern American Progressives. This is why the company fired James Damore for voicing a different opinion. They’re Progressives. This is why they are being sued by Arne Wilberg, a nine-year veteran of the company who claims that Youtube is purging white candidates because they are only seeking to hire minorities — which is a violation of discrimination laws and for which he was fire. But again, they are modern Progressives.

There are a couple of options for conservatives here. Google-owned Youtube is a private company and so government has no role in its content. (Discriminatory hiring is a different issue.) However, the exception to the rule is a monopoly, such as a utility, where government does have a role in protecting consumers from gouging. Labeling Youtube a monopoly could technically work, but then we’d have the government overseeing speech content on the dominant video platform in the country. That is sort of a frying pan to fire issue.

The other option is creation of an alternative video platform. This may be better than government oversight of Youtube. But it would mean the furthering of the red-blue divide in the country.

The best option would be for Youtube leadership to see their error and back off their censorship. But, in case I had not mentioned it, they are Progressives. Snowballs in South Florida are more likely.

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Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.

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