Watch: Ben Sasse Had A Few Words To Say To Reporters About Growing Political Tribalism

Sen. Ben Sasse (R – Neb.) took a moment to speak to reporters in Iowa on Saturday at The Family Leader’s Celebrate the Family event and responded to a question about making speeches to likeminded individuals.

Sasse responded with a perfect summary of American political life and what’s happening with the growing polarization and tribalism of American political life.

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Sasse said:

“I think that neighborhoods are often not comprised of people who are likeminded. Neighbors at coffee shops in Fairmont, Nebraska, the 25,000 person farm town I’m from three hours from here, lots and lots of people differ on policy debates. They just don’t think policy defines the line between good and evil.

They think that raising your kids to play sports right and with honor and integrity and respect, and to get your math homework done on time, and to be the kind of neighbors people want to have living next door to you, all of those textured communal things, are more important than our political tribes.

The problem is, as people are more and more mobile and less and less anchored at any one place political tribes tries to fill in a lot of that meeting. It won’t work.

You can’t fix what’s broken in American politics with more politics. Most of what matters in American life and most of what’s broken in American life is cultural stuff well upstream from politics.

And we have a lot of people right now who are trying to take this crisis of loneliness and placelessness and work disruption and try to fill in political answers. Politics aren’t smart enough to fix the diversity of texture of all that’s troubled right now.”

Again, Sasse gets down to the issue in question by pointing out the growing gap between Right and Left in the country is a symptom of what’s going on in other areas of American life.

Politics as filler for a much more mobile and less rooted society is something we still have yet to resolve in the age of global instant communication.

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Well…Bye: Charles Manson Dies At 83

I feel no compunction about being truly satisfied that the life of Charles Manson is at last over. A man who never felt any sadness or remorse over the lives he affected or ended due to his influence.

Manson was born into and raised in true dysfunction. A reason for his depravity but never an excuse. Good people have come out of far worse.

I can’t help but realize Charles Manson was older than my living grandmother. He also lived to be older than my maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother. This is a travesty and a shame. Better people deserved Manson’s longevity.

Manson was sentenced to death until the “great” State of California decided the death penalty was a bridge too far regardless of proven depravity and guilt in 1972. I’m no fan of the death penalty, but Manson always seemed like a worthy candidate, if any.

That Manson outlived Gary Hinman, the LaBiancas, Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski and Stephen Parent is far worse.

That his name, and those of his cohorts, are more well-known is unconscionable.

So, bye, Loser.

May your name be forever synonymous with those who are eternally forsaken.

Never asking for forgiveness in life, and never trusting in an everlasting and redeeming Heavenly Father, one can only hope — even those as questioning in faith as I am — that he is reaping a pain as excruciating as the one he asked his followers to inflict upon others and their loved ones.

To anyone who thinks this is an exceedingly ugly-spirited post, I realize there is little to suggest it’s not. But no one deserves it quite like he does.

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‘WTH Happened This Week’ Podcast: That’s Just Your Opinion, Man.

RedState senior contributor Kimberly Ross and Assistant Editor Andrea Ruth bring to you a summary of news from the week and how RedState covered each issue. This week, contributor Brad Slager joined the show.

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New Poll Is Really Bad News For Roy Moore

Republican Roy Moore is officially polling outside the margin of error in a new Fox News poll conducted Monday through Wednesday evenings.

Moore is behind by 8 points among likely voters in a state so red the Democrats didn’t even bother running a challenger to now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in 2014.

With Moore and his supporters consistent refrain being about how important the Alabama Senate seat is for Republicans, one has to ask if there is any politician more selfish than Roy Moore right now?

Republicans are looking increasingly more likely to lose a seat that should be a walk to keep. Moore’s refusal to step aside when all Senate endorsements and official Republican support has been revoked in light of the multiple credible accusations against him is a stance based on his self-interest alone.

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BREAKING: House Passes Tax Cut Package

The House passed the Republican tax cut package in a 227 to 205 vote on Thursday.

Speaker Paul Ryan made an impassioned address on the benefits of what the tax bill would do for Americans if passed.

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Roy Moore Is Staying In The Race; Attorney Doubles Down With Demands

An attorney representing embattled GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore has doubled down on Moore’s denials that he ever came into contact with at least one alleged victim.

The press conference focused solely on the most recent allegation bt Beverly Young-Nelson who held up a signed yearbook as she told what she endured at the hands of Moore.

Moore’s attorney raised two issues: 1) that Roy Moore was the judge on her divorce case, and 2) demanded Nelson’s attorney, Gloria Allred, hand over the yearbook to a neutral party so the yearbook can be properly forensically analyzed.

Ultimately, Moore is continuing to stand as the GOP candidate to fill Jeff Sessions vacated seat despite no support from Republicans as a whole.

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Will Roy Moore Drop Out Today? Watch Live Press Conference

GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore’s attorney addresses the new and ongoing allegations against his client.

Senate Republicans and the RNC have all revoked financial support and endorsements as more women come out to speak of sexual harassment and assault they experienced at the hands of Moore.

The big question remains, will Moore drop out or continue his ever-diminishing campaign for Alabama’s vacant Senate seat?

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Breaking: Shooter in Norther California Was Legally Barred From Possessing Guns

Once again the narrative that more gun laws are needed is proven fruitless when applied to real-world cases.

According to court documents, the Northern California shooter who killed five people and injured another nine in a rampage in the town of Rancho Tehama was prohibited from possessing firearms.

It was discovered Wednesday that the shooter first shot and killed his wife and hid her body under the floorboards. The shooter was shot and killed by law enforcement.

The sheriff also commended the quick thinking of school officials for locking down the school as soon as they heard gunfire. The shooter was unable to enter the school building before he was killed. Seven children, including a 2-year-old at a nearby park, were injured during the shooting but, thankfully, none were among those killed.

Of the shooter’s guns, Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said,

“These firearms are manufactured illegally, we believe, by him at his home,” Johnston said. “They were obtained in an illegal manner, not through a legal process. They’re not registered.”

So, on top of the shooter not being able to legally own guns, the guns he had were illegally manufactured.

This is a sad reminder that gun laws cannot keep someone hell-bent on obtaining guns from doing so.

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Oops! Fox News Host Takes Apart Uranium One Conspiracy Touted By Colleagues

Fox News’ Shepard Smith took apart the conspiracy regarding Uranium One, the Obama administration, and the Clinton’s in short shrift Tuesday.

Shep is no conservative. Indeed, he’s often the lone “liberal” host in a sea of right-leaning (on air) colleagues.

The Uranium One deal is worth looking at, but even Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday he doesn’t believe there needs to be a special counsel to investigate the transaction.

If nothing else, it’s a reminder that investigating and prosecuting past administrations, regardless of tough campaign talk, is never in the interest of a current administration.

Fox News mega-personality, Sean Hannity, in particular, has been obsessed with the Uranium One conspiracy.

Transactions like Uranium One deserve to be looked at, but when the conspiracy takes on a life of its own, a reminder of how unremarkable the event was in actuality is necessary.

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The Bell Is Tolling For Roy Moore As RNC Pulls Support

Here that sound? That’s the hammer dropping on Roy Moore as the Republican National Committee pulls support of the GOP Senate candidate recently plagued with allegations he sexually assaulted and pursued underage girls.

Per Politico:

The RNC is pulling out of a joint fundraising agreement it had with Moore, according to a senior party official briefed on the decision. It is also canceling a field program it had set up ahead of the state’s Dec. 12 special election. The committee had about a dozen paid canvassers in Alabama working for Moore. It will no longer transfer any money to the race.

Internal RNC polling showed Moore was barely ahead just a week ago, prior to the avalanche of credible accusations and exodus of support from Republicans of all stripes.

Republican leadership in both houses of Congress have called for Moore to step aside. The head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Cory Gardner, said on Monday that Moore should be expelled from the Senate if elected by Alabamans.

Moore is sinking in the polls and losing the support of the RNC makes one wonder just how Moore can feel he is doing right by Alabamians by staying in the race.

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