Mike Rowe Tackles the Problems Fatherlessness Causes, and It’s About Time We Put Focus On It

We can trace of a lot of society’s problems to fatherless families.

This isn’t an easy thing to say or admit in a society that has elevated mothers, specifically single motherhood, to a nearly religious-like reverence. Furthermore, it doesn’t help that we live in a society that has — at least in its more leftist/mainstream feminist circles — made villains out of men, masculinity, and fatherhood in its more extreme cases.

But as the former host of Dirty Jobs and current host of Returning the Favor, Mike Rowe, recently pointed out, fatherless homes cause a bevy of problems within the home that affect society as a whole.

Rowe posted a new episode of Returning the Favor on his Facebook wall and began by musing over a certain celebrity divorce wherein the mother dismissed the idea that her child needed a father:

A couple years ago, when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were getting divorced, Jolie was quoted as saying, “It never even crossed my mind that my son would need a father.”

I was struck by her comment, and I remember wondering how many other Americans might share her view. At the time, I didn’t think many. But today, I’m convinced the number is significant. I’m also amazed at how quickly fatherhood has fallen out of favor. Can you imagine a celebrity – or anyone for that matter – saying such a thing just twenty years ago?

Rowe went on to describe that midway through this week’s episode of Returning the Favor, Rowe began to identify bullying as what it is, a symptom, not a disease. The disease, he found, was fatherlessness.

And he posted the facts to back it up:

• 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes – 5 times the average. (US Dept. Of Health/Census)
• 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.
• 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average. (Center for Disease Control)
• 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes – 14 times the average. (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26)
• 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average. (National Principals Association Report)
• 43% of US children live without their father [US Department of Census]

“Is it really so surprising to learn that a majority of bullies also come from fatherless homes?” Rowe asks after stating the stats. “As do a majority of school shooters? As do a majority of older male shooters?”

“I know this is controversial,” he continues, “and I’m sorry to inject an uncomfortable element into a post about a “feel-good” show, but I think it’s important to consider the possibility that this thing we like to call “an epidemic of bullying,” is really an “epidemic of fatherlessness.” I also think it’s reasonable to conclude that our society is sending a message to men of all ages that is decidedly mixed.”

Societal violence is definitely a problem, but most problems seem to have a common source, and it’s not what politicians, activists, or the media point to. As Rowe notes, not having a dad has a serious effect on a kid’s life, especially a boy’s.

The bullying crisis is real, but the root cause has nothing to do with video games, or guns, or social media, or rock and roll, or sugary drinks, or any of the other boogymen currently in fashion. Nor is it a function of some new chromosome unique to the current crop of kids coming of age. Kids are the same now as they were a hundred years ago – petulant, brave, arrogant, earnest, frightened, and cocksure. It’s the parents who have changed. It’s the parents who have put their own happiness above the best interests of their kids. It’s the parents who actually believe “the village” will raise their kids, when the village is profoundly incapable of doing anything of the sort.

It’s time we as a society understand just how important fathers are, and ditch the idea that good men aren’t necessary for a society to thrive.

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South Park’s Matt Stone and Trey Parker to Crowd at Awards Show: “We’re Republicans”

South Park is one of the most overtly gross, intentionally offensive shows in existence today. It’s also one of the smartest, and most brilliant programs television has ever seen.

Underneath the fart jokes, cuss words, and inappropriate humor, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker create a surreal world that through the art of satire and comedy rips back the veil society likes to wear and shows its face for what it really is.

The show’s favorite target is those who take themselves far too seriously. More often than not, their targets end up being left-leaning figures or causes. They’ve ripped everyone from Al Gore and Michael Moore, to atheists and social justice warriors.

While Stone and Parker have attacked right-leaning causes from time to time, the veracity with which South Park goes after leftists has generated some serious outrage, especially after they spent nearly their entire 19th season when they went after the politically correct left, sparking anger from social justice warriors the world over.

Stone and Parker rarely talk frankly about their political stances, but when they do, it’s never anything the left likes to hear. During the 2016 elections, the duo made it clear that they weren’t big fans of either Clinton or Trump, but that “we believe in liberty,” and would support Gary Johnson if there was a chance he’d get elected.

But now the South Park creators have opened up a bit more about their politics, and in classic Stone and Parker form, they did so in such a way that it made people uncomfortable.

According to Larry Elder, Stone and Parker were accepting a “freedom” award from Norman Lear’s organization. When they took to the stage to accept the award they dropped the bomb on everyone in the room.

“We’re Republicans,” said the duo the crowd who reportedly laughed nervously.

“No, seriously. We’re Republicans,” they reaffirmed.

It’s not clear whether Stone and Parker were merely trolling the crowd. I wouldn’t put it past them. However, if they are being honest about their voting habits it would absolutely explain a lot. While there is nothing that escapes their lampooning harpooning, it’s the left that receives the majority of their ire.

I’m curious as to how the Hollywood crowd will react to them once this story gets bigger, or if they will do whatever it takes to ignore it. The idea that two comedic icons beloved the world over could possibly vote Republican may be too much for the Hollywood elite to bear.

More important than what we do hear will be what we don’t. Hopefully, South Park will be a show that continues to run despite the revelation that its creators subscribe to the most hated group of people in the first world. However, it might be that South Park is finding a way to go out with a bang, and this revelation is there final middle finger to the elitist culture they’ve bashed so relentlessly.

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Brian Stelter Admits to Allowing David Hogg to Spread Misinformation on His CNN Show

Holy. Wow.

Every time one of the Parkland students appears in front of a camera or hits the “tweet” button on Twitter, we’re further shown their ignorance on guns, mixed with their youthful impetuousness.

While the general public may consistently correct them in the free-wheeling(ish) world of social media, when the likes of David Hogg or Cameron Casky appear on a televised show, it’s up to the host or anchor to correct the record.

Only, many anchors and show hosts have taken on the role of activist. This results in much of the misinformation spread by Hogg and his peers to go completely unchallenged into the mainstream, where it hops into a fighter jet and gets halfway around the world before the truth can gas up the Cessna.

Due to the quickness with which the Parkland student activists were thrust into the spotlight, and the bubble within which their handlers keep them well secured, I won’t immediately reach the conclusion that the kids themselves are lying. There’s a lot that they say and do that tells me these kids are being fed misinformation and instructed to repeat it.

However, when an anchor hears the misinformation or factual error and fails to correct it in that moment, then that misinformation becomes a lie. It becomes a lie on the part of the host and the network.

And that’s entirely what CNN’s Brian Stelter of the ironically named Reliable Sources admitted to while on HLN’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered. 

According to Newsbusters, Stelter and Cupp were discussing the wisdom of putting these kids so far into the spotlight with zero attempts at policy change to show for it.

That’s when Stelter blurted out his journalistic sin:

Stelter’s admission came after host S.E. Cupp questioned him about the wisdom of the media’s obsession with elevating only the kids pushing gun control. “Brian, we as a business have been giving these kids a lot of coverage. All the networks have in some way or another,” she explained, noting boringness of nuanced policy. “But the policies is the tough part. Do you think in showing these kids so often, as often as we all do, we’re doing actually them a disservice because the policy is actually what’s going to change this?

And with no sort of trickery from Cupp, Stelter just blurted out that he let the gun control advocate get away with lying to CNN’s viewers. “A disservice is a strong word, but when I was interviewing David Hogg only ten days after the massacre, there were a few times I wanted to jump in and say let’s correct that fact,” he said.

Cupp immediately wanted to know if Stelter ever corrected the record. According to Stelter, he let most of the lies stand as truth and just tried to make excuses. “And at one of the times I did and other times I did not. There’s always that balance, how many times you’re going to interrupt,” he argued. A blatant double standard that would not fly if Hogg was from the right or someone on Fox News.

Stelter could only remember one time where he corrected Hogg’s words, and that was when he referred to NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch as the CEO of the NRA. He then turned around and attempted to defend his allowing lies to go unopposed on his show.

“I think we have to recognize where David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez are coming from. There has been an increase in the lethality of mass shootings in recent years in this country. The so-called top ten list of horrors is very, very ugly and very recent,” said Stelter. “I do think they are trying to raise awareness of that.”

We know with demonstrable certainty that CNN is a biased network. As I’ve covered in the past, not only in CNN deliberately biased against the right, it goes so far as to call right-leaning media outlets “propaganda machines” as the network assists foreign dictators in spreading their propaganda within their countries.

That they are willing to spread a lie is nothing new. However, what’s disgusting is that they would allow victims of an atrocity to spread the lie. Not just once, but many times. The use of a misinformed teen that had been a survivor of a school shooting to push an agenda multiple times says quite a bit about, not just Stelter, but the network in general.

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Brian Stetler Admits to Allowing David Hogg to Spread Misinformation On His CNN Show

Holy. Wow.

Every time one of the Parkland students appears in front of a camera or hits the “tweet” button on Twitter, we’re further shown their ignorance on guns, mixed with their youthful impetuousness.

While the general public may consistently correct them in the free-wheeling(ish) world of social media, when the likes of David Hogg or Cameron Casky appear on a televised show, it’s up to the host or anchor to correct the record.

Only, many anchors and show hosts have taken on the role of activist. This results in much of the misinformation spread by Hogg and his peers to go completely unchallenged into the mainstream, where it hops into a fighter jet and gets halfway around the world before the truth can gas up the Cessna.

Due to the quickness with which the Parkland student activists were thrust into the spotlight, and the bubble within which their handlers keep them well secured, I won’t immediately reach the conclusion that the kids themselves are lying. There’s a lot that they say and do that tells me these kids are being fed misinformation and instructed to repeat it.

However, when an anchor hears the misinformation or factual error and fails to correct it in that moment, then that misinformation becomes a lie. It becomes a lie on the part of the host and the network.

And that’s entirely what CNN’s Brian Stetler of the ironically named Reliable Sources admitted to while on HLN’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered. 

According to Newsbusters, Stetler and Cupp were discussing the wisdom of putting these kids so far into the spotlight with zero attempts at policy change to show for it.

That’s when Stetler blurted out his journalistic sin:

Stelter’s admission came after host S.E. Cupp questioned him about the wisdom of the media’s obsession with elevating only the kids pushing gun control. “Brian, we as a business have been giving these kids a lot of coverage. All the networks have in some way or another,” she explained, noting boringness of nuanced policy. “But the policies is the tough part. Do you think in showing these kids so often, as often as we all do, we’re doing actually them a disservice because the policy is actually what’s going to change this?

And with no sort of trickery from Cupp, Stelter just blurted out that he let the gun control advocate get away with lying to CNN’s viewers. “A disservice is a strong word, but when I was interviewing David Hogg only ten days after the massacre, there were a few times I wanted to jump in and say let’s correct that fact,” he said.

Cupp immediately wanted to know if Stelter ever corrected the record. According to Stelter, he let most of the lies stand as truth and just tried to make excuses. “And at one of the times I did and other times I did not. There’s always that balance, how many times you’re going to interrupt,” he argued. A blatant double standard that would not fly if Hogg was from the right or someone on Fox News.

Stetler could only remember one time where he corrected Hogg’s words, and that was when he referred to NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch as the CEO of the NRA. He then turned around and attempted to defend his allowing lies to go unopposed on his show.

“I think we have to recognize where David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez are coming from. There has been an increase in the lethality of mass shootings in recent years in this country. The so-called top ten list of horrors is very, very ugly and very recent,” said Stetler. “I do think they are trying to raise awareness of that.”

We know with demonstrable certainty that CNN is a biased network. As I’ve covered in the past, not only in CNN deliberately biased against the right, it goes so far as to call right-leaning media outlets “propaganda machines” as the network assists foreign dictators in spreading their propaganda within their countries.

That they are willing to spread a lie is nothing new. However, what’s disgusting is that they would victims of an atrocity to spread the lie. Not just once, but many times. The use of a misinformed teen that had been a survivor of a school shooting to push an agenda multiple times says quite a bit about, not just Stetler, but the network in general.

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Repealing the 2nd Amendment Opens Up a Can of Worms You Don’t Want Opened

I’m not sure why the left hasn’t thought through their current parading around of former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens New York Times article on repealing the 2nd Amendment.

Just to get the obvious out of the way, repealing the 2nd isn’t just something that happens with the snap of a finger. First you’d need a new amendment to replace the one you’re repealing, and that must be voted in by 2/3 of congress. Then 3/4 of the states must approve the amendment.

And that’s just the summarized version of events. Don’t even get me started about the wheeling, dealing, and stealing it would take to have an amendment passed. Especially if it’s an amendment to repeal something from the bill of rights. It’s safer to say that repealing anything from the bill of rights just isn’t happening. You can hardly get enough congressmen to agree on a small bill, much less get 38 states to agree to repeal a huge one.

But let’s say that by some work of the devil himself, it did happen. Let’s say we repeal the 2nd Amendment and guns are banned. Nothing but unicorns and rainbows, right?

You couldn’t be more wrong.

Firstly, you didn’t ban guns from the United States. We’ve had so many in circulation for hundreds of of years that you now have a massive stockpile of illegal weapons just sitting in people’s closets, drawers, etc. You can order that these guns be delivered to your nearest law enforcement agency, and in the interest of being law abiding I’m sure many firearms will find their way into the hands of the authorities.

But then you’d have problems with people who refuse to give up their firearms. As far as many Americans are concerned, owning a firearm is a right with or without a constitutional amendment. Our guns will stay right where they are, if not just a little more out of sight. But the guns from the (previously) law abiding aren’t necessarily the guns you have to worry about. In fact, they rarely were in the first place, but that’s another conversation.

Repealing the right to own firearms in a country soaked to the brim with guns will only serve to create a black market. People will understand that weapons are now far more valuable than before, and will buy, trade, and sell weapons with zero oversight from the government. Some very well might end up in the hands of a good guy, who won’t use it for evil despite the illegality of the weapon. However, some criminals will continue to acquire these weapons for nefarious purposes.

Not that they aren’t doing that already, but at least before we had good guys with guns to stop them. Repealing the 2nd just put those folks into hiding. So good luck, as the statistics show you just helped violence increase greatly.

But now you’ve got a bigger problem on your hands.

Aside from the open invitation to criminals to ride roughshod over the now disarmed American people, you’ve cracked a Pandora’s box of amendment repeal lunacy. I’d like to remind everyone that the First Amendment has never been less liked than it has been today. The very same youth many wish to give the vote because they hate the second are also famous for hating the First.

Polls have come out giving numbers as to how many millennials wish to repeal or restrict the First Amendment, but all of them are frightening.

WaPo, for instance, found that 40 percent of millennials believe 1A shouldn’t protect “hate speech.” Keep in mind that much of what is considered “hate speech” nowadays is whatever hurts somebody’s feelings, which in effect could be anything at any time.

By repealing the 2nd, you give rise to the idea that any amendment could, and should be repealed. There will be movements, and activists groups that pull out all the stops to repeal the First in the interest of a “more civil society” and “safety.” Politicians, in an effort to stay in power, will begin parading around the idea that they were always in favor of restricting 1A, and will vote to make the United States a better place for everyone.

Maybe not that year, or even the decade, but eventually the fall of the 2nd Amendment will lead to the fall of others. The First Amendment might go because being mean and offensive in this country only leads to conflict. The Fourth Amendment might go because we obviously have a lot more gun violence before, and searches and seizures should be carried out in order to make us safer. So on, and so on.

Rest assured, the 2nd Amendment isn’t going anywhere. If it did, however, then the good intentions of the ignorant would land the country in a real bad way.

 

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March for Our Lives Deplatforms Brother of Slain Parkland Student for Not Supporting Anti-Gun Message

The March for Our Lives wasn’t exactly the concern and care-fest that the fawning media made it out to be, and this was clearly evidenced, not just by the voices that used divisive anti-gun rhetoric while on stage, but more loudly by the voices who were not present.

Noticeably absent was Parkland student Kyle Kashuv, who has actually helped to get legislation passed that will help make our schools safer. His not being included is a massive signal that the march wasn’t really interested in hearing out those affected by the shooting directly, just in pushing a narrative using those who are willing to say the “right things.”

Kashuv is the largest and most obvious oversight, but it’s likely Kashuv knew he wouldn’t be invited to appear on that stage from the get-go. He and his peers are not friendly, and the more Kashuv accomplishes, the nastier they get.

But perhaps a little less known is the absent voice of Hunter Pollack, the big brother of slain student Autumn Pollack.

Recently, Hunter and the late Autumn’s father, Andrew Pollack, appeared alongside Kashuv in a powerful video released by the Daily Caller. In the video, Andrew tells the tale of how his daughter, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High, died heroically trying to defend a freshman girl by covering her body with her own.

According to the Daily Wire, Hunter asked to share the D.C. stage with his sister’s peers but was denied.

Apparently, like his father, Hunter doesn’t share the same anti-gun sentiment that the preferred students do and thus was rejected from appearing on the march’s platform.

“We got denied to speak at the march, so I’m not going to the march, I’m going to a lacrosse game,” claimed Meadow’s father, according to Daily Wire. “I guess he’s got a different agenda than their agenda so they denied him.”

“I was going to give a speech about Meadow and how devastated I am and how we need to make change, but they won’t allow me to put my voice out,” added Hunter.

March organizer Ryan Deitsch claims that Hunter is lying about being refused a speaking spot at the march according to NBC’s Local 10 News, but according to the Daily Wire, the evidence proves otherwise:

But text messages provided to DML News suggest otherwise. Hunter was told he could not speak at the event after he sent those in power his speech.

In text messages between Hunter and Deena Katz, a Hollywood producer spearheading large portions of the event, the 29-year-old was told they could figure out a way to fit him in the “show” after first being denied.

“At that point Katz gives in and says they’ll make it work, but she also demanded to see his speech,” reports DML.

Hunter sent his speech to Katz and an organizer named Julia. He was left in the dark for hours, he says.

At 11:40 p.m. on Friday night, hours before the march, Hunter was informed by Katz that he would not be permitted to speak at the event. The Hollywood producer cited a packed scheduled for her reasoning in denying the young man a chance to publicly honor his sister’s life. Hunter asked for a mere three minutes.

Hunter’s speech called for treating our schools the same way we do with any high-value locations; with armed security. He noted that her death was caused by a madman whose will to kill was far more powerful than the will to stop him.

But this was too off-message for the March for Our Lives. They want gun control and the NRA and Republicans punished. Hunter’s words have little use, and indeed run contrary to the established narrative. In fact, it runs powerfully contrary.

Below is the entire speech that Hunter had intended to give. The March for Our Lives campaign may deplatform voices that should be heard, but that shouldn’t stop the rest of us from spreading words like those from Hunter’s around.

From the Daily Wire:

“On Valentine’s Day I had my heart broken…. we all did… and there’s too much sad irony in that to ignore.

So, today, on this historic event in our nation’s capital with the entire world watching us — as they listen to every word we say — I want to speak about our broken hearts, and what we can do as a country to turn this heartbreak into a mission worth fighting for.

In my heart I know this is not a mission driven by politics, nor should it be dictated by the left or the right. This is not a mission specific to color, religion or economics, but rather, it’s a mission of love; it’s a mission of safety built upon a foundation filled with common sense, and fueled by a common denominator that can bring together every American across this great country.

The one common denominator we all share is a desire to LIVE… We all want to LIVE the greatest life possible.

My sister, Meadow Pollack, was living an amazing life filled with love, passion, dreams, family and fun. She had so much to offer this world, she had so much ahead of her — but — because WE as a school, and WE as a community, and WE as a society, and WE as a state, and WE as a nation failed to protect her — my baby sister is no longer part of this equation we call LIFE.

What pains me most is that her beautiful life was NOT lost to an incurable disease or a freak accident. She is gone because our schools are not safe. She is dead because the madness of one young man, and his determination to kill — was greater than our desire to stop him.
Remembering Meadow and the Parkland 17 is something we must all vow to here today. We must promise to take action each and every day until we protect the students of this country. We must protect our students and our schools in the same way we do the patrons at an NFL football stadium, and the passengers at an airport, and the diamonds in a jewelry store. We, the children of America, are the most valuable assets this nation has. Therefore, we hereby put all the leaders and parents of this country on notice. Today, we want you to put a value on our lives — and to protect us above all and everything else.

We, as the students of this country must take our anger, and our pain, and our desire to LIVE this LIFE to the fullest, and we must channel it into a mission that is obtainable — one that can be achieved without heavy debate — one that everyone can agree upon today, tomorrow, and for decades to come. We are Americans, we are the best and brightest — and so keeping our schools safe should not be a hard thing to do.

What happened at Parkland should have resulted in immediate action across America — but it has not. Two weeks ago a student in Utah tried blowing up a school with a bomb. And then this week in Maryland we lost another life in another school shooting. The weapons may be different, but the objective is the same, so we NEED to protect our schools from the killers who want to kill.

The hatred and sickness that fuels a killer to kill innocent students is something most of us will never understand, but that doesn’t mean it’s something we can ignore. We need to be on a mission to stop these monsters before they take action — we must demand our leaders help those who are sick, but we must also demand that they protect those of us who are not.

In closing, I ask you to say my sister’s name to yourself. It’s such a beautiful name…. MEADOW…. If you say her name, it’s impossible not to feel the beauty of who she was, and who she always will be. 

MEADOW… it makes me think of a sunny day, like this one. A day where the sun shines on our youth, and shines on our desire to LIVE a safe and happy LIFE.

I can feel MEADOW right now. She is asking us to come together. She wants us to thank the families and parents — like my dad Andrew —- and Mr Ryan Perry — and all the others who continue to fight for the rest of us to be safe. MEADOW is asking us to be smart, and to love, and to share the common denominator we share. Embrace LIFE, make the most of it… don’t let it be wasted.

To my sister MEADOW — who is up in heaven — I promise you here today that dad and me, along with millions of people at our side, will do our part in making schools safe so that this never happens again. We vow to protect America’s children in a way you should have been protected. We will keep them safe from the evil people and all the weapons they use. Until we meet again Meadow, I will miss you like crazy. I love you, we all love you. My you shine on us today, and every day going forward. Thank you.”

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These Two Voices Won’t be Heard at the March for Our Lives Event, but By God, They Should Be

There’s a lot happening at the March for Our Lives event in D.C. right now. Some of it very moving and extraordinary, and some of it just silly and even hateful toward people who don’t deserve it.

But while you’ll see a bevy of speakers shuffled in front of microphones to give all sorts of speeches, you’ll notice that a lot of them are very one sided. The slant against firearms is very prevalent at the march, and we can expect no different from an event being put on by the groups behind it, such as Everytown, Mom’s Demand, Giffords, and others.

And the fact that only a few select voices will be heard is tragic, seeing as how the voices that are left out have some very important things to say.

Excluded from being given a platform is Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Kyle Kashuv. For those unfamiliar with Kashuv, he has been meeting with politicians to make change happen within the schools to make them safer. Not by taking away or restricting the rights of others, but by allowing schools to take the necessary precautions to see to it that atrocities like the Parkland shooting never happen again.

This has sadly earned him the ire of his fellow students in the mainstream spotlight such as David Hogg and Cameron Kasky, and saw him rejected from the narrative the groups shepherding these kids around would like to push.

But the Daily Caller is not ignoring voices like Kashuv’s. In fact, they’re displaying them proudly. This also includes Andrew Pollack, a father who lost his daughter after the Parkland shooter (whom I will not give the pleasure of spreading his name to the world) shot her nine times while she attempted to shield a younger student.

As both Pollack and Kashuv point out, the problem that lead to the Parkland shooting isn’t with the guns. The problem lies with the law enforcement agencies on both the local and federal level who didn’t do the job they were supposed to. It lies with the cowardly deputy who waited outside the door while the shooter killed 17 people.

Watch the heart breaking story told by a heartbroken father, and the student who’s realistically working to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Sadly, two voices you won’t hear in D.C. today.

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The Parkland Students Just Learned What Asking for More Safety Means, and They Naturally Don’t Like It

Living free doesn’t necessarily mean living safe. That’s the trade-off for living in a society where liberty is the dominant structure. People sometimes forget that liberty and chaos are cousins, and that sometimes the two get together. The results can be wonderful. Sometimes they’re tragic.

From the very founding of our nation, we learned that order and safety can be just as devastating — if not more so — than chaos. Just as liberty and chaos are closely related, so is tyranny and order. You might live in a more safe world where danger is kept at bay, but there’s a good chance you won’t like how the powers that be go about it.

And the Parkland students just learned that lesson. Needless to say, the freedom they just gave up to get safety isn’t sitting well with them.

According to the DailyWire, the Superintendent of the Broward County School System issued an order that all students must have their student ID on them at all times. Furthermore, the students may only have clear backpacks, that the school will issue free of cost, that display their contents for everyone to see.

Naturally, the students are not happy about their breach of privacy.

One student, who has now deleted her tweet, nailed it on the head before she understood what she was saying.

“So, we’re giving up all illusions of normalcy. okay. why should 3300 students be penalized for the failure of security to do their job?” asked MSDHS student @Nikta04.

Indeed. Why should others be punished with things they like taken away from them due to the failures of security?

The high school students are now being introduced to the bed they made, and must now sleep in. They demanded better security, more oversight. What they got was better security and more oversight, but it wasn’t what they intended. They wanted OTHERS to have to change in response to their demands, not themselves.

The students opened the door for tyranny with their highly public demands for safety. They invited nonsensical solutions for problems the moment they rejected the route that offered danger to be utilized to protect them.

The clear backpacks won’t make them more safe, but in an effort to “DO SOMETHING!!!1!” as the students demanded, they pretty much rolled out the welcome mat for ridiculous safety measures brought on by ridiculous people, who feel their ridiculous actions are helping simply because they’re acting. And this kind of tyranny is the worst kind.

This was best pointed out by author C.S. Lewis when he wrote of this kind of tyrannical rule bent of safety.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

I hope the students think critically, and learn a lesson from this development. If you ask for safety, be ready to give up a freedom.

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Taylor Swift Finally Goes Political and It’s a Very Disappointing Support for the Anti-Gun March for Our Lives

One of Taylor Swift’s most admirable qualities is that she didn’t talk politics. Whatever opinions she held, we as a general public were blissfully ignorant of it, and thus could enjoy her music without the bitter taste of politics ruining the sweet taste of entertainment.

It was a quality if Swift’s that admired, despite the deluge of leftist commentators pegging her as just the worst for not joining in on any part of the “resistance” against Donald Trump.

I even wrote about this admiration I had for Swift’s non-political approach, despite the fact that that I was not a fan:

Swift respects her audience, no matter which way they lean. Whether they’re blue haired SJWs, or troop loving patriots, Swift welcomes all. She’s a performer who is there to bring her audience emotion, depth, fun, and what have you, not divisive commentary and political stances. She never forces anyone to pick a side.

The bit about never forcing anyone to pick a side is sadly over now, however, as Swift has decided to publicly throw her support behind the March for Our Lives.

As many now know, the March for Our Lives is billed a “student led” march against gun violence and for gun reform. I put “student led” in quotes, because this march is being organized, funded, and led by a who’s who of leftist activist organizations including Planned Parenthood, Everytown, and The Women’s March.

Swift announced via her Instagram account that she’s donating money to the march, and noted that she supports gun reform.

“No one should have to go to school in fear of gun violence,” Swift wrote. “Or to a nightclub. Or to a concert. Or to a movie theater. Or to their place of worship. I’ve made a donation to show my support for the students, for the March For Our Lives campaign, for everyone affected by these tragedies, and to support gun reform. I’m so moved by the Parkland High School students, faculty, by all families and friends of victims who have spoken out, trying to prevent this from happening again.”

Let me be clear. I’m not saying Swift remotely knows that this is a march actually is, who’s behind it, or what the actual goal is. Swift’s announcement on Instagram would go without all that information as it appears she has her comment sections for the photos turned off. Swift is also, obviously, a very busy gal. What she sees, as many others do, is what the march bills itself as. There is no inkling as to who the awful groups behind it might be.

However, despite the fact that she may very well be ignorant to a lot of this information, it’s highly disappointing that Swift has taken the stances she has. What isn’t a mystery is that guns are a hotly debated issue in the U.S., and the kids who represent this march make their loathing for things like the NRA and the politicians who support it very clear. They state their opinions in a very high profile way.

Even if Swift is ignorant to the groups, and true intent behind it, she’s highly likely not ignorant to how heated this debate has become.

And therein lies the horrible part about her public support for the March for Our Lives. Swift has finally forced her fans to take a side with or against her on an issue.

We as media consumers too often are forced to see past a star’s political viewpoints to enjoy their work. While it might not bother some of us, many of us end up finding the politics of a celebrity too much. It overshadows their work, and no matter how good they are at what they do, it’s always there in the back of your mind. Joss Whedon, and Davey Havok are two people whose work I adore, but feel that if left alone in a room together there’d be little love between us.

I’ve felt pangs of disappointment whenever I learned one of my favorite artists takes a stance against something I hold dear, or felt that artist disrespected something I hold in high regard. It especially becomes difficult when celebrities consistently take a stance against something you love or respect. It makes you tune out to what they have to say.

This is true for many, and has been evidenced lately by the falling ratings of channels like CNN and ESPN, as well as the tanking ratings for the NFL and Hollywood award shows. People don’t want to stomach the politics when they came for the entertainment.

Hopefully Swift, whom I thought knew this already, will keep her politics away from her entertainment. Gun control will never come up at her concerts, and hopefully not her interviews. I doubt the latter will be possible, but perhaps she’ll take a wiser middle ground with it.

If she doesn’t, it may not play out well for her audience. In turn, it may not play out well for her.

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Elon Musk Jumps On the #DeleteFacebook Trend, Takes SpaceX and Tesla Pages Off Facebook

The #DeleteFacebook trend just got a participant in the form of one of the most powerful men in the first world.

Elon Musk, popular for creating the Tesla electric car and launching said car in to space through his SpaceX program, has taken both of those companies Facebook pages offline.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this was are a result of data from over 50 million users being mined by Cambridge Analytica while Facebook stood back and watched.

The injury Musk did to Facebook came with insults as well. Upon WhatsApp creator Brian Acton tweeting out “It’s time” followed by the hashtag “#deletefacebook,” Musk responded with “what’s Facebook?”

It was then that Twitter users suggested that upon Musk’s obviously snide remark toward the social media company, that he should then delete his SpaceX company’s Facebook page. Musk agreed.

Another Twitter user followed up by suggesting Tesla’s page be deleted as well. Musk agreed, saying it looked lame anyway.

Both pages are now gone from the Facebook social network. My respects to the people who may have just lost their jobs over being in charge of running it.

Whether you agree with Musk’s moves or not, you have to admit that this is a major slap in the face to the most powerful social media company in the world. For many, at least on the right, who have felt themselves bullied by the social media corporation’s bias in the past, this is kind of a fun moment.

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