I’m Tired of Not Being Tired of Winning, Mr. President

In May, 2016, in a packed arena in Billings, Montana, then-candidate Donald Trump promised his audience that conservatives would win big with him at the helm. In his high-energy sales pitch, the future President promised adoring fans that “We’re going to win. We’re going to win so much. We’re going to win at trade, we’re going to win at the border. We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning, you’re going to come to me and go ‘Please, please, we can’t win anymore.’ You’ve heard this one. You’ll say ‘Please, Mr. President, we beg you sir, we don’t want to win anymore. It’s too much. It’s not fair to everybody else.’” By bringing his negotiator-in-chief qualities to the White House, Trump told audiences, he would reverse America’s seeming decline and make us great again. Here we are, however, six months into his term and conservatives have little to show for complete Republican control of Washington.

I’m not solely blaming the commander-in-chief, because our do-nothing GOP majority in Congress certainly deserves its fair share of the blame, but the President has certainly not helped the cause any either with Twitter tirades and chronically low approval ratings. The combination of Congress doing nothing and the President spending more time responding to critics on social media than pressing for the conservative agenda, is undermining Obamacare repeal, tax reform, spending cuts, and border security policy. Even as I write this article, for example, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to decide which version of Obamacare repeal he wants the Senate to vote on next week, and President Trump is publicly criticizing his own Attorney General for recusing himself from the Russia investigation. It’s like amateur hour at the Apollo.

Instead of allowing this chaos to continue, I hope the President will devote more time to helping the Vice-President work Capitol Hill to try and find a way to pass healthcare legislation, and to raise money to primary Republican senators who sell-out on Obamacare repeal. There seemed to be some movement toward engaging the legislative process today when the President hosted GOP Senators at the White House for lunch, where he threatened sell-out Senator Dean Heller by stating “Look, he wants to remain a senator, doesn’t he? And I think the people of your state, which I know very well, I think they’re gonna appreciate what you hopefully will do.”

If the President will do more meetings like he did today, which are focused on advancing the conservative agenda, he can help prod Congress toward meaningful action and reverse the stagnation that has plagued the new Republican government. This will require Trump to stop being the “chaos candidate” and to become a disciplined leader who controls his emotions, builds consensus around conservative principles, and doesn’t undermine his own people, like Jeff Sessions, in public. Congress, likewise, will have to get off its butt and pass some dang bills that live-up to their campaign rhetoric for the past three elections about repealing Obamacare, balancing the budget, and cutting taxes.

The first six months of complete Republican control of Washington has not gone well, and liberals are emboldened. Now is the time to cancel August’s congressional recess, buckle-down, and try and govern as adults before next year’s midterm elections bring us the second iteration of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Why Bastille Day is Not Independence Day’s Equivalent

Across America today there are a number of cities and towns celebrating Bastille Day, the French equivalent of America’s July 4th Independence Day holiday. Even in my neck of the woods in Greenville, South Carolina, there is a three course French dinner, complete with a live band, observing July 14th, 1789, the day that outraged French citizens overran the Bastille, a royal fortress used by the Bourbon Dynasty as a political prison. The military governor of the Bastille was murdered by a mob after the Bastille was overrun, which gave irresistible momentum to the French Revolution. The French Revolution led to the abolition of the French monarchy in 1792, and the rise of the first French Republic. As a result, many Americans view the French Revolution as the American Revolution’s equivalent, something that could not be further from the truth.
The American Revolution was a revolt against the oppressive government of King George III of Great Britain, and the American Revolutionaries appealed to Natural Law and “Nature’s God” for justification. As such, America’s founders viewed our nation’s founding as in keeping with the distinctly Western conviction that, in the words of President John F. Kennedy, “the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.” In the aftermath of the American Revolution, peace and prosperity came to our country, and we are still governed by the same Constitution enacted as a result of our Revolution. None of these same things can be said of the French Revolution that commenced after the storming of the Bastille.

While King Louis XVI of France was certainly as opulent and oppressive as Britain’s King George III, the French Revolutionaries doomed their own revolution from the start. The leaders of the French Revolution sought not only to overthrow the oppressive monarchy, but the entire “ancient regime” as they deemed their system of government and religious values. In fact, one of the French philosophers who helped to foment the French Revolution, Denis Diderot, infamously stated that “Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.” Later French revolutionary leaders like Maximilien Robespierre put feet to Diderot’s philosophy and had church properties seized, priests murdered, and Bibles burned. The result was predictable: the French Revolution that sought to set men free led to a reign of terror in which tens of thousands of political dissidents were murdered at the guillotine by the revolutionary councils. In the aftermath of such carnage, French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte consolidated power and became more oppressive even than the overthrown king.

America’s Revolution succeeded where France’s failed because France ascribed to the secular-socialist ideology that would come to mark the later Russian Revolution and the rise of Vladimir Lenin. America, by contrast, implemented principles from the Protestant Reformation and the Scottish Enlightenment, which taught that Natural Law and Truth are concepts that come-forth from the Judeo-Christian Ethic and make possible the principles of freedom. Freedom provides for religious liberty, private property rights, free expression, and free-markets. These principles of freedom have protected America from the violent uprisings that France has witnessed over the past 228 years since the storming of the Bastille. France, today, is on its Fourth Republic because the ideas of its Revolution were based on secular-humanism not eternal truths.

The lesson all Americans should remember on this Bastille Day is that we should not go the way of the French Revolutionaries who believed that political freedom could only be found by freeing society from the principles of faith in God. America has remained free because we have not rejected religious virtue, individual rights, and economic liberty. While the rest of the world careens toward greater economic collectivism, secular-progressivism, and big government domination, we should strive in our country to reapply the principles of the American Revolution, not fall prey to the siren song of secular-socialism that destroyed the French Revolution.

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President Trump’s Appointee to USAID Will Put an End to Political Correctness in Foreign Policy

President Donald Trump’s recent appointment of Bethany Kozma as Senior Adviser in the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Division of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is a welcome change for the agency, and one that also raises some serious questions about the organization she will join. Kozma was appointed by the President because of her conservative credentials and her prior service in the Administration of President George W. Bush, a combination of qualities that will serve her well in her new role. Before leaving government service to more fully focus on her family, Kozma served as White House staff and at the Department of Homeland Security. She reemerged from her self-imposed political retirement last year amidst the Obama Administration’s nationwide promotion of transgender bathroom policies in public schools.

Kozma began aggressively organizing moms across America to stand-up to President Obama’s misguided bathroom policies, writing that “I have jumped back into the world of politics and policy far earlier than I expected to because President Barack Obama’s school bathroom mandate is endangering the safety, security, and privacy of my children and yours.” Now, her activism has landed her an appointment by President Trump to help shape gender equality policy for USAID.

USAID was created in November, 1961 when President John F. Kennedy signed the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 into law and the new agency was born. USAID was designed to be a one-stop shop for U.S. foreign aide, which President Kennedy viewed as a way to bolster economic development in countries that might be influenced by communist ideology. Since its beginning nearly fifty-six years ago, however, USAID has slowly been hijacked by progressives who now use it as a hobby horse to promote abortion and the LGBT agenda on the world stage.

Under President Obama, USAID was enlisted to provide abortion and post-abortion care financing through the U.S. foreign aide program. Further, USAID under President Obama took transgender politics and made it official foreign policy through the aforementioned Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Division. Through its unconstitutional rewriting of Title 9 by executive order, the Obama Administration saw fit to force girls and boys to use restroom and shower facilities together, so that transgender individuals could use whichever facility they felt fit with their chosen gender identity. USAID was the vehicle employed to take President Obama’s misguided transgender policies global.

The Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment division of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) should be used to promote equality for women and children in countries that oppress them, many of which are run by Islamic theocrats, not to promote transgender bathroom policies. Under President Bush, for example, USAID helped establish schools in Afghanistan for women and young girls, so that they, too, could achieve their God-given potential. Instead of focusing on these dire needs, liberals have used USAID to support abortion and transgender bathrooms all over the world.

President Trump made the right decision in appointing Bethany Kozma as senior advisor to the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Division of USAID. I hope now that the Trump Administration goes further, and works with Congress to enact changes to our nation’s foreign aide policies to permanently defund programs aimed at exporting transgender bathroom politics and paying for abortions. John F. Kennedy viewed USAID as a tool to advance America’s national security interests during the Cold War; we should now view it as an opportunity to advance our interests in the era of Islamic extremism, and advance the rights of women, children, and religious minorities being oppressed by the likes of Iran and ISIS.

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Will Republicans Ever Learn that Democrat Light is not a Winning Strategy?

When will Republicans ever learn that being Democrat light is not a winning strategy? Over the Fourth of July congressional recess, more moderate to liberal “republican” U.S. Senators announced their opposition to the Senate GOP version of Obamacare “repeal.” Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota is the latest Republican defector, making the pathway to repeal, or even partial repeal, all the more perilous. Hoeven, like Susan Collins and Rob Portman before him, claimed that the Senate bill does not provide sufficient subsidies and Medicaid expansion funding to make healthcare affordable for lower income Americans. This short-sighted strategy plays right into the Democrat narrative that Republicans are trying to take away people’s access to healthcare, which is precisely what Obamacare actually does. Hoeven, Collins, Portman, and their ilk, are missing the point that subsidy spending is only necessary because of Obamacare’s mandates, and becomes unnecessary after Obamacare is repealed.

Obamacare, as passed in 2010, contains so many mandates on health insurance plans that it necessarily drove-up the cost of health insurance coverage. The government-mandated one-size-fits-all approach made plans so all-inclusive that elderly men had coverage for maternity leave and college-aged women had coverage for testicular cancer exams. Actuarial figures, used to calculate insurance costs, had to include many more likely payout variables, which drove premium costs to all-time highs. To try and soften the blow of the skyrocketing costs of these government-approved plans, Democrats massively expanded Medicaid spending to subsidize the cost increase. In short, Democrats broke the healthcare market and then ratcheted-up federal spending to act as a band-aide.

Obamacare has massively expanded federal spending on healthcare, while further reducing Americans’ access to quality care. In spite of President Obama’s hollow promise that people could keep their doctor and health care plan, millions have lost access to both. These facts are the reason why the American people have elected Republicans at every level; we have consistently voted to end the nightmare of Obamacare and restore free-market principles to America’s health system.

Republican Senators, like Hoeven, who complain that they cannot vote for the Republican plan because it does not leave Medicaid expansion funding in place are fundamentally abandoning their own campaign promises. Low-income Americans are not going to be denied access to healthcare because Republicans repeal Obamacare. In reality, repealing Obamacare would give all Americans greater access to the health care system, and lower premium costs across-the-board. Instead of caving to the Democrat narrative of Republicans depriving people of healthcare access, Senator Hoeven and his colleagues should point-out that the subsidy spending is only necessary because of artificially high prices under Obamacare. They should also rebut the false narrative that millions of people will be denied healthcare after Obamacare is repealed by pointing-out that access to health care and having government-approved health insurance are not the same thing, and that most of those who will become uninsured are younger, healthier Americans who will choose not to buy a Cadillac healthcare plan on their own.

Republicans have badly botched the attempted repeal of Obamacare, and are losing the confidence of their base. Their constant promise since 2010 has been “elect us and we will repeal Obamacare.” Well, here we are in 2017 with total Republican control of Washington, and Obamacare is still in place. For seven years, Republicans have talked about repeal, and now they are choking at the critical hour because they are trying to appease Democrat complaints.

Democrats have lost four consecutive congressional elections because of their support of Obamacare, and now Republican are dithering because they think repealing Obamacare will cost them control of Congress. The only thing that will cost them control of Congress is failing to keep their promise to repeal Obamacare. If they abandon their promise to the American people, the American people will abandon them come next November.

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Conservatives, Let’s Save Our Fire for North Korea, Not Nikki Haley

I am truly amazed at the vitriol on the internet directed at UN Ambassador Nikki Haley after her Twitter usage on Tuesday. Haley has come under intense fire since Independence Day after she tweeted out “Spending my 4th in meetings all day. ‪#ThanksNorthKorea.” Some detractors even went so far as to tweet racially-tinged statements like “Just about what you’d expect from a first generation ‘American.’” This kind of rhetoric is completely disgusting and irresponsible. ‬

‪Given that I am from South Carolina, and served on then-Governor Haley’s 2014 reelection campaign, I can tell you that her tweet was meant to be taken in jest. Haley’s husband, Michael, is a member of the South Carolina National Guard, and he was deployed while Nikki was in the Governor’s Mansion. Of all people, Nikki Haley did not send that tweet to demean the service of our military men and women. The vehement response to her lighthearted tweet says something about the current state of our nation’s political life, and it is not pretty. ‬

‪As conservatives, we must help set a tone of respectful leadership. Attacking a U.S. Ambassador as not really “American” because her parents were born in India is not acceptable. Ambassador Haley has a deep and abiding love for America, and her native state of South Carolina. It is one thing to question the advisability of a tweet, it is another thing entirely to attack her patriotism or her heritage. ‬

‪Instead of engaging in this side-show debate, we need to focus on the fact that we are now precariously close to a military confrontation with North Korea. Instead of attacking our leaders tasked with dealing with this crisis, we would all do well to pray for the President, Vice-President, Ambassador Haley, Secretary Mattis and our men and women in uniform. Our nation must pull together now to stare-down this rapidly escalating threat, instead of engaging in social media wars with one another. ‬

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Is the “Spirit of ’76” Still Alive This Independence Day?

Forty-one years ago America observed her bicentennial, and the country lavishly celebrated 200 years of liberty. A common question posed during that bicentennial year of 1976 was “is the Spirit of ’76 still alive?” That question was a way of asking if our country remained committed to the noble ideals of our founding. I was not born in 1976, but I find myself asking that same question about my country as we prepare to celebrate our nation’s 241st birthday on Tuesday.

In order to determine if the “Spirit of ’76” is still alive and well in America, we must first define that Spirit. The revolutionary spirit of America begins with the belief, as John F. Kennedy stated in his inaugural address, that “the rights of man come not from the generosity of the State, but from the hand of God.” This fundamental belief that our rights come from God is critical to our constitutional system of limited government and guaranteed rights. Our rights can only be inalienable if they are given to us by a power greater than government.

The second tenet of the “Spirit of ’76” supports the first principle of inalienable rights; it is the belief that we are not under the sovereignty of a ruler, but of the rule of law. Our allegiance is pledged not to king or prince, but to the constitution and the rule of law it ensures. This concept was well articulated by Thomas Paine in his revolutionary pamphlet Common Sense:

“Let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarcy, that in America the law is King. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King; and there ought to be no other.”

The rule of law matters, because it affirms the American ideal that even those in power must obey an authority higher than themselves.

Finally, the “Spirit of ’76” entails the concept of personal responsibility as a core tenet of self-government. Only through personal morality and private virtue can we retain the cultural conditions necessary to maintain a free state. This is a call to all Americans to personal civic engagement. Every citizen must engage in the work of building a better society through hard work, family commitments, and through civic organizations.

On this 241st anniversary of American independence, I believe that this Spirit is still alive, but under assault. Millions of Americans still believe in these principles of liberty, and they still enact them in their daily lives. Many, though, do not accept these tenets as the keys to our freedom. We who have the “Spirit of ’76” must work to share our principles with our fellow citizens so that we are, forever and always, “One Nation Under God.”

Happy Independence Day.

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For Hillary to Call Republicans “The Death Party” is The Height of Hypocrisy

After Congressman Steve Scalise was shot at baseball practice by a deranged leftist gunman, you would think that Democrats would cool their rhetoric about Republicans being murderers. Liberal rhetoric has reached a fever pitch over Obamacare repeal, ranging from the constant drumbeat that Donald Trump is a Russian puppet to Sen. Elizabeth Warren claiming that money saved through Republican attempts to reduce healthcare deficits is “blood money.” Such hyperbolic rhetoric from the Left has created the poisonous atmosphere that culminated in an attempted mass-casualty event at a Congressional baseball practice. Civility is out the window, it seems, when it comes to democratic desperation to save the monstrosity that is Obamacare.

After a week of fake respect, the tone of civility was gone when Hillary Clinton tweeted on Friday that “If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death Party.” Concurrently with Clinton, socialist Bernie Sanders tweeted that “thousands of people will die if the Republican healthcare bill becomes law.” Sanders’s insane statement was met by a snarky response from Republican Senator Orrin Hatch who said “The brief time when we were *not* accusing those we disagree with of murder was nice while it lasted.” There is an obvious attempt by Democrats to drown-out any legitimate debate over Obamacare repeal with hysterical, hate-filled rhetoric prognosticating doom and death.

The claim that Republicans are the party of death coming from Hillary Clinton and the Democrats is rich; one of the primary reasons that they oppose any Republican healthcare plan is that it will defund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion provider, which receives over $500 million per year from American taxpayers. Democrats for decades have defended abortion funding as if it is the holy grail, and have tried repeatedly to scuttle any legislation that would ban dismembering, maiming, or partial birth aborting a baby in the womb. For the abortion party to attack Republicans as the “party of death” is absurd even by their own warped standards.

Republicans have a lot of work to do on the Obamacare repeal bill if it is going to make it to President Trump’s desk. From reducing federal subsidies to buy healthcare plans with too many coverage mandates, to allowing for competition across state lines for health insurance, Congress has work to do to repeal the ACA. One proviso of both the House and Senate versions of Obamacare repeal that should remain, however, is that Planned Parenthood should never again see a dime of federal funding.

Democratic wailing about Republicans being the party of death reminds me of a warning from Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” By calling the GOP the “party of death” Democrats are just seeking to muddy the waters on their own horrific record when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable members of our society.

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Federalism is the Fix for Obamacare, and Republicans are Headed in That Direction

In 2010, Democrats essentially federalized healthcare in this country by passing the so-called Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. Through the federally imposed individual mandate and mandates on insurance companies, the ACA moved most health insurance issues to the federal level. By imposing a one-size fits all approach to healthcare, Democrats have trampled states’ rights and driven the deficit into overdrive. By forcing states to follow onerous federal mandates, Obamacare effectively eliminated choice in the healthcare marketplace. The result has been higher prices for less effective care.

Obamacare contains a provision known as “Section 1332 waivers” that allow states to apply for waivers of certain provisions of the ACA, with approval of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The process to obtain a waiver was intentionally designed to be near-impossible, and there were exemptions from waivers that made them effectively ineffective. Four “guardrail” exemptions to what states could waive were: A waiver proposal had to provide insurance that contained the same coverage mandates as under Obamacare; maintain the same premium and out-of-pocket structure as Obamacare; cover a comparable number of people as Obamacare; and not increase the federal deficit beyond what Obamacare already had. These four exemptions to state waivers basically were Obamacare in framework form, meaning that even if a state could beg DHHS to grant a waiver, it would be a waste of time.

For all the faults included in the Senate Republican version of Obamacare repeal, there is one excellent provision at the heart of the proposal that will, effectively, gut Obamacare in its current form. The Republican plan puts power back into the hands of the States when it comes to healthcare policy. Of the four waiver exemptions included in Obamacare that I listed above, only the provision not to increase the federal deficit will remain under the Republican plan. The new bill provides for immediate approval of waivers from DHHS from the provisions of Obamacare. States can pursue healthcare plans that do not contain all of the onerous coverage mandates under Obamacare that are one-size fits all.

Under the Republican plan, states must still work to increase access to healthcare coverage, but have much more flexibility when it comes to coverage mandates, cost structures, and avoiding onerous federal regulations. The Senate Republican plan is by no means perfect, but it is a strong step in the right direction when it comes to ending the nightmare of Obamacare. I hope that Senate Republicans do not form a circular firing squad but, instead, meet inside their caucus to build consensus, further improve the bill, and pass a real repeal of Obamacare as quickly as possible. By rolling back the regulatory nightmare that is Obamacare, Republicans will make the fiscal room to also cut taxes, reduce, spending, and keep their promises to American voters who gave them control of Washington last year.

Loosening federal control over America’s healthcare system is the first step toward unlocking the potential of the conservative agenda under President Trump and the Republican Congress.

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Libertad Cubana: Why Trump Is Right to Roll-Back Obama’s Cuba Policy

For thirteen days in the fall of 1962, President John F. Kennedy contended with the contempt of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Castro, who came to power on January 1, 1959 when Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista fled the island nation, allied himself with communist premier Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union. Khrushchev saw in young Fidel Castro a kindred spirit who supported socializing industries, destroying private property, and political oppression. The same ideology that forged a Cuban-Soviet alliance in the sixties is the same ideology that rules that imprisoned island to this day.

Cuba is a nation stuck in time. The buildings, cars, and commercial fixtures of this Caribbean island filled with potential and natural resources are from a bygone era sixty years ago. The prosperity of the Cuban people has been pillaged by the very regime that promised deliverance from the heavy-handedness of Bautista and his cabal of cronies. In response to Castro’s embrace of communist authoritarianism, the United States put in place a series of embargoes designed to cut-off trade and diplomatic ties with the Cuban regime. These embargoes remained in effect for over 50 years until President Barack Obama unilaterally lifted them on December 17, 2014 and moved to reestablish diplomatic relations and to loosen travel and economic restrictions on Cuba.

The American left praised President Obama as a reformer and a peacemaker, but Cuban exiles knew better. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida), himself a son of Cuban immigrants, blistered Obama’s policy of appeasement stating that “this entire policy shift announced today is based on an illusion, based on a lie. The White House has conceded everything and gained little.” Rubio was right, even while President Obama was prepping for his state visit to Cuba, Raul Castro continued to jail and murder political dissidents and oppress the Cuban people. President Obama’s Cuba policy was much more directed toward his own political legacy than to putting pressure on the Cuban regime to abandon its abuse of human rights.

The misguided, politically-driven policy of appeasement championed by Barack Obama has come to an end under President Donald Trump. This week in Miami, the President declared “Last year I promised to be a voice against oppression … and a voice for the freedom of the Cuban people.” The President was right to keep his pledge, as the policies of President Obama toward Cuba gave legitimacy to a totalitarian regime that has been the pariah of the western world since the early 1960s. As Senator Rubio said in his introduction of the President in Miami: “less than a year and a half ago an American president landed in Havana, greeted by a regime. A year and a half ago, a president, an American president, landed in Havana, to outstretch his hand to a regime. Today a new president lands in Miami to reach out his hand to the people of Cuba.”

President Trump’s reversal of President Obama’s one-sided concession to Cuba is the right thing to do for America and for the people of Cuba. Opening a new era of cooperation with Cuba would be a great thing, but it must not be one-sided. Until Cuba abandons single-party rule, allows for political dissent, restores private property rights, and ends human rights abuse, America should not, America cannot, normalize trade relations. If America does not lead the cause of human freedom it will not be led. Coddling dictators and despots is not the recipe for human flourishing, and America must never abide such polices. Under our new President, it seems that we will not.

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One Year After Pulse, The 2nd Amendment Can Still Save Lives Regardless of Orientation

One year ago tomorrow is the anniversary of the Pulse night club shooting in Orlando, Florida, that took the lives of 49 people. As Florida prepares to mark this solemn anniversary, many groups across the country are debating the cause and the cure of such a cowardly act. Many have claimed that it was a hate crime directed at LGBT individuals, and that greater hate crimes legislation is the answer to such an atrocity. Others claim that Omar Mateen’s shooting spree is indicative of the need for greater gun control restrictions. Each of these answers misses the bigger picture and is doomed to fail preventing future mass killings.

The Pulse night club shooting was an act of radical Islamic terrorism, plain and simple. Mateen’s madness was the result of radicalization inspired by ISIS and a radical imam spouting hatred against the West while living in the United States. This kind of hatred is not merely directed against LGBT individuals; it is anti-western, not merely anti-gay. Passing laws that attempt to compel approval of a particular sexual orientation would do nothing to prevent shootings like the tragedy at Pulse. Conservative Jews and Christians do not engage in killing homosexuals, nor do we condone such evil. Likewise, gun control regulations would not have prevented a madman from getting a gun and killing innocent people.

As we observe the anniversary of the Pulse night club attack, I believe that the answer is two-fold: affirm the 2nd Amendment rights of all Americans and condemn radical Islamic terrorism. While LGBT activists largely regard American conservatives as the enemy, we may have the answers they are looking for in preventing a future Pulse-style attack. The hard truth is that the only thing that would have saved the lives of any of the 49 people killed the morning of June 12th, 2016 is a good guy with a gun. If any of the club-goers that fateful morning had a gun, Mateen could have been stopped before sniffing-out the lives of so many young people.

While it is true that most conservatives, this one included, believe in man-woman marriage, and do not advocate the LGBT agenda, we all respect individual rights. None of us condones hate against LGBT individuals, and we view the victims of the Pulse night club first as fallen fellow Americans, regardless of their sexuality. Affirming the 2nd Amendment, and condemning radical Islamic terrorism and eradicating it from the earth is good for all Americans, regardless of their orientation. If more Americans in the Pulse night club had been CWP carriers, we may not have lost 49 people made in God’s image last summer.

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