Is Evan McMullin Worth Listening to Regarding President Trump?

Are Evan McMullin’s concerns about President Donald Trump worth an ear, or rather symptoms of his self-interested political ambitions? Recently, Evan McMullin, an independent candidate during the last presidential election, expressed concerns during a speech at Brigham Young University (BYU) that the FBI’s investigation into the connections between the campaign of President Trump and Russia…
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Health Care Bill Failed to Give Democrats Political Black Eye

Syndicated Columnist and Fox News Contributor, Charles Krauthammer provides insightful analysis as to why the GOP and Speaker Paul Ryan failed to gain adequate support for the health care bill. As part of his insight, he repeats what I have been telling my friends and family since this bill was initially proposed by Speaker Ryan. Charles said that the GOP should have put everything desired in the House bill (i.e. demands of the Freedom Caucus) such as tort reform and options for buying health care across state lines. The House would then pass this bill and send it to the Senate where the responsibility for the legislation’s failure would be placed on Democrats who likely would’ve filibustered and killed it. As a result of not following this strategy, the Republicans walk away from today with embarrassment rather than giving the Democrats a political black eye for failing to pass replacement legislation.

The Republican Party failed to unite around a solid health care plan after complaining about Obamacare for 7 years. The party owes it to voters to get repeal and replace legislation. This is the promise the party and President Donald Trump campaigned on. Now is not the time for debate within the party on what is needed to be included in the replace legislation. The demands of the Freedom Caucus should’ve been represented. It is fair to criticize Speaker Ryan’s bill as “Obamacare Lite”. This legislation was a cowardly attempt to appease the Democrats when it should have bravely demanded a turn away from government mandated rules seeking to force a single payer system.

The Freedom Caucus of the Republican Party courageously resisted this bill forcing Speaker Ryan to have a “repeal” of his own legislation. Hopefully, it will be replaced with legislation including the repeal and replace that was promised to voters. The longer it takes for Speaker Ryan to listen to voters and members of the Freedom Caucus, the more difficult it will be to overcome the inherent permanence resulting from any government program.

The Republican Party now runs the risk of assuming part of the blame as Obamacare fails. While Obamacare belongs to former President Barack Obama and Democrats, the fact that Republicans couldn’t unite to pass a worthy replacement under Speaker Ryan’s leadership isn’t going to free the GOP from responsibility as Obamacare gets worse. Consequently going forward, perhaps the leadership of the Republican Party needs greater representation from members of the Freedom Caucus? Maybe the party needs to “recall” and replace Speaker Ryan before “repeal” and replace can finally be delivered?

Dinesh D’Souza Compares Life in Inner Cities to Slave Plantation

In this video, Dinesh D’Souza rises to the occasion to explain that five features of slave plantation can be found in two dozen inner cities controlled by the Democratic Party; many of which since the 1960s. The five features of a slave plantation are outlined by Kenneth M. Stampp in The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South.

  1. Broken down and dilapidated and unsafe housing.
  2. Broken families.
  3. A high degree of violence required in order to hold the place together.
  4. Everybody gets a basic provision, but nobody gets ahead.
  5. Nihilism and despair. This is an intergenerational, ongoing, lasting way of life.

Dinesh D’Souza explains this is a big opportunity for President Trump “to talk straight to people in our inner cities” and show “that there is a way to get up and get off the plantation, this would be a mammoth opportunity for the Republican Party.”

I don’t know why this just an opportunity for the Republican Party because of what President Trump does. Is it not an opportunity for Republicans, themselves, to also talk straight about these issues?

BYU Basketball’s Corbin Kaufusi Almost Slam Dunk

In this video BYU basketball’s Corbin Kaufusi slams the ball down the hoop with 1:17 left in the 2nd half during the game against Pepperdine on Saturday, January 30th, but the ball jumps back out. Take a look as the ball clears the rim and is caught by the net which then throws it up. At what point should this be considered a basket? If someone tied the net together so the ball couldn’t pass through, then wouldn’t it be considered a basket if the ball simply cleared the rim? If the net were tied together then the game would change because players would have to be gentler with the ball to lay it in the hoop so it wouldn’t bounce out of the net. Of course, the net would never be tied together so this sort of consideration is absurd. But considering Corbin Kaufusi’s strong force with which the dunk was placed, and the fact the ball was only impeded by the net, perhaps the game requires Corbin to be gentler because the net might seemingly “goaltend” the ball as if it were tied together.

I think the review by the officials should’ve found that the dunk by Corbin Kaufusi should’ve counted and that the net goaltended the ball. This non-counted basket had no effect on the game as the score was already Pepperdine 75 and BYU 86, but let’s give Corbin credit for his great play. At a most basic level, this event sparks the question, “When is a basket a basket?” Am I wrong? Is this not a basket?