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This is a series of election maps showing what the election results would be if only certain races/genders/education levels voted. It’s apparently from Real Clear Politics, although I haven’t been able to confirm that, so take it with a grain of salt.

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(It figures that my state would be blue no matter what.)

Assuming these are accurate, it gives a pretty clear picture of why the Left wants to keep us divided along racial and gender lines.

Thoughts?

Stop Oppressing Me With Your Freedom!

Force

Nobody brings the red meat quite like the great Matt Walsh, and his latest on religious liberty, where he addresses the oft-repeated liberal claim that Christians are “forcing their morality on others,” is a must-read.

No matter how you read the Bill of Rights, there’s no way to interpret it as granting the government permission to force a private citizen to take part in a gay wedding. You can flip the First Amendment upside down, turn it inside out, spin it in circles and get it drunk, and still it won’t give a homosexual couple the power to compel a Christian to make them a cake, no matter how inconvenient it may be to drive 18 and a half feet to the next bakery and get a cake from someone who isn’t a devout Christian.

In a free country, if we are to be a free country, you cannot compel someone to play any kind of role whatsoever in a private event that he objects to as a matter of conscience or religion. If you can, then I guess white supremacists can conscript Jewish caterers to serve them lunch at their next meeting. You may take exception to that analogy and point out that a white supremacist meeting is repugnant while a gay wedding is a wonderful celebration of love and happiness. That’s your opinion, yes. But it’s only your opinion. You cannot force me to agree with it or act upon it.

Addressing a liberal tweet that called him a “bigot” trying to “force his morality on others”, Walsh summed up the current state of affairs quite succinctly.

Christians are “free” to think whatever thoughts they want in their heads (a generous concession, to be sure), and they’re “free” to be as religious as they want while within the walls of designated religion buildings, but anything beyond that is oppressive. Meanwhile, Leftists can force you to make a cake, they can force you to share the bathroom with the opposite sex, they can force you to fund the abortion industry, they can force you to pay for their birth control, they can force all sorts of beliefs and doctrines on your kids in the school system, they can literally march down the street half naked in a celebration of sodomy and hedonism, and none of that can be construed as oppressive. In fact, you’re oppressing them by objecting to it.

It’s truly amazing that they’ve been able to frame the argument this way. Somehow, they succeeded in redefining “force” as “refusing to do what we tell you.” They were greedy in their lie, and it paid off. Rather than being satisfied with shoving their ideology down our throats and pretending they haven’t shoved it down our throats, they went for the home run and claimed that we’re shoving our beliefs down their throats by not swallowing whatever crap they feed us. And they got away with it.

It’s complete insanity that the Left has been able to twist logic so thoroughly in their favor, and mask their own cultural oppression as fighting against oppression. But that’s always how oppression works, isn’t it? The Nazis, the Bolsheviks, the KKK and other white power groups, the Hutu genocide in Rwanda – they all kick-started their movements by demonizing some group (Jews, blacks, bourgeois capitalists, Tutsis, etc.) and convincing others they were being oppressed and screwed over by that group. The easiest and most effective way to hate and oppress a group is to make everyone else believe that they’re the victims of that group. People won’t go along with oppression if they think it’s oppression, but they will enthusiastically go along with it if it feels like justice. Likewise, liberals and so-called libertarians are more than happy to strip Christians of their God-given constitutional rights, as punishment for their “wrongthink”. If we don’t start putting liberty first, I shudder to think of where this kind of logic will lead.

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Liberals Are Failing In The Culture But They Don't Care

Emmys

Over the weekend, the Hollywood Left suffered not one, but two high-profile flops. The 2017 Emmys, which were basically a three-hour anti-Republican bash-fest, had their lowest ratings of all time. And ultra-liberal actress Jennifer Lawrence’s latest film, an artsy anti-Christian torture porn mess called mother!, bombed with Lawrence’s worst mainstream opening of her entire career.

Conservatives are understandably taking a victory lap over these left-wing failures, citing them as proof that leftist culture is a failure. Well, they’re definitely right, from a conservative, business-oriented point of view – unabashed liberalism doesn’t sell, not in any aspect of the culture it infects. Consider:

-Liberal movies are bombing everywhere they open (see mother!, Bushwick, the Inconvenient Truth sequel, Miss Sloane, the Ghostbusters remake, and on and on and on), and actors’ constant attacks on Trump and his supporters are hurting their movies, big-time.

-The media’s ratings are way down, all across the board.

-Both ESPN and the “kneeling for the flag” NFL it reports on have their respective viewerships down.

-Comic books, which are mainly written as far-left SJW propaganda these days, are selling a tiny fraction of what they sold 20 years ago, when the industry suffered a catastrophic crash.

-Michael Moore’s latest documentary and his Broadway show both flopped.

-Left-wing corporations that shove their opinions down customer’ throats find their stocks tanking.

-Enrollment and alumni donations are way down in liberal colleges like Evergreen and Mizzou.

And so on, and so forth. It’s not an accident that the few entertainment outlets that are consistently doing really well – video games and streaming TV – are genuine free marketplaces of ideas. For every liberal Bioshock Infinite, there’s a conservative Halo; for every liberal Orange Is The New Black, there’s a conservative The Ranch.

So yes, liberal culture is failing everywhere it exists. But here’s the thing: liberals don’t care. They really, really don’t. And it’s not because they’re ignorant, it’s because they’re not looking at any of this from a financial perspective. Their goal isn’t to tell stories or entertain people or to make a successful product. Their goal is to push their politics down as many people’s throats as possible. Everything else, including profitability, is a distant second to them.

They are not artists, and they’re certainly not entertainers. They’re soldiers in a culture war. That is their primary reason for being. And like every war, the objective is to take over as much territory as possible. Thus, making a liberal-themed movie or TV show with other liberals is its own victory, whether it is financially successful or not.

I know what you’re thinking – “how can it be a success if it fails with audiences?” That’s because you’re not thinking like a leftist. Take, for example, “Miss Sloane”, a piece of leftist anti-gun propaganda that came out late last year. If you haven’t heard of it, I don’t blame you – nobody has. It bombed, making only $9 million WORLDWIDE on a $13 million budget. The investors lost their money, no question about it. But the liberal filmmakers and actors who made it did not lose anything. They’ll keep right on making movies – the film’s star, Jessica Chastain, has 9 more movies lined up, according to IMDB. They are accountable to no one for the movie’s financial success – the studios blame audiences, marketing, etc. – anything but the people who made it.

And more importantly, they probably sold around a million movie tickets, mainly to other liberals who got to have their political opinions confirmed on the big screen, a few centrists that might have been nudged slightly to the left on the issue, and a few conservatives that they could give the metaphorical middle finger to. So they reached a million people, and they did it using other people’s money. In a culture war, that’s a victory, my friends.

It’s all about taking territory, gaining as much ground as possible. Every time they make an album like “American Idiot”, or produce an episode of Law & Order that bashes Christians, or hijack an awards show speech with an anti-Republican rant, that’s not ridiculous to them. That’s taking another hill in the culture war. Reaching as many people as possible via camera or microphone and shoving their opinions down their throats, indoctrinating young and/or impressionable people into becoming more leftist, that is always a win in their book. ALWAYS.

To put it plainly: they’re not in the money-making business, they’re in the propaganda business. It really is just that simple.

I know, I know – how can they possibly keep that going? Eventually driving away customers and public good will has gotta come back to bite them financially sooner or later, right? Well, not really, because (a) most of them are already rich and don’t care about their future income, (b) many of the people who would normally hold them accountable for their failures do not because they share the same politics, and (c) they only fail if the whole industry fails. And that’s not going to happen. Movies are a multi-billion-dollar business that has been around for over 100 years. Do you really think it’s going to go under if enough Trump supporters boycott it? Not bloody likely. Profits will be hurt, sure, but the studios will limp along and keep employing propaganda artists just the same.

Yes, some people lose their jobs when these products fail. But liberals don’t care. From their perspective, this is a war, and they are taking hills. Try telling a General that “we lost some men taking that hill!” The General will just say, “people die in war.” A culture war costs jobs, just as a real war costs lives. Liberals are perfectly fine with putting other people out of work if it means getting their message out there.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t boycott or avoid supporting the liberals who go out of their way to offend us. By all means, spend your money on whoever you want. What I’m saying is, it’s not going to make them change. They don’t care, because they’re in it for the cultural indoctrination, all the way, and they’re going to keep it going as long as humanly possible. Politics is downstream from culture, and they’re playing the long game.

What WILL work is if we start taking our culture back. Like Muslim jihadists, liberals know they’re in a war, even if their opponents don’t. The best thing we can do is realize we’re in one, too, and act accordingly. Andrew Breitbart understood that, which is why he made Big Hollywood the first site on his news page. If we really want this constant bias and indoctrination to stop, then it’s time for us to get in the game and start taking some hills of our own.

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Hopefully this didn’t involve curls.

A man in Germany… Worms to be exact got his schwanstucher stuck in a weight plate. Story at the link above…