On Wednesday, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller spoke before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on his report about Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 election. Democrats hoped Mueller would drop some bombshells that could lead to impeachment, and Republicans hoped to highlight the insufficient evidence of collusion and thus question the legitimacy of the report itself. Instead, Mueller deflected questions, lacked answers, or directed Representatives to his 448 page report a total of 198 times, making it abundantly clear that his lawyers and FBI agents were the report’s primary authors. I guess it’s hard to keep track of your team when they order 230 communications records, execute 500 search warrants, interview 500 witnesses, issue 2,800 subpoenas, and spend $25 million tax-payer dollars over 22 months. Luckily for Mueller, the conclusion of the report is only two words: no collusion.
Free A$AP Rocky
American rapper “A$AP Rocky” was arrested in Sweden following a street fight in early July. Rocky and other members of his crew were charged with aggravated assault and have spent the past month in a Swedish jail awaiting trial. The videos of the incident show that it was obviously the aggressor’s fault, and the rapper had an amount of patience that I am not sure many possess. One wonders why the aggressor stands unpunished. Even President Trump questioned the event, to which Sweden’s Prime minister said “everyone is equal before the law.” I hope he feels tough knowing that he is cracking down on this sort of uncouth degeneracy while concurrently failing to slow the steep rise of sexual assault in the country. A$AP Rocky is wrongfully imprisoned, and since Trump has come out on his side, the left-wing Swedish government may spitefully keep him there.
The Japan-Korea Trade War
Japan and the Republic of Korea, two of the United States’s most significant allies against communist China and North Korea, are at each other’s throats. Two war crimes from the twentieth-century are at the center of the dispute: the comfort women and forced labor. There was a bilateral agreement that more or less “settled” the comfort women issue, but politicians refuse to drop either. Moon rejected the resolution claiming that Japan hasn’t offered an adequate apology. A South Korean court ruled Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to compensate forced labor victims from Japan’s occupation of Korea 75 years ago. Finally, Japan’s Abe Administration enacted trade barriers against South Korea, which only worsens the Japan-Korea relations. It is never a good thing when two U.S. allies hate each other.
Transgender Woman Sues After Being Denied Genital Waxing
“Just bake the cake. It isn’t that big of a deal.” I remember hearing those words just a few years ago. Now, a muslim woman in Canada who refused to wax a transgender woman’s male genitalia is facing the same treatment. This is what happens when social justice confronts individual freedom. Boundaries disappear. The same transgender woman tried to apply for a permit to host a topless pool party with girls as young as 12 years old. Unsurprisingly, parents weren’t allowed at this event. The longer we continue to act like we can build a society on the basis of subjective realities with no objective truths, the crazier these stories are going to get. It didn’t stop with a cake and it won’t stop with forced waxing.
Kamala’s Bonkers Student Debt Forgiveness Plan
Over the weekend, the left and right attacked Sen. Kamala Harris for her oddly specific student loan forgiveness plan to help reduce the “opportunity gap.” If it united the left and right in opposition, so you know it had to be bad. The main issue with the plan is how exclusive it is. You have to be a Pell Grant recipient who has started and operated a business in a disadvantaged community for the past three years. Then, if you can accomplish that, the government will only forgive $20,000 of your debt. She might as well include the requirements of a name that starts with the letter S, a birthday in June, and the capacity to run a sub-seven minute mile. No Republican likes the idea, and with other Democrat candidates ready to forgive all student debt without requirements, no Democrat likes it either. Fortunately for Kamala, if she wins, at least the six or seven people it helps will like it.
Pelosi and the Squad
Pelosi can take that band name if she wants. Unfortunately, the band members are stuck in a mire of petty conflict. The squad, which consists of four freshmen congresswomen, are using their social media influence to pull the left further into progressivism. Meanwhile, Pelosi sees the risk this leftward movement poses in 2020 election and is driving her party hard down the center. Passing slights, accusations of racism, and suggestions of sophomoric excitement occur regularly between Pelosi and the squad do congratulations, apologies, and televised hugs. I used to teach middle school and found amusement in the friendships that turned inexplicably to bitter rivalries and back all within the timespan of one class period. Obviously, not everyone grows out of their adolescent phase.
The US Must be Tougher with Iran
Last month, the Iranian regime embarked on multiple campaigns against both US and allied assets in the Middle East. In July alone, Iran flew two surveillance drones dangerously close to US Navy vessels and seized two British flagged oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. Our response must be of the military variety. Immediately, the US should employ a zero-tolerance policy by which any encroachment by Iranian naval forces on American ships will be met with deadly force. This sets a clear standard for the Iranians. There is no reason why we, the strongest military in history, should tolerate such encroachments from a despotic regime.
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