Sex and Intimacy are Inseparable. Aziz Ansari Proves It.

A society that puts promiscuity above genuine connection isn’t working for men and women. We’ve all believed that sex without attachment is the highest form of personal freedom thanks to the Boomers and the sexual revolution, but in reality, it’s led to awkward degradation. Maybe some people are able to disconnect emotions from sex, but I find those people detached from healthy intimacy in general. Forced chastity is wrong, but we need to end societal shame over chastity by choice. There’s nothing wrong with putting genuine connection first and building relationships without the pressures and complications of sex. Let’s be honest, sex outside of a relationship usually sucks. The Aziz Ansari story is the perfect illustration of that.

MLK Was Not a Republican

My least favorite part of MLK day is conservatives pretending that Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican. The political parties were much less connected to ideology and national politics then. His wife was a socialist and he sympathized with her views. My second least favorite part of the day are conservatives and libertarians claiming he was a communist.

King avoided politics not related to the cause of increasing black equality so he wouldn’t alienate any potential allies. On issues of economic equality, he sounded a lot like Bernie Sanders because he didn’t trust the free market or local governments to treat his constituents fairly. Predicting what he’d think about politics almost 50 years after his death based on comments in an era and place where politics were vastly different is a silly leap in logic.

He was constantly baited to wade into the controversies of the day by journalists and avoided it consistently so he wouldn’t turn people away from his cause. That did happen in droves when he opposed Vietnam. A lot of activists should learn that lesson.

Can the Right Trust Trump?

Listening to talk radio hosts question whether they can trust Trump or not over immigration is hilarious. No. You can’t. That’s what most of the world has been saying since 2015.

It is a dangerous prospect for the republic if a large portion of our well-armed society grows disenfranchised by the last politician they will ever trust.

This meeting caused many on the right to look at the “dealmaker” with side-eye.

We’d Be Better Off Ignoring Trump

Donald Trump is going to win a second term. The Shithole episode shows that anti-Trumpers have not learned their 2016 lesson.

A Democratic source leaks the shithole comment, and the press runs it as gospel. The usual suspects denounce it with lofty words and preach against Trump and his disgusting ways. Half the country reads this and takes it personally because they agree with the President. They notch up their resentment towards the liberal-leaning of elements of this country once more.

For instance, Dan Rather’s virtue signaling on this is as responsible for this false binary reality as Trump. “This view is unbecoming of the President.” Right. We get it. Most of us have been saying that for two years. The people we want to change have tuned us out. Criticizing a political figure is important, and it’s not being done well. It’s wrapped in emotion so it isn’t effective. It’s just causing the right to react the same way. It’s just a continual cycle that neither side is willing step back from, and the rest of us are caught in the middle.

Trump is a genius at one thing: getting media attention. He understands this dynamic works so he continually does things to keep his name in the papers.

The shithole comment doesn’t matter. Trump has a very simplistic and traditional mid-20th century view of American exceptionalism. We are great because we have the biggest military, the most money, and a white culture. He is unapologetic about being rich, white, and having the most bombs.

The Trump Fire is best extinguished by ignoring the stuff that does not matter and isn’t policy.

Fire and Fury Demands a Critical Eye

Is Michael Wolff's new book fact of fiction?

The new book Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff is the talk of the political world. I love gossip. This feels like gossip and not news. Take the exchange between Roger Ailes and Steve Bannon in this article. Wolff writes dialogue and assigns emotion to the characters. How can he know the emotions of the two men when they were the only ones in the room, and one is dead? That leaves Bannon as the only source. This is dubious considering Steve Bannon is a less than honest broker. Ben Shapiro worked for Bannon and makes the case that he’s a complete fraud. Today Michael Wolff admitted, “I certainly said what was ever necessary to get the story.”

As the Washington Post said, “Wolff’s admission does not directly undermine the veracity of his reporting, but it creates the appearance that he might have approached some members of the president’s team under false pretenses, leading sources to believe that when they opened up they were speaking to a sympathetic ear. That’s a bad look — one which the White House can use to impugn Wolff’s integrity and, perhaps unfairly, cast doubt on whichever elements of his work the president doesn’t like.”

Trump is bizarre, and we have to be careful not to believe anything about him because it could be true.  Twitter user PixelatedBoat made up a story about Trump in this new book as a parody, and everyone is so desperate to make fun of Trump that they bought it and he had to change his username. I believed it at first.

We have to be careful not to give up the truth when it is information about someone we find morally or politically grotesque. It is very easy to sell believable gossip so the incentive is higher to fabricate stories. Is Michael Wolff’s book as bad as an Edward Klein book? I don’t know, but I will be reading it with a very critical eye. No matter what, it cannot be less credible than Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan.

Trump Declares Jerusalem the Capital of Israel

Lookout fam… The internet is about to be filled with foreign policy experts.

The truth is that no one knows how the Arab street will react in the short-term. The long-term? There will never be peace as long as Israel exists and the governments of the U.S., Russia, and China are willing to ship weapons to Israel and Muslim nations by the billions. America will have a vastly diminished role in the Mid-East peace process, but so what? We are only involved in it so President’s can be the “one” that solves this problem. It is a vanity project. The sky is not falling and the world is not coming to an end.

This is Trump delivering on promises to his base. Trump is the first President to not pretend that he is everyone’s President. He is the President of his base. He is just not faking that he cares about the opinions of his opposition

Fear of chaos and identity politics robs individuals of their ability to grow personally.

Jordan B Peterson (born June 12, 1962) is a Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto.

The Childish Thinking of Gun Control Advocates

Liberals give me grief when I say it’s wise to wait a day or two to comment on a mass shooting event out of respect for victims, and to give themselves time to learn what happened. We now know that the Texas shooter should have been in jail or prevented from getting a gun. Various levels of government failed to keep 26 citizens alive, so it’s juvenile to argue that more of what failed will prevent the next mass shooting.

What stopped more deaths? A well-armed citizen protecting his community. If ever there was a tragedy that should give the left the imperative to stop reacting and reasoning like children, this was it.

The criminal justice system doesn’t actually protect the victims of domestic violence. How about we fix that?

Prayer Isn’t Welcomed in the Midst of a Tragedy?

I ranted a couple years ago on We Are Libertarians about the trend to switch prayers to “healing vibes” on social media. Somehow, prayer became a shameful act to display to social media friends despite Barna research saying 94% of Americans have prayed once in the last 3 days. Pew says 55% of Americans pray daily. In the wake of the Texas shooting, prayer has been mocked by progressives and Hollywood. Using their favorite weapons, shame and bullying, they are trying to silence public displays of the freedom of speech and religion.

Prayer to whomever or whatever is an act of contrition and reflection in an effort to become a better person. Some faiths say that signal of obedience makes God move in places he might not have before. Moments of tragedy are the best times to do a self-inventory and ask where we can change ourselves to be more loving and giving.

The vague “do something” where no policy is prescribed actually does nothing. It is vanity to show off for friends. Mock prayer, Keith Olbermann, but it is more effective than anything you’ve done in your “career.”