These Comey Hearings Don't Matter

These Comey Hearings Don't Matter

These hearings don’t matter because truth doesn’t really matter anymore
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If you were to ask most civically-engaged folks, they would surely tell you that recent Congressional hearings were very important. Former FBI Director James Comey testified under oath to Congress regarding questions surrounding the Trump campaign, Russia, and Comey’s recent firing by President Trump (though, remarkably, Hillary Clinton’s e-mails were brought up, as well).

Some have compared this hearing to the likes of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial and Justice Thomas’ sexual harassment hearings in terms of the public spectacle. Others have compared the Russia investigation as a whole to Watergate. While these comparisons may be slightly hyperbolic, there is certainly a general feeling amongst the populace that these Comey hearings and the larger investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign were and continue to be a big deal.

Many on the Left are optimistic that this investigation could lead to the impeachment, or at least an impeachment trial, of much-maligned President Trump. At the very least, there is hope that it will continue to harm President Trump’s standing with the public in opinion polls, and theoretically, there is reason for this.

If the investigation indicates collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia’s government to influence the 2016 Presidential election, that could lead to hearings on the question of impeachment. Meanwhile, President Trump’s firing of Comey coupled with his alleged request that Comey “drop” his investigation into Michael Flynn could constitute as obstruction of justice, another theoretically impeachable offense. However, as we have seen with the emoluments clause, the theoretical ability to impeach Trump does not translate to any political reality. With a Republican-controlled Congress, there is little reason to believe any scenario relating to Russia would play out any differently.

There are a myriad of reasons why Trump would likely never face impeachment, no matter what any investigation brings to light, but chief among them is Congressional Republicans’ nearly uniform political cowardice.

From the moment it became clear that Donald J. Trump would be their party’s nominee for President, Republican politicians have shown an unwillingness to stand up to their de facto face-of-the-party, with few exceptions (for example, John McCain). Even Senators like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who criticized Trump heavily on the campaign trail, calling him “beneath the office we are seeking” and a man who was “going to shatter and fracture the Republican party and the conservative movement,” are now falling in line behind him. At a recent donor dinner, Rubio even went to bat for Trump, complaining about his coverage in the media.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who called Trump’s rhetoric “not what this party stands for, and more importantly...not what this country stands for” and the “textbook definition” of racist, has shown near unflinching support for the President and his agenda, with no indication that this will change.

Despite demands from the Democrats and majority support from the public for an independent investigation into Russia, many Republican representatives still refuse to form an independent, outside commission. Whether because of fear or general lack of principle, GOP Congressmen are clearly not interested in the pursuit of truth or what is best for the American public, and are more enamored with protecting President Trump unflinchingly.

As for any possible decline in public support, this is likely a mere pipe dream, as well. President Trump’s public polling levels are already and consistently at historic lows for this early in a term, and there is little reason to believe they will rise. His approval rating, however, likely will not dip much further, and there is little reason to believe that what is left of his voter base will abandon him, no matter the results of any investigation into Russia.

Many of Trump’s remaining supporters take his word as Gospel and dismiss any dissenting accounts as “Fake News” and lies. In today’s political landscape, for many the truth no longer matters. Following the election, Public Policy Polling conducted a survey which found that 67% of Trump supporters thought unemployment increased under Obama (it decreased massively), 40% of Trump supporters insisted Trump won the popular vote (wrong, by about three million votes), 73% of Trump supporters thought George Soros was paying people to protest (which, he wasn’t), and 39% of Trump supporters indicated they thought the stock market went down under Obama (it went up).

When Kellyanne Conway infamously cited the Bowling Green massacre as a reason why we need to be tougher with security, many on the Left laughed at her unfathomable incompetence. But Trump supporters weren’t laughing, they were listening; The Hill reported that a majority of those who supported Trump’s proposed travel ban thought it was necessary because of the fictional attack.

With regards to the Comey hearings, polling suggests that only 28% of Trump supporters believe Russia even attempted to influence the election, despite widespread agreement among party leaders and the intelligence community. Coming from a political party whose supporters still say, as of August 2016, that President Obama was not born in the United States, these results, as frightening as they may be, shouldn’t be very surprising.

Even if the investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign yielded a smoking gun, there is no evidence that Republican Congressmen would not continue to support him. Meanwhile, many Trump supporters, oblivious to objective reality, would continue to support him and nothing could change that. These Comey hearings don’t matter because truth doesn’t really matter anymore.

Cover Image Credit: Shawn Thew

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I'm An 18-Year-Old Female And I Will Never Be A Feminist

Honestly, I'd rather be caught dead than caught calling myself a modern-day feminist.
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"A man told me to have a good day... I'm triggered." How ludicrous does that sound? Tune in because that is the extent of modern day feminism.

Sure, I think boys are stupid and that I'm probably better than 90% of the male population, but that doesn't make me a modern-day feminist. Now I believe that woman should stand up for themselves, and Golding's quote: "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been," is by far one of my favorite quotes... but modern day feminism is not something I want to be associated with.

I'm all for "anything you can do I can do better," and "We can do it!" but realistically speaking in some situations, that isn't feasible. As an 18-year-old woman who works out regularly, and is stronger than the average female, I couldn't carry a 190-pound man back to a safe zone after he was shot on the front line of a war even if I tried. It is not anatomically possible for a grown woman to be as strong as a fully developed male.

Reality check: Men and women are not equal.

They are not physically equal, they are not mentally equal. Modern-day feminism is equality between the two genders, but corrupt and on steroids. I support what feminism used to be. I support women who work hard and have goals and ambition... not girls who hate men and stomp around with no shirts on to piss off the public. Feminism has developed into a polluted teaching that young men and women are plunging into.

We are built dissimilarly.

The human brain is literally an organ that is sex oriented. There is a cognitive difference, that singlehandedly destroys gender equality.

I will not spend my time running a revolution against anyone who likes Donald Trump. I am not going to binge watch Trump's twitter in an effort to start some leftist gob of drama. I refuse to be part of this head hunt to attack all Republicans on the newest Instagram post made about how feminism is stupid. I do not hate men, and society would crash and burn without the successful men and women who work together to create what we call the United States of America.

Why, you ask? Why are the 15-25 year olds of our society clinging to feminism? They are hopping on the rapidly growing bandwagon where all the hipsters, feminists and Trump haters reside. It's "cool" to hate Donald Trump. Twitter is a world of liberalism, hatred and fake love towards all. Social media is where this generation is living — and modern-day feminism brews there.

We need to keep separation in the household within roles.

We must raise our children to do what they are best at rather than trying to do something they are incapable of just to prove an irrelevant point.

Women must stand up for what they believe in and be strong in their shoes, while not getting so caught up in what your modern day feminist says she thinks is right.

We cannot let this briskly changing society sway us away from what is going to keep the world working precisely.

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President Trump's Government Shutdown Is A Threat To National Security

National parks are unstaffed, but not closed. Americans can visit them without paying an entrance fee, but it is "go at your own risk."

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Just as Americans were settling in for the holiday season, President Trump intiated a shutdown of the federal government by rejecting any budget that did not include funding for a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. There is a four-way wrangle between, Mr. Trump, senators who are for the wall, senators who detest the wall, and senators who are clueless about what to do next. About 380,000 of federal government employees(civil servants and government contractors) are on unpaid leave while another 420,000 essential security personnel (FBI agents, Border Patrol, Secret Service agents, airport security agents, etc.) are working without pay. The shutdown began on December 22, 2018, and is still continuing in mid-January, 2019.

Mr. Trump's is asking for over $5.6 billion of homegrown American taxpayer dollars to complete the wall. Neither Mexico nor Central America countries have indicated any desire to pay for it, another promise Trump campaign on. Mr. Trump states that "Drugs, terrorists, violent criminals, and child traffickers are entering our country" with consequences of "drug debts, violent murder, gang violence." Of course, we cannot allow that to happen. From his "state of emergency" and "TEXT BORDER" advertisement, it looks like America is in a war zone.

But are we?

A concrete or steel wall might be practical if there were a stamped of drug dealers, gangs, and violent criminals charging toward the U.S.-Mexico border. The only war zone there is on the U.S. Senate floor, where neither party nor the president can come to a conclusion about border funding. President Trump is also pushing for the establishment of the United States Space Force to keep our country safe. The issue is that if the country can't even maintain a ground force at the southern border, how can there be a Space Force?

On a more serious note, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be missing their first paycheck. While raising the minimum wage is debatable, receiving no pay is not. This past Christmas, many federal employees, and their families had to cut back on Christmas gifts and spending in general as they face financial hardship. That's not even the worst part. The 420,000 essential security personnel are forced to work for no pay because America cannot be kept safe without them. Recently, close to 21% of TSA employees, who work in airport security, have called in sick. The men and women who work in airport security usually earn an average starting salary of $15.50 an hour. Airports now have fewer screeners and security agents, which entails shutting down security lines or conduct more brief security checks. Longer lines will lead to more frustrated passengers and lateness for those traveling for business purposes. It is very likely that airports will move towards looser security check since impatient crowds of people aren't going to sit still. It is also possible that more people will avoid flying and drive instead-if the route is driveable.

National parks are unstaffed, but not closed. Americans can visit them without paying an entrance fee, but it is "go at your own risk." Bathrooms are unmaintained or closed, there are no rangers to ask for guidance or help, and few if no one to call in an emergency.

The FDA is affected by the shutdown, meaning food safety inspections will be conducted even less frequently, which will increase one's risk of foodborne illness, especially the elderly, those with weak immune systems and younger children.

While the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is still in operation, but the staffing is down to 45 percent, which will reduce their capability to detect and prevent cyber security threats. These individuals already overworked, and not paying them would only decrease their morale, further lowering productivity. DHS was also received one of the lowest ranks in the best places to work in the government, which can lower prospects for seeking new employees to fill vital roles in government cybersecurity.

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