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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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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That One Time I May Have Shot An Ex-Police Officer

Yeah, you heard me.

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In England, we don't really have guns, maybe hunting guns but I think it's pretty rare. Anyway, point is, barely any guns. I have never seen a gun, shot a gun, I don't even know anybody that owns a gun so as an exchange student in Oklahoma it's a novelty to visit a gun range.

I was pretty nervous about shooting but the instructor was super nice and told us how to hold the gun and load it before we went into the range. He also let us ask any questions we had about guns and explained the process of getting a gun in Oklahoma and he said he had visited Europe and was talking about England, and how he used to be a cop and opened his own gun shop. Basically a really really nice guy, which honestly makes harming him ten times worse.

We went into the range and we were shooting a 22 caliber and another guy at the range, I'm assuming a regular, asked if we wanted to fire his revolver so of course, we said yes.

This gun was definitely heavier and the trigger was super hard to pull but he kept his hand on the gun whilst I struggled with the trigger and then I fired it.

I heard a bang and I heard a yell.

I turned around and he was holding his thumb and there was blood dripping onto the floor. At this point, I thought I had shot him, so you can imagine the sheer level of panic that I was feeling.

The color drained from my face and I was frozen solid and all I could say was, "are you okay?" which was answered with a "Ma'am, put the gun down."

Basically, I'm freaking out and I look over at the lads for some form of reassurance, which was met with them looking equally as freaked out as me. So I asked,

"Do we need to call someone?"

"Yep. We are definitely gonna have to call someone"

So at this point, my nerves were shattered and I had no idea what was going on or what the procedure is for this sort of thing. I mean, the guy also took it like a champ and barely even winced and kept repeating "little lady, you're fine" – safe to say I did not feel fine nor did the situation, in my eyes, look at all fine.

Luckily the regulars knew what to do and took him to the ER so we were left in the store with another regular shooter.

Everyone else went back out to shoot but I didn't feel like assaulting/ shooting/ potentially murdering anyone else so I decided to sit this round out and talk to the woman that stayed with us and he called and said it wasn't me, something came off the bullet or gun and went into his hand- so no I didn't actually shoot him and he was going to be okay.

The point of this now very funny story is that whilst guns are cool they're also pretty dangerous.

I have no idea how someone can participate in these mass shootings because I didn't even shoot someone, only thought I did, and it was probably the most terrifying moment of my life.

So, if you are around guns, have fun, be safe and try not to send your instructor to the ER.

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