by baldilocks

Freedom of religion and of association in action.

Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann announced on May 1 that the Catholic churches in his archdiocese would be transitioning away from the secularist Girl Scouts to the Christian-based American

Archbishop Naumann

Heritage Girls, citing in part the national Girl Scouts’ support for the international Girl Scouts, which is tied to Planned Parenthood, which promotes contraception and abortion.

Archbishop Naumann also noted the Girl Scouts’ promotion as role models the eugenicist Margaret Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood, as well as the radical feminists Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem.

“Our greatest responsibility as a church is to the children and young people in our care,” said the archbishop in a May 1 statement. “We have a limited time and number of opportunities to impact the formation of our young people. It is essential that all youth programs at our parishes affirm virtues and values consistent with our Catholic faith.”

“With the promotion by Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) of programs and materials reflective of many of the troubling trends in our secular culture, they are no longer a compatible partner in helping us form young women with the virtues and values of the Gospel,” said Archbishop Naumann.

Of course, there’s always the “one” who doesn’t get it. That’s no accident.

The most telling detail in the Kansas City Star’s lengthy article about the decision by Kansas City, Kansas Archbishop Joseph Naumann to sever ties with the Girl Scouts comes in the concluding paragraph.

“I feel like we’re being discriminated against,” says Maria Walters, a former Girl Scout leader in the archdiocese, “We’ve been wiped from the archdiocese website, and we have no leadership role in the church at all. There’s nothing like this going on with the Boy Scouts.”

Walters’s response speaks to the problem. Her instinctive cry of “discrimination” suggests that Girl Scouts leadership sees the world from a progressive and feminist perspective, not a Christian one. She asks not how can we better serve the Church but why is the Church disserving us.

Walters is the fruit of miseducation. Of maleducation. There are millions more out there like her.

If you are short on time and must pick which article to read, make it the second one. And while you are reading, don’t forget what the Organized Left’s main goal is.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on April 2017! Follow her on Twitter and on

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For the past two weeks as a trekked across China, Myanmar and Thailand, I have been repeatedly asked this question: What do you think of Trump?

Before I answer, I ask the questioners, from businessmen to government officials to tour guides, what THEY think of Trump.

Almost universally, their answer is: We can do business with Trump!

I admit that my survey is far from scientific. My data come mainly from educated people who can speak English and oftentimes are at least middle class. But it’s interesting when the local taxi drivers turn the table on me to ask me questions.

The most telling comments I heard came from Hangzhou, the Chinese city just south of Shanghai that hosted the G-20 conference last year. That was the conference when President Obama had to come down the back stairs of Air Force I in which many Americans saw as an intended slap in the face of the former leader.

The Chinese business people I met saw the gesture as a purposeful slight of a naïve and incompetent leader. They still think it rings true now.

Hillary Clinton was seen as even worse than Obama by many Chinese because she had come full circle from a positive image during her husband’s presidency to a negative one when Obama’s Asia pivot failed miserably.

These same businessmen see Trump using his negotiating tactics to meet the Chinese halfway, particularly when it comes to trade and even North Korea. “It’s like Trump points at one piece of property he wants to buy when he’s actually looking at another. It’s the kind of bargaining we can deal with,” one manager told me.

The Asian media aren’t portraying Trump as the buffoon the U.S. media like to do. Instead, the Chinese media, for example, have taken a relatively neutral stance toward Trump, including limited coverage of the missile defense system being set up in South Korea to counter any threat from the North. Moreover, the meeting between Presidents Xi and Trump received positive coverage, including stories about Trump’s granddaughter singing in Mandarin.

One of the more entertaining conversations I had was in Shanghai with a couple who had immigrated to Canada from Romania in the 1980s. They had grown so weary of the political correctness in our northern neighborhood that they were seriously considering going back home. I guess what attracts some of the leftists in the United States doesn’t sit so well with people who had seen actual dictatorships rather than the imagined notion of Trump as a dictator.

All told, it’s awfully nice to meet an international array of intellectual and political fellow travelers during the latest chapter of my Asia pivot. The view from this side of the Pacific is far rosier than that in the United States.

Far be it from me to give ideas to the president’s opponents in the media (not that they’d listen to me anyways) but there is one card that I don’t see them playing.

The expectations game.

There are several things that people who voted for Trump are expecting, the wall, the vetting, the tax cuts, Obamacare repeal, Defunding Planned Parenthood etc.

Two of them, the wall and the repeal of Obaamacare are from my data, particularly important.

Oddly enough the GOP which spent years arguing for the enforcement of immigration law, and for the repeal of Obamacare have shown a real reluctance to come through. When it comes down to actually legislating when they are in a position to make law rather than just oppose others they have colder feet than an Eskimo taking a foot bath in the Arctic.

While a few anti-trump folk on the right seem to grasp this the left and the media doesn’t seem to understand this. Instead they keep highlighting silly protests, attempts to silence conservatives and push memes suggesting that the media will be silenced not grasping how odd that meme sounds when it is the lead every single day on every single media platform that exists to the point where you can’t avoid it.

Now it’s true that said message plays well to their shrinking customer base and to the left institutions that provide funs and manpower to the left, but in terms of bringing down this president it’s silly.

Instead of getting out of the way and letting Trump the Dealmaker try to move the cowards of congress with all the hassle and potential for failure this involves and trying to get things done (which is a lot harder than just speaking it) they are thanks to the courts and protests and obstruction providing an excuse for every item that doesn’t get checked off.

Despite excellent defenses of reality of just how hard it is to do things by folks like Don Surber The “Trump the Failure” card has a real potential to hurt the president with his base, but to the media and the left it’s not as sexy as the “Trump the Evil” or the “Trump the Hitler” or the “Trump the Dictator” card which while cathartic, only cements his support further.

If the elites who claim to be so bright were really as smart as they claim, they would see this and pivot and perhaps in time they will, but there is one other factor that might be holding them back.

For all their mocking of Trump, I suspect they fear that if given the chance, he WON’T fail.

I suspect this fear, which is even larger than the fear that is paralyzing the GOP in congress, is what drives them even more than their anger.

If I was President Trump and his team, I’d exploit this fear whenever possible.