“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Queen of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland

“When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”

Humpty Dumpty, Through the Looking Glass

Our Constitution is meant to provide the framework within which a government that “derives its just powers from the consent of the governed” can function to “ensure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Of course, our society is ordered to provide another institution apart from government to protect our posterity: the family. As society has recognized for millennia, the family unit serves the invaluable purpose (one of many) of providing parents to protect children from, among other things, making bad decisions that could have lifelong consequences.

In Massachusetts, we do not allow a child to drive until he or she is at least 16, to vote or serve in the military until 18, or to drink alcohol until 21. We all agree that children are not able to make important decisions for themselves until their brains and bodies have matured enough and they have experienced enough in life to have the proper context in which to evaluate consequences. So how is it possible that the Legislature is debating a bill that would give prepubescent children the legal ability to decide that they are the “wrong” gender?

There are actually two identical bills being debated by the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Senate Bill 62 and House Bill 1190, both titled “An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors.” Now, of course, no one is in favor of “abusive practices” used on children, no matter what the circumstances, but the bills’ supporters, based on their testimony from last week, seem to think that any counseling aimed at helping children who suffer from gender dysphoria or homosexual attraction is, by definition, abusive.

As Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, has correctly pointed out, if the proponents are concerned about the use of electroshock therapy or other clearly abusive practices, then the bill should outlaw those therapies explicitly. But to claim that counseling a child to feel comfortable in his own body is abusive, while prescribing hormones that could lead to permanent sterilization or physically mutilating a healthy body is not, is just Mad-Hatter-crazy. This bill is set up to do the exact opposite of what its sponsors falsely claim it is intended to do.

So we find ourselves facing the very real possibility that the legislature will pass a bill that severely limits the rights of parents to decide what is best for their children, and the Free Speech and Religious Liberty rights of counselors and pastors who would seek to help children escape from these misguided feelings, even if the feelings are unwanted. I have a source in the State House who tells me that the committee chair is disinclined to attach a criminal penalty to the legislation, as if that would somehow make it okay. It would not.

We must oppose this misguided bill. If you are a Massachusetts citizen, I urge you to contact your State Representative and Senator to make your voice heard. At least they haven’t yet tried to take that right away from us.

The day was off  to a slow start.

First my laptop was clamoring for updates and would not let me postpone them. After those were done, we had a brief power outage during an even briefer thunderstorm.

I turned on the TV and Drudge Report to find this:

The shooter carried out his attack with a long gun.

Reps. Ron DeSantis and Mo Brooks were there,

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As of the writing of this post, the shooter is reportedly alive and in police custody. [UPDATE: He is  now reported dead.]

All year long the Left has been fostering a climate of hate, from college professors asking that Republicans be “lined up and shot,” antifa rioters, BLM demonstrators chanting “pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon,” to Kathy Griffin jihadist photo-ops, while fake blood pours as Shakespeare in the Park stabs Donald Trump.

[UPDATE: Doug Ross graphically illustrates the mainstreaming of political violence by Democrat extremists]

Predictably, the Democrats will ignore all of this “eliminationist” rhetoric as a possible motive the same way they ignore Islamism as a motive in other terror attacks. They will instead focus on the gun.

Sure enough,

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As Pete says, if you are a conservative, you should arm yourself sooner rather than later.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes in U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.

We have reached an interesting point in the political life of America, a point where, to the elites of our culture,  actual reality takes a back seat to a desired narrative.

The election of Donald Trump, a man willing to not only speak plainly, but fluent in the tactics of social media and the left has set them in an incredible tizzy and his willingness to embrace religious Americans who are the backbone of those who voted him in and made them even angrier.

Thus not only are the supposed “evils” of Trump the only narrative in town, but basic decency from Assassination chic to physical violence is either ignored or minimized within these circles (at least as long as it doesn’t’ cost them money as Delta Airlines demonstrated).

Given this atmosphere and given the rating and profits available for networks in the Trump obsession with their niche market there are two things I advise the president to do.

  1. Keep working
  2. Keep Tweeting

Piece of Advice #1 is the most important thing.  While there is a lot of noise being generated by the armies of the left the reality is most americans have become deaf to it.  The best example of this came from of all places a screening of Wonder Woman at Alamo theatres.  All over the internet there was outrage over Stephen Green’s buying a ticket to a “woman’s only” showing of Wonder Woman but when he actually showed up nobody in the theatre cared.  People who have real life to live tend to do it and if this administration continues its actions to improve the economy, lesson regulations and create jobs and continue to fight to protect us from our enemies the people who actually work for a living will care less what the media and their pals in academia or Hollywood think.

Piece of Advice #2 might seem counterintuitive but it does three vital things.

a.  It forces the media to react to whatever you choose to say

b.  It allows you to promote stories they want to bury

c.  It gives you a direct conduit outside of the media to the voters

All of these are things that give the left fits and tend to cause them to react in ways that turn off anyone not already drinking the #nevertrump koolaid.

So while there are pitfalls you will still need to avoid I strongly suspect that if you follow these two rules as the basis for your actions I suspect that barring massive voter fraud (which you should also watch out for) Your electoral margin in the 2020 electoral college will be even larger than the last time.

No charge.