The just-concluded Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. was punctuated by standing ovations. Among them: a few for the President, who spoke decisively but without pugnacity; for Bannon and Gorka, the red-meat guys; for Alveda King, bringing the crowd to its feet to join her in song.

And then there was the one for Steve Scalise.

Months after a gunman’s savage and politically-motivated attack left him near death, Congressman Scalise made his way to the Values Voter podium last Friday to the sound of appreciative cheers. He moved with the aid of crutches, the only visible sign of his injuries. Once at the podium, he spoke in the strong and steady voice of a man eager to get to work.

As House Majority Whip, he has the unenviable task of herding the GOP cats when it’s time for votes on the House floor. HIs position is probably what earned him an invitation to speak at Values Voter. He understands first things first, though. Before he spoke about policy, he spoke about gratitude.

After he was shot, while he was in the hospital, he and his family received countless prayers and good wishes, including messages from people who are not in political harmony with him. That touched him deeply. He understood that the messages were not merely routine.

“You knew that this was an attack on the values of our country….I cannot thank you enough for those prayers and that love.” This from a man who spent three and a half months in a hospital.

He was candid in his speech about the tough times past and to come, as he and his family face long-term challenges arising from his injuries. His candor made his enthusiastic demeanor all the more meaningful. “We have a great and mighty God,” he declared, “and I am a living example of the miracles he can produce.”

Then, and only then, he addressed specific policy initiatives. He said, “I came back with an even sharper focus” on family, friends and America.

He Considers the Pain-Capable Act a victory. That’s the measure to restrict abortions after 20 weeks, the point in pregnancy when science indicates that unborn children can feel pain. Passage of the measure was a near thing. “As Majority Whip, I had to put that coalition together. But we did.” Now, the bill is in the Senate, its prospects uncertain in view of the particular batch of Republicans now serving. “Tell your Senators to pass it,” Scales urged. The President “wants to sign this bill into law.”

The bill includes cutting federal funding to the nations’s largest abortion provider. That gives me pause, as voter who questioned (and still questions) the depth of the President’s roots on the life issues. Scalise has no doubts. “He wants to sign this.”

He’s determined to support the President’s tax reform proposals. I don’t think I’ve heard anyone give a snappier summary and smile while doing it: reduce personal rates; reduce business rates to encourage families to bring jobs back to this country; repeal the death tax, double the child tax credit (now there’s a pro-life initiative).

He did not dwell on the unhappy fate thus far of efforts to repeal Obamacare, beyond saying “let’s not give up fights. President Trump wants these on his desk.”

All this was said in a tone that most other speakers at Values Voters didn’t approach. He was passionate and determined without breathing fire. He didn’t sound as though we were all under siege; in fact he radiated hope, both political and personal.

HIs final words to the crowd, coming after all he has experienced these past months, rang with truth that brought the audience to its feet yet again: “It’s great to be alive.”

Ellen is a New Hampshire writer and pro-life activist. Read more by and about her at ellenkolb.com.

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Yesterday I was at the airport in Kansas City with DaWife and Da youngest son as we prepared to head home after a short trip that involved no political reporting. I’ll still have some posts on the Missouri Star Quilt company some of the things to see and bits of the trip over the course of the next week or so, but I promised DaWife and DaSon that other than my normal daily post I wouldn’t be doing political stuff on my trip no chasing pols nor interviews along those lines in the land of Claire McCaskill.

I bring up Senator McCaskill because you might recall that her re-election in 2012 came about because of some intemperate words by her hand picked opponent Todd Akin which networks like CNN not only promoted via newscasts, print and online stories and every form of social media in sight to the nth degree, but were a subject upon which their reporters demanded that every republican from Mitt Romney on down with an “R” next to their name comment on and/or denounce even though they had as much of a connection to Mr. Akin as I do to a Sicilian pulled at random from the Island by lottery because they thought it would help reelect her and harm every republican running for office that year immediately recognized it as newsworthy according to their standards

Meanwhile yesterday on the net this story was exploding

Nebraska Democratic Party official caught on tape saying he’s glad Scalise got shot

That headline is from the local ABC affiliate and is referring to congressman Steve Scalise the GOP deputy whip that a Democrat who volunteered for Bernie Sanders Campaign shot while attempting to murder a bunch of GOP members of congress last week which oddly enough seems not to have generated the sustained coverage that the shooting of congresswoman Gabby Gifford did a few years ago but I digress. Here are some details from the Omaha World Herald.

In the recording, Montag, referring to Scalise, says “this (obscenity), his whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to (obscenity) kick people off of (obscenity) health care. … I’m glad he got shot. I’m not gonna (obscenity) say that publicly.”

“Well then what are you saying it to us for?” Gentry-Tipton’s friend asks in the recording.

“I wish he was (obscenity) dead,” Montag says as the recording continues.

Now you might think that a party official cheering the attempted murder of a sitting congressman while he was still in the hospital recovering from multiple surgeries to save his life might be considered “newsworthy” particularly to outlets that operate on a national scale. As a person who has run this site for nearly a decade now and has reported on events as a credentialed journalist I certainly thought it was.

But apparently the professionals at CNN didn’t agree because in my four hours sitting in that airport waiting to board my delayed flight with CNN on every TV in sight I saw plenty of stories on President Trump and Russia and every possible permutation of the same and plenty of promos about how important CNN and the media is, yet I didn’t see any hint that this story, let alone Phil Montag even existed.

But in fairness to CNN a quick look at Memeorandum from that day

Memeorandum 6:50 pm June 23rd 2017

shows that none of the broadcast networks found the story worth their trouble and the one MSM outlet that touched it, the NY Times that picked up an AP story on the subject did not find it necessary to ask democrats on Capital hill or elsewhere to comment on Mr. Montag’s remarks.

Does anyone doubt for one moment that if Mr. Montag had been a republican and had made such a remark about any sitting Democrat Congressman even if such congressman had not been shot, that during my wait for the my connecting flight to Baltimore there would have been an endless supply of commentary and stories on the subject and republicans high and low would have been made to own or condemn his remarks?

But what a difference the letter “D” makes.

The irony, this same media that doesn’t find this story newsworthy actually feels insulted that they are no longer trusted by the people.

Exit question if President Trump tweeted out this story how much do you want to bet the MSM headline would be “President tweets out divisive story after Scalise story” vs “Democrat official wishes Scalise dead”

Update: Perhaps the reason they don’t find this story newsworthy is explained by this Roger Simon piece at PJMedia

The most recent of the seemingly endless incidents/outbreaks range from the ridiculous (hapless movie star Johnny Depp making a joke about assassinating the president and then recanting it…his agent must have called) to the genuinely creepy (a Democratic Party official declaring he was glad Steve Scalise was shot).

Yes, this last one was about a congressman, not the president. But we know the atmosphere that condoned it — the same atmosphere that enabled thirty GOP congressmen either to have been violently attacked or to have had their lives threatened since the beginning of May. (Such things did not happen BT/Before Trump.)

In the case of Depp, it was not so much his pathetic remarks that horrified — the actor is in the midst of a public nervous breakdown — but the raucous approval of his comments by the Glastonbury Festival audience, as if he had just given a shout-out to the local football team.

This automatic reaction by the rabble is just another example of the reach of Trump Derangement Syndrome, where assassination talk is de rigueur and Trump is regarded as a combination of Daddy Warbucks and Caligula with a little of The Joker thrown in. (Just the other day, author Michael Chabon told an Israel Radio interviewer that he wakes up every morning with the hope that Trump “is going to have a massive stroke, and, you know, be carted out of the White House on a gurney.” The surprised Israeli interviewer told Breitbart he naturally thought Chabon was just joking, but then realized he wasn’t. )

Perhaps my exit question should have been:  How many people at CNNNBCABCCBSPBSMSNBC et/all hold the very same opinions as Montag, Depp and the audiance cheering the idea of the murder of Trump and wish they could say so aloud?

Update 2:  Newsbusters reports that ABC did cover this story that had been reported by its affiliate, but not without paring it with a previous statement by a member of the GOP from NH from last year

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Baron Bodissey at Gates of Vienna:

Early Wednesday morning a man with a high-powered rifle attacked Republican members of Congress at a baseball diamond in Alexandria, Virginia. The shooter, a man from Indiana named James T. Hodgkinson, was eventually shot dead by police officers, but not until he had wounded Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and three other people, including two of the officers who took him out.

Prior to his rampage in Alexandria, Mr. Hodgkinson had been a devoted supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders (IN-VT), a self-described democratic socialist who ran in last year’s presidential campaign. Mr. Hodgkinson, like his admired candidate, was a staunch progressive. He was a bitter opponent of Donald Trump, and posted messages on Facebook to the effect that the president needed to be “destroyed”.

At some point James Hodgkinson decided to cross the line between peaceful protest and violent insurrection. By dying in furtherance of his political goals, Mr. Hodgkinson set himself up to be the John Brown of what many people — on both Left and Right — see as the coming civil war in America. (…)

[21st-century Progressives] see their cause, with all its intricate sub-causes, as the equivalent of a mid-19th century movement that strove to abolish slavery. For them, any resistance to open borders and unlimited Third-World immigration is the moral equivalent of slaveholding.

When any cause is that morally righteous, only a tiny step is required for it to move beyond a non-violent stance to an ideology that sanctions violence for the sake of the cause.

As of this writing, only the Antifas and their ilk champion violence in the name of the Progressive cause. Armed insurrection has not gone mainstream — YET.

Were Wednesday’s semi-automatic rounds in Alexandria the first volley of the coming civil war?

Richard Fernandez at The Belmont Club:

A civilization at a decision point is almost by definition walking the razor’s edge between two futures.  One future may lead to a catastrophe whose survivors must begin again from scratch. (…)

The poisonous atmosphere in today’s politics illustrates how bitterly established interests will fight to protect their “gains”.  They will literally kill to preserve an agenda.  For example GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot and seriously wounded by someone “distraught” over the recent Republican electoral victory.  “The man suspected of opening fire on Republican members of the congressional baseball team early Wednesday morning was distraught over the election of President Trump and traveled to Washington in recent weeks to protest, his brother said on Wednesday.”

The shooting comes after months of increasing political hostility which include but is not limited to, pitched battles between activists at universities, the forcible eviction of speakers from campuses in the name of safe spaces, veiled calls by “comedians” for political violence and general name calling and incivility. The Hill reports that lawmakers are now receiving anonymous threats from voices which accuse them of betraying a political ideal. (…)

Expect more, not less of this.

Kathy Griffin emboldened at least one entity: the University of Alaska.

The University of Alaska at Anchorage is displaying a painting of a nude Chris Evans, the actor who stars as Marvel’s Captain America, holding aloft the severed head of President Donald Trump, as a young ’60s-era Hillary Clinton clings to his leg.

Assistant professor Thomas Chung created the painting, KTTU-TV reported, and he says that he “spent days just weeping” after Trump was elected president. The assistant professor describes himself as a social artist who normally doesn’t deal in politics, but Trump’s election “bled into that.”

“Helmet of Salvation”

Pun intended, I’m sure.

Beheadings seem to be all the rage among the Organized Left—another pun intended. To me, this grisly form of protest is a spiritual issue more than anything else. Is it a stretch to say that this is also the reason that the Organized Left is soft on the Jihad? The two entities certainly have a common enemy. And it’s not us, not ultimately. It’s Christ. The Devil wants his servants to take heads before his gets crushed.

Wear your armor at all times.

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 one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

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