The 3% number I misstated as budgetary but meant as services regarding Planned Parenthood is not false, it depends on how you measure. The number is 3% of total services or 10% of clients. Either way, abortion is a significant minority of what they do. Women’s health services is the overwhelming majority.
Flip-flopper! How many times have we heard that yelled at
someone we’re mad at for changing their position?
I’m here to tell you that I flip-flop. That’s right, I admit
There is a good reason to flip-flop and it’s called new
information. I’m not talking about a new poll that indicates a winning
position, I’m talking about actual data or experience.
When you change your mind because new information supports
changing your position, that is a flip. If you change your mind to be mean or
selfish, that’s a flop.
Look, there was a time that being in favor of the British
King in charge of the colonies made sense. Protection from the most powerful
empire, goods flowing to and from England, and a functioning government to
provide structure. New information would’ve included overbearing searches,
increasing taxes without proper representation, and a demanding military moving
into your house without permission.
With that new information you might’ve flipped and become a
rebel fighting for independence.
Or how about a few years earlier in the 16th
Century. The great minds and all the people thought the Earth was the center of
the universe. Then Nicolaus Copernicus demonstrated the Sun was a the center of
our solar system, dastardly new information! Did he cause people to flip or
A few years ago, President Trump was pro-choice, now he
holds the opposite position. Do you call him a flip-flopper? Senator Gillibrand
used to be hard-core on immigration and now she takes a much softer approach.
What do you call her?
The issue for those against flip-floppers is that they
changed position to now be against yours. Simple, you want them to have a
Some yell flip-flopper as an insult when a politician is
late to the game. I’m guilty of this sin.
You see, I’ve been pro-LGBTQ since the 1990s, long before it
was in vogue politically. When Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama came around, I
was mad. What took so long? Flip-floppers.
That’s the problem for the late to the game flip-flop
accusation, I want you to change your position on my time frame.
Humans don’t work that way. They don’t change their mind
when you want them to, they do it when they are ready.
In the case of Senator Gillibrand, like many others
including myself, she’s softened her approach to immigration once she actually
spent time with immigrants, connecting with humans who have a different
experience. It’s called first-hand experience.
First-hand experience often is a catalyst allowing us to
open our minds more to an issue. You know the Bible says “Truly, I say to you,
as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew
25:40). For me, it was becoming friends with a Oaxacan immigrant who is a great
member of the community. Let’s call him Luke.
I got to know Luke and his story. He came at 18 to meet
family here who told him they knew of jobs, and he needed to eat and earn a
living. Once here he met his wife, they have a family, and he is an upstanding
man in his community.
With Luke’s story I started to shift my perspective; I flipped.
I want more people to take in new information and change
their minds. It’s healthy. It’s growth.
Do you want to be stagnant and stuck in your ways, just
In our current climate and with the amount of information
available at our fingertips, maybe flip-flopper shouldn’t be a swear word, but
one of contemplation and potential admiration for having an open mind.
Fox News Channel‘s Tucker Carlson Tonight had me back on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 to discuss the Judge Kavanaugh sexual abuse/assault allegations.
This segment generated so much controversy that the Washington Post‘s Amy Wang reached out to me for comment and put up a big article about it. From the piece:
“She’s claiming that this man sexually assaulted her and altered the course of her life,” Carlson told Bearman. “She didn’t tell anybody his name for 36 years, during which time he got married, he interacted with many others in our population.”
Carlson then launched a barrage of questions at Bearman.
“Sex offenders tend to commit serial sex crimes. Doesn’t she have an obligation to tell someone?” he asked. “To stop him from doing that if he is, in fact, a sex criminal? Where’s her obligation here? What about the rest of us?”
Bearman began talking about the reasons a sexual assault victim might not feel comfortable reporting (more on that below), before Carlson cut him off abruptly.
“No, no, no, no, no, no, hold on, I’m not asking her about her reasons,” the Fox News host said. “I’m asking about the rest of us — the other 320 million people who live here. If he’s actually a sex criminal, we have a right to know that, and she has an obligation to tell us. And I know it’s hard. But why don’t we have a right to know? If there’s a rapist on the loose, if you don’t tell anybody, if Bernie Madoff rips you off and you don’t tell his other investors, you’re part of the problem, are you not? What am I missing?”
Still, Bearman continued, attempting to fact-check Carlson on his earlier claims that Ford “didn’t tell anybody [Kavanaugh’s] name for 36 years.”
As Bearman tried to explain all this, though, Carlson interrupted him again.
“I’m saying, if it is true, what’s going on here?” he demanded. “Don’t the rest of us have a right to protect ourselves from this dangerous man, Brett Kavanaugh? What’s the answer?”
And there it was. The moment. Bearman began shaking his head. His large, dark-rimmed glasses couldn’t hide the fact that his eyes were staying closed longer each time he blinked. Carlson maintained an indignant expression.
TownhallEditorGuy Benson and I debated the Democrats opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the Senate. We went into Senator Cory Booker’s opposition (“I am Spartacus“) and I explained why this is such a big deal to the Court.
On Thursday, Shannon Bream covers President Trump’s rally in Billings, Mont., to support Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale. Plus, the latest developments on the anonymous op-ed in the New York Times. The White House reportedly has a list of 12 possible suspects.
Fox News @ Night invited me back to join Shannon Bream on Friday, August 17, 2018. My fellow panelist was Nicki Neily, President of a group called Free Speech.
Our topic was the need for free speech and debate on college campuses today. There is a new movement to get people with opposing views together and work to open communication.
I argue, again, for insensitivity training so feelings aren’t hurt so easily. Plus the fact this really isn’t that different from 20 years ago.
I also pointed out that it’s fun for the right to pick on college students regarding the First Amendment, yet ~40% of Republicans (it’s actually 43%) want the President to have the power to shut down media they don’t like.
And, I very intentionally brought up the need for another James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley, Jr. debate at Cambridge in 1965 where an eloquent man of color decimated WFB in front of a white crowd, on the topic of racism.
My reference to administrative law is based on a number of factors related to the state creating a property right of a license (for example liquor) and requiring complete administrative due process before revocation.
None of this excuses a closer look at why over 4 million people have security clearances, some of which may have no reason to still have one.
But President Donald Trump has veered into unfamiliar and perilous territory with his unceasing all-out assault on the free press and the First Amendment. Of course, the irony of Trump’s attacks on the “SICK!” and “very dishonest people” in “the fake media” he accuses of purveying, yes, “fake news” is that he himself is a product of the New York tabloids. He’s as savvy about manipulating his coverage as he is adept in undermining it.
But today the consequences of the president’s perpetual battle against journalists extend far beyond the Manhattan gossip pages. And the animus you see directed at CNN’s Jim Acostaisn’t just reserved for the White House press corps. Everywhere in the country, any matter that an official doesn’t want to talk about or that a reader doesn’t want to hear about is “fake news” now.
In our business, we know how much words matter. We know, too, that Trump’s references to us as the “enemy of the American People” are no less dangerous because they happen to be strategic. That is what Nazis called Jews. It’s how Joseph Stalin’s critics were marked for execution.
Fox News Channel‘s Fox News at Night had me back on Friday, August 11, 2018. Ed Henry was in for Shannon Bream.
Omarosa‘s new tell-all book “Unhinged,” is coming out and the accusations are shocking (like a $15k/month payoff to NOT publish, Trump dropping the N-word, etc.). However, I argue the book adds nothing to what we already know about the long line of Trump’s horrific history toward minorities.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” – Donald Trump, presidential announcement speech, June 16, 2015
Fox News Channel had me back on Tucker Carlson Tonight with guest host Brian Kilmeade on Monday, August 6, 2018.
We discussed Instagram censoring a short clip I posted from Tucker’s show Friday night where we said nothing in the realm of hate speech. We merely discussed Sarah Jeong and the New York Times decision to hire her, not quote her tweets.