Next Right Reads

10/19/16

Image: Violence, Denial, and Video

Ryan Huber on the power of viral videos in political movements.

Many leaders in black communities have questioned whether or not their loyalty to the Democratic party has made Black Lives matter more, especially in cities run by Democrats for decades, places like Chicago, Los Angeles, and Baltimore. Many leaders in the pro-life movement are raising the same questions about what Republican leaders on the national level have actually done to protect Pre-Born lives.
Online video is starting to change the conversation about Black Lives, bringing it to the masses and convincing Republican lawmakers that something has to be done to reform the criminal justice system; you can’t just ignore those videos. Mainstream media have responded to this proliferation of damning video related to police brutality and Black Lives.
The videos of the violence done to Pre-Born lives is less viral; it’s harder to come by and there are powerful institutions dedicated to marginalizing video of abortions and any who would make it available to the public. Advances in sonogram technology and Republican laws on the state level are threatening to make live moving picture of Pre-Born human lives more common, but the exposure is nowhere near the level of videos depicting the violent treatment of Black Lives.

Frederick M. Hess shares the plight of an education reformer this cycle.

For the past six months, when reporters have called to ask about Trump’s views on education, I’ve generally offered the same assessment: “It doesn’t really matter what he says or what the campaign announces, because I think it’s all performance art. I don’t think he really means any of it. If he happens to win, I think what’ll matter is who he appoints to office and what they want to do.” What I’ve found most disconcerting is that those appointments would matter so much because we’ve gotten to a point where Washington can do so much.
While Trump’s campaign is descending to new depths of ignominy and lunacy, those eagerly anticipating the next Clinton administration would do well to remember that the world keeps spinning. Recall that on the eve of the first debate only a few weeks ago, it looked like Trump had the momentum in the presidential race and might win — meaning he could pursue his promises to “get rid of” gun-free zones around schools, outlaw the Common Core, and all the rest.
Now, one of the blessings of our system is that it’s not supposed to affect our lives all that much if the “wrong” person gets elected president.

JD Rucker makes the case for a new conservative party.

Some days, I think about throwing in the towel. I wonder what it would be like to move out of southern California to a secluded area away from the struggles. I could just focus on my family and my business and stay away from the tumult of politics and world events.
Today, I’m throwing away the towel altogether. Throwing it in the ring and declaring surrender is no longer an option and I encourage every God-fearing, America-loving person to do the same. This is a fight that will continue whether we defend ourselves or not. It’s a battle that will find its way into our personal backyards regardless of where we go or how well we prepare. We are in a time of world war in which the enemy wants to take away our principles. They want compliance. When they have enough people complying, they will demand obedience. Soon after they have obedience, the sole of their boots will be on our necks, a position from which we cannot recover.
I will not comply.

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