Trump Resistance Led By Women

I have in recent weeks come to more respect the bravery of women. They have seemed to show a level of courage sorely lacking in many of us men.
I speak specifically about the courage liberal and conservative women are showing in their approach to current presidential initiatives. From Susan Collins, to Elizabeth Warren, to Lisa Murkowski, to Allison Grimes; all seem to be willing to thwart presidential initiatives in numbers that don’t seem to be reflected in the male population.
From the protest of predominantly women the day after the inauguration to now it has been women, who seem to be leading the anti-Trump charge. They have made mistakes along the way, (such as disenfranchising right to life female marchers) but by-and-large it is women of all stripe that have been leading from the front.
This isn’t to suggest that women who support Trump aren’t brave; how could they be otherwise. They just aren’t the point of this note (maybe I’ll chat about them later).
My only point is the Trump resistance seem to be led by women, while men who should be in the fight sit on the sidelines, seemingly waiting it out until the tide changes, stays the same, or ebbs.
It is at least interesting.


While You Weren’t Looking The National Security Council Changed

Lost in all falderal about the refugee bans and protests at airports was an Executive Order, which reorganized the National Security Council (NSC). That reorganization excludes the Chairman of The Joint Chiefs (CJCS) from regular committee meetings and instead has him attend only when his/her expertise is needed. Moreover, it installs the controversial White House adviser Steve Bannon as a permanent member.

This is an especially worrisome development as the military members are specifically trained to develop estimates and play the role as the strongest advocate AGAINST their own position. The CJCS provides presidents and the national command authority apolitical continuity.

The second part of order is the ascension of Mr. Bannon as a permanent member. Mr. Bannon is a longtime rabble-rouser and purveyor of questionable journalistic products. He has been accused of catering to white nationalists at Breitbart News.

It is important to remember that during the campaign Mr. Trump was quick to remind that he “knows more than the generals.”

While council and committee assignments lack the visibility of protests at airports, it is in these bodies that policy and priority are determined. Assigning the right people matters. By adding Mr. Bannon and subtracting the CJCS president, Trump may be creating a body that lacks the gravitas needed for complex, dangerous decisions.

Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum come out in favor of Sharia Law.

I must say I’m shocked to see Presidential candidates like Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum come out in favor of Sharia Law.
Oh well it should have been predictable.
When Kim Davis, the now infamous County Clerk from Rowan County, Kentucky and recent jailbird, decided to put religious law before secular law and not issue marriage licenses to gay couple, she was hauled off to the hoosegow in contempt of court.
Mike Huckabee shouted foul as did Rick Santorum and others; all in the name of religious freedom. Their headlong rush to defy secular law in favor or religious teaching is a weighty demonstration of their support for Sharia Law.
As we all know, these guys are nothing, if not fair and even handed. They will surely and evenly apply their moral outrage when Kosher Law, Catholic Catechism, Sharia Law, and every other faith-based law comes into conflict with secular law. That’s how these guys role.
Religious tribunals of every stripe will soon be adjudicating validity of everything from marriage licenses, to drivers’ licenses, to traffic tickets, and restaurant menus for dietary infractions.