MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Is Trump Using the Media Again?

June 19th, 2018 Viewed 19 times, 19 so far today

Color me skeptical, but I highly doubt that no one in the Administration thought about the optics of the child deportation and decided to stand against this onslaught without considering how bad it would play on the media. It’s obvious that the message the Administration is sending is “Don’t think you’ll be able to get into the U.S. by bringing your children with you.” The media are playing their part by amplifying the message– all day coverage of “how could Trump do this?” only serves to get the message across– and when the Administration says “it’s the law, we can’t do anything about it” you know that they are telegraphing “No, we’re not going to change our policy.”

We’ve rarely, if ever, see the Trump Administration change course based on what the Main Stream Media has called forth, so it’s doubtful that this will work either, especially since the administration is reacting to being called out by the Bushes and Obamas, so my guess is that they are probably trying to pressure both the illegal immigrants (don’t come here, you’ll lose your kids) and Congress (Democrats say they want to do something, but they don’t) to take action.

Only time will tell if this will work.

The Cold Civil War and the Future of America

June 7th, 2018 Viewed 88 times, 4 so far today

In an article in the Federalist, Ryan Williams suggests that we are currently in a cold civil war in America.

Both elites and the public have expressed much recent anxiety about increasing political “polarization.” The moderate “center” that used to be the basis for compromise on all manner of policy has been disappearing for at least the last three decades, as the distance between the most liberal Republican in Congress and the most conservative Democrat continues to grow.

The two parties trade national congressional majorities and the presidency, but gridlock is the rule rather than the exception. Even the occasional policy victory, like Obamacare or the recent tax cut, is passed on strictly partisan lines and subject to reversal after the next narrow electoral victory by the other side.

Our political divisions and policy instability are symptoms of a growing conflict of visions over America’s past and future. At both elite and popular levels, Americans have become partisans of one or the other of what my colleague Charles Kesler calls our “two constitutions.” The stakes could not be higher: this is a fight over what kind of national political life we will choose for ourselves and the next generation. So we find ourselves in the midst of what another colleague, Angelo Codevilla, has labeled a “cold civil war.”

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MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.