IS UNITY BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA POSSIBLE?

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may be on the verge of something none of us ever believed could happen in our lifetimes.

“If North Korea takes certain measures, the end-of-war declaration would be a political statement that would announce that the longstanding hostile relations between Pyongyang and Washington had ended,” Moon Jae-in said in a recent interview with the BBC.

If this were to happen, it would end decades of hostilities in the region.
Just the idea of this even being a possibility is incredible.

Mere months ago President Trump and Kim Jong-Un were trading insults and people were speculating it could lead to a war.

Now, Kim is on friendly terms with President Trump, and even just as importantly, we could be on the verge of unprecedented peace talks with South Korea.

Make no mistake about it: if President Trump somehow played a role in getting North and South Korea to the negotiating table and Kim disarms as part of an eventual deal, it would be an incredible accomplishment and put him in the history books.

Amazingly, it could even lead to the president along with Kim and Moon sharing the Nobel Peace Prize.

That said, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Others have tried to deal with North Korea and been led astray.

No reason to celebrate until we see what actually comes of this.

But that doesn’t mean we cannot get excited about the possibility of some form of peace in that region.

The common belief was that short of nuclear war, there would never be a stop to the turmoil between North and South Korea.

But now?

Maybe there is real hope.

Michael Malice, author of the great book “Dear Reader,” who is an expert on North Korea thinks it is possible.

“This is unprecedented,” said Malice to Breitbart News.

“The Korean War isn’t over. There’s only an armistice. The North and the South are technically at war. It’s a very easy concession from both sides to sign a peace treaty, even though it doesn’t mean anything because they’re already effectively at peace. That would still be a big deal in terms of moving the world forward.”

So, a “peace treaty” would technically not mean anything because the war ended decades ago.

So, it is possible that even if a treaty is signed, it could be all smoke and no fire.

But as a gesture and a way to move the peace process in the region forward?

It could be an incredible sign of things to come.

Your enemies will always be your enemies if you are not willing to talk to them.

By agreeing to have these talks, we now have the first step we never thought we would see.

Whether or not it results in a historic peace agreement remains to be seen.

But for once, it seems like hope is legitimate, and that is a great thing.

DON LEMON SHOULD TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND RETHINK WHAT HE IS DOING

Since President Trump has been elected, many news pundits and celebrities have lost their minds.

Likewise, the same has happened following rapper Kanye West stepping forward as a supporter of the president and the two meeting together at the Oval office yesterday.

But of all the unhinged commentary about Kanye West and President Trump, nobody takes a back seat to CNN’s Don Lemon.

Lemon and his panel called West a “token,” used racial slurs to describe him, and implied West is mentally ill and thus should not be taken seriously.

On Tuesday’s CNN Tonight, while discussing Kanye West’s recent alliance with Republican President Donald Trump, CNN host Don Lemon twice claimed without citing any evidence that Trump supporters in the past had “called him the N-word” when he criticized singer Taylor Swift and President George W. Bush.

Additionally, CNN contributors Bakari Sellers and Tara Setmayer inserted racially tinged comments into the discussion as Setmayer called West a “token negro,” and Sellers derided him as “what happens when negroes don’t read.”

Then the next night, he took it a step farther, calling West a “minstrel” act and invoking the man’s dead mother in an attempt to shame him.

When host Wolf Blitzer gave Lemon the floor, the so-called CNN anchor claimed that he has “no animosity for Kanye West” and that he’ll “be honest” even though “I may get in a lot of trouble for it.”

Lemon opined that he “actually feel[s] bad for him” because “[w]hat saw was a minstrel show him in front of all these white people — most white people — embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African Americans because every one of them is sitting either at home or with their phones, watching this, cringing.”

Lemon explained that he “couldn’t even watch it” because it was “so hard” watching President Trump “exploiting someone who needs help, who needs to back away from the cameras, who needs to get off stage, who needs to deal with his issues and if anyone around him cares about him…they need to grab him, snatch him up and get Kanye together because Kanye needs help.”

Ok, so just to review:

Kanye west is a mentally-ill, token, ill-informed negro (Bakari Sellers words, not mine) who cannot read and is a minstrel show his dead mother should be ashamed of.

Somebody here should be ashamed, but it isn’t Kanye.

In addition to the disgusting assertion that anybody who thinks in a way you do not want him to is a token or — even more disgraceful — an embarrassment to his dead mother, the stigma Lemon and his guests put on those with mental health issues is beyond despicable.

As the Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald correctly notes:

I can’t remember an episode that has produced more crude, contemptuous, reckless, stigmatizing and harmful discourse about mental health issues than the partisan anger, primarily emanating from cable news & social media, over the last 48 hours due to Kanye West’s WH visit.

Could not have said it any better myself.

If you have a problem with what Kanye West said, make a counter argument.

But to just categorize him as “crazy” and therefore unfit to enter the dialogue is well beyond the pale and does great harm to those who have a genuine need for help, as it further shames them and gives them reason to go on suffering in silence.

I would say Don Lemon should be ashamed of himself, but I am not sure he is capable of shame.

I would say Don Lemon should apologize, but let’s be honest, he is not going to do that.

So instead, I will just hope Lemon stops for at least a second to think about how reckless he is being and how terrible his rhetoric is for no other reason than his deep hatred of the president.

And I will hope he at least takes it down a notch.

But I will hope from afar, because I am done watching his show.

THE PRESIDENT DOES A GREAT DEED BY BRINGING HOME PASTOR BRUNSON

President Trump has done a really good job at this point in his presidency of finding ways to get hostages freed from miserable conditions.

He did it again the other day, getting the Turks to free Pastor Andrew Brunson — who had been falsely accused of plotting against the Turkish government — from a Turkish prison after two years.

“I just want to congratulate you because you have galvanized this country,” President Trump said.

“There’s so much interest, and it’s your faith, it’s your strength, what you’ve done, gone through.”

President Trump also thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for working with him on Brunson’s return.

“I do want to thank President Erdogan for making this possible. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t easy for him.”

Not surprisingly, Brunson was ecstatic to be home and back with his family.

“We especially want to thank the administration, they really fought for us, unusually so,” Brunson said, talking to President Trump.

“From the time you took office, I know that you’ve been engaged.”

The president said nothing was given to Turkey in exchange for Brunson, who had lived in Turkey for over 20 years prior to his arrest.

At one point, President Trump had implied he may use sanctions against Turkey if they did not release the pastor.

Thankfully, it never came to that.

Again, this is an example of one of president Trump’s strengths: negotiating and using leverage.

Within the last few wees, he was able to get a new trade deal done with Canada and Mexico that has more favorable terms than NAFTA.

And now, he was able to effectively use the threat of sanctions to free Pastor Brunson.

For whatever you may think of the president and his policies, this is one area where having an successful businessman at the top of our government is a major advantage for our nation.

North Korea and Iran loom and so does China as we head forward into the next few years, and I, for one, am very glad to have a president who I feel will do the absolute best job possible for the United States in avoiding conflict while also generating strong deals on our behalf.

Peace through strength is a philosophy that worked for Ronald Reagan.

And now it is — and will continue to — work for Donald Trump.

GUATEMALAN PRESIDENT JIMMY MORALES IS A GREAT FRIEND TO WESTERN DEMOCRACY

Guatemala is a country battling problems as wide-ranging as drug trafficking, corruption, and general lawlessness.

But thankfully, the man running the government there is fighting to do everything he can to right the wrongs that must be righted.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales is a strong ally of the United States and a friend to Israel as well.

I had the pleasure of meeting Morales and he was an absolute delight.

We talked about how Guatemala, the United States, and Israel can all help each other and he sincerely seemed eager to do everything in his power to make that happen.

For starters, under Morales, Guatemala — just like the United States — moved their embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

And on the terrorism front, over the past two years Guatemalan intelligence has detained nearly 50 people traveling on false documents on suspicion of being affiliated with ISIS.

Drugs are arguably the nation’s biggest problem, one that can filter into the United States when the cartels get their product out of Guatemala and into our country.

But under President Morales, Guatemala has made major strides in stifling drug trafficking, with cocaine seizures roughly doubling and overall seizures of illegal drugs nearly tripling since he took power.
Central America is a major hub for cocaine traffickers, so the more President Morales and the Guatemalan authorities strangle the boats and planes attempting to move product, the easier and safer things become for our law enforcement and citizens.

As far as corruption goes, President Morales is making tremendous progress there, too.

He has made it one of his central missions to eliminate corruption, and to prove it, used a tax collection mechanism to bring millions of dollars in taxes into the government that had previously been hidden by bad actors.
Violence is on the decline as well, with the murder rate in Guatemala at a near-decade low and gangs on the run from a police force that now has the green light to put a stop to unlawful reigns of terror.

Speaking of gangs, we have heard a lot about the Nicaraguan gang MS-13 causing problems in their home country and illegally coming into the United States to do the same.

Under President Morales, not only are gangs being systematically taken apart, but gang members and others are being made well aware of the dangers and immoral nature of attempting to illegally enter the United States.

Jimmy Morales is a president we can — and should — back strongly, as he has proven time after time that he is both a blessing to his people and a tremendous help to western democracies like Israel and the United States.
I implore President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu to work very closely with Morales going forward, so we can continue to set all of these great countries on the right path forward.

GODSPEED, FLORIDA

Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced this morning that Hurricane Michael has arrived, and it is not safe to travel across the Panhandle.

“If you are in a coastal area do not leave your house,” the governor said.
Hurricane “Michael” is expected to sweeping through Florida, likely resulting in numerous injuries and casualties throughout the sunshine state.

The governor surely has his hands full and I am praying for both him and those around him.

I am also, it should go without saying, praying for everybody in Florida who in any way ends up being affected by the devastation of the ensuing hurricane.

I have already seen a number of high profile people attempting to make political hay out of this, trying to tie this into climate change policies and even criticizing Florida’s governor for not doing enough on that front.

I cannot believe I even have to say this, but people are in serious danger.
This is no time to get needlessly political.

President Trump will be in contact with the governor involved and they will handle everything the best they can.

Instead of using this as another opportunity to try and bash political opponents, I’d suggest your energy would be better spent sending positive energy towards those affected and donating money to help them repair the eventual wreckage.

Now is no time for politics and I really wish more people saw how obvious that is.

Godspeed to those caught in Michael’s wrath.

I’ll be praying for you and I hope everybody else is, too.

THANK YOU, AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY

Today, I want to issue a thank you to​ my good friend and​ former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who has decided to resign as Ambassador to the United Nations.

Ambassador Haley did an excellent job in her role as ambassador, taking absolutely no-nonsense and making clear that the United States would no longer tolerate the UN bashing this country and Israel without paying a price.

Specifically, a financial price, as several hundred million dollars was to be withheld, a welcome change to the policy of the numerous doormats who came before her.

I am also glad that she and President Trump were able to work so well together despite their early differences.

Remember, before eventually endorsing the president, Ambassador Haley endorsed Marco Rubio during the Republican primary and said she was “not a fan” of Trump’s, even calling him “everything a governor doesn’t want in a president.”

But President Trump overlooked that, because he realized that personal grievances aside, Nikki Haley was uniquely qualified to be our country’s Ambassador to the United Nations.

And indeed, she WAS uniquely qualified for the job, largely on the basis of her background and experience.

After all, who better to send to the United Nations as an Ambassador and symbol of our nation’s incredible diversity than a woman who was born to two immigrants from Punjab, India.

She rose all the way to the South Carolina House of Representatives and from there, she became the first Indian-American female to ever become governor of a state.

And while she has stood up for conservative values throughout her career, she has also shown a tremendous ability to be a force for unity.

Following the disgusting mass shooting at a black church by Dylan Roof in South Carolina, Governor Haley saw to it that the confederate flag be taken down at the statehouse.

On this issue, she took a stand against some people in her own party and, in the process, brought together people of all races and creeds to do what was right.

She continued to do what was right as UN Ambassador, including her continued vocal support of the nation of Israel.

While Ambassador Haley said a two state solution was ideal, she also made it clear that America would ALWAYS stand firm and proud at Israel’s side.

Said Haley during her confirmation hearings, “Nowhere, has the U.N.’s failure been more consistent, and more outrageous, than its bias against our close ally, Israel.”

She set out to rectify that and made many positive strides.

While she did praise the UN overall, she was fine with letting them know when they were wrong, like in the case of the UN’s Human Rights’ Council, which has condemned Israel numerous times with no rebukes given to Syria and North Korea.

Ambassador Haley has shown through her words and actions that she was a fantastic blend of reasoned diplomacy and brazen honesty.

It was exactly what we needed in a UN Ambassador and no matter what she decides to do next, I look forward to proudly supporting her and helping to ensure she continues to do fantastic work in some form or fashion on behalf of the American people.

PEOPLE ARE INDIVIDUALS, NOT MEMBERS OF AN IDENTITY CULT

I have been noticing a disturbing trend lately and it has gotten worse and worse over the past few weeks.

Somebody offers a political thought that is not in accordance with what the majority of his or her race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender believes.

That person is then called a traitor and told to get in line.

No individual thought allowed.

The most recent high profile example is a NY Times op-ed excoriating white women who dared to support the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as privileged gender traitors who are defenders of the patriarchy.

It is the ind of nonsense you would expect from an 18 year-old sociology student, but somehow it made it into the NY Times, which is supposed to be the “gold standard.”

If you want an idea of how vile and vapid this piece was, here is a quick glimpse:

After a confirmation process where women all but slit their wrists, letting their stories of sexual trauma run like rivers of blood through the Capitol, the Senate still voted to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. With the exception of Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, all the women in the Republican conference caved, including Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who held out until the bitter end.

These women are gender traitors, to borrow a term from the dystopian TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” They’ve made standing by the patriarchy a full-time job. The women who support them show up at the Capitol wearing “Women for Kavanaugh” T-shirts, but also probably tell their daughters to put on less revealing clothes when they go out.

So, you see, because Susan Collins is a woman, she is absolutely, positively, no questions asked, not allowed to believe that Brett Kavanaugh is innocent and basically do not care if women get raped.

Stop for a second and thin about how insulting that is.

A woman cannot hold a certain opinion simply because she is a woman?

What?

The whole policing of what somebody is allowed to think based on immutable characteristics is patently absurd, but it is unfortunately far too common.

Want another recent example?

There was Atlantic writer Ta’Niehisi Coates proclaiming that rapper Kanye West is not really black because West is not acting the way Coates thinks he should.

The message from Coates and others has repeatedly been this: get in line and think how we want you to, or you are not a “true” member of the tribe.

I have gotten plenty of this myself over the years.

I am a Pakistani Jewish man, yet I tend to lean conservative.

For that, I have sometimes been told I am helping my oppressor, whatever that even means.

Kanye West, Susan Collins, and anybody else who dared to think for themselves realized they are individuals, not members of an identity cult.

They do not take marching orders on how to think, which used to be a celebrated virtue, but is now somehow seen as a weakness.

These identity cults are no good, and quite frankly, they can often lead to very unpleasant pushbacks.

If you do not understand what I mean, I suggest you pick up a history book.

We are at a time in history when there is more information at our fingertips than ever before.

More than ever it should be considered a valuable asset to be an independent thinker who considers all facts and viewpoints before deciding what to think rather than a toy soldier who just marches to the beat of whatever drum instructed.

So while the NY Times and multiple other outlets want to challenge Senator Susan Collins on her womanhood or insist she is nothing but a pawn of the patriarchy — yawn — I will continue to commend her for having the integrity and intelligence to sort through all relevant facts and arrive at what she truly feels — agree or disagree — was the right decision.

She is not a drone who does what other women tell her, she is a human being fully capable of making up her own mind, which is precisely what she did.

And despite what the NY Times and writers like Ta’Niehisi Coates say, we need more of that, not less.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE UNITED STATES NOW AT HISTORIC LEVELS AND THAT IS REASON FOR ALL TO CHEER

Amidst all the insanity occurring over the Brett Kavanaugh matter, many people missed some really positive economic news.

Unemployment claims recently hit a near 50-year low, a huge victory for America’s workers.

The official unemployment rate is at a mere 3.7%, and even if that does not include the underemployed and those who stopped looking, it is still a very strong overall number.

As a small business owner myself, it warms my heart to see this, since the people who work for me are the backbone of any success I have.

I could not do it without them.

And life has been easier for me and for them ever since the tax cut bill was passed, because I was able to expand and hire more people while also giving raises to my existing employees.

I had been looking to expand my business for some time, but the punitive tax rates were making it next to impossible for me to do it.

With the rates being lowered, I was finally able to expand, which created more jobs and greater overall revenues to share with my employees.

And my businesses were certainly not the only ones for whom this was the case.

We saw the benefits take hold with companies like Comcast, Wells Fargo, and AT & T, who gave out bonuses and raises as a result of the tax bill being passed.

The bonuses and average of $100 per month savings in tax savings are a big help to most working people.

In fact, I have an employee who told me he plans to use that money to pay his car insurance for the year.

That may not seem like a big deal to some in the upper income brackets who sneeze at that amount, but trust me, to my employee and people like him, it is indeed a very big deal.

This weekend, in the midst of the Kavanaugh chaos, I stopped every now and then to think about about how excited I am to continue using the money I am saving to grow my businesses and more importantly, how growing those businesses means I can hire more employees, and do my part to help make their everyday lives better.

God bless my employees, and God bless the American workforce.

IN A SEA OF LUNACY, COLLINS EMERGES AS A VOICE OF REASON

With the way politics currently work, it is rare you see anything substantive on a grand stage that makes you sit up and take notice.

In a time of sloganeering and quick sound bytes, it seemed almost impossible that a dry and well-reasoned speech could break through and have any real impact.

I say almost impossible, because Susan Collins — the longtime senator from Maine — proved yesterday that it can indeed be done.

I have known Susan Collins for many years and have always found her to be incredibly gracious and honorable.

And the speech she gave yesterday on the senate floor made me so proud to know her and to have her as an elected representative at the federal level.

In a sea of hysteria, Senator Collins gave a 40 minute speech that was light on hyperbole and heavy on facts and substantive arguments.

The Senator began by showing how carefully she had considered this nomination, detailing the talks she had with opponents and supporters of Judge Kavanaugh, as well as conversations she had with Kavanaugh himself.

Then she gave a substantive defense of the Judge’s record as a 12 year veteran of the DC circuit court.

Judge Kavanaugh has been unequivocal in his belief that no president is above the law. He has stated that Marbury v. Madison, Youngstown Steel v. Sawyer and United States v. Nixon are three of the four greatest Supreme Court cases in history. What do they have in common? Each of them is a case where the Court served as a check on presidential power. And I would note that the fourth case that Judge Kavanaugh has pointed to as the greatest in history was Brown v Board of Education.

One Kavanaugh decision illustrates the point about the check on presidential power directly. He wrote the opinion in Hamdan v. United States, a case that challenged the Bush Administration’s military commission prosecution of an associate of Osama Bin Laden. This conviction was very important to the Bush Administration, but Judge Kavanaugh, who had been appointed to the DC Circuit by President Bush and had worked in President Bush’s White House, ruled that the conviction was unlawful. As he explained during the hearing, ‘We don’t make decisions based on who people are, or their policy preferences, or the moment. We base decisions on the law….’

She then pivoted to the fact that Kavanaugh is clearly qualified for the job, regardless of whether or not one agrees with his ideology.

Judge Kavanaugh has received rave reviews for his 12-year track record as a judge, including for his judicial temperament. The American Bar Association (ABA) gave him its highest possible rating. Its Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary conducted an extraordinarily thorough assessment, soliciting input from almost 500 people, including his judicial colleagues. The ABA concluded that “his integrity, judicial temperament, and professional competence met the highest standard.”

Lisa Blatt, who has argued more cases before the Supreme Court than any other woman in history, testified: “By any objective measure, Judge Kavanaugh is clearly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.” “His opinions are invariably thoughtful and fair….” Ms. Blatt, who clerked for and is an ardent admirer of Justice Ginsburg, and who is, in her own words, “an unapologetic defender of a woman’s right to choose,” said that Judge Kavanaugh “fit[s] in the mainstream of legal thought.” She also observed that “Judge Kavanaugh is remarkably committed to promoting women in the legal profession.”

Collins also emphasized that while she believes Judge Kavanaugh’s accuser — Dr. Ford — is a survivor of a sexual assault, the details surrounding her claim specifically as it pertains to Brett Kavanaugh are simply not enough to meet even the most basic evidentiary standard, and therefore, cannot be reasonably held against him.

I listened carefully to Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Judiciary Committee. I found her testimony to be sincere, painful, and compelling. I believe that she is a survivor of a sexual assault and that this trauma has upended her life. Nevertheless, the four witnesses she named could not corroborate any of the events of that evening gathering where she says the assault occurred; none of the individuals Professor Ford says were at the party has any recollection at all of that night.
Judge Kavanaugh forcefully denied the allegations under penalty of perjury. Mark Judge denied under penalty of felony that he had witnessed an assault. PJ Smyth, another person allegedly at the party, denied that he was there under penalty of felony. Professor Ford’s life-long friend Leland Keyser indicated that, under penalty of felony, she does not remember that party. And Ms. Keyser went further. She indicated that not only does she not remember a night like that, but also that she does not even know Brett Kavanaugh.

In addition to the lack of corroborating evidence, we also learned some facts that raised more questions. For instance, since these allegations have become public, Professor Ford testified that not a single person has contacted her to say, “I was at the party that night.”

Furthermore, the professor testified that although she does not remember how she got home that evening, she knew that, because of the distance, she would have needed a ride — yet not a single person has come forward to say that they were the one that drove her home or were in the car with her that night. And Professor Ford also indicated that even though she left that small gathering of six or so people abruptly and without saying goodbye and distraught, none of them called her the next day — or ever — to ask why she left — is she okay — not even her closest friend, Ms. Keyser.
Mr. President, the Constitution does not provide guidance as to how we are supposed to evaluate these competing claims. It leaves that decision up to each Senator. This is not a criminal trial, and I do not believe that claims such as these need to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

Nevertheless, fairness would dictate that the claims at least should meet a threshold of “more likely than not” as our standard.

The facts presented do not mean that Professor Ford was not sexually assaulted that night — or at some other time — but they do lead me to conclude that the allegations fail to meet the “more likely than not” standard. Therefore, I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the Court.

Senator Collins also made clear that while she cannot hold these particular allegations against Judge Kavanaugh for the reasons she articulated, she absolutely believes there is an epidemic of women facing sexual assaults in this country — many of whom are too afraid or embarrassed to come forward — and that is an issue that must be seriously addressed for years to come.

Let me emphasize that my approach to this question should not be misconstrued as suggesting that unwanted sexual contact of any nature is not a serious problem in this country. To the contrary, if any good at all has come from this ugly confirmation process, it has been to create an awareness that we have underestimated the pervasiveness of this terrible problem.

I have been alarmed and disturbed, however, by some who have suggested that unless Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination is rejected, the Senate is somehow condoning sexual assault. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Every person — man or woman — who makes a charge of sexual assault deserves to be heard and treated with respect. The #MeToo movement is real. It matters. It is needed. And it is long overdue. We know that rape and sexual assault are less likely to be reported to the police than other forms of assault. On average, an estimated 211,000 rapes and sexual assaults go unreported every year. We must listen to survivors, and every day we must seek to stop the criminal behavior that has hurt so many. We owe this to ourselves, our children, and generations to come.

The esteemed senator from Maine concluded by explaining how disturbed she has been by how partisan and ugly these nominations have become and reminding people that the founders never intended it to be this way.

The politically charged atmosphere surrounding this nomination had reached a fever pitch even before these allegations were known, and it has been challenging even then to separate fact from fiction.

We live in a time of such great disunity, as the bitter fight over this nomination both in the Senate and among the public clearly demonstrates. It is not merely a case of different groups having different opinions. It is a case of people bearing extreme ill will toward those who disagree with them. In our intense focus on our differences, we have forgotten the common values that bind us together as Americans. When some of our best minds are seeking to develop ever more sophisticated algorithms designed to link us to websites that only reinforce and cater to our views, we can only expect our differences to intensify.

This would have alarmed the drafters of our Constitution, who were acutely aware that different values and interests could prevent Americans from becoming and remaining a single people. Indeed, of the six objectives they invoked in the preamble to the Constitution, the one that they put first was the formation of “a more perfect Union.”

Their vision of “a more perfect Union” does not exist today, and if anything, we appear to be moving farther away from it. It is particularly worrisome that the Supreme Court, the institution that most Americans see as the principal guardian of our shared constitutional heritage, is viewed as part of the problem through a political lens.

She then announced that as a result of everything she had just said for the past 40 minutes, she would be voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to become a justice on the Supreme Court.

If you have not watched the speech yet, I highly recommend doing so.
It was long and it was not super exciting, but it was as thorough and intelligent as any political speech I have ever heard.

I have always been proud of Senator Collins, but she legitimately made me weep yesterday, because I was so overwhelmed by how beautifully she handled what was likely the biggest and most significant moment of her entire political career.

God bless Senator Susan Collins.

And may we someday be lucky enough to have 100 senators with even a fraction of her courage, ability to reason, and professionalism.

USING VIOLENCE TO ACHIEVE POLITICAL GOALS IS A VERY DANGEROUS PATH TO GO DOWN

The situation surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was always destined to be ugly.

There is a deep partisan divide in this country and so it is no surprise that this has gotten heated.

But what has been distressing is the violence that has begun to pop up.

A Congressman in Maryland had his door kicked in.

Senator Ted Cruz and his wife were chased out of a restaurant.

Somebody sent ricin to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Rand Paul’s wife wrote an op-ed discussing the disgusting threats made to her husband and her family.

Several Republican senators were doxed and had their addresses and phone numbers released.

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos now requires an extra $1 million in security.

I could go on and on here, but I think you get the point.

The problem here seems to stem from the fact that the hardcore elements of the left seem to believe that President Trump and the Republican party are not just wrong, they are evil.

That is why people feel comfortable comparing the president to Adolf Hitler.

As a Jewish man, the fact that anybody could compare a man who was responsible for the ethnic cleansing of 6 million Jews and 11 million people overall to anything President Trump has said or done is beyond sick.

And once you’re convinced somebody is “LITERALLY HITLER,” then it is easy to talk yourself into doing literally ANYTHING to stop him.

I mean, after all, what wouldn’t you do to stop Hitler, right?

That’s how you convince yourself that trying to kill Congressman Steve Scalise for simply having views you deem hateful is ok.

Or that bombing buildings is justified in the name of the greater good.

If you want to know where this leads, I suggest you read about the Weather Underground and Timothy McVeigh, two sides of a very dangerous coin.

And that is the flip side of this: What happens when these people use these tactics on the wrong targets?

What happens when they show up to hunt and are met with something equal or worse?

Exactly how long do you expect to be able to do this before you start seeing violent reactions in return?

Exactly how do you think this is all going to turn out?

The answer is it will turn out horribly, for EVERYBODY.

I don’t care how much you hate President Trump, this has to stop right now.

And God help us all if it doesn’t.

The situation surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was always destined to be ugly.

There is a deep partisan divide in this country and so it is no surprise that this has gotten heated.

But what has been distressing is the violence that has begun to pop up.

A Congressman in Maryland had his door kicked in.

Senator Ted Cruz and his wife were chased out of a restaurant.

Somebody sent ricin to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Rand Paul’s wife wrote an op-ed discussing the disgusting threats made to her husband and her family.

Several Republican senators were doxed and had their addresses and phone numbers released.

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos now requires an extra $1 million in security.

I could go on and on here, but I think you get the point.

The problem here seems to stem from the fact that the hardcore elements of the left seem to believe that President Trump and the Republican party are not just wrong, they are evil.

That is why people feel comfortable comparing the president to Adolf Hitler.

As a Jewish man, the fact that anybody could compare a man who was responsible for the ethnic cleansing of 6 million Jews and 11 million people overall to anything President Trump has said or done is beyond sick.

And once you’re convinced somebody is “LITERALLY HITLER,” then it is easy to talk yourself into doing literally ANYTHING to stop him.

I mean, after all, what wouldn’t you do to stop Hitler, right?

That’s how you convince yourself that trying to kill Congressman Steve Scalise for simply having views you deem hateful is ok.

Or that bombing buildings is justified in the name of the greater good.

If you want to know where this leads, I suggest you read about the Weather Underground and Timothy McVeigh, two sides of a very dangerous coin.

And that is the flip side of this: What happens when these people use these tactics on the wrong targets?

What happens when they show up to hunt and are met with something equal or worse?

Exactly how long do you expect to be able to do this before you start seeing violent reactions in return?

Exactly how do you think this is all going to turn out?

The answer is it will turn out horribly, for EVERYBODY.

I don’t care how much you hate President Trump, this has to stop right now.

And God help us all if it doesn’t.

The situation surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was always destined to be ugly.

There is a deep partisan divide in this country and so it is no surprise that this has gotten heated.

But what has been distressing is the violence that has begun to pop up.

A Congressman in Maryland had his door kicked in.

Senator Ted Cruz and his wife were chased out of a restaurant.

Somebody sent ricin to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Rand Paul’s wife wrote an op-ed discussing the disgusting threats made to her husband and her family.

Several Republican senators were doxed and had their addresses and phone numbers released.

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos now requires an extra $1 million in security.

I could go on and on here, but I think you get the point.

The problem here seems to stem from the fact that the hardcore elements of the left seem to believe that President Trump and the Republican party are not just wrong, they are evil.

That is why people feel comfortable comparing the president to Adolf Hitler.

As a Jewish man, the fact that anybody could compare a man who was responsible for the ethnic cleansing of 6 million Jews and 11 million people overall to anything President Trump has said or done is beyond sick.

And once you’re convinced somebody is “LITERALLY HITLER,” then it is easy to talk yourself into doing literally ANYTHING to stop him.

I mean, after all, what wouldn’t you do to stop Hitler, right?

That’s how you convince yourself that trying to kill Congressman Steve Scalise for simply having views you deem hateful is ok.

Or that bombing buildings is justified in the name of the greater good.

If you want to know where this leads, I suggest you read about the Weather Underground and Timothy McVeigh, two sides of a very dangerous coin.

And that is the flip side of this: What happens when these people use these tactics on the wrong targets?

What happens when they show up to hunt and are met with something equal or worse?

Exactly how long do you expect to be able to do this before you start seeing violent reactions in return?

Exactly how do you think this is all going to turn out?

The answer is it will turn out horribly, for EVERYBODY.

I don’t care how much you hate President Trump, this has to stop right now.

And God help us all if it doesn’t.

The situation surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was always destined to be ugly.

There is a deep partisan divide in this country and so it is no surprise that this has gotten heated.

But what has been distressing is the violence that has begun to pop up.

A Congressman in Maryland had his door kicked in.

Senator Ted Cruz and his wife were chased out of a restaurant.

Somebody sent ricin to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Rand Paul’s wife wrote an op-ed discussing the disgusting threats made to her husband and her family.

Several Republican senators were doxed and had their addresses and phone numbers released.

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos now requires an extra $1 million in security.

I could go on and on here, but I think you get the point.

The problem here seems to stem from the fact that the hardcore elements of the left seem to believe that President Trump and the Republican party are not just wrong, they are evil.

That is why people feel comfortable comparing the president to Adolf Hitler.

As a Jewish man, the fact that anybody could compare a man who was responsible for the ethnic cleansing of 6 million Jews and 11 million people overall to anything President Trump has said or done is beyond sick.

And once you’re convinced somebody is “LITERALLY HITLER,” then it is easy to talk yourself into doing literally ANYTHING to stop him.

I mean, after all, what wouldn’t you do to stop Hitler, right?

That’s how you convince yourself that trying to kill Congressman Steve Scalise for simply having views you deem hateful is ok.

Or that bombing buildings is justified in the name of the greater good.

If you want to know where this leads, I suggest you read about the Weather Underground and Timothy McVeigh, two sides of a very dangerous coin.

And that is the flip side of this: What happens when these people use these tactics on the wrong targets?

What happens when they show up to hunt and are met with something equal or worse?

Exactly how long do you expect to be able to do this before you start seeing violent reactions in return?

Exactly how do you think this is all going to turn out?

The answer is it will turn out horribly, for EVERYBODY.

I don’t care how much you hate President Trump, this has to stop right now.

And God help us all if it doesn’t.

The situation surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was always destined to be ugly.

There is a deep partisan divide in this country and so it is no surprise that this has gotten heated.

But what has been distressing is the violence that has begun to pop up.

A Congressman in Maryland had his door kicked in.

Senator Ted Cruz and his wife were chased out of a restaurant.

Somebody sent ricin to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Rand Paul’s wife wrote an op-ed discussing the disgusting threats made to her husband and her family.

Several Republican senators were doxed and had their addresses and phone numbers released.

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos now requires an extra $1 million in security.

I could go on and on here, but I think you get the point.

The problem here seems to stem from the fact that the hardcore elements of the left seem to believe that President Trump and the Republican party are not just wrong, they are evil.

That is why people feel comfortable comparing the president to Adolf Hitler.

As a Jewish man, the fact that anybody could compare a man who was responsible for the ethnic cleansing of 6 million Jews and 11 million people overall to anything President Trump has said or done is beyond sick.

And once you’re convinced somebody is “LITERALLY HITLER,” then it is easy to talk yourself into doing literally ANYTHING to stop him.

I mean, after all, what wouldn’t you do to stop Hitler, right?

That’s how you convince yourself that trying to kill Congressman Steve Scalise for simply having views you deem hateful is ok.

Or that bombing buildings is justified in the name of the greater good.

If you want to know where this leads, I suggest you read about the Weather Underground and Timothy McVeigh, two sides of a very dangerous coin.

And that is the flip side of this: What happens when these people use these tactics on the wrong targets?

What happens when they show up to hunt and are met with something equal or worse?

Exactly how long do you expect to be able to do this before you start seeing violent reactions in return?

Exactly how do you think this is all going to turn out?

The answer is it will turn out horribly, for EVERYBODY.

I don’t care how much you hate President Trump, this has to stop right now.

And God help us all if it doesn’t.

The situation surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was always destined to be ugly.

There is a deep partisan divide in this country and so it is no surprise that this has gotten heated.

But what has been distressing is the violence that has begun to pop up.

A Congressman in Maryland had his door kicked in.

Senator Ted Cruz and his wife were chased out of a restaurant.

Somebody sent ricin to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Rand Paul’s wife wrote an op-ed discussing the disgusting threats made to her husband and her family.

Several Republican senators were doxed and had their addresses and phone numbers released.

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos now requires an extra $1 million in security.

I could go on and on here, but I think you get the point.

The problem here seems to stem from the fact that the hardcore elements of the left seem to believe that President Trump and the Republican party are not just wrong, they are evil.

That is why people feel comfortable comparing the president to Adolf Hitler.

As a Jewish man, the fact that anybody could compare a man who was responsible for the ethnic cleansing of 6 million Jews and 11 million people overall to anything President Trump has said or done is beyond sick.

And once you’re convinced somebody is “LITERALLY HITLER,” then it is easy to talk yourself into doing literally ANYTHING to stop him.

I mean, after all, what wouldn’t you do to stop Hitler, right?

That’s how you convince yourself that trying to kill Congressman Steve Scalise for simply having views you deem hateful is ok.

Or that bombing buildings is justified in the name of the greater good.

If you want to know where this leads, I suggest you read about the Weather Underground and Timothy McVeigh, two sides of a very dangerous coin.

And that is the flip side of this: What happens when these people use these tactics on the wrong targets?

What happens when they show up to hunt and are met with something equal or worse?

Exactly how long do you expect to be able to do this before you start seeing violent reactions in return?

Exactly how do you think this is all going to turn out?

The answer is it will turn out horribly, for EVERYBODY.

I don’t care how much you hate President Trump, this has to stop right now.

And God help us all if it doesn’t.

The situation surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was always destined to be ugly.

There is a deep partisan divide in this country and so it is no surprise that this has gotten heated.

But what has been distressing is the violence that has begun to pop up.

A Congressman in Maryland had his door kicked in.

Senator Ted Cruz and his wife were chased out of a restaurant.

Somebody sent ricin to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Rand Paul’s wife wrote an op-ed discussing the disgusting threats made to her husband and her family.

Several Republican senators were doxed and had their addresses and phone numbers released.

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos now requires an extra $1 million in security.

I could go on and on here, but I think you get the point.

The problem here seems to stem from the fact that the hardcore elements of the left seem to believe that President Trump and the Republican party are not just wrong, they are evil.

That is why people feel comfortable comparing the president to Adolf Hitler.

As a Jewish man, the fact that anybody could compare a man who was responsible for the ethnic cleansing of 6 million Jews and 11 million people overall to anything President Trump has said or done is beyond sick.

And once you’re convinced somebody is “LITERALLY HITLER,” then it is easy to talk yourself into doing literally ANYTHING to stop him.

I mean, after all, what wouldn’t you do to stop Hitler, right?

That’s how you convince yourself that trying to kill Congressman Steve Scalise for simply having views you deem hateful is ok.

Or that bombing buildings is justified in the name of the greater good.

If you want to know where this leads, I suggest you read about the Weather Underground and Timothy McVeigh, two sides of a very dangerous coin.

And that is the flip side of this: What happens when these people use these tactics on the wrong targets?

What happens when they show up to hunt and are met with something equal or worse?

Exactly how long do you expect to be able to do this before you start seeing violent reactions in return?

Exactly how do you think this is all going to turn out?

The answer is it will turn out horribly, for EVERYBODY.

I don’t care how much you hate President Trump, this has to stop right now.

And God help us all if it doesn’t.

The situation surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was always destined to be ugly.

There is a deep partisan divide in this country and so it is no surprise that this has gotten heated.

But what has been distressing is the violence that has begun to pop up.

A Congressman in Maryland had his door kicked in.

Senator Ted Cruz and his wife were chased out of a restaurant.

Somebody sent ricin to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Rand Paul’s wife wrote an op-ed discussing the disgusting threats made to her husband and her family.

Several Republican senators were doxed and had their addresses and phone numbers released.

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos now requires an extra $1 million in security.

I could go on and on here, but I think you get the point.

The problem here seems to stem from the fact that the hardcore elements of the left seem to believe that President Trump and the Republican party are not just wrong, they are evil.

That is why people feel comfortable comparing the president to Adolf Hitler.

As a Jewish man, the fact that anybody could compare a man who was responsible for the ethnic cleansing of 6 million Jews and 11 million people overall to anything President Trump has said or done is beyond sick.

And once you’re convinced somebody is “LITERALLY HITLER,” then it is easy to talk yourself into doing literally ANYTHING to stop him.

I mean, after all, what wouldn’t you do to stop Hitler, right?

That’s how you convince yourself that trying to kill Congressman Steve Scalise for simply having views you deem hateful is ok.

Or that bombing buildings is justified in the name of the greater good.

If you want to know where this leads, I suggest you read about the Weather Underground and Timothy McVeigh, two sides of a very dangerous coin.

And that is the flip side of this: What happens when these people use these tactics on the wrong targets?

What happens when they show up to hunt and are met with something equal or worse?

Exactly how long do you expect to be able to do this before you start seeing violent reactions in return?

Exactly how do you think this is all going to turn out?

The answer is it will turn out horribly, for EVERYBODY.

I don’t care how much you hate President Trump, this has to stop right now.

And God help us all if it doesn’t.

The situation surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was always destined to be ugly.

There is a deep partisan divide in this country and so it is no surprise that this has gotten heated.

But what has been distressing is the violence that has begun to pop up.

A Congressman in Maryland had his door kicked in.

Senator Ted Cruz and his wife were chased out of a restaurant.

Somebody sent ricin to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Rand Paul’s wife wrote an op-ed discussing the disgusting threats made to her husband and her family.

Several Republican senators were doxed and had their addresses and phone numbers released.

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos now requires an extra $1 million in security.

I could go on and on here, but I think you get the point.

The problem here seems to stem from the fact that the hardcore elements of the left seem to believe that President Trump and the Republican party are not just wrong, they are evil.

That is why people feel comfortable comparing the president to Adolf Hitler.

As a Jewish man, the fact that anybody could compare a man who was responsible for the ethnic cleansing of 6 million Jews and 11 million people overall to anything President Trump has said or done is beyond sick.

And once you’re convinced somebody is “LITERALLY HITLER,” then it is easy to talk yourself into doing literally ANYTHING to stop him.

I mean, after all, what wouldn’t you do to stop Hitler, right?

That’s how you convince yourself that trying to kill Congressman Steve Scalise for simply having views you deem hateful is ok.

Or that bombing buildings is justified in the name of the greater good.

If you want to know where this leads, I suggest you read about the Weather Underground and Timothy McVeigh, two sides of a very dangerous coin.

And that is the flip side of this: What happens when these people use these tactics on the wrong targets?

What happens when they show up to hunt and are met with something equal or worse?

Exactly how long do you expect to be able to do this before you start seeing violent reactions in return?

Exactly how do you think this is all going to turn out?

The answer is it will turn out horribly, for EVERYBODY.

I don’t care how much you hate President Trump, this has to stop right now.

And God help us all if it doesn’t.

The situation surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was always destined to be ugly.

There is a deep partisan divide in this country and so it is no surprise that this has gotten heated.

But what has been distressing is the violence that has begun to pop up.

A Congressman in Maryland had his door kicked in.

Senator Ted Cruz and his wife were chased out of a restaurant.

Somebody sent ricin to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Rand Paul’s wife wrote an op-ed discussing the disgusting threats made to her husband and her family.

Several Republican senators were doxed and had their addresses and phone numbers released.

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos now requires an extra $1 million in security.

I could go on and on here, but I think you get the point.

The problem here seems to stem from the fact that the hardcore elements of the left seem to believe that President Trump and the Republican party are not just wrong, they are evil.

That is why people feel comfortable comparing the president to Adolf Hitler.

As a Jewish man, the fact that anybody could compare a man who was responsible for the ethnic cleansing of 6 million Jews and 11 million people overall to anything President Trump has said or done is beyond sick.

And once you’re convinced somebody is “LITERALLY HITLER,” then it is easy to talk yourself into doing literally ANYTHING to stop him.

I mean, after all, what wouldn’t you do to stop Hitler, right?

That’s how you convince yourself that trying to kill Congressman Steve Scalise for simply having views you deem hateful is ok.

Or that bombing buildings is justified in the name of the greater good.

If you want to know where this leads, I suggest you read about the Weather Underground and Timothy McVeigh, two sides of a very dangerous coin.

And that is the flip side of this: What happens when these people use these tactics on the wrong targets?

What happens when they show up to hunt and are met with something equal or worse?

Exactly how long do you expect to be able to do this before you start seeing violent reactions in return?

Exactly how do you think this is all going to turn out?

The answer is it will turn out horribly, for EVERYBODY.

I don’t care how much you hate President Trump, this has to stop right now.

And God help us all if it doesn’t.

The situation surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was always destined to be ugly.

There is a deep partisan divide in this country and so it is no surprise that this has gotten heated.

But what has been distressing is the violence that has begun to pop up.

A Congressman in Maryland had his door kicked in.

Senator Ted Cruz and his wife were chased out of a restaurant.

Somebody sent ricin to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Rand Paul’s wife wrote an op-ed discussing the disgusting threats made to her husband and her family.

Several Republican senators were doxed and had their addresses and phone numbers released.

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos now requires an extra $1 million in security.

I could go on and on here, but I think you get the point.

The problem here seems to stem from the fact that the hardcore elements of the left seem to believe that President Trump and the Republican party are not just wrong, they are evil.

That is why people feel comfortable comparing the president to Adolf Hitler.

As a Jewish man, the fact that anybody could compare a man who was responsible for the ethnic cleansing of 6 million Jews and 11 million people overall to anything President Trump has said or done is beyond sick.

And once you’re convinced somebody is “LITERALLY HITLER,” then it is easy to talk yourself into doing literally ANYTHING to stop him.

I mean, after all, what wouldn’t you do to stop Hitler, right?

That’s how you convince yourself that trying to kill Congressman Steve Scalise for simply having views you deem hateful is ok.

Or that bombing buildings is justified in the name of the greater good.

If you want to know where this leads, I suggest you read about the Weather Underground and Timothy McVeigh, two sides of a very dangerous coin.

And that is the flip side of this: What happens when these people use these tactics on the wrong targets?

What happens when they show up to hunt and are met with something equal or worse?

Exactly how long do you expect to be able to do this before you start seeing violent reactions in return?

Exactly how do you think this is all going to turn out?

The answer is it will turn out horribly, for EVERYBODY.

I don’t care how much you hate President Trump, this has to stop right now.

And God help us all if it doesn’t.