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Medved: An Opportunity for the GOP


A new Gallup Poll shows the Democrats’ diversity—not only in racial terms but in ideological outlook. The GOP remains overwhelmingly conservative—with 73 percent describing themselves that way and only 4 percent identifying as liberals.

Meanwhile, a full 14 percent of Democrats called themselves “conservatives” and another 36 percent said they’re “moderates.” While Democratic leaders drift to the left of their base, the GOP should target conservatives and moderates in Democratic ranks.

If you get a new voter to show up to vote Republican, that’s good—but it gives you just one extra ballot. If you convert a Democrat to your cause, you not only a bag new a vote for your side, but simultaneously take a ballot from the other side.

That’s the right formula for decisive Republican victory.

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Michael Medved: Refreshing Alternatives to Pop Culture’s Religion-Bashing

The last weeks of 2019 brought two film releases that deserve the attention of the widest possible audience for their affirmation of enduring values. Though both “A Hidden Life” and “Just Mercy” received only very limited distribution at year’s end, they should win new attention in the new year for their historically accurate portrayal of real-life heroes motivated by deep Christian faith.

Franz Jaegerstaeter, the subject of “A Hidden Life,” was an Austrian farmer who, in the midst of World War II, refused to take an oath of loyalty to Hitler because he felt higher loyalty to his God and Savior. “Just Mercy” highlights the tireless work of Bryan Stevenson, an African-American lawyer motivated by his commitment to the church to rescue the wrongly convicted from death row.

With religion under regular assault from so much of popular culture, these two superbly well-crafted films offer a refreshing, much-needed alternative.

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Michael Medved: A Hateful, Racist Response to a Strike Against Terrorism

In response to the appropriate, and precisely targeted drone strike against Iran’s terror chieftain Qasem Soleimani, the former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick unleashed a singularly loathsome tweet. “There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism,” the self-styled human rights activist declared.

Apologists for Kaepernick defended his dishonor to the national anthem as an example of patriotic dissent but his latest eruption exposes him as an America-hating fool. This tweet itself is racist.

General Soleimani was directly responsible for the deaths of at least 600 US troops—including black and brown soldiers, of course. Killing General Soleimani while he perfected plans to kill more Americans was hardly a demonstration of “imperialism” but rather an act of self-defense that bears no connection to Kaepernick’s race-based screed.

If the Nike company and other corporate sponsors continue to support Kaepernick’s hateful extremism then sane consumers should seek alternate sources for over-priced footwear.

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Michael Medved: Why Democrats Want Impeachment Delays

The new year brings new questions about the Democratic Party and its impeachment obsession. After urgent demands for Trump’s immediate removal, Democrats suddenly slowed down the impeachment process—delaying a Senate trial and hoping to stretch out that proceeding to the beginning of 2020’s primary season.

The Dems mean to focus relentlessly on Trump’s alleged unfitness for office, to keep attention away from their own radical agenda. They know public opinion may be closely divided on the president himself, but big majorities oppose such Democratic priorities as outlawing private health insurance, racial reparations for slavery, tax hikes, open borders, canceled college debt, and the job-killing Green New Deal.

The Democrats know that if they make the election a referendum on Trump’s polarizing personality they could possibly win. But: a pitch for votes based on their stridently progressive platform would lose in a landslide.

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Michael Medved: The Left Wallows in Grief, Despair and Fears of Imminent Destruction

In the midst of an impeachment battle they can’t possibly win, Democrats wallow in despair and grief, according to two articles in the New York Times. Michelle Goldberg writes about her “anxiety and anger…a demoralizing degree of fear, even depression.”

A different piece by Sarah Lyall bears the sub-headline “Trump Anxiety Colors Everything” quoting a Georgia Democrat saying: “Four years is as long as I can go but eight years – we won’t have an America left.”

Such paranoia never explains how, precisely, America will disappear. How do they expect democracy to die? Sure, the present polarization is painful, but we hardly stand at the edge of dissolution or destruction. By nearly all measures, America’s better off than at the time of Trump’s election three years ago and claims that the nation is about to collapse underestimate the robust durability of our Constitution, our economy and our institutions.

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Michael Medved: Democrats Abuse Power by Forcing a Confrontation They Can’t Win

The Democrats seem determined to impeach President Trump without a single Republican Congressman or Senator offering support for their reckless assault. This hyper-partisan, ill-conceived course of action won’t punish the president—who only seems to gain strength from the other side’s impeachment obsession—but it will punish the country at large, and damage public faith in our institutions.

The Democrats stand no chance of removing Trump from office—they’ll never get the two-thirds vote they need in the Republican-dominated Senate, so it’s hard to see what they hope to accomplish.

Most analysts suggest the Democrats mean to paralyze the nation for weeks in the vain hope they’ll diminish support for his re-election bid next year. If that’s what they’re thinking, then the Dems are guilty of precisely the same approach they impute to Trump in the first Article of Impeachment: abusing power by putting their own narrow political interests ahead of the country’s good.

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Michael Medved: Gratitude Is Good for Your Health—and the Nation’s

New research in the health sciences indicates that making a point of regularly expressing gratitude can bring numerous benefits in physical and emotional health.

Robert Emmons, psychology professor at University of California-Davis, declares that “gratitude enhances performance in every domain that’s been examined, psychological, relational, emotional, physical.”

Asking research subjects to regularly write down reasons for thankfulness in a daily “gratitude journal” appears to bring immediate results; a study at University College London showed better sleep quality and lower blood pressure after just two weeks of keeping gratitude journals.

With the nation painfully afflicted by an epidemic of “deaths of despair” involving suicides, drug overdoses and alcoholism, thankfulness may provide a promising antidote, offering an alternative to our current culture of complaint, competitive victimization and indulgent self-pity. Taking time for thankfulness may be good for your health—and the nation’s.

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