Pornography Fuels Toxic Masculinity


We've all heard the concept of "toxic masculinity." If you're involved in politics, you hear toxic masculinity debated often. While I don't believe men are inherently evil, there is an industry that makes this concept realistic and acceptable. That industry is pornography. The porn industry fuels toxic masculinity. I came across an article from Fight The New Drug titled "3 Ways Porn Hurts Men And Fuels Their Insecurities." That's what led me to write this article. 

What is toxic masculinity? Dictionary.com states that toxic masculinity is "a cultural concept of manliness that glorifies stoicism, strength, virility, and dominance, and that is socially maladaptive or harmful to mental health." Basically if you meet a feminist, majority will say men have toxic masculinity, which is a danger. Before anyone accuses me, I don't believe in toxic masculinity. It's a concept that many on the Left have used to continuously hate on men. That's not what I'm focusing on. Where you do see toxic masculinity occur is in porn. Porn teaches men this is acceptable behavior.

FTND stated one of the biggest lies from the porn industry is that "You are only as valuable as your ability to control others and be aggressive." The porn industry warps what it means to be a man. Pornography says that a man can only be considered a man if he treats women with dominance and disrespect.

"Just like porn reduces women to objects for men’s pleasure, porn reduces men to instruments of power and domination. It says that men are 'men' when they can successfully force others into submission and control the behavior, responses, and pleasure of those around them, particularly women," FTND states.

Pornography isn't only degrading to women, but also to men. Instead of pushing for healthy relationships, men are given the view that what happens in pornography is okay to do in real life, and that can hurt people (specifically women). 

Men are also objectified by pornography. People usually hear about women being exploited or objectified, but it's becoming alarmingly clear men are victims of exploitation and objectification in porn. For men, it's their body that matters, specifically how large their lower regions are. A man is viewed as valuable if they're stacked. People are not products. They have worth as a person and child of God. We are often sympathetic to women when they come out about their abuse in the porn industry, but not as much for men. Most people scoff when a man reveals he was abused or trafficked or exploited, which is unfair and wrong.

Most women care about equal rights and fairness. You cannot support pornography if you hold these views. The porn industry harms both men and women alike. Pornography is toxic to how you view relationships and yourself, and can endanger the mental development of young children.

The age for boys (as well as girls) to be exposed to pornography is getting younger and younger. While experts say the average age for a boy to see porn is 11 years old, some therapists or psychologists have stated they've seen children as young as 6 or 8 years of age get exposed to porn. "Young boys of the upcoming generations are being exposed, traumatized, and bound to sexual tastes and behaviors that are almost always dishonorable, exploitative, and dehumanizing. And this type of sexuality inevitably leads to only a greater level of degradation and sexually violent behavior in adulthood," therapist Matt Morrissey wrote. If a young boy is taught from porn that this behavior is acceptable, guess what? That's how he will act when he becomes a man.

In one article from Exodus Cry, a man by the name of Derek shared his story of porn addiction from childhood, and how it turned him into a child sexual abuser. I'm not saying porn is the only reason this happened. He chose to commit those crimes, and was held responsible for this actions, rightfully so (although his "punishment" of 22 months in jail is debatable). Nonetheless, this is a good example of how porn warps a young person's mind and creates more harm than good. I linked the article in this paragraph, and despite the darkness in that article, I recommend reading it. Sometimes learning the truth isn't easy, but in order to bring awareness, we have to take that chance.

In his latest episode for his podcast, "The Counterfeit Culture," Joshua Broome shared how toxic pornography is. He shared how pornography gives a mindset that men are superior to women, because of the acts pornography allows. Porn make men seem dominant who can get their way with women, which can lead to horrible acts against women. Highly recommend listening!

Genesis 3:18 states, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." It was never God's intention for men to dominate women. A man and a woman are equal partners. Pornography says the opposite.

I hope people take away from this piece is that porn portrays toxic masculinity as a positive thing. If you want to see what is causing toxic masculinity to exist in society, which I believe is far and in-between, look no further than pornography. Porn objectifies women and men. Porn can be one of the lead cause for toxic masculinity. I don't believe men are inherently toxic, but pornography creates that mentality.

Guyana: A Political Shift from Socialist Economic Policies

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Incomprehensible best describes political deviants, media sensationalists, Hollywood sycophants, communist professors and indoctrinated crusaders’ gleeful, unapologetic celebration and promotion of a country’s political shift to socialism; the obnoxious affair will be lauded as the political governance to finally replace free market. However, if a country politically breaks away from socialism, barely any recognition would be realized; one such country is Guyana (formerly British Guiana).

Historically, European Colonization of the Guianas were separated into five territories: Spanish, British, Dutch, France and Portuguese. British Guiana borders Venezuela, Suriname and Brazil. Guyana has two characteristics, which distinguishes itself from other South American countries: first, being the only English-speaking country in South America and second, considered more part of the Caribbean than South American due to Guyana’s political and cultural history.

The Co-operative Republic of Guyana received independence from the United Kingdom on May 26, 1966 and became a Republic on February 23, 1970.

Guyana, a Parliamentary Republic, has endured years of socialist bureaucratic corruption, financial misappropriation and expropriation, in which the country subsisted on limited resources due to self-imposed socialistic policies contributing to a stagnant economy.

However, on March 2, 2020 (Guyana's general election), the old socialist government lost to a new political party/. The country had to endure six months of political mischief, orchestrated by the old socialist government.

The nation finally emerged from constitutional and electoral crisis when the new President was finally sworn into office on August 2, 2020, after all legal avenues: High Court and Court of Appeals ruled against the old socialist government; as well as US, EU, UK and Canada, all threatening international sanctions by clearly stating to the old socialist government that it will not be recognized internationally.

2015 was a momentous year for Guyana, an excavated location of oil reserves was discovered and predicted to contain five billion barrels of recoverable reserves by Exxon  Mobile and partners.

Due to self-inflicted socialistic policies, Guyana’s economy remained undeveloped, despite foreign investments of $500 million to develop Guyana into a major oil producer in South America.

2019 was an auspicious year for Guyana, as another discovered location led to an additional oil reserves, which Exxon Mobile and partners predicted ten billion barrels of recoverable reserves.

The discoveries of 2015 and 2019 have positioned Guyana (Parliamentary Republic) to become a future leader in oil production of that region; the other regional oil producers (governance) being:
  • Brazil (Federal Presidential Republic)
  • Venezuela (Dictatorship/Federal Presidential Republic)
  • Trinidad & Tobago (Quasi-Dictatorship/Parliamentary Republic)
Brazil is the only country on the list embracing free market policies. Venezuela’s dictatorship cannibalized its own oil production industry becoming non-existent. The twin islands nation, Trinidad & Tobago, is currently in a quasi-dictatorship, in which the government has shut down oil production, forcing foreign companies to divest and invest billions into Guyana’s economy.

Being the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, the Guyanese Government is shifting the country’s economic policies away from socialistic bureaucracy and introducing more free market policies resulting in rapid GDP growth. According to the US Department of State, “[Guyana] is poised to dramatically increase its per capita wealth … Guyana’s economy grew by 43.5% in 2020, the only country in the Caribbean to register positive GDP growth [and] the Bank of Guyana’s Half Year Report for 2020 detailed foreign investment increased … to US$834.7 million.” (US Department of State. 2021).

Guyana’s future will encounter obstacles, political pressure and corruption, especially from communist China pouring billions as investments into the Caribbean and South America.

“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction … for it comes only once to a people” is an abridged quote from Ronald Reagan inaugural speech on January 5, 1967.

The Guyanese nation has been blessed with a once in a lifetime opportunity to remove itself from being known as the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. According to Denis Chabrol on October 7, 2021, a statement by Alistair Routledge, President of Exxon Mobile Guyana, noted:

“[I]t is very important that the people of Guyana feel the benefit of … revenues that are generated from the natural resource … that we will almost be tripling the revenue stream to [the Guyanese] government, which will have more funds to invest whether it is in education, infrastructure and other projects for the benefit of all the people in Guyana.”

The Guyanese people have endured both colonialism and socialism, leading to prolonged economic stagnation. However, a once in a lifetime opportunity has blessed the Guyanese people to become the master of their own fate by continuing to vote for candidates that will embrace and foster free market concepts and allow: growing GDP, increasing foreign investments and engendering an improved quality of life for the Guyanese people, which should be lauded and celebrated.

Written by R. Roger: I’m an old soul in an older body, who does not take himself seriously, but is aware of the seriousness and dangerousness of socialism creeping into the USA.

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What I'm Thankful For (2021)


This year has certainly been a crazy one. Hard to believe 2021 is almost done. Christmas will be here, then the new year!! In the meantime, I thought I could share my list of what I am grateful for this year. In all the craziness of this year, it's hard to look back at what you could be grateful for. I think we should all have an attitude of gratitude. If you take some time, you'll find a few things you can be thankful for. Here is my list of things I am grateful for in 2021.

What am I thankful for this year? First off, I'd say I am grateful for my family and friends, who have supported and loved me all this time. I've got some amazing people in my life, and I often think I am lucky to have such people in my life. I'm also grateful for the people I've met through my journey with politics.

I'm grateful for what God has done for me. He has opened doors for me, and given me great health and an awesome life. He has given me a voice to use for those who don't have a voice. He has blessed my family and I with great things, like our farm. Thankful to serve a great God.

Next, I'm grateful for my Governor. DeSantis, as many of you know, is someone I have great respect for. All he has done to protect Floridians truly shows what it means to be a politician. He hasn't caved into the woke mobs in Florida or in D.C. He has been treated like crap, yet continues to fight for all Floridians. I can't wait to get involved in his reelection campaign.


The next thing I'm grateful for is my animals. As many of you know, I've got many pets. The two main ones being dogs and goats. I love my fur babies, and love the time I spend with them! I'm also grateful that our pet goats, Little Horn and Black Beauty, survived after we learned the woman who sold us them lied about their age. We're lucky they lived, and now I've become attached to them. Pippin was our first baby we had. His momma was pregnant when we first got her. 

What else am I grateful for? I'm grateful for all the organizations I work with. The College Fix is a great organization I write for, and it has helped me become a better writer. I'm grateful for the opportunities granted to me there. What I'm even more grateful for are the anti-trafficking groups I work with. Stop The Demand Project and Fight The New Drug are two places I'm proud to support and contribute to. The people with these organizations make me proud to be an anti-trafficking advocate. We are bringing awareness to issues that don't get much coverage. 

I've enjoyed writing the articles for SDP, like my most recent about how porn fuels sex trafficking, or even celebrating Fight The New Drug's #RepTheMovement Day, and sharing why I am a fighter. I appreciate seeing these organizations make an impact on the lives of so many. 

I'm also grateful for the people I have spoken with in the anti-trafficking movement who work hard to bring awareness to human trafficking. Jaco Booyens, Sophia Fisher, Paris Berelc (haven't spoken to her but I do respect her), Joshua Broome, to name a few. These men and women have inspired my work, and I'm grateful to know them.

Lastly, I'm grateful to you, the readers! You guys have made me what I am today. When I started my blog over two years ago, I never thought it would grow to where it is now. It wouldn't have been possible if not for you guys, and I'm grateful to each and every one of you. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving, and here's to hoping none of you have any relatives who bring up politics at the dinner table. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Billy Graham on Being A Christian in Today's Society



Being a Christian in 2021 in not an easy task. Many false teachers give a message that being saved is a simple task. That you can just say you're a Christian without putting anything into it. Or we often hear you can be a gay Christian or some other false teaching. It's very common in politics, which is why I wanted to write this. It's a bit last minute, so bear with me if it's not perfectly written. Please watch these videos to understand what it is I'm saying.

Many "pastors" we hear on television or see on social media have this "perfect" or woke version of Christianity. That we all worship the same God, and we will all go to heaven since we worship that same God. Muslims, Hindus, Jews, and Christians worship THE SAME GOD. That isn't the case. Being a Christian brings on worldly shame, and what I mean by this is essentially what Billy Graham said. Being a Christian means you will be persecuted by the world, who live with the Flesh and give into worldly desires. You are mocked or criticized if you live a Christian life or don't give into their woke religion.


Now, I get if people fall for this trap. I used to excuse homosexuality when I got involved in politics, because so many conservatives I respect and admire are (or were) gay. You cannot follow the way of the world. 

The way of the world give a false vision of what being a Christian is. There's a reason no pastor will mention the name Jesus Christ. Have you ever noticed this? This was something my parents and I discussed one night. My parents talked about pastors like Joel Osteen, who talk about God but not Jesus. I was confused by the statement, because we know Jesus and God are the same person. What they told me next was why I wanted to write this article.

When television pastors like Osteen talk about "God," they're talking about what I stated earlier with everyone worshipping the same God. They're teaching a worldly version of God and Christianity. They'll preach a feel good message, instead of focusing on what needs to be taught. When you mention the name "Jesus Christ," they hate on you. Why? Because the name of Jesus specifically aligns with Christianity. True Christianity. It goes against their political messages. That's why so many tried to turn Jesus woke. Think about that the next time you watch a pastor on social media or TV. Do they mention Jesus' name, or preach a feel good, woke message.

Being a Christian is not an easy task, nor will it ever be. Like Billy said, we live in a materialistic and sexualized society who don't want to hear the truth. Nonetheless, we must take a stand against what the devil is trying to push. Look at what is happening with the MAP community or woke school boards trying to take your children. We are in a fight of good versus evil. We cannot stay silent on what is happening. I'm not claiming to be a preacher, nor do I ever claim to be the perfect Christian. But we cannot allow wokeness or worldly views (which is on both sides) to say what is or isn't in the Bible. Most will omit the truth. We have to do what is right. Billy Graham is still one of my favorite preachers, and he was right on the money with what he said.

Discussing Human Trafficking with Sophia Fisher

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This is an interview I have wanted to do for a long time. Since getting involved with the anti-trafficking movement, I have wanted to speak with someone who is active in fighting human trafficking. As a contributor for Stop The Demand Project, I thought of its founder, Sophia Fisher. Stop The Demand Project is a nonprofit dedicated to fighting and bringing awareness to human trafficking. I sat down to discuss human trafficking with her. Read our interview below! -Hannah (aka Young Patriot Rising)

Question #1: "What led you to get involved in fighting human trafficking?"
Answer: "I learned about human trafficking when I was in high school. I was stunned that this crime happened not only in the United States, but around the globe. That's what really shocked me. That it's so prominent in society. I thought it was only something that happened at the border or in large cities. I realized I had to do something about. It's a very uncomfortable issue to discuss. Change can't be effected if people aren't talking about it or getting involved. I took a training with a nonprofit in my area called Rahab Ministries. They do a lot of work with survivors. This was the first time I really became aware with the issue of human trafficking. That's what got me in the fight. It's what introduced me to the crime. I also had no idea Ohio was one of the top states for reported cases of human trafficking. That really hit home, once I found out that statistic along with others. Since then, I've been a really outspoken advocate about human trafficking and I hope to continue to be."
I mentioned how Florida is the #3 state for highest reported human trafficking cases, and I even shared how I thought I experienced a trafficking case in Tampa at a concert. 

Question #2(a): "Why did you start your organization, Stop The Demand Project?"
Answer: "I started Stop The Demand Project because I saw a lack of attention to resources to combat this issue. I didn't want to start another organization dedicated to combatting human trafficking by providing resources, but instead highlight what is already available. There's no issue with doing the first one. What was on my heart, personally, was seeing all these organizations not get the funding or the volunteers they needed, and I thought 'Why not use social media and a team of people that are passionate about the issue (myself included) to speak up on this issue and bring awareness to these organizations?' What inspired me to start this was the severity of the issue, and wanting to combat it, but realizing there's such a lack of attention to resources. I realized we could be a hub for these resources. 

Question #2(b): "Could you also give an overview of what it is you guys do?"
Answer: "I usually tell people that what SDP does is twofold. First, we are an organization dedicated to raising awareness to stop the demand for human trafficking. Second, we are a hub for resources. We aren't reinventing the wheel. People come to our website to learn about our partners and discover ways they can get involved."

Question #2(c): "How can people get involved in your organization?"
Answer: "If you head over to our website, you'll be given the option to 'Join the fight.' There are a myriad of ways to join. You can apply to become an ambassador. You can look at who our partners are, which I highly recommend you do. Learn about them, and see if you'd like to help them. You can also apply to be a writer. We need a lot of help with providing content to educate others. Becoming an ambassador to provide video content, becoming a writer to produce educational articles, there are opportunities to join our team, or to help other NGOs. There are great resources you can find on our website, so I recommend checking them out."

Question #3: "What is the biggest misconception people may have about human trafficking?"
Answer: "That's a great question. I'd say the biggest misconception people have, and I used to hold these views as well, is that human traffickers are strangers. Think about movies like Taken, where the main character goes out to rescue his daughter and friend after a trafficker kidnaps them. While those crimes exist, and kidnapping is a real thing, it's very rare that a trafficking victim is trafficked by someone they don't know. That myth was the biggest shock to me. That it's not a stranger who does the trafficking, it's someone the victim knows. The one closest to you. Someone familiar, like an employer, significant other, or parental figure. That's what is common in trafficking cases, because it's easier for a trafficker to exploit a vulnerability they know of rather than someone they don't know."

Question #4: "Do you ever get ridicule for wanting to fight human trafficking?"
Answer: "I do get some pushback, and it's not usually because it's a hard fight. Usually what I hear is people pushing me away because they don't want to face the truth of human trafficking. I've had conversations with people online and in-person. Over the summer, I was speaking with a man. We were at an event, and I was telling him about the work I do alongside one of my coworkers. Sarcastically, he said 'Thanks so much for ruining my day.' That showed me a lot at the moment. I had to swallow my pride and ego. I come face-to-face that this is an uncomfortable issue. People will often push me, my organization, or other organizations away that are working to fight this because they don't want to face the reality of human trafficking. I don't think everyone has to be an outspoken advocate, but if you're turning a blind eye to the issue, change will never come. Everyone needs to be involved at some level. No one has ever told me to my face that human trafficking is a good thing. It's usually the pushback of the crime itself or the discussion of it because they know it's a hard issue to discuss, and would rather not have the discussion."
What Sophia then told me, which I will explain at the end, really spoke volumes to me. Human trafficking will never fully be eradicated. However, that should not deter us from making the change we can effect. Burnout can also happen very easily if you aren’t taking care of yourself. It’s important to check in on yourself mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. If you aren't okay, you won't help anyone.

Question #5: "Why do you think human trafficking is such a politicized issue?"
Answer: "I think a lot of issues are politicized when they shouldn't be. It's typical politics. Things are going to fall on one political side, become weaponized and used for ill intent. There is a lot we can do to push back on that rhetoric. Republicans and Democrats care about this, and let's not make hasty generalizations. This should be a bipartisan issue. I've seen people on both sides of the political aisle care about human trafficking, and I've seen people on both sides be guilty of engaging in human trafficking. I think we need to be careful with how we discuss this issue, and ask ourselves if we are an active part in politicizing this issue. If we are, then we need to fix that. Often, when issues become politicized, it's how we discuss them. I know there can be those on the Right who introduce legislation to fight human trafficking, and there are those on the Left who do the same. I hope to see bipartisan efforts. It's a blatant lie to say only one side cares. Get rid of the politics. Make it a human rights issue. Let's make it about that."

Question #6: "Should more young people get involved in the fight against human trafficking?"
Answer: "Definitely! I think our youth have a really strong voice. What's unique about Generation Z is that a lot of them are on social media, and social media is a tool that can be used for good or evil. When used for good, it can amplify your voice. I encourage those who are passionate about this issue to not only share it within their inner circle, but to use their social media to talk about it. It's a great tool to share your thoughts. The times we are living in are unprecedented with the resources we have in technology. There's a lot we can do to speak about this issue if we work together."

Question #7: "I've heard a lot of people say they don't think we can fight or end human trafficking since it's basically in every part of our life. What would you say to this?"
Answer: "I think that's a pretty cynical worldview. I felt very discouraged last year because I put the expectation on myself to end human trafficking. It's not a bad thing to want to eradicate human trafficking, let me make that clear. But since we live in a broken and fallen world, we have to acknowledge that the crime will never fully be eradicated. That doesn't mean change can't happen. What is change? It can be subjective, but to me, I think to myself 'What is the change I've seen?' The comment on a human trafficking post that says, 'Wow, I never knew that before. Now I do thanks to this post.' A victim of human trafficking getting rescued. That's a win. Those are the things we are doing to fight human trafficking, and what I see many great organizations doing. The crime is going to be pervasive in society, but I don't think we should take the entire burden of wanting to eradicate all of it and just say 'Let's take a hands-on approach. There's nothing we can do to stop it.' Because I'm telling you one life makes all the difference. Having that one person rescued, it's a lifechanger. I'm a firm believer in the ripple effect. If one person reads your article Hannah, and they say 'Oh my goodness. I want to do something to combat this.' Even what you said with your mom now talking about human trafficking, because you decided to talk about it. That's real change and power in that. This crime is heavy and discouraging. But there is a lot of work being done. Instead of dwelling on the things we don’t have control over, let’s focus our resources on what we can control and what we can effect.”"
What Sophia referred to with mentioning my mom is that I told her how, since I've been discussing human trafficking, I noticed my family has begun to mention it when having discussions with their friends/family. Before I got involved in the fight, they rarely mentioned it. Now, they pay attention.

Question #8: "What advice do you have for young people who want to help in the fight against human trafficking, but aren't sure how?"
Answer: "Look into what your area offers. See if there are local nonprofits. If that would be a safehouse or food pantry, you name it. There are a lot of ways to get involved locally. There are a lot of great national organizations, but I really do believe this is an issue that needs to be fought on a local level. Here in Ohio, where I am located, there is a human trafficking taskforce right outside the Governor's office. In every county in Ohio, all 88 counties, our goal is to have a collaborative taskforce that meets every so often to discuss how to fight human trafficking locally. If you don't have that in your area, I'd encourage you to consider starting something like that. It might sound crazy, but it can be done. Start holding weekly meetings with your friends. But I guarantee you can find local organizations to help. You may not find it online, but ask around. Join forces with those who care about fighting human trafficking as well. Look into what is happening in your hometown because the crime happens there. Whether you're in a big city or in a rural town, human trafficking is happening."

Analysis
I haven't really enjoyed speaking with someone like I did with Sophia. Not to discount any other interview, but the last interview I had with someone that I truly enjoyed was Mahgdalen Rose. Sophia really shared some interesting perspectives throughout our discussion. Like her discussion of the importance of mental health as a fighter against human trafficking, or that you can get second-hand trauma from seeing the dark truths in human trafficking. These stood out to me. I'm glad to have had this discussion.

Thank you all for reading, and thank you to Sophia for allowing me to speak with you! It was definitely a great interview. Follow Stop The Demand Project on Instagram, Twitter, and Tik Tok

What Everyone is Getting Wrong about Andrew Cuomo and Anthony Fauci

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Anthony Fauci and Andrew Cuomo were once revered by the media and by Leftist politicians. Everyone practically took the opportunity to treat Fauci and Cuomo as gods. Cuomo even went so far to call himself and Fauci "The modern day De Niro and Pacino." Now, these two once beloved figures are being thrown under the bus. While we should be glad to see this, they are being thrown under the bus for the wrong reasons.

Both these people are responsible for horrible actions. Andrew Cuomo, along with many Democratic governors, were responsible for thousands of nursing home patients. Killer Cuomo should have been investigated for his role in killing such a large population, yet he practically got away with it. Instead of being arrested for this, he is being arrested for groping a former aide. This is not to take away what happened. Nobody should be sexually assaulted in the workforce, and yes, that includes in the political realm. While I agree he deserves punishment, I hate how this is what he is being arrested for. Andrew Cuomo single handedly killed thousands, and walked away from it.

Now, Anthony Fauci is equally horrible. His so-called "advice" during the pandemic has led to the thousands of deaths experienced throughout the country. He praised the actions of Governor Cuomo, while constantly criticizing the actions of Governor DeSantis, whose actions actually helped save lives. I know saying Gov. DeSantis helped Floridians is "unheard of" in mainstream media, but it's true. What caused the Left to turn on their beloved god, Anthony Fauci? His treatment of beagles. 

If you didn't know, Anthony Fauci's National Institutes of Health division was caught torturing and killing beagles and monkeys. The beagles heads were locked in a cage while flies ate their heads off. Some of the beagles' vocal cords were cut, so they wouldn't scream in pain to disturb the observers. Anthony Cabassa shared in his Telegram that someone sent him the video of the Beagles being tested on. He said, and I quote, "I was sent the video. So awful. Would highly NOT recommend, especially if you're a dog person." This sounds like something out of a horror movie.

This is what is getting Fauci cancelled. Obviously what he did to those dogs is HORRIBLE. Dog lover or not, this was inhumane. I've got three dogs, and to think of one of them suffering a fate like that? Just makes my stomach turn. What does upset me, however, is that people didn't lose their minds when it came out that Fauci's NIH experimented with aborted fetal scalps by grafting them onto mice. Or how he had knowledge of what was being done at the Wuhan lab in China. He isn't receiving any reprimanding for these actions. Instead, it's over dogs. Again, I love dogs and I ABHOR Anthony Fauci for what he did. But it really goes to show where everyone's focus is. It clearly isn't on human life.

These "beloved celebrities" deserve to get punished. The punishment they are currently receiving is minor to what they really deserve. Andrew Cuomo murdered thousands, but is getting arrested over sexual assault. Anthony Fauci is responsible for all the deaths the U.S. experienced and experimented on aborted fetuses, but is getting hit by cancel culture over his treatment towards beagles. Both these men need to get fully punished, but nobody is paying attention to what they really did to deserve punishment. And unfortunately, I don't think anything will happen to them. 

What Did Tuesday's Elections Teach Us?

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Republicans gained tremendous wins in this week elections'. Virginia has turned back red, electing the first Jamaican black woman as Lieutenant Governor, and a Latino for Attorney General. (Neither the liberal news media covered, despite claiming they care so much about minorities). Texas and Pennsylvania gained Republicans in office. We saw victories unlike any other. Now, what did the recent victories for the GOP teach us? There's a few.

1) Focus on the issues.

What did Glenn Youngkin do to win? What did Windsome Sears do to win? They stuck with the issues plaguing their state. At the time, it was education. Virginians came off the brink of discovering a county covered up rape cases and finding out schools were including pornographic material. Despite being vocal about this, these same parents were then called domestic terrorists. One side said that parents should have no say in what their kids are taught, while the other said parents have the right to know. These issues were important to voters, and that's why Youngkin gained popularity. Even Minneapolis trying to pass a law to remove police and replace with "Department of Public Safety" didn't sit well with voters. They clearly didn't look at what voters wanted. 

2) You don't need Trump to succeed in a campaign.

Trump honestly pissed me off with his statement Tuesday night. Youngkin didn't have Trump on his campaign, and guess what? It worked out. He won. If Trump was on stage with Youngkin, he would have cost them that election. Trump makes it all about him. In case anyone forgets, and I don't care who this pisses off, but we could have won Georgia if Trump, Sidney Powell, and Lin Wood didn't tell voters to stay home. Georgia's Senate Runoff had a lower turnout than the gubernatorial election in 2018. Compared to Virginia, they had one of the highest turnout of voters. Ironically, Trump did somewhat help in Virginia. McAufflie couldn't stop bashing Trump and NEVER focused on the issues. That clearly cost him. This just shows that as long as you focus on the issues, voters will respond.

3) Not everything is set in stone.

Republicans automatically assumed states like Virginia or New Jersey were done deals. That Republicans could never win in those states again, and the voters were only Leftists. That wasn't the case. Virginia was always a red state, and New Jersey flips every now and then. Then there's the race in Texas, where a Republican won in a town that's majority Hispanic. More Hispanic voters are leaning Republican. Republicans should assume in these states that there is the possibility that we can turn it Republican, and fight like hell to see it happen.

4) Local races matter.

I've seen more Republicans focus on national elections, rather than gubernatorial or local races. That's because national races get them donations and money. But this shouldn't take away from getting voters out there. Clearly your state and local elections matter. Again, look at Texas. This is the second city (that I know of) that had a Republican win in a mainly Hispanic and blue area. That's HUGE. We need to bring more awareness to the importance of voting in all elections. If you've got a Democratic president, but a majority of Republicans in the state, you are in a good place. Republicans gained tremendous wins in last week elections'. We saw victories unlike any other. Now, what did the recent victories for the GOP teach us? There's a few.

I'm very proud to see these races succeed. I do question, since so many conservatives said this, that if the voting machines are now "good." Republicans used to complain about voter fraud, but now the machines work? I can't be the only one who thought this. Either way, the efforts from Republicans is admirable. And for once, I actually agreed with Kamala Harris. The effects of last week's election will determine what happens in 2022. The future is looking bright!

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