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OPINION: When You Argue With Liberals, Are You Truing to “Own” Them…Or Convince Them?

There’s nothing more gratifying than knowing you won an argument, and nothing more vexing than when the person with whom you’re arguing won’t admit it.

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There’s nothing more gratifying than knowing you won an argument, and nothing more vexing than when the person with whom you’re arguing won’t admit it.

If this doesn’t describe what it’s like to be a conservative in America in 2019, I don’t know what does. (Particularly on Twitter.)

Conservatives take great pride in having a better mastery of the facts, of logic, and of the art of building a solid argument.

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Yet how often do we find ourselves frustrated that the ill-informed, emotionally-driven SJW we encounter online or in real life seem immune to our watertight arguments and fully dedicated to their own narrative?

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If you are fully dedicated to the conservative worldview; that there is such a thing as objective morality, that our rights are inherent, the Bible is true, and that our government is philosophically based on these things and it ought to stay that way, then what is more important to you: proving your intellectual prowess or helping others to see the light?

Because they’re not the same thing.

Last year, then-UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told a group of high school students at Turning Point USA’s Young Leadership Summit that “owning the libs” was not the end game.

“I know that it’s fun and that it can feel good, but step back and think about what you’re accomplishing when you do this — are you persuading anyone? Who are you persuading?” she asked the young conservatives. “We’ve all been guilty of it at some point or another, but this kind of speech isn’t leadership — it’s the exact opposite.”

“Real leadership is about persuasion, it’s about movement, it’s bringing people around to your point of view,” she continued. “Not by shouting them down, but by showing them how it is in their best interest to see things the way you do.”

This coming from a woman who stood on the floor of the UN and rebuked a room full of powerful leaders from around the globe for their despicable treatment of the nation of Israel.

The point is, that while you may often be technically right about something, if your concern is for how well you argue rather than how concerned you are about the one with whom you argue, you’ll never really win anything other than more puffed-up pride.

Yes, standing up for the truth and for what’s right often takes strong language and there’s no need to bend to PC notions of a hippie Jesus who was super loving and tolerant to everyone. We all know our Lord and Savior did not refrain from using proverbial or literal whips. But his end goal was never about himself. It was to give glory to God and spread the Truth of the Gospel which He told us would set the hearer free.

To be clear, I’m speaking from experience here. I regularly fall into the trap of arguing with the random trolls who pop up on my social media posts to call me racist/sexist/homophobic and doing so entirely out of my own pride. It is when their arguments are so incredibly weak that I become the most puffed up, and when they fail to admit to my obviously superior intellect that I become the most frustrated.

Does this sound like the heart of someone who is concerned about those being led astray by the lies of the world?

Um, no. Not remotely. This is the heart of someone who wants to bring glory to herself, not to the Lord.

Have you ever been guilty of the same?

It’s times like these that the Lord pricks my heart and shows me the pointlessness of pride. It’s never rewarding to know that I was “right,” but it is rewarding to rather address these situations by relying on the Holy Spirit first and foremost.

So the next time some troll provokes you online, take a moment to make sure you’ve got your priorites straight before engaging. Or maybe, just walk away, and focus on cultivating real-life relationships with those you’d like to “bring around.”

All I know is what we’re doing online does not seem to be working.

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Omar Demands Trump ‘Step Down’ Over GAO Report, But Obama Violated Federal Law 7 Times

How about them apples?

John Salvatore

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Rookie lawmaker Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has enough problems of her own to be worrying about. After all, the FBI, ICE, and another federal agency are looking into potential crimes she may have committed, including student loan fraud and immigration fraud. Omar doesn’t need to tweet silly stuff like this, for reasons that will be made abundantly clear in about 30 seconds. Just keep scrolling… Here’s her misleading tweet: https://twitter.com/IlhanMN/status/1217859115260751877?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1217859115260751877&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.breitbart.com%2Fpolitics%2F2020%2F01%2F16%2Filhan-omar-president-trump-must-step-down%2F Here’s why Omar’s tweet is nonsensical, via Hot Air: In the summer of 2019, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) withheld from obligation funds appropriated to the Department of Defense (DOD) for security assistance to Ukraine. In order to withhold the funds, OMB issued a series of nine apportionment schedules with footnotes that made all unobligated balances unavailable for obligation. Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law. OMB withheld funds for a policy reason, which is not permitted under the Impoundment Control Act (ICA). The withholding was not a programmatic delay. Therefore, we conclude that OMB violated the ICA. Continued: Read the whole report, however, and one finds the glaring issue with this conclusion, which is that the administration didn’t have an obligation to release the funds on any specific date in the fiscal year. All they needed to do was to make sure the money got spent by the last day of the budget cycle. Also, did Omar know that the Obama administration was called out SEVEN TIMES by the GAO? Where were calls for Barack to step down? Nevertheless, if a mere GAO finding is sufficient to justify impeachment, then President Barack Obama ought to have been impeached at least seven times over for each of the following cases in which…

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CNN Reports That Lev Parnas Spoke With Trump, But He Just Admitted He Never Did (Details)

What is going on here?

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Out of nowhere, after the House of Representatives had voted to impeach President Trump, Lev Parnas appears as if a stripper from an oversized birthday cake. How did that come about? And why is CNN reporting something that even Parnas himself is denying? From Washington Examiner: Indicted businessman Lev Parnas said he did not speak directly with President Trump about a pressure campaign against Ukraine that sought to benefit Trump politically, despite earlier reports to the contrary. Last November, CNN reported that Parnas told close associates he had spoken to Trump. “At one point during the party that night, Parnas and Fruman slipped out of a large reception room packed with hundreds of Trump donors to have a private meeting with the President and Giuliani, according to two acquaintances in whom Parnas confided right after the meeting,” CNN wrote. Parnas allegedly aided Giuliani in a campaign to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his involvement in a potential abuse of power to protect his son, Hunter, from an investigation into some rather shady business dealings. Parnas has also handed over some documents and messages to the House Intelligence Committee that includes more detailed information about the “pressure campaign” which also includes a letter Giuliani sent to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The letter seems to indicate that Giuliani was acting at the direction of the president. The president commented on this by denying he knew anything about the letter and claimed not to know Parnas. https://youtu.be/RrZIeZSh8GQ

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