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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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FBI Official Under Investigation for Altering Doc Allowing Agency to Spy On Trump Campaign

Don’t kid yourself. This is a big deal…

John Salvatore

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This is a big deal if there ever was a big deal. And in case you weren’t clear, yes, it is a big deal. Here’s the deal, via “fake news” CNN: An FBI official is under criminal investigation for allegedly altering a document that was central to the FBI’s surveillance of a Trump campaign official in 2016, according to a new report from CNN. “The finding is expected to be part of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s review of the FBI’s effort to obtain warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide,” CNN reported. “Horowitz turned over evidence on the allegedly altered document to John Durham, the federal prosecutor appointed early this year by Attorney General William Barr to conduct a broad investigation of intelligence gathered for the Russia probe by the CIA and other agencies, including the FBI. The altered document is also at least one focus of Durham’s criminal probe.” WATCH: THE FIX WAS IN… FBI official allegedly altered document that was basis for FISA warrant on surveillance of the 2016 Trump campaign. https://twitter.com/CaliforniaPanda/status/1197665317675294722?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1197665317675294722&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Fbreaking-fbi-official-under-criminal-investigation-for-altering-document-used-to-start-probe-into-trump-campaign Reactions: And CNN puts it in paragraph 2 – bc this is the most important thing – that Trump will accuse the FBI of wrongdoing in this investigation. Well, yeah! https://twitter.com/AshleeLee4848/status/1197665554955419650?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1197665554955419650&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fbrettt-3136%2F2019%2F11%2F21%2Freport-fbi-official-who-allegedly-altered-document-related-to-2016-russia-probe-under-investigation%2F Well would you look at that. Suddenly people in our MSM want to do their jobs before that report comes out Dec 9th… https://twitter.com/guntotingteabag/status/1197667744344399873?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1197667744344399873&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fbrettt-3136%2F2019%2F11%2F21%2Freport-fbi-official-who-allegedly-altered-document-related-to-2016-russia-probe-under-investigation%2F The Republicans have been talking about this for 3 years. #JusticeIsComing https://twitter.com/JIMBAUR/status/1197665823562719232?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1197665823562719232&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fbrettt-3136%2F2019%2F11%2F21%2Freport-fbi-official-who-allegedly-altered-document-related-to-2016-russia-probe-under-investigation%2F The FBI also altered Flynn’s 302. William Barr is going to drop the hammer and nobody will be left to cover for each other 🇺🇸 https://twitter.com/shelby60235316/status/1197666898005020672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1197666898005020672&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fbrettt-3136%2F2019%2F11%2F21%2Freport-fbi-official-who-allegedly-altered-document-related-to-2016-russia-probe-under-investigation%2F If the Democrats and a handful of intelligence community personnel escape accountability for this, it’s over for the country. The deep state can…

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Adam Schiff Says President Trump’s Actions Are Worse Than ‘Anything Nixon Did’ (Details)

Based on……what??

John Salvatore

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Democrat California Congresslady Adam Schiff doesn’t know much about history. Schiff, a beta male, might actually be completely ignorant. His statement on Nixon vs. Trump pretty much makes it clear. From The Hill: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) used his closing remarks in Thursday’s hearing to lay out the case for impeaching President Trump and plead for Republicans to look beyond their party, arguing that the president’s actions toward Ukraine go “beyond anything Nixon did.” Schiff argued that Trump’s abuse of power was clear and on a more significant scale than the Watergate break-in that eventually led to the impeachment of former President Richard Nixon. For whatever reason, Schiff stated, “The difference between then and now is not the difference between Nixon and Trump, it’s the difference between that Congress and this one. And so we are asking … where are the people who are willing to go beyond their party to look to their duty?” WATCH: Rep. Adam Schiff: “What we’ve seen here is far more serious than a third rate burglary of the Democratic headquarters.” “Where is Howard Baker? Where are the people who are willing to go beyond their party to look to their duty?” https://twitter.com/ABCPolitics/status/1197629141522075648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1197629141522075648&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fthehill.com%2Fhomenews%2Fadministration%2F471565-schiff-says-trumps-actions-go-beyond-anything-nixon-did POTUS called out Schiff for being the lying [insert word here] that he is. And in typical Trump fashion, he spoke the truth and did so with confidence. See for yourself… If Shifty Adam Schiff, who is a corrupt politician who fraudulently made up what I said on the “call,” is allowed to release transcripts of the Never Trumpers & others that are & were interviewed, he will change the words that were said to suit the Dems purposes. Republicans… https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1191155312084082688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1191155312084082688&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftherightscoop.com%2Ftrump-correctly-says-adam-schiff-would-alter-transcripts-of-impeachment-testimony-to-suit-the-dems-purposes%2F ….should give their own transcripts of the interviews to contrast with Schiff’s manipulated propaganda. House Republicans must have…

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