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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Only in Trump’s America could showing too much pride get you in trouble

As long as there are people who look down on others for what they believe there will be conflict in this country. Whether it’s Chick-fil-A’s stance on marriage or Trump’s view of international trade, there’s no sign of a ceasefire in the war to control the cultural narrative. We should all be prepared to battle.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: When did Kim Jong-un supplant Donald Trump as master negotiator?

There’s still room to find fault with Trump on his handling of the summit with Kim Jong-un and other matters, but he deserves the benefit of the doubt for beginning the process. Along with credit, Trump needs leeway to get the job done -- perhaps it’s time his GOP critics gave him some.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Should Congress break social media’s stranglehold on free speech?

Social media has changed our world – and perhaps it is time to consider having Congress take some measure of oversight on businesses like Google and Facebook to ensure our First Amendment rights are preserved. The Founding Fathers would approve.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: To Trump and Kim the Art of the Deal means no more war in the Far East

Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un brought a terrific new prospect for peace and cooperation in an extremely volatile part of the world. Especially gratifying is Trump’s appreciation for the necessity of avoiding war at all costs. The Art of the Deal is alive and well.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Donald Trump’s GOP will never be the same – anyone miss the old one?

When Donald Trump was elected no one predicted draining the swamp would be easy or that everything he did would be popular – even with members of his own party. But change comes slowly and we’re heading in a positive direction. The GOP will never be the same – and that’s a good thing.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: No one on earth is more prepared to meet Kim Jong-un than Pres. Trump

No one can say for sure what will happen when Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un talk this week, though the importance of the occasion and the fact two enemies are meeting should not be discounted. Trump may not have spent hours poring over books – but he’ll be ready. Count on it.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: In America’s right vs. left culture war, choose the biggest weapons

The broader American culture war will continue as long as the left puts forth celebrities and athletes as spokespeople for their point-of-view. Politics is a long game and Republicans appear to have shown up to play; toss Donald Trump the ball and watch as the scoreboard lights up.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Democrats’ cultural vulnerabilities to produce November reckoning

With five months to go until the midterm elections Democrats are looking increasingly desperate. Even party stalwarts like Bill Clinton can’t defend their cultural vulnerabilities and conservatives are beginning to consolidate around Trump. Will it change? Stay tuned.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Trump should be proud of his first 500 days…but there’s much more to do

Donald Trump has every right to be proud of his achievements over his first 500 days and Republican candidates should have plenty of good ways to sway voters this fall. Americans want a less intrusive government that functions properly and spends wisely. Will we ever get it?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: What do Mitt Romney and Roseanne have in common? Neither acts for us

In the big scheme of things Roseanne’s and Mitt Romney’s opinions of American culture and politics don’t really mean much. The world will little note nor long remember what they said – but it won’t forget what they’ve done. The culture war will continue – will it ever be won?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Unrepentant McConnell set to plague conservatives for years to come

The media will continue to make this year’s midterms all about the president, largely because Trump draws attention and stirs action. The lack of real reporting allows feckless leaders like Mitch McConnell to fly undetected under the public radar; by the time folks wake up it might be too late.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Congress’s slow-walking on immigration endangers Trump’s entire agenda

Not many politicians are making convincing cases that today’s most pressing problems will be solved – or even addressed – by Congress as it is. Washed up opportunists like John Kasich can write all the op-eds they want, but if Congress doesn’t get new leadership, nothing changes.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Effective politics in 2018 means never having to say you’re sorry

Saying sorry definitely has its place in our culture but it really depends on what you’re apologizing for. Contrition for the sake of saving your rear or to make it look like something you’re not is truly stupid. Don’t believe it? Just ask President Trump – and John McCain.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Dems and #NeverTrump running short on time to oust Trump

Democrats and #NeverTrumpers will sustain their attacks on Donald Trump whether they have grounds to do so or not. To act otherwise would be to admit they were wrong about an “outsider” becoming president; and if that were the case, what’s the purpose of having them around at all?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Memorial Day provides a glimpse into what’s really important these days

Memorial Day is a time to venerate the past while looking optimistically at the future provided to us by our military’s sacrifice. Unfortunately, in today’s America people argue over whether to stand for the national anthem or conduct baseless investigations. The honored dead wouldn’t be proud.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Delusional Democrats’ blue wave found only at the beach this weekend

Democrats are renowned for saying anything to coax the overly emotional to vote them back in office. Juan Williams could be right – Trump is motivating liberals like never before; when push comes to shove, however, are American voters really going to buy what they’re selling?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Why do the words ‘Make America Great Again’ make liberals so nutty?

American political leaders change every two, four or six years but cultural changes seem to evolve more slowly. We all hope we can reach a day where wearing a hat or a T-shirt in public won’t earn us scorn and intimidation from the intolerant left – but here’s thinking it won’t come anytime soon.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Want to win this year, Republicans? Support the coup against Ryan

If rumors circulated there was a “coup” in the works involving Mitch McConnell, conservatives wouldn’t require much prodding to flock to the insurgents’ banner. One way or another Republicans need new congressional leaders – a factor that would play well in this year’s elections.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Establishment takes a whipping at the whims of the grassroots in 2018

Both parties appear to be searching for an identity (between the establishment forces of the swamp who resist change and the newer movements) and to make political leaders accountable for their promises. The internal fights will continue long after this year’s midterms – and that’s a good thing.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Post Texas, will reason prevail against the ‘Do Something!’ lynch mob?

Friday’s tragic school shooting in Texas won’t bring us any closer to solving what appears to be a growing societal quandary. There are too many issues at play to throw together a hasty “solution” that effects millions simply because the political class deems it necessary. Will common sense prevail?