Tennis phenom Venus Williams is not a feminist and she's not afraid to say it.
As I’ve discussed before, the term feminist is deceptive. Feminism in the 50s and 60s was all about women’s empowerment and creating an equal playing field for both genders. Both genders — not "all" genders. There are only two.
But today’s iteration of feminism is all about man-bashing, emasculating the male gender and elevating women, such that they hold more power than men, not equal power. Feminism has morphed from an aversion to gender-inequality to an aversion to men in general. This is not a misunderstanding of the movement. It is a clear and verifiable observation. Feminists have become an inverted version of misogynists.
I have been very fortunate to have remarkable and honorable men in my life. I'm surrounded by them. My male counterparts here at The Rebel, my colleagues at the PAC I represent, my male family members and my male friends are all spectacular people in general, and they happen to be men.
Yes, there are crappy men out there. There are also crappy women. A reluctance to recognize this coupled with habitual victimhood has led to what new-age feminism is in 2018.
But Venus Williams wants no part of it.
In an interview, Venus Williams was asked if she was a feminist and this was her response:
“I don’t like labels...though I do think as women we have much more power and opportunities in our hands than ever before. We truly don’t know how powerful we are. There’s nothing like a powerful woman walking into a room; her presence is like nothing else.”
It’s almost as if we as women have elevated ourselves without the aid of this new-age faux-feminist movement.
It's like Venus feels as though she worked hard, was committed to her sport and training, and was justly rewarded for her successes. Venus Williams is a tennis superstar. She didn’t become that by bashing men and clawing her way into the spotlight, demanding she be given titles and championships.
Good for her and good for women. Good for people.
And more good news coming down the pike for the Trump administration:
If any of you stayed up past the 3am hour Wednesday night, you had the privilege of watching history unfold. Three men who have been held as prisoners in North Korea came home.
Our President, who the left would have you believe is a warmonger, along with his 12-day fresh Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, negotiated the release of Kim Hak Song, Kim Dong Cul and Kim Sang-Duk.
The image of those three stepping off the plane, at the top of the stairs with the President and the First Lady, will be one of the high points, and bragging chips, of this administration.
But there is yet another victory that took place this week with positive implications in the fight against terrorism and murderous regimes:
As stated by Iraqi officials on Wednesday, five high-ranking Islamic State officials were captured in a complex operation carried out by U.S.-Iraqi coalition forces. The process leading up to the victory for counterintelligence efforts involved phone applications, and the hacking of secret bank accounts and communication codes that were carried out over the course of three months.
President Trump tweeted the accomplishment saying this:
"Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured."
One of the five captured is Ismail Alwaan al- Ithawi, who is a top aide to Abu Bakr al-Bahgdadi, and who had previously resided in Turkey but was captured and transported to Iraq in February. Al-Bahgdadi is the declared leader of the Islamic State's caliphate and he is still at large.
Ithawi, upon capture, was compelled to lure several of his ISIS contacts across the border to join him in Iraq. Compelled how, you might ask? Interrogation. Waterboarding? Who knows? Maybe not... maybe they just played Maroon 5 on repeat, which might be worse.
The others who were captured are Syrian Saddam al-Jammel, Abu Abdel al-Haq, Mohamed al-Qadeer, Omar al-Karbouli and Essam al-Zawbai. I wonder how we can extract more intelligence from these bad hombres... anybody have any water and a washcloth they can borrow...?
Who doesn't love Dennis Miller? He's hilarious and I've never found an instance where he wasn't 100 per cent spot on, or very close to it.
It's nearly impossible to give off a cool vibe if you're constantly crying, whining and generally throwing a fit. No one likes a brat or a crybaby.
On SiriusXM on Wednesday, Dennis Miller said this:
"If you're going to be the cool kids (which we all know, the left tries desperately to be) you cannot be hysterical every day. If you're saying the guy is Hitler-like or he's a hooker junky, you're missing the point. Because eventually the boy who cried wolf syndrome takes over and people go 'Geez, it seems to me that Trump won on November 8 and every single day it's the end of the world."
And he's exactly right.
What I've observed is that it's growing exponentially more difficult to convince Americans that Trump is bad for America — especially when their paychecks are fatter, their taxes-owed are shrinking, and the people around them who used to be unemployed, are now back to work.
Confidence and support for politicians tends to be spurned by domestic issues. People care how much money they have. Foreign policy issues tend to take a back seat to the issues people vote on.
But with such visible signs of foreign diplomatic successes like North Korean negotiations and ISIS-held territories shrinking by 98%, you can see why President Trump's approval rating is on the rise.