Love your enemy: Why David Hogg will fail

Before getting into the main focus of this post, a disclaimer: I was raised in journalism to avoid all insults about teenagers. It’s a sound policy. You cover, for example, a high school football game. You never write “Johnny Jones stupidly fumbled the ball with the game on the line and cost Generic High School a glorious victory. What a loser!” Instead, you go basic “Nonspecific High School recovered a fumble with 20 seconds to go to secure a victory over Generic High School.”

A lot of people who should know better — including Laura Ingraham of Fox News — violated that simple mandate for decency by taunting the Florida high school shooting survivor with insulting tweets or social media posts. Debate is one thing. But the adult needs to remember who the adult is when debating a teenager. Ingraham should have been above doing such a thing, which is why she apologized. More on that later.

But Hogg is going to fail in his quest to create massive social change when it comes to the Second Amendment.

Hogg is the latest in a long line of pretenders to the throne that remains occupied by the memory of Rev. Martin Luther King when it comes to creating lasting social change.

I have spent the last few days researching where civil rights has gone since the 1970s. It’s true that society has changed and granted more civil rights in the last 50 years, but no single person has been a galvanizing force. If anything, most individuals with an axe to grind create a backlash even if the cause is just. Remember how Cindy Sheehan was going to inspire us to stop going to war? We’re still in the middle east.

What exactly have the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton accomplished?

I keep going through name after name of activists who undermined their causes.

True, after his passing, some have besmirched King’s memory. But how was he able to advance a cause and be simultaneously revered?

The answer, in my opinion, is that King took a Biblical lesson to heart — to love your enemies.

It takes superhuman inner strength to find a way to simultaneously stand your ground over what you know is right while loving people who believe you should be oppressed. In today’s hyperpartisan culture, it seems antithetical. Yet, King was able to do that. More importantly, his flock followed his lead.

And millions benefitted from persistence that was based on love. Sheehan couldn’t do that. Sharpton doesn’t want to. Remember the people who ended friendships over President Trump’s election? The middle fingers given from #TheResistance?

How can anyone believe the slogan “love trumps hate” when there doesn’t appear to be love from people asking for change?

Standing your ground based on love has the capability to change hearts and minds.

Take a look at the reaction of activists in the wake of the Parkland shooting. We’ve seen thousands boo, jeer and vent fury at a U.S. Senator who offered to listen and help. We’ve seen children claim that adults have ruined democracy. At the center of it all is a 17-year-old who I’ve never met, and who I have yet to see express love for anything.

I don’t know if he’s a bad guy. He apparently has a little trouble getting into the college of his choice, but so did I. Can’t fault him for that.

But I know that in order to change gun laws, you have to convince legions of gun owners that it has to stop.

You don’t do it by telling them they are responsible for your friends’ deaths. You don’t do it by raising a fist in the air.

If you have any chance to do it at all, you start from a place of loving your political enemy.

Hogg could have, for example, loved himself and Ingraham enough to say, “You went over the line, but I accept your apology.” That’s what a mature person does. Instead, he called for a boycott of the her show’s advertisers, which people correctly saw as silencing political thought.

Now, Hogg and by extension his movement faces a backlash. I’m looking at an online survey from a pop culture site that calls the kid “arrogant.” TMZ, while trivial, is left-wing.

Kid, no disrespect intended. You have a long life ahead of you and you went through some real mess. I hope you find inner peace and a good college. But take it from someone who also had a big ideas and an even bigger mouth when I was your age: Find a way to love your enemy, or you will fail.

North Korea’s in-your-face sex slavery

Well, to be clear, it’s only in your face if you are watching the Winter Olympics.
Did you notice that the “unified” Korean Olympic team includes a few dozen “cheerleaders” dancing for the athletes?
Um, despite what the international press is telling you about how nice it is to see these young ladies supporting both sides of a divided peninsula, I’d like to cut to the chase. You’re watching sex slaves.
I take absolutely no pleasure in telling you that. To be honest, I am no social justice warrior, but I am anti-female-abuse and when I think of these poor girls I get nauseous. I get sick at how they have been exploited and furious at a press corps that has empowered the North Korean propaganda machine.
My sources come from research I have done for an upcoming novel. The theme of the novel I am working on is how propaganda conceals atrocities. I know. Light stuff. Included in the research are three history books from the notoriously secretive nation, including propaganda treatise “A Kim Jong Il Production.”
The authors of these books are by no means right-wingers rattling sabers against the North.
The North Koreans became master propagandists during the Kim Jong Il regime. You may have read that North Koreans believe their first family are gods. Kim Jong Il created that, crafting a story of his parents being a Korean Mary and Joseph, and that baby Kim Jong Il created miracles.
Anyway, Kim Jong Il enjoyed the spoils of being a tyrant. One such carnal pleasure is the “Joy Brigade,” a battalion of girls ages 14-22 who are taught to please the North Korean leadership. The girls are taught to dance to American pop music — which is outlawed to the public, give massages and feed their “deities.” After their dance-massage shows are complete, they obediently follow the men behind closed doors and follow orders.
Yeah, 14 year olds.
The best hope for these girls is that one of the ministers falls in love with them. If the girl marries a well-connected Kim lackey, she gets to eat after she turns 22. If not, back to your starving family.
Now the North Korean government is quite conscious of world opinion. Anything it can spin to an advantage, that government will cheerfully accept. So if North Korea is going to send a contingent of dancers to the Olympics, it will send the best.
The North Koreans sent the Joy Brigade, their mostly underage sex slaves.
And if you think the International Olympic Committee will take issue with sex abuse, have you forgotten it has a sordid past of its own?
Wanna throw up yet?
As a side note, Kim Jong Un’s sister — the one the international press is fawning over — is the North Korean minister of propaganda. In other words, she’s the one telling her countrymen scrounging the countryside for insects to eat that her brother is god.
Looked at from that perspective, and I’m not telling you to support President Trump if, I’m pretty happy Vice President Mike Pence disrespected the North Koreans.