In the whirlwind of the new year, Heartlanders chimed in on the Pope’s mea culpa moment, the president wasting no time on another embassy threat, and the latest Democratic presidential contender to end up as done as burnt toast with zero slices of avocado in sight. How can the masses in middle America possibly not comment on social media while adjusting to the new year?
This Is How You Do It
On New Year’s Eve, as President Trump celebrated at Mar-a-Lago, protestors stormed the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. The Iran-backed militiamen wreaked havoc for embassy personnel, throwing rocks and setting fires, until Secretary of Defense Mark Esper deployed 100 U.S. Marines and 75 additional troops. That was the correct message to send and the protesters were essentially dispersed to the jihadi huts in Iran whence they came.
Trump also tweeted that the U.S. meant business and would not tolerate violence: “Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities. They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat.”
Heartlanders immediately pointed to the difference in an America First administration over the previous eight years.
Joey Woods in Bridge City, TX, was ready to give the U.S. credit, scolding, “Mess with the bull, you get the Horns.” Bryan Phillips of Utah went straight to the point, with: “Because they were ready — and he was ready. The Dems can’t even pull the trigger on their sham impeachment papers.”
From DePere, WI, Susan Davied Lieber piped in with a dire warning that: “This is how situations are handled when the president is not a secret supporter of the rioters.” Here, she’s clearly comparing this situation with the loss of American life in Benghazi in 2012. And that’s where Dorothy Koch, from Sterling, CO, settled on the subject, commenting, “See Hillary, it does make a difference.”
Charli Toby of New Mexico let it fly as she summarized what most Americans were thinking in a one-word comment: “Badass.”
Well, the Pope Ain’t Jesus
The pontiff had his robes in a twist after being called out by the faithful – including some Catholics – for slapping a woman’s hand multiple times after delivering end-of-year prayers in Saint Peter’s Square. As Pope Francis made his way through the crowds, a woman grasped his hand and would not let go, stopping the man in his tracks. Clearly not in a patient Pope mood, Francis slapped the woman’s hand – not once, but twice – and then stormed away toward other worthy pilgrims present at the Vatican’s nativity scene.
He apologized the next day, but this wasn’t going away overnight. Ohioan John Dostal laid Francis’ behavior at the feet of alt-liberals: “This Pope has gained favor with the Godless Left while he drives away loyal and disciplined Catholics.”
And then Steve Cottrell reminded us all that the Pope is “Just a guy in a robe.”
The diminutive Latino, unable to speak Spanish, who bravely stood on a box at the Democratic presidential primary debate has said “hasta la vista, baby,” and left the race. In a video, Julian Castro said:
“We’ve shaped the conversation on so many important issues in this race, stood up for the most vulnerable people, and given a voice to those who are often forgotten. So today it’s with a heavy heart and with profound gratitude that I will suspend my campaign for president. To all who have been inspired by our campaign, especially our young people, keep reaching for your dreams — and keep fighting for what you believe in. ¡Ganaremos un día!”
That last bit translates to, “We will win one day.” Hoosier Tim Davis was saddened by the loss, saying, “Oh, but he contributed so much level-headed, common sense to…oh wait, never mind…”
But Jill Lanser of St. Louis simply asked, “Who?”
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