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Texas Senator John Cornyn on the Shutdown, Immigration, CIA Scandal

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HH: Senator John Cornyn of Texas has served in the United States Senate since 2002. He is the majority whip, the number two ranking member in the United States Senate. He’s also a former justice of the Texas Supreme Court, and I bring that up because it really will take the wisdom of Solomon to get through the next week. Senator Cornyn, welcome, good morning, how are you?

JC: Thanks, Hugh, I’m doing great. Thanks for having me on.

HH: This is such a challenging time, but I want to go in order of importance. Section 702, not a lot of Americans know about this, but if we do not listen to terrorists abroad, they will strike us at home. Will it get past the Senate?

JC: Yes, it will. We had a pivotal vote last night. We got to the 60 vote mark, and we’ll pass it in the next two days.

HH: That is great news. And it comes on the heels of awful news, which I want to bring up to you. I brought it up to Senator Portman as well. The CIA story on the front page of the New York Times, we have a traitor, and they have apparently done enormous damage to us. Have you been briefed on this, yet?

JC: Yes, I have. As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I, this is very sad news. It should be for all Americans, and certainly it gives us an idea about what we’re up against in dealing with China. It’s a big challenge for the United States across the board.

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman on the Looming Shutdown Crisis, and the Need to Deal with Opioid Abuse in America

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HH: Inevitably, when I’m on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, he will say Hugh, you’re kind of a Rob Portman Republican. What do you think? Or inevitably, I’ll say to him, look, I’m just kind of a Rob Portman Republican. And everyone knows what I mean by that. But rather than explaining what a Rob Portman Republican thinks about the meltdown underway on Capitol Hill right now, I thought we’d ask Rob Portman, the senator from Ohio. Good morning, Senator.

RP: You know, I would be honored to be called a Hugh Hewitt Republican, but you know, you’ve raised expectations too high here.

HH: Well, I do, we always do use this shorthand for kind of Midwestern calm, common sense approach to what’s going on. So would you give us the calm, Midwestern common sense approach to what is happening in real time on the Hill right now?

RP: Well, first, the whole thing is silly. We shouldn’t be doing these showdowns. You know, you wrote a book about this saying how do we get out of these showdowns and this gridlock called The Fourth Way, and it’s a pretty simple way, which is to say okay, we’ve got to keep the government funded. It’s stupid to shut down the government, because when you do that, you actually end up costing the taxpayers more. You dislocate a lot of people’s lives. There are three issues here I think we have to address. One is, of course, the spending bill itself, and we have to increase Defense spending. We know that. I think Democrats and Republicans alike are aware of the fact that we are not prepared for the dangerous world we live in. Second, we’ve got to deal with something on DACA, because these kids are here, because they’re in school, because they’re working, because they have to make their plans, and otherwise some of them would actually be deported. And that should be combined with something to avoid a future DACA, which would be something on the enforcement side. And there’s some flexibility on what that can be. But border security is certainly one of them. And then third, we have to deal with this Children’s Health Insurance Program, which expired back in September, and you know, I think there’s an agreement on that. It’s been bipartisan forever. It was bipartisan coming out of our committee. So to me, those are kind of the simple pieces to put together, and not to just kick it down the road for another month, but actually to do it until the end of the fiscal year.

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Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places

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Instapundit linked to an extraordinary post this morning.   The post is entitled “The India Effect: (what Celebrity Big Brother can teach us about gender politics.)” and is a discussion circling around a transsexual character on the aforementioned show.  The piece makes two extraordinary points.  First:

The problem is that while you can perhaps legislate for speech and expression, you cannot legislate for conviction. In other words, you might be able to force people to say a certain thing, but you cannot force them to truly believe it.

The second point is this:

In an attempt to relieve distress and provide a theoretical framework for validation, the truth must necessarily be bent, squeezed, and hammered square into a round hole. But the actual truth of our physical selves does not require endless validation.

The two points are actually deeply related.  “Validation,” which most people think is love in this age, is more than a verbal expression, it is a conviction.  Therefore, “validation” is impossible to achieve by force of law or intellect.

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