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Nobody likes to start from scratch, particularly when there’s been a lot of effort put into something. The two major political parties (or the single super-party, depending on how you look at it) have had decades of effort put in by many current members. Some of us have been lifelong Republicans or Democrats. It’s hard to imagine accepting that both are broken beyond repair.

This has been the biggest roadblock fort he Federalist Party to overcome. There are those feel like the Democratic-Republicans will be hard to fix, but it will still be easier than starting a new party. We could list several reasons why this isn’t the case, but I’ll start with the most important: IF the parties can be fixed, it will be BECAUSE of the rise of the Federalist Party. Please allow me a brief moment to explain.

Being a roadblock to the path of least resistance

Let’s stipulate a point that most with knowledge of the situation can agree upon: the GOP has been lurching to the left for some time. There were moments of clarity thanks to organizations like Heritage and the Tea Party when true small-government Federalists such as Mike Lee and Ted Cruz were able to come into office and make slight shifts, but these individuals have proven to be no match for the Establishment juggernaut that controls the GOP.

With that understood, one might ask why he GOP has done this. The reason is pretty simple. It’s because the Democrats have lurched to the left as well. As they are becoming more like America’s version of the Socialist Party, the GOP is becoming the Democratic Party of the 1990s. They will continue down this path regardless of how upset conservatives get because they know that being the less liberal of the two major parties means they don’t have to cater to a single demand from the right. Instead, they’ll continuously lie to us during campaign season knowing we won’t leave them (until now, that is).

We’re seeing it as this article is being written with the Affordable Care Act’s “repeal and replacement” plan. What the House was able to put forth was horrible. It’s government-controlled health care with a new name. The “repeal and replace” they passed was actually a “tweak and rebrand” of Obamacare. Now, the Senate is giving us something even more ludicrously leftist. It’s a pure indicator of the state of the GOP: only four or five Senators are opposed to the bill because of the big government monstrosity that it is. Ironically, some GOP Senators are opposed to it because they think it’s TOO conservative. That’s your modern day Republican Party, the other party of big government.

The Federalist Party must rise to be the true voice for small-government concepts that the GOP abandoned long ago. Until there’s a challenge from outside, any challenges from within the GOP will be disregarded. Those who oppose the status quo will be ostracized as Cruz learned very quickly. Those who promote small-government principles within the party will be ridiculed as “academics,” as Ben Sasse is learning.

Some very intelligent people are still holding onto hope that the GOP can be fixed from within and we don’t totally disagree. However, we are certain that this fix cannot happen without us. Until the GOP has a true challenger that promotes the philosophies most of them have abandoned, there will be no valid reason for them to be the party of small government. Big government principles win elections (at least that’s the rumor) so they will always be the party of slightly-smaller-government-than-the-Democrats until they are challenged.

Our argument is not that people should join us in order to fix the GOP. We think it’s much more likely we’ll be able to rise before the GOP is willing to change, but we know this for certain: if we do not rise, the GOP will only continue to lurch left.

Parties and caucuses and coalitions, oh my

Here’s the funny part about labels. They mean different things to different people. The Tea Party is a coalition. There are some old as well as emerging coalitions that are actually caucuses. Some caucuses such as the House Freedom Caucus would be better served by acknowledging they are actually part of the Federalist Party rather than being a relatively powerless Republican caucus.

In other words, organizations call themselves what they want to be called.

We are a party. There shouldn’t be any confusion about that, but here’s the thing. Whether we are a party, caucus, or coalition, our short-term goals are the same. We need to grow our ranks, form state organizations, raise funds, and start vetting out potential candidates.

This is important to understand because some of the very intelligent people mentioned above have quietly told us they’d prefer if we were a caucus or a coalition. We’ve explored those possibilities and realized they’re untenable. The Tea Party taught us that even a group unified by the most liberal of politicians to oppose could only muster minor and temporal success. As for caucuses, the most powerful such caucus can barely slow down the Establishment.

Whether one believes the parties can be fixed or not, the next step is the same. We must make the Federalist Party rise. Those who believe in reining in DC, defending freedoms, and protecting life can unite with us whether they want to fix the two-party system or not.

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Jeff Flake has become a punchline

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Jeff Flake has become a punchline

There are conservatives who oppose the President through conscientious means and with discernment of who to support and what to oppose. Then, there are “conservatives” like Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

In his final days in the United States Senate, Flake has decided to go out with his conscience intact. At least that’s what he’s telling himself and anyone who would listen. In reality, he’s going out with his middle finger raised to the man he blames the most for his career failures: President Trump.

Flake has threatened to hold up judicial nominations until the Senate votes to protect special counsel Robert Mueller. Let’s set aside the likelihood that such an action by Congress would be unconstitutional with Article 2 giving the President wide powers over the Justice Department. That’s a debate for Constitutional scholars.

Instead, let’s focus on what Flake is actually doing. He’s willing to jeopardize the judicial system which desperately needs an infusion of originalists just to fire a parting blow at the President. That’s really what this comes down to. He’s not obeying his conscience. He’s not protecting Mueller. He’s not trying to right a wrong. He’s being a child.

He’s a punchline.

Even if there was a real threat that President Trump might somehow interfere with the Mueller investigation, this wouldn’t be the way to try to protect him. All Flake is doing is pulverizing the few pieces of his credibility that were left standing.

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Good news for the Democrat agenda: McConnell and McCarthy will lead the GOP

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Good news for the Democrat agenda McConnell and McCarthy will lead the GOP

Trumplicans chalked one up for the status quo yesterday when they chose Paul Ryan’s right-hand man, Kevin McCarthy, to be the party leader in the House and unanimously re-elected Mitch McConnell to lead the Senate. Both men were endorsed by Donald Trump for the jobs.

Despite the fact that Republicans suffered the worst mid-term defeat since Watergate, McConnell and McCarthy touted a list of vague GOP accomplishments that conveniently failed to mention the party’s failure to keep their promises, which is why the Democrats won last week.

In an opinion piece for FOX News, McConnell bragged — now try not to laugh — about how the past two years of Republican leadership “will be remembered as a period of historic productivity.” He then challenged the new Democrat majority in the House to put aside partisan politics and work with Republicans to get things done.

Apparently, the concept of irony is lost on McConnell. Outside of the GOP’s alleged success at saving the Supreme Court, Democrats and Republicans have always been working together, which is why they still fund Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, DACA, and sanctuary cities with massive new spending that exploded the budget deficit.

While McConnell and McCarthy have adopted Trump’s “blame the Democrats for my failures” playbook, the sad reality is that Republicans favor the Democrat agenda because it’s their agenda; bipartisanship is a given.

Based on developments during the lame duck session, it’s going to be worse when the 116th Congress opens for business in January.

Nancy Pelosi called last week’s victory a mandate to save Obamacare and she will promote legislation designed to move America closer to a single-payer healthcare system. Trump has a track record of support for Obamacare and he promoted single-payer healthcare during his 2016 campaign.

Following the recent shootings in California, Pelosi announced that she would make gun control a top priority. Trump and the GOP have actively promoted radical gun-control legislation, including: seizing guns without due process, establishing an FBI database to track guns and gun owners, and requiring a license to own a gun.

Now comes word from the Democrats that they will work to bring back a classic of Bernie Sanders and Democratic Socialists — a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour. As expected, Trump appears to be a fan of the idea.

During his 2016 campaign, Trump supported raising the minimum wage to at least $10 and hour. And as part of the recent US-Mexico trade deal, he fought for and won a $16 an hour minimum wage for auto workers on both sides of the border in an effort to price Mexico out of the auto industry. Ironic because he’s essentially admitting that mandatory minimum wages eventually result in lost jobs.

Even thought economic advisor Larry Kudlow recently stated his preference to see the federal minimum wage eliminated, Trump’s history of flip-flopping on this along with a host of other issues, along with his 2020 re-election hopes, means that the Democrats will likely win on the issue.

We were repeatedly told last week to vote Red to make sure we stop the Democrats. But to quote Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi hearings, when it comes to the difference between Republicans and Democrats . . .

“What difference, at this point, does it make?”

 

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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To advance conservatism, nobody gets a free pass

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To advance conservatism nobody gets a free pass

Before the midterm elections, most of the writers here spent a good chunk of their copy space helping Republicans in their campaigns. They focused on exposing Democrats for what they are (as well as what they’re becoming) and often turned their back on the negatives associated with Republican candidates.

This was intentional and I allowed it. Like many proponents of limited government, I compare the rhetoric and actions of the two major parties and I see one that’s pushing for big government and another that’s pushing for even bigger government. The fallacies in the Democrats’ proposals are obvious and universal. Republicans have a mix of good and bad; for example, lowering taxes was good, but simultaneously increasing spending was bad.

I allowed the pro-Republican approach because in the world of partisan politics, we’re stuck in a lesser-of-two-evils scenario. While I personally didn’t get involved in party politics and focused my posts on fighting for conservative and limited-government federalist values, I didn’t ask my writers to do the same. Any who chose to promote the Republican agenda, which was most of them, were allowed to do so.

They still can. I’m not censoring anyone. However, I want to be clear about the true purpose of this news site.

We are not a partisan site that is pro-Republican or anti-Democrat. We are a pro-American site that understands the importance of limiting government, defending freedoms, and protecting life, plus many other ideas that are usually associated with conservatism and/or classical liberalism.

Now that the election is over, we are relaunching our GoFundMe page.

Getting donations during campaign season was tough, but now we’re ready to accept help. We need it.

The description of our site on GoFundMe encapsulates what we are.

Our society is rapidly deteriorating into helplessness. Ideas such as self-governance, conservatism, patriotism, personal responsibility, limited-government federalism, and civil discourse are being threatened by a sharp leftward lurch. It isn’t just progressives who are veering to the left. The center is shifting to the left and as a result, many who are or were conservative have become more open-minded to the cultural and geopolitical shifts.

We are losing our ethical, traditional, and logical cores as a society.

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1) Expose the fallacies of this leftward lurch that is making progressives more unhinged and conservatives more malleable.
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America deserves better than what mainstream media feeds us.

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As of the middle of November, 2018, we are relaunching this campaign. We had a soft launch that had minimal success. We are pushing harder now. Please help us elevate this news site to compete against the incessant leftist propaganda being pumped onto the internet. Donate now.

Moving forward, we are going to focus on our three goals. It doesn’t matter if someone is a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or whatever. If they aren’t helping to limit government, defend freedoms, and protect life, we’ll call them out.

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