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To those who want to fix the GOP from within…

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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.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

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Trump failed with Putin due to anti-Trump Republicans and fake news

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Following Trump’s bizarre performance at the Helsinki Summit with his BFF Vladimir Putin, bi-partisan condemnation of his press conference was swift and severe after he expressed his willingness to accept Putin’s word that Russia didn’t interfere with the 2016 election, despite findings by US intelligence proving otherwise.

Not to worry, though. Following this backlash, and now that he’s home and a safe distance away from Putin, Trump’s false bravado was back on full display yesterday as he attempted to backtrack from his previous statements about Russian interference.

According to Trump, he didn’t reject US intelligence in favor of Russia; he simply misspoke. He’s always believed Russia interfered. He’s just a victim of the English language.

“The sentence should have been ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’ sort of a double negative. So you can put that in and I think it probably clarifies things pretty good.

“I have on numerous occasions noted our intelligence findings that Russians attempted to interfere in our elections.”

But Trump’s difficulty with contractions isn’t the only reason for this apparent misunderstanding. Not at all. The real culprit, as is always the case when the news is unfavorable, is the “Fake News” media.

Sadly, criticism of Trump’s Helsinki remarks has been noticeably missing in some so-called conservative circles in Washington and in the media. Not only that, they have joined the Trump echo chamber in defending him.

For example, according to Trump, Sen. Rand Paul agreed with his claim that the Mueller investigation was responsible for Trump’s troubling comments.

Additionally, in an interview with Trump Pravda (FOX News), Paul called out Republicans who criticized Trump, labelling them pro-war and/or anti-Trump for doing so.

“Republicans that are making the criticism are either the pro-war Republicans like McCain and Graham or the anti-Trump ones like Sasse … They are motivated by their persistent and consistent dislike of the president.”

In the House of Representatives, so-called conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus embraced Trump’s “Fake News” mantra, arguing that the media’s criticism of Trump’s statements had overshadowed his accomplishments concerning Russia. At least, that’s how Freedom Caucus member Rep Warren Davidson sees it:

“The reality is people are upset about what President Trump said, but they’re not giving him credit for what he’s done.”

Is it just me, or shouldn’t what you say jive with what you do? I think they call that walking the talk.

Meanwhile, sounding like he wrote Trump’s “Fake News” talking points, the conservative talk show host formerly known as Rush Limbaugh, also blames the media for Trump’s pro-Russia comments, saying that their “embarrassingly shallow and puerile, infantile questions” were responsible.

So, take heart, America. Trump didn’t mean what he said when he said it. He was simply playing 3-D chess with the Russian President, and anyone who thinks otherwise only does so because they are pro-war, anti-Trump, and they believe fake news.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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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Foreign Affairs

Being American doesn’t mean ignoring facts. Ron Paul right about Trump-Putin meeting.

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In the era of torn Russian relations, Ron Paul takes a step back and views more information than almost any pundit on air or on twitter. It’s bipartisan to hate Russian, and that causes many Americans to hold inconsistent views on foreign policy issues related to Russia.

The media’s coverage on all things related to Russia was bad before it’s terrible coverage of Trump. We need a balanced factual approach to foreign relations with Russia. Not everything is Russia’s fault. America needs a new approach to Russia, and Trump can bring that.

John Kerry spent so much time picking losing battles with Russia and the United States needs to move on from these geopolitical skirmishes. Part of this means throwing the Obama administration under the bus. Between John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, US interests in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe faced setbacks. Only then can we have a better relationship with Russia.

I appreciate Ron Paul’s perspective because, in an era of hot takes and the political popularity of Russia hating, he maintains a just perspective that embraces facts.

US Russia Factsheet

US and Russia

  • These two countries have the largest nuclear arsenal
  • US military currently miles ahead of Russia
  • Relations have ever been good
  • Both (sort of) friends with the Kurds
  • Russia largely used as scapegoat, punching bags in American politics
  • Trump administration upped military spending
  • US through NATO still practices a containment policy with regards to Russia
  • Both countries have issues with Islamic terrorism
  • Working together on North Korea issue

Russia

  • Is not a free country
  • Does not pretend to be a free country (like Europe)
  • Its people largely view the break up of the Soviet Union as a tragedy (regardless of feelings about communism)
  • Actually likes Putin, a lot (strangely)
  • Has had Putin at the helm for decades

Iran

  • Putin came out in affirmation of the Iran Deal
  • Trump remained opposed
  • This point of contention was largely ignored by the media
  • Russia and Iran are allies
  • Iran taking control of Iraq through Shia paramilitaries
  • Backs Houthi rebels in Yemen

Iraq

  • Invaded by the US in 2003
  • War lost when the Obama Administration refused to negotiate a status of forces agreement
  • Iraqi military fell apart to ISIS when they invaded from Syria
  • Iranian backed militias filled the vacuum
  • Status of Kurds unclear

Syria

Ukraine

Turkey

  • Turkey is a member of NATO
  • Turkey opposes Israel
  • Turkey provoked war with Russia by downing Russian jet
  • Turkey becoming increasingly Islamic under neo-Ottoman regime
  • Kemalism was killed in the attempted coup
  • Ergodan held a referendum to grant himself more power
  • Russia and Turkey have an arrangement in Syria to not fight each other
  • Turkey performing land grab in Syria
  • Turkey killing Kurds in Syria
  • Turkey backing its own Islamist in Syria

Israel

  • Trump administration the most Israel-friendly administration in US history
  • Russia opposes Israel on a geopolitical level (along with most US allies)
  • Russia backs enemies of Israel
  • US backs enemies of Israel (Saudis)
  • Israel believed to have nuclear capabilities

Libya

  • US and Russia back differing factions
  • US played large role in destabilizing region during the rebellion
  • Terrorist that America aided attack a US consulate and murdered four people, including Ambassador Stevens

2016 Election

  • US has long history of meddling in foreign elections
  • Russian meddling had no effect on the outcome of 2016 election
  • DNC never handed over server to investigators
  • Indictments are not convictions, not even close
  • Russia should be embarrassed if that was their attempt to interfere in a US election
  • Media overplaying story because they dislike Trump

US Agencies

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Culture and Religion

Video: What is a Classical Liberal?

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A short video making the point that the Left is no longer Liberal, having traded individualism for collectivism.

In one of their first animated video shorts, the Rubin Report discusses the vitally important topic of just who is a Classical Liberal.

OUR FIRST ANIMATED VIDEO! What is a Classical Liberal?

Liberalism has been confused with Leftism or progressivism, which is actually has nothing to do with classical Liberalism. Sadly the Left is no longer Liberal at all for it has traded individualism for collectivism.

The Rubin Report
Published on Jul 10, 2018

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