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Why the GOP is so ineffective with their majority

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Obamacarelite is still being pushed by the Democratlites in Congress. Thankfully, there are still a handful of promise-keeping Republicans in both chambers, particularly in the Senate with Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and a couple others who are trying their best to prevent the full leftward lurch by the GOP.

This is a problem that goes well beyond Obamacare, huge budgets, and perpetuation of liberal policies carried over from the past two decades. It’s setting the stage for a permanent degree of moderation within the GOP itself, one that threatens to leave small-government-minded Americans without a valid home. This, more than anything else, is why we’re so dedicated to helping the Federalist Party rise. It’s becoming blatantly obvious that DC is controlled by an ebb and flow between the Democrats and the Democratlites (formerly known as the Republican Party). To understand what’s happening to the GOP, we have to look at the three primary causes for their push to the mushy middle.

Democrats pushing the boundaries

Why do the Republicans of 2017 act like the Democrats of 1994? The biggest reason is because the Democrats of 2017 have pushed their agenda so far to the left they’ve become the modern day faux-pragmatic socialist party. By vacating any claims to the middle, they’ve allowed the GOP to fit nicely.

For the GOP’s part, it’s technically a smart move. They know that if they can be the moderate party, conservatives will reluctantly vote for the lesser-of-two-evils as they’ve been wont to do since the 90s, the Tea Party’s temporary rise from 2010-2015 notwithstanding. Unfortunately, this “smart move” is only smart for the party. It’s proving to be devastating for the country.

What they always wanted

Let’s not give the GOP too much credit for making the smart move. It also happens to be the ideological move they’ve wanted since before Barry Goldwater and his ilk tried a conservative coup of the party.

Since the 1960s, those of us old enough to remember and bored enough to pay attention have witnessed their continuous push towards the middle when it comes to policies. This is a standard wash, rinse, repeat scenario. During election season, every Republican candidate espouses small-government Federalism, defending rights, and protecting life. After the elections are over, they act in one of two ways. If there’s a roadblock such as not holding majorities in one of the chambers of Congress or having a Democratic President, they are very bold in most circumstances. Case in point: passing a full Obamacare repeal in 2015 knowing full well that President Obama would veto it.

The other scenario is like the one we’re seeing today. They have control of both chambers and the White House, so we get to see their “when in power” playbook. This playbook isn’t about what they can do but rather how they can justify doing pretty much the same things the Democrats would do if they were in power.

With no excuses for inaction, they have to use creative civics in order to cast blame on everyone else for their ineffectiveness. Why did they put out a gigantic spending plan that included pretty much everything the Democrats wanted? They blame the Democrats and hope only a handful of people are left scratching their heads. Why can’t they pass Obamacare repeal? They blame conservatives for obstructing. Why can’t they get funding for the wall but they can fund Planned Parenthood? This is a particularly embarrassing set of logic-gymnastics they’ve been performing for months.

The real answer is this: the Establishment GOP, which is to say the entire GOP leadership minus a handful of ideological Federalists, aren’t looking to shrink government or empower the people the way they claim during campaign season. They want the status quo and as long as the Democrats keep pushing to the left, they feel justified in their stance.

Election strategy over improving America

Both major parties have spent more time and energy since the end of the 19th century figuring out how to win elections and stay in power than they’ve spent fixing the nation’s problems. This is arguably the biggest reason we have the gargantuan federal government we have today. They’ve spent over a hundred years “giving” things to people in order to secure votes. Unfortunately, the things they’re giving aren’t actually theirs to give. They’ve systematically overburdened the American taxpayer for one reason: funding more government to help them win elections.

Every move both parties make takes into account how it will affect the next election cycle. In fact, election repercussions are usually the primary factor they consider when making decisions. This is unavoidable in a two-party system. It’s further evidence that the Federalist Party must continue to rise.

In 1780, John Adams warned us about what we’re experiencing today:

“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

Every day we’re seeing actions by an empowered Republican Party that do not align with their campaign promises nor do they align with the small-government premise of their platform. It’s time for Americans to realize both major parties have devolved into campaign machines rather than representatives of the people. If we can go into election time with our eyes open, we have a chance of finally changing the paradigm. To do this, as stated twice before, the Federalist Party must rise.

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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  1. Ruth A.

    July 10, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I have published a petition on the White House page for a Full Repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Would you please consider signing it, then post it wherever you can, and send it to your family and friends? Thank you!
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/full-repeal-affordable-care-act

  2. mikefromlongisland631

    July 10, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    THEY have NO BALLS.

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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.

 


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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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