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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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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Yehuda Remer, Author and Second Amendment Advocate

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Yesterday, I spoke with Second Amendment advocate and author, as well as my good friend, Yehuda Remer. We discussed his conservatism, how he developed a love of guns and how he turned that into a career, and how he got into writing.

Below is a transcript of our exchange:
JF: Let’s begin. Tell us about your background. Growing up in blue LA, how did you become conservative?

YR: So I grew up in an apolitical home where politics were not mentioned. As an Orthodox Jew, I always figured I was a Democrat because hell, aren’t all Jews? In 2007 while Obama was campaigning for his first term as President, I was driving to work one morning and listening to the local FM DJs. They were talking about some highly inappropriate things and as I sat there listening, I swear I felt the brain cells exploding one by one in my head. I truly felt myself getting stupider by the Second. I decided to turn on AM radio and over the next year, I found myself nodding in agreement with the many common sense things they had to say. Before long I realized not only was I not a Democrat, but I wasn’t even a Republican. I was a full on Conservative, almost Tea Party like. Following that epiphany, I started blowing up Ben Shapiro’s phone because we grew up together and he was my go-to guy. He explained all my questions not in preaching way but in a way that allowed me to make up my own mind based on what he said. I guess you can call me a Ben Shapiro “disciple.”

JF: That’s awesome. What made the Second Amendment and guns your passion?

YR: During my road into politics, I started learning about the Constitution. Because I grew up in an apolitical home, I didn’t care about the country and took it for granted. But after learning about the Constitution, the one that stuck out was the Second Amendment. It made sense to me. Up until that point, I thought the only people allowed to have guns were law enforcement, military, and bad guys. I never realized that a citizen of the United States could own and carry a firearm. My mind was blown. A buddy of mine called me and invited me to the gun range. Let’s just say, the rest is history.

JF: How did you learn everything you need to know?

YR: Most of it I was born with. I’m just a natural. The rest, well, that was with hard work. Like I mentioned before, I would ask Ben to explain tons of things to me. As for my firearms knowledge, the Internet is a wondrous place and so are many people in the Second Amendment world. Any questions I would ask or have, people didn’t hesitate in explaining things to me. Many times I would explain to people that I am a novice. I want to understand. When you approach someone looking to learn, you would be surprised how forthcoming people can be. I constantly am reading about different approaches in the world to get a more full circle understanding. Another thing, especially in the firearms industry, there is no such thing as a stupid question, unlike in other places.

JF: Why do you think the Second Amendment is important? Obviously, as a conservative, we know the answers to this, but would love to hear from your perspective.

YR: I mean, the Second Amendment is the one that protects them all. Without it, we would not be able to keep and protect the freedoms we all hold dear. We would end up like another England, and we all know how well that worked out for them 250 years ago.

JF: How did you turn this passion from a hobby to a career in writing and media?

YR: Well, Ben Shapiro gave me my first real break when I began writing for his old site, Truth Revolt. I started helping him with the back end but that turned to a full-time writing gig. From there, I transitioned into children’s books. I needed a way to educate my children on gun safety and was shocked to find out that there were no books geared towards kids about firearms safety. You have some organizations out there and they do a fine job. But I wanted something where I can climb into my kids’ beds with them and read them a book before they went to bed. After tons of research and finding nothing, I decided to write my first book, Safety On, as a tool to teach my kids about gun safety.

JF: How did you break out into public media, appearing on NRATV many times, getting media credentials to the SHOT show and being interviewed on major gun radio shows?

YR: Wow! Great question. A few months after my first book came out, I applied for a media badge as an author to the NRA Convention in Atlanta. I was shocked that I actually got it. But it paid off. I went there, not knowing anyone and planned on walking around in circles, just handing my book out. Two huge things happened. The first was I literally bumped in Cam Edwards of NRATV and the host of Cam & Co. As a huge fan, I found myself tongue-tied and feeling like a 14-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert. Luckily, I quickly snapped out of my daze and offered Cam a signed copy of my book. He took one look at it and told me to wait right there, he is putting me on TV. That was my first appearance on NRATV. Since then, Cam has had me on many more times and even helped me get on some other shows. He has been a blessing. But at one point while I was there, I went to the media room to take a break. Someone walked up to me and asked me if I was the guy who wrote the kids book on gun safety. To this day, Rob Morse of the Polite Society Podcast and I are still friends. Being on that show opened up so many doors for me into the Second Amendment radio world. It truly was a blessing.

As for SHOT Show, one of the connections I made was to the Firearms Chat Podcast and they invited me to be a co-host of their show at SHOT. So getting in was super easy.

JF: When you moved to Texas, did that help you bring this passion out more, considering that Texas is much more gun friendly?

YR: Of course it did. Within six weeks of moving to Texas, I had my license to carry. Life became instantly safer and better.

JF: Your work on this is an inspiration and the Second Amendment and gun rights are something we all need to hold dear. Thanks for being a voice for that.

Where can everyone find your work and appearances, and if they want to follow you?

YR: So all four of my books are available on Amazon. If you want to find out more about me and my appearances I have made, you can visit my website, www.yehudaremer.com.


Yehuda Remer is the author of Safety On: An introduction to the world of firearms for kids, Safety On: The Coloring Book, 10 Little Liberals: A Tale of Hope, and The ABCs of Guns. He lives in Texas with his wife and kids and can be found shooting, writing, and trolling.

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Gun control: Washington doublespeak used to void the Second Amendment

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When it comes to measuring the political dishonesty of our elected officials in Washington, I often recall the old joke “How do you know if a politician is lying? His lips are moving.”

While some of the untruths told by these lying liars aren’t obvious until after they get caught—such as the GOP promise to repeal Obamacare root and branch—others are obvious before the fact if we keep our ears tuned-in to the use of Washington doublespeak.

Once the proprietary property of the liberal-left, Washington doublespeak has found its way into the lexicon of the so-called conservative-right as well.

  • Immigration reform? Doublespeak for amnesty and citizenship for millions of illegal aliens.
  • Budget reform? Doublespeak for abandoning fiscal responsibility in order to build bigger government.
  • Tax cuts? Doublespeak for tax increases to pay for bigger government.
  • NSA data collection? Doublespeak for unconstitutional, warrantless electronic spying on Americans.

In the aftermath of the 17 murders at a Florida High School, we are once again hearing the words “gun control,” which is doublespeak for creating ways to void the Second Amendment.

As he did as a candidate following the Orlando Night Club shooting in 2016, Trump is backing an effort to “improve” gun laws as a way to keep firearms out of the hands of “mentally disturbed” individuals—an idea strongly supported by many Republicans. Besides the fact that “erratic behavior” pretty much describes Donald Trump and the GOP, who gets to decide who fits the definition of mentally disturbed?

Is it people like Joy Behar, who believes Christians who hear God’s voice suffer from a mental illness? Or would it be psychiatrists who believe that conservatism is a sign of mental instability?

Not content with anything coming out of Washington, the Brady Center is using the Florida tragedy to renew its push for Extreme Risk Protection Orders. These laws empower those who are close to an individual “in crisis” to ask a judge to seize that individual’s guns. Once again, who decides what “in crisis” looks like?

As an individual who holds a Biblical worldview, I know that violence will never end unless the heart of man is healed. However, passing arbitrary gun control laws won’t bring an end to gun violence either. In fact, it’s likely to increase the violence. But that won’t stop politicians in Washington from using doublespeak to pass gun control laws anyway.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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Trump’s top pastor, Mark Burns, running for Congress

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Trey Gowdy is retiring after his term creating a rather large vacancy for Republicans in Congress. Looking to fill the void is Pastor Mark Burns.

Pastor Mark Burns has been lauded as Trump’s top pastor and was rather influential in the 2016 election. His influence landed him or was made clear in the 2016 Republican National Convention where he gave a passionate “All Lives Matter” speech. Mark Burns is the founder and CEO of NOW Television Network. After serving six years in the South Carolina Army National Guard, Pastor Burns along with his wife Tomarra Burns founded the multicultural, non-denominational contemporary church The Harvest Praise & Worship Center of Easley.

Though somewhat new to the political scene, Mark Burns is not without scandal. During the Trump campaign, he was busted for and admitted to padding up his resume with false accomplishments. These remain credibility concerns moving into the race for the South Carolina 4th district. Burns made his announcement via Twitter, highlighting his unifying personality.

 

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Considering this race, “Burns”. That being said, he could have a Roy Moore sized scandal level his campaign. But without such, it seems as though this race is over before it began. I remain optimistic about Mark Burns joining the ranks of Congress. Previously, Burns announced he was praying about challenging Lindsey Graham, a notorious warmongering RINO. But it appears either prayer or opportunism has landed him in a different race. Due to his political amateurism, not many of his positions are clear. Oddly enough, he has suggested Federal takeover of public school security. Though his heart seems in the right place, his position shows a lack of localism which small government believes in. It’s safe to speculate that Mark Burns isn’t all that fiscal conservative which isn’t unfamiliar.

On social issues, however, Pastor Mark Burns could be a strong tool for conservatives, so long as he can graduate from being a Trump surrogate. Burns has a more unifying persona than a lot of Republicans adding the possibility of broadening the base. On the issues of race and abortion, Pastor Mark Burns is a powerful voice. Though a strong personality does not make one the best candidate, Burn has tremendous potential to make a difference in DC.

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