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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.

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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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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.

 


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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.

NOQ Report has three goals:

1) Expose the fallacies of this leftward lurch that is making progressives more unhinged and conservatives more malleable.
2) Educate the masses about the benefits of liberty-driven philosophies that include limiting government, defending freedoms, and protecting life.
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America deserves better than what mainstream media feeds us.

Every dollar donated is invested back into the site to pay writers, editors, and to promote the site so it can reach more people. We have limited advertising on the site for a reason. We do not want “corporate overlords” who try to steer content, nor do we want to load the site with spammy ads. This is why we must rely on you, the readers, to keep the site afloat.

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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