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It’ll take Federalists to make the tough but necessary decisions

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Whether they know it or not, nearly every Democratic lawmaker and a majority of Republican lawmakers want the people to be completely dependent on government. For some of them, it’s embedded within their ideology without their own full understanding; they could honestly say they don’t believe in complete dependence in spite of actions to the contrary. Others recognize it for what it is and fully embrace the notion.

There’s a third group who want people to be dependent on government. These are mostly Republicans, though some Democrats can fall into this category. They are the people who aren’t philosophically aligned with overreaching government or citizen dependency but who’ve accepted the concepts for the sake of election victories. In mid-2017, we witnessed many GOP representatives on Capitol Hill expose their membership in this category of big-government opportunists by embracing Trumpcare. What they sold as “repeal and replace” was actually “tweak and rebrand.” They said it was a “common sense” approach to government-run health care, but it’s so close in form and function to Obamacare for two reason: the 2018 and 2020 elections.

Those who fall into this category believe that if they were to pull the rug out from underneath those who signed up for Obamacare, they’ll get slaughtered on election day. We would contend that a full and true repeal accompanied by a solid education campaign and proper coordination with the private market would not only help the vast majority of Americans save money, it would also empower full-repeal-representatives to be in the driver’s seat in their upcoming elections. Unfortunately, they’re addicted to the concept of redistribution of wealth as a way to win votes. As much as the Republican Party espouses the free market economy, one would hope they’d be willing to back up their words with actions. Most are not.

Thankfully, it’s within this third category that we believe we can reach people. That’s not to say that those who fall into categories one or two are unreachable, but changing one’s ideology is more difficult than simply assuaging fears.

We can improve health care by getting the government out of it. We can balance the budget, reduce the national debt, and bring the nation back to a state of fiscal responsibility. We can solve these and so many other problems by cutting and eliminating rather than growing and expanding as DC has been wont to do for decades. To do these things, we need people willing to make the tough calls. We need Federalists.

There’s a perception among politicians that the American people are too simple-minded to accept the complexities of tough decisions. They believe that if you take something away, the reactionary and unintelligent masses will vote the “mean people” out of office. They rightfully believe that media, Hollywood, the education system, and every other facet of indoctrination utilized by big-government folks will sway the people away from backing those who are doing the right thing. With all this, there’s a caveat: properly handled, any righteous and responsible move by government can rise above the indoctrination because Americans aren’t as selfish nor slow-witted as politicians believe.

Americans don’t trust government because the people in government have proven to be untrustworthy. This needs to change. As a party, we intend to take the necessary steps to earn the trust of the people. First, we will hold our candidates and representatives responsible for their actions and beholden to the promises they make. While other parties will attempt to hide the missteps and foibles of their people, we will make sure our people know we’re watching closely and are willing to pull our support if necessary. Second, we have to bring truth and reality to the table. Believe it or not, those are missing components in so many pieces of legislation introduced at every level. Lastly, we’ll be transparent. A Federalist representative must be willing to lay out the benefits and acknowledge the drawbacks of every action they take.

We won’t sell our ideas to the American people through subterfuge or doublespeak. We’ll lay out the facts so the people know precisely why we’re doing what we’re doing. Let’s look at Obamacare as an example.

Will people lose their health care if Obamacare is repealed? Yes. Most who “lose” their health care will simply opt out of the mandate. There have always been people who preferred paying out of pocket because they simply didn’t get sick very often. Others who “lose” their health care will have the option of replacing their Obamacare plan with a private market plan. This is where a combination of the free market economy and charitable efforts must come into play. Instead of government saying everyone must be covered, repeal and working with the industry as well as charities will make it so everyone can be covered. That’s where this nation’s health care system needs to be.

Would repealing and not replacing Obamacare fix the entire system? No. There were challenges before Obamacare and there will be challenges after Obamacare is repealed, but these challenges are best met without Washington DC involved. Government should be the last line of defense, not the tip of the health care spear.

Obamacare is just one example. Politicians are only one problem. It’s also up to the people to regain the willingness of our predecessors to say, “stay out of my business and let me handle my own problems.” For both of these challenges to be addressed requires representatives who are willing to do the right thing even if it means in-depth explanations. We’ve elected and groomed too many politicians who rely on slogans and Tweets in lieu of education and explanation.

If politicians continue to be scared of making tough decisions because it could prevent them from winning re-election, they don’t deserve to be re-elected. There are too many huge problems that require bold actions for us to waste time with spineless representatives. Government has become the greatest impediment to the nation’s prosperity and security. We need representatives who will make the tough calls and stand by them. We need Federalists in office.

Guns and Crime

Why isn’t Katie Brennan’s #MeToo accusation getting national attention?

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It’s the type of story that should have received national attention immediately. It was sourced by a respected major news outlet, the Wall Street Journal. Both the accuser and the accused are high-ranking public official in New Jersey’s government. The accused stepped down two weeks ago when approached by WSJ for comment. Katie Brennan’s story is a major newsworthy scandal.

As of Monday morning, a day after the story officially broke and four days after it was leaked to other major news outlets, both mainstream media and the #MeToo movement are essentially silent.

That will change soon, possibly today. Brennan, a prominent volunteer for Phil Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign and current Chief of Staff at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, released this statement:

On April 8th, 2017, Al Alvarez raped me. On April 9th, 2017 I learned that the system is broken.

I have pursued every form of justice available. But it has become clear that this system is not built for survivors.

The details of the assault portrayed in reporter Kate King’s Wall Street Journal report published today are accurate. But to date, I have received no justice.

I decided to come forward because I know that Al Alvarez, and all perpetrators, must be held accountable, must never rape again, and the justice system needs a complete change with regard to sexual violence.

New Jersey residents are only given a two-year window to file a civil suit. After spending an entire year pursuing a criminal case before hitting a dead end, I am left with less than one year to pursue civil action.

It is clear that leadership from the Murphy administration is needed to create meaningful policy change on several levels to make sure future victims do not have to endure what I have. I urge Gov. Murphy and the Attorney General’s Office to eliminate the statute of limitations on civil action related to sexual assault, and to direct prosecutors to be more aggressive in taking on these criminal cases. Further, the Murphy administration and the General Assembly should pursue legislation to ensure New Jersey’s police and other first responders are better trained to handle sexual assault victims.

Finally, sexual predators like Al Alvarez are only able to stay in power when those around them do nothing. Several senior level members of the Murphy administration were aware of my assault and failed to take meaningful action. Al Alvarez remained employed at a senior level in the Murphy administration until just a few weeks ago, when he knew the Wall Street Journal article was coming out and opted to resign. The failure of members of Gov. Murphy’s staff to respond in an aggressive, proactive fashion is unacceptable.

To other sexual assault survivors in New Jersey, I urge you to join me in coming forward if you are able. I will stand with you, because when we stand together, we are safer and stronger. Our voice is our power. Together, we can finally receive the justice we all deserve.

Murphy has not commented other than saying Alvarez should not have been hired. He was made aware of a “sensitive matter” that needed to be discussed by Brennan in June and claimed his staff would set up a meeting. That was the last Brennan heard from Murphy.

Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of aide sex assault allegation questioned

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/governor/2018/10/14/murphys-handling-sexual-assault-allegation-called-into-question/1642517002/His accuser, Katie Brennan, was a Murphy campaign volunteer who said she spent more than a year seeking action against Alvarez for the alleged sexual assault before directly emailing Phil and Tammy Murphy in June. Phil Murphy responded within the hour, according to the Journal.

“Hang in,” he wrote. “We are on it.”

But Alvarez remained in his $140,000-a-year position until October. The alleged assault happened in April 2017.

Standards set by the #MeToo movement dictate that credible accusations should be believed. Brennan appears to be extremely credible, having reported her rape immediately after it allegedly occurred. Alvarez offered a $15,000 settlement that would have been attached to a non-disclosure agreement, which Brennan refused.

Where is MSNBC? Where is CNN? Where is Alyssa Milano?

Social media is starting to take notice. In particular, they’re going after Murphy and his wife for speaking out in support of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Brett Kavanaugh.

Katie Brennan

My Take

I am a strong proponent for what the #MeToo movement once promoted and how it started. The original intent was to embolden women who had experienced sexual misconduct at the hands of men in power over them. The goal was to give courage to those who were in very tough situations.

Recently, the #MeToo movement has been weaponized. I’m not going to draw comparisons between accusations against Kavanaugh and Alvarez. That would be unfair to Ford since Brennan’s accusations against Alvarez are much more recent and have the benefit of an immediate report to the authorities. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that as of now, either the story hasn’t reached the right people or the right people have chosen to ignore it.

We can’t let them.

It’s not as if this is a political hit job against Democrats. Brennan’s image was used in Murphy’s campaign handouts and she was outspoken as a “Young Democrat of the Week” in New Jersey as a result.

Katie Brennan NJ Democrat

I don’t like when something as heinous as rape gets politicized, but silence from mainstream media and the #MeToo movement is deafening. Would they be avoiding the story if Brennan had accused a Republican?

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Culture and Religion

Katherine Timpf on fighting political correctness

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Katherine Timpf on fighting political correctness

National Review reporter and Fox News contributor Katherine Timpf often discusses political correctness. She talks about it so often that one might think it’s a subject she enjoys, but in reality it’s simply a problem she passionately wants to solve.

In American society, it is way too easy to offend. People do not want to hear that their perspectives are wrong. That’s apparently some form of violence. They don’t want to hear an opposing viewpoint. That’s allegedly a form of oppression. Many on the left feel entitled to express their opinions in any way they see fit and also to prevent others from sharing their opinions if there’s a difference in worldviews.

The hypocrisy of political correctness is thick.

As Timpf recently pointed out on National Review, it’s a problem that doesn’t have an easy solution, but trends are pointing to positive movement against the specter of political correctness.

Political Correctness: Study Finds 80 Percent of Americans Think It’s a Problem

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/political-correctness-problem-according-to-80-percent-of-people/I could go on for pages and pages, but you get the point: Writing about political correctness sometimes makes me feel as if everyone has gone mad, and I’m very glad to see that this doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, a strong majority of people apparently agrees with me. A strong majority believes that political correctness has gone too far, and probably would agree that we need to be careful to protect our ability to speak freely in this country.

That’s certainly encouraging, but it still doesn’t make me feel entirely better. After all, the small, PC-obsessed mob can sometimes be very powerful. Once it decides that someone or something is racist or sexist, that conclusion can carry a lot of weight. It can ruin careers and lives. It can remove perfectly good, innocuous words from acceptable speech, because even the people who might not see a problem with those words don’t want to risk being accused of racism or sexism for using them. The only answer is to keep fighting, to keep exposing and mocking such overreach when it occurs — and to take solace in the fact that so many people have awoken to its dangers.

Keep fighting the good fight, Ms. Timpf.

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Entertainment and Sports

Man who identifies as transgender woman wins Cycling World Championships

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Man who identifies as transgender woman wins Cycling World Championships

Rachel McKinnon. a transgender woman who was born male and possesses all the physical advantages of a man, won the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles. It’s the latest event that draws questions about the fairness of biological males competing in female events.

Despite outcry by biological females and men alike, it is being billed by some as a victory for the LGBTQ community and transgender men or women around the world. Critics point out that biological males have an unfair advantage over biological females when it comes to activities that require physical strength, speed, or endurance. That doesn’t seem to deter those competing in these events.

Biological Male Wins World Championship Event in Women’s Cycling

https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/10/14/biological-male-wins-world-championship-event-in-womens-cycling/McKinnon celebrated the victory on Twitter, writing: “First transgender woman world champion … ever.” Later, the professor responded to criticism from “transphobic bigots” by tweeting:

Allowing biological males who identify as transgender women to compete in women’s athletic events has been a controversial subject, as critics argue that it puts female competitors at an inherent disadvantage.

My Take

Unlike some of my colleagues, I have no problem with transgenderism. What I have a problem with is the unfairness of women’s competitive sports being infiltrated by those who have clear and scientifically demonstrable biological advantages over their competitors.

If performance enhancing drugs are frowned upon in sports, what could be more performance-enhancing than growing up with the musculature and hormone advantage of a man, then competing in women’s sports?

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