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Our vision at The New Americana is to be the news aggregator of choice for conservatives. That means not just being an alternative to Drudge, but to become our own center of conservative news and a voice for people who are tired of tribal politics and the single-party hegemony of the Republican-Democrats or Democrat-Republicans.

That’s why the Federalist Party is so invested in this site. There exists no better expression of American political will than creating a new political party.

For our vision to succeed, we must make this website stand out like a lighthouse in foggy sea. That’s not easy when the Internet is full of clickbait, invented stories, and uninformed commentary–never mind the sewer of some parts of social media.

The latest revision of The New Americana’s layout is intended to be reader-friendly and modern. We kept flashy graphics to a minimum, yet we wanted to highlight important stories and make it easy to take in the important issues of the day at a glance.

But a new and beautiful layout is not enough.

In order to make money, we have to get at least 20,000 visitors a day, and that’s just the bare minimum. We really need to get 50-, 100- or 200,000 visitors a day. By comparison, Drudge got 31 million visitors yesterday. If we got just 0.5% of that number, we have succeeded.

We can’t get there just doing what Drudge does, even if we do a better job (and I believe we do). The New Americana needs unique and original content.

Since I’ve been on board we’ve brought in a few writers, some new and some who have contributed in the past. We’re glad to have Eric Dixon, Jeremy Frankel, Konstantinos Roditis, David Boarman, Dan Alexander, Deborah Wiseman, Paul Caputo and my old friend Kelly Burke. But to succeed, we need daily content and a lot more writers.

If we get to a point where we are generating cash instead of consuming it, we will be able to pay writers, but right now, it’s a labor of love and determination.

If you have written a blog, or worked as a reporter or writer, and share our absolute disgust at the state of tribal politics, please email me and join us as a contributor.

Beyond writers, we need engaged readers. We want to provide content you like, and not waste time with content you don’t like. Now I could go out and get some expensive “like” buttons for stories like Facebook has, but you probably won’t click them. (In fact, JD Rucker told me he once spent considerable effort to add a “tweet” button to links and nobody used it.)

I’m asking you to simply to email me and let me know what you want to see.

To gain more readers, I ask you to share our site on social media. We’ll figure out some ways to make that easy for you, but just sharing The New Americana on Facebook and Twitter, or telling your friends to use us as a news home page would be enough for now.

Last is purely about money. I hate to talk about money but we’re not communists here running on the government dime. To succeed it will take money, and I humbly covet your contribution to our GoFundMe crowdfunding effort. We don’t need much, but every dime will help us.

Please consider giving whatever you can.

Last, I’m trying out a new logo. If you like this one, email me and let me know. I’ve got a few other logo candidates I’ll rotate through the site and whichever one is most popular with readers will stay.

You can help write our future. 

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Dear proponents of limited government: It’s time to start speaking up now

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Dear proponents of limited government Its time to start speaking up now

For nearly a year, I’ve given the Republican Party a pass for the most part. I left the party in 2016 and after pursuing a third party for over a year, life pulled me back from the fray. When things calmed down (thank you, Lord!), I made a conscious decision to be lighter in my condemnation of the GOP as a whole for two very important reason.

First, there were signs of life in the party. They were faint, but it seemed at times to be possible for the party to do some good things like eliminating bureaucracy, cutting taxes, promoting a business-friendly atmosphere, and making proper foreign policy moves. They were far from good, let alone ideal, but I thought if we could keep pressing them towards smart moves on the border, gun owners’ rights, Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, and other areas in which they’ve failed so far, perhaps their decent work on taxes and regulations could be translated into other areas.

Second, the Democrats started to terrify me. Seriously, I’ve been contemplating moving the family to a remote area of Montana and going off the grid before the Democrats got their hands on enough power to do the damage they’ve been promising to do for the last year or so. I wasn’t one who thought Bill Clinton was a radical or Barack Obama was the antichrist. I always thought Clinton was a run-of-the-mill Democrat who could do some damage but not much, while Obama was an ambitious progressive who was nevertheless too smart to think he could make socialism a thing. Since the 2016 election, we’ve seen the Democratic Party go from progressives with bad ideas to far-left radicals who think the only way to go is to destroy America in a glorious explosion of their new Communist Manifesto, also known as the Green New Deal.

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Now that the GOP has demonstrated a toxic mixture of incompetence and false adherence to limiting government with their latest omnibus debacle, it’s time to return to my old stance of refusing to accept the binary choice. When choosing between bad and worse, it’s only a valid choice if the less-terrible option won’t kill you as well. The binary choice between hanging and drowning isn’t really a binary choice, and neither is the choice between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.

There are three things that must be done going forward.

  1. Conservatives, Federalists, and Classical Liberals must find a way to united against the two party system. Whether that’s the formation of a new party (which I failed to do once already), a grassroots effort similar to the Tea Party (which worked for a short time before finding irrelevance), or some other method of unification against the putrid system that has engulfed nearly all of Washington DC, we have to find an outlet.
  2. NOQ Report will become a hub for bringing these thoughts together. This is something that I’ve found success with when I ran The New Americana. Now, it’s time to collect the voices of reason once again.
  3. Prayer. Lots of prayer.

I’ve reached out to some of my conservative and federalist friends. Over the next few weeks, we’ll see what can be done to make DC listen. In the meantime, be discerning and prepare to abandon the tribal mindset that has plagued this nation for too long.

 


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Veronique de Rugy: Green New Deal would be hundreds of TRILLIONS of dollars in federal commitment

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Veronique de Rugy Green New Deal would be hundreds of TRILLIONS of dollars in federal commitment

If there’s a word that’s not necessarily negative one could use to describe the Green New Deal, it would be “ambitious.” The deal has so much wrapped into it that it’s hard to tell which components are designed to save the environment and which ones are intended to destroy the economy.

Estimates put costs for the “green side” of the resolution at somewhere between $12-$20 trillion. Then, there’s the Medicare-for-All component that is estimated at $32 trillion over a decade.

And that’s just the start.

This isn’t just a “green” deal. It’s a hodgepodge of policy proposals that include massively growing the welfare state, inserting government even more into the job markets, and a universal basic income that they refuse to actually call a universal basic income. The much-maligned FAQ that was posted and quickly removed from the website of sponsor Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) mentioned paying people who were unable or even “unwilling” to work.

“Even in the best case scenario where you substitute a UBI for all the other forms of welfare, it’s insane,” said Veronique de Rugy, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, on ReasonTV.

But here’s the problem. The Green New Deal doesn’t substitute a universal basic income for other welfare programs. In the Green New Deal, the programs recommended are supposed to be additions, not substitutions.

“It’s a really hard system to support even in its ideal form,” de Rugy continued. “Then there’s this Green New Deal version which doesn’t even seem to entertain this notion of actually substituting for all the rest, so it’s on top of what we have now.”

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The real question we need to ask is whether or not the Democratic Party is actually going to support this. In its current form, the Green New Deal is a fantasy, and perhaps that’s what the more-sane Democrats are shooting for by supporting it. By giving it their attention now, they can work their way down to more reasonable proposals for everything from environmental protection to job creation programs to different versions of socialism.

In other words, they may be using the hyper-leftism of the Green New Deal as a gateway to get to the palatable leftism of what’s quickly becoming mainstream socialism.

The Green New Deal shouldn’t scare conservatives because it can’t happen. What should concern us is the end result negotiated down from this starting point. Given the GOP’s negotiating track record lately, we don’t know what we’re going to get when the Green New Deal is trimmed down to reality.

 


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George Washington University students triggered by their mascot

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George Washington University students triggered by their mascot

George Washington University is the home of the Colonials. You know, those people who came to America from Europe and eventually fought against the oppressive government of England in order to win independence for America. These heroes of the American Revolution are now being condemned by the students of George Washington University itself.

While the movement and attached petition haven’t reached a tipping point, the idea of changing the mascot to the “Hippo” is gaining momentum. Why? Well, we’ll let the students themselves tell you what they think.

This video by Campus Reform takes us into the wacky world of triggered college students who are so much in opposition of the people who made this country possible that they’d rather be named after the “river horse” of sub-Saharan Africa.

 


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