People are going to hate me for this one, but I’m not here to sugar coat things for you.
At this moment people are angry about McCain (R-AZ), Murkowsk (R-AK), and the other Republican senators who refused to repeal Obamacare entirely like they’ve promised to do for years. On the surface their anger is justifiable. Obamacare was a top priority for all of these people for years. Or at least, it seemed to be.
Show votes were made during the Obama years, but that’s all they were: a show in order to gain votes and campaign donations. Sure, this seems obvious in hindsight, but the truth of it is, this was pretty obvious all along.
The majority of the GOP is the same as the Democrats. They have been for a long time. The senators who betrayed their word have been for big-government for a long time. Many who voted for repeal but clearly didn’t want it, like Lindsay Graham (R-SC) are no better.
The thing is, you can’t blame a snake for being a snake, and these people have been snakes for years. All it takes is a few minutes of research to know who you are voting for, and yet the vast majority don’t bother to do that research. You wouldn’t buy a car without doing some research about its safety record, so why are so many so free with their votes without doing the same research?
It’s because most people are lazy to some extent or another. We’re not a democracy, we’re a republic. The people don’t make the decisions, they pick the people who do. The fact is, people need to do a better job picking those who make the decisions.
And so, I don’t blame the GOP Senators who lied, I blame the people who voted for them. Conservatives are big on personal responsibility. So let’s stop blaming the GOP members who lied, let’s start blaming ourselves. Stop getting fooled. Stop having conniptions when your elected representatives lie to you. Instead, do better next time. Take responsibility for the fact that you elected these people, and their actions reflect on you.
Only one of the seven GOP Senators who voted for repeal is up for reelection in 2018 (Collins, R-ME), and she probably figures she’s safe in Maine. The others are COUNTING on you being lazy and having a short memory of their true feelings on a variety of issues, especially this one.
Stop having a short memory. Stop voting for the “lesser of two evils.” Here in Texas, I refused to vote for John Cornyn the last time he ran. I wasn’t willing to take responsibility for whatever Cornyn might do and might not do. I voted for Ted Cruz because, while I don’t agree with everything Cruz does, I was comfortable taking responsibility for whatever actions he took in the Senate.
Sure, Cornyn still won, but his actions are on those who voted for him, not those that voted 3rd party or wrote their votes in. Basically, not on me.
Alaskans could have been rid of Murkowski years ago. Arizonans should have put McCain out to pasture a long time ago, and they had no excuse not to last year. Those who voted for them have no right to feel betrayed. They’ve been big government progressives for years, so why did conservatives still vote them in? Because the Democrats are worse? Based on what?
Demand better. If those running aren’t good enough, don’t vote for them. Who cares if the Democrats win an election? The result is the same, and the next election will be easier for a REAL conservative, someone who shares your values.
Don’t worry about whether or not they’ll win anyway. You do YOU. You worry about YOUR vote. You worry about whether or not the person you are voting for really represents YOU. You might not be part of the “in” crowd who voted for the winner, but if that’s what you’re worried about, you have no business complaining about the results. Frankly, if that’s all you’re worried about, you have no business voting in the first place (looking at you, first-time voter who finally got off your lazy duff for Trump of all people), but that’s another topic for another day.
Will school shootings be the next step toward a nationalized police force?
The recent shooting at Santa Fe High School outside Houston, TX, that resulted in ten dead and thirteen wounded is fueling another round of demands by liberals in Congress to pass more anti-gun laws “to protect our kids” with some blaming the NRA for preventing such laws from being passed.
While conservatives and those who claim to be conservative willingly point fingers at the Democrat side of the aisle, the sad fact is that many Republicans agree with Democrats on the issue of gun control.
For example, after blaming local police for the Parkland, FL. high school shooting in February, Trump held a bipartisan meeting with members of congress where he openly supported the idea of seizing guns from Americans who committed no crime, even if it violated their Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment right to due process.
Weeks later, Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos wrote an opinion piece praising Trump for signing the disastrous Omnibus bill because it contained over $700 million to fund the STOP School Violence Act to pay for so-called mental health services designed to prevent school shootings. DeVos’ rhetoric aside, Rep. Thomas Massey (R-KY) stated in an interview with Conservative Review at the time that the STOP SVA essentially nationalized public-school safety.
I think that nationalizing public-school safety is the ultimate goal of big-government progressives. It’s been building for quite some time now, and I think the hype over recent school shootings will be the thing that puts it over the top.
The desire to create a nationalized police force began gaining traction under the Obama administration. Consider the actions of the Congressional Black Caucus following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. In a letter to then-president Obama, the CBC demanded the appointment of a Police Czar to give the feds control over the local police. Not long afterward, Al Sharpton called for a march on Washington to demand the DOJ to take control of the police nationwide.
Though neither of these efforts came to fruition, Obama succeeded in laying the groundwork for a nationalized police force by leveraging a series of tragedies into policies giving the DOJ control over local police forces in several communities across America.
Trump has bought into the idea of federal control of local police since becoming president, threatening to “send in the feds” in January, 2017 to clean up Chicago after a FOX News report about gun violence in the Windy City.
If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Shortly after the Santa Fe tragedy, Trump demanded action “at every level of government” which is exactly what he said following the FL shooting. This led to the creation of a host of anti-Second Amendment proposals by Republicans and Democrats designed to disarm Americans and place armed security in every public school.
Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with working to make schools safer, but with Washington working 24/7 to limit our Constitutional rights, should we give the federal government and the Department of Homeland Security that power?
Before you answer, do you remember how George Bush and a fully compliant Congress federalized airport security and created The Transportation Security Administration in the name of “safety” following 9/11? Besides creating tens of thousands of lifetime unionized government jobs, and the likely violation of our Fourth Amendment rights, these “transportation security officers” have been an abysmal failure.
Federal control of school security essentially creates a type of nationalized police force. Doing it “for the children” doesn’t change that.
Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.
Conservative Picks for the Kentucky Primary
Kentucky is the state that gave us Rand Paul. He is the biggest highlight, however he is not alone like Ben Sasse in Nebraska. Thomas Massie is also a strong Conservative. This primary has a chance to unseat a major swamp creature. Aside from this one race, there wasn’t much action to be had. Mitch McConnell shows that Kentucky does not have a rich history in holding bad politicians accountable. So if there are any Conservative victories in Kentucky, they should be celebrated vocally.
Best Pick: Geraldo Serrano
Worst Picks: Harold Rogers, Chuck Eddy, Andy Barr
Best Race: District 5
Worst Race: District 6
James Comer is more fiscally responsible than most RINOs, but he still voted for Omnibus. He is unopposed.
Bill Gutherie is an unopposed RINO.
Three Republicans look to win Louisville. The first is Vicky Glisson. She is running a limited issues campaign focused on drugs, healthcare, and a hint of fiscal responsibility. Next is Rhonda Palazzo, the most upfront Conservative in the race. She is a real estate agent and devout Christian. Her stance is overly simplistic, to a fault. Lastly is Mike Craven. His platform is also too simplistic. This race is a three way crapshoot in terms of determining the best candidate.
Conservative Pick: Rhonda Palazzo
Since 2012, Thomas Massie has been a solid Conservative. He is unopposed.
Harold Rogers is a decades experienced swamp creature, 33 years in the making. Gerardo Serrano is his challenger. Serrano has Rand Paul potential in both foreign and domestic policy, such as FISA. His website features a unique story of him and a county sheriff, where he held a sheriff accountable when the 2nd amendment was in danger. (The sheriff wasn’t a villain in the story).
— Gerardo Serrano (@AssetForfeiture) April 23, 2018
I especially like his twitter handle. Geraldo Serrano is a strong candidate, and we desperately as a nation need to unseat swamp monsters such as Harold Rogers.
Conservative Pick: Geraldo Serrano
Andy Barr is another RINO with a horrendous spending record. He is being challenged by Chuck Eddy. This was a huge disappointment.
I am a Liberal Republican running for Congress in Kentucky 6th Against Andy Barr who has seemingly been blindly following Trump. He also didn’t condemn the Trump statements after Charlottesville or about S***hole countries. I will Not be a Renegade Republican like Trump and Barr
— Chuck Eddy (@chuckeddy) January 29, 2018
I don’t believe he realizes how much a massive walking contradiction he is.
https://t.co/pfoqQ41HKE Tomorrow night Candidate Forum. The Republican incumbent chooses not to come. It will be streamed live by Together Frankfort. Listen to a Real traditional Republican, Me. Moderate Republican, Chuck Eddy for Congress.
— Chuck Eddy (@chuckeddy) April 10, 2018
Conservative Pick: None, Barr will undoubtedly win
Conservative Picks for the Georgia Primary
Georgia is another state in the deep South that does very little to advance Conservatism in the country. Conservative Picks has thus far shown that the South is not as Conservative as stereotyped. Arkansas sends a bunch of RINOs and so too does Georgia. However, what is remarkable about Georgia is that none of the Republicans except for the awful Senator Iksakson are career politicians. He’s the only one exceeding 12 years other than Democrats, of which, he might as well be. Still, that is something to say about Georgia. The state has a lot of newer faces and most are sycophantic to Trump’s reckless spending agenda. Georgia has some strong Conservatives running to unseat incumbents. The Governor’s race was an additional focus of the Georgia addition because of previous coverage of the candidates involved.
Best Picks: Jody Hice, Shane Hazel, Philip Singelton, Hunter Hill
Worst Picks: Drew Ferguson, Rob Woodall, Rick Allen
Best Race: District 10
Worst Race: District 12
In the past NOQ Report has interviewed Hunter Hill. He is a strong candidate, with a goal to eliminate the income tax of the state, after fixing the budget. While Casey Cagle, the Lt. Governor is a favorite, forcing a runoff election is best for Conservatism in the state.
Conservative Pick: Hunter Hill
Earl “Buddy” Carter has been in the seat for three years and has proven to be a RINO with a Liberty Score of 48. He is unopposed.
This is a blue district. Herman West Jr. is unopposed in this primary.
After one year in office, Drew Ferguson has proven to be sycophantic to Trump’s reckless spending. The incumbent RINO has shown itself. However, he is being challenged by Philip Singleton. Singleton is campaigning on the exact shortcomings of Ferguson previously described. Fiscal responsibility is a pillar of his campaign as is not funding Planned Parenthood, something the incumbent has failed miserably at. The decorated veteran is also strong on immigration and for free trade.
Conservative Pick: Philip Singleton
This is another blue district and Joe Profit is unopposed.
There is no GOP contender.
Karen Handel is cut from the same cloth as Ferguson. She is unopposed.
Rob Woodall is yet another RINO. Challenging him is Shane Hazel. NOQ Report has actually been covering this primary for a while now. You can read his interview with editor Benjamin Wilhelm. Hazel is a strong Conservative and picked up a key endorsement from the Republican Liberty Caucus.
Conservative Pick: Shane Hazel
Adam Scott is another sycophantic RINO. He is unopposed.
Doug Collins has been in the game for seven years and is mediocre at best. He’s a spender. He is unopposed.
Jody Hice is a Freedom Caucus member and has only held the seat since 2014. His Liberty Score of 91 is the highest in Georgia. He has two opponents looking to force him into the runoff election. Bradley Griffin is the first opponent. He has one of the worst websites I’ve seen, functionally speaking. His platform is strong. In fact, it doesn’t seem as though he opposes Hice on any issue. The second opponent is Joe Hunt. The probably RINO warning is sounded at his campaign motto “Traditional Values and Sensible Politics.” It’s far too easy to find a social conservative but a real Conservative is more difficult. All signs point to Hunt running from the left such as his support for Net Neutrality.
Hice and Griffin are strong Conservatives, but Griffin lacks a record of action, of which Jody Hice is exceptionally strong. Because of that, voting for him is too great a risk. It would have been ideal for Griffin to have been in another District.
Conservative Pick: Jody Hice
Barry Loudermilk is like milk. He will only get worse over time. (This pun was unplanned.) He is unopposed.
Omnibus was one of a few times where Rick Allen remained fiscally Conservative. Eugene Yu looks to unseat him for the third time. Unsurprisingly, as a legal immigrant, his stance is strong. He also running as a fiscal hawk. We’ve seen this plenty of times before, but he doesn’t have any contradicting campaign talk on these matters. Rick Allen may have voted against Omnibus, but his record isn’t strong enough.
Conservative Pick: Eugene Yu
There is a race to turn the district red between Femi Akinkugbe and David Callahan. This was relatively easy to decide. Akinkugbe is for raising gun rights from 18 to 21. Callahan is a much stronger pick, having been involved with CPAC and a stronger stance on other issues. Interestingly enough, neither voted for Trump in the primaries. Akinkugbe voted for Rubio and Callahan for Fiorina. Either way, Akinkugbe isn’t a Conservative.
Conservative Pick: David Callahan
Tom Graves is an incumbent RINO. He is unopposed.