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America’s march toward socialism most underplayed story of the decade

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The three ring circus of the 2016 election cycle was certainly full of dark and depressing performances. In the middle of all this, however, another phenomenon occurred. What should have been the biggest story of the 21st century went largely unnoticed.

There was a time in America when socialism was recognized as the evil it is, even by the most common man. It did not take a college degree for someone to instantly have a negative reaction to this oppressive, country-killing form of government. Nevertheless, in 2016, for the first time in American history, we had an unapologetic socialist–Bernie Sanders–run in a major party’s primary in an attempt to become the president of the United States.

Where was the media coverage, other than what would normally be given to any primary candidate? Where was the shock? Where were the news stories about a socialist daring to attempt to become U.S. president? Yes, socialists have held office in different states at different levels and even Congress has been stained with this disease, but no presidential primary candidate has ever proudly run under this banner. The reaction should have been dramatic and heated. The reaction should have been utter outrage. Instead, there was hardly any reaction at all.

The Camel’s Head is Firmly in the Tent

Certainly the balance of power would have come into play and stifled most of what Sanders would have likely tried to do if nominated and elected, but that is not the point. The point is the hideous apathy of the American public, who by and large were unmoved about the fact that socialism clearly has a hold in this country. Many were willing to support a socialist without feeling a twinge. What this means, folks, is that the camel has his head in the tent. You’ve all heard that one. Once his head is in, the rest of him is coming.

Unrecognized Threat

A mere 20 years ago, no primary candidate would have dared to run as a socialist, even if that was technically his or her agenda. We must wonder what has happened to this country that so few understand the threat of this horribly oppressive form of government and even find it perfectly acceptable.

Many are now willing to trade the best system in the world–no, not a perfect system–for a government system that has failed 100% of the time throughout history. They are willing to trade what we have now for the poverty and misery that is the eventual fate of all socialist countries.

Have people become so indoctrinated through the liberal education system that they are raised to hate capitalism and believe everything must be “fair,” and therefore socialism must be good? We can only shake our heads in disbelief.

Dismal Statistics of a Real Life Experiment

It is the opinion of some that citizens go down this dangerous road because America does not know who she is anymore. On a small scale, I have found truth in this theory: after randomly stopping 51 people on the street at a shopping center, I found only two who could name the three branches of government.  Ten of the 51 could name only one U.S. Senator or Representative in their district. The other 40 were unable to name any, and some even seemed surprised to know they “had one.”  No one in the group could name even one representative or senator at the state level.

None were able to name a single duty of the federal government, although the guesses were mind-blowing. The Fifth Amendment was the only amendment that a substantial number of people recognized–likely from so many characters on television “pleading the fifth.” However, they had no idea what was contained in the 10th Amendment, and only a tiny handful could state even one of the five Rights found in the First Amendment. When asked to describe the difference between a capitalist system and socialism, 51 out of 51 failed.

When asked about healthcare, 50 out of 51 said “the government should pay for it,” or something similar. When asked if the government is supposed to tell us what to do, I got every answer except the one I was looking for: the government is not supposed to tell us what to do, we are supposed to tell THEM what to do. Concerning the latter, one person even asked me “well, how would we do that?” On certain days, it is difficult for a politically savvy person to know whether to laugh or cry.

It is a shock and a disgrace to find so many individuals utterly unaware of what has made America great, and what will almost certainly destroy her if no one cares enough to save her life. If we do not know who America is, we cannot properly evaluate if she has taken a turn for the worse.

The Forgotten Warning Sign

The biggest story of the 21st century should have been that a socialist was welcomed with opened arms to run in a major party’s presidential primary. Yet the media merely glanced at it and passed by, proving once again that we are not defending our country from the things that could lead to its demise.

There are plenty of socialist countries in the world. If that is the type of government a person enjoys, he or she is free to relocate at any time. Might I suggest Venezuela?

People today are offended at inconsequential nonsense, yet no one seems offended at the attempt by some to change our system of government and implement socialist tenets into American law, even though such action defies our Constitution.

This is a shining example of the apathy, incompetence, and inability to think and reason that will lead to disaster unless we challenge the threats that are all around us each day. No one can save us if we do not save ourselves. America’s biggest enemies and most dangerous threats are found within, but this we consistently fail to recognize.

Jesse Broadt has been a full-time writer in the travel industry since 2007 and regularly contributes to news and political websites.

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6 Comments

  1. Eric Dixon

    August 5, 2017 at 11:47 am

    The march is not only continuing; it is accelerating.

  2. Sharon

    August 5, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I found this article to be insightful and nicely written, tackling a subject matter that not many would take on. I believe there is a great deal of truth to what Broadt is saying. I also believe the 51 people in his small study is indeed an indictment of the American educational system as well as political illiteracy. I applaud the backbone behind this piece.

    • Jesse Broadt

      August 7, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you, Sharon. Glad it spoke to you.

  3. Raz Schultz

    August 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Finally someone had the courage to write about this subject. It was appalling to watch a socialist run for president and actually have supporters. So many young people were among them, that it was indeed a testimony of how liberals were allowed to hijack our educational system.
    This article is excellent, and covers every aspect of this socialism horror that is growing up before our eyes with little resistance or protest. The reference to the camel is profound.

    I hope to hear a lot more from this writer and I pray our citizens will begin to take heed. Thank you, Jesse Broadt!

    • Jesse Broadt

      August 7, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      “Hijacked” is the word! Thank you, Raz

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Culture and Religion

Snatching Defeat from the jaws of Victory: ‘Writing out’ Most Guns with the Bump-Stock ban.

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Bump Stock

The latest Liberty grabber wave has crested, but Trump is about to give them a tremendous victory over the 2nd amendment.

Now that the Sturm und Drang of the March for gun confiscation has ‘died down’ it has become evident that, much like previous movements of the past, it came to nought aside from some localised suppressions of Liberty. The problem is there a vestige of this assault of freedom that is still rearing it’s ugly head, that of the infamous ban on so-called “Bump-Stocks”.

Those who are rightly concerned about this assault on Liberty can still inscribe their opposition with the Moonshine, Cigarettes and Fire-sticks bureaucracy [Better known as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms – BATF]  pushing through a new ‘law’ that all by himself, Trump has taken to “Writing Out”.  The deadline is June 27, 2018 11:59 PM ET for everyone to post their opposition to this ‘Law’.

First they came for the Bump-Stocks.

For those who may not care about someone else’s concerns over freedom, just be mindful of a reprise of Martin Niemöller Poem starting with the line: “First they came for the Bump-Stocks, and I didn’t object – For I didn’t care about Bump-Stocks…. Soon enough, they get around to coming after the firearms everyone else cares about, and eventually that will be hunting rifles or shotguns. If you chose to remain silent those guns will be “written out” as well.

But don’t just take our word for it, listen to what the Liberty grabbers have stated in bragging about the subject:

Delaney Tarr [March for Our Lives]

When they give us that inch, that bump stock ban, we will take a mile.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.):

Upon being asked if the bill was a slippery slope toward further gun restrictions, she said, “So what? … I certainly hope so.”

Apparently we’re not supposed to notice when the Liberty grabber Left broadcasts their intentions to the world. We’re supposed to let them get a foot in the door of a pretext for further bans before objecting.

Giving up the question.

David Deming over on the American thinker, Made the very important point that sacrificing one more time to the Liberty grabbers of what seems to be nothing is in essence:

If we agree to ban bump stocks because they facilitate rapid firing, we have given up the question. We have agreed in principle that any dangerous gun can be banned and confiscated by an arbitrary executive order. All guns are capable of rapid fire, and all guns are inherently dangerous. Pump-action shotguns can be rapidly fired and reloaded. Jerry Miculek can fire five shots from a double-action revolver in 0.57 seconds. High-capacity magazines most certainly facilitate rapid fire, so they also will have to go. A writer who wants to ban all “private individual ownership of firearms” recently argued that “even bolt-action rifles can still fire surprisingly fast in skilled hands.” He’s right. All magazine-fed guns will be outlawed.

Automatic redefinition.

In point of fact, the ATF previously ruled that Bump-Stocks [and presumably other ways of ‘bump-firing a gun – Fast fingers, Rubber bands and Belt-loops] don’t actually convert ordinary semi-automatic firearms to a “Machine gun” because the trigger has to be pulled for every shot. Now with the President’s authorising this linguistic legerdemain, this definition codified in the law has been blurred to the point that any gun that can be ‘Bump-fired’ could also be banned. However, they can’t very well ban fingers, belt-loops or rubber bands, so they will just ban each and every gun that can fire too fast.

Just ‘Write-out’ this legal requirement and Voila! Any gun that can be fired too fast for the sensibilities of the Liberty grabbers can be thought of as a “Machine Gun” and banned instantly – converting most of the 120 Million gun owners into instant felons. With a bit of training,  most guns can be fired faster, so in essence, letting them change this legal definition could have them ban just about every gun in existence.

The Takeaway.

One might not care about the fate of thousands of inert pieces of plastic or what happens to those who have them. One might not care if someone won’t be able to bump-fire a weapon in this particular way. But we on the Pro-Liberty Right will rue the day that we let this go through in exchange for nothing.

If we let the powers that be arbitrarily proclaim that some guns with these pieces of inert plastic are “Machine Guns’, the day will soon dawn when ALL guns are dishonestly ‘written out’ as the same. It will then just be a slippery slope to everyone having to undergo a background check, registration and of course – TAXES – on guns that we already own. Followed by the inevitable confiscation of those guns.

Those who remain silent now will only have themselves to blame when this happens – so now is the time to stop this dead in it’s tracks. The comment window is only open for a few more days [Jun 27, 2018 11:59 PM ET], make the best of it.

 

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Trump’s trade war faces resistance from GOP, but it probably won’t matter

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While the government-contrived immigration “crisis” at the border involving forced family separations has captured the headlines—effectively giving Trump and the GOP the cover they need to save DACA and create a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal aliens—Trump’s trade war was the topic of the day during hearings with the Senate Finance Committee yesterday.

Following recent announcements of retaliatory tariffs being leveled against the US by Canada, China, Mexico, and the EU, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appeared before the committee to defend what the committee referred to as Trump’s “knee-jerk impulses” with his trade policies.

Senators from both parties blasted Ross over Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs—which Ross once defended as “no big deal” because any impact they might have on consumer prices would be “trivial”—following recent economic data indicating that tariffs were indeed having a negative impact on the US economy.

After pointing out that tariffs were responsible for raising prices by 20 percent or more for certain US manufacturers, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch questioned the administration’s claim that Trump’s trade war was a matter of national security.

“These tariffs do not support US national security; instead, they harm American manufacturers, damage our economy, hurt American consumers, and disrupt our relationship with our long-term allies, while giving China a free pass.”

As regular readers of the Strident Conservative already know, Trump has been particularly soft on China after receiving favorable treatment for his and Ivanka’s business interests in China from the Chinese government.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who attempted to get a law passed that would return the power to levy tariffs back to Congress as the Constitution requires—it was shot down by Mitch McConnell—also pointed out that Trump’s trade war has nothing to do with national security.

“I wish we would stop invoking national security because that’s not what this is about. This is about economic nationalism.”

“We’re picking winners and losers.”

Hmm… picking winners and losers. Isn’t that something Obama did?

Despite Trump’s misguided optimism, it’s important to remember that there are always casualties in war—even in a trade war—and he is personally responsible for them because he will have caused them.

While news that there are Republicans willing to take a stand against Trump’s disastrous trade policies should be something to cheer, the GOP has become the party of Trump where loyalty and undying devotion to the NY liberal has replaced conservative values. It was just yesterday that I wrote about Sen. Dean Heller’s conversion to Trump conservatism and how as a Trump loyalist, he would be giving Trump “a wide berth” concerning tariffs.

With the GOP adopting a Trump loyalty test when it comes to enacting policy and running elections, it’s likely that we’ll see more Republicans giving Trump a wide berth on tariffs and pretty much everything else Trump wants.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Conservative Picks for the Colorado Primary

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There isn’t too much action in the Colorado Primary, but the race to watch seems to be out of District 5. Colorado is a state that can embrace the grassroots. Doug Lamborn seems to have lost touch with the grassroots due to his struggle at getting on the ballot. As a result of temporarily not being on the ballot, he finds himself in a contested field and is a more vulnerable incumbent. If Lamborn’s reputation can’t recover, Darryl Glenn is poised to capitalize.

Best Pick: Darryl Glenn
Worst Pick: Doug Lamborn
Best Race: District 4
Worst Race: District 3, District 6

District 1

Casper Stockham is the only Republican in this race.

District 2

Peter Yu is the only Republican in this race.

District 3

Scott Tipton is an incumbent RINO. He is unchallenged.

District 4

Ken Buck is Colorado’s most Conservative Congressman. He is unchallenged.

District 5

The first impression from this race is that incumbent Doug Lamborn badmouthed Trump. But rather, Lamborn is in a fight because he had some ballot issues because he was using nonresident signatures or something like that. He survived that court battle but that is only the first battle for in this swamp creature’s quest to stay on top. Looking at his record, he was more Conservative under Obama.

His most serious challenger is Darryl Glenn. Glenn is a candidate with a strong grasp on federalism and separation of powers. He is also running as a fiscal hawk who seems as though he would align with the Freedom Caucus on spending issues. It’ll be interesting to see if Glenn’s Youtube campaign is matched by his ground game. If so, he just might have this.

Conservative Pick: Darryl Glenn

District 6

Mike Coffman is an unchallenged RINO.

District 7

Mark Barrington is the only Republican in this race.

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