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GOP going the way of the Whigs

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Many have called Trump’s hostile takeover of a major political party “unprecedented,” but this is not true.

Political parties have been hijacked more than once in U.S. history. A modern day example is the Democrat Party, which was slowly hijacked by socialists, haters of Free Speech, environmental extremists and all the other special interest groups to whom they are now beholden.

However, that is not the only example of how parties can be taken over from within and destroyed. A scenario quite similar to the current Trump fiasco unfolded over 16 decades ago in 1848, when General Zachary Taylor conquered the Whig Party–the latter of which was a major party in America.

A Nasty Guy With No Experience

Taylor was a career soldier who had no political experience at all, but could lay claim to a nasty temperament and a big mouth. He was also said to have uncouth manners and think nothing of using profanity, although unlike Mr. Trump, he did not say the F word in front of 10-year-olds.

In addition, he had a very contradictory record regarding party support, and gave only vague plans concerning how he would run the country. Finally, he had never bothered to vote in a presidential election in the whole of his life.

Nevertheless, Taylor appealed to the uneducated masses because he was an “outsider.”  Sadly, Taylor won the nomination to the shock of the true Whig members who could not believe anyone in their party would turn to a man who so clearly held none of their values.

Taylor went on to defeat Lewis Cass, his opponent, who was an experienced Senator and former Cabinet secretary. The Whig Party never recovered.

The Demise of a Major Party

By 1856, a mere eight years after Taylor’s disastrous victory, essentially no Whig Party existed, its reputation having been destroyed by this despicable individual. Taylor is now ranked as one of the five worst U.S. presidents in history. This is a snapshot of what the GOP now faces.

Conservatism Is Not Dead

Many members of the Whig Party were astonished and horrified at the outcome of the election. However, their core beliefs and values did not change simply because fellow party members made a disastrous decision from which there was no recovery. Rather, many members refused to sink with the ship and left the party. By 1856, the Republican Party, which had already gained many anti-slavery Democrats as members, also drew away Whigs from their party in masses. This was another factor that played a major role in the Whig Party’s eventual death.

The GOP now faces a similar fate, with its illustrious leader at a record-breaking 33% approval rating–as of August 3rd, 2017–an administration in utter chaos, and a party that is hemorrhaging members. However, this does not mean conservatism is dead.

Conservatives Cast-Off GOP Baggage to Begin Again

Those who believe that conservatism is over simply because the Republican Party chose to commit suicide should take heart. Conservatives are alive and well. The people who call themselves conservatives, yet elected an amoral, emotionally disturbed, unqualified narcissist are not a factor. That type of “conservative” never has and never will accomplish anything anyway.

It is time for independent thinking individuals to walk away from the Democrat and the Trumplican Parties and develop tunnel vision toward America’s original system of self-government, from which we have greatly strayed.

Some say the GOP was already in a death spiral and Trump just helped it along the way. There is probably a great deal of truth in that statement. At any rate, it is now time for Americans to unshackle themselves from oppressive and corrupt organizations masquerading as political parties, drop the baggage of such associations and begin again from a place of honesty and a truly patriotic agenda.

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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  1. Michael (@AgainstTrump99)

    August 10, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Yeah…let’s talk turkey for once. The GOP is NOT recovering from what it did to itself

  2. Sharon

    August 10, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Broadt has an pleasant, unusually witty (“…Taylor’s claim was a nasty temperament and a big mouth…”) and intellectual way of writing which he makes understandable to both the political novice and savvy. I am a conservative with a slight liberal bent, having been a democrat all of my life until ten years ago. I then renounced the Democratic party and became Republican. Now, NEITHER party has a firm grasp on their original principles. I agree with Broadt that it is quite disturbing to realize that even Taylor did not come close to the vulgarity of the Trump administration. Only time will tell if Trump can pull himself out of this quicksand made from a cesspool of lies and debauchery. However, I firmly believe that he was out of time over a year ago. In my opinion, impeachment is the only thing that will start the nation on the long road back to recovery. Thank you, Jesse. It is a pleasure to read your articles.

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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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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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