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Lies, damn lies, and political cults



Cults of personality never cease to amaze me. People latch on to a politician as if he or she is their savior, and they change their worldview to fit whatever mold that person espouses at any given moment.

I, and people like me, aren’t afflicted with this condition. You might ask what makes us so special. It’s simple really.

You have to know WHAT you believe in before you can decide WHO to believe in.

The most recent example of this, obviously, is the Cult of Trump. Those who ardently support Trump decry this label, but they never once stop to consider whether or not it might be true.

I’ve seen people who support Trump scream and cry over Obama’s excessive golf outings, but somehow Trump’s are different. Why? Because you like Trump? If Obama’s golf outings and expensive vacations were a problem, Trump’s should be too.

According to The Hill, the DOJ is reportedly asking formore than a million IP addresses related to a Trump “resistance” site. How is his any different than Obama using the DOJ to wiretap reporters who he didn’t like? I’m sure the Trump clan will SAY it’s different, but I’m not seeing it. For the record, I roll my eyes every time I see “The Resistance” in someone”/ Twitter bio. I think these are stupid people throwing a tantrum. However, collecting data on them by the government is against the Constitution and should be condemned by all Americans.

I’m sure the anti-Trump “Resistance” agrees with me. However, I have to wonder how many of THEM spoke up in concern when the IRS was targeting conservative groups. My guess is few, if any.

For all the noise everyone makes about “freedoms of speech” and “not wanting to live in a police state,” people sure are fine with totalitarianism as long as it’s going against the other side. Nobody should be ok with this under any circumstances.

I’ve been mostly quiet on the violence and racial tension that has taken place in the last week or so, speaking of it to nonone but a couple of close friends. There’s a reason for this. Most everyone will hate what I have to say. That’s ok. It’s a free country and I respect that you have the right to disagree with me.

Everyone there except the cops and National Guardsmen who HAD to be there, are a bunch of idiots. Everyone there had a right to be there. Everyone there had a right to speak, whether I liked it or not (I didn’t). ALL of these groups, neo-Nazis, KKK, BLM, Antifa, are a bunch of racist fascists. Yes, I said ALL of them, and yes, I count them all the same. Don’t like it? Too bad. Freedom of speech.

It’s amazing to me though that people can’t sit back and let any one group have their say, as long as they are doing it PEACEFULLY. Peacefully does not mean you can block traffic, by the way, any more than it means you can’t throw rocks at police, or break windows or set fires. (Have an angry mob block the street in front of my truck and see what happens.) No, they have to make themselves feel better by “counter-protesting.”

Ben Shapiro has been kept from speaking on college campuses because Leftists don’t like what he has to say. Those on the Right scream “free speech.” Then when it’s Linda Sarsour, the tables are flipped and those wanting to stop Shapiro from speaking are screaming “free speech” for Sarsour’s hate speech, while those who defended Shapiro want her to be stopped.

Boycotts are another example. I’ve seen people boycott for supporting or not supporting a certain someone or something, and those same people bemoan a boycott on a company they like. Pick one. You can’t have it both ways.

Back to the politics of specific policies, if Obama did it and you were mad, you should be mad when Trump does it. By the same token, if you are mad because Trump is doing something, you should have been mad when Obama did it. If not, you’re a hypocrite, and you’re part of a cult, whether you acknowledge it or not.

You can keep defending or criticizing Trump and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama etc, and keep switching positions based on who is doing it. That’s your right. But I’m going to call you out on it every time. This isn’t “whataboutism.” Whataboutism excuses one side for the other, something Trumpers and Obamabots do as nauseum. I don’t excuse one for the other, I just point out hypocrisy for someone to be for it when one does it and against it when the other does it.

Harry Reid (D-NV) railed against illegal aliens entering the country for years. Now the Democrats have learned how to weaponize illegal immigration through voter fraud and a move toward Cloward-Piven economic policies. Now suddenly, conservative Americans are somehow racist for wanting to know who is entering our country? Hypocrisy.

Obama had socialist policies of wanting to take hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars for “infrastructure” spending. Conservatives were rightly outraged. But now Trump wants to do the same thing and “infrastructure spending” is now sound public policy? Hypocrisy.

The last two Presidents whined incessantly about various things, but if you ask either side, only the opposing President did that. (I’m rolling my eyes so far I can see inside my skull here.) Trump’s whining just seems worse because he does it so inarticulately, and does it every day on Twitter.

The bottom line is this: principles DO matter, despite what we were told by the legions of “Apprentice” fans last year. If you are consistent with your principles, it shouldn’t ever feel uncomfortable to call out a politician you mostly agree on when he or she is being inconsistent. If you have to change your opinions to fit their actions, then you’re doing it wrong, and yes, you’re in a cult.

And not for nothing, but this cultish behavior wasn’t confined to Bernie and Trump supporters like many believe. I saw it among Cruz and Rubio supporters, and don’t even get me STARTED on Ron and Rand Paulbots. The “Never Trump” crowd of supposed conservatives have become a cult of anti-personality. ThePresident could say “rain is wet” and some of them would say “See? He’s a racist authoritarian.” Just give it a rest. Criticize the bad, complement the good. It’s not all or nothing.

Just believe what you believe. Stop trying to be part of the “in” crowd by agreeing OR disagreeing with everything a polician says or does, just because he or she is the one to do it. Nothing is going to truly get better until you do that, because once you do that, you’ll see that BOTH major parties are full of the same hypocrites who don’t care about you. Stop looking for a politician to save you. You will always be disappointed, and if you’re not disappointed, it’s because you didn’t really know what you were looking for in the first place.

Benjamin Wilhelm served as a commissioned officer in the United States military for 10 years, serving one combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge among other military awards. Ben has worked in a variety of private sector businesses both large and small. He is a former military and civilian firearms instructor and an advocate for veterans issues. Ben is a strict Constitutionalist who sees the Federal government as an out of control leviathan, and the federal debt as a burden that will break the country. Ben is a divorced father of two boys.

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  1. rick rude

    August 17, 2017 at 4:28 am

    great article Mr. Wilhelm

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Guns and Crime

When gun control failed, SRO saves Maryland school



2 students and a suspect were injured in a shooting that took place in southern Maryland. The shooter has since been announced dead. He used a handgun which are highly regulated due to Maryland’s strict gun control. Following the Parkland shooting, Governor Hogan proposed putting a lockbox on casino revenues to be used to fund security in school. This would be the first serious attempt to use the casino money, which was supposed to be for schools, for their intended purpose. In response to today’s incident, other counties, such as Carroll County, are placing deputies in schools as a direct response to the shooting in St. Mary’s County.

The Story

ABC: Student suspect dead, girl critical, boy stable after shooting at Great Mills HS in Md.

The suspect, a student, is dead after a shooting Tuesday morning at a high school in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, that has left a girl in critical condition and a boy in stable condition, according to authorities.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office says it happened at Great Mills High School and that police are on the scene. ABC7’s Brad Bell said sources first told him that the shooter was a student, as were the two victims. Police later confirmed that the shooter was a student. Police also confirmed that a school resource officer took action to end the threat and authorities confirmed the incident has been contained.

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital identified the victims as a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. They say the two were taken to them at around 8:15 a.m. and that the girl was later taken to the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center.

The Takeaway

Being uninformed, deliberately or ignorantly, many on the left will use this as a rallying point for gun control. But as a Marylander, I can attest to Maryland having some of the strictest laws in the country. These laws failed to prevent this incident, as they have failed to curb Baltimore’s crime. Too many on the right, as well are just as uninformed about current laws. We can’t begin to talk about gun control when the population is so desperately malnourished of facts. We can, however, contemplate the issuance of SROs in schools or other means of security such as allowing teachers to voluntarily undergo concealed carry training.

Alas, leftists are saying the SRO went in knowing that an AR-15 wasn’t being used. No, the SRO did his job unlike those cowards in the corrupt Broward Sheriff’s Office. They are trained to engage whatever the gun, because confrontation saves lives. This SRO is a hero. I look forward to knowing his name. Thankfully, only the perpetrator is dead, and together let us pray that the two students recover.


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Fundamental transformation of USA: Donald Trump edition



In the age of Trump where the GOP has become the party of Republicrats and Trumplicans, there are those who claim that Donald Trump hijacked the party of Reagan. And while there’s some validity to that point of view, I have to slightly disagree.

A hijacking is usually an act of force where the hijacker seizes control against the will of those being hijacked. But in the case of today’s Republican party, we have a group of volunteer hostages suffering from Stockholm syndrome:

  • Hostage’s development of positive feelings toward their captor
  • No previous hostage-captor relationship
  • Refusal by hostages to cooperate with outside forces
  • A hostage’s belief in the humanity of their captor, because when a victim holds the same values as the oppressor, they cease to be perceived as a threat

Regardless of how it happened, it’s become clear that the party of Reagan no longer represents conservative values, and they have replaced those values with the values of Donald Trump.

As we approach the 2018 election season, this reality is giving rise to the “mini-Trumps” people who are running for office not to save America, but to reshape the GOP into the image of Donald Trump. We’re beginning to see what this looks like at the national level, and now we’re seeing it in state races as well.

In Nevada, Dennis Hof, the self-described pimp who runs a house of prostitution called the Love Ranch just announced his candidacy for the District 36 State Assembly seat. His motivation for running? Donald Trump.

Following an appearance at the annual Lincoln Dinner hosted by a Republican women’s group, Hof shared how he considers Trump a sort of kindred spirit:

“We’re both famous-and infamous. We’re both high-profile. We’re both celebrities. We’re both successful businessmen. We both have reality television shows. We both have written books. We’re both rich and can’t be bought. There’s a lot of similarities.”

He left out “we both have had sex with an unknown number of women,” but I guess he didn’t want to brag about that. Although, if he had, that would have given him two more things he has in common with Trump (the sex and the bragging).

Speaking of multiple sex partners, since the evangelical community gave Trump a “mulligan” concerning his sexual escapades, I’m expecting Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Robert Jeffress to issue their endorsement of Hof as a man made in the image of Trump (idol worship reference intentional on my part).

Donald Trump wrote The Art of the Deal while Dennis Hof wrote The Art of the Pimp. Ironic how these similar titles prove how Trump, to paraphrase Barack Obama, is fundamentally transforming the GOP and America.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

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Conservative candidates to look out for in Illinois Primary



The traditionally though of as blue state, does fallow the trend of other blue states where more rural counties vote more Republican and urbanized areas vote Democrat. That being said, Illinois has a lot to offer in the 2018 Primary. What’s remarkable about Republicans in this state is that they are keeping the Democrats honest fielding a candidate in most races. What is highly disappointing is the lack of Republicans that aren’t RINOs running in the race. So many are just as uninformed on guns as liberals in the media. And too many have ideas for healthcare other than repealing Obamacare. DACA is a split issue, and Trump, surprisingly, is a nonissue in most, if not all, of these races. Another side note, is that Illinois has a very low presence of 3rd Party candidates, so the Libertarian Party wasn’t put into much consideration. Nor were endorsement all that meaningful.

Best Picks: Max Rice, Jitendra Diganvker, Connor Vlakancic, Preston Nelson, James Marter, Bill Fawell, Donald Rients
Worst Picks: Author Jones, John Morrow, John Elleson, D. Vincent Thomas Jr., Jeremy Wynes, Sapan Shah, Mike Bost, Adam Kinzinger
Best Race: District 16
Worst Race: District 10
Favorite Candidates: Connor Vlakancic & Preston Nelson

District 1

Standing in the red corner is Jimmy Lee Tillman II facing off against Bobby Rush. This isn’t his first time making a run for the seat, but this time he is unopposed in the GOP Primary. Though it seems he runs to serve as an opposition to Rush rather than to win. Tillman seems like a different kind of Republican which one would have to be running in Chicago. For his willingness to shut down underutilized military bases and government offices, Tillman seems fiscally responsible. Either way Chicago conservatives don’t seem to have much other alternative than Tillman who is the founder of the MLK Republicans.

District 2

This is a solid blue district also, but conservatives should steer clear of John Morrow. If Conservative ideals are to gain traction in the district they ought to be led by someone who isn’t a RINO. From this online interview, he opposed eliminating the Obamacare mandate, thinks there’s a gun show loophole, opposes Israel, and is open to accepting North Korea as a nuclear power. I’ll take a Democrat over this guy. David Merkle is a better pick for Conservatives as he is more focused on working for constituents and not the system.

District 3

No Republican decided to oppose Arthur Jones, so I would urge Conservatives to write in a nomination. Please coordinate if you want to vote Republican. Otherwise it seems as though Daniel Lipinski is the candidate of choice. He is one of the few pro-life Democrats in Congress and has one of the most interesting primaries of Democrats this year. A pro-life Democrat is better than a neo-nazi.

District 4

Longtime swamp-dweller, Luis Gutierrez announced retirement. Mark Wayne Lorch is the only Republican in the race. Meanwhile three Democrats eagerly thirst to replace Gutierrez in this highly gerrymandered seat. Lorch seems like a good choice, in the sense that he is running on a tax cuts friendly platform. Not too much other information can be gathered, not even a website.

District 5

Tom Hanson appears to be the only Republican running, but he’s just a placeholder.

District 6

Here we actually have a Republican incumbent, Peter Roskam. Roskam is a run in the mill Republican, reliable on votes and Democrats are mounting an attack for his seat. Roskam is unopposed in his primary. He is also the best hope of thwarting the Blue Wave.

District 7

The GOP front runner is likely Jeffrey Leef. Leef is strong conservative on a multitude of issues, Israel, immigration, and is quite knowledgeable on economics. However on two polarizing issues, I see weakness. He’s weak on protecting the 2nd Amendment despite stating that gun control does not curb violence and states we need background checks, something we already have. He also indicated being in favor of laws capping people’s ability to stockpile. On matters of healthcare, he seems more focused on replacing Obamacare, than repealing it. But his “replacement” is a lot of fluff. He talks about phasing out the ACA and moving it towards a more fiscally responsible system which hardly explains what he wants to do. Meanwhile his opponent is Craig Cameron. On the issues, Cameron comes off as a Big Government Republican, though his heart may be in the right place. He wants more jobs, believing that will make a safer community(Chicago). His means of getting that are merely scaling back government and its regulations. Rather he’s in favor of tax incentives and limited subsidies (a step-up from most of Capital Hill.) On a local level, I think Cameron would make an excellent politician. On a national level, he doesn’t stand out as particularly strong. This is a tough choice for conservatives.

District 8

Another unopposed Republican going up against an incumbent Democrat. Jitendra Diganvker or JD is looking to take back the seat once held by social media commentator, Joe Walsh. JD seems like he would be a solid representative of his district seeing his emphasis on not making the financial lives of his constituents harder. This shapes his positions on both taxes and the national debt. JD is a solid choice for Conservatives, and if he plays his cards right, he can make this a competitive race.

District 9

In the ninth, we have broader competition for the nomination, four candidates. John Elleson quickly falls out of serious consideration because he is apparently an avid fan of Joel Osteen, the Prosperity Gospel preacher. He’s a pastor of some presumably apostate church. He has gotten in some legal trouble for thievery which he and his wife pled no contest to. Do not vote for this crooked fraud. Then there’s Max Rice, who by all means is a solid pick. He’s strong on guns, healthcare, and has a sensible grasp on all things Trump. I also believe conservatives will like how he will deal with congressional staffing and budgets. I really enjoyed his interview here. Then we have Sargis Sangari both a veteran and an entrepreneur. though he seems likable on foreign policy and immigration, he also seems to be government heavy on anything criminal justice reform. Last but least is the RINO candidate D. Vincent Thomas Jr. The guy can’t answer a specific policy question head on and has every inclination of supporting social leftism. He’s anti-gun, against repealing Obamacare, but has the balls to run as a Republican. The Conservative pick here is Max Rice.

District 10

The tenth is a swing district, one that a rising red tide may capture pending the right candidate. There is a three way battle among Republicans to take on Democrat, Brad Schneider. First in the ring is Doug Bennett. Bennett is a local public servant looking for to represent his district. He has the endorsement from local organizations and Joe Walsh. However, Bennett was not in favor of Trump’s tax cuts. The tax cuts capped state tax deductions hurting the Illinois population. Rather than lowering state taxes, Bennett would rather raise the cap. This type of thinking is a serious issue. He is also uninformed on guns recommending legislation that already is law. But it looks like we may be desperate to find a quality candidate. There is Jeremy Wynes, the pro-abortion candidate. It’s interesting how many Congressional candidates are running with student debt in their platform and few other issues, and then offer no solutions. There’s also his main rival Dr. Sapan Shah. Both of their websites are filled with fluff, and weak explanation on their policy beliefs. Words like “common sense” are meaningless if you don’t say the solution. Shah is also pro-abortion and like Wynes isn’t strong on healthcare. I guess Joe Walsh’s assessment was right that Bennett was the only Conservative, but I’ll use that word lightly for now.

District 11

This is a particularly weak looking race between Nick Stella and Connor Vlakancic. I thought I wouldn’t like Stella because he was media endorsed, but he seems to have concise policy explanations as well. He surprisingly has a strong stance on the 2nd Amendment. On DACA the two disagree, with Vlakancic in favor of zero path to citizenship. Vlakancic has a surprisingly deeper history in politics with involvement on Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America.” The sharped tongue Vlakancic is stronger on guns than the others in the state and also strong on healthcare. As far as Conservatives go, he’s the real deal.

District 12

Incumbent Mike Bost looks to defend his seat. The guy is a proven RINO with a Liberty Score of 35%, a common theme among Illinois Republicans. However Preston Nelson is the Austin Petersen of Illinois. He is a pro-life libertarian running as a Republican. If he doesn’t win and likely won’t knowing seeing how RINOs performed in Texas, I hope he doesn’t give up. Nelson is a top pick out of Illinois.

District 13

Another RINO, Rodney Davis is running unopposed.

District 14

We have another Republican incumbent, perhaps the most conservative, running unopposed. Randy Hultgren is a solid choice over a Democrat counterpart.

District 15

John Shimkus is another unopposed incumbent, but a RINO.

District 16

Adam Kinzinger is the worst rated Illinois Republican on Conservative Review. Thankfully someone is challenging him. This is a safer red district. Rising to the challenge is James Marter, the candidate who in 2016 lost a in the general election for US Senate. Marter is a solid Conservative and hopefully his failed Senate campaign left him with a foundation of supporters. Marter makes it immediately clear that he supports the 2nd Amendment, a recent top priority for candidate selection. He is also for repealing Obamacare, something that should go without saying but doesn’t after 2017. Marter is a top pick in Illinois.

District 17

Bill Fawell looks to have a fighting chance in the Illinois 17th. He is Libertarian leaning and an outsider running on not being bought. Fawell is a solid choice for Liberty lovers everywhere. From his knowledge of the Constitution to his outsider perspective, opposing the system of DC as it currently is. Fawell is a top pick in Illinois.

District 18

Darin LaHood is one of two Illinois Republicans that doesn’t have an F Liberty Score. That being said, he’s not getting a nomination unopposed. This was only LaHood’s first official term, but that’s not deterring Donald Rients. Rients stance’s are centered around small government Conservatism. That is why they are few and principled. If we give LaHood more time, he will likely show his RINO horn. I’d say Rientz is the pick here in the 18th.

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