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On Exhaustion: Life in the Age of Trump

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“I’m tired, Boss.”  So says John Coffey in the movie The Green Mile.  I know the feeling.  As CRTV’s Steve Deace has stated on several occasions, trying to keep up with the goings on of the Trump administration feels like aging in dog years.  Every month, week, day, sometimes even every hour, is going to be some new fire to put out.  When will it end and where will it leave us?

Now, when I say I’m exhausted, I don’t mean physically.  All things considered, and most people probably feel the same way, I have a good life.  I’m happily married.  My wife and I have three wonderful children.  I’m active at a wonderful church and I enjoy the work I do as an attorney.  With that said, like many of you, I am mentally and emotionally exhausted.  I have followed politics closely most of my life and I have never been so mentally drained from trying to process it all.  Just checking my news feeds can be excruciating.

Death by A Thousand Cuts

Last night, President Trump announced his new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.  These are serious issues, and are times where a President can shine by focusing national attention on our collective security.  However, almost up to the moment he took to the podium, we were discussing whether or not he’s a racist and why he’s providing moral equivalency to white nationalists.  From one minute to the next, there is no down time.  It’s constant crisis, with no time for the adrenaline to level off and get the heart rate back to normal.

This type of leadership, or lack thereof, leads to exhaustion for the average citizen.  This is a problem for the President.  Full disclosure, I did not vote for Trump.  I left the Republican Party in May 2016.  My fears of what a potential Trump presidency would look like have become reality.  With that said, I do want the President to be successful, in that I want what’s best for my country and fellow citizens.  President Trump’s problem now is that the dumpster fire is so big, he’s lost any moral authority to push any type of agenda.  Even those agenda measures we may agree with.  No matter the issue, for the remainder of Trump’s presidency, his motivations will be second guessed.  Sadly, nothing of the conservative agenda will be advanced.  As the recently unemployed Steve Bannon said, the presidency that millions voted for is effectively over.

Take last night’s speech for example.  We’ve been in Afghanistan for sixteen years.  I served in the US Navy during, and after, 9/11.  That makes me very hesitant to be critical of any mission where men and women are still in the field, but there are concerns.  I do not sit in the Pentagon and I have no idea what the current intelligence looks like.  I have to trust that the President and his military advisors are making the best decisions for the safety and security of our nation.  They very well may be, but how many among us looked at that speech and somewhere deep down thought “he’s just trying to move on from the Charlottesville controversy?”  How many have thought the timing of the speech a little too suspect?  We judge actions and motivations based on past performance, and with this president we’ve got a lot of material.

The eight years of the Obama administration were a disaster for the political right.  We watched as policy and culture raced leftward at an extraordinary pace.  Yet, somehow I do not recall being as mentally and emotionally drained, politically, over those eight years as I have been the last seven months.  It just wears on, day after day.  Week after week and month after month.

Getting Up Off The Mat

Republicans cannot win this two front war.  They cannot simultaneously defeat the left in the war of ideas and institute a conservative agenda in the age of Trump.  They will continue to suffer losses and lose ground on both fronts.  Trying to defend and deal with each crisis being inflicted by “your side” is exhausting.  That is constant damage control.  Attacking an opposing ideology actually invigorates and bolsters one’s resolve.  It provides a clarity of purpose.

There does appear to be a new voice emerging.  The Federalist Party has stepped into the breach and is attempting to return us to our founding principles, which served this nation so well for the first 150+ years of our existence.  They wish to return to the system as founded.  At the nation’s founding, the federal government was limited by the Constitution.  The many States had the power to regulate their own affairs, so long as they did not violate the Constitution.  Decisions affecting communities were made by those who lived in the communities affected.  The people’s representatives were citizen-servants, not career politicians.

Being a part of renewing the Federalist Party has given me a new sense of purpose and a renewed political energy.  It is exciting to look to the future and see what could be, for the sake of our children and our nation.  We are in a time of binary choices, which have led to nothing except bad choices.  Democrats and republicans are beholden to special interests that do not reflect the needs and wants of the citizens.  The Federalist Party is creating a home for those who realize the real power lies with the people.  The party trusts our fellow citizens to be able to debate ideas.  Residents can reach solutions which are most beneficial for their own communities.  They are building the party from the ground up.  Local elected offices are just as important, if not more so, than national office holders.

I’m not saying we all need to wear powdered wigs and debate the issues of the day in hot rooms.  After all, it is not the middle of summer circa 1776.  However, the time is ripe to establish a place where we can once again debate issues respectfully and win over our fellow citizens on the merits of our ideas.  All I know is that it will be much more beneficial to our metal and emotional health if we can establish a new paradigm.

Attorney, husband, father, and Provisional State Chair of the Federalist Party of North Carolina.

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Electoral Dysfunction: Leftist lawyers argue votes count only when they win

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Some leftist lawyers, including some high profile ones who ought to know better, are arguing against four states’ practice of allocating their electoral votes in a winner take all fashion.

A lawyers’ coalition including the pretty far left League of United Latin American Citizens filed four federal lawsuits Wednesday challenging the allocation, charging the winner take all practice “distorts presidential campaigns, facilitates outside interference in our elections, and ensures that a substantial number of citizen voters are disenfranchised when their votes are tallied in early November, only to be discarded when it really counts in mid-December.”

The lawsuits do not challenge the Electoral College, and they also do not propose a clear alternative which would ensure a satisfactory, proportionate count. No surprise there; outside of North Korea, it’s kind of hard to ensure the outcome you want in advance.

The premise of the lawsuit, however, lays bare a shocking misunderstanding of the nature of our system of government. Consider this quote: “The promise of democracy is that all votes count equally,” says Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lussig.

There’s just one problem with that.

America is not a democracy. We are a constitutional republic.

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Andrew Pollack: Should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it.

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Andrew Pollack lost his daughter, Meadow, during Cruz’s rampage. He gives a speech in front of Trump with his three sons standing next to him. In his speech he calls on Trump to work with him on ending school shootings. We credit Daily Caller with the transcript. Note: CNN’s blatantly misleading headline on the video.

I’m here because my daughter has no voice.

She was murdered last week, and she was taken from us, shot nine times on the third floor. We as a country failed our children. This shouldn’t happen. We go to the airport, I can’t get on a plane with a bottle of water, but we leave some animal to walk into a school and shoot our children. It is just not right.

And we need come together as a country and work on what’s important.

And that is protecting our children in the schools. That’s the only thing that matters right now. Everyone has to come together and not think about different laws. We need to come together as a country, not different parties, and figure out how we protect the schools. It is simple.

It is not difficult. We protect airports. We protect concerts, stadiums, embassies. The Department of Education that I walked in today that has a security guard in the elevator. How do you think that makes me feel? In the elevator, they got a security guard. I’m very angry that this happened because it keeps happening.

9/11 happened once, and they fixed everything. How many schools, how many children have to get shot? It stops here with this administration and me. I’m not going to sleep until it is fixed. And Mr. President, we’re going to fix it. Because I’m going to fix it. I’m not going to rest.

And my boys need to live with this. I want to see everyone — you guys look at this. Me, I’m — I’m a man, but to see your children go through this, bury their sister. That’s what I keep saying because I want to sink in. Not forget about this. We can’t forget about it.

All these school shootings, it doesn’t make sense. Fix it.

Should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it. And I’m pissed. Because my daughter I’m not going to see again. She’s not here. She’s not here. She’s in North Lauderdale at … King David Cemetery. That is where I go to see my kid now.

And if we all work together and come up with the right idea — school safety. It is not about gun laws. That is another fight, another battle. Let’s fix the schools and then you guys can battle it out whatever you want. But we need our children safe. Monday, tomorrow, whatever day it is, your kids are going to go to school. You think everyone’s kids are safe?

I didn’t think it was going to happen to me. If I knew that, I would have been at the school every day if I knew it was that dangerous. It’s enough. Let’s get together, work with the president and fix the schools. That’s it. No other discussions. … I’m never going to see my kid again. … Never, ever will I see my kid. I want it to sink in. It’s eternity. My beautiful daughter I’m never going to see again. And it’s simple. It’s not — we can fix it.

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In a violent world, it’s time to do the right thing “for the children”

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In the never-ending assault on liberty, Progressive Democrats and Republicans often resort to using children as a type of political cover for their otherwise unpopular agenda. We are witnessing this right now as they work to dismantle the Second Amendment following the Florida high school shooting.

But let’s face it; who can say “no” to an agenda when it’s “for the children?”

Clearly, this ploy has paid huge dividends for big-government Progressives. One need look no further than the recent budget negotiations where the obsolete Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was renewed for 6 years. Or the recent suggestion to use Social Security to finance big-government’s newest entitlement—Ivanka Trump’s Paid Family Leave.

Quite honestly “for the children” has been so successful that I’ve decided to adopt it myself. While Progressives use it to destroy freedom, I will use it to defend the Constitution.

For example, as I mentioned earlier, Progressives are using the Florida tragedy to void the Second Amendment to keep children safe. But I will defend gun rights because it’s the only way we can keep them safe. Unarmed Americans in gun-free zones will only lead to more tragedies like Florida, not fewer.

Additionally, I will defend the First Amendment “for the children.” What future awaits the next generation if liberty is destroyed due to being raised on political correctness and spending their time in safe-spaces?

In fact, I will defend the entire Constitution “for the children.” What future will the next generation have if tyranny replaces freedom?

I will also fight for the Convention of States‘ goal for a balanced budget amendment “for the children.” What kind of future will they have if they are forced to pay for our fiscal irresponsibility? And I will fight to end abortion “for the (unborn) children,” because they are deprived of even having a future when they are deprived their right to life.

While there will certainly be more issues to fight for, it’s time to get ready America. The Strident Conservative is going to be more strident than ever because, after all, it’s “for the children.”

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His politically incorrect and always “right” columns are featured on RedState.com, NOQReport.com, and TheResurgent.com.

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