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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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Conservative Picks for the Minnesota Primary

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Conservative Picks for the Minnesota Primary

Minnesota has a lot of action and potential relative to other states. Minnesota has three blue districts Donald Trump won in 2016. This means the right candidate can come along and upset the “blue wave” or at least mitigate potential losses. Minnesota is hopeful because in almost every race, there’s at least one candidate that doesn’t suck. It would be nice to see a little more enthusiasm in the Senate races(courtesy of Al Franken.) The GOP can look to make progress in what has been a staunchly blue state for decades. Minnesota has become redder with each of the last three presidential elections, so the Democrats reign is in trouble.

Best Picks: Jim Newberger, Tom Emmer, Jen Zielinski
Worst Picks: Carla Nelson
Best Race: District 7
Worst Race: Senate Special Election

US Senate Special Election

Karin Housely is the GOP favorite in this race. However she comes off as a RINO who would expand the debt. Her stint in the State Senate shows she really isn’t all that Conservative despite having a more Conservative 2017 session, which every other Republican did as well, so it seems. She doesn’t impress up front. Her main opponent is Bob Anderson. Anderson fancies himself as an outsider. He comes off as a populist rather than a Conservative, but that is preferable to the shining RINO that Housely would likely be. Anderson is anti-establishment so he is more likely to shake things up.

Conservative Pick: Bob Anderson

US Senate

The most serious candidate here seems to be Jim Newberger. As a rep in the Minnesota House, Newberger has an outstanding record. For that reason, it’s a good thing for Conservatism that he may walk into a easy victory here in an underwhelming race. Merrill Anderson is a populist and perhaps a conspiracy nut. He doesn’t reasonably stand a chance. Roque De La Fuente is literally running for Senator in every state that has loose enough residency requirements. He isn’t Conservative. He is not the pick here, but he understands taking chances.

Conservative Pick: Jim Newberger

District 1

Jim Hagedorn looks to reclaim he seat he barely lost in 2016. This is district went red for Trump, yet he lost by less than 1%. His main opponent is Carla Nelson, a state rep. She is ACU’s lowest ranking Republican in 2016 and was tied for a repeat in 2017. She is no Conservative.

Conservative Pick: Jim Hagedorn

District 2

Jason Lewis is the highest rated Congressman in the state. He’s not a perfect Conservative, but deserves another term. He is unopposed.

District 3

Erik Paulsen is an unchallenged RINO.

District 4

Greg Ryan is an unchallenged RINO.

District 5

Jen Zielinski seems to be the GOP favorite in this race. She seems to have the potential to shrink the government. She also wants to make the Republican Party the “Party of Choice.” This is good branding for incorporating issues such as school choice. The other candidates don’t appear to be as serious.

Conservative Pick: Jen Zielinski

District 6

Tom Emmer hasn’t done a terrible job in Congress. His Liberty score of 69 shows a more fiscally responsible Republican than a typical RINO. He faces the same two challenges as he did last time around. Neither of these candidates are particularly inspiring enough to warrant a course change.

Conservative Pick: Tom Emmer

District 7

David Hughes looks for a rematch after losing by 5% in 2016. Hughes is a solid Conservative by looks. His platform is right of Trump on immigration and healthcare. His opponent Matt Protch is campaigning as an outsider. Rather than a populist, he actually seems Conservative. This race is winnable for the GOP so Hughes is perhaps the best bet here. But he lost a race where Trump won. This indicates weak campaigning. So perhaps its time to invest in someone new? However Collin Peterson has been in since 1990, too long. He’s also way more vulnerable in an increasingly red district. Perhaps Hughes can win with a second chance, now that he potentially has more name recognition. Or perhaps Protch is the choice.

Conservative Pick: David Hughes?

District 8

The most serious candidate here is Pete Strauber who seems like a regular Republican, and that comes with a bad connotation. This is another flippable seat in Minnesota.

Conservative Pick: Pete Strauber

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Pro-life Trumpservatives praise Trump for protecting unborn babies he isn’t protecting

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Pro-life Trumpservatives praise Trump for protecting unborn babies he isnt protecting

Lately, it seems that not a day goes by where we aren’t provided with another example of how conservative values have been consumed by the fires of compromise on the altar of Trumpservatism. While sacrificing principles for power is commonplace for the GOP priests serving in the Temple of Trump, the sad reality is that real priests, pastors, and other religious leaders have provided the kindling and the oil that fuels the flames.

One of the tragic consequences coming from the rise of the group I refer to as the Fellowship of the Pharisees concerns abortion. In the Age of Trump, these false teachers have abandoned their defense of the unborn under the delusion that Trump is keeping his promises.

On her blog (civilrightsfortheunborn.org), Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote a piece responding to recent accusations made by Omarosa Manigault Newman that Donald Trump often uses racial slurs. *

* NOTE: While her claims may or may not be true, Trump is taking advantage of this “squirrel” moment to let America know that Omarosa is a “low life” even though he frequently brags about how he hires only the “best people.”

After making her case in defense of Trump, King concluded with these words:

“He is keeping his campaign promises. The job market is better for everyone. Unemployment is at an all-time low. Babies and children are safer inside and outside the womb. Prayer is returning to the public square.” (emphasis mine)

King’s claim is not only untrue, but the lives of the unborn continue to grow more perilous … and profitable.

Besides the fact that Trump and the GOP have continued to fund Baby Butchers, Inc. (Planned Parenthood), the byproduct of their murderous practices (body parts) has become another revenue stream, courtesy of the taxpayer—an income stream that has increased under Republican control of Washington.

A few days ago, we learned about a contract between the US Food and Drug Administration and Advanced Biometric Resources (ABR) to acquire human fetal tissue for experiments on mice. In a 2016 Senate Judiciary Committee report, we learned that ABR’s primary source of baby parts was Planned Parenthood.

Trump and the GOP allegedly created the “most pro-life platform ever” in 2016, and they promised to defund Planned Parenthood and bring an end to dismemberment abortions. Despite candidate Trump’s pro-Planned Parenthood sentiments at the time, so-called pro-life activists believed he would fulfill the GOP’s promise. But as we learned earlier this year, they have no intention of doing so.

Unfortunately, those who used to defend the unborn baby in the womb have chosen to defend the unethical baby in the White House. Meanwhile, there will be hundreds of thousands more slaughtered babies, thanks to cowards like Trump, the GOP, and so-called religious leaders.

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.

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Liberal Republicans and House Freedom Caucus on same Trumpservative team

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After vowing to “fight the meritless charges” brought against him following an indictment for insider trading, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) experienced a political come-to-Jesus moment about the reality of his situation.

In a statement released over the weekend, Collins officially “suspended” his re-election campaign, which is just the Washington Doublespeak way of saying he’s ending his re-election bid because he’s still free to raise campaign money for his selfish political purposes.

While Rep. Collins is innocent until proven guilty, the repercussions following his indictment were swift, especially with the uphill climb the GOP faces in November. Democrats were ecstatic over the sudden opportunity to take a seat Republicans were expected to win. And right on cue, the GOP faithful lined up to support Collins, proving once again that conservatism has died within the GOP and has been replaced by the Trumpservatives.

In a statement of support for Collins who was an early support of Trump who served on his transition team, state chairman of the NY Conservative Party Mike Long said that Collins is “an excellent legislator and the most conservative member of Congress in NY.” An absurd claim considering Collins’ Liberty Score of 39% (F).

For the record, every NY Republican in Congress carries a failing Liberty Score with the most “conservative” being Rep. Lee Zeldin at 54% (F).

Sacrificing conservative values in the name of party loyalty comes as no surprise when NY Republicans are involved. After all, New York is the home of the liberal currently occupying the White House, and the longest-serving Republican in Congress from the Empire State is 25-year veteran Peter King, who carries a Liberty Score of 30% (F).

But the sad reality is that even so-called conservatives such as House Freedom Caucus members Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Mark Meadows (R-NC) have made Trump and his agenda the new measuring stick of what constitutes a conservative.

In a Facebook post last Friday, I shared an excerpt from an email I received from the House Freedom Fund—the Political Action Committee of the House Freedom Caucus—asking for a donation in support of Jordan and Meadows, not because of their successes conservative track records, but because they have become identified as “Trump’s pit-bulls on Capitol Hill” working to push his agenda.

In the Age of Trump, it’s sad but not much of a surprise to hear that people like NY liberal Chris Collins and others who have worked for Trump are unethical Trumpservatives. However, when so-called conservative groups like the House Freedom Caucus begin acting the same way, it’s clear that conservatives no longer have a home within the GOP.

 

 


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.

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