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New GOP: Country club Republicans with Flakes

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The Arizona Senate primary has become a microcosm for everything that is wrong with the GOP today.

Let’s pause there. What’s funny is that everyone is sure they know what I’m going to say. I’m guessing 40% think it’s going to be one thing. I’m guessing 40% think it’s going to be the opposite. They’re all wrong. The 20% who, like me, actually see what is wrong, are going to enjoy the rest of this article. The 80% will hate it.

This is what the GOP has become: Useless elites who are actually Democrats in all but name, and frothing Trump fans who have no core principles, but instead change with whatever their leader says on any given day.

On the one side of the of the Arizona Republican primary you have Jeff Flake, the junior incumbent Senator who is backed by establishment money. Why? Because he’s not very conservative. He votes for a few bills here and there in the last 2 years of his term to get his “A” ratings from meaningless “conservative” groups. He’s really an open borders, big government, tax and spend (or borrow and spend which is even worse), establishment liberal, just like the senior senator from his state, John McCain.

On the other side you have Dr. Kelli Ward, who previously ran in an unsuccessful bid to unseat McCain last year. During her failed campaign she hitched her wagon to the Trump Train and doesn’t seem to have backed off from that position.

The GOP has always been factionalized, even since the Civil War. It was originally a coalition party formed around a single common principle: abolishing slavery. Well, they got that done early on, and then continued to until the freed slaves and their descendent were given the same rights as all men. Then it was about keeping government limited.

The GOP has been kind of lost since Coolidge.

It’s always been factionalized, but now the factions have descended into two major camps. You have your establishment “Never Trump” types on the one side who love Jeff Flake. You have your Bill Kristols and Rick Wilsons and Rubio Battalions… excuse me, “Reagan Battalions” who think the peons shouldn’t decide things, only the elites should.

Then you have your Trumpers who think Trump can do no wrong, and neither can anyone who supports him. All Dr. Ward has to do to garner the support of the Trump faction of the GOP is praise Trump endlessly. This may seem like a good play, however Trump’s popularity seems to be waning, and his coat tails may not get her the nomination over the incumbent Flake.

Meanwhile, you have a growing number of people who are still fed up with the do-nothing establishment, yet see Trump for what he is, a bloviating con man who never stops campaigning because he has no concept of how to govern. He has done nothing to push forward a full repeal of Obamacare, little on border security and immigration outside of executive orders, and will likely fail on meaningful tax reform.

This is what the GOP has become: Useless elites who are actually Democrats in all but name, and frothing Trump fans who have no core principles, but instead change with whatever their leader says on any given day.

I left the GOP when Trump was elected, knowing that, if he were elected, we were going to see the nightmare we’re seeing now. Many others felt the same as I did. Many felt homeless. Many still do.

Personally, I’ve thrown in with the Federalist Party, because the Grand Old Party is old, but not so grand any more. It’s become a mob scene, and doesn’t truly have any principle behind it anymore. The politicians and most of the pundits who make their living off of the GOP won’t want to accept the fact that the Republican Party is dying, but the sooner the rank and file members do, the sooner we’ll actually be able to stop choosing between the elites and the lunatics.

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. renadee

    August 23, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Yowser, yowser!!

  2. Pinyonist

    August 23, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    It’s such a joy to see derps play politics. This might be the sorriest excuse for journalism had it not been for CNN. You may want to stick to what you do best sir, if indeed you do anything better than this.

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Culture and Religion

21-year-old with Down Syndrome speaks out to the United Nations

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21-year-old with Down Syndrome speaks out to the United Nations

Charlotte Helene Fien loves golf. She’s been golfing since she was 6-years-old and would love a job with which she can teach children how to play. Just like so many young adults venturing forth into the world, she has ambitions, dreams, and goals. Some people don’t think she should have had the opportunity to pursue those things. Fein has Down Syndrome.

In response to a Tunisian attorney’s comments during a United Nations Human Rights Committee meeting, Fein has made a video. The lawyer reportedly claimed that abortion is a viable means to prevent a life-long “handicap” like Down Syndrome. As with most “tolerant” leftist arguments on the topic, he felt his superior sense of humanity dictated he needed to do whatever he could to prevent people like Fein from every leaving the womb and becoming part of his world.

Watch the video and share it with anyone who needs to be reminded that people are people regardless of how the United Nations wishes to classify their existence.

Source: Faithwire

‘I’m a Human Being Just Like You’: 21-Year-Old Woman With Down Syndrome Delivers Powerful Rebuke to the UN

http://www.faithwire.com/2017/11/24/im-a-human-being-just-like-you-21-year-old-woman-with-down-syndrome-delivers-powerful-rebuke-to-the-un/Fien responded with a powerful open letter hitting back at these statements and at people who believe that those like her should be “aborted up to birth.” In addition to proclaiming that she is “deeply offended” and feels attacked for who she is, she affirmed her humanity and asked that the attorney think deeper about his proclamations.

“I’m a human being just like you. Our only difference is an extra chromosome,” she wrote. “My extra chromosome makes me far more tolerant than you, sir.”

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Did Joe Arpaio target Jeff Flake’s son with animal cruelty charges?

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Did Joe Arpaio target Jeff Flakes son with animal cruelty charges

Joe Arpaio doesn’t shy away from controversy and isn’t averse to causing a little mayhem. The latest incident may be even bigger than just whether or not he did wrong as he’s considering running for a Senate seat. The source of his troubles: the son of the man he may hope to replace, Senator Jeff Flake.

In 2014, Arpaio’s Sheriff’s Department looked into Austin Flake’s and his wife’s involvement in the deaths of 21 dogs. It was in a kennel operated by his in-laws. The Flakes were watching the dogs while the proprietors of the kennel were out of town.

Their deaths were due to an air conditioning unit that failed in a small room where the dogs spent the nights. Based on this information, the case against the Flakes was dismissed.

The lawsuit they’ve filed against Arpaio says they were targeted for political reasons to embarrass the Senator. They were put under surveillance and every effort was made to prove they were to blame for the deaths. The lawsuit goes to trial December 5.

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Joe Arpaio accused of charging Jeff Flake’s son with animal cruelty to embarrass Arizona senator

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/joe-arpaio-accused-of-charging-jeff-flakes-son-with-animal-cruelty-to-embarrass-arizona-senator/article/2641649Sen. Jeff Flake was a vocal opponent of Arpaio’s handling of immigration issues in Maricopa County, the couple’s legal team said.

Arpaio and Jeffrey Leonard, an attorney representing the county and the former sheriff, declined to comment to the AP on the matter.

The couple previously sought $4 million in a notice of claim document for the suit, according to the AP.

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Foreign Affairs

Saudi Crown Prince calls Iran’s leader “The new Hitler of the Middle East”

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By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

 

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, who is also their defense minister, dramatically escalated war tensions with Iran this last week in an interview with the New York Times. He called the Supreme Leader of Iran “the new Hitler of the Middle East.” The two countries have been edging towards military confrontation with an Iranian jet from Yemen attempting to bomb Saudi Arabia. It was shot down, but the tensions escalated precipitously afterward. It’s no secret that Saudi Arabia which is Sunni Muslim and the Shi’ite Muslims of Iran are bitter rivals militarily and politically.

The Prince is now suggesting that Iran’s alleged expansion under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei needs to be confronted and dealt with once and for all. He told the New York Times, “But we learned from Europe that appeasement doesn’t work. We don’t want the new Hitler in Iran to repeat what happened in Europe in the Middle East.” Iran slapped back immediately at the Prince, saying that he was discredited internationally by his “immature” behavior. “No one in the world and in the international arena gives credit to him because of his immature and weak-minded behavior and remarks,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying.

Qasemi followed up that insult with a threat, “I strongly advise him to think and ponder upon the fate of the famous dictators of the region in the past few years now that he is thinking of considering their policies and behavior as a role model.” And the dance to war continues. Tensions rocketed earlier this month when Lebanon’s Saudi-allied Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in a television broadcast from Riyadh, citing the influence of Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon and risks to his life. Hezbollah retaliated by calling the move an act of war that was orchestrated by the Saudis. The Saudis denied it. Hariri has since returned to Lebanon and suspended his resignation.

Amid a consolidation of power in Saudi Arabia, with a so-called crackdown on corruption, a purge of the Royal Family and Salman’s ascension to the throne, war is looming with Iran. The prince, who is expected to succeed his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, 81, compared Iran and Saudi Arabia’s power struggle in the region to those fighting for Europe in World War II. The Saudis have launched thousands of air strikes in a 2 1/2-year-old war in neighboring Yemen to defeat the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement that seized broad swaths of the country. Everyone knows the Iranians are behind it and are using the Houthis as a proxy in the war. Salman claims that Saudi Arabia is winning the war and 85 percent of Yemen’s territory is now controlled by their allies.

While this may or may not be the case, the Houthis control the major population centers in the country still. The Saudi-led military coalition waging war on them is receiving intelligence and refueling for its warplanes by the United States. Over 10,000 people have died in the fighting to date. The group launched a ballistic missile toward Riyadh’s main airport on Nov. 4th, which Saudi Arabia decried as an act of war by Tehran. Salman proclaimed in May that the kingdom would ensure that future struggles would be waged in Iran.

For his part, Khamenei has referred to the House of Saud as an “accursed tree, ” and Iranian officials have accused the kingdom of spreading terrorism, an accusation it denies. For the record, Iran is the largest sponsor of terror on the planet, but Saudi Arabia is guilty of terrorism as well. Iran is working with Russia to take over Syria. They also basically control Iraq. A stepped-up war involving Saudi Arabia would no doubt draw in the United States on the side of Saudi Arabia and Russia and China on the side of Iran. China is offering to help rebuild Syria. If you were looking for Armageddon, this would suffice nicely.

The New York Times refers to this as the Saudi Arabian Arab Spring. This one is led from the top down and is militarily explosive. It is also a cultural revolution and a reformation of Islam. The Crown Prince stated to the New York Times: “Do not write that we are ‘reinterpreting’ Islam—we are ‘restoring’ Islam to its origins—and our biggest tools are the Prophet’s practices and (daily life in—ed) Saudi Arabia before 1979.” Bin Salman stressed that in the time of the Prophet Muhammad, there were theaters, Jews and Christians in Saudi Arabia and that the country’s first judge was a woman. “So the Prophet was not a Muslim?” asked bin Salman, rhetorically. World War III or reformation… it will be a conflict that eventually involves all major powers in a geopolitical conflict.

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