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The house built on the rock: Our American identity restored

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As radical extremist factions peddle their versions of identity politics, now is a good time for Americans to ask: what is the American identity? The failure of the Conservative Movement to address this question is because Conservatism is just that: conservative. Conservatism is always relying on a stopgap, reactive approach: it reacts to the strongest pushes against tradition and culture, while ignoring the gentle nudges into moral decay and cultural rigor mortis. This may work in the short run, but over time as society strays further and further from its history and its roots, the question of what it is we are conserving becomes foggier and foggier. Tradition gives way to novelty, restraint recedes into indulgence, and civilization descends into barbarity. Conservatives are ever little Dutch boys plugging their fingers into breaches in the dyke; eventually they run out of fingers to stop the leaks, and opportunistic groups like the “alt-right” and Antifa slowly gain notoriety -in part because they are offering to fill a vacuum created by Progressives’ persistent onslaught against Conservatives’ mealy-mouthed defense.

If conservative Americans want to avoid being completely routed by the Left or subsumed by the “alt-right”, it will require a more proactive approach; we must define ourselves, not by what we stand against, but what we stand for. Americans must rebuild the house from the ground up, building on a firm foundation and establishing a sound framework for the future that can reach across gender, race, religion, or nationality. It requires new approaches to timeless and universal principles.

The most important aspect of any foundation is the cornerstone. If the foundation is solid, then any error that may creep in later can easily be remedied. For over 100 years Progressives have chipped away at our foundation, destroying or discrediting any American traditions and values that made us exceptional as a nation, in their effort to make us just another European clone. We must undo that damage and reset and restore the cornerstones of America: Natural Rights, and Natural law.

What are Natural Rights? They are those rights endowed to us by nature and nature’s God. They are inherent in our Creation. They cannot be transacted, bestowed or taken away…though they can be violated thru the transgressions and unrighteous dominion of men. Chief among these rights (and arguably the rights all other rights fall under) are life, liberty, and private property.

What is Natural Law? It is the natural duty each man owes to his neighbor; his moral responsibility to others as he pursues happiness as he sees it. The most fundamental of these duties are: first, one can never violate the Natural Rights of his neighbor except in self-defense or as punishment for a crime, and second, that he genuinely inquire after and reflect upon the nature of his obligations towards his fellow man, at all times and in all places -that he hunger and thirst to know & obey the Law of Heaven as it reveals itself to his conscience.

Natural Rights make Man free. Natural Law makes him civilized and just. Rights alone make us little better than feral animals; Law alone makes us petty tyrants cruelly enforcing our will on others. It is the balance between these two -rights and responsibilities- that have made America the most prosperous & blessed nation under God, and when we violate the one or neglect the other, we undermine the very foundation upon which this country was built and invite the wrath of nature and nature’s God to fall upon us.

Once the foundation has been laid, then we can finally discuss the framework: The Constitution of the United States, and The Declaration of Independence. We often hear conservatives talk about preserving the Constitution, but we rarely, if ever, hear from the Right about how the Constitution can always be amended in a way that goes against both the Declaration and a foundation of Natural Rights and Natural Law. It is not enough to enforce the checks and balances that Progressive regularly flout, we must ensure the Constitution aligns with the principles outlined in the Declaration, and that it is supported by a firm foundation of Natural Rights and Natural Law. If the Constitution is the arch built on the foundation, the Declaration is the keystone that holds that arch together. Take away the keystone or the foundation, and the arch crumbles and washes away under its own weight.

America is a nation of ideas. What makes us exceptional as a country is the fact that anyone can come here, and provided they adopt the foundation and the framework of America as their own, they become American. “Blood and soil” can never hold a candle to the power of ideas and the power of Truth. Which is what makes our reluctance to discuss powerful ideas -especially in the arenas of politics and religion- so unsettling. There is a tendency amongst most Americans to hold their tongue -particularly when it comes to sharing political and religious ideas- to avoid saying that which might offend, but if Americans want to take their country back from the barbarians, they need to “question with boldness” all that they truly believe, and then they need to open their mouths and speak without fear. We no longer live in a society where distasteful identity politics on either side can be shamed into silence; we must overpower their base philosophies with our own nobler ideas…ideas that can unite every man, woman, and child of every race, creed, and tongue. In America, diversity is a strength, because that diversity is bound together and united under the umbrella of American ideas as outlined in the Declaration. It is the common cause of liberty that unites us as a people, not skin tone. We mustn’t shy away from the battlefield of ideas out of fear of upsetting our friends, neighbors, or even family, because it is there and only there that Truth can win out, and the Truth is what makes us truly free.

There will always be tension. There will always be conflict. We will never agree on everything 100%. But let us agree on certain fundamentals: Natural Rights and Natural Law, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Let these be the foundation of the American Nation, our North star, our guiding light, the Cause to which we, like our forefathers before us, “mutually pledge…our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

Because a house built on anything else, will not stand the storm.

This post was submitted by Ornery Young Gunz (@orneryyg on Twitter).

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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.

 


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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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