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Corrupt parties in death match as America spirals into chaos

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It is no secret–except to those who are willfully blind or terminally stupid–that neither major party in the U.S. has any moral high ground over the other. Most of the time, it is difficult to tell the difference between a Republican and a Democrat. Both claim the other side is made up of haters, self-serving bureaucrats, and people who cannot listen to any opinion other than their own. Well, both sides are correct. Each major party has deteriorated into little more than an armed camp focused on taking the other side down, rather than uplifting These Great United States.

Coming home from one of my many trips I saw a shining example of Republican and Democrat hypocrisy. On a busy overpass leading out of Myrtle Beach there was an assembly of Confederate flag wavers with signs protesting the removal of specific statutes. Yes, I understand that one cannot whitewash or edit history. I also do not understand why anyone wants to celebrate the Confederate side of the War Between the States when they were fighting to keep human slaves. Does that mean I can see both sides of an issue? I don’t think one is allowed to do that anymore.

Hate and Rage on America’s Highways

The Confederate group was assembled peacefully, and therefore they were within their rights. We cannot start trampling the First Amendment merely because we disagree with what a group of individuals are communicating. As traffic inched along at rush hour, however, I noticed many New York and Pennsylvania license plates and thought to myself “this should be good,” as I have lived for many years in both those states.

Sure enough, car windows began rolling down just under the overpass and some “tolerant” liberals from New York with Bernie stickers on their SUVs began shouting to the flag wavers, calling them “haters,” “racists,” and other words that are unworthy of print. Naturally, the little band of rebels reacted in a similar fashion.

Here is a prime example of hate and rage in America. No conversation. No hearing both sides of an argument. No peaceful dialogue. Just anger, name-calling, fist shaking, and the waging of war. The New Yorkers did not have to agree with the assembly of flag wavers, but they were peacefully assembled. How did shrieking “haters!” at them make any positive change?

The assembly also could have chosen not to take the bait and shriek back, but they chose to act just as bad. This is a snapshot of the United States of America in 2017, and yet members of either party dare to claim higher moral ground over the other? Ludicrous.

Both hypocritical parties sit there piously with their closed-off minds, placing the total blame for everything that is wrong with America on the opposing party. Of course, it is certainly true that specific problems in the United States trace back to specific parties. For example, laws attempting to stifle Free Speech have never been introduced by conservative members of Congress, only by liberals. We have also had a majority-Republican Supreme Court for more years than we haven’t since Roe versus Wade, yet supposed pro-life Republicans never overturned abortion on demand.

Burning Down the House

Each side obviously has a specific stupid factor, but it takes a unique brand of idiocy to burn down your own house in an attempt to consume your enemy with fire. Both parties have taken this road, with the GOP leading the way last year when it committed suicide, and subsequently threw the country into chaos. Now all we need is for the Democrat Party to implode as well, and America just might recover.

Donald Trump was not nominated because the GOP thought he was the best choice for America, he was nominated because Alpha-Republicans enjoyed the idea of a big ugly bully to shake his fist at the Left. Of course, Trump has now turned on most of these fine Alphas, but their brains weren’t large enough to see that coming. Naturally, the country overall was disgusted with eight years of failed liberal policies and Hillary Clinton’s corrupt actions, but was Donald Trump the answer? Of course not.

Even now, with Trump’s White House in utter chaos and his record-breaking 34 percent approval rating I still hear supposed conservatives saying “yeah, but wouldn’t it be great if he did thus and so? That would just make the Left SO angry!” My response is usually this: “And once the Left is ‘really really angry,’ will the United States or the conservative agenda then thrive?”  This is the point at which I get the blank stare I have come to expect.

Here is modern America, ladies and gentlemen. When anger and revenge drive the bus, it rarely stays on the road and it NEVER reaches its destination. It either runs down an embankment and kills its passengers, or its anger and hatred corrodes its vision and it swerves into oncoming traffic, taking innocent casualties to their death. It is difficult to understand hatred as a game. How does one win?

But the game is on, and the casualty will be the United States if Americans do not defect from these two corrupt organizations and become civilized, educated human beings who can solve problems without rage, violence, and a blood-thirsty quest for revenge.

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  1. Makar Trenovskya

    September 1, 2017 at 8:12 am

    You can see two sides of an issue!?How dare you?! ROFL

    • Susan Hauck

      September 2, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      She dares! It’s become taboo to do it these days! Ooooh, I wonder if she worries about that. LOL!!!!

  2. Raphaela Verano (@Raphaela2017)

    September 1, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Why is it so hard to get comments to go through sometimes? This is a great article Jesse. I hope Randy reads it on the show next week. Hard core truth! Thanks for taking time to write something this week! We know how busy you are.

  3. Raz Schultz

    September 1, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    (Raz) This is all very sad, but absolutely true.
    I’m old enough to remember when both parties were morally decent, and although they had different opinions, they both seemed
    interested in what was best for the country.
    Today, the only thing we hear is hatred and spite thrown back and forth at each other, and I often wonder if most of them even know what they’re angry about. The main issue, more often than not, is who voted for Trump.
    Of course, when he witnesses this behavior, he stands by with a silly, smug look on his face, as if he didn’t start or promote the behavior. Well, most of it came from the top down.
    Jesse wrote another factual article, as she brings the truth to us.
    Unfortunately, there is now a very dark cloud over our land.

  4. Sharon

    September 1, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    This article, in a word, was powerful. I enjoyed Broadt’s unique humor in the telling of a grievous tale of one nation. She does not mince words. Neither political party has cornered the market on common sense, moral or rational thinking. People still hold fast to these awful extremes and hope that Trump will some how make it all better. The rage and violence is no surprise with this man at the wheel of the USA. He encouraged hatred. Broadt makes one incredible point, which most people simply do not want to accept: Neither democratic nor republican parties have any sense of duty to the country when once this was a given. It is no more. Thank you, Ms. Broadt for another piece of fine work that was a pleasure to read.

  5. Danny Lamar (@4liberty7777)

    September 2, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Excellant article…people in the 2 parties are dazed and confused and do not know which end is up. The Bible says there would be people in the end times that would oppose themselves. Now that is messed up and yet the politians are talking out of both sides of their mouth opposing themselves and are not effective for the good of America! Keep these great articles coming!

    • Susan

      September 2, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      OMG are you right on that! Like, how messed up do you have to be to oppose YOURSELF? I know the Bible says it, but still it’s eerie to see these things start to unfold which is what I think is happening today.

      • Susan Hauck

        September 2, 2017 at 3:14 pm

        Didn’t mean to post annoynmously! That reply was from me!

  6. Susan Hauck

    September 2, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Wow, this was a great article! It’s absolutely ridiculous that so few people are able to understand both sides of an issue. I dig the “Burning Down the House” reference. Now, how many people can see themselves in these metaphors? I was once a Dem but saw my party degrade so I ditched it. It’s my right. On the abortion issue, you are right on that one, Jesse. I worked as a pro-life volunteer for a couple years before I ditched them too because they wouldn’t give on one single point, not even allowing for emergency birth control after an assault! Everything these days is just so extreme! Thanks for writing!

  7. Marcia

    September 4, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Another great article packed with shocking blasts of truth. That’s why I love it, I must have truth, even though it is sad to watch my country spiral into something I don’t even recognize! The hate and deception is out of control. I find I must hide sharp instruments before I read your articles, but keep them coming, I’m hooked.

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Why losing his Senate race was the best thing to happen to Beto O’Rourke

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Why losing his Senate race was the best thing to happen to Beto ORourke

When the next session of Congress begins, Beto O’Rourke will officially be an outsider. He will no longer be part of the swamp. He’ll be a private citizen because he lost his election bid to replace Ted Cruz as Senator in Texas. This loss will prove to be the best thing that could have happened to his political career.

Beto O’Rourke is on track to be one of the frontrunners for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

It seems like everybody on the left loves this guy. Despite his destructive far-left ideology, he was able to get closer than anyone would have expected to unseating a Tea Party Republican in deep-red Texas. He was also able to raise more money than anyone else in the midterm elections, raking in more money than the #3 and #4 on the money list combined.

Had O’Rourke won his race, he would have been held to his promise of not running in 2020. Even though his promise was stretched to include winning or losing in 2018, the narrative is quickly changing. With no campaign promise that could come back to haunt him in 2024 had he won his Senate race, backtracking on his no-run 2020 promise is easy.

A recent MoveOn poll actually has him ahead of the competition for the first time, edging out Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. He even got more votes than Senators Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Amy Klobuchar, and Cory Booker combined.

Beto O’Rourke narrowly tops wide-open MoveOn 2020 presidential straw poll; Biden is runner-up

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/beto-o-rourke-narrowly-tops-moveon-2020-presidential-straw-poll-n946501The most popular potential candidate was O’Rourke, D-Texas, who was selected by 15.6 percent of respondents, followed by Biden at 14.9 percent, and then Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with 13.1 percent.

It’s another sign of O’Rourke’s surprising popularity among national Democrats and a potentially troubling indication for Sanders, whom MoveOn endorsed in the 2016 Democratic primary. That year, 78 percent of MoveOn members voted to back Sanders over Hillary Clinton

His popularity with the progressive far-left is evident, but he also has some mainstream Democrats turning to him as the best person to go up against President Trump in 2020. Now that he’s going to have free time on his hands, let’s look at three reasons why he should be considered the early frontrunner:

  1. Nationwide Appeal: He may be from Texas, but Democrats won’t hold that against him. If anything, it will have the opposite effect by giving him credibility for doing so well in a red state. It helps that he was in a punk rock band and brandishes a style that’s not stereotypical of any place in America. You won’t see him wearing a cowboy hat any time soon.
  2. Fundraising Prowess: Ted Cruz was the best GOP fundraiser during the 2016 primaries and Beto O’Rourke dominated him in 2018. The only person who could be considered in the same sentence with O’Rourke on the money side is President Obama. If they teamed up (and they will if he gets the nomination), they could draw some serious cash that will dwarf Hillary Clinton’s impressive 2016 haul.
  3. Time and Energy: No need to rush back to Washington for an important vote like the half-dozen Senators who are probably running for president. He also won’t be hampered by 70=year-old legs like Biden and Michael Bloomberg. O’Rourke, is young, energetic, and has nothing better to do than prepare his 2020 bid.

It’s discouraging to know this far-left, gun-grabbing progressive has an inside track to the Democratic nomination. The thought that he could be President should terrify every right-thinking American.

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Kevin McCarthy: GOP can investigate Democrats, but Democrats can’t investigate Trump

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Kevin McCarthy GOP can investigate Democrats but Democrats cant investigate Trump

When my friend and fellow talk-show host Shannon Joy refers to the Republican and Democrat duopoly in Washington as the #UNIBROW, she does so to show how there is no difference between the two parties when it comes to their agendas.

Another trait they have in common is their obvious display of hypocrisy when it comes to manipulating the rule of law to protect political parties for partisan purposes, especially if you’re a member of the party that was soundly defeated recently, placing you in the minority.

The latest example of what this looks like comes to us courtesy of the new GOP leader in the House, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), in his latest defense of Donald Trump. In a recent interview with Trump Pravda (FOX News), McCarthy mentioned that he thinks it’s time for the Democrats to surrender their subpoena power to investigate the president.

“It looks like what [Democrats will] focus on is just more investigations. I think America is too great a nation to have such a small agenda.

“I think there are other problems out there that we really should be focused on. And my belief is, let’s see where we can work together. Let’s move America forward.”

Ironically, as Obama’s re-election got underway after the Democrats lost the House in the 2010 midterms, Pelosi sounded a lot like McCarthy concerning the need to work together. Funny how the losing party interprets their defeat as a call for “bipartisanship,” isn’t it?

It’s also ironic how the losing party in these two midterm elections, in large part, lost due to the unpopularity of their representative in the White House after two years of broken promises.

McCarthy’s disingenuous plea for bipartisanship is a different tune than the one he was singing in 2015 during the Benghazi hearings. Not only did he support never-ending investigations of Obama and Hillary, he openly admitted in an interview with Sean Hannity that his primary motivation was finding ways to take down the Democrat nominee.

“What you’re going to see is a conservative speaker, that takes a conservative Congress, that puts a strategy to fight and win. And let me give you one example. Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?

“But we put together a Benghazi special committee. A select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known that any of that had happened had we not fought to make that happen.”

I wonder whatever happened to that “conservative speaker” and that “conservative Congress.”

In the end, McCarthy is playing the same role in 2018 that Pelosi played in 2010: protect the president and the party instead of America while making partisan demands to serve as fodder for the next election.

Hopefully, true conservatives will see through this masquerade of self-centered scoundrels and reject the reprobate “representatives” dwelling in D.C. from both parties.

And yes … that includes the Democrat with an “R” after his name currently occupying the White House.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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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Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez really Jewish?

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Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez really Jewish

The congresswoman’s Jewish possible ancestors shouldn’t be a problem for anyone. But the idea that her leftist stands are somehow authentically Jewish is troubling.

 At a time when DNA tests are a national craze, as well as source of political controversy, we shouldn’t be surprised about claims of Jewish identity from anyone. But when they come from someone as controversial as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the expressions of joy and dismay about her possible connection to the tribe were predictably partisan and downright foolish.

The incoming member of Congress from Queens, N.Y., made headlines when she told those in attendance at a synagogue Hanukkah party in her district over the weekend that “a very, very long time ago, generations and generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardic Jews.”

As she explained, the people of her native Puerto Rico are descendants of many different strains of immigrants, including those Jews who fled Spain in the 15th century. Within her family’s collective memory is some sense of having been descended at least partly from such Jews.

Those who already liked the young Democratic Socialist, who has become the rock star of her party, were thrilled that she could be claimed as part of the family. On the other hand, Jews who dislike her leftist politics were disgusted. It was a rerun of what happened when House Speaker Paul Ryan found out that his DNA was 3 percent Ashkenazi Jewish during historian Henry Louis Gates’s “Finding Your Roots” PBS TV program. Liberal Jews responded to that item with nasty partisan abuse, as well as declarations that he wasn’t wanted. Ocasio-Cortez’s detractors were quick to use the same sort of invective.

But those who accused her of attempting to steal Jewish identity weren’t being fair. This is unlike the antics of fellow Democrat Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who attempted to back up her claims of Native American identity with a DNA test that showed that, at best, she was 1/64th descended from either the Cherokee or Delaware tribes. Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t pretending to be Jewish or trying to show that DNA was identity, let alone to justify using it for personal advancement as the senator allegedly did when she claimed to be the first “woman of color” to be named a professor at Harvard Law School.

Attacks on her for mentioning her Catholic family’s memories of their partial Jewish past were inappropriate. We know that 20 centuries of post-exile persecution has resulted in many branches falling away from the Jewish ancestral tree, so her story is hardly uncommon. It is also a heartening sign of the times that prominent non-Jews are proud about their Jewish roots, rather than—as would have been the case in the not-so-distant past—feel shame about it.

The tenuous connections between her family, or that of Ryan and any long-lost Jewish ancestors, are merely intellectual curiosities. Still, two aspects of the issue are worth some comment.

One is the danger that someone with some claims to Jewish identity will use it selectively in order to justify taking a stand against Israel. Over the decades, we’ve seen that happen with a number of writers or politicians who have few ties to their Jewish heritage, yet trot it out as a credential that enables them to express anger, embarrassment or outrage about the conflict in the Middle East. The “not in my name” meme in which Jews who know next to nothing about Israel and its geopolitical dilemmas seek to disassociate themselves from Israelis fighting for their lives is despicable. If Ocasio-Cortez were ever to use such a rhetorical device to justify siding with her close allies—incoming House Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib—who are supporters of the anti-Semitic BDS movement that seeks Israel’s destruction, that would be outrageous.

Yet there’s another more serious argument to be addressed. It’s the theme sounded in the Forward after the latest Ocasio-Cortez story broke—that the Socialist politician is actually more authentically Jewish because of her politics than conservative or Zionist Jews.

Part of this mindset is the notion that modern American political liberalism and Judaism are interchangeable. It’s more than just an old joke to say that many American Jews conceive of their faith as more or less the Democratic Party platform with holidays thrown in. While it’s an insult to Judaism to conceive of it as nothing more than an elaborate theological justification for partisan politics, it’s also true that many American Jews see their faith as determining their votes. In that sense, there are Jews who see American Jewish conservatives or supporters of the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as representing a point of view that is alien to their conception of what it means to be Jewish.

More troubling is the idea that a loose sense of identity in which a multicultural frame of reference about the world—as opposed to a strictly Jewish one—is more representative of the way young Jews think today. Given the demographic implosion of non-Orthodox Jews in the United States, it is hardly surprising that some Jews think this way, but the consequences in terms of a decline in a sense of Jewish peoplehood are obvious and serious. If we begin to worship inclusion and diversity to the point where Jewish parochialism and nationalism, even in its most benign forms, are rejected as illiberal, then we will be part of a community that stands for nothing and is incapable of sustaining itself.

The real tragedy is that too many young Jews see Jewish observance or Zionism as antithetical to their progressive political views. If we get to the point where Ocasio-Cortez’s sensibilities about Israel or those of others on the left who might falsely regard Zionism as a form of racism because it contradicts their intersectional beliefs are accepted as legitimate Jewish perspectives, that will be a disaster. If such views are seen as more authentically Jewish than that of a typical Israeli or an affiliated Jew, then we will have arrived at a point where Jewish identity in this country for all too many of us will be nothing more than a meaningless percentage on a DNA test.

Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNS — Jewish News Syndicate. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin.

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