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It’s against my nature to ask for help. On the other hand, I encourage people to stop being stubborn or prideful when they’re faced with situations that require assistance. It’s time for me to take my own advice.

The New Americana is under attack. Most of you probably don’t realize it because we’ve been doing what it takes to keep the site up and running, but there have been several hack attempts in recent months and a current DDoS attack attempting to take the site down completely. This has slowed us tremendously; while users should see very little difference thanks to caching, editors and writers are having to work in very fragile conditions in order to not lose their efforts to the digital abyss.

They say if you’re not making enemies, you’re not trying hard enough. We’re making enemies. We’ve been trolled on social media hard in recent weeks. Ever since bringing on Steve Berman and a stable of very talented writers two months ago, we’ve seen traffic increase… as well as an increase in the attacks against us. We have thick skin; words aren’t enough to deter us.

A couple of weeks ago, a piece was written about us ridiculing us for our poor fundraising efforts. I admit I didn’t read it until today when I learned of the DDoS attack. I wanted to see if the attack was encouraged by the article. It wasn’t. However, the piece did point to the biggest challenge we face: lack of revenue. We’ve chosen to minimize ads and to keep them below the actual content on the homepage because people don’t come to the site for the ads. They come for conservative news and opinions so that’s what we intend to deliver. With that said, we need help.

Here’s an excerpt from the Tribune article:

Since the Never Trumpers weren’t happy with the way most (but certainly not all) of the right-leaning media got on board with Trump, some decided to start up their own #NeverTrump websites, such as an ad-free conservative news aggregator site called The New Americana, which seemed specifically designed to compete with the generally pro-Trump Drudge Report.

The founder of that site, J.D. Rucker, published a piece in Medium in August 2016 explaining his reasoning for creating the site as well as challenging support for both Trump and failed Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, insinuating that he and people like him were the only true “conservatives” in their principled stand against the two major party candidates.

While Rucker may have initially seen some support among his fellow Never Trumpers prior to the election, it would appear that his new site has had a rough go of things in the intervening months since Trump became president.

As such, Rucker created a GoFundMe account in February with the goal of raising $43,000 toward keeping his #NeverTrump site up and running, possibly even expanding it.

Unfortunately for him, it seems that there aren’t that many Never Trumpers left these days, at least not any with money they’d care to donate, as the fundraiser has only brought in a mere $3,270 from 54 different donors over six months. Sad.

Rucker and his crew would be hard-pressed to find a decent used car at that price, much less keep a website up and running sans advertising. (There’s a nasty lesson here in the principles of the free market.)

Nevertheless, he persists.

Yes, we do.

It should be noted that we’re not a “Never Trump” website. We’re a conservative site. When President Trump or anyone else does good conservative things, we’ll highlight them. When President Trump or anyone else does bad liberal things, we’ll highlight them as well. Our agenda is not to bash anyone in particular, just the liberal ideology spreading across the nation.

The money we’re asking for with our GoFundMe is for expenses only. We’re not trying to get rich. I’ve been self-funding this site from the beginning. It’s been taking its toll on my family, but we’ve been making the necessary sacrifices because we believe in the importance of it all. Between the attacks against us and the addition of a new baby to the family who has had two open heart surgeries since June, it’s time to make a tough decision. I cannot afford to fund the site, pay Steve, and start paying the writers (who have been wonderful volunteers thus far) without big time help from those who want this site to succeed.

I’m asking now for donations to keep TNA moving forward. We believe the cause is righteous and necessary in a society that continues to embrace more liberal ideas. The indoctrination happening in schools and through the media is pushing the nation further to the left. It’s imperative that small-government minded Americans have a venue through which they can find and share the right perspectives.

We are also looking for investors. Eventually, we’d love to add a TNA app and start promoting the site through social media media advertising. If you or someone you know has the funds to sink serious cash into this project, we’d love to talk. The best way to reach me is through Twitter.

Please don’t bank on the notion that we’ll get investors. We need an immediate infusion of cash through donations. It’s very hard for me to ask. As I write this, I’m literally feeling a little sick to my stomach, but as I mentioned earlier I need to take my own advice about not being stubborn or prideful. If we didn’t need the help, I wouldn’t be writing this article. We need the help.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

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  1. David L

    September 6, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Hi JD,

    I’ve said this in other places, as well as emails to several different people. You need to make giving easier, and have more options that a go fund me campaign. Adding a PayPal button to donate is one of the easiest things to implement. But, more importantly, quick, painless, giving opportunity. There are open source plug-ins, or even WordPress themes to add payment processing of credit card donations. And, you need to add a way for Apple Pay as well as Android Pay too. The more ways to donate, all the better.

  2. jcbelgium

    September 6, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I donated a ways back and I think you should accept ads. That pays for the content. Others do it. Just don’t be obnoxious about it like The Blaze. I still go to The Blaze even with the spammy ads.

  3. jcbelgium

    September 6, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I have been spending less time on this site because of the performance issues.

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Idiotic mainstream media feeds Trump the goodwill motherload

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The tenacity by which mainstream media wants to stop President Trump is comical. It’s even dangerous at times. Sadly, they keep shooting themselves in the foot by giving their target all the ammunition he needs to continue taking them down.

Their latest attempt at defending freedom of the press and bashing the President for attacking it comes in the form of a coordinated attack. That statement alone is enough to make more people realize their bias and justify Trump’s claims that the press is the enemy. They can attempt to spin it any way they want, but the results will be the same. They’re helping Trump.

Coast to coast, and in between, local news is standing up to Trump’s press attacks

https://money.cnn.com/2018/08/15/media/newspaper-editorials-free-press-trump/index.htmlFrom The Martha’s Vineyard Times to the Dallas Morning News… from the Yankton County Observer in South Dakota to the Bangor Daily News in Maine… the papers will all run editorials as part of an effort first proposed by the Boston Globe earlier this month.

Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe’s deputy editorial page editor, told CNN that more papers were still “signing on” for the effort as of Wednesday afternoon.

This smells bad. I’m not a Trump supporter, yet I grimace at the attempt by mainstream media to take him down. It’s not that he doesn’t deserve it; it isn’t his place to lead the charge against mainstream media. That’s my job, and yours. Instead, the President should be spending time gaining a better understanding of the effects of tariffs and learning how to handle foreign affairs like a statesman. Unhinged journalists and kneeling football players are below the office of the President of the United States.

Nevertheless, he attacks. They attack back. Rinse. Repeat.

This is very similar to what National Review attempted in early 2016 when they gathered a bunch of respected conservative journalists to speak out against the President. Titled “Against Trump,” the issue had dozens of conservatives giving their reasons why we shouldn’t support Trump to be the Republican nominee. It failed miserably. His popularity skyrocketed and it helped to seal the fate of candidates who tried to prevent his ascension.

The current situation is worse. Instead of dozens, it’s hundreds of editorial writers and publications making a concerted effort to expose Trump and his backwards perspectives on freedom of the press. Instead of pulling the nation against him, they will only plant people more firmly in their own beliefs. Trump detractors will get a false sense of victory while Trump supporters will say, “See, he was right all along.”

No minds will be changed by these hundreds of articles. Worldviews will be solidified. More attacks from the White House against mainstream media will be justified. Valid complaints about the President by all journalists will be tainted. In short, the media is handing the President the best present they can give him. They’re proving his point.

Goodwill is generated for people who are perceived as being treated unfairly. By “ganging up” on Trump with coordinated attacks, mainstream media is making even lukewarm Trump supporters much more sympathetic towards him.

The worst part about all this is there are legitimate complaints about the President that will be diminished by mainstream media’s coordinated attacks. They are adding fuel to the fake news fire. Maybe it makes them feel good now, but it’s counterproductive at best.

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Who is afraid now?

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It could be the grudge match of the century, Ben Shapiro championing Economic Liberty while Comrade Cortez vainly tries to defend Socialistic Slavery.

In this corner, weighing in at 171 Pounds in Blue shorts with 62 wins, 23 by knockout, Kid Shapiro representing Economic Liberty.

And in this corner weighing in at [don’t you dare ask that question].. in Red shorts and Red lipstick with one primary win, Comrade Cortez representing Socialistic Slavery.

Ben Shapiro recently offered to debate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but so far it looks like she doesn’t want to take up the challenge. The most eagerly anticipated question for her being: How in Hades’ are you going to pay for all of your vote buying schemes with the country having over 100 Trillion in unfunded liabilities  and 21 Trillion in debt?

In many ways, it’s too bad that Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is longer on intersectional ‘street cred’ than intellectual gravitas. A fair match-up would still see her losing given that she is trying to defend the indefensible. This is why we salivated over her overnight ascendancy in the ranks of the Socialist-Left. The abject inferiority of her ancient ideas would have seen a lopsided victory of epic proportions even if she were evenly matched with Mr. Shapiro. The proposed debate could be a virtual bloodbath, unseen since the Roman coliseum.

Two prime examples of why the Left cannot openly debate the issues.

Socialism doesn’t work in the real world, so one of the left’s favourite tactics is the illogical comparison between the theoretical promises of every supposedly positive aspect of socialism with the negative connotations of Economic Liberty [or the pejorative term used by the Left ‘Capitalism’]. This is because they cannot compare the practical results of Economic Liberty with the practical results of ‘Democratic’ Socialism. Most rational people would easily choose to live under Economic Liberty than Socialistic Slavery, hence the reason most socialist nations are akin to open air prisons.

The myth of Scandinavian Socialism.

Let’s start the Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen during the last presidential cycle, stating flat-out stating: Danish PM in US: Denmark is not socialist

“I know that some people in the US associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism. Therefore I would like to make one thing clear. Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy,” Rasmussen said.

“The Nordic model is an expanded welfare state which provides a high level of security for its citizens, but it is also a successful market economy with much freedom to pursue your dreams and live your life as you wish,” he added.

This myth has been eviscerated a number of times, Here, and Here. But the National Socialist-Left is heavily invested in this lie, since it is about the only defense they have for base ideology. In actuality, these are small, culturally homogenous nations that can spend money on an expansive welfare state because the US taxpayers foot the bill for their defense. That is hardly amenable to the US, especially the part about the Constitutional funding for defense. We can’t exactly take money from ourselves to give it back, although the odds are there are some that might believe that could be done.

The Socialist-Left can’t afford to debate the Pro-Liberty Right because they will lose.

These examples are why that much-anticipated debate might not take place. Much like guerrilla fighters hiding in the jungle, the Left cannot come out in the open and engage in direct confrontation with the Right. They can only survive ‘debating’ in their echo chamber where their theories are somehow still viable after all the empirical evidence to the contrary. But sooner or later eventually everyone will get a chance to compare their ancient failed ideas to what actually works in reality, and they will lose the argument.

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The real threat to free speech in the Alex Jones saga

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By now I’m sure you’ve heard about how Apple, Facebook, YouTube, and others have removed Alex Jones and his Infowars program from their platforms recently for violating their code of conduct regarding the use of so-called hate speech.

While Jones’ rants fall more under the category of insanity than they do insight, his program has been accepted in many conservative circles, along with members of #Cult45 due to his rabid support of Donald Trump, and Trump has returned the favor. In an appearance on Jones’ radio show, Trump praised him for his “amazing” reputation.

Considering Jones’ established reputation as a conspiracy theorist and all-around nut case, the timing of his removal from the platforms of these major players in the internet world created by Al Gore would be suspect except for two things: Donald Trump and the upcoming election.

As Steve Deace accurately concluded, targeting Alex Jones is forcing faux-conservatives who support Trump to defend Jones’ indefensible behavior — much as they do for Trump — in the days leading up to an election where the GOP is already preparing for a Blue Tsunami.

So-called conservative media and Donald Trump, Jr. are also defending Jones.

Targeting Jones in this manner also allows the left to control the narrative by connecting true conservatism to the actions of a conspiracy theorist … and Alex Jones too.

Jones, his Infowars groupies, and some in the so-called conservative media are crying about how his First Amendment rights are being denied. Of course, nothing can be further from the truth. Businesses have the right to run their business as they see fit and can refuse to associate with anyone they choose — unless, of course, you’re a Christian baker or Christian florist.

Jones’ website is still up and running, and unless Congress attempts to make a law to take it down, his First Amendment rights are still protected. If he disagrees with business practices of companies operating with a left-wing bent, he can go somewhere else to spread his conspiracy theories.

Even though Jones is wrong to claim that his First Amendment rights are being denied, the actions taken against him are creating a real threat to free speech, especially when Washington decides to get involved.

Even though he’s calling on free market businesses indirectly do his dirty work, Sen. Murphy believes that shutting down an individual’s individual rights is necessary for America to survive. Unfortunately, he’s not alone because Republicans are also getting in the act.

As I wrote a few days ago, Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) has proposed a bill that would put protesters in jail for 15 years if they wear a mask while “threatening” or “intimidating” someone — in other words, ANTIFA protesters.

In some ways, Alex Jones and ANTIFA are alike because they’re unbalanced, unhinged, and unstable. In other words, they’re insane. That’s why I will never support or defend their actions.

However, I do support and defend liberty and the Constitution, and I will oppose any effort by the government to directly or indirectly deny anyone their Constitutional rights. It’s frightening that there are so many who are willing to trade freedom for tyranny, and it’s likely to get worse because there are too few willing to defend our God-given rights.

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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