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Steve Bannon is a more powerful Trump ally from the trenches

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The promotion of John Kelly to Chief of Staff. The rise of leftists in President Trump’s ear. The purging of right and alt-right personalities in the administration, including Steve Bannon himself. These things might make an observer believe that Bannon would be fighting the President now that he’s back in charge at Breitbart. That’s not the case. In fact, Bannon may be the President’s most powerful ally.

On 60 Minutes, Bannon revealed his undying commitment to President Trump and the agenda he helped to craft. His tone was a bit less harsh than he’s been in the past, even saying that Obamacare shouldn’t be fully repealed, but his fervor for the man who made him a household name appears to be completely unshaken.

That’s not to say Bannon won’t be on the attack. He has some very clear targets in mind. No, it’s not the Democrats. No, it isn’t the liberals embedded in the Trump administration. Bannon and Breitbart are going to go after their familiar foes: Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and anyone Bannon feels is standing in the way of Trump’s plans.

He’s going to push for them to be primaried. He’ll hit them in ways that will weaken them for general elections, even allowing Republicans to lose seats if necessary. The new Steve Bannon is the old Steve Bannon, just better known and more empowered than ever. It creates a strange conundrum for Federalists and constitutional conservatives who do not embrace the alt-right mentality. If the enemy of my enemy is my friend, then Bannon is a friend, right? We don’t like the GOP Establishment. Neither does he. Therefore, we’re on the same side? No. Absolutely not. The Red Sox and the Mets can both hate the Yankees without being on the same team. So too can we share a distaste for the Establishment without sharing Breitbart’s love affair with the alt-right.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted that we would be giving Breitbart a chance. That chance is on the verge of being completely over. Based upon the rhetoric coming from Bannon on 60 Minutes plus the clickbait coverage we’re seeing on Breitbart.com, it’s clear that they’re not a true conservative ally. They’re just a separate force opposing some of the same things we oppose. He’s still a big government guy. He’s still an alt-right guy. He’s still the guy who deflects questions about the white supremacists who support him rather than outright denouncing them as he should.

Bannon was asked why he’s no longer in the White House. “I cannot take the fight to the people we have to take the fight to when I’m a federal government employee,” Bannon replied.

This is the truest answer he gave in the interview. He’s no longer on the White House payroll. He no longer represents the administration directly. That makes him the wildcard he’s always wanted to be. Now, he’s going to use the opportunity he made for himself over the last year to take the alt-right message to the people.

Here’s the problem and the biggest fear I have in all this. While wreaking havoc, what damage will he do? Does he care? I can’t answer the first question, but the answer to the second question is quite obvious. He doesn’t care. If taking out Paul Ryan means putting a Democrat in both the congressional seat as well as the Speaker’s office, so be it. As an agent of chaos, his long-term view is that it’s always best to make big changes regardless of the consequences. That’s the real difference between what Breitbart wants to do and what we want to do. Our goal is to put the right people in office. Breitbart’s goal is to put anyone else in office other than the people they don’t like.

The biggest challenge to conservatism isn’t from the left. It’s from the tainting effects of the alt-right as they run away from small-government, constitutionally-sound messaging so they can spread new, perverse, and false definitions of modern “conservatism.”

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Why wasn’t a thwarted school shooting a major news story?

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(Please note that we are not using the perpetrator’s name to keep the focus on the heroes who stopped this potential tragedy)

The liberty grabbers on the left usually jump at a chance to demonize the 2nd Amendment. Why not in this case?

Three staff members of Smith High School in Greensboro, North Carolina stopped a potential tragedy on Monday by quickly locking down the school and arresting the perpetrator.

The first to intervene was Patrick Jordan, a Behavioral Intervention Specialist who works at the school. He noticed someone who did not “fit in” walking past in the courtyard. Jordan then approached the man to ask why he was there, and after a short exchange the individual raised his shirt to show a handgun. Assistant Principal, Lashonti Hines, also noticed the gun. Hines and Jordan immediately called for a lock down. The criminal ran and was arrested after being tased by school Resource Officer, D.K. Evans.

The perpetrator had previously assaulted his girlfriend in Virginia Beach Monday morning before allegedly stealing the victim’s car to drive to the School in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The man had a backpack with two loaded handguns and eight boxes of ammunition. It was reported in the Sacramento Bee that the man had a “hit list” with plans to kill a woman and her parents in Durham, and then move on to Smith High School in Greensboro to kill two people. He then planned to drive to Maryland and kill one more person.

Why wasn’t this a major news story?

This potential mass murder in a school and elsewhere took place several days ago. While it did receive some perfunctory notice by some local and national news sources, it was quickly glossed over in favor of other stories. Why?

Several reasons can be gleaned from the accompanying video on the hero who stopped this tragedy. Suffice it to say that the ethnicity of the perpetrator, as well as the victims, did not fit the usual narrative. The featured video also had one of the heroes referring to that which is generally taboo with secular socialist television.

The primary difference between this case and others is that the perpetrator didn’t succeed. There were no images or video of children fleeing for their lives from the scene, and a decided lack of relatives of the victims emoting on-screen demanding for restrictions on freedom.

Colleague, Lorie Wimble, noticed a similar pattern with regard to a rape allegation by Katie Brennan, in which a political inconvenient story ends up getting buried in the news cycle. In this environment it’s mind-boggling that the media doesn’t understand why they are no longer trusted. It’s equally perplexing that they don’t understand that their bias is manifestly obvious.

A lost opportunity to demonize liberty

Compare the coverage of this potential “serious crisis” with one that is ripe for exploitation by the freedom floggers. Wall-to-wall coverage would soon be initiated after word of an exploitable tragedy coming in over the optic fiber (followed by the usual admonitions about our issue with liberty and how we must now restrict freedom) then, somber denizens of the nation’s Socialist left will pontificate on the dire need to control personal property, as well as everyone’s online speech.

One can easily imagine the gatherings of excited leftists in “news” rooms around the nation hoping for another chance to further their gun confiscation agenda, only to be disappointed that the obvious solution of armed school security saving the day. The sheer letdown for them, in the midst of their writing up of tweets with the hashtag #GunReformNow (meaning #GunConfiscationNow), when the news breaks that ordinary citizens stopped evil dead in it’s tracks.

Killing off the contagion

Studies show that over-the-top media coverage and making perpetrators “anti-heroes” tends to encourage copycat crimes. Even far-left publication ‘Mother Jones’ recognizes this problem. It’s also logical that publicizing the failure of one of these murderous miscreants would discourage this behavior in others with similar ideas.

Those planning these crimes go through five distinct planning phases. Seeing that someone was thwarted by an armed response may end the fantasy of an active shooter once and for all.

The takeaway

Truly common sense measures, such as eliminating so-called ‘Gun-Free’ zones and freeing people to carry concealed weapons, would dramatically reduce if not eliminate these tragedies. But for some, security is more important than essential liberty. Perhaps that is why they oppose the common sense solutions.

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Katie Brennan story would be nationally covered if her alleged rapist were a Republican

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Katie Brennan story would be nationally covered if her alleged rapist were a Republican

Katie Brennan claims she was raped. She reported the incident to the police. After their investigation, they said there wasn’t enough evidence to arrest and convict her alleged rapist. Undaunted, Brennan worked her way up the ladder until finally calling on Governor Phil Murphy himself, a man she volunteered for in his election campaign, to meet with her and discuss the alleged rapist on his payroll.

Unfortunately for Brennan, the chief of staff at the state’s housing agency and a former volunteer for the governor’s campaign, she was accusing a powerful Democrat in deep-blue New Jersey. There was little chance she was going to be heard by anyone in public office, so she did what she hoped wouldn’t be necessary. She contacted the press.

A Sexual-Assault Accusation in New Jersey Spotlights a National Dilemma

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-sexual-assault-accusation-in-new-jersey-exposes-a-national-dilemma-1539542172A meeting with the governor was never scheduled. And months later, the man, Albert J. Alvarez, was still working for the state, as chief of staff at the New Jersey Schools Development Authority. Mr. Alvarez resigned his position Oct. 2, the same day the Journal emailed him for comment.

“At each turn, I’ve just felt so disappointed,” Ms. Brennan said in an interview. “I tried everything. And none of it worked. If I can’t get any justice, I just don’t seriously know who can.”

Now, she faces skepticism from many people who have claimed the #MeToo mantle as their own. It caught her by surprise. In her public hearing yesterday, she told the story from the time of the alleged rape all the way through to now.

“I thought if any administration could make progressive reforms, it would be this one,” Brennan said during her testimony.

She has every right to be baffled by the way she has been treated, even recently. The attorney general found no wrongdoing by the district attorney who turned her away and refused to file charges against her alleged rapist, Al Alvarez. How they came to that conclusion without even attempting to interview Brennan herself is unfathomable.

Putting together the pieces, it’s starting to make more sense. The last thing any Democratic lawmaker in the state of New Jersey wants is for their boss to be seen as ignoring a sexual assault allegation against one of his top staffers made by a former campaign volunteer.

Katie Brennan Responds To AG’s Finding In Review Of Rape Allegation Investigation

https://www.insidernj.com/katie-brennan-responds-ags-finding-review-rape-allegation-investigation/“The integrity of every government body involved in the Attorney General’s investigation has been called into question. I am deeply discouraged that the Attorney General’s Office could rush to its conclusion without the Attorney General or Office of Public Integrity and Accountability ever even requesting to speak with me. They have not heard my story directly. They have not allowed my concerns to be heard or asked me any clarifying questions.

“Had I been asked, I would have told them that, contrary to some reports, the first and only time I met Prosecutor Suarez was at a dinner on August 30, 2018.

My Take

This is purely political, 100%. I was shocked it wasn’t getting national attention back in October when the WSJ article first dropped.

Why isn’t Katie Brennan’s #MeToo accusation getting national attention?

http://noqreport.com/2018/10/15/isnt-katie-brennans-metoo-accusation-getting-national-attention/It’s the type of story that should have received national attention immediately. It was sourced by a respected major news outlet, the Wall Street Journal. Both the accuser and the accused are high-ranking public official in New Jersey’s government. The accused stepped down two weeks ago when approached by WSJ for comment. Katie Brennan’s story is a major newsworthy scandal.

As of Monday morning, a day after the story officially broke and four days after it was leaked to other major news outlets, both mainstream media and the #MeToo movement are essentially silent.

As I did in October, I waited a day before writing about this because I assumed, surely this time leftist mainstream media could no longer ignore this story. Searches for “Katie Brennan” on Google News today reveal it’s still essential only being covered by local press. The networks aren’t picking it up. Outlets like the NY Times and WaPo aren’t picking it up. The Wall Street Journal continues to cover it, but Politico is the only major left-leaning outlet to even mention Katie Brennan.

It’s an extremely credible story of a woman allegedly raped by a powerful man protected by his cohorts in government. If it was a Republican rapist protected by a Republican governor, this would be huge. Instead, media is sweeping it under the rug.

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We have another casualty to report from Trump’s war on the media

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We have another casualty to report from Trumps war on the media

In Donald Trump’s war against the First Amendment and freedom of the press, one of the indisputable casualties has been the conservative media as formerly conservative voices are assimilated by the Trumpservative Borg.

Less than two weeks ago, I wrote about how Trump critics in TV and radio are being canned and replaced by Trump cheerleaders, such as we witnessed when Salem Radio Network cancelled Michael Medved’s nationally syndicated radio show to make room for former advisor to Donald Trump Sebastian Gorka.

Shortly after that story, I wrote about Trump’s proposal to create a state-run media company to combat his “Fake News” critics and how a recent revelation about FOX & Friends showed how they had become another propaganda arm of the White House.

Stories such as these are why I wrote yesterday about my concerns over the merger between Mark Levin’s CRTV and Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze. While being touted as a boon for the conservative movement, the examples I mention above show how far the conservative media has fallen and should give any objective observer reason for pause concerning the newly formed Blaze Media.

Media outlets that have refused to surrender to Trump have paid the price for doing so.

Yesterday we learned that The Weekly Standard may be shutting down after over 20 years in business. Editors Bill Kristol, Stephen Hayes, and Charlie Sykes have been adamantly critical of Trump for his unpresidential behavior and his liberal policies.

While there will be those within the Trumpservative media and the Trump cult who will point to The Weekly Standard’s opposition to Trump and their neo-con leanings as a valid reason for their demise, it should concern every Constitution-loving American that such a thing should happen and be celebrated simply because a publication is critical of the president.

But that’s the condition of liberty in America today in the Age of Trump. Our Constitutionally protected God-given rights are secondary to the egomaniacal needs of the narcissistic New York liberal occupying the White House.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “I am…for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents.”

A free press is necessary to enforce accountability in government. I hope we figure that out before it’s too late.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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