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Don’t get sucked into Steve Bannon’s false righteousness

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Steve Bannon

The enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend. In fact, the world of American politics is rife with false friendships, manufactured enemies, and invalid perceived alliances that translate into a huge ideological mess. This mess is falsely broken down into a right-vs-left scale. No single person exemplifies this problem better than Steve Bannon.

Yesterday, Bannon was speaking at the Values Voter Summit and made some bold claims. He is starting a “revolution” within the GOP and many are taking notice. Unfortunately, his goals and actions are going to do real damage to the country with zero chance of doing anything good.

For complete transparency, I am co-founder of the Federalist Party. Therefore, it behooves me to have the lies and corruption of Republicans exposed just as brightly as the lies and corruption of the Democrats. Ever since Bannon left the White House, I’ve been receiving questions about whether or not we’ll align with his goals of ousting “RINOs” from office. We will not. The revolution that Bannon is flaming through primary opposition is neither beneficial for the nation nor aligned with the goals of the Federalist Party. We don’t want to replace Republicans with more Republicans. We want to replace Republicans and Democrats with Federalists.

What Bannon and his minions at Breitbart are doing is not new. They were waging war against John Boehner and Mitch McConnell since both rose to prominence following the 2010 and 2014 elections. They have continued their assault on Paul Ryan, Boehner’s successor, and are now challenging pretty much anyone who doesn’t swear unimpeachable loyalty to President Trump. They’ve gone so far as to attack those in office who ARE loyal to Trump but who don’t qualify as purely aligned with their brand of nationalism and alt-right “conservatism.” According the NBC, the only Senator up for reelection who is safe is Ted Cruz.

Bannon’s actions can easily be perceived as righteous because they target the people who have pushed the GOP away from its original course. Unfortunately, both the tactics and the end results of Bannon’s ploys are far from righteous. The tactics – raising money from reliable GOP donors to promote primary opponents – will only weaken the party without yielding real victories. The end results will be disgruntled GOP voters growing even more disgruntled when Bannon’s primary challengers lose. This will hand over even more races to the Democrats who are already poised to make strides towards taking control of the House and Senate.

What if some of his primary challengers win? This is a valid question and at this early stage it seems likely they’ll be able to pull a few primary victories from their hat. Here’s the problem. Bannon is toxic. Before he was ousted from the White House, many Democrats vilified him more than they do the President. Any challenger he’s able to push through the primary will have the Bannon albatross hung about their neck. Only the reddest states will put a Bannon patsy in office. The majority will push wins to the Democrats.

Let’s look at two important scenarios this situation creates: a Democrat Trump and a risen Breitbart.

Democrat Trump

As the President has made abundantly clear in his first 9 months in office, he doesn’t like losing. The opening foray into his first term has been plagued with loss after loss. Most of these losses stem from the impotent GOP-controlled House and Senate, though some come from his own misses through executive orders. Even if he’s able to string together some EOs that stick, the lack of legislation the GOP has been able to put on his desk is the only elephant in the Oval Office.

What happens if the Democrats take over Congress? Will the President sit back and play the veto game over and over again? No. He has always been a Democrat. His role as leader of the Republican Party has been contentious at best; it’s not a natural fit. The two things he made most clear during his campaign were pure nationalism and a desire to secure the borders. His actions since taking office have betrayed both visions. This will be most apparent when he signs whatever DACA-replacement bill hits his desk early next year.

If Bannon is able to throw the GOP into disarray (even more than it is today), the President will not magically become Calvin Coolidge. He’s not going to sit back and obstruct the Democrats’ agenda. He’ll figure out a way to make it his own. Winning is the most important thing to him; ideology holds no bearing.

Does Bannon knows this? Perhaps better than anyone else, Bannon is very aware of the malleability of President Trump. He witnessed it as Jared Kushner, Gary Cohn, and other liberals in the White House were able to sway the President away from Bannon’s agenda time and time again. If he knows this, why would he press forward with his plan? Does he not realize what will happen if he fails? The sad reality is this: he knows exactly what could happen. He knows there are two possible outcomes: either he’ll succeed and put his people in Congress who will push an agenda he wants or he’ll fail, give Congress to the Democrats, and watch the President lurch to the left.

If the former happens, he’ll get his wish. If the latter happens, he’ll get his other wish, which is…

A risen Breitbart

No, I’m not talking about a reincarnation of Andrew Breitbart. What Steve Bannon knows is that Breitbart, the publication, thrives through opposition. The website and the man behind it are most powerful when fighting from the trenches. They get the most pageviews and wield the most power when Democrats are in control.

I’m not suggesting that Bannon hopes to lose. He truly does want to put his people in office. However, neither he nor Breitbart actually lose if his puppets lose. If anything, they become more powerful by losing than they do by winning. They become the face of the new Republican opposition. Their alt-right label gets replaced by the anti-leftist label. Once again, they can become the darlings of the conservative media world.

In other words, there is no real risk to Breitbart or Bannon with this play. They either get what they want or they get the other thing they want.

The real righteous path

If I sound biased about the Federalist Party, it’s for obvious reasons. We cannot allow the Democratic-Republicans to continue to hold all the power. They have yielded nothing but expanding government and shrinking freedoms. The notion that replacing Republicans with Republicans will yield different results is insane. We don’t need more conservative Republicans in office. We need actual Federalists in office.

There’s only one long- and short-term solution for this nation. We need to return things to a Constitutional perspective. We need checks and balances between the national and state governments. We need American citizens and families to be at the top of the government hierarchy and DC to be at the bottom. We need the federal government to be the last line of defense, not the tip of the spear. Until we get a fundamental change in the mentality of politicians, we’re not going to truly solve problems. Democrats stab at the people by growing government while Republicans try to throw band aids over the wounds, all the while perpetuating government growth in their own way. We don’t have a conservative-versus-liberal problem in DC. We have a limited-government-versus-everyone problem. The Republican Party is not the party of limited government. They’re the party of slightly-smaller-than-the-Democrats government. This is unacceptable and won’t solve our problems.

If Bannon really wants to fix things, he’s heading in the wrong direction. He shouldn’t be trying to fix the GOP because their ailment is too deeply embedded in their DNA. Instead, he either needs to come on board with the only righteous solution – true limited-government federalism – or he needs to get out of the way.

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. Pingback: Paul Ryan isn’t afraid of Steve Bannon. He should be. – Da Tech Guy Blog

  2. Dan

    October 17, 2017 at 8:18 am

    We don’t want to replace Republicans with more Republicans. We want to replace Republicans and Democrats with Federalists.

    Good! I didn’t need to read anything else you said, Rucker.

    We want to replace people that don’t support Trump’s agenda with people who do; regardless of party.

    By the way, as much as I like and support President Trump, Trump is if anything a Rino so do you want to get rid of him too?

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How does the Federalist Society relieve stress? “But Gorsuch” stress balls, of course.

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But Gorsuch

Conservatives who aren’t pleased with the actions, direction, and/or rhetoric coming out of the White House often invoke a simple phrase: “But Gorsuch!” It’s intended to remind them that no matter what the current administration does that goes against limited-government principles, at least they can find solace in a Constitution-loving judge being appointed by President Trump to the Supreme Court.

This popular meme made its way to the Federalist Society’s annual convention as the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank, distributed stress balls to attendees. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s image and the famous words of solace were printed on the balls.

No matter how bad it gets, remember that it could have been worse, at least from the bench.

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‘But Gorsuch’ stress balls give relief to distraught lawyers at Federalist Society conference

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/but-gorsuch-stress-balls-give-relief-to-distraught-lawyers-at-federalist-society-conference/article/2641092“I adore Gorsuch and he’s a dream judge on so many levels and we don’t do a ton with the judiciary at R Street … [but] we just love doing the silly stuff,” said Shoshana Weissmann, R Street Institute’s digital media specialist who hand-delivered the balls to attendees on Friday.

Weissmann said the R Street Institute made 150 balls, which it started distributing when the Federalist Society’s annual convention began in Washington on Thursday. The think tank had about 50 balls remaining Friday, with attendees coming to get them while Weissmann spoke with a reporter.

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The Obamacare Debacle: Why we need a second political party

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Sometimes you simply hope that your predictions will be wrong and that events will miraculously turn out differently; unfortunately, this is not one of those times. Most people with a modicum of common sense anticipated that the Republicans would now take the blame for the troubles of Obamacare, and that has come to pass.  The aphorism ‘You broke it, you bought it’ comes to mind, and while somewhat unfair to the situation, perception is reality in the world of politics.

Tear it down and start over.

While not endeavoring to reign blows upon a deceased equine, this is why the Republican party needed to keep its promise on Obamacare. It’s also the reason why it’s time to sweep away the old and begin anew with a brand new second major political party. That phrase was deliberately used because it has become quite evident that the Republican and Democratic parties have started to merge in far too many ways.

The Obamacare debacle is a prime illustration of this unfortunate merging. O’Sullivan’s First Law explains this to a fair degree since the denizens of a certain party will – over time – want to keep the bureaucratic levers of power with the false idea that they can have it run more efficiently. Besides the simple expedient of term limits, a new party could start anew with a mandate to avoid this political trap.

An illustration from the world of engineering seems more than appropriate in this instance. There are times when a machine or structure has become so riddled with worn out or failed components that it is far better to simply scrap or tear it down and build something from scratch. The aphorism is to start with a clean sheet of paper such that the old assumptions and constructs are swept away in favor of something entirely new and innovative. “We’ve always done it this way” is replaced with questioning skepticism with regard to what works, and what doesn’t.

Existing components that have proven to be of service can be utilized in the new construct but only if they meet certain criteria, not simply because they are carried along with everything else of the old. By the same token, members of the old party can become a vital part of the new but only if they are up to the task.

The final word on the Republican party.

It is more than likely that the people responsible for that bureaucratic mess will use it to good political advantage against those who opposed it in the first place. We should be getting rid of governmental interference in the free market, but instead will see a complete control with national socialist healthcare [i.e., the ‘single payer’ deception].

There is no other choice than to limit the damage now with a new party that will stay true to conservative principles. The results of the alternative are too horrible to contemplate.

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Damaged Democrats win big despite party crumbling. What does that say about the GOP?

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There was a headline earlier today that caught my attention, not because it was surprising but because of the source: CNN. The story’s headline was, “Poll: Views of Democratic Party hit lowest mark in 25 years.”

In case it ever gets changed or deleted, I even took a screenshot:

Views of Democrats CNN

Later the same night, Democrats win Virginia, New Jersey, and New York City. Though the latter two were expected, the Virginia race was supposed to be a toss up. As of the writing of this article, Ralph Northam was up by nearly five points on Ed Gillespie. Fears that the Libertarians may sway the election were negated by Northam getting over 50% of the vote.

How do we reconcile these two opposing ideas? Are the Democrats crumbling? Yes. Did they win big in the only major election day of 2017? Yes.

There was a time not too long ago when I said the only thing going for the Republicans and their alleged “civil war” is that the Democrats are experiencing the same if not worse. I stand by that statement. The Democrats really are cracking up as they seem intent on pushing as far to the left as they’re allowed by their base. This is worrisome because the part of the party that was once considered the fringe is now falling in line with people like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris are jumping on board. Nearly every emerging movement friendly with the party is pushing for them to move ever closer to communism. They are leaving most of America behind… just like the Republicans.

It’s different for the GOP, though. They’re not losing people because they’re becoming too radical. They’re losing people because they’re becoming too moderate politically while embracing the bombastic style of their leader. These factors combine to give us two major parties that are completely out of touch with what America needs and what their constituents want.

The GOP will play this off as races that were always tilted towards the Democrats and they’d be correct, but this was also supposed to be a continuation of the strides they made a year ago when they broke through to win some tough races. This year, not so much.

America hasn’t been as ready to explore third party alternatives since the 19th century. Between the failed policies of both parties and the rise of Americans realizing they don’t like either major party, it gives me hope that the Federalist Party, which I co-founded, has an opportunity to make an impact in the near future.

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