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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.

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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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When Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) hadn’t been in Washington DC for very long when he said this amazing quote. At the time, many weren’t paying much attention. After all, many Republicans say similar things when they get to DC, but over time they become jaded, corrupted, or start to get used to being in the DC Country Club.

Amash is different. He has remained consistent with his message and views throughout his career. Now, it’s time for other Republicans to remember what they were sent to Washington DC to do in the first place. Defense of the Constitution is their top priority as it’s the best protection against a government that wants desperately to control every aspect of our lives. From healthcare to the internet to how we use our energy, government intervention has become so commonplace, it’s often hard to see the fabric of our nation behind all the layers of bureaucracy that has been placed on top of it.

“I follow a set of principles, I follow the Constitution. And that’s what I base my votes on. Limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty.”

If more Republicans followed the same principles and didn’t just use them in campaign speeches, we may actually be able to return liberties that have been taken and remove layers of government that have been formed unnecessarily.


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Mike Pence on his belief in federalism

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Vice President Mike Pence has been a strong proponent for federalism throughout his political and radio careers. While he may have had to push his federalist leanings aside while in the White House as his boss feels the need to expand DC power, but at his core I believe he’s still a federalist.

DC power is out of control. States, cities, and most importantly individual Americans need to do whatever we can to rein in the federal government. They believe they know best despite clear evidence they don’t.

“Our founders insisted that protecting the states’ power to govern themselves was vital to limit the power of Washington and preserve freedom.”

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Why sanctuary cities are not an example of federalism

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Why sanctuary cities are not an example of federalism

There’s a false narrative circulating that claims sanctuary cities are an example of the proper use of federalism that keeps law enforcement powers in the hands local, city, county, and state governments as it pertains to illegal immigrant sanctuary status. On the surface, this argument may actually make sense to some. Dig a little deeper and it’s clearly not what federalists should embrace.

Briefly, federalism is the belief that powers should be shared between all levels of government starting with the individual and family unit at the top of the pyramid and working its way down to the bottom level, the federal government. When it was first pushed by the founding father federalists such as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, they fought to make sure the federal government had enough power to be relevant, as their opposition basically wanted states to have all the power. Today federalist tenets have had to refocus on taking powers away from a bloated federal government and return them to the states, counties, cities, communities, and, of course, the individual.

Proponents of sanctuary areas say they’re simply following the principles of limited government federalism by choosing to ignore federal-initiated holds for illegal immigrants who are detained by local jurisdictions. This is false federalism because it suffers from one major flaw.

For states-rights to kick in, one very important criteria must be met. The actions of one location cannot be allowed to have a major detrimental effect on another location. The federal government should only get involved in states’ affairs when their actions influence other states. Such is the case with sanctuary cities and states. Criminal illegal immigrants are not stuck in the city that ignored the federal hold orders. When they release a criminal illegal immigrant, they’re allowing them to roam free across the nation. That means the actions of a state like California can cause harm to residence of neighboring states.

We’re not talking about residents in a state without legal marijuana crossing into another state to buy a joint. We’re talking about people who have entered the country illegally, broken our right to sovereignty, and who pose a clear and present danger to American citizens.

Moreover, it creates an atmosphere of unfairness. As a legal immigrant to the United States, I receive no sanctuary in California. If I have a federal warrant against me and I’m detained for, say, drunk driving in California, they’re not going to release me so I can avoid my federal warrant. If I were an illegal immigrant instead, they would. How backwards is it that my rights as an American citizen are lower than the rights of an illegal immigrant?

Let’s not confuse the real issue, here. This is all about power. The sentiment towards illegal immigrants is both backwards and illogical in cities and states that offer sanctuary to them. Yet politicians know many will continue to vote for them in states like California because to most leftists, hurt feelings are more powerful than actual facts.

I’m JD Rucker. Thank you for listening.

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