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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 to debate your political enemies… and win

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How to debate your political enemies and win

It’s no secret that we live in a world of political division. Not only are liberals at war with conservatives, but both sides of the political spectrum are at war with themselves.

While my preference is unity, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen anytime soon, judging by social media. Since that’s the case, then people need to at least, learn how to debate effectively.

Here are four things to remember before getting into your next political debate:

1. Stop letting your opponent control the language

Until pregnant, pro-choice women start having fetus showers on a regular basis, it’s not a “fetus”. It’s a baby.

Until guns jump off the table, run down the street, and start shooting people on their own, it’s not “gun violence”. It’s just violence.

When you let your opponent control the language, you let them control the debate. You allow them the opportunity to soften their position through less controversial verbiage, making their position sound almost reasonable.

Call a spade a spade. Catering to politically correct double-speak is a form of soft tyranny.

2. Know your opponent and their tactics, then call them on it

I learned this one watching Ben Shapiro take on Piers Morgan in an interview regarding the 2nd Amendment. Ben had researched Piers’ tactics, and at the beginning of the interview, called him out on them, pointing out that Morgan has a tendency to resort to name-calling vitriol, ad hominem attacks, and attempts to paint his opponent as low intellect Neanderthals, whenever he ran out of talking points to support his position. Shapiro went on to say that he trusted that Morgan wouldn’t engage in those same tactics in their debate.

Morgan was instantly taken aback, batted his eyelashes innocently, and went into full denial mode. The interview went smoothly for a while, with Morgan refraining from his typical tactics, but true to form, reverted to his normal attacks when Shapiro had him backed into a corner, giving him the ammo he needed to point out that he was correct in his initial assessment of Morgan’s tactics.

I’ve implemented this strategy in many debates, and without fail, it’s been effective.

3. Don’t go on defense

It’s inevitable. In any debate, on any topic, your opponent is going to spend the bulk of their time, telling you why your position is wrong and why you’re a bad person for holding it. All too often, I see good people take this bait and retreat into a mode of defending themselves, rather than defending their position, or going on offense against their opponents position.

It’s a natural reaction to try and defend your character, morality or ethics when they come under attack. However, the second you do, you’ve just handed the debate to your opponent.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been called a “gun nut that doesn’t care about children”. Until I learned the tactic of not taking that bait, my reaction was usually “I am not a gun nut and I love kids”. Now, my reaction is “If being a proponent of the basic, human right to self defense, not only for me, but for the protection of children, makes me a ‘nut,’ so be it. What I think is nutty is being opposed to those things.”

Guess which one of those reactions is more effective in winning the debate.

4. Don’t allow deflection

When people are losing a debate, they tend to drift into side topics. It’s not unusual for a pro-abortion advocate to drift into healthcare as a whole, or for a gun control advocate to drift into government provided “safety”.

Don’t follow people down these rabbit holes. Drag them right back out, and force them to stay on the topic of hand. The moment you start following them is the moment you’ve given them control to lead you to separate topics, control the debate, and muddy the waters of the original topic.

Debate is a healthy thing when done right. It’s done right when the right strategies are applied. So engage, but engage to win. I assume your position is worth it.

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GOP plays pro-life card in an election year bluff for votes

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GOP plays pro-life card in an election year bluff for votes

With another year of failure behind them and a midterm election ahead, the GOP is busy doing as it always does under such circumstances, squeezing a boatload of bills through Congress designed to give the appearance that they’re keeping their word to the conservative base of the party.

An ace-in-the-hole often played by the Gang Of Phonies when they are desperate for our cash and our votes is the pro-life card, which explains their plan to hold a show vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act (BAASA) later this week.

If passed, BAASA would allegedly protect infants delivered alive after a failed abortion which begs the question, if a failed abortion delivers a live baby and a successful abortion delivers a dead baby, isn’t abortion the very definition of premeditated murder?

Premeditated Murder: The term that is used to describe a murder that was planned in advance and was carried out willfully. – Black’s Law Dictionary

In 2002–strangely enough, another midterm election year–George W. Bush signed a similar bill called the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA). While the bill claimed to provide legal protection for an infant born alive after a failed abortion, BAIPA failed to provide penalties or enforcement mechanisms to punish violators.

Without those provisions, the law was meaningless and made it possible for a baby killer like Kermit Gosnell–who routinely murdered babies by severing their spinal cords with scissors through the back of the neck or drowning them in toilets after being born alive–to become a millionaire.

While it can be argued that BAASA might do some good, this is simply an election year ploy that falls woefully short of doing what’s necessary to end the abortion holocaust.

For example, there has been no advance of the “most pro-life platform in GOP history,” which included commitments to defund Planned Parenthood, ban dismemberment abortions, and pass a Human Rights Amendment to the Constitution. In fact, Trump and the GOP actually supported the abortion industry by passing three spending bills in 2017 that fully funded Planned Parenthood.

As a supporter of the Federalist Party and the Convention of States project, I see this charade as more proof that conservatives need to leave the GOP and join these movements. Only by reigning in the federal government and returning power to the states will we bring an end to this holocaust.

What difference could it make? Well, Indiana State Rep. Curt Nisly just introduced a bill that would completely ban abortion in the state. In Roe v. Wade America, his chances of success are somewhere between slim and none. But in Constitutional America, where “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people,” NIsly’s bill would likely succeed.

BAASA may or may not become law, but it’s nothing more than a lame attempt by RINOs to save their jobs. The lives of the unborn deserve better than this.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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Will Trump and the GOP ever defund Planned Parenthood?

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Will Trump and the GOP ever defund Planned Parenthood

Despite claims that 2017 was a “tough year,” Planned Parenthood still managed to have a very profitable year according to a just-released annual report.

After murdering 321,384 unborn babies still in their mother’s womb at their so-called clinics–occasionally selling their body parts on the black market–and receiving nearly $544 million in taxpayer-funded subsidies, Planned Parenthood was able to report an increase in its profits of nearly $21 million despite shutting down 32 centers last year.

According to Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood manager who currently runs an organization designed to help abortion workers get out of the baby-killing business (And Then There Were None), the report proves what we already knew: Planned Parenthood is a political movement, not a women’s healthcare organization. As noted by WorldTribune.com, data contained within the report supports Johnson’s conclusion.

  • The organization’s birth control services continued to drop in the past year. According to its 2016-2017 annual report, contraception services were 2,701,866 – four percent less than 2015-2016.
  • The annual report also shows the number of prenatal services once again dropping – this year to 7,762 – a 17 percent decline from the 9,419 performed the year before. In 2014-2015, Planned Parenthood claimed 17,419 prenatal services performed.
  • While Planned Parenthood performed 3,677,503 sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests, and 706,903 HIV tests over the past year, the organization performs no mammograms but lists 336,614 manual “breast exams.”

During his 2016 campaign, Trump’s position regarding Planned Parenthood changed depending on the day of the week–or Ivanka’s agenda–as he defended the organization for the “good things” it did for women’s health while claiming that abortion was a “small part” of their business operation.

Abby Johnson shot down Trump’s conclusion in a Newsmax interview at the time.

“My message to Donald Trump… [is] nothing Planned Parenthood does is for the greater good of women. Every single service they provide leads back to abortion.

“So why do they provide contraceptive services to women? Because they know that eventually that contraceptive will fail; 54 percent of women who have abortions were using contraception at the time they got pregnant.

“They know that method is going to fail and because they’ve already developed a relationship with that woman then that woman will come back to Planned Parenthood whenever that method did fail and they will be able to sell her on an abortion.

“Why do they provide STD services? Because they care about eradicating STDs? No, because they want to have that first point of contact with a person who is participating in high-risk sexual behavior.

“Because they know that that person has a greater chance of having an unplanned pregnancy and that’s a person they can sell an abortion to. Every single service leads back to abortion.” (emphasis mine)

Candidate Trump wrote a letter in September, 2016 to a group of pro-life leaders stating that he was “committed to … Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and re-allocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health for women.”

Unfortunately, President Trump–who warned America that he would be different once he became president–agreed to a budget deal with Democrats that funds Planned Parenthood into Fiscal Year 2018, which began Oct. 1. It was the third spending deal Trump signed as president that continues federal funding for the abortion group.

The current extension on that deal expires two weeks from tomorrow and Democrats have a long list of demands to be met in exchange for their vote on a new budget. Also, as we witnessed during the Obamacare repeal debates, the GOP has demonstrated a disgusting willingness to abandon the unborn in order to appease Democrats.

With Trump’s track record of near-schizophrenia when it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood, and with the spineless GOP more concerned about keeping their positions than with keeping their promises, the odds look pretty good that Planned Parenthood will be reporting about another banner year 12 months from now.

Time will tell if the American taxpayer will continue footing the bill for this American Holocaust.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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