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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.

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. Don McCullen

    November 7, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    The Democratic Party still wins because they are still good at selling “Ism.” Watch the animated short “Make Mine Freedom” if you don’t know that Ism is.

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Al Franken gets hit with two more accusations of inappropriate touching

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Al Franken gets hit with two more accusations of inappropriate touching

Huffington Post is reporting accusations number three and four against Senator Al Franken from Minnesota. The embattled Democrat has been in the hot seat ever since reports surfaced that he made unwanted advances on model Leeann Tweeden, including a damaging image of the former comedian groping her while she slept.

Senator Frankencreep: Leeann Tweeden accuses Senator Al Franken of sexual assault

https://noqreport.com/2017/11/16/senator-frankencreep-leeann-tweeden-accuses-senator-al-franken-sexual-assault/Tweeden’s article on KABC is startlingly detailed, accusing the former comedian of forcefully kissing her without permission. He then participated in a “funny” picture showing him groping the former Playboy model while she slept.

Should she be believed? According to Franken last month, yes.

The second accusation came out Monday when Lindsay Menz accused him of groping her while he was a Senator.

2nd Al Franken accuser Lindsay Menz on why she went public with her story

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/2nd-al-franken-accuser-lindsay-menz-public-story/story?id=51320842“My husband steps away from us to take the photo. I stand next to Sen. Franken and he pulls me into him and then he moves his hand to my butt,” Menz, 33, told ABC News’ chief national correspondent Tom Llamas. “I was shocked.”

She added, “I was surprised and kind of wondering, did that really just happen?”

The latest accusations move this into the realm of “serial” sexual misconduct, according to conservative news aggregator Drudge Report. The top headline of Matt Drudge’s site is “Getting Serial,” referencing the notion that this isn’t the case of a couple of isolated incidents spanning many years. This may be Franken’s modus operandi:

Drudge Report Al Franken

Though the two new reports are coming in from a single article, the women claim to not know each other. Their identities are being withheld, but HuffPo claims to have researched them thoroughly and discovered similarities in the accounts. Moreover, the women have been telling this story privately for years, well before the recent allegations came to light.

The incidents in question happened during Franken’s first campaign for Senate. One accusation is similar to the one made by Menz, stating “he grabbed my buttocks during a photo op.”

The other accuser said he cupped her buttocks and suggested the two of them visit the bathroom together at a Democratic fundraiser in Minneapolis.

“My immediate reaction was disgust,” the second woman said. “But my secondary reaction was disappointment. I was excited to be there and to meet him. And so to have that happen really deflated me. It felt like: ‘Is this really the person who is going to be in a position of power to represent our community?’”

My Take

Franken, a rising star in the Democratic Party and one of the most covered members of the Senate, needs to step down. Just as calls are being made for Republican Roy Moore to step aside in his Senate run, so too should calls be made for this Senator to vacate his seat immediately.

Further Reading

Two More Women Accuse Sen. Al Franken Of Inappropriate Touching

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/al-franken-two-more-women-groping_us_5a15a455e4b09650540ec295The first woman, who spoke to HuffPost on condition of anonymity because she’s worried she’ll be harassed online for making the allegation, said Franken groped her when they posed for a photo after a June 25, 2007, event hosted by the Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus in Minneapolis.

“My story is eerily similar to Lindsay Menz’s story,” the first woman said. “He grabbed my buttocks during a photo op.”

The second woman told HuffPost that Franken cupped her butt with his hand at a 2008 Democratic fundraiser in Minneapolis, then suggested the two visit the bathroom together. She spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear that the allegation could affect her position at work.

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Beware of the dark side

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Many have started down the dark path.

Regardless of what you think of Roy Moore, I hope you reached that conclusion objectively. Unfortunately, those who dominate my news feed did not.

I saw bloodthirsty cries for him to drop out of the Senate race as soon as the first allegations were made, just as I witnessed stubborn declarations of innocence and that it was all a political smear. Both sides had more in common than not: their positions had nothing to do with the credibility of the allegations, but with the existence of the allegations alone.

Democrats and RINOs want him gone, so he must be innocent. Flyover Republicans want him elected, so he must be guilty.

From there, no amount of evidence on either side could penetrate stubborn skulls. The filter of confirmation bias tainted any appearance of guilt or innocence, and once again tribal politics reigned supreme.

But because God has a sense of humor, He threw Stuart Smalley into the mix.

Once the Al Franken (D-MN) groping photo surfaced, it was nothing if not comical to watch the tides reverse. Suddenly Moore’s tribal defenders started arbitrarily calling for Franken’s resignation, and Democratic loyalists rushed to protect him from fallout.

Bear in mind, I’m still not talking about those who’ve evaluated the evidence at hand and reached an objective conclusion. This is about the moral relativists who claim that sexual harassment and assault warrant swift impeachment and that women should be believed, not scrutinized — unless it’s happening to their guy.

Suddenly Democrats yell, “But we can’t afford to lose a pro-choice vote, no matter who it comes from!” And as Babylon Bee satirized, evangelicals would vote for Satan if he ran as a pro-life Republican.

Everyone, it seems, has forsaken principle.

I’m sick of arbitrary virtue, and, as always, there’s a Star Wars analogy for that.

In Episode III, Revenge of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker kills a disarmed (well, dishanded) Count Dooku at the prodding of his friend, Palpatine (or his pal, Friend-patine. I’ll stop now, I promise). While Palpatine insists, “He was too dangerous to be kept alive,” Anakin laments, “It’s not the Jedi way.”

Later, when Palpatine finds himself at the tip of Mace Windu’s lightsaber, Anakin demands that Palpatine stand trial. Because it’s the Jedi way? Not quite.

In a chilling echo, Master Windu counters, “He’s too dangerous to be kept alive” — the exact phrase used earlier by the Sith Lord.

(I could write an entire piece on how the Jedi and Sith are akin to the increasingly similar Republican and Democratic Parties, but I won’t go down that rabbit hole just yet.)

In fairness, I actually agree in both cases that the villains should have been killed. That’s my principle. And if Anakin opposed Palpatine’s death based on the Jedi way of not killing an unarmed opponent (are you still unarmed if you can shoot lightning from your fingertips?), that would have been his principle. It’s possible for two principled people to disagree.

But that wasn’t Anakin’s objection. As Windu draws back for the kill, Anakin confesses his true motive. Not “the Jedi way,” not due process, not even further interrogation or hostage bargaining. Seconds before the final blow, Anakin cries out, “I need him!”

Anakin severs Windu’s hand, Palpatine’s lightning thrusts the Jedi Master from the shattered window, and Anakin’s turn to the dark side is complete.

Anakin’s fall is a painfully recognizable warning in contemporary American politics — not just in 2017 or even 2016, but for decades of political discourse.

“I don’t care if he’s a child molester; I need him!”

“I don’t care if he assaulted women; I need him!”

“I don’t care if he left a woman to drown in Chappaquiddick,” and “I don’t care what he grabs women by.”

The chorus echoes loud and clear: “I need him!”

This is how you fall to the dark side, and as Padmé notes only moments later, “this is how liberty dies.” Ultimately, this moment proves the destruction of the entire republic.

When the wicked rule, the people mourn. Without consistent principles, we are in danger of sacrificing every blessing of freedom we enjoy. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.

My warning to you is the same caution Master Yoda gives to Luke on Dagobah decades after the rise of the Empire: “Beware of the dark side. … If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.”

Richie Angel is a Co-Editor in Chief of The New Guards. Follow him and The New Guards on Twitter, and check out The New Guards on Facebook.

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John Conyers’ denial of wrongdoing is exactly what’s wrong with abusive men in power

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John Conyers denial of wrongdoing is exactly whats wrong with abusive men in power

The longest-sitting member of Congress, Democrat John Conyers of Michigan, is “expressly and vehemently” denying any wrongdoing following Buzzfeed’s blockbuster report that he paid off a former employee by three extra months of pay after firing her for what she claims was opposition to his sexual advances.

She Said A Powerful Congressman Harassed Her. Here’s Why You Didn’t Hear Her Story.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/paulmcleod/she-complained-that-a-powerful-congressman-harassed-her?utm_term=.kwaeyWOB5#.yakGXl5EOConyers confirmed he made the settlement in a statement Tuesday afternoon, hours after this story was published, but said that he “vehemently denied” the claims of sexual harassment at the time and continues to do so.

And the documents also reveal the secret mechanism by which Congress has kept an unknown number of sexual harassment allegations secret: a grinding, closely held process that left the alleged victim feeling, she told BuzzFeed News, that she had no option other than to stay quiet and accept a settlement offered to her.

Unlike accusations that keep popping up on a seemingly daily basis, this one has a very clear paper trail. That the Congressman is denying “wrongdoing” exemplifies a bigger problem than just sexual misconduct. Men like Conyers do bad things, but more importantly they truly believe they should get away with it.

“No wrongdoing” is legaleze

There seems to be no difference, at least in the minds of people like Conyers, between getting away with doing wrong and not actually doing it. At no point yet has Conyers claimed he isn’t a creep who uses his power to manipulate women he employs into being sexual objects for him. That isn’t what’s important to him. What’s important is that he got his victims to sign documents absolving him legally from his actions.

For this reason, he believes he needs to continue to represent the people of Michigan who have kept him in office for half a century.

This is a systemic problem that exists everywhere in free America, but the fact that it’s apparently rampant in Washington DC is utterly disgusting. In a seven-year period, Congress dished out millions of dollars to 235 people for “workplace violations.” Perhaps more infuriating is that it’s not the perpetrators, their campaigns, or their Congressional offices who pay for these settlements. They’re paid by taxpayers.

How Congress plays by different rules on sexual harassment and misconduct

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-congress-plays-by-different-rules-on-sexual-harassment-and-misconduct/2017/10/26/2b9a8412-b80c-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.htmlWhen settlements do occur, members do not pay them from their own office funds, a requirement in other federal agencies. Instead, the confidential payments come out of a special U.S. Treasury fund.

Congressional employees have received small settlements, compared with the amounts some public figures pay out. Between 1997 and 2014, the U.S. Treasury has paid $15.2 million in 235 awards and settlements for Capitol Hill workplace violations, according to the congressional Office of Compliance. The statistics do not break down the exact nature of the violations.

How do we stop this from happening? How can we protect the women and men who are victimized? How do we get these creeps out of the halls of power in our nation’s capital? We need to make it as transparent as possible.

Every settlement dollar should be broadcast to the world

If an incident is worthy of having taxpayer dollars used to hush people up, then the people need to know about it. We need to know who did what. While payment of settlements aren’t always done because of actual crimes committed, we should have the ability to discern for ourselves when an elected official does something worthy of a payout.

The club in DC is corrupt. We all know this. While it may be hard to track down all of the wrongdoing, we can at least attempt to address the misconduct by public officials against their own employees. That’s a reasonable expectation.

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