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Election 2017: Trial in absentia

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Election 2017 Trial in absentia

Let me give this to you using as few numbers as possible:

In their respective gubernatorial races, Virginia saw its highest voter turnout in 20 years while New Jersey experienced record lows. Both contests went to the Democrats.

Polling analyst Patrick Murray called New Jersey’s 37% turnout “abysmal.” Well, imagine how we feel in Utah, boasting our 31% turnout for a hotly contested congressional seat left vacant following Jason Chaffetz’s sudden retirement.

That’s right: less than one-third.

For context, Chaffetz was elected in 2008 with over 55% turnout, and that’s somewhat low for Utah’s standards, especially in a presidential year. In 2012, Utah saw 80% of its electorate at the ballot box, and in 2016, Utah hit its highest mark in almost 30 years with 82% voter turnout.

And of course, those are presidential years. Fair enough. But in the 2014 midterm elections, Utah at least surpassed 40%.

And here we are in 2017 with less than one-third. 31%. “Abysmal” sounds about right.

We’ve covered on our podcast the controversy surrounding Utah’s “Count My Vote” initiative and SB-54, which would abolish state parties’ delegate-based caucus/convention system in favor of a direct ballot by the entire electorate; that’s the entire reason Curtis managed to appear in the primary. But for a populace that has whined so much about making its voices heard, Utahns really didn’t show up.

Our newly elected congressman, Republicrat John Curtis, came in fifth at the Republican convention, but the people — a mere 22% of them — spoke differently in the primary, electing Curtis with only 40% of the vote. And in the general election, the aforementioned 31% of voters sent Curtis to Congress with just 58.08% (as of today), the third lowest win in this district’s history.

I repeat: a failure at the convention who was, to paraphrase the Book of Daniel and “A Knight’s Tale,” weighed in the balances and found wanting, received 40% of 22% of the primary vote, followed by 58% of 31% on Tuesday. That is only representative if the people’s message is that they don’t care anymore.

But Virginia’s not off the hook either. It may be a swing state, but it’s swung Democrat pretty consistently for the last few years, and there were no major changes to the map. At the exit polls of the fairly competitive election, when asked for their party affiliation, 41% responded “Democrat,” and just 31% said they were Republican. In a swing state, that 10-point spread could have made all the difference.

As Barack Obama tweeted in a possible backhand to Hillary, who failed to inspire Virginia Democrats to swarm the ballots in 2016, “This is what happens when the people vote.”

This is also what happens when people don’t vote.

We often focus on how to win over the other side, how to change minds, win friends, and influence people. That’s great and it deserves our attention. But that’s not the only way to win, and it might not even be the easiest way.

Republicans are losing because Republicans are getting discouraged. Our all-red fed has accomplished almost nothing in the year since gaining its majority, there’s just as much in-fighting in the GOP as there was in 2016, and scandal is plaguing our leading candidate for the Senate.

In Virginia, 59% of voters reported unfavorable feelings toward the Republican Party, including 15% who voted for the Republican candidate. We aren’t active; we’re not engaged in large numbers; we’re just not showing up.

I’d love to sway some liberals and turn them to the dark side. But our base is a strainer, and our members are leaking out.

31% is abysmal. And if we can’t inspire our own side, then we’ll never recruit the other side, and those numbers are going to keep falling.

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.

Richie Angel is a Co-Editor in Chief of The New Guards, Co-Host of The New Guards Podcast, lifelong fan of the Anaheim Ducks, and proud Hufflepuff. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in English from Brigham Young University in 2017. One day later, his wife gave birth to a beautiful daughter. Richie is a constitutional conservative and doesn't see any compassion in violating other people's rights.

Education

Whoopi is right about the behavior of UCLA Basketball players in China

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Whoopi Goldberg

I’m not a big fan of Whoopi Goldberg, okay but I have to tell you that I agree with her regarding the following statement.  This is in regards to a couple of UCLA basketball players who thought they could take something from a store in China and not pay for it.

You embarrassed your families, you embarrassed the country, and you embarrassed the president. Now I’m not a big fan of the president, but the fact that he had to call and get your asses out of there is not anything to be proud of or think is cool.  If this isn’t the stupidest thing a young person has done, particularly if you’re over six-feet tall, and black… is this just the ridiculous stupidity of youth?

Let me add one more thing. You’re an embarrassment to UCLA itself, and their athletic department as well.  Now I am not a big fan of those who run academia, but if these jerks are given the right punishment, I shall give the university credit and praise for doing it.  All right UCLA, the ball is in your court.  Do something right for once.

Further Reading

Whoopi Goldberg to ‘Stupid’ UCLA Players: You’re Fortunate Trump Could ‘Get Your A**es Out’ of China

http://freebeacon.com/issues/whoopi-goldberg-ucla-players-fortunate-trump-get-out-china/“Now, you’re in China—you’re this big!” she said, reaching high into the air to indicate the players’ height. “It’s not like you’re gonna blend, you’re not going to blend in, run out.”

Goldberg said their families and mentors had no doubt told them numerous times not to do things like this, and she said the foolishness of youth is the only explanation for something so dumb.

President Trump says ‘You’re welcome’ after UCLA Bruins players thank him for help with China incident

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/21432885/president-trump-says-welcome-ucla-bruins-players-thank-help-china-incidentUCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill stole from three stores, were arrested and surrendered their passports. Trump, who was already on an Asia trip, spoke to President Xi Jinping of China about the incident, and the players were allowed to return to the United States on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, all three read prepared statements at a news conference in which it was revealed that they have been suspended from the team indefinitely. They thanked the Chinese government and police for how they were treated and United States officials for helping secure their release.

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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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Culture and Religion

The left legislates for secularism against Christianity and it’s one thing they are consistent on

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The left legislates for secularism against Christianity and its one thing they are consistent on

On the surface, the left promotes a double standard regarding how business can offer services.  They support a right of the business that sides with Palestine over Israel, and the right of governments to do business with them.  On the other hand, they support laws that force business to have “birth control” in their health plan or make people provide a service to those they are uncomfortable with such as gay couples.  The libido is far more important than your convictions or conscience coupled with the left’s push for population control.

The Stream’s Rachel Alexander scratches the surface to show that what this is really about, is finishing off what famed leftist humanist John J. Dumphy called “the rotting corpse of Christianity.”  That alone makes the left consistent with their agenda and long-term goals.  Those words that Dumphy used were not out of sarcasm, they were out of hated and are a declaration of war against Christ and his body of believers.

The Left’s Hypocrisy on States Regulating Freedom of Expression of Businesses

https://stream.org/lefts-hypocrisy-on-states-regulating-freedom-of-expression-businesses/?utm_source=Newsfeed&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_term=Original+Content&utm_content=Left-11-16-2017Should businesses have a right to express their views and practice them accordingly? The left says yes — and no. They say, “It depends.” Liberals tend to say yes when the business takes a position they agree with. They say no if the business takes a viewpoint they disagree with.

In the first case, the left stands for free speech and the first amendment. In the second, the left happily uses state power to curtail the business’s freedom of expression.

There is a rise in targeting Christian businesses.

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