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Allegations cost Roy Moore and the GOP a Senate seat as Doug Jones wins Alabama

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Allegations cost Roy Moore and the GOP a Senate seat as Doug Jones wins Alabama

Democrat Doug Jones beat out Republican Roy Moore for one of Alabama’s Senate seats in the most controversial election of 2017. Jones, considered a sacrificial lamb before allegations of sexual misconduct were levied on Moore, is the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama since Richard Shelby did so in 1987. Six years after winning, Shelby switched to the Republican Party and has been with the GOP ever since.

It was a nail-biter. With 90% of the vote counted, over 1.1 million total, less than 500 votes separated the two. Jones pulled away in the end.

This is a stunning blow for the Republicans who never expected to lose the seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but in many ways they dodged a bullet. A Moore victory would have been a challenge for them in light of the recent explosion of sexual misconduct allegations made against politicians and other men in power.

Reactions from the press and on social media are coming in fast. We’ll be updating this article for a while to capture as many real-time reactions as possible.

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  1. ed

    December 13, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I’d be interested in an analysis of the voter turn-out in AL – broken down by party.

    I suspect may Republicans and independents simply stayed home.

    Realizing the Democrat was no conservative and does not represent Alabama traditional values, why might people have stayed home instead of voting for Roy Moore ?

    True Christians and conservatives (absent the issues below) would likely have voted for Moore (giving him the benefit of the doubt) based on the timing, general lack of proof and lack of credibility of the accuser’s lawyers (Gloria Allred and Theresa Bloom – two known DNC election-sex-scandal operatives). Also 40 scandal-free yrs in public life with a clear bias toward Biblical values and beliefs on the bench and a recent history of fighting to preserve STATE laws against homosexual marriage after the USSC struck down the national law(s), should have reflected well on him.

    However, there is always the aftermath and post-election “analysis” (spin) to deal with also. A vote for Roy Moore at the end would have been spun as approval of Mitch McConnell’s last-minute support and proof of Trump’s “pull” with the voters after Trump spent most of the campaign bashing Roy Moore and McConnell did everything he could to pull all GOP support within the state and turn the national party apparatus against Moore based on un-proven allegations and Mcconnell’s personal biases & beliefs. McConnell threatened not to seat Moore had he won and has an open threat to immediately launch an ethics investigation against him had he won. Yet near the end of the election when it appears Moore may win anyway, McConnell suddenly changes direction and goes into full-throated support mode. Why ? Was there an “accomodation” or “deal” made between Moore and McConnell or is McConnell simply trying to be seen as on the “winning” side ? I can understand people deciding that continued support for the RNC is a worse decision than choosing what may be a marginally (since the allegations are unproven) better Republican over a totally repugnant Democrat if it means also supporting McConnell’s grandstanding and continued power-base within the GOP).

    Trump initially backed Strange, then refused to endorse Moore, actively working against him. Once the accusations appeared to be ineffective, Trump suddenly decides to support and endorse Moore – likely so Trump can claim Moore’s “victory” would be because of his doing. Voting for Moore would be playing into Trump’s ego and contributing to the myth of Trump’s popularity. I can understand many people simply not voting in a choice between two questionable candidates (particularly when doing so forces them to “pick a side” and “support” Trump and Trump’s complete lack of morality and decency – especially since Trump can be counted on to try to take full credit for Moore’s “win” that McConnell would immediately be sabotaging with ethics investigations and expulsion votes in the Senate).

    Voting for Roy Moore in an attempt to seat a conservative in the Senate also means playing into the Bannon narrative that a vote for Roy Moore is a vote against Mitch McConnell & Trump given the rhetoric of the media and (I suspect) campaign commercials. Then to have Trump send out robo-calls “supporting” Moore & to see McConnell’s last-minute support of Moore can easily lead one to question whether voting for Moore is a vote in support of Bannon’s “America-First”,alt-right campaign or in support of the “new” Republican Party and it’s primary representative and role-model Donald Trump or in support of the anti-conservative status quo represetned by Mitch Mcconnell. If none of the above 3 options are attractive and the Democrat is a non-starter based on DNC policies, there’s likely a VERY strong argument to simply stay home and not vote if one is registered Republican. How one can justify voting for Bannon’s anti-Trump, anti-McConnell campaign when both Trump and McConnell have endorsed Moore is a hard question to answer. Likewise, voting for Moore in support of Trump given the months of Bannon’s anti-Trump/anti-McConnel campaigning or voting on “Republican issues” when bot the pro-Trump (Trump endorsement), anti-Trump (Bannon endorsement) and pro-establishment (McConnell endorsement) and anti-establishment (McConnell refusal to support Moore’s campaign and attempts to prevent any GOP resource from supporting him) all would claim that your vote supports “their” side.

    Voting FOR Doug Jones is not likely on the radar of most conservatives and Christians in Alabama, but voting for Roy Moore in a choice between two evils when all opposing Republican factions are waiting to claim victory for his win and will point fingers at a loss seems to also be a non-staring position, leaving only not voting as the only honorable action for those Alabama voters that care about character in our politicians or leadership of our country.

    That’s why I’d be interested in a turn-out analysis.

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Video: So, You Think You’re Tolerant?

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Leftists like to fancy themselves as being tolerant and Liberal, but they fall way short in both qualities.

Leftists will tell you that they are the most tolerant people who have ever lived, they will also scream at you for being a racist, xenophobic troglodyte if you happen to mention that you’re a conservative. They are supposedly ‘Liberal’, being in favour of Liberty while demanding it’s polar opposite – socialism.

Yes, if there is one constant in the universe, its that Leftists cannot be honest about who they truly are. This is what we love about our wonderful opponents on the nation’s socialist Left, for they are nothing like another group that went by the same nomenclature who also screamed at people in the streets with the motto: Common Good Before Individual Good. [Gemeinnutz vor Eigennutz]

But let’s not talk about the epithets they project on their enemies, let’s talk about how they get along with everyone who just happens to agree with everything they say. A new PragerU video featuring Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report looked at who is really tolerant. He is a true Liberal that discovered that it is actually the Pro-Liberty Right that is more tolerant, go figure.

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Jul 9, 2018
Are you tolerant? You probably think so. But who is tolerant in America today? Is it those on the left, or those on the right? In this video, Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report analyzes this question and shares his experience.

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Trump celebrates the victory of a Democratic Socialist to feed his ego

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Following Tuesday’s primary races, Donald Trump tweeted his glee after ten-term NY Rep. Joe Crowley—a Democrat many thought would replace Nancy Pelosi as the party’s leader in the House—lost his primary race to a Bernie Sanders supporter, Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Besides proving himself to be a textbook narcissistic sociopath, Trump’s happiness concerning Crowley’s misfortune misses the point that the Democratic Socialist movement within the Democrat party is on the rise.

Back in January, Louis Farrakhan’s favorite Democrat and the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee Keith Ellison (MN) praised the work of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and its positive impact on the Democrat party—even adopting parts of the DSA agenda into the Democrat party platform.

In the May 16 primaries, we witnessed four openly Socialist candidates supported by the DSA win their campaigns in Pennsylvania state House races. Since three of the four winners are running unopposed in November, the DSA is guaranteed to be victorious.

With New York’s 14th Congressional District leaning Democrat +29, Ocasio-Cortez is also assured of winning her race in November, meaning that Socialism will have another voice in Washington.

There are those who will argue that the DSA will fail to advance its agenda because it’s too extreme, but recent evidence would appear to contradict that claim. For example, Bernie Sanders nearly beat Hillary in 2016—losing to her due to rules that rigged the primary in her favor—while running on a platform chock-full of socialist ideas.

By the way, some of Bernie’s socialist ideas were adopted by Trump.

With Bernie’s run for President and victories like Ocasio-Cortez’s under its belt, the DSA is experiencing dramatic growth. Since the 2016 election, nationwide membership has increased from 5,000 to 40,000, with 1152 of those members joining the day after the NY primary.

Younger voters are embracing socialism in ever-increasing numbers. According to a November 2017 report by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, nearly half of millennials (44 percent) polled at the time preferred socialism to capitalism.
It’ somewhat fashionable, even more so in the age of Trump, to laugh at Democrats when they show their socialist colors, but with conservatives also embracing parts of socialism, Democratic Socialists could have the last laugh as we quickly approach the day of becoming the United Socialist States of America.

Ronald Reagan once warned, “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”

It looks like that generation is here.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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High-Speed Rail: Incompetent & corrupt bureaucrats

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The California train-to-nowhere has proven once again that incompetent bureaucrats run California. In a recent article by the Fresno Bee, these incompetent bureaucrats have to tear down a bridge that they are building due to safety issues. And the Fresno Bee rightfully states:

how do we know if anything it has built is safe?. If the rail authority can’t build in the flat lands of the valley, how can they be expected to build safely in the seismic areas of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area?

This could have been prevented, and one person that could have stopped this boondoggle is the incumbent Controller and my opponent Betty Yee. Unfortunately, Betty Yee is not interested in protecting taxpayers but protecting her political backers that have filled her campaign war chest with over a million dollars in contributions.

The Controller must protect the taxpayer, and that is why the Controller has independent audit authority and can cut funding when a project or program doesn’t comply with the law; which the HSR project doesn’t comply with Prop. 1A funding parameters requiring 1/3 from the federal government, 1/3 for private investment, and 1/3 from the state.

As Controller, I will investigate and audit this project to expose the waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption and will stop payments until the project complies with the law.

Almost four years in office she has done nothing to protect taxpayers. She has failed to do her job, so much so, that the federal government has begun an audit investigation into this project.

We can’t afford four more years of Betty Yee. It is time to replace her and elect Konstantinos Roditis as California’s next State Controller.


Konstantinos Roditis is a candidate for California State Controller. You can learn more about his campaign at cacontroller.com, and you can follow him on Twitter & Facebook.

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