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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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Dear proponents of limited government: It’s time to start speaking up now

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Dear proponents of limited government Its time to start speaking up now

For nearly a year, I’ve given the Republican Party a pass for the most part. I left the party in 2016 and after pursuing a third party for over a year, life pulled me back from the fray. When things calmed down (thank you, Lord!), I made a conscious decision to be lighter in my condemnation of the GOP as a whole for two very important reason.

First, there were signs of life in the party. They were faint, but it seemed at times to be possible for the party to do some good things like eliminating bureaucracy, cutting taxes, promoting a business-friendly atmosphere, and making proper foreign policy moves. They were far from good, let alone ideal, but I thought if we could keep pressing them towards smart moves on the border, gun owners’ rights, Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, and other areas in which they’ve failed so far, perhaps their decent work on taxes and regulations could be translated into other areas.

Second, the Democrats started to terrify me. Seriously, I’ve been contemplating moving the family to a remote area of Montana and going off the grid before the Democrats got their hands on enough power to do the damage they’ve been promising to do for the last year or so. I wasn’t one who thought Bill Clinton was a radical or Barack Obama was the antichrist. I always thought Clinton was a run-of-the-mill Democrat who could do some damage but not much, while Obama was an ambitious progressive who was nevertheless too smart to think he could make socialism a thing. Since the 2016 election, we’ve seen the Democratic Party go from progressives with bad ideas to far-left radicals who think the only way to go is to destroy America in a glorious explosion of their new Communist Manifesto, also known as the Green New Deal.

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Now that the GOP has demonstrated a toxic mixture of incompetence and false adherence to limiting government with their latest omnibus debacle, it’s time to return to my old stance of refusing to accept the binary choice. When choosing between bad and worse, it’s only a valid choice if the less-terrible option won’t kill you as well. The binary choice between hanging and drowning isn’t really a binary choice, and neither is the choice between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.

There are three things that must be done going forward.

  1. Conservatives, Federalists, and Classical Liberals must find a way to united against the two party system. Whether that’s the formation of a new party (which I failed to do once already), a grassroots effort similar to the Tea Party (which worked for a short time before finding irrelevance), or some other method of unification against the putrid system that has engulfed nearly all of Washington DC, we have to find an outlet.
  2. NOQ Report will become a hub for bringing these thoughts together. This is something that I’ve found success with when I ran The New Americana. Now, it’s time to collect the voices of reason once again.
  3. Prayer. Lots of prayer.

I’ve reached out to some of my conservative and federalist friends. Over the next few weeks, we’ll see what can be done to make DC listen. In the meantime, be discerning and prepare to abandon the tribal mindset that has plagued this nation for too long.

 


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Veronique de Rugy: Green New Deal would be hundreds of TRILLIONS of dollars in federal commitment

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If there’s a word that’s not necessarily negative one could use to describe the Green New Deal, it would be “ambitious.” The deal has so much wrapped into it that it’s hard to tell which components are designed to save the environment and which ones are intended to destroy the economy.

Estimates put costs for the “green side” of the resolution at somewhere between $12-$20 trillion. Then, there’s the Medicare-for-All component that is estimated at $32 trillion over a decade.

And that’s just the start.

This isn’t just a “green” deal. It’s a hodgepodge of policy proposals that include massively growing the welfare state, inserting government even more into the job markets, and a universal basic income that they refuse to actually call a universal basic income. The much-maligned FAQ that was posted and quickly removed from the website of sponsor Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) mentioned paying people who were unable or even “unwilling” to work.

“Even in the best case scenario where you substitute a UBI for all the other forms of welfare, it’s insane,” said Veronique de Rugy, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, on ReasonTV.

But here’s the problem. The Green New Deal doesn’t substitute a universal basic income for other welfare programs. In the Green New Deal, the programs recommended are supposed to be additions, not substitutions.

“It’s a really hard system to support even in its ideal form,” de Rugy continued. “Then there’s this Green New Deal version which doesn’t even seem to entertain this notion of actually substituting for all the rest, so it’s on top of what we have now.”

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The real question we need to ask is whether or not the Democratic Party is actually going to support this. In its current form, the Green New Deal is a fantasy, and perhaps that’s what the more-sane Democrats are shooting for by supporting it. By giving it their attention now, they can work their way down to more reasonable proposals for everything from environmental protection to job creation programs to different versions of socialism.

In other words, they may be using the hyper-leftism of the Green New Deal as a gateway to get to the palatable leftism of what’s quickly becoming mainstream socialism.

The Green New Deal shouldn’t scare conservatives because it can’t happen. What should concern us is the end result negotiated down from this starting point. Given the GOP’s negotiating track record lately, we don’t know what we’re going to get when the Green New Deal is trimmed down to reality.

 


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Even Drudge can’t deny the insane spending by Washington DC today

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What did GOP control of the House, Senate, and White House do to spending and the national debt? Did Republicans demonstrate the fiscal responsibility that has been one of their alleged traits for decades? Did they match the spending under Presidents Bush and Obama, maintaining the status quo? No, and no. They looked at the spending and debt accumulation of the past and said, “Hold my beer.”

It’s not just the Republicans’ fault, but asking Democrats to stop them when they’re on a spending spree is like asking a bartender to stop serving alcohol. It just doesn’t feel right to them and the results of bipartisanship have been quite apparent, as my friend Daniel Horowitz noted on Conservative Review:

The bipartisan spending binge is now worse than under Bush and Obama

https://www.conservativereview.com/news/bipartisan-spending-binge-now-worse-bush-obama/It feels like it was yesterday when I was watching the news as a kid with my parents in 1995, listening to Newt Gingrich, during the infamous shutdown fight, warn about the dire consequences of crossing the $5 trillion debt milestone. It feels like it was yesterday when I was writing press releases for candidates in “the year of the Tea Party” on how Obama and the Pelosi Congress took the debt to $14 trillion in such a short period of time. Now, over eight years into varying degrees of GOP control of Congress and the White House, we have crossed the $22 trillion mark, expanding the debt more rapidly than at any time in our history. Whereas the debt exploded by $5 trillion during Bush’s eight-year tenure, a shocking figure at the time, it has now increased $8 trillion just since Republicans controlled the House in 2011 and by $4 trillion over the past four years, since they controlled at least two of the three political organs of government.

It has become so bad that even Matt Drudge, whose conservative news aggregator Drudge Report has been consistently defending President Trump since well before the 2016 election, is starting to ask questions.

Drudge Spending Binge

Washington DC has had a spending problem for a century. Republicans run on solving this problem during election time, but they’re acting like Democrats between elections. It’s time to let them know we’re watching and we’re not happy about it.

 


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