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“Donald Trump is going to kill us all!”

That isn’t a quote from anyone in particular, but the cacophony of screams heard out of everyone from mainstream media to Democrats in DC to right-leaning #NeverTrumper invariably points to the notion that given enough time in office, the President of the United States is going to get us all killed. They may not be that dramatic, but their arguments can be extended out to yield this undesirable end result.

Then again, some of them are being that dramatic.

I am a Federalist. I’m also very clear in my discernment of President Trump’s actions and lack of actions; some have been good, others have been bad. These two qualifiers allow me and others to voice concerns about the GOP in general and the President in particular that deserve a measure of attention. The principles of limiting government, defending freedoms, and protecting life that Federalists (and most true conservatives) believe in are being ignored. in DC.

Here’s the problem. We’re not being heard through the noise, nor are these messages receiving any measure of attention.

It’s a legitimate concern for conservatives and Federalists when DC continues to increase spending, but those concerns apparently aren’t newsworthy when the President lashes out at his latest Twitter victim. DC overreach is quietly expanding, but meltdowns on the left and cheers on the right about things like net neutrality make both sides oblivious to the expansion. Power is being consolidated in DC as fast as if not faster than it was during the Obama, Bush, and Clinton years.

The other day I received word of news that flew completely under my radar.

The order targets specific people but leaves a very broad scope through which anyone deemed to be participating in human rights abuses or corruption could have their property seized. Some fake news outlets even reported this was intended to allow the President to seize assets from the Obamas and the Clintons. While technically this order could lead to such an event, it’s not intended for that purpose. However, the broadness of powers that it grants to the executive branch epitomizes what we’re seeing in DC. When the White House or Congress wants to be able to do something outside of their scope, they simply decree that they can and it is so.

This isn’t about my complaints towards Trump or the GOP. This is about the disservice being done by those “in the know” and the complacency of those wanting to fear from these people. Whether it’s mainstream media, pundits on both sides, or politicians themselves, they’re too focused on inconsequential things and using their platforms to blast out unimportant messages. It isn’t just those complaining about the President. It’s the people defending him as well.

Everyone seems to have a very important opinion about Michael Wolff or Steve Bannon, but very few are talking about the infrastructure plan. There are two primary differences between these two topics:

  1. One is interesting in a gossipy sort of way while the other is boring.
  2. One is extremely important and will affect the vast majority of Americans, and one is so inconsequential that its only effect will be on book sales.

Unfortunately, there’s no correlation between the importance of the topic and the amount of commentary or debate devoted to it.

This is a microcosm of the entire Trump presidency so far. If it’s important but not juicy, it gets no play. If it’s something with no real impact other than embarrassing the President, the press is all over it. Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones to blame. Media consumers are aiding them in this farce by focusing on the topics they want us to discuss.

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. ed

    January 7, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Given Trump’s (and Jared Kushner’s family’s) extensively documented ties to Russian money-laundering and Russian Mob members, It appears that both He and Kushner’s financial empires are subject to this new EO.

    I suspect that Mueller ALREADY has enough evidence (from Manafort, Stone, Cohn, & Miller) to tie both Trump and Kushner to enough bribery, corruption and foreign influence (heck – just Trump’s attempts to bribe Putin for participation in his Trump Tower Moscow project) would likely meet the low bar of his EO.

    Thank you for posting this as it it DOES appear to be a loaded weapon that could (and with Trump’s thin-skin and vindictive personality likely WILL) be used against US Citizens to freeze their financial assets until they bow to Trump and do his bidding. We see some of this abuse already with the Trump-cult reaction against Bannon and Trump continuing to fan the flames of Bannon-hatred via his Twitter account.

    I suspect we have our first dictator in all-but-name and Gen Kelley does not seem to be able to contain him sufficiently.

    I also notice there was no sunset provision to Trump’s EO, so it will remain available to future Democrat presidents that wish to personally destroy THEIR rivals as well….

    This is a scary document. Thank you for highlighting it so we can be aware. (I still put my faith in God and in the many, many veterans and LEOs (retired and active) that remain armed and prepared for an attempted coup out of Wash DC.

    With Trump attacking the Judicial branch and now seeing a Congressional faction lined up to attack anyone that criticizes Trump, Wash DC is starting to look a LOT like Erdogen’s Turkey did just last year (before Erdogen carried out his coup and made himself dictator for life).

  2. ed

    January 7, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    I was looking at some of Trump’s other recent actions:

    Presidential Memorandum for the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration
    ECONOMY & JOBS (Issued on: December 8, 2017): This appears to require that SBA NOT report to congress on the impact of Trump’s NAFTA renegotiations until AFTER negotiations are complete. This appears to be Trump attempting to remove the ability of SBA to inform Congress of issues that could be resolved during negotiations so Trump can present a (possibly big-business-only) treaty for up-or-down vote, doing harm to small businesses in the short term instead of allowing Congress to influence his negotiations to include small-business concerns.

    Contrary to popular reports:
    Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State
    FOREIGN POLICY (Issued on: December 6, 2017) delays for yet another 6 months the Embassy move to Jerusalem. Regardless of what Trump says or his cult believes, Trump has once again (just as Obama has done) signed the waiver to avoid moving the Embassy.

    HOWEVER: When I checked the public law 104-45 (https://www.congress.gov/104/plaws/publ45/PLAW-104publ45.pdf), I find that Trump failed to justify his waiver or to discuss the speicfic interests or security issues in his waiver as required by that public law.

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Idiotic mainstream media feeds Trump the goodwill motherload

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The tenacity by which mainstream media wants to stop President Trump is comical. It’s even dangerous at times. Sadly, they keep shooting themselves in the foot by giving their target all the ammunition he needs to continue taking them down.

Their latest attempt at defending freedom of the press and bashing the President for attacking it comes in the form of a coordinated attack. That statement alone is enough to make more people realize their bias and justify Trump’s claims that the press is the enemy. They can attempt to spin it any way they want, but the results will be the same. They’re helping Trump.

Coast to coast, and in between, local news is standing up to Trump’s press attacks

https://money.cnn.com/2018/08/15/media/newspaper-editorials-free-press-trump/index.htmlFrom The Martha’s Vineyard Times to the Dallas Morning News… from the Yankton County Observer in South Dakota to the Bangor Daily News in Maine… the papers will all run editorials as part of an effort first proposed by the Boston Globe earlier this month.

Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe’s deputy editorial page editor, told CNN that more papers were still “signing on” for the effort as of Wednesday afternoon.

This smells bad. I’m not a Trump supporter, yet I grimace at the attempt by mainstream media to take him down. It’s not that he doesn’t deserve it; it isn’t his place to lead the charge against mainstream media. That’s my job, and yours. Instead, the President should be spending time gaining a better understanding of the effects of tariffs and learning how to handle foreign affairs like a statesman. Unhinged journalists and kneeling football players are below the office of the President of the United States.

Nevertheless, he attacks. They attack back. Rinse. Repeat.

This is very similar to what National Review attempted in early 2016 when they gathered a bunch of respected conservative journalists to speak out against the President. Titled “Against Trump,” the issue had dozens of conservatives giving their reasons why we shouldn’t support Trump to be the Republican nominee. It failed miserably. His popularity skyrocketed and it helped to seal the fate of candidates who tried to prevent his ascension.

The current situation is worse. Instead of dozens, it’s hundreds of editorial writers and publications making a concerted effort to expose Trump and his backwards perspectives on freedom of the press. Instead of pulling the nation against him, they will only plant people more firmly in their own beliefs. Trump detractors will get a false sense of victory while Trump supporters will say, “See, he was right all along.”

No minds will be changed by these hundreds of articles. Worldviews will be solidified. More attacks from the White House against mainstream media will be justified. Valid complaints about the President by all journalists will be tainted. In short, the media is handing the President the best present they can give him. They’re proving his point.

Goodwill is generated for people who are perceived as being treated unfairly. By “ganging up” on Trump with coordinated attacks, mainstream media is making even lukewarm Trump supporters much more sympathetic towards him.

The worst part about all this is there are legitimate complaints about the President that will be diminished by mainstream media’s coordinated attacks. They are adding fuel to the fake news fire. Maybe it makes them feel good now, but it’s counterproductive at best.

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Who is afraid now?

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It could be the grudge match of the century, Ben Shapiro championing Economic Liberty while Comrade Cortez vainly tries to defend Socialistic Slavery.

In this corner, weighing in at 171 Pounds in Blue shorts with 62 wins, 23 by knockout, Kid Shapiro representing Economic Liberty.

And in this corner weighing in at [don’t you dare ask that question].. in Red shorts and Red lipstick with one primary win, Comrade Cortez representing Socialistic Slavery.

Ben Shapiro recently offered to debate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but so far it looks like she doesn’t want to take up the challenge. The most eagerly anticipated question for her being: How in Hades’ are you going to pay for all of your vote buying schemes with the country having over 100 Trillion in unfunded liabilities  and 21 Trillion in debt?

In many ways, it’s too bad that Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is longer on intersectional ‘street cred’ than intellectual gravitas. A fair match-up would still see her losing given that she is trying to defend the indefensible. This is why we salivated over her overnight ascendancy in the ranks of the Socialist-Left. The abject inferiority of her ancient ideas would have seen a lopsided victory of epic proportions even if she were evenly matched with Mr. Shapiro. The proposed debate could be a virtual bloodbath, unseen since the Roman coliseum.

Two prime examples of why the Left cannot openly debate the issues.

Socialism doesn’t work in the real world, so one of the left’s favourite tactics is the illogical comparison between the theoretical promises of every supposedly positive aspect of socialism with the negative connotations of Economic Liberty [or the pejorative term used by the Left ‘Capitalism’]. This is because they cannot compare the practical results of Economic Liberty with the practical results of ‘Democratic’ Socialism. Most rational people would easily choose to live under Economic Liberty than Socialistic Slavery, hence the reason most socialist nations are akin to open air prisons.

The myth of Scandinavian Socialism.

Let’s start the Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen during the last presidential cycle, stating flat-out stating: Danish PM in US: Denmark is not socialist

“I know that some people in the US associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism. Therefore I would like to make one thing clear. Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy,” Rasmussen said.

“The Nordic model is an expanded welfare state which provides a high level of security for its citizens, but it is also a successful market economy with much freedom to pursue your dreams and live your life as you wish,” he added.

This myth has been eviscerated a number of times, Here, and Here. But the National Socialist-Left is heavily invested in this lie, since it is about the only defense they have for base ideology. In actuality, these are small, culturally homogenous nations that can spend money on an expansive welfare state because the US taxpayers foot the bill for their defense. That is hardly amenable to the US, especially the part about the Constitutional funding for defense. We can’t exactly take money from ourselves to give it back, although the odds are there are some that might believe that could be done.

The Socialist-Left can’t afford to debate the Pro-Liberty Right because they will lose.

These examples are why that much-anticipated debate might not take place. Much like guerrilla fighters hiding in the jungle, the Left cannot come out in the open and engage in direct confrontation with the Right. They can only survive ‘debating’ in their echo chamber where their theories are somehow still viable after all the empirical evidence to the contrary. But sooner or later eventually everyone will get a chance to compare their ancient failed ideas to what actually works in reality, and they will lose the argument.

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The real threat to free speech in the Alex Jones saga

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By now I’m sure you’ve heard about how Apple, Facebook, YouTube, and others have removed Alex Jones and his Infowars program from their platforms recently for violating their code of conduct regarding the use of so-called hate speech.

While Jones’ rants fall more under the category of insanity than they do insight, his program has been accepted in many conservative circles, along with members of #Cult45 due to his rabid support of Donald Trump, and Trump has returned the favor. In an appearance on Jones’ radio show, Trump praised him for his “amazing” reputation.

Considering Jones’ established reputation as a conspiracy theorist and all-around nut case, the timing of his removal from the platforms of these major players in the internet world created by Al Gore would be suspect except for two things: Donald Trump and the upcoming election.

As Steve Deace accurately concluded, targeting Alex Jones is forcing faux-conservatives who support Trump to defend Jones’ indefensible behavior — much as they do for Trump — in the days leading up to an election where the GOP is already preparing for a Blue Tsunami.

So-called conservative media and Donald Trump, Jr. are also defending Jones.

Targeting Jones in this manner also allows the left to control the narrative by connecting true conservatism to the actions of a conspiracy theorist … and Alex Jones too.

Jones, his Infowars groupies, and some in the so-called conservative media are crying about how his First Amendment rights are being denied. Of course, nothing can be further from the truth. Businesses have the right to run their business as they see fit and can refuse to associate with anyone they choose — unless, of course, you’re a Christian baker or Christian florist.

Jones’ website is still up and running, and unless Congress attempts to make a law to take it down, his First Amendment rights are still protected. If he disagrees with business practices of companies operating with a left-wing bent, he can go somewhere else to spread his conspiracy theories.

Even though Jones is wrong to claim that his First Amendment rights are being denied, the actions taken against him are creating a real threat to free speech, especially when Washington decides to get involved.

Even though he’s calling on free market businesses indirectly do his dirty work, Sen. Murphy believes that shutting down an individual’s individual rights is necessary for America to survive. Unfortunately, he’s not alone because Republicans are also getting in the act.

As I wrote a few days ago, Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) has proposed a bill that would put protesters in jail for 15 years if they wear a mask while “threatening” or “intimidating” someone — in other words, ANTIFA protesters.

In some ways, Alex Jones and ANTIFA are alike because they’re unbalanced, unhinged, and unstable. In other words, they’re insane. That’s why I will never support or defend their actions.

However, I do support and defend liberty and the Constitution, and I will oppose any effort by the government to directly or indirectly deny anyone their Constitutional rights. It’s frightening that there are so many who are willing to trade freedom for tyranny, and it’s likely to get worse because there are too few willing to defend our God-given rights.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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