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Conservative movement not in as bad a shape as before.



Two of my colleagues wrote similar pieces expressing concern and even distress about the conservative movement. Don McCullen penned a piece The conservative intellectual movement is on life support and in decline and Irina Tsukerman wrote Conservatives are lagging behind in recruiting young talent. Here’s how to fix that. At NOQ, we are not an echo chamber. Just ask each of us about Trump and you’ll likely get different answers from each of us. We are allowed to have a friendly back and fourth. In my youthful perspective, I disagree with them. However much I disagree, I still recognize our common goal is to advances a limited government conservative cause. My main disagreement is that while things are not great, they are better than in years past. And while substantial improvements can still be made, we should move forward with optimism not alarmism.

Much of McCullen’s piece is derived from polls and statistical data. This data is good to have, but also misleading. How many elections have we noticed polling was far from accurate. Polling didn’t predict Brexit or Trump. Beyond 2016, polling has been wrong on numerous occasions. Point being, if we can’t rely on polls for elections why should we rely on them for public opinion. The methodology of polling is likely too outdated. Moving forward:

We truly took conservativism for granted, and yet collectively we can’t explain it. It seems that so-called liberalism is on the rise according to a recent Gallup poll.

Consider this:

Tell me, would you genuinely believe in the faith of the 1/3 Christians who are pro-abortion? I wouldn’t. And I know many Christians are the same way. Now since, people identify as Christian, even a specific denomination, but aren’t actually Christian in their beliefs, can the same practice be done with political ideology? People identifying as conservative but not actually being one? We certainly see that all the time in Congress. Polling doesn’t show quality, only quantity, and in recent years, conservatives have been honing in on quality. This is an improvement. However the danger is there also. I agree that the Democratic machine is rising:

The Democrats at least are advancing a progressive agenda, and those who call themselves progressives are registered with the Democratic Party. The committed progressive does indeed have a home with the Democrats.

There are two reasons the Democratic Party is growing: the mass immigration since the immigration reform spearheaded by Ted Kennedy in the mid-1960’s, and our educational institutions.

But the fun fact about this is that while Democrats may be growing their numbers, they are likely growing their numbers in their own strongholds, urban areas. So in regards to the House and Electoral College, these advances are limited in their effectiveness… for now. If Conservatives are smaller, we’re likely stronger. But even if smaller, Conservatism is making waves.

The point about education is wholly accurate. Leftist are pushing propaganda in schools. The focus on multiculturalism teaches kids to believe every culture is equal, when in reality, this is not true. Education plays a big role, but millennials are realizing how flawed the system is and how little preparation it gives students for the real world. To put it simply, Democrats are producing weak thinkers. They are going to reap what they sow and it gives conservatism leverage for now and the future. But until then they have a growing movement of socialist. The best way to combat this is real world experiences and intellectualism.

There weakened thinkers and elitism is paying dividends to the point where “This is why Trump won” is a memeworthy motto and leftist Hollywood is suffering.

The Dark Age of Conservatism

There was a time when conservatism was weak and that was while a Republican was in the Oval Office. During the Bush years, conservatives made few achievements. Sure Partial Birth Abortion was outlawed but we got lousy judges in the Supreme Court and other Federal courts. It was during these years where we took conservatism for granted. Therefore in 2008 the only “conservative” opposing the liberal RINO John McCain was Mike Huckabee. Real strong candidate guys… The third place contender was Mitt Romney who, I guess, is slightly right of McCain. Either way what a field of losers in the most accurate sense of the word.

Obama’s victory was a wake-up call to conservatism and conservatives. The Bush years were the low point for conservatism. We are in better shape now than those years. We have better thinkers now and stronger conservatives.

Young Talent

In formal settings, conservatives are indeed lacking in recruiting young talent. But the talent is there, and there is no shortage of it on social media or rising publications. Where I disagree with Tsukerman is the impression she has of young conservatives.

At best, many young conservatives who undergo any sort of training strive to imitate the failing Hannity, Limbaugh, and other conservative models, who have been good at riling up anger, not so great on promoting internal diversity of ideas and the break out from comfort zones and groupthink within the conservative movement.

Perhaps I don’t see these types on social media and think of them as young. As a young conservative, I don’t find this accurate in my own self examination. The young conservatives I see on twitter more resemble Ben Shapiro, Steven Crowder, and Matt Walsh.

Colleges have moved so far left that it has created a rebellious counter-culture just as Tsukerman suggests:

To some extent, the left-wing extremist attitudes on campus are creating a counterreaction. Conservative-leaning college students, in response to pressure, tend to vote more Republican. This represents a perfect opportunity for identifying, recruiting, and training promising future thinkers and doers. Yet conservatives as a whole are failing in this endeavor.

See this is where I agree and disagree. This counter-culture is a prime opportunity to advance conservatism. However, I question whether colleges or even high schools are the most effective avenue for the movement. Many colleges are liberal arts colleges that conservative leaning students are less likely to go to anyway. Other colleges are commuter schools. Perhaps the avenue for capitalizing off of the counter-culture is the internet. The public is tiring of being called racist misogynists by entertainers and educators. They are seeking entertainment and education in other places. This counter-culture has led to many conservative intellectual content creators thriving. Prager U has over a billion views. Ben Shapiro is one of the country’s most popular podcasts. The rise of conservative content creators may be more efficient than an on every campus approach. If conservatives choose to be organized on campus, more power to them. However, I am not yet convinced to say that this should be the focus.

Moving Forward

Even if new faces aren’t emerging to “pundit” status, the next generation of conservatives is being cultivated by better minds than the previous radio and Fox News anchors. Because of this we should move forward with optimism. And perhaps these minds will answer a call to action. And when they do we should give them a larger platform. I am likely the youngest writer here, 22. I continually seek ways to advance small government Conservatism and landed myself here at NOQ Report. Perhaps this is a next step for you. If it is, I invite you to join NOQ Report.

Culture and Religion

Elizabeth Warren releases DNA proof that she’s at least 1/1024th Native American. Twitter responds appropriately.



Elizabeth Warren releases DNA proof that shes at least 11024th Native American Twitter responds appr

There’s a strategist in Senator Elizabeth Warren’s ear who thought it was a good idea to release results of a DNA test showing a likelihood that one of her very distant descendants was Native American. The advice taken. The results were predictable.

The test shows she is at most 1/32nd Native American if she is six generations from her Native American ancestor. That’s her best-case scenario. At worst, her ancestor was as far back as ten generations which would make her 1/1024th Native American. To put that into perspective, if she were to honor her heritage by engaging in 1/1024th of a four-hour Native American Sweat, she’d be in and out of the lodge in 14 seconds.

Elizabeth Warren releases results of DNA test on Native American ancesty inherent imprecision of the six-page DNA analysis could provide fodder for Warren’s critics. If her great-great-great-grandmother was Native American, that puts her at 1/32nd American Indian. But the report includes the possibility that she’s just 1/1024th Native American if the ancestor is 10 generations back.

Undergoing the test and releasing the results reveal how seriously Warren is taking the attacks from Trump, who has been able to effectively caricature and diminish his national foes via nicknames and conspiracy theories. Trump pushed then President Barack Obama into releasing the long form of his birth certificate to prove what most knew was already true: He was born in America.

This publicity stunt was designed to let everyone know she’s serious about running for President in 2020. She wanted to be able to call out President Trump on his promise to give $1,000,000 to charity if she could prove Native American heritage. He won’t pay, of course, which will get plenty of headlines calling him a deal-breaking scoundrel, but was it really if for her to be the focus of even more jokes on social media?

Here are some of the reactions on Twitter. You decide:

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Foreign Affairs

President dispatches Pompeo after talking to Saudi King



President dispatches Pompeo after talking to Saudi King

President Trump is sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia to discuss the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Turkey claims to have ample evidence that the Saudis murdered Khashoggi at their consulate in Istanbul.

The situation is tense as pressure mounts for actions to be taken against Saudi Arabia. The Saudis fired back with threats of their own if such actions are taken. All of this is happening against a backdrop of increased engagement between Saudi Arabia and the United States as they work to put together a Middle East peace agreement.

Turkey claims to have a recording of Khashoggi’s murder captured on his Apple Watch. They also have the identities of a 15-man “kill team” that was allegedly sent to the consulate to capture and torture Khashoggi. Video shows him going into the consulate with his fiancee remaining outside, but no footage has been released of him leaving the consulate and his fiancee hasn’t seen him since. Turkey claims Saudi Arabia has sufficient surveillance cameras at the consulate that could prove he left, but the Saudis claim the equipment was not recording during his visit.

My Take

The White House is trying to sweep this under the rug. As obtuse as the Saudi government has been for decades, their strategic and economic importance to the United States is great. The last thing the White House wants is to be forced to choose between their close ally and public outcry, most of which is demanding repercussions in light of the alleged evidence.

Turkey has been adamant that their theory is correct.

At some point, we’re going to have to cut ties with Saudi Arabia unless drastic changes are made. Changes are underway, but they seem too slow to compensate for the backwards nature of the country. It’s time to just cut them loose now.

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Guns and Crime

Why isn’t Katie Brennan’s #MeToo accusation getting national attention?



It’s the type of story that should have received national attention immediately. It was sourced by a respected major news outlet, the Wall Street Journal. Both the accuser and the accused are high-ranking public official in New Jersey’s government. The accused stepped down two weeks ago when approached by WSJ for comment. Katie Brennan’s story is a major newsworthy scandal.

As of Monday morning, a day after the story officially broke and four days after it was leaked to other major news outlets, both mainstream media and the #MeToo movement are essentially silent.

That will change soon, possibly today. Brennan, a prominent volunteer for Phil Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign and current Chief of Staff at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, released this statement:

On April 8th, 2017, Al Alvarez raped me. On April 9th, 2017 I learned that the system is broken.

I have pursued every form of justice available. But it has become clear that this system is not built for survivors.

The details of the assault portrayed in reporter Kate King’s Wall Street Journal report published today are accurate. But to date, I have received no justice.

I decided to come forward because I know that Al Alvarez, and all perpetrators, must be held accountable, must never rape again, and the justice system needs a complete change with regard to sexual violence.

New Jersey residents are only given a two-year window to file a civil suit. After spending an entire year pursuing a criminal case before hitting a dead end, I am left with less than one year to pursue civil action.

It is clear that leadership from the Murphy administration is needed to create meaningful policy change on several levels to make sure future victims do not have to endure what I have. I urge Gov. Murphy and the Attorney General’s Office to eliminate the statute of limitations on civil action related to sexual assault, and to direct prosecutors to be more aggressive in taking on these criminal cases. Further, the Murphy administration and the General Assembly should pursue legislation to ensure New Jersey’s police and other first responders are better trained to handle sexual assault victims.

Finally, sexual predators like Al Alvarez are only able to stay in power when those around them do nothing. Several senior level members of the Murphy administration were aware of my assault and failed to take meaningful action. Al Alvarez remained employed at a senior level in the Murphy administration until just a few weeks ago, when he knew the Wall Street Journal article was coming out and opted to resign. The failure of members of Gov. Murphy’s staff to respond in an aggressive, proactive fashion is unacceptable.

To other sexual assault survivors in New Jersey, I urge you to join me in coming forward if you are able. I will stand with you, because when we stand together, we are safer and stronger. Our voice is our power. Together, we can finally receive the justice we all deserve.

Murphy has not commented other than saying Alvarez should not have been hired. He was made aware of a “sensitive matter” that needed to be discussed by Brennan in June and claimed his staff would set up a meeting. That was the last Brennan heard from Murphy.

Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of aide sex assault allegation questioned accuser, Katie Brennan, was a Murphy campaign volunteer who said she spent more than a year seeking action against Alvarez for the alleged sexual assault before directly emailing Phil and Tammy Murphy in June. Phil Murphy responded within the hour, according to the Journal.

“Hang in,” he wrote. “We are on it.”

But Alvarez remained in his $140,000-a-year position until October. The alleged assault happened in April 2017.

Standards set by the #MeToo movement dictate that credible accusations should be believed. Brennan appears to be extremely credible, having reported her rape immediately after it allegedly occurred. Alvarez offered a $15,000 settlement that would have been attached to a non-disclosure agreement, which Brennan refused.

Where is MSNBC? Where is CNN? Where is Alyssa Milano?

Social media is starting to take notice. In particular, they’re going after Murphy and his wife for speaking out in support of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Brett Kavanaugh.

Katie Brennan

My Take

I am a strong proponent for what the #MeToo movement once promoted and how it started. The original intent was to embolden women who had experienced sexual misconduct at the hands of men in power over them. The goal was to give courage to those who were in very tough situations.

Recently, the #MeToo movement has been weaponized. I’m not going to draw comparisons between accusations against Kavanaugh and Alvarez. That would be unfair to Ford since Brennan’s accusations against Alvarez are much more recent and have the benefit of an immediate report to the authorities. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that as of now, either the story hasn’t reached the right people or the right people have chosen to ignore it.

We can’t let them.

It’s not as if this is a political hit job against Democrats. Brennan’s image was used in Murphy’s campaign handouts and she was outspoken as a “Young Democrat of the Week” in New Jersey as a result.

Katie Brennan NJ Democrat

I don’t like when something as heinous as rape gets politicized, but silence from mainstream media and the #MeToo movement is deafening. Would they be avoiding the story if Brennan had accused a Republican?

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