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Conservative movement not in as bad a shape as before.

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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 The methodology of polling is likely too outdated.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.

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As predicted, Trump offers DACA amnesty in exchange for border wall

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As predicted Trump offers DACA amnesty in exchange for border wall

Throughout Trump’s first two years in office, I’ve been one of only a handful of conservative voices shouting from the rooftops that the New York liberal’s promise to fix America’s out-of-control illegal immigration problem was nothing but a lie.

As a candidate, Trump promised to build a “big beautiful powerful wall” on our southern border at Mexico’s expense, and he promised to overturn Obama’s unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order that allowed illegals to stay in America indefinitely. Unfortunately, the “wall” has become an “artistically designed” barrier of some sort funded by the U.S. taxpayer, and DACA is not only still in effect, it’s on its way to becoming permanent.

While the reality of Trump’s broken promises dealing with illegal immigration have been crystal clear to those not drinking the orange Kool-Aid, his inevitable betrayal on the issue has been brought sharply into focus since last summer.

In May 2018, as Trump and the GOP were looking for ways to save their jobs ahead of the midterms, the House Freedom Caucus joined hands with Democrats to push for a “fix” to DACA.

In June 2018, Paul Ryan proposed a plan that would allow DREAMers to legally stay in the country and be put on the pathway to citizenship in exchange for $23 billion for building a border wall.

Following their September 2018 budget betraying funding everything from Planned Parenthood to DACA and sanctuary cities, rumors began spreading around Washington that Trump was ready to cut an immigration deal with Democrats in light of the reality that the Democrats were about to retake the House in the midterms.

The Democrats did retake the House, and in the days since their victory, Trump and the GOP have been laying the foundation for their inevitable immigration betrayal. With the help of Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner, trading DACA amnesty for a border wall is now the official position of the Trump administration and the GOP-controlled Senate.

So, it came as no surprise when Trump proposed a deal over the weekend to end to his manufactured government shutdown by offering Democrats a three-year extension of DACA in exchange for $5 billion for border security funding — an idea originally conceived by Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Three years? I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, but that’s just enough time to kick the can down the road until after his 2020 election … assuming there is one. And just in case there are any doubts about the motivation behind this three-year timeframe, consider this: Mitch McConnell, who has refused to let the Senate vote on the shutdown, has endorsed Trump’s offer and will hold vote on it this week.

Mickey is also up for re-election in 2020.

For now, Democrats are rejecting Trump’s offer, but it’s only a matter of time before they get what they want. After all, Trump and the GOP want the same thing.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Is Israel on the brink of war?

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Is Israel on the brink of war

Israel and Iran continue to trade threats and missile attacks over Syria as the latest round targeted Iranian Quds forces near Damascus. The IDF, which has confirmed attacks recently, went so far as to announce the attacks on Twitter.

This attack was in response to a missile launched from Syria by Iranian Quds Forces into the Golan Heights. The missile was intercepted by the Iron Dome, which was captured on camera by skiers on Mt. Hermon.

The overnight attacks on Syria resulted in many missiles and guided bombs being shot down, but enough made it through to damage Quds training grounds, weapons depots, and kill at least 11 people. There are no reports of how many of Iran’s elite forces were killed, though British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said only two of the dead were Syrians.

Israel, in rare move, announces attacks on Iranian targets in Syria, delivers warning

https://www.foxnews.com/world/israel-attacks-iran-forces-in-syria-military-confirmsIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently confirmed that Israel had struck hundreds of targets in Syria linked to Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group, including a weapons facility two weeks ago.

Iran and Hezbollah are allied with the Syrian government in the civil war.

Iran has begun its loudest saber-rattling in some time as they send clear threats of war and the destruction of Israel through state television.

“The young people in the air force are fully ready and impatient to confront the Zionist regime and eliminate it from the Earth,” IRIAF Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh said following the strike.

Iran says ready for war with Israel that will ‘lead to its destruction’

https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Iran-We-are-ready-for-a-war-that-will-lead-to-the-destruction-of-Israel-578108The commander of the Iranian Air Force warned on Monday that Iran was prepared for a decisive war with Israel, “which will bring an end to the IDF’s attacks on Syria.” “Our armed forces are prepared for a war that will bring the crushing destruction of Israel,” he said, according to media reports.

“We are ready for the day when we will see the end of Israel.”

My Take

Americans are often unaware of the importance of Syria to Iran. For years, it’s been assumed the only reason Iran hasn’t attacked Israel, especially when they were at the height of their power during the latter years of President Obama’s administration, is they have no clear path to reach Israel. Iraq, Syria, and Jordan are between Iran and the tiny Jewish state, making it nearly impossible for them to have any real reach into the heart of Israel.

This is why they are so intent on having an embedded military presence in Syria. It’s why Israel is doing everything in its power to prevent them from getting a serious foothold there.

Iran’s military is strong and somewhat sophisticated, but it’s still no match for Israel. However, Iran could take advantage of Israel’s small size if they can get enough missiles and launchers into Syria. Doing so would allow them to use Syrians as cover, a strategy currently in use by anti-Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.

As long as Iran continues to pursue entrenchment in Syria, war is on the near horizon. Israeli strikes may be a catalyst for war, but they’re necessary if they have any hopes of preventing Iran from taking over their Syrian neighbors wholesale.


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What really separates Tom Brady from every other player on the field

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What really separates Tom Brady from every other player on the field

Every season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gains more people who believe he’s the greatest of all time. It has been a long road for him because he didn’t have the pedigree that other potential GOATs had. He wasn’t the #1 pick in the NFL draft like John Elway or Terry Bradshaw. He was drafted in the 6th round. He didn’t come in with lots of fanfare. His first starting job came as a result of Drew Bledsoe’s injury. He doesn’t have a flashy style like Brett Favre, a complex system like Peyton Manning, or a cannon for an arm like Aaron Rodgers.

He just wins.

The key to his winning ways may have nothing to do with his strong skills, good supporting cast, or excellent game plans. It may just come down to hard work and good ol’ fashioned competitiveness. His mental toughness has been likened to Larry Bird’s or Evander Holyfield’s, two greats in their sports who made up for physical deficiencies by constantly improving mentally even when they weren’t at the top physically.

“Every quarterback can throw a ball; every running back can run; every receiver is fast; but that mental toughness that you talk about translates into competitiveness.”

Football is more than just a physical sport. As Tom Brady has demonstrated, mental toughness may be even more important than 40-yard-dash times or arm strength.


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