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Turn out the lights, the (TEA) party’s over

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Though the bankruptcy-inducing McConnell/Schumer budget deal was eventually passed by Congress and signed into law by Donald Trump because the “deal maker” was powerless to stop it—we can add “presidential veto” to the list of things Trump doesn’t know is in the constitution—there was a moment when Senator Rand Paul stood in defiance of Mickey’s hypocrisy and ineptitude.

I found it rather fitting that the symbol of the GOP establishment (McConnell) faced off against one of the last representatives of TEA party conservatism (Paul). It was McConnell who referred to conservatives as traitors, bullies, drunks, and fringe leading up to his declared war against them during his 2014 re-election campaign.

“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell boasted at the time as he targeted several conservative groups he considered to be a threat to his power. McConnell’s approach to eliminating conservatism within the GOP was supported by a host of fellow establishmentarians, “middle-right” GOP PACs, and members of the so-called conservative media such as Ann Coulter.

Though decentralized in structure, the TEA Party movement gave rise to a host of conservative groups dedicated to ideals the GOP establishment opposes, such as: limited government, lower taxes, and reduced spending, along with seeking the repeal of Obamacare and other parts of Obama’s radical agenda.

Perhaps the greatest TEA party success was realized with the passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011, a law that House Speaker Paul Ryan claimed would bring an end to Washington’s power to “endlessly spend money it does not have.” However, in the aftermath of last week’s budget deal, it’s safe to conclude that the GOP establishment has clearly recaptured that hill.

Even though McConnell hasn’t kept every conservative from being elected to Congress, he has succeeded in destroying many of them, nonetheless. Evidence of this sad reality can be seen in people like Ted Cruz who, like Donald Trump, voted for the bill because he was “powerless” to vote for something better. In the end, only two conservatives in the Senate voted against it: Rand Paul and Mike Lee.

McConnell’s goal of ending conservative influence was made easier thanks to the political adultery of organizations like the Tea Party Patriots. For example, during the fake-repeal of Obamacare debates last year, TPP President Jenny Beth Martin embraced legislation that she admitted failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but supported the bill co-sponsored by Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy in exchange for a commitment from Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to “get their priorities straight.”

I have long believed that the GOP is a lost cause and is no longer a home for conservatives and how we need to band together to create a new party—a sentiment shared by some of my conservative brethren.

The demise of conservatism within the GOP brings us to the indisputable conclusion that the TEA Party is over and the establishment is back to doing the same old things as before, which reminds me of an old Willie Nelson song titled The Party’s Over . . .

Turn out the lights, the party’s over
They say that “all good things must end”
Let’s call it a night, the party’s over
And tomorrow starts the same old thing again

Rings true . . . don’t you think?

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative, your source for opinion that's politically-incorrect and always "right." His articles can also be found on RedState.com. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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Video: What is a Classical Liberal?

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A short video making the point that the Left is no longer Liberal, having traded individualism for collectivism.

In one of their first animated video shorts, the Rubin Report discusses the vitally important topic of just who is a Classical Liberal.

OUR FIRST ANIMATED VIDEO! What is a Classical Liberal?

Liberalism has been confused with Leftism or progressivism, which is actually has nothing to do with classical Liberalism. Sadly the Left is no longer Liberal at all for it has traded individualism for collectivism.

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Published on Jul 10, 2018

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FCC having second thoughts about creating state-run media

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It’s no mystery to even the casual observer of American politics that Donald Trump has little love for Freedom of the Press as he repeats his claim of “Fake News” like a broken record any time the news media reports about him unfavorably . . . even on foreign soil.

Days after kicking off his recent European trip with a “Good morning to Fake News media” during a bilateral meeting with NATO leadership, Trump broke out another classic on the eve of his #SurrenderSummit with his BFF Vladimir Putin—a man who murders journalists for sport. Using words that certainly pleased his host, Trump leveled a Soviet-styled claim that the American news media is “the enemy of the American people,” a claim he originally broke out over a year ago.

A few months following Trump’s original “enemy” tweet last year, Trump’s chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, reinstated an old rule that paved the way for a $3.9 billion TV merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group—Trump’s favorite news media company outside of FOX News—and Tribune Media. This rule change paved the way for Sinclair to own enough local stations to control over 70 percent of US households.

A few months after that rule change, the FCC eliminated another rule requiring TV stations to operate local studios within their licensed markets, thus opening the door for local news to be nationally broadcast from places like New York City and Washington, D.C.
Trump’s hatred of the free press aside, the FCC was creating the perfect environment for a new state-run media. And while originally dismissing this threat to the First Amendment, Pai is now questioning the wisdom of paving the way for Sinclair’s near monopoly. In a statement released yesterday, he said that he now has “serious concerns” about the merger.

In an effort to get the deal approved, Sinclair had proposed selling off some of its TV stations in exchange for the FCC’s endorsement. However, this was little more than a shell game because Sinclair would still control those stations. So, in a “why didn’t he see this before” explanation, Pai rejected the merger.

“The evidence we’ve received suggests that certain station divestitures that have been proposed to the FCC would allow Sinclair to control those stations in practice, even if not in name, in violation of the law.”

Pai’s decision could be the death-knell of the merger, but with Sinclair’s openly pro-Trump bias along with Trump’s desire to silence his critics in the media, I’ve got a sneaky suspicion that there’s still a “Dumb and Dumber” level of a chance that it could happen.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Christian, conservative, and all-in for Trump Republicans race to lead House conservative caucus

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After years of compromising their convictions and trading their principles for political power, the GOP provided little resistance to Donald Trump and his nationalist populist ideology as he and the so-called new American right seized control of the party.

As I wrote in May, one of the casualties from Trump’s hostile takeover of the GOP is the conservative base of the party as a new kind of conservative was born, the Trump conservative–or Trumpservative as I call them—consisting of Republicans who identify as Christian, conservative, and all-in for Trump.

As the 2018 election dawns on the horizon, leadership positions within the GOP are up for grabs in groups claiming to represent conservatives, including the Republican Study Committee (RSC). Considered the largest caucus on Capitol Hill, the RSC has experienced a growing influence since Trump moved into the White House. While this would be good news if the RSC was truly conservative; in the Age of Trump and with the rise of the Trumpservative, it’s hard to see how it could be anything but bad news.

Currently, there are five House Republicans considering a run to replace outgoing RSC Chairman Rep. Mark Walker (NC), a man who falls short of being a conservative based on his very average Liberty Score® of 70% (C).

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the five contenders for Walker’s position are no more conservative than he is based on their Liberty Score®. Listed in order of their seniority, they are:

Discouraging how those who have been there the longest are some of the worst, isn’t it? But it gets worse.

As a Southern Baptist preacher-turned-politician, the departing Walker is a Trumpservative—Christian, conservative, and all-in for Trump. And as bad as the five contenders for his job are, the preferred candidate from the above list is Hartzler, who, despite being the least conservative of all, is also a Trumpservative—Christian, conservative, and all-in for Trump.

When asked about running, Hartzler replied, “I’m praying on it,” which I find to be the most troubling part of the Trumpservative.

It’s not that I don’t believe in the importance and power of prayer. My objection is with the casual way prayer is thrown around within the ranks of politicians looking to justify their actions and win votes. After all, if she “prays” about it, how can anyone question her decision?

Too often such prayers are simply an attempt to justify a decision the person has already made. Sprinkle a few of the right-sounding Christian words on the situation and bada bing, bada boom, instant “God’s will.” It reminds me of the scene in the movie Kingdom of Heaven where Guy, who is in line to become King of Jerusalem, seeks the blessing to go to war against Saladin, a war he had already decided he would wage.

By the way, Gov. Jerry Brown and Rep. Nancy Pelosi often sprinkle a little faith on their politics when it serves their purposes, as do many on the extreme-left. Obviously, that doesn’t make them conservative because “by their fruits you will know them.” In the same manner, when you take into account that she registers a weak 69% on moral issues on her Liberty Score®, I think it’s appropriate to ask what kind of fruit are we getting from Hartzler or any candidate with her track record.

If her GOP colleague in Missouri, Rep. Ann Wagner has anything to say on the matter, Hartzler should run based on her proven credentials as a Trumpservative. In an interview with the Hill.com, Wagner—Liberty Score® 53% (F)—endorsed her Show-Me-State friend:

“She’s a very active member of the RSC. She’s a solid conservative. And I would certainly love to see a woman like Vicky head up the RSC.

“That would be an excellent dynamic and I think Vicky would be well-suited for that position.”

During the 2016 campaign, pro-Trump talker Rush Limbaugh said that Trump’s success occurred because “nationalism and populism have overtaken conservatism.”

That may be the reason for Trump’s success, but it’s also the reason for the death of conservatism within the GOP. And it isn’t helping the “Christian” part of the equation very much either.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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