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Before I get started let me say this first….

MAGA Patriots

I truly believe that the vast majority of you who supported Trump from day one are patriots. You’ve seen the devastating effects of liberal policies of our nation, but you knew you couldn’t trust the GOP because they were no better. I didn’t vote for Trump, but have tried to be an honest broker about him. I don’t think those of you who voted for him are “dumb hicks” or “uneducated rednecks.” I get his appeal. I really do. I disagreed with you that electing him was a good idea, but that doesn’t mean I think you aren’t patriots who believe in conservative values of limited government, freedom, liberty, life, and the pursuit of happiness. The fact is most of you are patriots. The few that aren’t are just lunatics, but every group has its lunatics. Of course in this case I’m speaking of the “alt-right.” True conservatives know that racism and anti-Semitism has no place in our nation or in our hearts. So, I ask that you read this whole letter, and let me say what I have to say, and please take it in the spirit in which it’s intended.

The Good

This may be tough to read for many of you who have supported Trump wholeheartedly from the beginning, but I think that many of you may now finally be receptive to it. I’ve tried to be an honest broker on Trump. I didn’t vote for him. I didn’t think he’d win. I’ve praised him when he did something I thought was good, and I’ve criticized him when he did what I thought was wrong. I’ve tried to call balls and strikes all throughout his presidency.

I haven’t cared about the Russia probe simply because I assume everyone in Washington is working for someone, and it’s never us. I don’t care about Stormy Daniels because it was years before he was President and it was consensual. He hasn’t been a moral man, but that’s not why I didn’t vote for him. I didn’t vote for him because he’s a lifelong liberal. You’ve heard this before, but many of you are paying attention now.

He’s done better than I ever imagined. However, that’s because I had such low expectations. I honestly thought we’d end up with a SCOTUS nominee to the left of Garland. He chose Gorsuch, but in retrospect that was probably just as a bone to his base. Donald Trump had no real guiding principles. He only cares about certain things, and those things aren’t conservative for the most part.

I honestly thought we wouldn’t get any tax cuts, but we did, because he cares about that. He wanted a corporate tax cut, which we desperately needed for our economy, but he wanted it for himself. He cares about tariffs, but so did Bernie Sanders. Tariffs aren’t good for the economy. They work counter to a free market. They sound good for an “America First” policy, but they’ve never worked.

The Bad

Now those of you who have supported Trump unequivocally are starting to see the light with this massive omnibus bill. It funds Planned Parenthood. It funds sanctuary cities. It funds Obamacare. It doesn’t fund the wall, which was the centerpiece of his election promises. None of this should really come as a real surprise. He said it all during the campaign.

“Planned Parenthood does many good things.”

“We’re going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it.” Well, if Mexico isn’t paying for it, I guess that means no wall?

“I am a deal maker.” Well, he’s made a deal alright. Not a very good one. All he’s gotten in exchange is an excess of military spending that we don’t need and can’t afford as I wrote about a couple months back.

I’m sure there are many of you screaming at the computer screen right now, maintaining that the President is “playing 14 dimensional chess.” Come on. You’re just deluding yourself at this point. I’m not saying Donald Trump is the worst President ever. But stop saying he’s the best President ever either. The fact is we really don’t know a President’s quality until they’ve been out of office for 30 years, so it’s silly to make those claims anyway.

The Ugly

I’m not here to say “I told you so,” but I did know this day would eventually come, even though I hoped I was wrong.

I’m sorry, folks, but you’ve been sold out.

Trump didn’t plan on winning, and now that he has he is ramming through the few things he cares about. Immigration isn’t on the list of things he cares about. He’s hired illegals for many years, so this shouldn’t come as a shock. He DID know that it was an issue we cared about though, and he knows marketing. He got the nomination talking about it in very simplistic terms, even though he simply co-opted the ideas of others such as Ted Cruz and Scott Walker.

Further, the President is far too quick to jump to the left on issues like gun control, because that’s where his heart is. All of his properties are “gun-free,” even those that aren’t required to be by state law. This should have been a warning sign to all 2nd-Amendment advocates.

He’s also a proponent of single-payer healthcare. “Everyone is going to be covered, and the government is going to pay for it,” he said during the campaign.

The Way Forward

I am not, not, NOT advocating a return to the days of RINOs. The likes of Bill Kristol, Rick Wilson, and Tom Nichols will laugh and say “see, we told you so!!” Well, they’re in no position to do so. They were pushing Jeb and Kasich. We’d have been worse off today if we’d gone that route. We can drain the swamp and fight the liberal GOP establishment, but this time we need to consider doing it with a proven conservative, not a lifelong liberal who became a Republican 2 minutes before he declared he was running for President. There are a few out there. Not many, but a few. We have to vet them vigorously.

And then comes the hard part. We have to hold them accountable. We can’t join cults. It’s a natural thing to do, to become a fan. What’s funny is I saw people make fun of the “Trump Cult” while being in the Rubio Cult, or the Rand Paul Cult. Cults of personality are BAD. No one is perfect. Everyone, especially politicians, have their faults. We have to be mindful of that.

It might be time to consider a primary challenge to the President. And NO, I do NOT mean John Kasich or Jeff Flake. We’ll have to think that one over, but let’s take some time to digest and think things over. We’ve all had a tough couple of days. Let’s think things through. I imagine after this omnibus spending bill betrayal the GOP has doomed itself this midterm cycle, and Donald Trump has guaranteed he will be a one-term President. He won with fewer votes than Romney lost with, so he was going to need people like me to vote for him in 2020. He was on a good path to making that happen. He’s lost it now. I imagine he’s lost many of his staunchest supporters too.

You’re all great Americans. God Bless.

 

 

 

Benjamin Wilhelm served as a commissioned officer in the United States military for 10 years, serving one combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge among other military awards. Ben has worked in a variety of private sector businesses both large and small. He is a former military and civilian firearms instructor and an advocate for veterans issues. Ben is a strict Constitutionalist who sees the Federal government as an out of control leviathan, and the federal debt as a burden that will break the country. Ben is a divorced father of two boys.

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  1. Michael

    March 22, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    You think it’s time to consider a challenger to a president who has kept more campaign promises than all of his predecessors combined?

    A man who doesn’t expect to win doesn’t spend the time or money to do 1 and 2 appearances a day for months. He didn’t do it for his health, he didn’t do it because he loves the personal attacks (that have continued from campaign to the present), he didn’t do it to throw money away, he ran to win. Hillary thought it was her turn to buy the election but Trump ran on a platform that the people identify with.

    Unlike Hillary and the other GOP candidates – he ran on the America First platform, and that has a lot of appeal for those of us watching as the country was being sold to the highest bidder. As I said above, Trump has kept a lot of his campaign promises. If not for the obstructionists in the House and Senate, I believe he might have delivered all of them by now.

    I won’t vote for any primary challenger to Trump, and I don’t know anyone who would.

    I think the crazy person – is you.

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More on Neil Gorsuch and judicial tyranny

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Following the Supreme Court decision earlier this week where Neil Gorsuch sided with the four progressive justices on the court to overturn a law that allowed for the deportation of immigrants convicted of violent crimes, I wrote an article about how this decision confirmed the warning given by James Madison about tyrannical government.

Since Gorsuch was appointed by Donald Trump and conservatives considered the justice to be a type of Anakin Skywalker as the chosen one born to bring balance back to the government, I took a lot of heat for daring to mention tyranny and Gorsuch in the same breath.

If I had called Gorsuch a tyrant, my readers and listeners would have had a point, but that’s not what I did.

As I stated in the article, the threat of tyranny comes not from a single Supreme Court decision, it comes from the reality that political parties have turned judicial appointments into a party platform, essentially eliminating the walls that separate the three branches of government. Such accumulation of all powers in the same hands is the exact definition of tyranny according to Madison.

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

The federal courts continue to confirm this threat to liberty. Earlier this week, a three-judge panel on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a law in Ohio that denied funding to Planned Parenthood who already gets hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers thanks to Trump and the GOP. The ruling also upheld a decision from a lower court that ruled that the ban violated due process and was, therefore, unconstitutional.

This wasn’t a decision by a court loaded by Obama appointees. Two of the three judges were appointed by Daddy Bush and Son, while the third was picked by Bill Clinton. The lower court judge was also appointed by George W. Bush.

Do you see what happens when we allow judicial appointments to be motivated by politics?

In the judicial tyranny article I mentioned above, I posted a tweet from Donald Trump where he claimed that only Republicans can “hold the Supreme Court.”

The recent decisions by the Supreme Court and the Sixth Circuit is proof that Trump and the GOP are wrong. We will never rid ourselves of tyrannical government by continuing to support its tyrannical behavior. Political parties interested only in their self-preservation won’t stop it. “Appointing better judges” won’t stop it.

Only we the people can stop it using tools such as Convention of States and Daniel Horowitz’s Citizens’ Task Forces. To learn more about how the courts are destroying America, I also recommend Daniel’s book, Stolen Sovereignty: How to Stop Unelected Judges from Transforming America.


Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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Remember what’s important in life

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We all deserve forgiveness, the benefit of the doubt, and need to be reminded of what really matters from time to time. When you encounter someone who does something rude or mean or bad, avoid labeling them as a rude or bad person. Instead, give them the benefit of the doubt that they were just having a bad day/week/year and they are in a place where they have forgotten about what really matters in this life.

That it’s not about wealth and acquiring stuff. It’s about relationships and how we spend our time together. It’s about lifting each other up.

Have you ever gotten into that rut, where you have been hyper-focused on your job, or your hobby, or self-improvement? You were doing really well! You’ve gotten ahead, acquired a lot of great, new things; you make more money now, and you’ve gotten really good at whatever it is you were working on.

But then… You watch a show, a movie, maybe hear a song or a sermon, or read a story about humanity and how short this life is; About how we treat each other when we are trying to acquire too much… and it’s never enough; it’s never big enough; it never satisfies us.

But when you get that message again from that show… You recognize it, and you wake up. You stand up in the room, and you look around, and you see that all over the room everyone else still has their heads down. And very few are standing with you. But you see it now, and you say to yourself, “Why was I so focused on that? That doesn’t matter! My kids are growing up! My parents are aging, my grandparents dying. And I’ve been missing all of it… For what? For a house that’s 1000 sq. feet bigger? For a car that can drive a little faster?”

We all get sidetracked and stuck on this misleading path. That’s why we need to give each other the benefit of the doubt. Try not to label people as “bad guy” just because they did something once or twice, and recognize that people deserve forgiveness, and just need to be woken up again.

Remind them. Remind me when I forget. Please. It’s about Love. Family. Friends. Relationships.

Sell everything you own if it’s blinding you. Buy experiences instead- Experiences that you can share with one another. Hug. Laugh. Cry. Touch. Share. And remember. Remember what it’s all about.

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Attempt to make tax cuts permanent just more politics of distraction by GOP

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When Trump and the GOP passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the bill only provided temporary tax relief for individuals—they expire or “sunset” in 2025 in compliance with Senate rules—while making the corporate tax cuts permanent.

Putting Senate rules aside for a moment, the GOP intentionally structured their so-called tax-reform bill as they did to provide political cover for their otherwise unproductive job performance. Republicans were able to claim they kept at least one promise while using the Senate rules as a crutch to pass temporary tax relief for individuals with a promise to vote later on making it permanent.

According to GOP leadership, under Senate rules the tax cuts couldn’t be made permanent in the original bill because it added so much to the deficit that it would require sixty votes to avoid a filibuster—a fact that would still apply on any future votes to make the cuts permanent.

Why would the GOP promise to vote on making tax cuts permanent when getting sixty votes is still out of the question? As I said above, they need political cover.

Knowing they face an uphill slog as November approaches, Trump, McConnell, and Ryan planned to use a second vote to make individual tax cuts permanent not because it’s the right thing for taxpayers but because it allows them to use the politics of distraction to camouflage their ineptitude and hopefully avoid the Blue Tsunami.

By holding this vote, the GOP hopes to get Democrats on record as opposing the tax cuts, making it possible for Republicans to use that as a campaign issue in some of the tighter races. This is probably what motivated Sen. Ted Cruz to introduce a plan to make the cuts permanent. Cruz’s re-election race against Democrat Beto O’Rourke is essentially tied and within the margin of error, so he needs a distraction to avoid defeat.

Interestingly, many within the GOP are now having second thoughts about another vote on tax cuts because they are taking heat for recent projections that show how their tax cuts and budget treachery will add trillions of dollars to the deficit.

But don’t be fooled. This is simply another round of the GOP’s politics of distraction. By suddenly appearing like the deficit is now an issue, Trump and Company are hoping that their faux outrage will appease conservatives concerned about out-of-control spending. We witnessed an example of this strategy recently in the failed attempt by the House to pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Regardless of what the GOP decides on the tax cuts issue, know this . . . they’ll do only what’s best for party preservation, not what’s best for America.


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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