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Predicting a Blue Tsunami in November doesn’t mean I want it to happen

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As I reflected on this obviously insane conclusion, I was reminded of something a preacher once told me as a child, when I asked him, “If God controls everything, why does he allow bad people to do bad things?” He answered by telling me to imagine a boy riding his bike so fast that he would crash if he didn’t slow down and to imagine warning the boy about his likely outcome.

The preacher then asked me, “When the boy crashes, did it happen because you warned him about it?”

The parallel between the words of that preacher and those of my reader is obvious; issuing a warning doesn’t mean I am the cause of the Blue Tsunami or that I want it to happen.

Sadly, these lame accusations are really nothing more that a rehashed version of the #notHillary mantra we heard in 2016. In other words, these people believe that if you say something negative about Trump and the Trumplicans who have hijacked conservatism and the GOP, you obviously support Democrats and probably work for George Soros—yes, I’ve been accused of that too.

By the way, money’s been a little tight at Strident Conservative HQ, so if anyone reading this has George’s number, I’d appreciate it if you would send it my way.

Interestingly enough, calling the upcoming election a storm is an analogy recently adopted by Mitch McConnell. He’s even gone so far as to rank it using storm terminology, calling it a “category 3, 4, or 5.”

Facing this reality isn’t likely to make any difference in November. As the leader of one of the least productive Senates in modern history, Mickey is putting all his eggs in the “but Gorsuch” basket, meaning that he is breaking out the election-year playbook and trying to convince conservatives that he is working for them by confirming so-called conservative judges.

Meanwhile, there are GOP races where candidates are wagering everything on Trumplicanism, despite the risk of embracing the unpopular president, such as the race between Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in November. In a recent radio interview, Cramer showed how he is willing to bend over backwards to out-Trump Heitkamp—she claims to vote with Trump 55% of the time—by comparing a vote against Trump as the equivalent to committing adultery.

By the way, Cramer carries a pathetic 37% Liberty Score (F).

McConnell also admitted that while he hopes to maintain control of the Senate, GOP control of the House looks iffy, and it’s no wonder when you look at how Paul Ryan gave America the biggest broken promise in history, the record number of GOP retirements, and the rising anti-Trump mood in parts of the country in districts that Trump won in 2016.

For example, in NY-11, we are being treated to a primary race between incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) and former Rep. Michael Grimm, the man Donovan replaced in a special election in 2015 after Grimm was sent to prison for tax fraud.

In what could be called another classic Trumplican cage match, these two are bending over backwards to out-Trump one another. With little to show for his time in Congress, Donovan—he carries a 28% Liberty Score (F)—plans to introduce a law requiring post offices to display portraits of Trump and Vice President Pence—a sort of Chapel of Trump. Meanwhile, Grimm—who once threatened to throw a reporter off a Capitol Hill balcony—is running 100% on the MAGA Train.

With a trail of broken promises behind them, the party formerly known as Republican has very little to show for having complete control of Washington since 2016, so they are forced to embrace the liberal policies of Donald Trump while simultaneously trying to convince America that they still represent conservative values. Therefore, the Blue Tsunami Warning will remain in effect . . . and that doesn’t mean I want it to happen.


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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Man fined £1,000 for outdated sense of humor

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Man fined £1000 for outdated sense of humor

Jonathon Van Maren, a contributor for LifeSiteNews, recently stumbled across an article in the UK’s Edinburgh News about a construction worker who was arrested for “pointing and laughing” at a biological male who was dressed as a female (transgender woman).

[Author’s Note: It is impolite and unkind to point and laugh at others. This article is not an endorsement of such behavior.]

As Van Maren explained, a construction worker named Graham Spiers was walking with a group of friends. The group pointed and laughed while passing a transgender individual who, suspecting that his appearance had become the subject of ridicule, telephoned the police.

Spiers was arrested five day later.

Sherriff Robert Fife scolded Mr. Spiers’s sense of humor and actions:

Transgender insanity: Police now jailing people for laughing at men in women’s clothes

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/transgender-insanity-police-now-jailing-people-for-laughing-at-men-in-womenSheriff Robert Fife also piled on, informing Spiers that, “Your offensive comments were not funny at the time and are not funny now. Your children should grow up understanding gender differences and would be ashamed at your behavior that comes from a different era has no place in today’s society.” Fife then told Spiers that in addition to the cash he had to pay to the biological man for laughing at him, he also had to pay an additional fine of another five hundred pounds.

Graham Spiers was ordered to pay a total of £1,000 for his actions “from a different era,” 500 of which was paid to the complainant.

Of the actions by police and the court in this instance, Van Maren opined:

It is disgusting enough that law enforcement would arrest and charge someone for this triviality. That alone indicates that freedom in Scotland is truly dead. But the fact that law enforcement then lectured Spiers on being a throwback from a different age (that different era being about a decade ago, for the record) and telling him his children should be ashamed of him? And that Spiers was expected to cower and listen to this tongue-lashing from his betters so he could get re-educated and realize that men could now become women and that laughing at their attempts was forbidden by law? That should absolutely repulse any liberty-loving person and terrify everyone who values freedom.

My Take

Pointing and laughing at others is unquestionably unkind. I am repulsed at the thought of such outward meanness. However, that this behavior so would be considered illegal and result in one’s arrest is punitive at best, and is undoubtedly a waste a valuable time and resources. Furthermore, the punishment in this case is brazenly excessive.

This is yet another instance of big government run amok. The Founders knew the dangers of big government. It would be prudent of us to heed the Founders’ advice, lest we find ourselves in the position of Mr. Spiers: subjugated beneath the arbitrary boot of “benevolent” governmental authority.

 


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The anti-MAGA hoax epidemic

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The anti-MAGA hoax epidemic

There’s a trend that’s been quietly, consistently rearing its ugly head against the President of the United States and his supporters since before the 2016 election. We’ve seen it among unhinged journalists, virtue-signaling celebrities, and Democratic politicians. We’ve seen it manifest in the ugliest form of hatred – the common hate-hoax – and it’s doing more to divide America than the source of the perpetrators’ anger.

They hate President Trump. They hate the people who got him elected. The hate the idea of making America great again because as much of the MAGA agenda comes to pass, they’re learning they’ve been wrong the whole time. I know first hand. I’ve been proven wrong myself.

No, I’m not a hate-hoaxer, but I’ve been against the President to varying degrees for over three years now. Before he officially won the GOP nomination in 2016, I opposed him because I felt he would do too much damage while delivering only a moderate amount of good policies. He wasn’t as bad as John Kasich or Jeb Bush, but we had Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul as better candidates. Nevertheless, he won the nomination, prompting me to spend the final leg of the 2016 election without a horse in the race. I didn’t like the idea of Trump being President, but under no circumstances did I want Hillary Clinton to be President, either.

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After he won, I became a cautious but hopeful watcher. While we worked on alternatives to bring limited-government federalism to the forefront of local, state, and national politics, I took a case-by-case stance on the President himself. When he did well, I praised him. When he did poorly, I criticized him. This stance has remained until this day, though there have been times when I was more supportive or more critical, depending on the policy discussion of the day. Tax and bureaucratic cuts – good. Tariffs and bump stock bans – bad. The recent cave on the border omnibus – very bad. Most foreign policy moves (leaving Iran deal, leaving Paris accords, moving embassy to Jerusalem) – very good.

Unfortunately, it seems many on the left have been unwilling to recognize even the remotest possibility anything the President is doing is good. What’s worse is that some have been so aggressive in their desire to prove their point that they’ve pretended to be victims for the sake of getting their “victims’ perks” of love and affection from their peers while painting anyone wearing a MAGA hat as bigoted and hateful.

Thus, the anti-MAGA hate hoax was born and it’s been so prominent over the last two-and-a-half years, one must wonder how mainstream media and Democrats became so gullible that they fall for it every single time.

Andy Ngo at Quillette put together a comprehensive list of hate hoaxes that leftists have perpetrated to paint the President and his supporters as racists. It’s absolutely stunning when you see the magnitude of the hatred – THEIR hatred – that makes them willing to tell bald-faced lies just to prove the movement they oppose is as bad as they think it is.

I’ve had ideological disagreements with nearly every presidential candidate (let alone every President) since I became an adult. There’s nothing wrong with disagreement as long as one is willing to not be blinded in one direction or the other. There are plenty who blindly follow President Trump to approximately the same degree that supporters blindly followed President Obama. The herd mentality seems to have become the way of the political world in America for our last two presidents. But that blind devotion is simply an annoyance. The blind hatred that drives people to commit these hoaxes is far more dangerous.

It’s likely when the details are fully revealed regarding Jussie Smollett’s hate-hoax, it was driven more by a narcissistic desire to advance his career rather than pure hatred for the MAGA crowd or the President, but obviously the latter hatred played a role in his decision-making process. This type of action is never acceptable. We have enough outrage in America. There’s no need to manufacture even more for false reasons.

It’s time for the unhinged left to stop assuming every MAGA supporter is racist and start asking how the actions of those on their side of the political aisle drove massive amounts of people to support President Trump. Perhaps then, they’ll realize the hatred is coming mostly from them.

 


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Trump and the GOP use border wall as a distraction to hide their spending addiction

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Trump and the GOP use border wall as a distraction to hide their spending addiction

Last week we heard a lot about how Trump caved to Nancy Pelosi on border wall financing and how he plans to essentially misappropriate federal funds and usurp Congress and the American people via a constitutionally questionable national emergency declaration to pay for his wall.

Lost in this latest episode of the reality TV show we know as the Trump presidency is how even though the national debt just exceeded $22 trillion, Trump and the GOP decided that the government simply isn’t spending enough money.

In the “bipartisan” (aka unibrow) spending bill passed by Congress and soon to be signed by Donald Trump, hundred of billions of dollars for “discretionary” spending will be allocated for everything from homeland security and the State Department to transportation and housing. It also continues to fund Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, refugee resettlements, DACA, and every other Obama era initiative as has been the case ever since Trump and the GOP were given control of Washington in 2016.

Such malfeasance by the Republican Party when it comes to reining in out-of-control government spending is nothing new. As Conservative Review Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz points out, we’ve witnessed the greatest explosion of the national debt at the hands of the Party that claims to stand for smaller government and fiscal responsibility.

Over the past 8 years of varying degrees of GOP control of Congress and the White House, we’ve witnessed the national debt grow from $14 trillion to over $22 trillion — the fastest expansion in the debt in U.S. history.

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The debt has increased $8 trillion since the GOP took control of the House in 2011 and by $4 trillion over the past 4 years of GOP control of at least 2 of the three political organs of government (House, Senate, White House).

The deficit for the first three months of the current fiscal year reached $319 billion, putting the country on pace to have a trillion-dollar deficit by September 30. The Congressional Budget Office is predicting annual trillion-dollar deficits to continue for years to come due to Washington’s spending addiction.

One of the biggest drivers of the debt continues to be Obamacare and socialized medicine. The failure by Trump and the GOP to repeal Obamacare not only perpetuates the destruction of health care, but it adds to the debt at the same time.

Ironically, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy bashed conservatives last week for opposing Obamacare and blamed their attempt to repeal it for the GOP’s loss of the House.

Meanwhile, as the financial Armageddon begun by Trump and the GOP reaches nuclear levels, and the annihilation of the US economy draws closer trillion-by-trillion, Ivanka and Daddy Trump are working with Republicans to create a new entitlement — Paid Family Leave.

Trump and the GOP have a spending addiction, and just like any other type of addict will do they’ll try to hide their addiction for as long as possible before bottoming out while simultaneously looking for the next hit or high.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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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