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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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A guide to classical liberalism

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A guide to classical liberalism

The modern interpretation of the ideology known as “liberalism” is usually associated with the progressive left. Despite the roots of true liberalism – individualism, Natural Rights, and liberty itself – the modern understanding of liberalism has been skewed to make people think more of illiberal politicians like Bernie Sanders instead of Constitutional originalists like Antonin Scalia as liberals.

This 27-minute video does a fine job of breaking down the historical ideas that brought about classical liberalism and the men who brought them to light. It also accurately points out that equality of opportunity for individuals is necessary for a modern society, thus it was this mentality that brought about the end of slavery and the promotion of women’s rights.

From John Locke to James Madison, from the thinkers of Great Britain to the founding fathers of the United States, this video from The Academic Agent brings us through the history of classical liberalism.

For a brief introduction we posted a shorter video earlier:

What classical liberalism is, briefly

http://noqreport.com/2018/12/12/classical-liberalism-briefly/The progressive left and the Democratic Party have undergone many transformations over the last century. They’ve masterfully spun American understanding of language and labels to the point that history has been in a constant state of being rewritten to conform to their machinations. One of the most perverse examples of this is how they now claim the mantle of “liberalism.”

Sadly, those who embrace Natural Rights, limited government, and individualism have been forced to amend our label as liberals to become “classical liberals” for the sake of escaping confusion. Most Americans today would assume if we call ourselves “liberals” that we must be big fans of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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Will Trump suspend the Constitution to build his wall?

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Will Trump suspend the Constitution to build his wall

What do martial law, illegal immigration, and using the military as a national police force have in common with Barack Obama and Donald Trump? Possibly more than you realize.

After years of failing to fix the illegal immigration problem and Obama’s abuse of executive orders, there were conspiracy theories being spread by people like Alex Jones at InfoWars.com that Obama was laying the groundwork to declare martial law and cancel the 2016 election.

Of course, that never happened, although I sometimes wish it had (just kidding, no letters please). But with the obvious assault on our Constitutionally protected, God-given rights increasing with every passing day, and with Trump’s ignorance of the Constitution, we need to ask ourselves if something like that could still happen.

Trump convinced America to vote for him in 2016 based on his promise to build a “big beautiful wall” on our southern border and have Mexico pay for it. Yet, after two years, no such wall exists, and Mexico has let Trump know in no uncertain terms they have no intention of financing one.

As a result, all of the problems associated with illegal immigration not only still exist, but they’ve gotten worse. On top of that, Trump is busy gearing up for another four years as president … or more.

Trump has often joked about being president beyond the Constitutionally allowed eight years, but recent comments about his border wall would seem to indicate that he’s not all that concerned about any limitations placed on him by the Constitution he once called “archaic.”

On Tuesday, Trump bragged about the success he was having with the wall even though it doesn’t exist while issuing this threat. “If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build … the Wall.”

In essence, Trump is saying that he will play the role of dictator by ignoring Congress and using the military to force his will, a threat he also made earlier this year.

Such an action would turn the military into a national police force, but it would also require some manipulation of the Constitution. Trump can’t simply shift Border Security funds from the Department of Homeland Security to the military without Congress, unless he declares a national emergency.

Such a declaration would suspend the limits placed on the president by the Constitution and allow him to use the military as he sees fit without Congressional approval such as he did when he sent thousands of troops to the border to deal with the migrant caravan in October.

In a survey released in the summer of 2017, a majority (52%) of respondents supported the idea of postponing the 2020 election if Trump needed to declare a national emergency to deal with the immigration problem.

It looks like Trump might just take them up on the offer.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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The administrative state is far too powerful

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The administrative state is far too powerful

The administrative state is essentially a loophole in government that gives citizens no recourse. We don’t elect them. We can’t expect Congress to do its job. What are we supposed to do?

Philip Hamburger took to PragerU to deliver one of the most important talks the channel has had in a while. The dangers inherent to unelected bureaucrats and their fiefdoms is real and must be addressed now.

We can’t vote them out. Capitol Hill has abdicated. The founding fathers would be ashamed of the administrative state that holds too much control. Philip Hamburger and PragerU have made a must-watch video. The question is, how do we fix this?

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