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Paul Ryan’s retirement is good news/bad news for conservatives



In response to a plan by a small band of so-called conservatives to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House back in 2015, I became a proud activist in the “Dump Boehner” movement. Needless to say, when the Democrat’s favorite Republican announced his retirement, it was a happy day for conservatives who were working to see the GOP return to its Constitutional roots.

Unfortunately, as so often happens in Washington, the courage to do what’s right fell to the cowardice of compromise as one Republican after another abandoned the plan for a new conservative leader. Instead of fighting for their principles, the invertebrate GOP surrendered to passivity and elected a new boss who was the same as the old boss in Paul Ryan—a move supported by even Barack Obama.

Based on Ryan’s track record of failure, I opposed him before he got the Speaker gig because I knew that he would be no different from Boehner, especially after he demanded that conservatives abandon their values and fall in line as a condition for his acceptance for the job.

My concerns proved to have merit as Paul Ryan waffled his way through issues, from the Obamacare repeal to abandoning GOP promises to fix the budget over the past two years, and now that his RINO-ness has collided head-on with the Trumplican rebrand of the GOP, Paul Ryan just announced that he is abandoning ship ahead of the upcoming Blue Tsunami.

Based on my jubilation when Boehner retired, you’d think I’d be happy about Ryan’s announcement, but I am not. When Boehner was forced out of office, there was a conservative plan to replace him, even though it failed, and with Ryan’s sudden retirement we don’t even have that.

The two leading candidates to replace Ryan are House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. You may recall that McCarthy was considered “next up” when Boehner retired, but he withdrew his name from consideration due to his inability to garner support from conservative groups like the House Freedom Caucus. And Steve Scalise is a ten-year veteran of the House who carries a 49% (F) Liberty Score.

Unfortunately, the so-called conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus appear ready to support McCarthy this time around, using a scheme where Chairman Mark Meadows would be elevated to McCarthy’s old job. In other words, the HFC will compromise conservative principles in the name of political opportunism, just like the Republican establishment currently in power.

Paul Ryan needed to go, but just as it was when Boehner retired, change simply for the sake of change is no change at all. It only perpetuates the status quo.

And here’s something to scare the bejesus out of you; if McCarthy gets the Speaker gig, the Republican leader and the Democrat leader, regardless of who’s in the majority and the minority, will both be Representatives from California.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.


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Socialism will win in 2020 regardless of who occupies the White House



Socialism will win in 2020 regardless of who occupies the White House

With his announcement on Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — an old, rich, white male who believes that most of America’s ills are caused by old, rich, white males — became the one-millionth member of the Far-Left to be added to the list of Democrat nominees for president of the United States in 2020.

Excitement over Bernie’s announcement was palpable as his campaign crushed his fellow leftists by raising nearly $6 million in the first 24 hours of online fundraising.

The field for the Democrat nomination is crowded, but the major players in the race so far are: Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris, and Sen. Corey Booker. The remaining 999,996 candidates are, most likely, simply auditioning for a cabinet position in the new Democrat administration. Still, it’s no secret that every candidate is running on a platform that could have been created by the Democrat Socialists of America.

Despite the election-season rhetoric Trump spewed in his State of the Union address about how “America will never be a socialist country,” the socialism marches on — often with the help of the Republican party and those I refer to as Conservative Socialists.

Since there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats — #Unibrow — I don’t think it’s likely that the socialist agenda will be stopped in 2020, even if the Republicans take back the House and Trump gets re-elected.

For example, in an interview with Bloomberg Politics in 2016, Bernie Sanders was asked what changes he would bring to the Party if he were to become president:

“Five, 10 years from now — different party. You’re going to have a workers party. A party of people that [sic] haven’t had a real wage increase in 18 years, that are angry.”

What was Donald Trump’s response? He didn’t need one because the above interview was with Trump, not Sanders. Not surprising since Trump’s policies in the areas of wages, trade, social security, and other economic and non-economic issues in 2016 were nearly identical to those of the Workers Party. Additionally, Trump and Sanders were so similar in these and other areas that they could have run on the same ticket.

Or take Sen. Elizabeth Warren . . . please! Her campaign recently announced a plan to provide federally financed universal child care to be paid for with money she plans to raise from a new “wealth tax” on the rich. The plan would provide “free daycare” for the “poor” while others would pay no more than 7 percent of their income.

Would Trump oppose her plan? Let’s return again to 2016. It was during his campaign that Trump and his socialist feminist policy advisor, Ivanka, released a child care and maternity leave plan that would provide six-weeks of paid maternity leave along with tax credits and other incentives to pay for child care.

By the way, paid family leave is a Democrat priority for 2020, and as we know all too well by now, Ivanka — with help from Daddy and the GOP — is on the verge of making paid family leave a reality.

Democratic socialism is fun to ridicule and it’s tempting to dismiss it, but it’s a very real threat to America’s survival. And despite claims to the contrary by Trump, the GOP, and the so-called conservative media, it looks like it’ll win in 2020 … regardless of who’s in the White House or who controls Congress.

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Returning to sanity, the greatest benefit of limited government




Returning to sanity the greatest benefit of limited government

The ever-expansive government born of collectivism results in power for the elite and insanity for everyone else.

How did we get to this point? How did we get to a situation where reading the news is akin to trying to drink from a fire hose in attempting to take in the events of the day?

There were times in the not so distant past were this wasn’t the case, when we could go about our business not having to waste time with such concerns. This is clearly a vestige of a political movement that wants to impose expansive government on every aspect of our lives. The elite of the collectivist Left would prefer a society driven to distraction intimately involved in everyone’s private life. The only way we can survive this is by reversing course back to a point where government and society doesn’t control every aspect of our lives.

Colleague JD Rucker started this conversation with his article on limited government in continuation to the insane situation we find ourselves. Two important points being that we need dispense with tribalism and that Liberty can only survive when the government is limited.

Individualism vs. Collectivism, Limited vs. Expansive government, Liberty vs. Tyranny

In the engineering field, any analysis of a situation begins with basic equations and principles. In this case we begin with the two primary sides of politics, the individual and collectivist mindsets corresponding to Limited and Expansive government models.

  • Those trying to conserve Liberty: Libertarians, Conservatives and true Liberals are on the political Right of the individualist mindset.
  • Those trying to expand government for their own benefit in property and power: Leftists, socialists, communists, fascists, Statists, etc. are of the collectivist mindset.

To be sure, there are those who would prefer to keep these discussions in a far more complicated realm. Their motivation showing a desire to confuse the issue and obscure their actions. One cannot analyse any form of technology without delving down to the underlying equations and the same holds true for politics. If the examination shows one side is motivated by a desire for power, then this is the conclusion, no matter how certain factions would like this to be concealed.

Liberty is maximized when government is minimized

The critical point in this analysis is that expansive government is antithetical to freedom.

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.”
Thomas Jefferson

This theoretical expression is borne out by practical reality. Authoritarian systems are clearly bereft of freedom. One would be hard pressed to demonstrate that national socialist worker’s party Germany or the old USSR were paragons of Liberty and human rights. Even the present day examples of socialist Venezuela or communist North Korea are more akin to open air penitentiaries than places of freedom.

Supposedly the argument is that free college, free housing, free health care, free food, free childcare and even free money is ‘freeing’ to some – but not all. The problem is that all of this is funded at some point by other people’s money, with the bite hitting ‘progressively’ lower and lower as people of the higher classes figure out methods to stop their property from being stolen. None the less, there will be those who will effectively be reduced to involuntary servitude, the opposite of being ‘Liberated’.

The problem has always been one of those who wish to get something for nothing and those who desire power no matter how it’s obtained. Without strict limitations on government, such people will always find a way to empower themselves at the expense of everyone else. Therefore, those people have to be constantly monitored, else they implement some new program here or a new tax there.

It becomes a rhetorical law of attrition, were people just become worn out trying to keep the power hungry in check. They may get upset at one issue, only to overlook another that crops up somewhere else.

Do you trust the government?

This is the critical questions of our time. Most people will answer that they don’t, albeit for differing reasons. However the central theme still remains.

  • If one does not trust the government, then why would anyone want it larger with expanded power?
  • If one does not trust the government, then why would anyone want it in control of one’s health care?
  • If one does not trust the government, then why would anyone want it to have a monopoly on the use of force?

We could go on and on, but the point is clear, a government that is inherently untrustworthy should only have limited power. This is why the strict limitations on government reveal the sheer genius of the founding fathers and the superiority of the American system of limited government.

The preservation of sanity by limited government

A government with strict limitations as to it’s proper functions [such as formulating and imposing budgetary restraints on itself] as well as what it cannot do doesn’t have to be watched 24/7. The citizens can be assured that they can go about their business without worrying that the government will grow out of control.

This is why we need to get back to a government that lives within its bounds and budget. This is why politicians of all stripes should have limited power in a limited governmental system. That is the only way to conserve Liberty and our sanity.


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Neither conservatives nor Democrats killed the GOP in 2018, it was suicide



Neither conservatives nor Democrats killed the GOP in 2018 it was suicide

As the GOP continues with its postmortem examination of the 2018 election, party leadership is desperately looking for the killer responsible for the death of the former party of Reagan instead of admitting that it was a suicide.

Last week, the Republican coroner in the House, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, determined that the party’s loss to Nancy Pelosi was due to conservatives who attempted to keep their promise to repeal Obamacare. In reality, Republicans killed their chance to retain control of the House by paving the Democrats’ road to victory with asphalt made out of the GOP’s broken promises.

In the U.S. Senate, faux-conservative Ron Johnson of Wisconsin — Liberty Score® 62% (D) — took a more nuanced approach since the GOP managed to maintain control of the “upper house.”

In an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press, Johnson classified the GOP’s demise as an occupational fatality — the result of being forced to do work in an unsafe workplace environment where Republicans failed because they didn’t have control of Congress.

For the uninitiated, the GOP had control of both chambers from 2014-2018 and held the trifecta of power (House, Senate, president) for the first two years of Trump’s presidency.

When asked in the interview why the GOP didn’t do more about issues like financing the border wall when they held the majority over the past two years, Johnson replied:

“You said we controlled both chambers. We didn’t. We had a majority in the Senate. So you don’t control it. We needed Democrats to support us and they’ve been unified in trying to thwart this president’s number one issue in the campaign, which was to secure the border.

“So no, we didn’t have control. We needed Democrats, we never had any cooperation from Democrats, which is regrettable.”

Considering that he works for Mitch McConnell — the man who pledged to “crush” conservatives and once blamed talk radio for his failures — it’s a pretty safe bet that Johnson got his talking points from Mickey.

The Republican Party we once knew is deceased, but it wasn’t murdered by conservatives and/or Democrats. The GOP killed itself.

Come to think of it, when you consider that Trump controls the GOP, you could say that their death is actually the result of an assisted suicide.

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