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Fleetwood Mac and Lindsey Buckingham: A parable of the GOP and conservatives

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As a fan of classic rock music, I was disappointed to hear that Fleetwood Mac fired Lindsey Buckingham. In the band’s first interview after the termination, Mick Fleetwood avoided using the word “fired” but essentially confirmed that’s what happened in a weak defense of the band’s decision.

“Words like ‘fired’ are ugly references as far as I’m concerned. Not to hedge around, but we arrived at the impasse of hitting a brick wall.

“We made a decision that we could not go on with him.”

Though widely considered the person who saved Fleetwood Mac from becoming a footnote in the annals of Rock N’ Roll history after the band nearly collapsed in the early 1970’s, Buckingham was still deemed expendable and no longer a fit for their agenda. Buckingham was replaced with talent that could only imitate the success he brought to the group.

After initially remaining silent about the incident, Buckingham recently shared his feelings.

“This was not something that was really my doing or my choice.

“There were factions within the band that had lost their perspective (and) it harmed the forty-three-year legacy that we worked so hard to build.”

Now, why am I talking about the falling-out between members of a rock band? Because it serves as a parable of what we’ve witnessed happen to the Republican party.

Think of Fleetwood Mac as the GOP and Lindsey Buckingham as Ronald Reagan.

Following major losses in the 1960’s and the Watergate scandal in the 1970’s, Republicans were on the verge of becoming a footnote in the annals of political history. It was during this time that Ronald Reagan joined the band and beginning with his 1964 “A Time For Choosing” speech, he saved the GOP with his message of conservatism.

Sadly, just like Fleetwood Mac did to Lindsey Buckingham, the Republican party decided that Reagan conservatism was expendable and no longer a fit for its agenda despite a long legacy of success. They “fired” conservatives and replaced them with Trumpservatives—something that sounds like the original but is merely an imitation.

Taking the parable to its conclusion, what Buckingham said about Fleetwood Mac is also true when it comes to conservatives and the GOP. Conservatives didn’t choose to leave the Republican party; the Republicans party left conservatives. And the result has been a loss of perspective and the destruction of the GOP’s conservative legacy.

Ironically, the song “Go Your Own Way” was the first hit for Fleetwood Mac after Buckingham joined the band. Seems to be an appropriate way to end this piece after the GOP’s decision to go its own way. Even though the lyrics describe a breakup between two people, if we look at them as a parable, I think they describe the political breakup between Republicans and conservatives pretty well.

Loving you isn’t the right thing to do
How can I ever change things that I feel?
If I could, maybe I’d give you my world
How can I when you won’t take it from me

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way

Tell me why everything turned around
Packing up, shacking up is all you wanna do
If I could, Baby I’d give you my world
Open up. Everything’s waiting for you

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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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Mark Meadows on term limits

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Mark Meadows on term limits

Around 80% of Americans support term limits for members of Capitol Hill. Despite this super-majority, lawmakers have been reluctant to even discuss the possibility of such a move. It goes against the nature of career politicians which make up the lion’s share of people in the House and Senate.

House Freedom Caucus co-founder Mark Meadows (R-NC) has been a proponent of term limits. His push to limit members of Congress to three two-year terms and Senators to two six-year terms has been widely praised by voters, yet still remains a tough sell to lawmakers.

“Our founders never intended Congress to be a career–part of why Washington has become so dysfunctional is the shift away from this principle. Congressional term limits would do wonders toward addressing the problem.”

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SNL cold open wasn’t funny and Robert De Niro shouldn’t do live TV

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SNL cold open wasnt funny and Robert De Niro shouldnt do live TV

There are plenty of people who do not agree with Saturday Night Live’s political satire who still find some of their skits funny. They often lampoon the President, and even though I don’t think they should they still make me laugh. The latest installment of the SNL cold open was another attempt at going after the President’s family.

It failed. Miserably. It wasn’t funny. The only thing worse than the premise of the skit and the failed jokes was guest star Robert De Niro’s performance as special counsel Robert Mueller. It was embarrassing. His trouble reading the lines on the teleprompter magnified his lack of humor.

You can watch it if you want, but I wouldn’t. It was the bad. Take my word on it.

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Louie Gohmert is right about Soros, but harmed our ability to combat his agenda

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Louie Gohmert is right about Soros but harmed our ability to combat his agenda

Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) was on Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co earlier today when he shifted the conversation from George Orwell to George Soros. In the following segment, host Stuart Varney apologized for the comments.

“In the last hour one of our guests, Congressman Louie Gohmert, for some reason went out of his way to bring up George Soros and made unsubstantiated and false allegations against him. I want to make clear those views are not shared by me, this program, or anyone at Fox Business,” Varney said on-air.

Gohmert responded:

“Soros himself admitted in a 60 Minutes interview with Steve Kroft on December 20, 1998 that he had no regrets whatsoever about assisting the Nazis in confiscating property from the Jewish people during the Holocaust. That is a fact. Any person with any sense of empathy for their fellow human beings would regret the part they played in confiscating Jewish property during the Holocaust. My remarks were not anti-Semitic. Even the Israeli government has condemned Soros. They were about the horror of his lack of remorse over his actions. It was a pro-Jewish statement on my part and supportive of the statement that the Israeli government made last year that anti-Soros statements are not anti-Semitic because George Soros ‘continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.’”

To corroborate his claims, Gohmert linked to a 1998 interview with Soros on 60 Minutes:

He also linked to a statement made by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Clarification – Israel deplores any expression of anti-Semitism in any country and stands with Jewish communities everywhere in confronting this hatred.

This was the sole purpose of the statement issued by Israel’s ambassador to Hungary. In no way was the statement meant to delegitimize criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.

My Take

George Soros is not a friend of Israel. He and his many companies and organizations are the strongest catalysts for far-left progressive thoughts overtaking much of society.

With that said, Gohmert was picking the wrong fight. It’s clear from the interview that Soros did, as a child, assist in taking property from Jews during the Holocaust. He also expressed no guilt for doing so. But he explained that it was the Nazis who were taking the property and his participation as a child who didn’t understand what was happening is the reason he felt no guilt.

From a fact-checking perspective, Gohmert was correct. But the physical actions of moving property on orders from adults is nowhere near the scope of the real damage Soros would inflict as an adult. It’s a distraction from the real dangers he represents and harms the credibility of those who are opposed to Soros’ current agenda.

George Soros represents arguably the greatest threat to sovereignty, freedom, and self governance. Louie Gohmert’s attacks on his inconsequential actions as a child were a poor reflection on those who are fighting the real battle against this dangerous man.

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