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Conservative Picks for Iowa Primary



There is very little action to be found in the 29th state. This is a rather negative mark because it is not good for incumbents to go unchallenged. So rather than be a voter guide, this edition of Conservative Picks will mostly serve as a progress report. However, the good news is that Iowa has room only for improvement. Unlike other states, there aren’t leftist running as Republicans deliberately because they know they can’t win otherwise. But the biggest concern remains the lack of initiative to run. However, Iowa does not send the worst people to Congress.

Best Pick: Cyndi Hanson
Worst Pick: None
Best Race: District 4
Worst Race: None

District 1

Rod Blum is unchallenged. In his three years of office, Blum has remained more fiscally conservative than most Republicans. He voted against Omnibus but has some fiscal blemishes on his record.

District 2

This Iowa District is a more winnable district than most blue seats for Republican challengers. Christopher Peters is looking for a second chance in a race he lost by single digits last time around. The surgeon is seemingly conservative on a number of issues including foreign policy(meaning he believes in the power of Congress) and privacy. The biggest concern is that he straddles the line of bipartisan naivety. Should he win he will learn quickly that Democrats aren’t interested in reducing spending. He is unopposed.

District 3

David Young is one of the worst the state has to offer. The RINO voted for Omnibus and several other fiscally irresponsible measures.

District 4

Steve King is a reliable Conservative vote on domestic issues. But he is no fiscal conservative. King has done a decent job in office, but make no mistake, he is a career politician. He is being challenged by Cyndi Hanson. Hanson is running as an authentic Iowan and a fiscal conservative. What is most concerning about Hanson is her support of renewable energy which, to an Iowan, means forcing the rest of the country to put up with ethanol. However, she is opposed to subsidies. The question is whether she is Conservative enough to let the free market shape the Iowan economy. King has had his time and Hanson will likely do no worse.

Conservative Pick: Cyndi Hanson

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Culture and Religion

Our List of Demands for the Conservation of Liberty – Part I




Our List of Demands for the Conservation of Liberty - Part I

Leftists incessantly issue lists of demands for the restriction of Liberty. It’s time to reverse the trend towards freedom.

Every ‘serious crisis’ involving firearms sees the same pattern of exploitation by the Liberty grabber Left. They immediately mount their gun confiscation hobbyhorse issuing lists of demands for restrictions on freedom. As soon as they get these new limitations, Leftists reset the rhetoric for the next go around. The pattern has always been one of compromise on behalf of the Pro-Liberty Right, only to see new demands made whenever the Left can exploit any new crisis.

Now is the time to reverse the trend of the incessant attacks on Liberty.

Millions of innocent gun owners in the country deserve a break in seeing ever tightening restrictions on their freedom because of the actions of criminals or terrorists. There are estimated to be 150 Million innocent gun owners that have upwards of 400 to 600 million firearms with trillions of rounds of ammunition. As the saying goes, if they were a problem, we would have known it by now. Despite the oft-repeated emotional argument foisted by the Liberty grabber Left, It is patently obvious that more guns in the hands of the innocent means less crime or governmental tyranny.

The past few years have seen record-setting gun sales, while that type of violence has diminished. The story has always been one of the Pro-Liberty Right compromising, while the Socialist-Left responds with new demands. It is time that they ‘gave back’ (to coin a phrase), for once they should be the ones making the making the compromises.

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

The degradation of Liberty should in no way be considered to be ‘progress’ or ‘progressive’. Those who claim to be ‘Liberal’ should be advocating Liberty instead of tearing it down. It should also be patently obvious that depriving the people of their means of self-defense does nothing to protect them.

Recent events here here and here, should also make it patently obvious that people will find a way to inflict violence on others. The ever-increasing limitations on Liberty pushed by people who are supposedly ‘Liberal’ on serves to make the situation far worse, with an example of an attack  in a place with severe restrictions on the possession of firearms.

Our List of Demands to reverse the trend towards Liberty.

In light of the recent ‘serious crisis’ that clearly demonstrated that Liberty Control only serves to endanger the innocent, this is our list of demands for the Conservation of Liberty.

1. Background checks should only be on the purchaser, leaving off the data on the firearm.

Ostensibly, the purpose of a Federal background check is to ‘Keep guns out of the hands’ of a laundry list of prohibited persons. So why does the 4473 form include information on the gun being purchased?

If this is supposedly only for the buyer of a gun, why do they need that information? If it is a true ‘background check’ on the purchaser, the information on the gun should be irrelevant. And yet that information is collected under tight controls, why?

Federal law “specifically forbids the government from creating a national registry of gun ownership”,  so why are they collecting that data? Unless they are lying about the purpose of the program.  It is time for the government to be finally true to it’s word, a Background check on a purchaser should just a Background check on a purchaser, nothing more.

2. The Left needs to stop wasting everyone’s time on provisions that violate the commonsense human right of self-preservation.

This includes trying to repeal or virtually rewrite the 2nd amendment based on their twisted interpretation of it’s wording. The Liberty grabber Left needs to be aware of two important points:
One, the 2nd amendment isn’t going anywhere.
Two, it only affirms the common sense human right of self-defence. This means that even if it were to carry out the Herculean task of repealing the 2nd amendment, it would have no effect.

3. Media: Stop pretending snapshot polls taken at the height of hysteria represents steady state opinions.

Any news coverage of a ‘serious crisis’ will invariably include some sort of instant poll, exploiting the raw emotion of the moment that will have ‘90%’ supporting Intergalactic Background Checks or some other restriction on Liberty. It should be obvious that a snap shot glimpse into the psyche of the moment will have wildly inaccurate results, but these are subsequently trotted out to show that ‘everyone’ wants just about every limitation on Liberty under the sun. It is also axiomatic that polls taken during normal periods that don’t exhibit the desired results will be ignored.

4. Liberty grabber Leftists need to acknowledge that background checks already exist.

Those notorious instant polls will also display the anomaly of high polling numbers on ‘background checks’. Often times this vague phraseology will be used to exploit confusion on the issue. This provides an entry for the Liberty grabber Left to interpret this to mean that just about everyone (even NRA members) are demanding Intergalactic Background Checks [Or whatever terms the Left uses to exploit this issue – enhanced, universal, etc].

In point of fact, Federal Background checks have been around for over 25 years, so when a pollster asks about ‘background checks’ many will answer in the affirmative since they know they already exist. While many on the Left will answer the same, not knowing that fact, but are desirous of even more controls on Liberty.

5. Implement the reforms on suppressors.

Despite all the research they’ve done on the subject in the movie theatres, guns with suppressors do not emit a soft ‘Phft’ with each shot. While they cut some of the noise associated with the discharge of combustion gases in the firing of a weapon, they do nothing for the mechanical noise of the cycling of the weapon or the noise emanating from the passage of the round through the air.

So while they can’t turn every handgun into a silent killer, they do protect the hearing of those practising their marksmanship as well as keep the ancillary noise level down for the neighbours of firing ranges. This is why there is no reason to restrict the sales of essentially a muffler for a firearm .

Part II will detail the rest of the items to reverse the trend away from Liberty.


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Culture and Religion

Colorado seeks to deny religious liberty of Christian baker … again



Colorado seeks to deny religious liberty of Christian baker again

A little over two months ago, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Jack Phillips, the Christian baker who refused to bake a custom wedding cake for a homosexual couple, claiming that doing so would violate his religious liberty.

The decision was hailed by evangelical Trumpservatives as a victory for religious liberty and a confirmation that their support of Donald Trump—an immoral man they believe was chosen by God to bring morality back to America—was God’s will and an answer to their prayers.

As I and other conservatives who refused to drink the orange Kool-Aid warned at the time, the apparently lopsided victory was, in reality, a narrow decision because it failed to protect religious liberty after the question on whether the government can pass laws forcing Christians to violate their consciences in the marketplace remained unanswered.

These warnings were rejected by the army of cheap grace evangelicals and Trumpservatives goose-stepping their way down the road of compromise that leads to the abyss of tyranny. Our predictions about how religious liberty was still in danger proved true yesterday in a new “bake the damn cake” case.

And believe it or not, the parties involved are, once again, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Jack Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop.

Shortly after the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Phillips, a transgender lawyer asked him to bake a gender transition cake—apparently mental illness and cutting off certain body parts is an occasion to throw a party—which would be pink on the inside and blue on the outside to symbolize the transformation from one gender to another. Phillips refused based on the same religious grounds as before, and bada bing, bada boom, a new discrimination case was born.

Of course, Phillips will fight this new government attack on his Christian faith in court, and the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented Phillips in the prior case will defend him again.

Many evangelical Trumpservatives will feel a sense of optimism based on the Supreme Court ruling in the prior case, but they shouldn’t. After all, that ruling was essentially made irrelevant once Colorado filed new charges based on the same scenario.

In another brilliant analysis, Daniel Horowitz warns us that even the optimism being felt with the prospect of Bret Kavanaugh replacing Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court is misplaced because “victories” from the high court aren’t always as they appear. We can’t rely on the tyrannical courts to do what “we the people” need to do for ourselves.

I hate that my conservative friends and I were right about the first Masterpiece Cakeshop case, but the fact that we were needs to serve as a wakeup call to evangelical Trumpservatives. As it was in the days of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Nazi Germany, America won’t survive on her current course of lukewarm spirituality and political indifference.



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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Polls show Trump, the GOP, and Trumpservative media sinking fast



Polls show Trump the GOP and Trumpservative media sinking fast

According to several recent polls, Trump’s job approval and personal popularity have continued to fall as the GOP tries to find ways to survive in November.

While the pro-Republican Rasmussen Reports released a poll showing an increase in Trump’s job approval to 50 percent, other polls paint a much different picture of the NY liberal.

Gallup is reporting that Trump’s job approval rating has dropped to 39 percent, and a Quinnipiac University National Poll shows that only 31 percent of American voters like him as a person while 59 percent dislike him—a 2-1 ratio against Trump.

As Quinnipiac assistant director Tim Malloy accurately observed, these are “not the kind of numbers that gets you a date to the prom—or helps your party as the midterm elections approach.”

Another Quinnipiac poll shows that Trump is losing his war against the media with 65 percent of voters stating that the news media is important to democracy, while only 26 percent agree with Trump’s claim that the media is the enemy of the American people. Unfortunately, the party owned, operated, and rebranded in Trump’s image is the exception to the overall results, with 51 percent of Republicans agreeing with Trump.

As I wrote a few weeks ago when Trump banned CNN from a White House event, so-called conservative White House Correspondent Jon Miller with CRTV praised Trump for attacking CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins. A few days after that incident, I reported on Sean Hannity’s defense of Trump supporters after they threatened CNN reporter Jim Acosta at a Florida rally.

Trump recently bragged about being the most popular Republican with the Democrat party since Abe Lincoln, but these recent polls tell a different story. What little popularity and job approval he still has is limited to just over half of Trumplicans and Trumpservatives and is propped up by media outlets like CRTV and FOX News.

Last week I wrote about how the struggles historically experienced by the party occupying the White House, along with documented evidence of Democrats outperforming projections in special elections, made predictions of a Blue Tsunami in November very real. And when you take the long list of broken promises by Trump and the GOP and add that to these recent polls, the only question remaining is how serious the damage will be when tsunami strikes.

Originally posted at 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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