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How Jim Jordan could save Congress for the GOP

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How Jim Jordan could save Congress for the GOP

Representative Jim Jordan acknowledged today he intends to run for Speaker of the House should the GOP retain a majority in Congress. If the GOP were wise, they’d back him quickly and get the word out that he’s their choice to replace retiring Paul Ryan. It could save the midterm elections for him.

The announcement came while answering questions after Jordan introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Rep. Jim Jordan introduces impeachment articles against Rod Rosenstein: Read them here | cleveland.com

https://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/07/rep_jim_jordan_introduces_impe.htmlJordan and several of his House Freedom Caucus colleagues introduced the impeachment articles on Wednesday. They claim that Rosenstein intentionally withheld embarrassing documents and information from Congress, failed to comply with congressional subpoenas, and otherwise abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

“The DOJ is keeping information from Congress,” said a statement from Jordan. “Enough is enough. It’s time to hold Mr. Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress’ constitutional oversight role.”

The conservative has been a thorn in the side of establishment Republicans. As an active member and former leader of the House Freedom Caucus, Jordan has spearheaded attempts to block Republican legislation that leaned too far to the left. Many if not most Republicans in Congress would normally balk at the notion of making him the most powerful man on Capitol Hill.

Considering the stakes, they should rethink their position on Jordan. In order to maintain control of Congress, the GOP needs to unify their entire base behind their candidates. Ordinarily this means putting up milquetoast moderates like Ryan, but this midterm election is anything but ordinary. The backlash against Congress is coming from Democrats, of course, but the loudest minority against them right now comes from the right who views their moves since gaining power as weak and too liberal. Their successes in the first year with a Republican President were minimal and 2018 has seen mostly moderate or left-leaning legislation coming from the Hill.

Jordan represents an embrace of more conservative ideas. While he hasn’t been the most outspoken proponent of the President, he has backed most aspects of his agenda even more so than establishment representatives. The sticking point has been in the details.

It is unlikely the GOP will recognize the opportunity Jordan is giving them. Old battle scars run deep and their knee-jerk reactions will likely prevent them from seeing the reality that backing Jordan wholeheartedly and preemptively is the best chance they have at keeping their majority.

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Hardline conservative US Rep. Jim Jordan will run for House speaker

https://www.fox23.com/news/national-news/hardline-conservative-us-rep-jim-jordan-will-run-for-house-speaker/798961042Jordan is one of the most powerful conservatives in Congress; he co-founded the House Freedom Caucus, a faction of about 30 hard-line Republicans who frequently clash with the House GOP leadership. Jordan’s bid presents a direct challenge to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the presumed front-runner to be the next House speaker.

The current speaker, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, is retiring at the end of this Congress. On Thursday, Ryan endorsed McCarthy, though he noted he would not have a vote in the leadership contest.

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  1. Jake Olanyson

    August 25, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Jim Jordan’s picture should be posted next to the definition of “Legally Retarded.” He’s like the world’s worst used car salesman who will wind up making the GOP look even more idiotic than it already does. We need a conservative speaker who stands for the republican values that support a vision for all of America. Not just another corrupt imbecile who only panders to anyone and everyone who he thinks will keep him in office. Maybe you’ve abandoned the ideals of conservatives with honor like John McCain in favor of your orange idiot shitbag who is dragging the GOP into a laughing stock among anyone with the ability to read and listen. The far right has gone too far, and that has resulted in too many people warming up to the idea of either taking a break from supporting the GOP, or turning against us in an attempt to cleanse the party of embarrassment. A very tall task these days, unfortunately.

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Hate-brokers on the left say conservative concern over massive migrant caravan is “fearmongering”

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The hypocrisy is too thick today. Citizens are advised to stay off the roads of leftist media as chances are high you’ll ram into spectacular stupidity in your journeys. Yes, this could be said about any given day lately, but the Democrats’ responses to concerns over the massive migrant caravan inching towards our southern border are especially rabid.

Around 4,000 migrants from Honduras are walking to the United States. Threats by President Trump and halfhearted attempts by the governments of Honduras and Guatemala have not slowed them down. They approach the southern Mexican border where federal officers await them.

These people, most of whom live in extreme poverty and real danger in their homeland, have a legitimate claim as refugees. They should be seeking asylum… in Mexico. Many in the international community want refugees to seek asylum in the first safe country they enter. In this case, that’s Mexico. While it is generally considered to be more dangerous than the United States, it’s not nearly as dangerous as Honduras, Guatemala, or El Salvador.

The United States has carried the burden of illegal immigration from Central America for decades. Mexico’s next President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has claimed indignation towards President Trump’s deportation policies, particularly when he separates families. There’s a logical solution for the incoming leftist President: encourage Central American refugees to stay in Mexico. That’s a whole other discussion for a future article.

Republican candidates are rightly voicing concern over the caravan. Democrats are generally quiet on the issue, fearing a majority of Americans share the concerns their Republican competitors are voicing. That’s not stopping leftist media from posting stories like this one on Salon:

Republicans are fearmongering about a migrant caravan to boost midterm turnout

https://www.salon.com/2018/10/18/republicans-are-fearmongering-about-a-migrant-caravan-to-boost-midterm-turnout/Gaetz’s argument mirrors that of Daniel John Sobieski from American Thinker, who wrote this week that “it is doubtful that such sums came from the kiddies’ college funds. Evidence of Soros funding of an earlier ‘spontaneous’ migration have been found among the tentacles of support that flow from his Open Society group coffers.”

It was also hinted at by conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham. Although Ingraham did not specifically claim that Soros was behind the caravan, she has previously fingered Soros as a sinister financier behind left-wing political activities, and some of her supporters interpreted her Wednesday tweet as a reference to Soros.

The Salon article attempts to ridicule those concerned about the source of this swelling caravan. They do this by begging the question on George Soros and his organizations’ involvement with open borders initiatives. Soros has been painted by leftist media as a boogeyman for right-wing conspiracy theorists. They point to every invocation of his name in Tweets by conservatives and they love to remind everyone that extremists like white supremacist groups go after Soros all the time. What they won’t address is that Soros really does do many of the things conservatives claim.

They use the bigoted and unhinged claims about Soros made by a hate groups as evidence that ALL accusations against Soros are false. Some of these leftist journalists are so sincere in their condemnation of any accusation against Soros that it’s clear some of them really believe he’s not involved with doing what he’s said many times he’s involved in doing.

The go after Tweets like this one. They didn’t post the Tweet itself, just the text from the quote. The attached video is pretty telling.

As a legal immigrant, I’m very much in favor of reforming and potentially even increasing the number of immigrants we LEGALLY allow into this nation, but that will never be possible as long as we have so many who come here illegally. We need a modern vetting process, a plan that will allow legal immigrants and refugees to become productive members of society, and above all a curtailing of illegal immigration. If these things can be done, then I’m all for bringing in what the President likes to call “their best people.”

This caravan concerns me greatly. It should concern every American regardless of party affiliation because it represents a soft invasion. We often think that the word “invasion” can only apply to the military, but it can also mean an unwelcome intrusion into another’s domain. That’s what this is. They want to escape their situation which is their right. They want to be taken in as refugees which is a responsibility of nations that have signed the Refugee Convention.

Mexico is one of those nations.

Here’s the real problem and why most of us on the right are not “fearmongering” in regards to this event. It’s a symbol of encroachment that will further open up the floodgates of illegal immigration into this nation. It’s one thing for people to cross the border in small groups in the dead of night. That represents a risk to those making the journey. If all that’s necessary to breach our borders and claim a piece of our sovereignty is for people in Central America to get enough other people together, then the narrative changes. The risks of trying to come to America are mitigated.

If this caravan is allowed to successfully breach our borders, it will act as a rallying cry for people in Central America to stop fighting for their own country when all they have to do is get a large enough group to head north.

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Honduran caravan is a direct result of Democrat talking points

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Honduran caravan is a direct result of Democrat talking points

In Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, the message from America is clear: “Around half of the population and politicians will protect you from ICE. Come to America and you won’t get deported, especially if you have children with you.”

The reason they believe this is because mainstream media in the United States has been pushing the Democrats’ narrative for months. News travels fast to Central America, but it doesn’t always retain its accuracy as it crosses the border. We can see this fact in the numbers.

In August of this year, 12,700 parents and children were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. August of last year saw only 4,193 similar apprehensions. We can also see it when looking at all illegal immigrants with 37,544 apprehended in August of this year. A month later, the number grew over 10% to nearly 42,000.

Democrats have been spreading the word through their campaigns that they will protect illegal immigrants. In an election year, it’s imperative for them that they get Hispanic voters to come out, so they’ve crafted a narrative that appeals to them.

Unfortunately, it also appeals to people such as the 4,000 currently marching their caravan towards the United States border.

Honduran migrant caravan grows to 4,000 amid spike in U.S. border crossings

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/honduran-migrant-caravan-grows-4000-amid-spike-u-s-border-n921286Shelters and churches along the border have been flooded as a result of the surge as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been releasing hundreds of migrants from detention at a time.

Many of the Hondurans traveling in the caravan are children, some traveling with their parents and some without their parents, according to the documents. Because children are afforded special protections in the U.S., their arrival is creating anxiety within the Trump administration that has pledged to decrease illegal immigration. President Donald Trump said last week that he would consider separating migrant families at the border once again, after reversing his controversial “zero tolerance” policy in June.

The Trump administration is trying to dissuade the caravan from invading the United States. President Trump has even threatened to stop aid from being sent to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

The best hope for stopping the caravan before it reaches the United States is for Mexico to stop them at their southern border. Over 500 additional federal officers have been sent to the border to stop the caravan.

My Take

I am a huge proponent of legal immigration and a hawk when it comes to stopping illegal immigration. Congress didn’t fund the border wall yet, so we have to rely on the brave men and women of ICE and border patrol to close the flood gates.

The situations in Central America and Mexico are horrendous. The people fear for their lives from crime, malnutrition, and disease. They need help. That’s why we’re sending aid. Perhaps we should get more directly involved, but either way we cannot let their situation make us turn a blind eye towards our own problems with illegal immigration.

The surge in illegal immigration should be blamed wholeheartedly on the Democrats who spread false information that entices people to come. Imagine what would happen if they got control of the House, Senate, or both.

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So-called conservative media types are accomplices in the destruction of conservatism

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So-called conservative media types are accomplices in the destruction of conservatism

It’s an obvious fact that the GOP is composed of political cowards and opportunists willing to make a Faustian Bargain with the devil himself, if it garners them a vote or a financial contribution to save their jobs.

Their spinelessness and lack of character is the primary reason Obama repeatedly beat GOP leadership, and it’s the motivation behind the surrender by Republicans and conservatives to Trump as he rebrands them into Trumplicans and Trumpservatives to destroy conservatism.

Meanwhile, as Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan abandon conservatism in favor of Trump’s nationalist populism, the so-called conservative media has served as a willing accomplice in the destruction of conservative values, providing cover for the NY Liberal whenever he needs a distraction to hide his failures.

So far this week, thanks to so-called conservative media types like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, et al., we know that:

Not exactly front page news, unless you’re talking about FOX, Breitbart, National Enquirer, or some other tabloid. Lost in all of the hubbub of these stories were a few headlines that apparently weren’t newsworthy enough for Trump Pravda.

For example, the Treasury Department announced this week that the US budget deficit climbed to $779 billion, the largest deficit since 2012. This is an increase from last year’s $666 billion shortfall, and next year’s deficit is expected to reach nearly $1 trillion. Not to worry, though. Mitch McConnell called the exploding deficit “very disturbing” before assuring voters that “it’s not a Republican problem.”

Let’s see. GOP control of Washington since 2016, but it’s not the GOP’s fault. Got it!

Another recent news headline is the disappearance and probable murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia. Once again, we have nothing to worry about. Trump is leading the way in defending the nation where he is financially entangled by comparing allegations against the Saudis to the sexual-assault allegations made against Brett Kavanaugh.

Here’s a little tidbit that didn’t make the headlines, but it should have. Planned Parenthood murdered approximately 887 unborn babies yesterday — their daily average — at taxpayer expense, thanks to the funding provided in the budget that Mitch McConnell says Trump and the GOP aren’t responsible for.

In the meantime, so-called conservative media will continue covering the REAL news, such as Trump’s recent Twitter rant, while conservatism in America is systematically destroyed.

Priorities, right?

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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