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Conservative Picks for the Wisconsin Primary

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Conservative Picks for the Wisconsin Primary

Wisconsin has on of the better organized Republican parties. It enabled Scott Walker to protect himself upon recall, a situation where most fail. Wisconsin is in for a big shakeup with the resignation of Paul Ryan. Ryan not seeking reelection opens up the critical first district. It also enables Paul Ryan to play a larger role in state politics. Ryan is a great example of being Conservative when not in power. But once given the scepter as Speaker of the House, he changed. And by the time a Republican was in the Whitehouse, he impeded the advancement of conservative agenda, particularly with budgeting and spending, his prior specialties. Wisconsin may be far from free of his influence, but in the meantime, Conservatism has opportunities to advance, particularly in the Senate race. Leah Vurkmir is an excellent candidate to flip the seat red in November.

Best Picks: Nick Polce, Leah Vurkmir
Worst Picks: Paul Nehlen, Jennifer Vipond
Best Race: US Senate
Worst Race: District 1

US Senate

This race is a classic Conservative vs the Establishment scenario, or so some would have you believe… The race comes down to Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vurkmir. Leah Vurkmir has the backing of the Wisconsin Republican machine. This sounds bad, except this machine is better functioning than most states. Leah Vurkmir is actually one of Wisconsin’s top conservatives in the state senate. Her record provides credibility to her ability to cut spending and repeal Obamacare. She has the backing of most local politicians, including the RINOs in the House. Kevin Nicholson fancies himself as an outsider. He has the endorsement of Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Other Conservative organizations have also weighed in on his behalf. Kevin Nicholson was initially the choice of Steve Bannon. So an outsider he may be but a Conservative? That is the question. He stance on his website are solid but no more Conservative than Vurkmir’s. The biggest knock on Vurkmir is the endorsements she has from RINOs. With two solid Conservative candidates, the next level of vetting should focus more on the general election. By all means, Vurkmir has a greater chance in the general. The GOP is organized in Wisconsin and can more easily flip this seat with Vurkmir at the nomination.

Conservative Pick: Leah Vurkmir

District 1

With Paul Ryan leaving, this Conservative district can send an actua Conservative to DC. There are three notable candidates. The first is Paul Nehlen. Nehlen got crushed, multiple times, by Paul Ryan, before he went heretical Jew-hater that got him kicked off of Twitter. Hard pass. The second is Brian Steil. Steil has the GOP backing, and is most likely to win. Still, the support of a disgraced Paul Ryan doesn’t covey Conservatism. Steil’s listed positions are very blandNick Polce is the third candidate. He was running before Paul Ryan dropped out. Nick Polce delivers on articulating Conservative ideas. Among them are making Social Security voluntary; cutting Congressional pay and benefits; removing corporate subsidies.

Conservative Pick: Nick Polce

District 2

There are no Republicans in this race

District 3

Steve Toft is the only Republican running.

District 4

There are two Republicans in this race. The more serious candidate appears to be Cindy Werner. It’s a mystery how she would vote, but her campaign is a longshot.

Conservative Pick: Cindy Werner

District 5

Jim Sensenbrenner is a career politician, but he is a solid Conservative. His Liberty Score of 80 is the highest out of Wisconsin. But given his decades in DC, a younger Conservative would be the pick. Alas, his challenger is weak on protecting libertyJennifer Vipond is also likely to support funding for Planned Parenthood. Her position causes one to doubt her stated belief that abortion is a “tragedy”.

Conservative Pick: Jim Sensenbrenner

District 6

It’s hard to gauge whether Glenn Grothman is a RINO or a Conservative. His voting record is so inconsistent, it’s hard to tell. It’s rare for someone’s voting record to be this inconsistent. He is unopposed.

District 7

Sean Duffy is an unchallenged RINO.

District 8

Mike Galleger is an unchallenged RINO.

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Dear proponents of limited government: It’s time to start speaking up now

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Dear proponents of limited government Its time to start speaking up now

For nearly a year, I’ve given the Republican Party a pass for the most part. I left the party in 2016 and after pursuing a third party for over a year, life pulled me back from the fray. When things calmed down (thank you, Lord!), I made a conscious decision to be lighter in my condemnation of the GOP as a whole for two very important reason.

First, there were signs of life in the party. They were faint, but it seemed at times to be possible for the party to do some good things like eliminating bureaucracy, cutting taxes, promoting a business-friendly atmosphere, and making proper foreign policy moves. They were far from good, let alone ideal, but I thought if we could keep pressing them towards smart moves on the border, gun owners’ rights, Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, and other areas in which they’ve failed so far, perhaps their decent work on taxes and regulations could be translated into other areas.

Second, the Democrats started to terrify me. Seriously, I’ve been contemplating moving the family to a remote area of Montana and going off the grid before the Democrats got their hands on enough power to do the damage they’ve been promising to do for the last year or so. I wasn’t one who thought Bill Clinton was a radical or Barack Obama was the antichrist. I always thought Clinton was a run-of-the-mill Democrat who could do some damage but not much, while Obama was an ambitious progressive who was nevertheless too smart to think he could make socialism a thing. Since the 2016 election, we’ve seen the Democratic Party go from progressives with bad ideas to far-left radicals who think the only way to go is to destroy America in a glorious explosion of their new Communist Manifesto, also known as the Green New Deal.

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Now that the GOP has demonstrated a toxic mixture of incompetence and false adherence to limiting government with their latest omnibus debacle, it’s time to return to my old stance of refusing to accept the binary choice. When choosing between bad and worse, it’s only a valid choice if the less-terrible option won’t kill you as well. The binary choice between hanging and drowning isn’t really a binary choice, and neither is the choice between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.

There are three things that must be done going forward.

  1. Conservatives, Federalists, and Classical Liberals must find a way to united against the two party system. Whether that’s the formation of a new party (which I failed to do once already), a grassroots effort similar to the Tea Party (which worked for a short time before finding irrelevance), or some other method of unification against the putrid system that has engulfed nearly all of Washington DC, we have to find an outlet.
  2. NOQ Report will become a hub for bringing these thoughts together. This is something that I’ve found success with when I ran The New Americana. Now, it’s time to collect the voices of reason once again.
  3. Prayer. Lots of prayer.

I’ve reached out to some of my conservative and federalist friends. Over the next few weeks, we’ll see what can be done to make DC listen. In the meantime, be discerning and prepare to abandon the tribal mindset that has plagued this nation for too long.

 


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Veronique de Rugy: Green New Deal would be hundreds of TRILLIONS of dollars in federal commitment

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Veronique de Rugy Green New Deal would be hundreds of TRILLIONS of dollars in federal commitment

If there’s a word that’s not necessarily negative one could use to describe the Green New Deal, it would be “ambitious.” The deal has so much wrapped into it that it’s hard to tell which components are designed to save the environment and which ones are intended to destroy the economy.

Estimates put costs for the “green side” of the resolution at somewhere between $12-$20 trillion. Then, there’s the Medicare-for-All component that is estimated at $32 trillion over a decade.

And that’s just the start.

This isn’t just a “green” deal. It’s a hodgepodge of policy proposals that include massively growing the welfare state, inserting government even more into the job markets, and a universal basic income that they refuse to actually call a universal basic income. The much-maligned FAQ that was posted and quickly removed from the website of sponsor Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) mentioned paying people who were unable or even “unwilling” to work.

“Even in the best case scenario where you substitute a UBI for all the other forms of welfare, it’s insane,” said Veronique de Rugy, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, on ReasonTV.

But here’s the problem. The Green New Deal doesn’t substitute a universal basic income for other welfare programs. In the Green New Deal, the programs recommended are supposed to be additions, not substitutions.

“It’s a really hard system to support even in its ideal form,” de Rugy continued. “Then there’s this Green New Deal version which doesn’t even seem to entertain this notion of actually substituting for all the rest, so it’s on top of what we have now.”

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The real question we need to ask is whether or not the Democratic Party is actually going to support this. In its current form, the Green New Deal is a fantasy, and perhaps that’s what the more-sane Democrats are shooting for by supporting it. By giving it their attention now, they can work their way down to more reasonable proposals for everything from environmental protection to job creation programs to different versions of socialism.

In other words, they may be using the hyper-leftism of the Green New Deal as a gateway to get to the palatable leftism of what’s quickly becoming mainstream socialism.

The Green New Deal shouldn’t scare conservatives because it can’t happen. What should concern us is the end result negotiated down from this starting point. Given the GOP’s negotiating track record lately, we don’t know what we’re going to get when the Green New Deal is trimmed down to reality.

 


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George Washington University students triggered by their mascot

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George Washington University students triggered by their mascot

George Washington University is the home of the Colonials. You know, those people who came to America from Europe and eventually fought against the oppressive government of England in order to win independence for America. These heroes of the American Revolution are now being condemned by the students of George Washington University itself.

While the movement and attached petition haven’t reached a tipping point, the idea of changing the mascot to the “Hippo” is gaining momentum. Why? Well, we’ll let the students themselves tell you what they think.

This video by Campus Reform takes us into the wacky world of triggered college students who are so much in opposition of the people who made this country possible that they’d rather be named after the “river horse” of sub-Saharan Africa.

 


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