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The most foreshadowed scandal in American history: What does that foreshadow for America?

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It’s interesting that everyone who dislikes President Trump does so on the basis of him being a bald face liar whose word is worth exactly nothing. But on the other hand, this has been the most known fact in America since sometime in the 1980s.

Trump has been nothing if not true-to-form. Therefore, this thing with his campaign/family and Russia has to be the most foreshadowed scandal in American history.

We knew it was coming, for all the benefit of the doubt many conservatives have yielded to Trump in office.

The main reason Trump was elected is because he wasn’t Hillary Clinton. I think just about everyone in America can agree on that fact, except Hillary Clinton. Ironically, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats did everything they could to ensure Trump would be the man she would run against in the general election. Their stupid mistake (among many).

What does this mean for America? Colbert King, in his WaPo op-ed, focused on all the things we knew about Trump and yet he won. But he didn’t focus on all the things we knew about Hillary Clinton.

Of all the candidates the Democrats could have run, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had to be the worst possible slate they could offer after eight years of President Obama. The left thought they’d achieved national consensus on their policies and therefore they could press for a caretaker, or a socialist.

Obviously, they were wrong.

On the Republican side, so much rabid frothing caused a fractured race where a legitimate Black Swan like Trump, who had unmatched name recognition and cojones the size of his buildings, could bust in on a faux-populist platform, and convince just 70,000 voters in key swing states to hand him the Oval Office.

What does that really foreshadow about America?

We’re broken at a deeper level than mere politics.

In February 2016, I concluded, after conversations with otherwise-sane drinkers of Trump’s potion, “Actually, I’d say we’re screwed.” We knew we were going to get a Trump/Clinton race.

In April 2016, Grover Norquist was prophetic when he said:

Try winning 270 electoral votes while threatening to damage the nearly 186,000 energy jobs in Ohio, almost 73,000 jobs in Pennsylvania and more than 100,000 jobs in Colorado.

Trump won Ohio and Pennsylvania, but lost Colorado. He lost Colorado because of Gary Johnson and his Libertarian 5 percent, Jill Stein’s batty Green Party’s 1.3 percent and independent Evan McMullen’s 1 percent (mostly from the Mormon population).

American voters knew exactly what the choice was: a liar versus a liar. We chose the liar that wouldn’t lecture us with his lies.

The biggest lesson about the 2016 election, and now 2017’s very predictable scandals, is that Americans want to be left alone, free from “shaming,” lectures, and being told how terrible we are.

Half the country likes to lecture the other half about the things they value, and the other half isn’t listening. This works both ways on the “political correctness” spectrum.

Maybe actual politicians will learn something. Either you can feed the dysfunction by shouting to your friends and ignoring your opponents, or you can pursue principle and get government to leave Americans alone.

It’s obvious the Democrats and Republicans haven’t learned this lesson. It’s unclear that they ever can.

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  1. Dennis Bonnette

    July 15, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I was a NeverTrumper all the way to the Cleveland convention, but made the binary choice with Ted Cruz to vote for Trump. To my great pleasure, I have seen him govern in a far more conservative fashion than I expected. He has supported religious and family rights where it matters most — in his appointment to SCOTUS. Another such appointment alone would mark his presidency as a constitutional victory. In foreign and defense policy, he is effectively making America stronger. Were the feckless RINO’s in the House and Senate to get on board, his domestic agenda would also be a success. Let us rejoice that Trump’s accomplishments far exceed the critical task of removing Hillary Clinton from the presidency. I do not ignore the bungling errors of Trump and those around him. But let us not despair of the future of the Union before the story is fully written.

  2. esotericwy

    July 15, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Americans have been dumbed down. Education has become INDOCTRINATION and learning a figment of the imagination. Very few voters understand and can apply Economics and Civics. The Family is and has been under attack since the 1960s. There no longer is an objective or at least up front Media which can better be described as the Praetorian Guard Media (Mark Levin) of the Democrat Party. Entitlement is the new word for individualism. “Free” stuff is never free but the majority of Americans believe that the rich steal from the poor and, therefore, do not deserve to keep their wealth. Sovereignty is a foreign word. The Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution are ancient documents that no longer have relevancy in the 21st Century.

    On the battlefield for America is the Progressive Movement and their anti-American IDEOLOGY that believes that their Utopian vision of creating Paradise on Earth will be a Reality. The “true believers” and fellow travelers are daily given their marching orders equipped with their proven weapons of choice: Lies, Deception and Misinformation. They see themselves as the “enlightened” believing that through the State that the Individual can reach his/her potential. It is the wisdom of the Collective like Moses leading the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land that they in control and with all the power can make all the necessary decisions and choices for everyone else.

    This climate has been building for over 100 years and can find its roots even in ancient times.

    Mark Levin in his bestseller REDISCOVERING AMERICANISM and the TYRANNY of the PROGRESSIVES lays out a clear and precise case using the exact words of the Progressive thinkers what their GOALS are and how they will be accomplished.

    “Throughout ‘Rediscovering Americanism,’ you’ll see these dichotomies. You’ll see these opposites,” he explained.
    “Americanism versus progressivism. What does that mean? It means constitutionalism versus centralism. It means individualism versus conformity.”
    Levin continued: “It’s about private property versus collectivism. Prosperity versus redistribution. Separation of powers versus the administrative state. Eternal universal truths versus ideological social engineering. Stability versus constant transformation. Real science versus social science. The rights of man versus the power of government. An eternal moral order versus situational ethics. Liberty versus growing authoritarianism. Education versus indoctrination. The civil society versus the federal leviathan.”

    This is the landscape that the battle is taking place. There is very little opposition. The RINO WHIG Democrat Lite Republicans are proving daily that they are in the Progressive camp but pretend Conservatism.

    Since the election of Donald Trump, the Left has been on a Jihad called the “Resistance” to destroy and remove Mr. Trump regardless of the consequences both intended and unintended to the country. There is no LIE to bold to not tell. The more deceptive the tacit the more alarming the result. Misinformation is the breath of life for the propagandist.

    Russia RUSSIA Russia is the only flavor of the moment. Impeachment, treason and collusion hammered out daily by the Media and their Lords, the Democrats. A $20,000,000,000,000 (TRILLION) National Debt and climbing out of control, Social Security to go bankrupt in 17 years and Medicaid in 12 1/2 years, American Sovereignty disappearing, an economy that cannot get away from 1 to 1/2-2% growth, a tax system that does not work and help the economy, Obamacare morphing into RINOWHIGcare, a world on fire, anti-Capitalism” and the best goes on.

    Ronald Reagan left a successful Legacy that should of been followed regardless of the Party in power. Unfortunately, that never happened. We got 1) GW Bush, “Read my Lips NO NEW TAXES 2) Bill Clinton expanding on the definition of the word “is” 3) GW Bush who was going to be the Compassionate Conservative 4) Barak Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America” and, finally, Donald Trump fighting against the “Resistance”.

    Do Americans really want to be left alone? Could they now be more interested in what’s good for me. John Kennedy stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”.

    It is obvious that most Americans regardless of political Party loyalty have lost sight of their roots and what AMERICANISM really is all about.

    The divide is growing and Donald Trump is not responsible for it. It makes no difference to the Progressive Democrat Party which Republican was elected. They would still be illegitimate and stole the election from their Chosen One, Hillary Clinton.

    David Horowitz has written extensively about the Left’s on going WAR against the Right. The Right is asleep or just doesn’t care. They seem more focused on destroying the Conservative wing of their Party and would rather just get along to belong.

    Abraham Lincoln stated that we have a government “of the people. by the people and for the people”. How many Americans truly understand those important and clarifying words.

    Ben Franklin was asked ate end of the Constitutional Convention, what type of government do we have, a Monarch or a Republic?. He answered back, a Republic if we fight for it.

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It isn’t Never-Trump or Always-Trump destroying conservatism, it’s Sometimes-Trump

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One of the craziest—or should I say laziest—accusations leveled against me by Trump’s die-hard loyalists whenever I dare to call him out for breaking a campaign promise, getting caught in a lie, or promoting unconstitutional non-conservative ideas, is that I’m a liberal. Sometimes, they go so far as to accuse me of working for George Soros.

As I’ve said many times in response, I don’t work for Mr. Soros, but since money’s been a little tight at the Strident Conservative lately, if anyone has his number, I’d appreciate it if you’d send it my way.

It’s a sad reality that these pathetic taunts are what passes for political discourse in the Age of Trump. Gone are the days when differences could be civilly discussed based on facts instead of emotion.

Another sad reality of this behavior is that it’s a sign that the end of conservatism is near, as Trump’s small army of loyal followers attempt to rebrand conservatism by spreading the lie that he is a conservative and, using binary logic, accusing anyone who opposes him of being a liberal.

This rebranding effort has had an impact. Last week, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel warned Republican hopefuls that anyone who opposed Trump’s agenda would be “making a mistake.”

McDaniel’s threat was issued following the GOP primary defeat in South Carolina by conservative Mark Sanford after he was personally targeted by Trump himself. Sanford’s crime? Disloyalty to the NY Liberal.

Another source of damage to conservatism has come from evangelicals and the so-called conservative media. In the name of self-preservation, they choose to surrender their principles by promoting the lie that Trump is a conservative. Some of these voices have taken to labelling conservatives who oppose Trump as Never-Trump conservatives, or worse, branding them as liberals and/or Democrats, as was recently written in a piece at TheFederalist.com:

“Trump may be an unattractive and deeply flawed messenger for contemporary conservatism. But loathe though they might be to admit it, what’s left of the Never-Trump movement needs to come to grips with the fact that the only words that currently describe them are liberals and Democrats.”

Then there are those who have adopted a Sometimes-Trump attitude about the president, where everything Trump does is measured using a good Trump/bad Trump barometer. While it has become fashionable for Sometimes-Trump conservatives to stand on their soap boxes condemning both Never-Trump conservatives and Always-Trump faux conservatives, I believe that this politically bipolar approach to Trump is the greatest threat of all to Constitutional conservatism in America.

Sometimes-Trump conservatives have accepted the lie that it’s okay to do a little evil in exchange for a greater good. Though they may fly a conservative banner, their lukewarm attitude about Trump is much like the attitude we see in the Laodicean church mentioned in the Book of Revelations (3:15-16).

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

Trump is a double-minded man unstable in all his ways (James 1:8). When lukewarm Sometimes-Trump conservatives choose to overlook this reality, they end up watering-down conservatism to the point that it has no value or power to change America’s course.

As lukewarm Sometimes-Trump conservatives point to the Always-Trump and Never-Trump factions as the reason for today’s conservative divide, remember that it’s the unenthusiastic, noncommittal, indifferent, half-hearted, apathetic, uninterested, unconcerned, lackadaisical, passionless, laid back, couldn’t-care-less conservative imposters in the middle who are really responsible.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Video Double play: Busting the gun grabber’s musket myth.

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Two videos that eviscerate the Liberty Grabbers ‘One shot’ musket myth.

It is a bedrock principle (if they have any) of the Liberty grabber Left that back during the ratification of the US Constitution the only weapons in existence were flintlock musket that took 5 minute to reload. Thus there wasn’t any school violence because it would have taken too long for the perpetrator to kill anyone.

As it typical of the lore of the national socialist Left, this is a lie of the first order. A previous video celebrated the “Assault Weapon” tricentennial, which was bit of the tongue in cheek variety since there were other repeating “Military Style” weapons in existence before this time period. These will be detailed in future articles. Meanwhile we present two videos that also bust the ‘Musket Myth’, one a short presentation from the Royal Armouries on the Jover and Belton “Flintlock breech-loading superimposed military musket”

Royal Armouries
Published on Aug 30, 2017
Curator of Firearms, Jonathan Ferguson, gives us a peek at the Flintlock breech-loading superimposed military musket, by Jover and Belton (1786)

This is a very relevant piece since the inventor Joseph Belton corresponded with the Continental Congress in 1777:

May it Please your Honours,
I would just informe this Honourable Assembly, that I have discover’d an improvement, in the use of Small Armes, wherein a common small arm, may be maid to discharge eight balls one after another, in eight, five or three seconds of time, & each one to do execution five & twenty, or thirty yards, and after so discharg’d, to be loaded and fire’d with cartridge as usual.

“It was demonstrated before noted scientists and military officers (including well known scientist David Rittenhouse and General Horatio Gates)”

This destroys the mythology that the founders had no knowledge of this type of repeating firearm technology that existed already.

The second is a humours dissertation on the subject from video raconteur Steven Crowder https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/

from a few years ago that also eviscerates this bit of Leftist mythology.

Published on Feb 10, 2015
People have been telling us for years that the 2nd amendment was written in a time of Muskets, and that it doesn’t apply to the evolved weapons of today. Is it true?

So why is this important?

Two primary reasons. One that these factual examples demonstrate that the founding fathers knew of these technological advances. Therefore, they destroy any Leftist pretences that the 2nd amendment be confined to muskets. Second that, school violence is something other than an issue of guns.

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Immigration

House proposal makes DACA permanent and grants citizenship to illegals

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When Donald Trump issued an executive order in Sept. 2017 rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) order issued by Barack Obama, he was cheered by his adoring fans for appearing to keep one of his campaign promises regarding the illegal immigration problem. However, as the old saying goes, appearances can be deceiving.

The reason I call it deceiving is because Trump’s order was merely a technicality—sort of a Rescind-In-Name-Only moment—used to buy the time necessary to make DACA permanent, which has been his “big heart” goal from the beginning.

Of course, any permanent legislation needs to come from Congress, which should have been problematic for Republicans who campaigned for years against Obama’s handling of illegal immigration. But in today’s Republican party—owned and operated by Trump—such commitments have become secondary to the requirement to please Dear Leader.

For example, just days after Trump’s deceptive order, Mitch McConnell went on record in support of negotiation with Democrats and the president—but I repeat myself—to save DACA and create an amnesty plan and eventual citizenship for approximately 1.8 million DREAMers.

Though past attempts have failed, election-season fever is sweeping Washington, so Trump and Republican party loyalists are making another push to get the job done.

After conducting several days of Nancy Pelosi-style meetings behind closed doors, Paul Ryan released an immigration plan yesterday that will legally protect DREAMers while also providing over $23 billion for another Trump promise—a border wall.

Wait a minute! I though Trump promised us that Mexico was going to pay for the wall. I suppose that’s just another in-name-only moment for the New York liberal.

Back to the House proposal. DREAMers can apply for “nonimmigrant status” which is essentially a newfangled way to say visa. The extra visas necessary to handle these requests will be available due to new restrictions that will lower the number of legal immigrant applications, which means legal immigrants will be effectively moved to the back of the line.

But that’s not the worst part.

Once obtained, these visas become the first step on a pathway to citizenship, which means that years down the road, 1.8 million illegals—probably more—will have jumped the line to US citizenship ahead of legal immigrants, despite the rhetoric from Trump and the GOP claiming otherwise.

Though this proposal may or may not pass, making DACA permanent and creating a pathway to citizenship are broken promises. But as I wrote a few days ago, breaking promises has become a job requirement in the age of Trump and today’s GOP.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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