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It’s almost like the GOP WANTS to lose

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Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), made the move to postpone the summer recess in order to continue GOP efforts to get their healthcare bill passed through Congress and on to President Trump’s desk.

One of the primary focuses of the 2016 elections was the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Repeublicans promised to repeal the ACA, or “Obamacare” as they had done every year since they controlled congress. However, instead of the compete repeal that was passed so often during the Obama Administration, the GOP has decided that a replacement bill needs to coincide with any removal of the ACA.

Unfortunatealy, the primary focus has been on a variety of bills that don’t repeal Obamacare at all. Instead, they focus on changing Obamacare into something that Republican special interest groups will like, much in the same way the Democrats wrote Obamacare.

To be clear, the GOP seems to have lost all interest in actually REPEALING the ACA, and instead seem focused on an alternative version of government dictated healthcare. What should be obvious to everyone by now, the votes to repeal Obamacare when the GOP knew that President Obama would veto it, were simply political theatre to win votes and gain campaign donations. The Republican Party clearly has no interest in getting the federal government out of the healthcare industry.

No one should really be surprised. On nearly every issue of substance, the GOP has become every bit as pro-big government as the Democrats. The rhetoric is different, especially when it’s time for re-election, but with few exceptions, no one really seems interested in doing as they promised.

Republicans get the rhetoric right at times. Even now they say Obamacare is self-destructing. They’re right about that. Insurers are pulling out all over the country. It’s clear the ACA is a colossal failure. So, what any sane group of people dedicated to saving their country would do, is to simply repeal the thing and stop the madness. Instead, McConnell, Ryan, and most of the GOP Congress seem intent on tweeking the law and then being saddled with the blame when it inevitably causes chaos.

It’s almost like the GOP WANTS to lose. I, for one, can’t come to any other conclusion. If they wanted to win they would repeal the thing and do it in such a way that allowed the free market to take back over during the course of a year or so. This is so simple a child could figure it out. The government is BAD at nearly everything, and it is ALWAYS inefficient. That’s why it needs to be involved as little as possible.

If the McConnell’s play to get the bill passed by holding Congress in DC works, when the inevitable collapse comes, it won’t be the Democrats who get the blame, it will be the GOP, and it will be deserved. The only way to avoid it is to leave it alone and let it collapse saying “See? We told you so!” or they can repeal this monstrosity in a way that gets the government out of the process completely.

The problem is, they don’t know how to fight the rhetoric of “Republicans want people to die” that they’re already taking from the likes of Bernie Sanders. They don’t know how to fight it because the proper response is free market principles which they don’t understand and certainly don’t believe in.

Even Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a stalwart in the fight against the ACA, seems to be softening somewhat, and may settle for less than full repeal. He seems to have gained a prominent spot in the negotiations, and even added an amendment along with conservative favorite Mike Lee (R-UT). However, the all or nothing approach that has long been the hallmark of the Cruz way of doing business, seems to have waivered.

We’ll all have to wait and see how this plays out, but there is little hope that the McConnell and Ryan led GOP will do as they promised and repeal Obamacare. I’d say it was foolish to believe they ever would based on the last few years of kow-towing to Obama on every budget deal. The GOP is every bit the big government party the Democrats are.

Some may argue whether or not the GOP ever should have made the promise to repeal Obamacare entirely in the first place, yet the fact remains the promise was made, and it doesn’t seem that many on Capitol Hill nor anyone in the White House is that interested in fulfilling it. President Trump has done little to advance a real repeal.

The political question becomes, what does this mean for the GOP going forward? Talks of a new Conservative party have been around for years. The GOP may be signing its own death warrant if it fails to deliver on this big promise to repeal the ACA. It may ultimately destroy the greatest health system in the world, and destroy themselves with it. I, for one, won’t miss it.

Benjamin Wilhelm served as a commissioned officer in the United States military for 10 years, serving one combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge among other military awards. Ben has worked in a variety of private sector businesses both large and small. He is a former military and civilian firearms instructor and an advocate for veterans issues. Ben is a strict Constitutionalist who sees the Federal government as an out of control leviathan, and the federal debt as a burden that will break the country. Ben is a divorced father of two boys.

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  1. arasaid

    July 17, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    This is why people fought so hard to prevent the ACA from passing in the first place. Because we knew once it’s passed, it’s done.

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

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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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Conservative Picks for the Minnesota Primary

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Conservative Picks for the Minnesota Primary

Minnesota has a lot of action and potential relative to other states. Minnesota has three blue districts Donald Trump won in 2016. This means the right candidate can come along and upset the “blue wave” or at least mitigate potential losses. Minnesota is hopeful because in almost every race, there’s at least one candidate that doesn’t suck. It would be nice to see a little more enthusiasm in the Senate races(courtesy of Al Franken.) The GOP can look to make progress in what has been a staunchly blue state for decades. Minnesota has become redder with each of the last three presidential elections, so the Democrats reign is in trouble.

Best Picks: Jim Newberger, Tom Emmer, Jen Zielinski
Worst Picks: Carla Nelson
Best Race: District 7
Worst Race: Senate Special Election

US Senate Special Election

Karin Housely is the GOP favorite in this race. However she comes off as a RINO who would expand the debt. Her stint in the State Senate shows she really isn’t all that Conservative despite having a more Conservative 2017 session, which every other Republican did as well, so it seems. She doesn’t impress up front. Her main opponent is Bob Anderson. Anderson fancies himself as an outsider. He comes off as a populist rather than a Conservative, but that is preferable to the shining RINO that Housely would likely be. Anderson is anti-establishment so he is more likely to shake things up.

Conservative Pick: Bob Anderson

US Senate

The most serious candidate here seems to be Jim Newberger. As a rep in the Minnesota House, Newberger has an outstanding record. For that reason, it’s a good thing for Conservatism that he may walk into a easy victory here in an underwhelming race. Merrill Anderson is a populist and perhaps a conspiracy nut. He doesn’t reasonably stand a chance. Roque De La Fuente is literally running for Senator in every state that has loose enough residency requirements. He isn’t Conservative. He is not the pick here, but he understands taking chances.

Conservative Pick: Jim Newberger

District 1

Jim Hagedorn looks to reclaim he seat he barely lost in 2016. This is district went red for Trump, yet he lost by less than 1%. His main opponent is Carla Nelson, a state rep. She is ACU’s lowest ranking Republican in 2016 and was tied for a repeat in 2017. She is no Conservative.

Conservative Pick: Jim Hagedorn

District 2

Jason Lewis is the highest rated Congressman in the state. He’s not a perfect Conservative, but deserves another term. He is unopposed.

District 3

Erik Paulsen is an unchallenged RINO.

District 4

Greg Ryan is an unchallenged RINO.

District 5

Jen Zielinski seems to be the GOP favorite in this race. She seems to have the potential to shrink the government. She also wants to make the Republican Party the “Party of Choice.” This is good branding for incorporating issues such as school choice. The other candidates don’t appear to be as serious.

Conservative Pick: Jen Zielinski

District 6

Tom Emmer hasn’t done a terrible job in Congress. His Liberty score of 69 shows a more fiscally responsible Republican than a typical RINO. He faces the same two challenges as he did last time around. Neither of these candidates are particularly inspiring enough to warrant a course change.

Conservative Pick: Tom Emmer

District 7

David Hughes looks for a rematch after losing by 5% in 2016. Hughes is a solid Conservative by looks. His platform is right of Trump on immigration and healthcare. His opponent Matt Protch is campaigning as an outsider. Rather than a populist, he actually seems Conservative. This race is winnable for the GOP so Hughes is perhaps the best bet here. But he lost a race where Trump won. This indicates weak campaigning. So perhaps its time to invest in someone new? However Collin Peterson has been in since 1990, too long. He’s also way more vulnerable in an increasingly red district. Perhaps Hughes can win with a second chance, now that he potentially has more name recognition. Or perhaps Protch is the choice.

Conservative Pick: David Hughes?

District 8

The most serious candidate here is Pete Strauber who seems like a regular Republican, and that comes with a bad connotation. This is another flippable seat in Minnesota.

Conservative Pick: Pete Strauber

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Pro-life Trumpservatives praise Trump for protecting unborn babies he isn’t protecting

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Pro-life Trumpservatives praise Trump for protecting unborn babies he isnt protecting

Lately, it seems that not a day goes by where we aren’t provided with another example of how conservative values have been consumed by the fires of compromise on the altar of Trumpservatism. While sacrificing principles for power is commonplace for the GOP priests serving in the Temple of Trump, the sad reality is that real priests, pastors, and other religious leaders have provided the kindling and the oil that fuels the flames.

One of the tragic consequences coming from the rise of the group I refer to as the Fellowship of the Pharisees concerns abortion. In the Age of Trump, these false teachers have abandoned their defense of the unborn under the delusion that Trump is keeping his promises.

On her blog (civilrightsfortheunborn.org), Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote a piece responding to recent accusations made by Omarosa Manigault Newman that Donald Trump often uses racial slurs. *

* NOTE: While her claims may or may not be true, Trump is taking advantage of this “squirrel” moment to let America know that Omarosa is a “low life” even though he frequently brags about how he hires only the “best people.”

After making her case in defense of Trump, King concluded with these words:

“He is keeping his campaign promises. The job market is better for everyone. Unemployment is at an all-time low. Babies and children are safer inside and outside the womb. Prayer is returning to the public square.” (emphasis mine)

King’s claim is not only untrue, but the lives of the unborn continue to grow more perilous … and profitable.

Besides the fact that Trump and the GOP have continued to fund Baby Butchers, Inc. (Planned Parenthood), the byproduct of their murderous practices (body parts) has become another revenue stream, courtesy of the taxpayer—an income stream that has increased under Republican control of Washington.

A few days ago, we learned about a contract between the US Food and Drug Administration and Advanced Biometric Resources (ABR) to acquire human fetal tissue for experiments on mice. In a 2016 Senate Judiciary Committee report, we learned that ABR’s primary source of baby parts was Planned Parenthood.

Trump and the GOP allegedly created the “most pro-life platform ever” in 2016, and they promised to defund Planned Parenthood and bring an end to dismemberment abortions. Despite candidate Trump’s pro-Planned Parenthood sentiments at the time, so-called pro-life activists believed he would fulfill the GOP’s promise. But as we learned earlier this year, they have no intention of doing so.

Unfortunately, those who used to defend the unborn baby in the womb have chosen to defend the unethical baby in the White House. Meanwhile, there will be hundreds of thousands more slaughtered babies, thanks to cowards like Trump, the GOP, and so-called religious leaders.

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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