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It’ll take Federalists to make the tough but necessary decisions

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Whether they know it or not, nearly every Democratic lawmaker and a majority of Republican lawmakers want the people to be completely dependent on government. For some of them, it’s embedded within their ideology without their own full understanding; they could honestly say they don’t believe in complete dependence in spite of actions to the contrary. Others recognize it for what it is and fully embrace the notion.

There’s a third group who want people to be dependent on government. These are mostly Republicans, though some Democrats can fall into this category. They are the people who aren’t philosophically aligned with overreaching government or citizen dependency but who’ve accepted the concepts for the sake of election victories. In mid-2017, we witnessed many GOP representatives on Capitol Hill expose their membership in this category of big-government opportunists by embracing Trumpcare. What they sold as “repeal and replace” was actually “tweak and rebrand.” They said it was a “common sense” approach to government-run health care, but it’s so close in form and function to Obamacare for two reason: the 2018 and 2020 elections.

Those who fall into this category believe that if they were to pull the rug out from underneath those who signed up for Obamacare, they’ll get slaughtered on election day. We would contend that a full and true repeal accompanied by a solid education campaign and proper coordination with the private market would not only help the vast majority of Americans save money, it would also empower full-repeal-representatives to be in the driver’s seat in their upcoming elections. Unfortunately, they’re addicted to the concept of redistribution of wealth as a way to win votes. As much as the Republican Party espouses the free market economy, one would hope they’d be willing to back up their words with actions. Most are not.

Thankfully, it’s within this third category that we believe we can reach people. That’s not to say that those who fall into categories one or two are unreachable, but changing one’s ideology is more difficult than simply assuaging fears.

We can improve health care by getting the government out of it. We can balance the budget, reduce the national debt, and bring the nation back to a state of fiscal responsibility. We can solve these and so many other problems by cutting and eliminating rather than growing and expanding as DC has been wont to do for decades. To do these things, we need people willing to make the tough calls. We need Federalists.

There’s a perception among politicians that the American people are too simple-minded to accept the complexities of tough decisions. They believe that if you take something away, the reactionary and unintelligent masses will vote the “mean people” out of office. They rightfully believe that media, Hollywood, the education system, and every other facet of indoctrination utilized by big-government folks will sway the people away from backing those who are doing the right thing. With all this, there’s a caveat: properly handled, any righteous and responsible move by government can rise above the indoctrination because Americans aren’t as selfish nor slow-witted as politicians believe.

Americans don’t trust government because the people in government have proven to be untrustworthy. This needs to change. As a party, we intend to take the necessary steps to earn the trust of the people. First, we will hold our candidates and representatives responsible for their actions and beholden to the promises they make. While other parties will attempt to hide the missteps and foibles of their people, we will make sure our people know we’re watching closely and are willing to pull our support if necessary. Second, we have to bring truth and reality to the table. Believe it or not, those are missing components in so many pieces of legislation introduced at every level. Lastly, we’ll be transparent. A Federalist representative must be willing to lay out the benefits and acknowledge the drawbacks of every action they take.

We won’t sell our ideas to the American people through subterfuge or doublespeak. We’ll lay out the facts so the people know precisely why we’re doing what we’re doing. Let’s look at Obamacare as an example.

Will people lose their health care if Obamacare is repealed? Yes. Most who “lose” their health care will simply opt out of the mandate. There have always been people who preferred paying out of pocket because they simply didn’t get sick very often. Others who “lose” their health care will have the option of replacing their Obamacare plan with a private market plan. This is where a combination of the free market economy and charitable efforts must come into play. Instead of government saying everyone must be covered, repeal and working with the industry as well as charities will make it so everyone can be covered. That’s where this nation’s health care system needs to be.

Would repealing and not replacing Obamacare fix the entire system? No. There were challenges before Obamacare and there will be challenges after Obamacare is repealed, but these challenges are best met without Washington DC involved. Government should be the last line of defense, not the tip of the health care spear.

Obamacare is just one example. Politicians are only one problem. It’s also up to the people to regain the willingness of our predecessors to say, “stay out of my business and let me handle my own problems.” For both of these challenges to be addressed requires representatives who are willing to do the right thing even if it means in-depth explanations. We’ve elected and groomed too many politicians who rely on slogans and Tweets in lieu of education and explanation.

If politicians continue to be scared of making tough decisions because it could prevent them from winning re-election, they don’t deserve to be re-elected. There are too many huge problems that require bold actions for us to waste time with spineless representatives. Government has become the greatest impediment to the nation’s prosperity and security. We need representatives who will make the tough calls and stand by them. We need Federalists in office.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

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Is Mike Pence too political for church?

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There have been a lot of talk lately about Mike Pence speaking at the SBC. Many complained claiming it was divisive and political. Jonathan Leeman wrote an article for The Gospel Coalition criticizing the very idea of Mike Pence speaking. I will address this article in greater detail on the points that I agree and disagree with. But first, let me answer the very question I posed: Pence isn’t too political to address a congregation, but his speech was.

In short, Mike Pence’s address offered zero substantive theological content. It was merely about his privilege as serving as Vice President. While acknowledging this privilege merited a short section in the beginning, it needed no more continuation. Instead, Mike Pence droned on and on about his experiences and the administration’s accomplishments.

I think there’s only one way you can sum up this administration: It’s been 500 days of action, 500 days of accomplishment. It’s been 500 days of promises made and promises kept. 

Pence’s address followed a pattern of praising Trump with loosely intertwined references to God and praising his hosts as guest speakers often do. The intertwined religious language while praising the accomplishments, not of God, but of the President is the briefest summation of Pence’s speech to the SBC that can be offered. The only biblical passage cited was Psalm 126 in reference to a story that served as praise to the Trump administration. God wasn’t working though Trump in Pence’s speech. Instead, Trump was working. At the end of his speech, Pence did offer a superficial message about praying for America with a quoting scripture.

Mike Pence had an opportunity to address the leaders of many churches. He blew it. But would all politicians do the same?

Politicians Should Be in the Pew, Not the Pulpit?

Jonathan Leeman’s article for The Gospel Coalition draws this conclusion. He has five reasons for not allowing politicians to address a church event.

  1. No reason to give attention to a politician’s words over a plumber’s or an accountant’s, at least not in our assemblies or associations.
  2. Having a political leader address our churches or associations of churches tempts us to misconstrue our mission.
  3. Undermines our evangelistic and prophetic witness.
  4. Hurts the unity of Christ’s body

Reason one is most certainly true. However, I believe we ought to separate the person from the profession. On the basis of spiritual maturity and calling should a politician or any notable guest address an assembly. This first reason is the one I believe to have the most merit in regards to the situation at hand. Inviting a politician to address a Congregation is wrong if the only reason is that they are a politician. However, if the politician is a member of the church, what is wrong with having a fellow member speak?

Reasons two and three are certainly tied together in there logic. I believe these reasons hold merit for Pence’s sacrelidgious speech but are not inherently true of all politicians who accept such similar offers. Reasons two and three open a multitude of separate issues both independent and dependent on the circumstances. Meaning, yes this could happen, but the degree in which we can mitigate the temptation are limited for Satan is the tempter. In the case of Pence, reason three was definitely true. Many would see that the SBC tied itself to Trump. But that is not the fault of the SBC per se. But that is Pence’s fault for giving a campaign rally speech instead of a message. If Pence gave a theologically sound speech there should be little temptation to misconstrue the mission. The third reason is inevitable. Since the beginning, Christians witness has been undermined by the lies of Satan. The original Christians were thought to be cannibal and even atheists. We can’t always prevent these lies, but it would be good not to validate them which Pence did.

Now hurting the unity of the body of Christ is a weak point. Leeman’s fourth point is basically saying that Pence is too polarizing, because Trump is… Trump, on a National level to address a church. Pence is polarizing, but he was polarizing before Trump. The polarizing premise is true but, assuming Pence is indeed a follower off Christ, this would be the result of living a Christian life. Here’s another polarizing figure: Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop. Would polarity disqualify him from speaking? If we are to apply national likability to our church speakers, we’re going to end up with a lot of TV personalities who don’t comprehend dyophysitism.

Like Jack Philips, Pence has taken a lot of flak for being a devout Christian. Isn’t this the kind of person who may have a good message to the assembly? Seemingly so. Again Pence under-delivered. To be fair, Leeman clearly states he doesn’t blanket outlaw politicians from speaking.

I can envision a few circumstances where there is some measure of mission overlap that could justify it. Maybe a group of Christian college presidents asks the secretary of education to address them. Or a Christian conference on work asks a Christian congressman to talk about working as a Christian on the Hill, so that attendees can apply the principles to their own settings.

But while it’s not an outlaw, such an unwritten policy places constraints on the church that are not inherently necessary. Leeman supposes some similar justification was used when The Gospel Coalition had Ben Sasse speak. In 2017, Ben Sasse addressed The Gospel Coalition and gave a theological speech. He was noted for sounding more like a pastor than a politician.

To me only two things matter:

  1. Theological substance
  2. Correct theological substance

On these two requirements I think the body of Christ would remain unified with a clear picture of its mission.

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Family separation battle will save DACA and lead to citizenship for illegals

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The latest outrage du jour by the Washington Establishment comes from the news that children are being temporarily separated from their parents as they try to enter the country illegally.

In her latest presentation of the gospel according to Nancy Pelosi, the part-time Catholic and full-time idiot, blasted “all people of faith in our country” for depriving DREAMers of the “respect they deserve” and for “taking babies away from mothers and fathers.” Meanwhile, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers (R-OH) issued his call for an end to family separations at the border.

In the Senate, GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) called for an end to the “zero tolerance” immigration policies. On the other side of the aisle, Democrats rushed to the border to grab a handful of election-year photo ops to document what former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro called “state-sponsored child abuse.”

Melania Trump, in addition to four former first ladies, shared how they “hated” to see families separated and called on America to “govern with heart.”

The outrage over family separation is coming from both sides, but it’s fake. These reactions are nothing more than election-year grandstanding by politicians in both parties who have no interest at all at fixing the immigration problem.

As I wrote last week, the GOP-controlled House is already working on an immigration bill that makes DACA permanent and provides a pathway to citizenship for approximately 1.8 million DREAMers. House Speaker Paul Ryan made sure to point out that this legislation also includes a provision ending family separation.

Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced that he will introduce a bill that ends family separations at the border, which in an amazing bit of coincidence comes at a time when his Democrat opponent for the US Senate, Beto O’Rourke, also called for the separation policy to end. Cruz’s proposal enjoys the unanimous support of Senate Democrats.

For the record, this “for the children” approach to illegal immigration is how we ended up with DACA in the first place. Also note, as this article shows, that Trump is lying when he blames Democrats for the family separation fiasco.

The family separation issue is being used as a primer for the eventual surrender on immigration. And for those who believe that Trump won’t support this surrender, consider this: he allowed Melania to openly oppose his immigration policy, and he recently announced that he’s open to anything that Congress puts on his desk, even if it means doing the opposite of what he promised to get elected.

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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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.

 


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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