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People are going to hate me for this one, but I’m not here to sugar coat things for you.

At this moment people are angry about McCain (R-AZ), Murkowsk (R-AK), and the other Republican senators who refused to repeal Obamacare entirely like they’ve promised to do for years. On the surface their anger is justifiable. Obamacare was a top priority for all of these people for years. Or at least, it seemed to be.

Show votes were made during the Obama years, but that’s all they were: a show in order to gain votes and campaign donations. Sure, this seems obvious in hindsight, but the truth of it is, this was pretty obvious all along.

The majority of the GOP is the same as the Democrats. They have been for a long time. The senators who betrayed their word have been for big-government for a long time. Many who voted for repeal but clearly didn’t want it, like Lindsay Graham (R-SC) are no better.

The thing is, you can’t blame a snake for being a snake, and these people have been snakes for years. All it takes is a few minutes of research to know who you are voting for, and yet the vast majority don’t bother to do that research. You wouldn’t buy a car without doing some research about its safety record, so why are so many so free with their votes without doing the same research?

It’s because most people are lazy to some extent or another. We’re not a democracy, we’re a republic. The people don’t make the decisions, they pick the people who do. The fact is, people need to do a better job picking those who make the decisions.

And so, I don’t blame the GOP Senators who lied, I blame the people who voted for them. Conservatives are big on personal responsibility. So let’s stop blaming the GOP members who lied, let’s start blaming ourselves. Stop getting fooled. Stop having conniptions when your elected representatives lie to you. Instead, do better next time. Take responsibility for the fact that you elected these people, and their actions reflect on you.

Only one of the seven GOP Senators who voted for repeal is up for reelection in 2018 (Collins, R-ME), and she probably figures she’s safe in Maine. The others are COUNTING on you being lazy and having a short memory of their true feelings on a variety of issues, especially this one.

Stop having a short memory. Stop voting for the “lesser of two evils.” Here in Texas, I refused to vote for John Cornyn the last time he ran. I wasn’t willing to take responsibility for whatever Cornyn might do and might not do. I voted for Ted Cruz because, while I don’t agree with everything Cruz does, I was comfortable taking responsibility for whatever actions he took in the Senate.

Sure, Cornyn still won, but his actions are on those who voted for him, not those that voted 3rd party or wrote their votes in. Basically, not on me.

Alaskans could have been rid of Murkowski years ago. Arizonans should have put McCain out to pasture a long time ago, and they had no excuse not to last year. Those who voted for them have no right to feel betrayed. They’ve been big government progressives for years, so why did conservatives still vote them in? Because the Democrats are worse? Based on what?

Demand better. If those running aren’t good enough, don’t vote for them. Who cares if the Democrats win an election? The result is the same, and the next election will be easier for a REAL conservative, someone who shares your values.

Don’t worry about whether or not they’ll win anyway. You do YOU. You worry about YOUR vote. You worry about whether or not the person you are voting for really represents YOU. You might not be part of the “in” crowd who voted for the winner, but if that’s what you’re worried about, you have no business complaining about the results. Frankly, if that’s all you’re worried about, you have no business voting in the first place (looking at you, first-time voter who finally got off your lazy duff for Trump of all people), but that’s another topic for another day.

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  1. Earnest

    July 28, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Ben, you pretty much hit the nail on the head with this piece. We as voters do indeed need to take more personal responsibility in what had transpired up in D.C. & get the right people in place that are ACTUALLY for representing US & not RESENTING us. Excellent piece.

  2. David L

    July 29, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I think most would or should agree with where the blame falls.

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As predicted, Trump offers DACA amnesty in exchange for border wall

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As predicted Trump offers DACA amnesty in exchange for border wall

Throughout Trump’s first two years in office, I’ve been one of only a handful of conservative voices shouting from the rooftops that the New York liberal’s promise to fix America’s out-of-control illegal immigration problem was nothing but a lie.

As a candidate, Trump promised to build a “big beautiful powerful wall” on our southern border at Mexico’s expense, and he promised to overturn Obama’s unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order that allowed illegals to stay in America indefinitely. Unfortunately, the “wall” has become an “artistically designed” barrier of some sort funded by the U.S. taxpayer, and DACA is not only still in effect, it’s on its way to becoming permanent.

While the reality of Trump’s broken promises dealing with illegal immigration have been crystal clear to those not drinking the orange Kool-Aid, his inevitable betrayal on the issue has been brought sharply into focus since last summer.

In May 2018, as Trump and the GOP were looking for ways to save their jobs ahead of the midterms, the House Freedom Caucus joined hands with Democrats to push for a “fix” to DACA.

In June 2018, Paul Ryan proposed a plan that would allow DREAMers to legally stay in the country and be put on the pathway to citizenship in exchange for $23 billion for building a border wall.

Following their September 2018 budget betraying funding everything from Planned Parenthood to DACA and sanctuary cities, rumors began spreading around Washington that Trump was ready to cut an immigration deal with Democrats in light of the reality that the Democrats were about to retake the House in the midterms.

The Democrats did retake the House, and in the days since their victory, Trump and the GOP have been laying the foundation for their inevitable immigration betrayal. With the help of Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner, trading DACA amnesty for a border wall is now the official position of the Trump administration and the GOP-controlled Senate.

So, it came as no surprise when Trump proposed a deal over the weekend to end to his manufactured government shutdown by offering Democrats a three-year extension of DACA in exchange for $5 billion for border security funding — an idea originally conceived by Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Three years? I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, but that’s just enough time to kick the can down the road until after his 2020 election … assuming there is one. And just in case there are any doubts about the motivation behind this three-year timeframe, consider this: Mitch McConnell, who has refused to let the Senate vote on the shutdown, has endorsed Trump’s offer and will hold vote on it this week.

Mickey is also up for re-election in 2020.

For now, Democrats are rejecting Trump’s offer, but it’s only a matter of time before they get what they want. After all, Trump and the GOP want the same thing.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Is Israel on the brink of war?

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Is Israel on the brink of war

Israel and Iran continue to trade threats and missile attacks over Syria as the latest round targeted Iranian Quds forces near Damascus. The IDF, which has confirmed attacks recently, went so far as to announce the attacks on Twitter.

This attack was in response to a missile launched from Syria by Iranian Quds Forces into the Golan Heights. The missile was intercepted by the Iron Dome, which was captured on camera by skiers on Mt. Hermon.

The overnight attacks on Syria resulted in many missiles and guided bombs being shot down, but enough made it through to damage Quds training grounds, weapons depots, and kill at least 11 people. There are no reports of how many of Iran’s elite forces were killed, though British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said only two of the dead were Syrians.

Israel, in rare move, announces attacks on Iranian targets in Syria, delivers warning

https://www.foxnews.com/world/israel-attacks-iran-forces-in-syria-military-confirmsIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently confirmed that Israel had struck hundreds of targets in Syria linked to Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group, including a weapons facility two weeks ago.

Iran and Hezbollah are allied with the Syrian government in the civil war.

Iran has begun its loudest saber-rattling in some time as they send clear threats of war and the destruction of Israel through state television.

“The young people in the air force are fully ready and impatient to confront the Zionist regime and eliminate it from the Earth,” IRIAF Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh said following the strike.

Iran says ready for war with Israel that will ‘lead to its destruction’

https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Iran-We-are-ready-for-a-war-that-will-lead-to-the-destruction-of-Israel-578108The commander of the Iranian Air Force warned on Monday that Iran was prepared for a decisive war with Israel, “which will bring an end to the IDF’s attacks on Syria.” “Our armed forces are prepared for a war that will bring the crushing destruction of Israel,” he said, according to media reports.

“We are ready for the day when we will see the end of Israel.”

My Take

Americans are often unaware of the importance of Syria to Iran. For years, it’s been assumed the only reason Iran hasn’t attacked Israel, especially when they were at the height of their power during the latter years of President Obama’s administration, is they have no clear path to reach Israel. Iraq, Syria, and Jordan are between Iran and the tiny Jewish state, making it nearly impossible for them to have any real reach into the heart of Israel.

This is why they are so intent on having an embedded military presence in Syria. It’s why Israel is doing everything in its power to prevent them from getting a serious foothold there.

Iran’s military is strong and somewhat sophisticated, but it’s still no match for Israel. However, Iran could take advantage of Israel’s small size if they can get enough missiles and launchers into Syria. Doing so would allow them to use Syrians as cover, a strategy currently in use by anti-Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.

As long as Iran continues to pursue entrenchment in Syria, war is on the near horizon. Israeli strikes may be a catalyst for war, but they’re necessary if they have any hopes of preventing Iran from taking over their Syrian neighbors wholesale.


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What really separates Tom Brady from every other player on the field

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Every season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gains more people who believe he’s the greatest of all time. It has been a long road for him because he didn’t have the pedigree that other potential GOATs had. He wasn’t the #1 pick in the NFL draft like John Elway or Terry Bradshaw. He was drafted in the 6th round. He didn’t come in with lots of fanfare. His first starting job came as a result of Drew Bledsoe’s injury. He doesn’t have a flashy style like Brett Favre, a complex system like Peyton Manning, or a cannon for an arm like Aaron Rodgers.

He just wins.

The key to his winning ways may have nothing to do with his strong skills, good supporting cast, or excellent game plans. It may just come down to hard work and good ol’ fashioned competitiveness. His mental toughness has been likened to Larry Bird’s or Evander Holyfield’s, two greats in their sports who made up for physical deficiencies by constantly improving mentally even when they weren’t at the top physically.

“Every quarterback can throw a ball; every running back can run; every receiver is fast; but that mental toughness that you talk about translates into competitiveness.”

Football is more than just a physical sport. As Tom Brady has demonstrated, mental toughness may be even more important than 40-yard-dash times or arm strength.


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