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You may be wondering why on earth an article on sports teams is here on TNA, but I promise there’s a relevant point.

Team loyalty makes no sense. When someone makes the decision to become a loyal fan of Team X, what are they saying? If it’s 2009 and they like the Yankees for example, then they are saying they are a fan of Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Johnny Damon. But what about next season when Johnny Damon moves to Detroit? What about 2014 when Jeter retires? What about when none of that core group is left? If you were a fan of the team because of the players on that team, why doesn’t your loyalty shift when those players move on?

So it can’t be the players that sustain our devotion.

Is it the city? In terms of loyalty that makes a lot more sense, but what part of your city are you actually rooting for? Players are rarely from the city where they play, so they really don’t represent the city in that manner. Our loyalty would make more sense if athletes were only allowed to play for the city or state they grew up in… but that’s not reality.

So it can’t be the city.

Is it the organization? This is still the same problem as the players – people in the organization change. The only ones who don’t are the owners, but are we really loyal to a team because of its owners?

Maybe it has nothing to do with people at all. Maybe it’s the atmosphere, climate, and principles under which the organization operates that sustains our loyalty. This seems the most plausible explanation so far, but is the climate of a team really that different from one team to the next? All teams have the same goal, do they not? And, even when a team is known for having a losing aura about them, that can change with the shifting of management. For example, ten years ago you could have pointed to the Chicago Cubs as an example of an organization with a “loser” climate, and the LA Lakers as an example of a “winner” climate. Yet, those organizations are on opposite sides of the spectrum in 2017.

So what is it? Honestly, I don’t know. That’s a question psychologists would be better suited to answer. The more important point here is how we should pick a team, and it’s not complicated. All it really takes is knowing yourself and what you really believe.

In other words, when you truly know yourself, you are able to say, “I believe in these values and principles. Which team represents those values and principles the most?” Then you look around… Well, Team X kept that guy who abused his wife, so they don’t seem to represent my values. Team Y was caught cheating and tried to lie their way out of it, so they don’t represent my principles. But Team Z… when they found out one of their players was cheating, they kicked him off the team even though he was their best player! That’s what I would have done, so that’s my team! Additionally, the moment they stray from acting in accordance with your values, they should no longer hold your allegiance.

The same thing goes for a political party, a school, a church, or a job. Don’t remain loyal out of habit and laziness. Demand that they stick to their principles, and when it becomes evident that they no longer align with your beliefs, move on. If you find that what you truly believe is much different than what your church believes, why not find one that believes something more similarly? If the company you work for is constantly making decisions you disagree with, find a better fit. And please… if the political party you support continues to disappoint you over and over again, leave it! It seems so obvious, but if the actions of the party don’t seem to be aligning with your values anymore, stand up and find one that better represents you.

Welcome to the Federalist Party.

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Acts 17:11 – ‘searched the scriptures daily’

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Acts 17:11 searched the scriptures daily

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. – Acts 17:11 (KJV)

We’ve talked before about doing daily Bible study, then we made sure to expand on what we were promoting by reminding people that Christianity itself should not be a task. Now, we’ll go to the source (as we should have done from the beginning) and point to scriptural backing that we are not only supposed to read the Bible, but to search it and use at as the ultimate reference.

This verse is often quoted out of contest. It points to the Bereans as true students of the Word. There are even ministries today who herald to the Bereans and continue in the works that were alluded to in this chapter. The reality is this: the Bereans were Jews who studied fervently and as a result they were easily converted to belief in Yeshua as the Messiah.

If there’s any one takeaway from this (other than the call to continuously study and find truth in the Bible by applying the teachings of the Bible itself), it’s that those who are the most steadfast in their studies, whether it’s of the Bible or of this world, are the ones who are easiest to bring to the truth. Christianity and all religions have gained an unfortunate label of being only for the “weak of mind” or gullible people. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s not necessarily about intelligence. It’s about discernment. Those who see the world through the lens of common sense and an unbiased intellect are the most likely to come to the faith. They simply need a little Biblical worldview prompting.

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Tom Fitton on Lou Dobbs discusses the ‘Clinton cover-up operation’

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Tom Fitton on Lou Dobbs discusses the Clinton cover-up operation

Government watchdog Judicial Watch uncovered FBI notes from the first “sham” investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email debacle from 2016. Included in the FBI notes were references made by Clinton’s IT team itself referring to their activities as the “Clinton cover-up operation.”

Let that sink in.

Now that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential campaign has been wrapped up and the Mueller report has been released to the public, Judicial Watch is working overtime to uncover what they can about the real scandal from that election. What candidate Clinton and her team did was almost certainly illegal and we’re learning more about it every day. Is it possible a new investigation could commence? Tom Fitton believes it will and told Lou Dobbs as much today.

Watch this interview. If there’s any doubt that Hillary Clinton belongs in jail, you should check with Tom Fitton and Lou Dobbs before finalizing your opinion. Justice has not been served following the 2016 election and it’s not the President who should be worried.

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Demonetized: Steven Crowder has been tried and convicted by YouTube of being a conservative

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Demonetized Steven Crowder has been tried and convicted by YouTube of being a conservative

Conservatives fell for a trap. It’s been over a decade in the making and few of us saw it coming until it was too late. To be fair, this trap was actually so well executed and seemingly coordinated that it’s actually impressive how well it worked. Now, the walls that have been around us the whole time are finally starting to close in.

The trap was to believe that even hyper-leftists in the tech industry would be fair when it came to the use of their platforms. By “fair,” I mean they would accept that there are views that differ from their preferred progressive standpoints and those views are worthy of being expressed on their platforms. For a time, this was true. But as the giants such as Google in search, Facebook and Twitter in social media, and YouTube for video grew to the point that they’re essentially unchallenged and virtually invincible, they’ve now changed their tune. The worst crime anyone who uses their services can commit is to be conservative.

Steven Crowder is learning it again and again with the most recent incident happening today.

Many of us make our living by creating and sharing content online. Unfortunately, the platforms that we work on, including YouTube, have revealed in recent years that there is a proper way of thinking in their eyes, and if you dare to offer a perspective that challenges this proper way of thinking, you’re a horrible human being who doesn’t deserve to live, let alone earn a penny from them.

Like I said, this was a brilliant trap, properly executed over the years to draw us in and then shut us down once we became dependent and their competition was suppressed. That’s where we are today.

The easy answer to all of this is to abandon the platforms that are unfriendly to conservatives and work only with those who truly appreciate free speech, cordial discourse, and the enterprising nature of Americans. That’s the easy answer, but it’s not an easy solution. You see, the sites that pay the best happen to be Google and their video spawn YouTube. To get the necessary eyeballs on this content, we often rely again on Google as well as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and other progressive giants.

Where do we go from here?

Two options

For people like Crowder (and us), the easy days of “just make great content to make good money” are behind us. We can no longer just produce what we like and expect it to be respected by the traffic-drivers or revenue-drivers that literally hate us. We have to be careful. We are forced to bow before the politically correct leftist gods, also known as the “manual review” snowflakes who hold our fate in their hands.

But that won’t work. We won’t bow. Just as I can’t imagine Crowder toning down his “Change My Mind” series in any way, I know we would never start posting politically correct content that will appease the keyboard caretakers who reign over us. So that leaves us with two options.

Option 1: Fight for our right to be right

This is what most of us do today. We produce content and then fight tooth-and-nail to get it the traffic it needs. Once it gets the traffic, we then have to fight to keep it monetized. It’s a daily grind, but it’s effective to some extent. Nevertheless, it’s not only a waste of time but it’s a benefit to the people who are trying to suppress us in the first place. YouTube makes money off Crowder’s content whether they pay him for it or not. That’s the nature of YouTube. If he sucks people onto the platform to laugh as he “owns libs,” there’s a good chance those people he sucked in will then watch other videos with ads.

Just because they demonetize his content doesn’t mean they’re not making money off it.

So if option 1 sucks, then what’s the alternative?

Option 2: Pick up our balls and take them to a new playground

This is the option that invariably gets offered by scholarly Twitter users any time something like this happens. But it’s not that easy. I’ve tried multiple ad networks, affiliates, crowdfunding, and even outright begging and it doesn’t yield a fraction of what Google ads deliver. And frankly, that’s not enough either, but it’s more.

For Crowder, whose content thrives on YouTube, it’s not easy for him to become a Vimeo star and expect to reach the same people or get nearly enough money from it. Or any video platform for that matter. I’m not sure what BlazeTV or DailyWire pay, but outside of their paid services, much of there content goes on… YouTube.

But it’s more than just monetization. I’m sure Crowder and others like him are also like us in that our goal is to spread a proper message on the various topics that affect Americans on a daily basis. That means we want our content to be seen by a wide range of people, including progressives. Sometimes, especially progressives.

Working on a third option

I’ve been reaching out to conservatives about Proper Narrative, LLC. I hope this can help encourage conservative content producers to do what they’re doing by rewarding them beyond their standard revenue sources. It’s still early stage at this point, but one never knows when the right call will come in.

Final Thoughts

Until one of the two (or three) options becomes clearly the best choice, conservatives have to do what we can to support each other. To the digital media world, we’re the enemy. Nobody said being conservative in 2019 would be easy.

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