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My biggest problem with government is not SIZE, but SCOPE



What size are you?

It’s hard to answer that question if you’re not sure exactly what I’m referring to. I could be talking about height, weight, shoes, jeans, dresses, collars, rings, underwear, or cowboy hats. Context matters, and the word “size” is not one-size-fits-all.

With that in mind, what is the size of the government? I think we can all agree that the government is too big, but we need to specify what we mean by that — simply that the government has too much power in general, or that it has power over too many things? Both are troublesome, but I tend to place priority on the latter. So while many people complain that the government is too tall — that wherever it has jurisdiction it seizes excessive control, which I agree with — my primary health concern is that the government is too fat. This is why I adore the term “bloated government.” It imagines one that is too wide, spread too far over too many areas.

Issues of government height call for analysis, argumentation, and compromise. Defense, for instance, is a legitimate function of the federal government. But the appropriate amount of military spending, which wars to enter and when, and how many soldiers to enlist are all circumstantial. Standards of engagement must be decided case by case, and peacetime spending will certainly decrease, but by how much? There is no universal answer, so in that area, government height is subject to rational debate and vigilant scrutiny.

We should, however, know how to settle with relative ease whether the government should be involved in a particular field at all — this is government width. We babble ourselves breathless about cutting taxes and government spending, but not all revenue is created equal.

Why would we even consider slashing defense spending when the federal government has already proposed Social Security expenditures topping $1 trillion for fiscal year 2018, nearly one third of the government’s total estimated revenue of $3.654 trillion? Medicare and Medicaid account for an additional $986 billion of the FY2018 budget, meaning that these three welfare programs alone make up over 54% of projected spending. Before we can make the federal government any shorter, we have to trim the fat.

So when we say we need to cut spending, that doesn’t mean “reduce spending in all those areas in which we’re currently spending.” It means “cut out entirely those areas in which the federal government has no business spending.” And if we can cut out almost $2 trillion on just those three unconstitutional social programs, imagine what that will do for your tax rate.

Suppressing bloated government (federal or state) and securing power to those to whom it rightfully belongs is the essence of federalism. Reserving certain powers to the states doesn’t magically grant states the authority to violate our unalienable rights, as I’ve discussed previously, but matters of health, education, and welfare (among others) cannot be handled at a federal level for a bevy of reasons: 1) The federal government stinks at it. 2) We must respect the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law. 3) Local authority is much easier to restrain.

This is the beauty and genius of our separate but equal system of government: the judicial, legislative, and executive branches keep each other in check both federally and locally; federal and state governments maintain balance between themselves; and the people place checks on all of the above. Somehow we always forget about the second — there must be balance between federal and state powers. Historically, when one has been so powerful that the other could not bridle it, we’ve ended up with the Civil War, Japanese internment camps, and a crippling welfare state. Extremism on both sides is detrimental to the foundation of our republic.

The United States of America has endured progressive politics for over 100 years from both Republicans like Teddy Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover, as well as Democrats like Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Party tribalism is not and has never been the answer. Devotion to principles — particularly those on which this country was built — are the only hope we have of recovery.

Richie Angel is a Co-Editor in Chief of The New Guards, Co-Host of The New Guards Podcast, lifelong fan of the Anaheim Ducks, and proud Hufflepuff. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in English from Brigham Young University in 2017. One day later, his wife gave birth to a beautiful daughter. Richie is a constitutional conservative and doesn't see any compassion in violating other people's rights.

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An open letter to MAGA – Read it all



Before I get started let me say this first….

MAGA Patriots

I truly believe that the vast majority of you who supported Trump from day one are patriots. You’ve seen the devastating effects of liberal policies of our nation, but you knew you couldn’t trust the GOP because they were no better. I didn’t vote for Trump, but have tried to be an honest broker about him. I don’t think those of you who voted for him are “dumb hicks” or “uneducated rednecks.” I get his appeal. I really do. I disagreed with you that electing him was a good idea, but that doesn’t mean I think you aren’t patriots who believe in conservative values of limited government, freedom, liberty, life, and the pursuit of happiness. The fact is most of you are patriots. The few that aren’t are just lunatics, but every group has its lunatics. Of course in this case I’m speaking of the “alt-right.” True conservatives know that racism and anti-Semitism has no place in our nation or in our hearts. So, I ask that you read this whole letter, and let me say what I have to say, and please take it in the spirit in which it’s intended.

The Good

This may be tough to read for many of you who have supported Trump wholeheartedly from the beginning, but I think that many of you may now finally be receptive to it. I’ve tried to be an honest broker on Trump. I didn’t vote for him. I didn’t think he’d win. I’ve praised him when he did something I thought was good, and I’ve criticized him when he did what I thought was wrong. I’ve tried to call balls and strikes all throughout his presidency.

I haven’t cared about the Russia probe simply because I assume everyone in Washington is working for someone, and it’s never us. I don’t care about Stormy Daniels because it was years before he was President and it was consensual. He hasn’t been a moral man, but that’s not why I didn’t vote for him. I didn’t vote for him because he’s a lifelong liberal. You’ve heard this before, but many of you are paying attention now.

He’s done better than I ever imagined. However, that’s because I had such low expectations. I honestly thought we’d end up with a SCOTUS nominee to the left of Garland. He chose Gorsuch, but in retrospect that was probably just as a bone to his base. Donald Trump had no real guiding principles. He only cares about certain things, and those things aren’t conservative for the most part.

I honestly thought we wouldn’t get any tax cuts, but we did, because he cares about that. He wanted a corporate tax cut, which we desperately needed for our economy, but he wanted it for himself. He cares about tariffs, but so did Bernie Sanders. Tariffs aren’t good for the economy. They work counter to a free market. They sound good for an “America First” policy, but they’ve never worked.

The Bad

Now those of you who have supported Trump unequivocally are starting to see the light with this massive omnibus bill. It funds Planned Parenthood. It funds sanctuary cities. It funds Obamacare. It doesn’t fund the wall, which was the centerpiece of his election promises. None of this should really come as a real surprise. He said it all during the campaign.

“Planned Parenthood does many good things.”

“We’re going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it.” Well, if Mexico isn’t paying for it, I guess that means no wall?

“I am a deal maker.” Well, he’s made a deal alright. Not a very good one. All he’s gotten in exchange is an excess of military spending that we don’t need and can’t afford as I wrote about a couple months back.

I’m sure there are many of you screaming at the computer screen right now, maintaining that the President is “playing 14 dimensional chess.” Come on. You’re just deluding yourself at this point. I’m not saying Donald Trump is the worst President ever. But stop saying he’s the best President ever either. The fact is we really don’t know a President’s quality until they’ve been out of office for 30 years, so it’s silly to make those claims anyway.

The Ugly

I’m not here to say “I told you so,” but I did know this day would eventually come, even though I hoped I was wrong.

I’m sorry, folks, but you’ve been sold out.

Trump didn’t plan on winning, and now that he has he is ramming through the few things he cares about. Immigration isn’t on the list of things he cares about. He’s hired illegals for many years, so this shouldn’t come as a shock. He DID know that it was an issue we cared about though, and he knows marketing. He got the nomination talking about it in very simplistic terms, even though he simply co-opted the ideas of others such as Ted Cruz and Scott Walker.

Further, the President is far too quick to jump to the left on issues like gun control, because that’s where his heart is. All of his properties are “gun-free,” even those that aren’t required to be by state law. This should have been a warning sign to all 2nd-Amendment advocates.

He’s also a proponent of single-payer healthcare. “Everyone is going to be covered, and the government is going to pay for it,” he said during the campaign.

The Way Forward

I am not, not, NOT advocating a return to the days of RINOs. The likes of Bill Kristol, Rick Wilson, and Tom Nichols will laugh and say “see, we told you so!!” Well, they’re in no position to do so. They were pushing Jeb and Kasich. We’d have been worse off today if we’d gone that route. We can drain the swamp and fight the liberal GOP establishment, but this time we need to consider doing it with a proven conservative, not a lifelong liberal who became a Republican 2 minutes before he declared he was running for President. There are a few out there. Not many, but a few. We have to vet them vigorously.

And then comes the hard part. We have to hold them accountable. We can’t join cults. It’s a natural thing to do, to become a fan. What’s funny is I saw people make fun of the “Trump Cult” while being in the Rubio Cult, or the Rand Paul Cult. Cults of personality are BAD. No one is perfect. Everyone, especially politicians, have their faults. We have to be mindful of that.

It might be time to consider a primary challenge to the President. And NO, I do NOT mean John Kasich or Jeff Flake. We’ll have to think that one over, but let’s take some time to digest and think things over. We’ve all had a tough couple of days. Let’s think things through. I imagine after this omnibus spending bill betrayal the GOP has doomed itself this midterm cycle, and Donald Trump has guaranteed he will be a one-term President. He won with fewer votes than Romney lost with, so he was going to need people like me to vote for him in 2020. He was on a good path to making that happen. He’s lost it now. I imagine he’s lost many of his staunchest supporters too.

You’re all great Americans. God Bless.




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Dear Illinois Conservatives, what is the Repubican Party accomplishing for you?



Excuse me if I come off sounding like Steve Deace. I don’t mean to. However, when I elaborate on how bad the Republican Party of Illinois is, I also offer a solution. My solution is to consider joining the Federalist Party movement. Because honestly, what do you have to lose?

The 2018 Illinois Primary should be a wakeup call as Conservatism suffered defeat after defeat. The only two salvageable victories were Douglas Bennett in the 10th and David Merkle in the 2nd. Both of these candidates are longshots in November. There were also a couple of conservatives who won because they ran unopposed, Jitendra “JD” Diganvker in the 8th and Bill Fawell in the 17th. JD is a longshot, though District 17 isn’t lost yet.

District 3 Fail

Avowed neo-nazi, Author Jones won the nomination because he ran unopposed. This was the biggest headline for the GOP in Illinois. A neo-nazi is now their candidate. What is also highly disappointing is that the Republican Party had a chance to win this race in November. This is the race where the Democrats were engaged in a civil war of sorts. Socialist, Marrie Newman challenged Daniel Lipinski. If Marrie Newman had won, the District may swing red due to Newman’s socialism. But Lipinski held on, likely due to the open primary system. The GOP just sat back and allowed its own defeat in District 3. They failed to step up and challenge Jones. Is there no establishment or leadership there? Leadership would have been fielding a candidate to first ensure that a neo-nazi will not carry the torch. But instead, the GOP facilitated its own defeat.

RINO Victories Rampant

I do applaud Bennett for his victory in the 10th, but I do recognize that he won, in large part, because the two well-funded RINOs saw fit to hammer each other. Through their big money, they lost their appeal through mudslinging and robocalls. The less funded, but more conservative candidate was able to sneak a 259 vote win over the pro-abortion Jeremy Wynes. The other RINO, Sapan Shah was a close third place. But looking at the other races, RINOs came out on top when head to head with a Conservative. Preston Nelson, a strong libertarian, was no match for the RINO incumbent Mike Bost. The more formidable James Marter still lost handily to incumbent Adam Kinzinger. The largely criticized incumbent governor, Bruce Rauner, still prevailed over Jeanne Ives. Bruce Rauner, by the way, signed a sanctuary state law. So come election day in November, leftist will have two of them to vote for. And Conservatives will only vote for a party that does not represent, in their state, a limited government nor the US Constitution.

As stated by Real GOP Illinois

Bruce Rauner was always a liberal. He was never a conservative. We question whether Rauner was ever really a Republican or if he just saw an opportunity to buy the Illinois Republican Party for his own enrichment and the enrichment of his elite friends. Who has profited from Bruce Rauner? Let’s start naming names.

The Illinois GOP has no interest in a limited government. It has no interest in responsible immigration laws. It does not seek to protect the 2nd Amendment. It does not believe in protecting the unborn. How can they? They’re too busy fielding rich leftist candidates to pass on to the loyal opposition to the state’s Democratic majority. Sapan Shah, Jeremy Wynes, John Morrow all rich leftist who infiltrated the GOP ranks to garner the nomination. They failed, but Mike Bost, Adam Kinzinge, Rodney Davis, John Shimkus, are all blatant RINO incumbents representing their respective districts. Then there’s the crooked John Elleson who won the 9th.

Compared to other Blue States

I live in Maryland. I know very well what it’s like to live under a super-majority of Democrats. I know the futility of opposition. But remarkably, the Maryland GOP isn’t all that bad or at least it’s gotten better. Andy Harris, the state’s lone Republican Congressman on the Eastern Shore, is a solid conservative. Governor Larry Hogan is one of the nation’s most popular governors. He has done as well as a conservative seeking reelection in a blue state can do.

In California, there are solid conservatives running. We’ve interviewed them here on NOQ Report. See Erin CruzShastina Sandman, and Dr. Ken Wright. There is also Konstantinos Roditis a Republican but a solid constitutional conservative federalist running for Controller in California.

The Illinois GOP does not have the same interest or ambition as the other blue states. So what is the point of the Illinois GOP? It is incapable of representing and advancing small government conservatism.

A New Party

For Conservatives in Illinois, it’s time for a new party. Part of the Illinois GOP’s issue is that the GOP platform is meaningless to them. The Federalist Party addresses this exact problem

Over time, the Federalist Party will address issues in a way that is very different from other parties. Platforms today are essentially meaningless. There is no accountability for politicians within the parties. They’re able to act any way they wish. As long as they can confuse the electorate during campaign season, their adherence (or lack thereof) to the party’s platform can be disregarded.

They offer an intricate solution that not only allows some dissension but provides transparency. Read more about their solutions here. The goal of the Federalist Party is to prevent the corruption of ideals that has taken place in the Illinois GOP and the Republican Party as a whole. Give it some thought. In the meantime what have you to lose?

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Breaking: survivors are experts on everything



We were told that survivors of the horrific shooting in Parkland, Florida, knew more about gun violence than we ever could.

We were told that their suffering made them experts.

We were told that we couldn’t scrutinize their claims, either because they’re children or because to do so would demean their suffering as survivors of an unspeakable tragedy.

In short, we were told they were off limits.

I can understand granting leniency to grieving survivors. People should be left alone to mourn. But once they take to the podium to push an agenda, they become public figures, and public figures are subject to public scrutiny.

In addition to that, I care nothing about the fact that the Parkland activists are children. Their youth will not stand as Kevlar in the public sphere. If they want to take the stage with adults, receive the right to vote as adults, and lobby for legislation like adults, then I’m going to evaluate, criticize, and tear apart their arguments exactly the way I would for an adult who said such embarrassingly idiotic things.

To do any less essentially concedes permission for insufferable ignoramuses like David Hogg and Cameron Kasky to continuously spread lies and malicious attacks against Dana Loesch, conservatives, and an organization whose sole mission is to defend a constitutional right.

More importantly, once these survivors are handed an open mic on gun control, they’ll feel justified and even obligated to sound off on other topics they know equally little about.

As seen in an official Twitter interview on Monday, David Hogg has apparently graduated from his factless tirade against firearms to a more encompassing position as shaman supreme for identity politics. To name just a few examples, Hogg flaunted his virtue-based expertise on white privilege, the patriarchy, college debt, healthcare, and net neutrality. He insisted that the underrepresentation of women and minorities in government is responsible for the lack of diversity of thought in politics, that the NRA is turning America into a dictatorship with its dirty money, that the political elite only want people in retirement homes voting, that Bernie Sanders is to blame for difficulty in suing gun manufacturers, and, of course, that the NRA has blood on its hands.

Never mind that virtually everything he and his classmates said was false. Never mind that there’s no such thing as a full semi-automatic weapon. Never mind that the 2nd Amendment applies to far more than just handguns, or that almost every problem he listed is the result of bigger government, for which he now enthusiastically stumps.

Because he’s an expert, you see? He’s a survivor, so his moral legitimacy outweighs your capacity for reason. Forget what your fully developed prefrontal cortex is telling you, forget everything you’ve learned by actually studying the issues at hand, and listen to this wise, irreproachable child! Don’t worry about every stupid thing he’s said or done, and certainly disregard the virtue signaling.

Instead of criticizing, be grateful that you’ve lived to see these marvels of the universe, these angelic children who’ve come to save us from woe. Like a phoenix from the flame, they have risen out of the ashes of devastation to become the mainstream media’s most indispensable analysts. What would we do without them? How would we know which policies to implement and whom to accuse of murder by association?

After all, studying the issues is futile. Thank goodness for survivors — children so morally superior that they’ve become the undisputed experts on every problem facing America.

Richie Angel is a Co-Editor in Chief of The New Guards. Follow him and The New Guards on Twitter, and check out The New Guards on Facebook.

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