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GOP going the way of the Whigs

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Many have called Trump’s hostile takeover of a major political party “unprecedented,” but this is not true.

Political parties have been hijacked more than once in U.S. history. A modern day example is the Democrat Party, which was slowly hijacked by socialists, haters of Free Speech, environmental extremists and all the other special interest groups to whom they are now beholden.

However, that is not the only example of how parties can be taken over from within and destroyed. A scenario quite similar to the current Trump fiasco unfolded over 16 decades ago in 1848, when General Zachary Taylor conquered the Whig Party–the latter of which was a major party in America.

A Nasty Guy With No Experience

Taylor was a career soldier who had no political experience at all, but could lay claim to a nasty temperament and a big mouth. He was also said to have uncouth manners and think nothing of using profanity, although unlike Mr. Trump, he did not say the F word in front of 10-year-olds.

In addition, he had a very contradictory record regarding party support, and gave only vague plans concerning how he would run the country. Finally, he had never bothered to vote in a presidential election in the whole of his life.

Nevertheless, Taylor appealed to the uneducated masses because he was an “outsider.”  Sadly, Taylor won the nomination to the shock of the true Whig members who could not believe anyone in their party would turn to a man who so clearly held none of their values.

Taylor went on to defeat Lewis Cass, his opponent, who was an experienced Senator and former Cabinet secretary. The Whig Party never recovered.

The Demise of a Major Party

By 1856, a mere eight years after Taylor’s disastrous victory, essentially no Whig Party existed, its reputation having been destroyed by this despicable individual. Taylor is now ranked as one of the five worst U.S. presidents in history. This is a snapshot of what the GOP now faces.

Conservatism Is Not Dead

Many members of the Whig Party were astonished and horrified at the outcome of the election. However, their core beliefs and values did not change simply because fellow party members made a disastrous decision from which there was no recovery. Rather, many members refused to sink with the ship and left the party. By 1856, the Republican Party, which had already gained many anti-slavery Democrats as members, also drew away Whigs from their party in masses. This was another factor that played a major role in the Whig Party’s eventual death.

The GOP now faces a similar fate, with its illustrious leader at a record-breaking 33% approval rating–as of August 3rd, 2017–an administration in utter chaos, and a party that is hemorrhaging members. However, this does not mean conservatism is dead.

Conservatives Cast-Off GOP Baggage to Begin Again

Those who believe that conservatism is over simply because the Republican Party chose to commit suicide should take heart. Conservatives are alive and well. The people who call themselves conservatives, yet elected an amoral, emotionally disturbed, unqualified narcissist are not a factor. That type of “conservative” never has and never will accomplish anything anyway.

It is time for independent thinking individuals to walk away from the Democrat and the Trumplican Parties and develop tunnel vision toward America’s original system of self-government, from which we have greatly strayed.

Some say the GOP was already in a death spiral and Trump just helped it along the way. There is probably a great deal of truth in that statement. At any rate, it is now time for Americans to unshackle themselves from oppressive and corrupt organizations masquerading as political parties, drop the baggage of such associations and begin again from a place of honesty and a truly patriotic agenda.

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  1. Michael (@AgainstTrump99)

    August 10, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Yeah…let’s talk turkey for once. The GOP is NOT recovering from what it did to itself

  2. Sharon

    August 10, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Broadt has an pleasant, unusually witty (“…Taylor’s claim was a nasty temperament and a big mouth…”) and intellectual way of writing which he makes understandable to both the political novice and savvy. I am a conservative with a slight liberal bent, having been a democrat all of my life until ten years ago. I then renounced the Democratic party and became Republican. Now, NEITHER party has a firm grasp on their original principles. I agree with Broadt that it is quite disturbing to realize that even Taylor did not come close to the vulgarity of the Trump administration. Only time will tell if Trump can pull himself out of this quicksand made from a cesspool of lies and debauchery. However, I firmly believe that he was out of time over a year ago. In my opinion, impeachment is the only thing that will start the nation on the long road back to recovery. Thank you, Jesse. It is a pleasure to read your articles.

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How exploding diaper costs demonstrate the crisis at the border

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How exploding diaper costs demonstrate the crisis at the border

Democrats have been caught in a feedback loop for months over border security. They can’t reconcile their narrative with the reality at the border, yet they continue to repeat the same talking points for leftist media to regurgitate to the masses. But one look at the cost of diapers and other baby supplies should be enough to alert people that the border crisis is real and getting worse every day.

According to a Yuma Sector report, CBP is on track to pay over $1.2 million for diapers, formula, and other baby supplies due to the rising number of illegal immigrant and asylum-seeking migrant families crossing in the region. Last year, baby expenses totaled around $300,000, marking a cost increase that has quadrupled year-over-year.

That doesn’t take into account the multitude of families who are released to the interior where the baby expenses are paid for using other means.

The left may be able to play “hammer the narrative” by spinning the media in their favor based solely on their collective hatred for President Trump, but numbers don’t lie and neither do the CBP reports. They’ve done everything they can to ring the alarm bells, but DC continues to stick its head in the sand. There’s always a more important topic to cover. Horror stories at the border have become so commonplace that many have been desensitized to them.

Slowly but surely, the left is winning the narrative battle by making people yawn every time the border crisis is brought to their attention.

America needs to address this problem immediately. There should be nothing higher on the agenda of lawmakers on Capitol Hill than to get more agents to the border, better technology, more beds, better supplies, a wall, and better laws with fewer loopholes through which illegal aliens and asylum-seeking migrants can wiggle their way into staying in the country indefinitely without going through the proper legal channels.

It isn’t just about the exploding diaper costs, though. There’s a negative trickle down effect that’s at play here helping dangerous people cross the border unnoticed. Every agent that’s made to act like a daycare employee for migrant children is an agent who’s not stopping drug smugglers and gang members from crossing illegally in the dead of night. Every agent who’s forced to be a paperwork clerk to the masses of migrants signing up for their pass to the interior – aka waiting for an asylum hearing – is an agent who could be stopping terrorists from coming into the country to wage war against American citizens.

The border situation is so far beyond a disaster it’s impressive how neglectful the media and Democrats have been able to be. This level of denial is unprecedented in American politics. Meanwhile, our sovereignty is slipping away.

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Rep. Seth Moulton enters the Democratic nomination race

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Rep Seth Moulton enters the Democratic nomination race

The clown car continues to fill up as a new Democrat announces their presidential campaign seemingly every week. This time, it’s Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA), marking the third politician from Massachusetts to vie for the top spot. He joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former Republican governor Bill Weld as hopefuls from The Bay State.

An Iraq War veteran from the U.S. Marines, Moulton led efforts to replace Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi once the Democrats won back control of the House last year. His politics are pretty much indistinguishable from other candidates as he favors Medicare-for-All, gun control, and other common leftist notions.

Moulton has a tall mountain to climb on the fundraising side if he hopes to make it to the main debate stage. There’s still time, but he’ll need to get some heavy attention very quickly to be able to make a serious run.

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PragerU: Is Denmark socialist?

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Is Denmark socialist

Not too long ago, many socialist, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, thought the model of the future for America was Venezuela. They saw the prosperity that the oil-rich nation was enjoying in its early days of socialism and said, “That’s us. That’s where America needs to be.”

Fast forward to today and suddenly every socialist is disavowing Venezuela altogether, claiming that the model of America was never really the model they thought it was and it’s not even real socialism. Why? Because it failed. Therefore, by the socialists’ reckoning, that must mean they didn’t do it right.

Now, Denmark is suddenly the model for America’s future. But there’s a problem. Denmark is a free-market nation that has been peeling away at its socialist foundation for decades. While they enjoy some of the most robust social programs in the world, they’re doing so at such a high price that the people are left with very little other than the essentials. Yes, they have free healthcare, but more citizens are turning to private insurance to bypass the poor treatment and long wait times associated with single-payer healthcare. Yes, they have free schooling, but grade-level students are being shifted to private schools at nearly a 20% pace while the “free” college system is being taken advantage of by those who are clever enough to realize they’re better off staying in college indefinitely than graduating and being thrown into the world of working to pay for the system.

This video by PragerU’s Otto Brons-Petersen breaks down the reality of the socialist utopia leftists often point to as their beacon of hope for a failed economic and political philosophy.

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