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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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DDoS and Twitter attack in same day. Someone’s not happy with us.

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DDoS and Twitter attack in same day Someones not happy with us

I should have known when the the Twitter account for the site was suddenly permanently banned that something was fishy. Unfortunately, Twitter is funny that way, so I didn’t put 2 and 2 together until the site itself went down.

When you operate a site that tells the truth, there’s bound to be someone offended. That’s the nature of the game, especially for a news site that focuses on conservative media, that holds a Judeo-Christian worldview, and that isn’t afraid to say things that may not be popular with, well, most people.

Our web provider was great. They recognized the attacks and took steps to stop them, but the attackers are clever. When they couldn’t brute-force hack into the admin, they went the DDoS route. I’m not going to get into the technical details because they’re over my head, but from what I can tell from the logs and in talking to our host, it wasn’t a casual attack. They’ve been trying to hack the back end for days and when that proved too challenging,they went straight for the shutdown attempt.

As for Twitter, I’m not even going to bother. The site and one of the authors (that I’ve seen so far) were banned. I switched the site to link to my personal Twitter account. Been meaning to spend more energy there anyway.

This is reason #17 why we’re so badly in need of donations from our readers. We have big plans for the site that include paid editors, writers, graphics, and a tech person (which we obviously need). I need to move the site to a stronger hosting tier, one that can withstand attacks like today. The one we’re using isn’t cheap, but it’s not top-of-the-line.

When you’re on the right side of the political aisle, there will be people who try to stop you. We will persevere, but we certainly can use the help.

To paraphrase a famous quote, if you’re not making enough people mad, then you’re doing it wrong. We will not crumble under the weight of heavy opposition. Fighting the left and their media puppets is a task that’s too important to let go.


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The complete fraud that is socialism

Once again we are witness to the age-old scam of socialism with Leftists making promises to attain power that can never be fulfilled.

Long before Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago exposed the systematic oppression, torture, incarceration and deliberate mass murder that are the hallmarks of socialistic slavery. James A. Michener documented the 1956 Hungarian uprising against communism in his book ‘The Bridge at Andau’. While both are great literary works, ‘The Bridge at Andau’ laid bare the complete fraud that is the collectivist ideologies in creating a ‘Heaven on Earth’ or ‘worker’s paradise’ that never comes to fruition.

The selling of socialistic slavery to a new generation tends to follow a certain type of ‘progress’. Promises are made for all kinds of largess ranging from Free Healthcare, Free Housing, Free College, Free food to even Free income. All paid for with other people’s money. Never mind that It’s impossible to fulfill all of these wondrous asseverations. Appearances must be made to at least begin the process, so the ever-present task of wealth redistribution begins at the point of a gun.

This is also why the Socialist-Left obsesses over gun confiscation and the suppression of free speech. It is imperative for the Leftists to disarm the people since they generally object to having their property stolen from them. However, we are getting ahead of ourselves, this is to document how this exploitation of the people has ‘progressed’ in other collectivist enclaves to better understand how this crime against the people is perpetrated.

Why do collectivist regimes always require secret police apparatus and the suppression of Liberty?

This question was detailed in The Bridge at Andau in the chapters on the ‘AVO man’. In which he discusses the secret police organisation of the Hungarian Communists, the AVO (Allamvedelmi Osztaly). He bluntly asked and answered the question:

Why must communism depend on such dregs of society?

No matter on what elevated plane communism begins its program of total dictatorship. it sooner or later runs into such economic and social problems that some strong-arm force is required to keep the civil population under control.

As is the case now as it was then, a nation’s Socialist-Left will promise just about anything to attain power over the people:

When communism is wooing the workers in Csepel, all kinds of exaggerated promises are made if they seem likely to awaken men’s aspirations and their cupidity. These promises are couched in such simple terms and such effective symbols that they become immediate goals of the revolution.

Review briefly what communist agitators had once promised the Hungarians who appear in this book: consumer goods such as they had never known before, increased wages. increased social benefits, shorter hours of work, improved education for everyone, a greater social freedom, and a government directly responsible to the working classes. Under communism such promises were never even remotely capable of attainment.

[Our Emphasis]
If all of that sounds eerily familiar, it’s because that’s part of a very old song and dance that has deceived many a generation into enslaving themselves under socialism. Consider this recent story from the Associated Press:

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for “Medicare for All,” free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans.
….

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who is expected to launch his presidential campaign soon, has sponsored legislation to create a federal jobs guarantee program in several communities across America.

The pilot program… could ultimately transform the U.S. labor market by providing well-paid government employment with benefits for anyone who wants it.

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As Margaret Thatcher so aptly surmised, eventually they will run out of other people’s money. In our case in the states, that is already the situation given the enormous debt and unfunded liabilities reaching into the stratosphere of trillions of dollars. Of course, this hasn’t deterred committed collectivists such as Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio who recently stated that ‘There’s plenty of money in the world… It’s just in the wrong hands!’ Never mind that it is morally wrong to steal the property of others or that once a society turns down the dead-end of socialism there will always be more people wanting more money from those who have it.

Wealth redistribution scams will always wreck the economy. A socialist regime that nationalizes the economy can never function better than one of economic Liberty. Soon enough everything breaks down, the people see through the lies and the government has to start breaking heads. Thus it is imperative that they have previously confiscated the people’s guns and made it illegal to defend themselves.

The Takeaway

Socialistic schemes always run contrary to basic human nature. Rewarding someone for not working will always result in less work. Conversely, punishing someone for working will also result in less work.

This basic logic of human nature seems to be lost on Leftists. But perhaps it is not. They have to know their schemes have never and will never work. And yet they still try to impose them on everyone else. Perhaps they know of the epic fraud they are continually perpetrating on society, but they don’t care. That will be the subject of our next installment.


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As Venezuela implodes, Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaidó as President

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As Venezuela implodes Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaid as President

The destruction of Venezuela by socialism and corruption is practically complete, but hope is on the horizon. A new President has been recognized by the United States, making Nicolas Maduro’s presidency nearly finished.

Juan Guaidó has been serving as the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela since earlier this month and assumed the role of interim President earlier today. The United States joins Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, and Puerto Rico in recognizing his claim as legitimate.

People have filled the streets of Caracas in an amazing display of solidarity against Maduro, who held an “inauguration” on January 11 despite clear indicators the May 2018 elections were rigged. Now, the streets of Caracas are full.

President Trump confirmed the move following multiple news outlets quoting White House officials.

Ironically, Guaidó’s rallying cry happens to be “Sí, se puede!”, Spanish for “Yes we can.”

My Take

This is the only viable move given the circumstances. As I posted on Facebook:

It may not be possible for Guaidó to turn around the failing nation without a lot of outside assistance, but one thing is certain: Maduro had zero chance of making anything better for his starving people.


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