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The house built on the rock: Our American identity restored

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As radical extremist factions peddle their versions of identity politics, now is a good time for Americans to ask: what is the American identity? The failure of the Conservative Movement to address this question is because Conservatism is just that: conservative. Conservatism is always relying on a stopgap, reactive approach: it reacts to the strongest pushes against tradition and culture, while ignoring the gentle nudges into moral decay and cultural rigor mortis. This may work in the short run, but over time as society strays further and further from its history and its roots, the question of what it is we are conserving becomes foggier and foggier. Tradition gives way to novelty, restraint recedes into indulgence, and civilization descends into barbarity. Conservatives are ever little Dutch boys plugging their fingers into breaches in the dyke; eventually they run out of fingers to stop the leaks, and opportunistic groups like the “alt-right” and Antifa slowly gain notoriety -in part because they are offering to fill a vacuum created by Progressives’ persistent onslaught against Conservatives’ mealy-mouthed defense.

If conservative Americans want to avoid being completely routed by the Left or subsumed by the “alt-right”, it will require a more proactive approach; we must define ourselves, not by what we stand against, but what we stand for. Americans must rebuild the house from the ground up, building on a firm foundation and establishing a sound framework for the future that can reach across gender, race, religion, or nationality. It requires new approaches to timeless and universal principles.

The most important aspect of any foundation is the cornerstone. If the foundation is solid, then any error that may creep in later can easily be remedied. For over 100 years Progressives have chipped away at our foundation, destroying or discrediting any American traditions and values that made us exceptional as a nation, in their effort to make us just another European clone. We must undo that damage and reset and restore the cornerstones of America: Natural Rights, and Natural law.

What are Natural Rights? They are those rights endowed to us by nature and nature’s God. They are inherent in our Creation. They cannot be transacted, bestowed or taken away…though they can be violated thru the transgressions and unrighteous dominion of men. Chief among these rights (and arguably the rights all other rights fall under) are life, liberty, and private property.

What is Natural Law? It is the natural duty each man owes to his neighbor; his moral responsibility to others as he pursues happiness as he sees it. The most fundamental of these duties are: first, one can never violate the Natural Rights of his neighbor except in self-defense or as punishment for a crime, and second, that he genuinely inquire after and reflect upon the nature of his obligations towards his fellow man, at all times and in all places -that he hunger and thirst to know & obey the Law of Heaven as it reveals itself to his conscience.

Natural Rights make Man free. Natural Law makes him civilized and just. Rights alone make us little better than feral animals; Law alone makes us petty tyrants cruelly enforcing our will on others. It is the balance between these two -rights and responsibilities- that have made America the most prosperous & blessed nation under God, and when we violate the one or neglect the other, we undermine the very foundation upon which this country was built and invite the wrath of nature and nature’s God to fall upon us.

Once the foundation has been laid, then we can finally discuss the framework: The Constitution of the United States, and The Declaration of Independence. We often hear conservatives talk about preserving the Constitution, but we rarely, if ever, hear from the Right about how the Constitution can always be amended in a way that goes against both the Declaration and a foundation of Natural Rights and Natural Law. It is not enough to enforce the checks and balances that Progressive regularly flout, we must ensure the Constitution aligns with the principles outlined in the Declaration, and that it is supported by a firm foundation of Natural Rights and Natural Law. If the Constitution is the arch built on the foundation, the Declaration is the keystone that holds that arch together. Take away the keystone or the foundation, and the arch crumbles and washes away under its own weight.

America is a nation of ideas. What makes us exceptional as a country is the fact that anyone can come here, and provided they adopt the foundation and the framework of America as their own, they become American. “Blood and soil” can never hold a candle to the power of ideas and the power of Truth. Which is what makes our reluctance to discuss powerful ideas -especially in the arenas of politics and religion- so unsettling. There is a tendency amongst most Americans to hold their tongue -particularly when it comes to sharing political and religious ideas- to avoid saying that which might offend, but if Americans want to take their country back from the barbarians, they need to “question with boldness” all that they truly believe, and then they need to open their mouths and speak without fear. We no longer live in a society where distasteful identity politics on either side can be shamed into silence; we must overpower their base philosophies with our own nobler ideas…ideas that can unite every man, woman, and child of every race, creed, and tongue. In America, diversity is a strength, because that diversity is bound together and united under the umbrella of American ideas as outlined in the Declaration. It is the common cause of liberty that unites us as a people, not skin tone. We mustn’t shy away from the battlefield of ideas out of fear of upsetting our friends, neighbors, or even family, because it is there and only there that Truth can win out, and the Truth is what makes us truly free.

There will always be tension. There will always be conflict. We will never agree on everything 100%. But let us agree on certain fundamentals: Natural Rights and Natural Law, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Let these be the foundation of the American Nation, our North star, our guiding light, the Cause to which we, like our forefathers before us, “mutually pledge…our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

Because a house built on anything else, will not stand the storm.

This post was submitted by Ornery Young Gunz (@orneryyg on Twitter).

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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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