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EXCLUSIVE: Coffee with Paul Nehlen, talking establishment politics

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Editor’s note: Our own Jake Gambino was invited to coffee with Paul Nehlen, a Trump supporting GOP challenger to Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin. Nehlen lost in 2016, but far from going away, he’s building on his efforts for 2018. What follows below is purely Jake’s personal opinion. The Federalist Party has not issued any statement, in support of or opposition to, Nehlen’s candidacy. NOQReport stands by Jake’s reporting.

Early yesterday morning, I had the opportunity to get coffee with Paul Nehlen. For those who aren’t following the Wisconsin primaries, Paul Nehlen is challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District for the second time. In the 2016 primary, Nehlen didn’t do so well, to put it lightly. He lost by upwards of 60 points. The fact he is coming back for a second round says something.

Funnily enough, he reached out to me for coffee after I said he came off as a prick. Prior to this, I had never personally spoken with him.

He could have read my comment, taken offense, and blocked me. He could have also read it and went on offense to criticize me. Instead, he read it and asked about it. That is impressive in today’s political climate. Too many of us assume that anyone who voices criticism must be a blind partisan or ideologue (some are).

As we were setting up the meeting, I wanted to emphasize that I specifically said he “comes off as.” Without knowing someone, I can’t say for sure what kind of person they are. I can only speak to their public presentation.

He basically told me not to worry about it and then made an emphasis of his own:

“I’m a nice guy who cares deeply about this country. If that comes off as harsh, I need to work on it. I’ll never back down to criticism of defending American citizens, so that is startling to some.”

The only thing that startled me was the fact that he didn’t plaster this statement to everything around him. Instead, the message I got from his social media was “#MAGA #NoDACA #DrainTheSwamp #TrumpTrain.” This is a winning strategy when it is a field of 17 candidates, and also a winning message against the greatest D.C. swamp monster that ever ran, Hillary Clinton.

Unfortunately, it isn’t a winning message in a Wisconsin GOP primary. What I quoted above, however, is a winning message as long as he sticks to it and can communicate it to the voters in his district.

At our meeting, Nehlen was adamant about national reciprocity for CCW, his opposition to TPP, and his opposition to DACA. Although specific policies weren’t the focal point of our discussion, those three were often referenced. His website lists that information.

What impressed me about Nehlen was how receptive he was to criticism. I’m not someone to bite my tongue when I see something I don’t agree with. Throughout the entire discussion, I never felt like I needed to hold back. He agreed on some of my points and challenged me when he thought I was wrong.

Our discussion was very casual, but he left a great impression. He was polite, enthusiastic, and I have zero doubt that he is in it for the right reasons, even if we disagree about the best way to get there.

If a time comes where I must eat all the words I just wrote, I will. But until that time, I think he is a good candidate and someone I could support as an individual. What I cannot support is an establishment that doesn’t give someone a fair shake with the voters.

In the time between setting up the meeting and having the meeting, Nehlen shared a letter he received from a GOP event in his district.

While the letter is written to Nehlen, it represents a problem far bigger than one primary. It represents everything wrong with establishment politics and, to borrow a phrase from Ted Cruz, the two-party cartel.

Our nation’s government is reliant on open discourse, public debate, and We the People choosing who will represent us. This requires being able to hear from the candidates and hold them accountable to their promises. 

We have far too many D.C. politicians who care more about getting elected than keeping the promises they made or defending their positions. This seems to have become the rule rather than the exception.

If an idea or policy won’t stand up against dissent, then it isn’t an idea with a strong foundation. And when discussions are avoided, We the People can’t see how either of the candidates’ ideas stand up to a challenge. This is the real tragedy and why I am a Federalist.

The Federalist Party is doing their absolute best to hear ideas from everyone involved with it. It is very much a grassroots party of people who are #FedUp with the status quo. We are sick of political prescriptions from high. The Federalist Party is grounded to life, federalism, and the Constitution.

The Republican and Democratic Parties should take note. They need to encourage discourse among the ranks and quit playing favorites. Let the people see the candidates, get the information they need, and make their own decisions. These organizations should support We the People and our decisions, not the candidate they prescribe.

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Border patrol nabs Mexican Mafia member ‘La Bestia’ crossing the border illegally

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Border patrol nabs Mexican Mafia member La Bestia crossing the border illegally

A 29-year-old Mexican national was apprehended by border patrol trying to illegally cross over into the United States. The man, known as “La Bestia” or “The Beast,” had been previously convicted and deported for Obstruction or Retaliation.

He is a known member of the Mexican Mafia as well as the 18th Street Gang. Border patrol spotting him crossing the border nine miles west of the Calexico port of entry.

Opinion

On the surface, this might seem like minor news. But the left continuously screams that there is no reason for a border wall or increased security at the border. Their claims, led in large part by the politically charged rhetoric of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, are that the way to improve border security is to buff up the ports of entry.

Here’s the obvious problem with that. They’re correct in saying most apprehensions of criminals and smugglers happen at the ports of entry. But that’s not evidence of how the dangerous elements of illegal immigration move. It simply means the ones who are crossing the large swaths of unprotected border are harder to apprehend. Yes, a wall will work. Yes, increased resources and manpower for border security will work. Yes, improved technology will work. In conjunction with one another, these solutions will help to not only catch those who try to cross over illegally but will also dissuade many from even trying.

This is logical, yet the narrative is designed to make the President and the Republicans seem like fearmongers. It isn’t fearmongering when the threats are legitimate. At the border, they most certainly are.

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“The continued vigilance of our agents led to the apprehension of this criminal. This dangerous man is off our streets and no longer a danger to the members of our community.” – Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim

Final Thoughts

As long as Democrats and leftist media push the narrative that the threats coming across the border illegally are minimal, they’re going to keep crossing. We have to take the threat seriously. The left must stop hiding behind political agendas.

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Share your voice Conservative writers wanted

Have you ever wanted to help conservatism grow in America? Do you have a talent for the written word? Do you already publish on social media sites and are ready to have a byline at a growing news outlet? Let’s talk.

Unfortunately, this is an unpaid gig. Perhaps someday revenues will grow to the point we can start hiring our writers, but as of today we’re looking for volunteers. All of us who write for the site currently do so out of passion and patriotism. If you’re ready to join us, please contact me.

We only accept original content. Our mission is to promote a conservative and/or Judeo-Christian message online where the majority of the news is left-leaning. Our articles are picked up by Google News and is readily accessible through all the major search engines. Traffic is good, but we need more content to continue to make our voice (and the voices of our writers) stronger.

If you have opinions or news you’d like to report, we’re ready to hear from you. If you know someone who needs to have their message heard, tell them about us. The more voices we have, the louder we can be. America needs that.

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Roy Moore leads Republicans in Alabama Senate poll

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Roy Moore leads Republicans in Alabama Senate poll

Judge Roy Moore’s political career may not be over, according to a new poll from Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy Inc. The former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice and GOP nominee for the Senate in 2017 leads a field made up of Republican Congressmen and other figures, most of whom have not declared their intention to run for the spot in 2020.

Democrat Doug Jones defeated Moore in the deep red state after scandal tanked the Republican’s campaign. He was accused by multiple women of dating them when they were in their teens. Moore was in his 30s when the alleged incidents took place.

Opinion

There are two perspectives that would support a run by Moore. The one that many will latch onto is the notion that this was a manufactured controversy, one in which the events didn’t actually happen the way they’ve been reported by the press. The other is obtuse by today’s sensibilities, especially in the era of #MeToo, but that isn’t as far-fetched as one might think: Culturally, this was acceptable behavior in 1970s Alabama.

Keep in mind, Moore was not accused of sexual misconduct by any of the girls. He was accused of “dating” them, and relationships of this nature were not uncommon at the time. Personally, I do NOT take this stance. As someone who grew up in that era, I can assure you it was frowned upon even in the 1970s, but it just wasn’t considered completely off limits if the parents and their daughter were amicable to the situation.

Even writing about it freaks me out a bit.

But then I have to remind myself that Moore denies the events and with no corroboration, we have to take his denials seriously. In the era of #MeToo, it’s becoming far too easy for false claims to take down good men.

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“People of Alabama are not fooled by the false and malicious disinformation campaign orchestrated by Democrats and certain Republicans in the last election for US Senate. Politics is becoming increasingly corrupt and our country is suffering.” – Roy Moore

Final Thoughts

It’s way too early to take any polls seriously, but it’s telling that he’s still being encouraged to run despite the odd events of 2017. This may be unpopular to say, but I’m actually rooting for him to take a shot at it.

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