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The Alabama primary runoff has huge national implications

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In most cases, the results of a primary runoff election for a Senate seat isn’t really national news. In Alabama, the battle between Roy Moore and Luther Strange is the very distinct exception. It will determine the direction of the GOP and the path forward for the Federalist Party.

Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review beat me to this story by a week:


Moore v. Strange: The most important Senate race in a generation

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/moore-v-strange-the-most-important-senate-race-in-a-generationIt’s not an exaggeration to suggest that the Alabama Senate primary is the most important Senate election of our generation. That is because this is not just about filling one conservative Senate seat; this is about the future of the Republican Party and perhaps the opening shot that will create momentum for a new political party in America — one that will challenge the uniparty of Republicrats and Democans.


What makes this race so interesting is that the players on both sides are big. President Trump and Senate Majority Leader McConnell have thrown their weight behind Luther Strange, the semi-incumbent (he was appointed by the governor when Jeff Sessions left for the Justice Department). Roy Moore has the backing of many of Trump’s allies including Ben Carson, Sarah Palin, and Steve Bannon.

Strange is the ultimate Establishment swamp creature. Moore is the antithesis of the Establishment.

Strange raised much more money and has the backing of major super PACs. Moore’s campaign has been as grassroots as it gets.

If Moore pulls off the win, it will change the way the GOP (and possibly the Democrats) view race dynamics. On paper, this should be a slam dunk for Strange. He has the support of two of the three most powerful men in the party and has the money to back him up. He’s sort of an incumbent. He’s the moderate with views that align with the centrist direction the GOP has been heading for a long time.

By beating the odds, Moore’s victory will send a few messages. First, it’s a clear indicator that the anti-Establishment sentiment is alive and well even as the President himself embraces the swamp. Second, it tells the GOP they can’t buy elections as easily as they have in the past. Lastly, it will call into question the ability of the President to deliver wins for the GOP in the midterm elections.

On that last point, it’s important to note that the President started hedging his bets last Friday. In an awkward campaign rally for Strange, Trump said he may have made a mistake by backing him. The White House will try to say that Trump’s support for Strange was lukewarm. It wasn’t, at least not before Friday. He’s been a very vocal supporter of Strange since before the original primary and has not wavered until last Friday when it appeared his endorsement wasn’t going to yield a victory. Remember that when you hear them say the President has always supported both men. He hasn’t. He put his full weight behind Strange and polls showed that it wasn’t working. A Moore victory will have the best White House spindoctors working overtime to make us believe the President wasn’t on the losing side.

This race is a win-win for the Federalist Party. If Moore wins, it will show that big money and Establishment power can be overcome by good ol’ grassroots efforts and proper messaging. If he loses, it will show the GOP is irreparably busted. Either way, this race sets the stage for big things ahead for the party.

America will (hopefully) be keeping a close eye on this runoff. It’s the quintessential Establishment vs. anti-Establishment race with big names pushing both sides. How the GOP moves forward with their midterm campaigns will be determined by the results.

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James Madison on the only legitimate fountain of power

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James Madison on the only legitimate fountain of power

If ever there was a quote made for the people of today, it’s this one. So many Americans are lost in the fog of false accountability. We rely too heavily on government because we assume they have the power. In some ways, they do, but it’s a power limited by the constraints of the Constitution. This is important to remember because too often it’s just assumed that what the government says or does is to be taken as the final word.

We have the power. It’s not just with our votes. We have the ability to rise up and work together to rein in the tremendous levels of overreach we’ve seen from Washington DC our whole lives. We don’t need to rise up in arms as our founding fathers did. Today, we still have enough law and order in America to be able to rely on proper political channels. This is why the growth of the American Conservative Movement is so vibrant and relevant. It’s time to reassert our interest and adherence to the Constitutional governance we have at our fingertips.

“The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.”

Invoke your power. It’s time to say no to politicians when they attempt to go outside of the bounds of the Constitution.

 


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Supreme Court ruling on fines and forfeitures isn’t a blow to states’ rights. It’s a win for individual rights.

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Supreme Court ruling on fines and forfeitures isnt a blow to states rights Its a win for individual

If the federal government could be characterized in gaming terms, players would call it “OP.” It is “overpowered” and has been for over a hundred years, relegating many powers that should belong to the states as secondary to DC’s supremacy. This fact has driven the federalist, convention of states, and 10th Amendment movements to the point that any actions against the states are deemed oppressive the majority of the time.

In the case of the Supreme Court ruling to curb powers of state governments and law enforcement from imposing steep fines or seizing too much property, one might think this goes against the federalist mentality of letting states decide for themselves. It is not. The exception to the rule that the federal government acting against state governments is bad happens when individual rights are being protected.

That’s checks and balances. That’s federalism.

Conservatives, federalists, Libertarians, and classical liberals have a responsibility to draw down federal government power whenever it’s appropriate, which is the vast majority of the time. But even the states must sometimes be put in check when they’re abusing the rights of citizens, as is often the case with incongruous fines and property forfeitures. We must be discerning and recognize when the federal government is acting to defend our rights against the states.

It’s telling that the Supreme Court voted unanimously in this case. It shows that when something is so blatantly unconstitutional, party politics can be put aside to do what’s right for American citizens.

 


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A reminder to GOP lawmakers from Justin Amash

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A reminder to GOP lawmakers from Justin Amash

When Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) hadn’t been in Washington DC for very long when he said this amazing quote. At the time, many weren’t paying much attention. After all, many Republicans say similar things when they get to DC, but over time they become jaded, corrupted, or start to get used to being in the DC Country Club.

Amash is different. He has remained consistent with his message and views throughout his career. Now, it’s time for other Republicans to remember what they were sent to Washington DC to do in the first place. Defense of the Constitution is their top priority as it’s the best protection against a government that wants desperately to control every aspect of our lives. From healthcare to the internet to how we use our energy, government intervention has become so commonplace, it’s often hard to see the fabric of our nation behind all the layers of bureaucracy that has been placed on top of it.

“I follow a set of principles, I follow the Constitution. And that’s what I base my votes on. Limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty.”

If more Republicans followed the same principles and didn’t just use them in campaign speeches, we may actually be able to return liberties that have been taken and remove layers of government that have been formed unnecessarily.


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