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Don’t get sucked into Steve Bannon’s false righteousness

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Steve Bannon

The enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend. In fact, the world of American politics is rife with false friendships, manufactured enemies, and invalid perceived alliances that translate into a huge ideological mess. This mess is falsely broken down into a right-vs-left scale. No single person exemplifies this problem better than Steve Bannon.

Yesterday, Bannon was speaking at the Values Voter Summit and made some bold claims. He is starting a “revolution” within the GOP and many are taking notice. Unfortunately, his goals and actions are going to do real damage to the country with zero chance of doing anything good.

For complete transparency, I am co-founder of the Federalist Party. Therefore, it behooves me to have the lies and corruption of Republicans exposed just as brightly as the lies and corruption of the Democrats. Ever since Bannon left the White House, I’ve been receiving questions about whether or not we’ll align with his goals of ousting “RINOs” from office. We will not. The revolution that Bannon is flaming through primary opposition is neither beneficial for the nation nor aligned with the goals of the Federalist Party. We don’t want to replace Republicans with more Republicans. We want to replace Republicans and Democrats with Federalists.

What Bannon and his minions at Breitbart are doing is not new. They were waging war against John Boehner and Mitch McConnell since both rose to prominence following the 2010 and 2014 elections. They have continued their assault on Paul Ryan, Boehner’s successor, and are now challenging pretty much anyone who doesn’t swear unimpeachable loyalty to President Trump. They’ve gone so far as to attack those in office who ARE loyal to Trump but who don’t qualify as purely aligned with their brand of nationalism and alt-right “conservatism.” According the NBC, the only Senator up for reelection who is safe is Ted Cruz.

Bannon’s actions can easily be perceived as righteous because they target the people who have pushed the GOP away from its original course. Unfortunately, both the tactics and the end results of Bannon’s ploys are far from righteous. The tactics – raising money from reliable GOP donors to promote primary opponents – will only weaken the party without yielding real victories. The end results will be disgruntled GOP voters growing even more disgruntled when Bannon’s primary challengers lose. This will hand over even more races to the Democrats who are already poised to make strides towards taking control of the House and Senate.

What if some of his primary challengers win? This is a valid question and at this early stage it seems likely they’ll be able to pull a few primary victories from their hat. Here’s the problem. Bannon is toxic. Before he was ousted from the White House, many Democrats vilified him more than they do the President. Any challenger he’s able to push through the primary will have the Bannon albatross hung about their neck. Only the reddest states will put a Bannon patsy in office. The majority will push wins to the Democrats.

Let’s look at two important scenarios this situation creates: a Democrat Trump and a risen Breitbart.

Democrat Trump

As the President has made abundantly clear in his first 9 months in office, he doesn’t like losing. The opening foray into his first term has been plagued with loss after loss. Most of these losses stem from the impotent GOP-controlled House and Senate, though some come from his own misses through executive orders. Even if he’s able to string together some EOs that stick, the lack of legislation the GOP has been able to put on his desk is the only elephant in the Oval Office.

What happens if the Democrats take over Congress? Will the President sit back and play the veto game over and over again? No. He has always been a Democrat. His role as leader of the Republican Party has been contentious at best; it’s not a natural fit. The two things he made most clear during his campaign were pure nationalism and a desire to secure the borders. His actions since taking office have betrayed both visions. This will be most apparent when he signs whatever DACA-replacement bill hits his desk early next year.

If Bannon is able to throw the GOP into disarray (even more than it is today), the President will not magically become Calvin Coolidge. He’s not going to sit back and obstruct the Democrats’ agenda. He’ll figure out a way to make it his own. Winning is the most important thing to him; ideology holds no bearing.

Does Bannon knows this? Perhaps better than anyone else, Bannon is very aware of the malleability of President Trump. He witnessed it as Jared Kushner, Gary Cohn, and other liberals in the White House were able to sway the President away from Bannon’s agenda time and time again. If he knows this, why would he press forward with his plan? Does he not realize what will happen if he fails? The sad reality is this: he knows exactly what could happen. He knows there are two possible outcomes: either he’ll succeed and put his people in Congress who will push an agenda he wants or he’ll fail, give Congress to the Democrats, and watch the President lurch to the left.

If the former happens, he’ll get his wish. If the latter happens, he’ll get his other wish, which is…

A risen Breitbart

No, I’m not talking about a reincarnation of Andrew Breitbart. What Steve Bannon knows is that Breitbart, the publication, thrives through opposition. The website and the man behind it are most powerful when fighting from the trenches. They get the most pageviews and wield the most power when Democrats are in control.

I’m not suggesting that Bannon hopes to lose. He truly does want to put his people in office. However, neither he nor Breitbart actually lose if his puppets lose. If anything, they become more powerful by losing than they do by winning. They become the face of the new Republican opposition. Their alt-right label gets replaced by the anti-leftist label. Once again, they can become the darlings of the conservative media world.

In other words, there is no real risk to Breitbart or Bannon with this play. They either get what they want or they get the other thing they want.

The real righteous path

If I sound biased about the Federalist Party, it’s for obvious reasons. We cannot allow the Democratic-Republicans to continue to hold all the power. They have yielded nothing but expanding government and shrinking freedoms. The notion that replacing Republicans with Republicans will yield different results is insane. We don’t need more conservative Republicans in office. We need actual Federalists in office.

There’s only one long- and short-term solution for this nation. We need to return things to a Constitutional perspective. We need checks and balances between the national and state governments. We need American citizens and families to be at the top of the government hierarchy and DC to be at the bottom. We need the federal government to be the last line of defense, not the tip of the spear. Until we get a fundamental change in the mentality of politicians, we’re not going to truly solve problems. Democrats stab at the people by growing government while Republicans try to throw band aids over the wounds, all the while perpetuating government growth in their own way. We don’t have a conservative-versus-liberal problem in DC. We have a limited-government-versus-everyone problem. The Republican Party is not the party of limited government. They’re the party of slightly-smaller-than-the-Democrats government. This is unacceptable and won’t solve our problems.

If Bannon really wants to fix things, he’s heading in the wrong direction. He shouldn’t be trying to fix the GOP because their ailment is too deeply embedded in their DNA. Instead, he either needs to come on board with the only righteous solution – true limited-government federalism – or he needs to get out of the way.

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  1. Pingback: Paul Ryan isn’t afraid of Steve Bannon. He should be. – Da Tech Guy Blog

  2. Dan

    October 17, 2017 at 8:18 am

    We don’t want to replace Republicans with more Republicans. We want to replace Republicans and Democrats with Federalists.

    Good! I didn’t need to read anything else you said, Rucker.

    We want to replace people that don’t support Trump’s agenda with people who do; regardless of party.

    By the way, as much as I like and support President Trump, Trump is if anything a Rino so do you want to get rid of him too?

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There is no fix for Obamacare

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There is no fix for Obamacare

At least not one that can maintain the virtues of a free market and the independence of the American consumer.

There have been many who have postulated that Obamacare was “rigged to fail”. Maybe that’s true, maybe it isn’t. But, I think it can be clearly inferred that it was not designed to be fixed with efforts that attempt to revive market forces or consumer choice and independence. You see, for the health insurance market, the ACA was a “total buy-in”. Its roots spread through the entire foundation of the Healthcare industry and its basic premise was a guarantee that too many consumers would become dependent on its mechanisms for continued coverage, that any alteration would appear dooming to large numbers of insured Americans.

While the ACA may not have been designed to fail, it was nevertheless designed to falter and its crafting was of such a manner so that the only way to prop it up was to move further towards socialized medicine. Any move to allow market forces to re-enter and re-invigorate the health insurance market would only hasten Obamacare’s collapse because it has been rigged to respond to such attempts catastrophically, so as to delegitimize such attempts.

Obamacare is quintessentially socialism in embryo. Capitalism cannot save it, for its precepts are counter-intuitive to the principles of the free market and consumer independence. The only way to save the health insurance system from inevitable, and possibly designed, collapse is Obamacare’s end.

This is why every Republican attempt to fix the health insurance market has been rated by the CBO and other entities as making more problems instead of less, and leading to less coverage instead of more, because as long as the bulk of Obamacare remains in place as the main propellant of the health insurance market and the healthcare industry, it will respond as designed and swirl out of control as the market becomes more and more confused by the application of counter-intuitive principles (socialism and capitalism). What we are witnessing in the steady collapse of the health insurance marketplace is a fast-paced demonstration of what American society has been steadily experiencing for over half a century: the failure of mixed economics. This foolish attempt to wed socialist ideas with capitalist ones ignorantly assumes that two fundamentally opposed economic models could be combined in a successful manner.

The only way to fix the health insurance market, and the only way to continue invigorating an American economy once the greatest and most industrious in the world, is to hack away the creeping vines of socialism taking hold of our economic sectors and reaffirm the benefits of market forces and, above all else, consumer independence. The fastest way to regain confidence in capitalism for the current and rising generations is to responsibly repeal Obamacare and craft piecemeal steps towards a truly free market in its stead.

The focus cannot be on fixing Obamacare, or even on replacing it. It must be on saving consumers from destructive ends… both from catastrophic premiums and the growing threat of absolute government dependence.

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Advancing the American Conservative Movement

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Advancing the American Conservative Movement

Ever since first putting out feelers for the American Conservative Movement last month, I’ve come to the conclusion the interest is clearly there. Patriots are tired of fighting two fronts: All of the Democrats on one side and the lukewarm moderate Republicans on the other side. Now is the time for a change.

I’ve been down a similar road before. Starting in 2017, I set out with a handful of people to form a new political party. There were ups and downs, but one of the biggest problems was tying too much of my personal financial future into the party. I invested many times more of my own money than all of the contributions combined. I’m not a rich man, so it was painful when the party was essentially ripped from underneath me, leaving no recourse or potential to recoup losses. This is why with the ACM, I’m not getting involved financially. I will neither spend significant chunks of my own money nor will I expect to receive compensation. This is a labor of love, a choice, one that I hope will rise to the challenge conservatives are facing with government at all levels today.

This is also why it’s important I simultaneously work through NOQ Report to generate the necessary buzz around the movement while simultaneously building up Proper Narrative, LLC. By keeping all of the components in their proper lanes, it will make success for each much easier to achieve.

Much like the Justice Democrats did when they propped up primary candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the American Conservative Movement will strive to put true limited-government, Constitution-loving conservatives into office. If this sounds like the Tea Party, it is. The difference is we’re not going to branch out into dozens of satellite organizations trying to claim the mantle of the Tea Party while doing very little to actually advance conservatism in America. We will be focused, specific, and organized.

Those who are interested in learning more about the American Conservative Movement should fill out the form below. We are gathering names at this point; once we reach a tipping point of enough interested parties to make an impact, we’ll start sending out updates. Until then, we’re just going to try to connect with like-minded patriotic Americans who demand more from Washington DC, their local city council, and every level of government in-between.

The Democrats aren’t the only ones lurching to the left. By their nature, many in the GOP are sliding to the murky middle. Compromises are being made, but they don’t have to be. It’s time to set things to the right where they belong.

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Federalism: How Colorado counties are fighting back against Red Flag Gun laws

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Federalism How Colorado counties are fighting back against Red Flag Gun laws

As Colorado prepares to become another attacker against our right to keep and bear arms, several Colorado counties are fighting back. They are becoming what they describe as “2nd Amendment sanctuary counties” where gun owners can come knowing city and county law enforcement will not comply with the taking of a citizen’s firearms without due process.

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One of the most important tenets of limited government federalism is allowing the “lower” levels of government to choose for themselves how to enforce laws within the boundaries of the Constitution and within the parameters of the law of the land. As long as the actions of one area such as a city, county, or state do not adversely affect another area, giving them a tighter hold of the reins makes sense in today’s world just as it made sense to our founders.

A clear example of this is how different jurisdictions handle gun laws. There should be essentially no restrictions on our right to arm ourselves in a perfect world, but this isn’t a perfect world and leftists really want us to not own firearms. Therefore, they put forth restrictions that infringe on the 2nd Amendment and its our job to fight them. While the national gun debate seems to get all the attention, it’s the local jurisdictions in which we have the best opportunity to make a real impact defending our rights.

It’s obviously unfortunate for some of us who live in areas with perverse restrictions on firearm ownership, but at least there are options. One could even argue it makes for a stronger America when we have such diverse options about where to live and raise our families.

If someone wants to live in a sanctuary city with tons of safe spaces, obtuse gun laws, high taxes, and overbearing regulations, that’s their choice. If they want to live in a land that’s free and adheres properly to the Constitution, more of these places are becoming available as options. Those of us who believe that the right to keep and bear arms must never be infringed at any level of government will hopefully have that option in more places soon.

Of course, this doesn’t take away from the absolute need to keep fighting in those places dominated by progressives. Just because we have options doesn’t mean we should stop fighting for others who are having their rights infringed upon.

These Colorado counties may be the blueprint through which our rights can be best protected. Even as the state continues to lurch left, local governments are making a stand for the people. We should hope to see this becoming more common soon.

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Conservatives in these blue states have been looking for ways to push back against aggressive gun control legislation that they believe infringes upon their constitutional rights. Now Colorado and New Mexico have shown them what they can do. – Helen Raleigh

Final Thoughts

The battle to preserve our 2nd Amendment rights must be fought on multiple fronts. While our attention must remain at the national level, we can’t abandon the states, counties, and cities where we have much more influence.

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