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Empty virtue signaling

So John Conyers (D-MI) has now “retired” and endorsed his 27-year-old son to succeed him. Given his district’s long run of poor decision-making, it is likely Conyers will get his wish. Conyers was forced to step down after numerous allegations of sexual assault and harassment were unveiled.

Reporter Cokie Roberts even said, “oh we all knew not to get on an elevator with him.” Well Cokie, you didn’t say anything because…? I bet you would have if he were a Republican.

Even Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called on Conyers to resign just days after defending him as “an icon.” Of course, it’s not like his seat is likely to be filled by a Republican in the long run.

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) looks poised to resign after multiple female Democratic Senators called on him today to resign. Apparently, six different women making allegations was just too much. The five it stood at yesterday was fine. Of course, since Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton is a Democrat, it doesn’t cost them anything to call for Franken, the failed comedian who won in a razor-thin election, to resign.

A more meaningful move would have been to call on Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to resign after he was out on trial for bribery and he was accused of utilizing the services of a multitude of underage prostitutes. Of course, that would have meant Governor Chris Christie, who is TECHNICALLY a Republican, would have gotten to fill Menendez’s seat, and that would have been a bridge too far.

Now, we MAY see calls on Menendez to resign from his fellow Democrats, but only AFTER Governor-elect Phil Murphy takes over and gets to fill the seat.

The Democrats are scrambling to at least appear to claim the moral high ground of personal responsibility for conduct that Republicans surrendered when they nominated and then elected Donald Trump to be President. The immediate goal would be to help Doug Jones defeat Roy Moore for the Senate seat in Alabama once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

If Moore does win, they may hope to get him to resign, but the seat will still be held by a Republican, as the governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, is a member of the GOP. It is likely that whoever Ivey appoints will be somewhat more malleable for the Democrats and the liberal Republicans like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) than Moore.

It is always about politics with both sides. They’re all professional politicians and all of these empty gestures are just empty virtue signaling.

I somehow doubt McConnell and Mitt Romney would have been so quick to condemn Luther Strange, their preferred establishment candidate if the same 40-year-old accusations had been made against him. As I wrote about a few weeks ago, I think it likely that McConnell knew about these accusations beforehand, but kept them as his ace in the hole to ensure a Moore defeat in the general if Strange failed to secure the nomination.

I’m quite certain the majority of people will be fooled by the empty virtue signaling from both sides. Many of those who do see it for what it is will then lump those of us who are truly disgusted with all of them on both sides in with the ones who are insincere, assuming incorrectly but understandably that we would have preferred an establishment candidate.

I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it:

Do a better job picking your nominees Republicans. Stop surrendering the moral high ground. With their mortal lock on the media narrative Democrats will find it all too easy to make it seem as if they have taken it over, even with their love affair of mass infanticide.

Benjamin Wilhelm served as a commissioned officer in the United States military for 10 years, serving one combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge among other military awards. Ben has worked in a variety of private sector businesses both large and small. He is a former military and civilian firearms instructor and an advocate for veterans issues. Ben is a strict Constitutionalist who sees the Federal government as an out of control leviathan, and the federal debt as a burden that will break the country. Ben is a divorced father of two boys.

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Video: So, You Think You’re Tolerant?




Leftists like to fancy themselves as being tolerant and Liberal, but they fall way short in both qualities.

Leftists will tell you that they are the most tolerant people who have ever lived, they will also scream at you for being a racist, xenophobic troglodyte if you happen to mention that you’re a conservative. They are supposedly ‘Liberal’, being in favour of Liberty while demanding it’s polar opposite – socialism.

Yes, if there is one constant in the universe, its that Leftists cannot be honest about who they truly are. This is what we love about our wonderful opponents on the nation’s socialist Left, for they are nothing like another group that went by the same nomenclature who also screamed at people in the streets with the motto: Common Good Before Individual Good. [Gemeinnutz vor Eigennutz]

But let’s not talk about the epithets they project on their enemies, let’s talk about how they get along with everyone who just happens to agree with everything they say. A new PragerU video featuring Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report looked at who is really tolerant. He is a true Liberal that discovered that it is actually the Pro-Liberty Right that is more tolerant, go figure.

Dave Rubin
Jul 9, 2018
Are you tolerant? You probably think so. But who is tolerant in America today? Is it those on the left, or those on the right? In this video, Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report analyzes this question and shares his experience.

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Trump celebrates the victory of a Democratic Socialist to feed his ego



Following Tuesday’s primary races, Donald Trump tweeted his glee after ten-term NY Rep. Joe Crowley—a Democrat many thought would replace Nancy Pelosi as the party’s leader in the House—lost his primary race to a Bernie Sanders supporter, Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Besides proving himself to be a textbook narcissistic sociopath, Trump’s happiness concerning Crowley’s misfortune misses the point that the Democratic Socialist movement within the Democrat party is on the rise.

Back in January, Louis Farrakhan’s favorite Democrat and the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee Keith Ellison (MN) praised the work of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and its positive impact on the Democrat party—even adopting parts of the DSA agenda into the Democrat party platform.

In the May 16 primaries, we witnessed four openly Socialist candidates supported by the DSA win their campaigns in Pennsylvania state House races. Since three of the four winners are running unopposed in November, the DSA is guaranteed to be victorious.

With New York’s 14th Congressional District leaning Democrat +29, Ocasio-Cortez is also assured of winning her race in November, meaning that Socialism will have another voice in Washington.

There are those who will argue that the DSA will fail to advance its agenda because it’s too extreme, but recent evidence would appear to contradict that claim. For example, Bernie Sanders nearly beat Hillary in 2016—losing to her due to rules that rigged the primary in her favor—while running on a platform chock-full of socialist ideas.

By the way, some of Bernie’s socialist ideas were adopted by Trump.

With Bernie’s run for President and victories like Ocasio-Cortez’s under its belt, the DSA is experiencing dramatic growth. Since the 2016 election, nationwide membership has increased from 5,000 to 40,000, with 1152 of those members joining the day after the NY primary.

Younger voters are embracing socialism in ever-increasing numbers. According to a November 2017 report by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, nearly half of millennials (44 percent) polled at the time preferred socialism to capitalism.
It’ somewhat fashionable, even more so in the age of Trump, to laugh at Democrats when they show their socialist colors, but with conservatives also embracing parts of socialism, Democratic Socialists could have the last laugh as we quickly approach the day of becoming the United Socialist States of America.

Ronald Reagan once warned, “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”

It looks like that generation is here.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.


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High-Speed Rail: Incompetent & corrupt bureaucrats



The California train-to-nowhere has proven once again that incompetent bureaucrats run California. In a recent article by the Fresno Bee, these incompetent bureaucrats have to tear down a bridge that they are building due to safety issues. And the Fresno Bee rightfully states:

how do we know if anything it has built is safe?. If the rail authority can’t build in the flat lands of the valley, how can they be expected to build safely in the seismic areas of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area?

This could have been prevented, and one person that could have stopped this boondoggle is the incumbent Controller and my opponent Betty Yee. Unfortunately, Betty Yee is not interested in protecting taxpayers but protecting her political backers that have filled her campaign war chest with over a million dollars in contributions.

The Controller must protect the taxpayer, and that is why the Controller has independent audit authority and can cut funding when a project or program doesn’t comply with the law; which the HSR project doesn’t comply with Prop. 1A funding parameters requiring 1/3 from the federal government, 1/3 for private investment, and 1/3 from the state.

As Controller, I will investigate and audit this project to expose the waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption and will stop payments until the project complies with the law.

Almost four years in office she has done nothing to protect taxpayers. She has failed to do her job, so much so, that the federal government has begun an audit investigation into this project.

We can’t afford four more years of Betty Yee. It is time to replace her and elect Konstantinos Roditis as California’s next State Controller.

Konstantinos Roditis is a candidate for California State Controller. You can learn more about his campaign at, and you can follow him on Twitter & Facebook.

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