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So-called conservative media enters through the wide gate

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In the article I wrote a few days ago entitled Fundamental Transformation of the USA: Donald Trump Edition, I shared how Trump has succeeded in replacing conservative values with the so-called values of the life-long New York liberal and how Republicans have been willing accomplices.

The consequences of this reality have been manifested in many ways. From the reality TV White House to losing numerous special elections at the federal and state levels to Democrats, Trump and the GOP have all but guaranteed that a Blue tsunami in November will wipe them out.

Though they do so for entirely selfish reasons, there are those in the Republican party who are abandoning all things Trump in an effort to distance themselves from his poisonous brand of nationalist/populist style of politics. Unfortunately, for these and others in the GOP, the selective nature of their criticism of Trump likely comes too late to save them.

Equally tragic in this comedy of errors—apologies to William Shakespeare—has been how formerly conservative voices in the world of media and political punditry have sold their souls to Faustian Trump. Just as the party of Reagan has done, media conservatives in-name-only like Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh, to name a few, have allowed conservatism to be rebranded with a giant Trumplican T.

Trumplicanism has been a boon of sorts for those who Daniel Horowitz refers to as “clickservative” media outlets more concerned with online traffic than they are with only the truth, as we see with two members of Trump Pravda, Breitbart and FOX News.

Politico is reporting that Breitbart’s readership is in free fall now that Trump mouthpiece Steve Bannon is no longer in charge. Meanwhile, FOX News, complete with a line-up of former conservatives, is growing now that it has become all Trump all the time.

While there are those who point to Trump Pravda to validate their decision to become a Stepford Trumplican, I point to it as proof that Matthew 17:3 is true when it says, “Enter by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.”

There are some promising signs that there are a still a few people willing to live their convictions. Earlier this week, FOX News contributor Ralph Peters resigned because he felt the network had become a “propaganda machine” for “a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.” While he is only one voice, Peters validates the sad reality of how conservatism has no place within the Republican party in the age of Trump.

Personally, refusing to become a member of the Trump echo chamber—which means I choose truth over Trump—has cost me financially and in other ways. But as the Strident Conservative, I refuse to compromise conservatism for clicks, so I will go through the narrow gate. I hope you will too!


Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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Arizona Republic endorses Democrat (again) because the Republican was mean (again)

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Arizona Republic endorses Democrat again because the Republican was mean again

Mainstream media, or should we say “meanstream media,” has been in the process of lurching to the left for a while. Even Fox News, while backing the President, often rails against conservatives while embracing moderate Republicans who practice Democratic orthodoxy. That’s not everyone at Fox News, but some prominent show hosts really love to align in the center.

The Arizona Republic, which was counted on for a while to lean right during elections, made a shift in 2016 by endorsing Hillary Clinton. Now, they’re going to the left of Clinton by endorsing far-left Democratic Socialist Kyrsten Sinema. Her 9% Liberty Score makes her by far the biggest leftist in the state. Now the Arizona Republic wants her to be their next Senator.

It isn’t just her voting record. Her ideas are extremely dangerous for America and particularly a southern border state like Arizona:

Kyrsten Sinema’s dangerous ideas do not belong in the Senate

http://noqreport.com/2018/10/12/kyrsten-sinemas-dangerous-ideas-not-belong-senate/There’s a very distinct difference between defense of personal freedoms, a conservative staple, and desiring no repercussions for people who intend to kill Americans. As with many far-left activists, they don’t care about the lives of others if they don’t agree wholeheartedly with their worldviews.

This wasn’t the only statement getting Sinema into hot water with voters.

The paper’s endorsement of Clinton in 2016 can be chalked up to the Trump effect that hit many conservatives in their funny bone. It should be noted that I didn’t endorse nor vote for Trump, but I definitely didn’t endorse or vote for Clinton. My write in vote wasn’t even running. Oh, if only Thomas Sowell had stepped away from academia to lead the country for eight years, but I digress.

When the paper goes for two leftists in a row, we can call it a trend. With Sinema in particular, there needed to be a tremendous excuse that allowed the editorial board to abandon any sense of conservatism and embrace the far-left socialist values she has espoused her entire adult life.

Nope. Their excuse is as weak as anyone could possibly imagine:

Arizona newspaper backs Democrat in dead heat Senate race

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/412432-the-arizona-republic-backs-sinema-in-dead-heat-senate-raceRather than pointing to particular policy positions in the endorsement, the editorial board pointed to how the candidates have handled themselves during the race.

“We need to get back to a saner time, when senators didn’t call each other names — or if they did, they could put it all aside after the vote and go get a beer together,” the paper’s editorial board wrote. “There is too much ‘us and them’ in D.C., and it hurts how we are governed.”

“The real Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema know that,” the board argued. “But Sinema is the only one willing to say it (repeatedly) from behind her mask.”

The editorial board argued that McSally has gone further than Sinema in attacks on her opponent.

The paper tries to justify their decision by claiming McSally is center-right (which she is) and Sinema is center-left (which she is not). One needs only to look at her 9% Liberty Score to realize she’s the most radical representative in Arizona. It’s not even close.

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Thomas Sowell nails the fact versus feelings problem

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Thomas Sowell nails the fact versus feelings problem

There are many reasons why Thomas Sowell is my favorite conservative thinker. This ideas resonate so clearly with the right mindset. His arguments are practically irrefutable.

This particular quote from whoever runs his Twitter account rings so true today. Mainstream media’s programming has affected both the left and the right, but this component of their onslaught on leftist sensibilities is arguably the biggest problem with the progressive movement today.

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Hilarious video: Bombshell, the beginning of the end, walls closing in, the tipping point

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Hilarious video Bombshell the beginning of the end walls closing in the tipping point

Most leftists remember it like a previous generation remembers when they heard JFK was killed. It was the moment they realized Donald Trump would become President of the United States. Since then, mainstream media has been incessant in their proclamations that his days are numbered.

Perhaps it’s comforting to them to continuously hear about how the latest bombshell means it’s the beginning of the end because the walls are closing in on a presidency that has reached a tipping point. Or something.

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