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Predicting a Blue Tsunami in November doesn’t mean I want it to happen

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As I reflected on this obviously insane conclusion, I was reminded of something a preacher once told me as a child, when I asked him, “If God controls everything, why does he allow bad people to do bad things?” He answered by telling me to imagine a boy riding his bike so fast that he would crash if he didn’t slow down and to imagine warning the boy about his likely outcome.

The preacher then asked me, “When the boy crashes, did it happen because you warned him about it?”

The parallel between the words of that preacher and those of my reader is obvious; issuing a warning doesn’t mean I am the cause of the Blue Tsunami or that I want it to happen.

Sadly, these lame accusations are really nothing more that a rehashed version of the #notHillary mantra we heard in 2016. In other words, these people believe that if you say something negative about Trump and the Trumplicans who have hijacked conservatism and the GOP, you obviously support Democrats and probably work for George Soros—yes, I’ve been accused of that too.

By the way, money’s been a little tight at Strident Conservative HQ, so if anyone reading this has George’s number, I’d appreciate it if you would send it my way.

Interestingly enough, calling the upcoming election a storm is an analogy recently adopted by Mitch McConnell. He’s even gone so far as to rank it using storm terminology, calling it a “category 3, 4, or 5.”

Facing this reality isn’t likely to make any difference in November. As the leader of one of the least productive Senates in modern history, Mickey is putting all his eggs in the “but Gorsuch” basket, meaning that he is breaking out the election-year playbook and trying to convince conservatives that he is working for them by confirming so-called conservative judges.

Meanwhile, there are GOP races where candidates are wagering everything on Trumplicanism, despite the risk of embracing the unpopular president, such as the race between Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in November. In a recent radio interview, Cramer showed how he is willing to bend over backwards to out-Trump Heitkamp—she claims to vote with Trump 55% of the time—by comparing a vote against Trump as the equivalent to committing adultery.

By the way, Cramer carries a pathetic 37% Liberty Score (F).

McConnell also admitted that while he hopes to maintain control of the Senate, GOP control of the House looks iffy, and it’s no wonder when you look at how Paul Ryan gave America the biggest broken promise in history, the record number of GOP retirements, and the rising anti-Trump mood in parts of the country in districts that Trump won in 2016.

For example, in NY-11, we are being treated to a primary race between incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) and former Rep. Michael Grimm, the man Donovan replaced in a special election in 2015 after Grimm was sent to prison for tax fraud.

In what could be called another classic Trumplican cage match, these two are bending over backwards to out-Trump one another. With little to show for his time in Congress, Donovan—he carries a 28% Liberty Score (F)—plans to introduce a law requiring post offices to display portraits of Trump and Vice President Pence—a sort of Chapel of Trump. Meanwhile, Grimm—who once threatened to throw a reporter off a Capitol Hill balcony—is running 100% on the MAGA Train.

With a trail of broken promises behind them, the party formerly known as Republican has very little to show for having complete control of Washington since 2016, so they are forced to embrace the liberal policies of Donald Trump while simultaneously trying to convince America that they still represent conservative values. Therefore, the Blue Tsunami Warning will remain in effect . . . and that doesn’t mean I want it to happen.


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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A ban on flag-burning opens up a very dangerous can of worms

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A ban on flag-burning opens up a very dangerous can of worms

As an American citizen, you have the right to take a knee at sporting events. You have the right to profess adherence to a religion whose leaders want to destroy the United States. You have the right to burn the American flag. Conversely, I have the right to speak out against your actions and to try to convince you to make better choices.

As Allie Beth Stuckey pointed out on Twitter, it sounds awfully patriotic to ban the burning of the American flag. Anyone who disrespects the flag disrespects America, and doing so should not be allowed without consequences. But if we put aside the surface-level anger towards idiots who reveal their idiocy with such actions, we’ll see that the very thing that makes America great is the freedoms we have that the government, through the Constitution, is unable to take from us.

One such freedom is the right to burn the American flag.

The motivations behind every new campaign to ban flag-burning are almost always sincere and patriotic. However, there are inherent risks that come with forcing our patriotic nature on those who take advantage of our freedoms as a platform to spit on them. Keep in mind, they aren’t burning flags in hopes that they’ll always be allowed to do so. They burn flags so patriotic politicians make the mistake of taking away rights of individual Americans. If flag-burning or any other free expression of thought is taken away by law or amendment, others will follow. It’s a can of worms we never want to open.

Those who burn our flag do not care about actually burning it. Doing so doesn’t benefit them. It’s done to enrage patriots, and it works on a regular basis. This is why they keep doing it. And if Washington DC responds by banning it, they will win. That is their ultimate goal – the removal of individual rights as a result of their heinous actions.

We can and should oppose people who disrespect the very nation that allows them to freely disrespect it. But our opposition must not manifest in a way that cuts off our nose to spite our own faces. The freedom to burn the flag is not a a right that exists in a vacuum. If we start suppressing one component of free expression for the sake of appeasing our outrage, we are opening the door for leaders in the future to suppress other components of free expression that patriots would never want suppressed. That’s the nature of suppression.

There would be nothing more appealing to flag-burning, America-hating idiots than for our freedoms to be taken away as a result of their actions. They want flag-burning to be banned. It would help their communist cause.

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Justin Haskins: ‘Socialism is completely antithetical to human nature’

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Justin Haskins Socialism is completely antithetical to human nature

Bernie Sanders has a vision for America. A path, as he likes to call it. This path is one that takes us down a winding road of “Democratic Socialism” all the while knowing the end result can be no different from every other path to socialism that has ever been tried. Socialism doesn’t work regardless of what path or which direction you take to get there.

But that’s not stopping proponents of Democratic Socialism, which seems to include the majority of the Democrats running for president today. Led by Sanders and his ideological cohort in the Senate, Elizabeth Warren, the notion that if you take from the rich by force and give it to the poor to “earn” their vote has become the calling card of the Democratic Party. It may have always been heading in this direction, but the 2020 election is shaping up to be either a full embrace of socialism within the party or the (hopefully) final mandate handed down from the people that America refuses to adopt the destructive tenets of a demonstrably poor ideology.

Anyone who thinks socialism will not come full circle if allowed to spring forth in part clearly doesn’t understand the nature of socialism itself. Once the seeds are planted by politicians, fed and watered by voters, and cultivated into laws, it begins the inevitable and unstoppable trend of self-sustained growth. A little socialism is like a plague that spreads until it is all-consuming.

The Heartland Institute‘s Justin Haskins joined Fox News host Tucker Carlson to lambaste the Senator’s repetitive talking points. He and others in his party want to win over the people by offering free stuff. Will voters fall for it?

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Socialism is the antithesis of the American dream

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Socialism is the antithesis of the American dream

It’s very rare that I get riled up over internet trolls. I appreciate those who read through comments, DMs, Tweets, Facebook posts, and other attempts to spew vitriol on conservatives, Christians, and the things we believe in, but I’m not one of them. I can count on two hands the number of times this year I’ve engaged with the people who try to troll me on social media. Life’s too short.

Every now and then, I do come across a troll who strikes a nerve. It’s rarely about me when it happens; I’ve heard every variation of ad hominem attacks over the years. But one troll in particular made a passionate argument that actually has me concerned. It wasn’t just what they posted but how adamant they were about being correct that has been itching in the back of my mind for several days.

I finally addressed it tonight in a Tweet:

I won’t share the original offending post. There’s no need to draw attention to one of the standard 45-follower troll accounts who like to provoke conservatives and spread their false perspectives in the reply sections of bigger accounts. Instead, I want to address the fundamental issue with the notion of socialism being an “alternative path” to achieving the American dream.

There are definitely multiple paths to achieving it. Most get there by working hard and building a lifestyle for themselves and their families. Some go to college. Some go straight to work. Some get jobs and move up the ladder. Others build their own businesses and struggle through rough times to get to better times.

Some get lucky; I’ve bought a few lottery tickets in my life, just in case I’m one of them. Others are beneficiaries of the hard work and/or luck of their families.

But there’s one way of achieving a false version of the American dream that is often glorified (to some extent) in Hollywood. But it isn’t just fictional. It happens in every American city every day. Theft is not a proper path to achieving the American dream. Just because Tony Montana went from being a low-level pawn to the king of a criminal empire in the movie Scarface doesn’t mean his version of achieving the American dream is acceptable. It’s not.

Al Pacino’s titular character used violence and sold drugs to get there, but sometimes the theft of prosperity doesn’t involve a gun. In The Wolf Of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort used unethical and illegal methods to commit financial crimes. And unfortunately, this depiction isn’t entirely fictional. The real Belfort committed real crimes to steal prosperity from others. Did he achieve a dream? Yes. Was it a version of the American dream? Absolutely not.

As we continue our way down from drug lord to Wall Street criminal, we come to another piece of fiction that I must admit up front I didn’t watch. The Hunger Games series of books and movies depicts a class structure in which the elites are both dependent on and masters over the rest of the people in other districts who are forced to live in poverty without the potential to do more with their lives. It has been heralded as a rallying cry against the Marxist variation of the bourgeoisie and their elite masters. Only through armed revolt are the oppressed able to take their fair share from the bad guys in the upper echelons of this Dystopian society.

And that’s where we’re headed today. The rise in popularity of socialism is driven by a mentality that if the elites can be heeled into contributing their “fair share” to American society, more Americans will be able to achieve the dream that was promised by birthright. In fact, they’ve extended it beyond birthright to include anyone who can make it into the United States regardless of how they managed to get here. This “Hunger Games mentality” is seen by many radical progressives as a way to take prosperity achieved by others and redistribute it to the masses who cannot achieve the dream on their own.

It’s a false notion on multiple levels, but I’m just going to address two. First, achieving prosperity through the work of others is not part of the American dream. This, more than anything else, is why socialism is not an “alternative path” to the American dream. It’s the antithesis of it. Second, the very concept of socialism and the hope that’s now creeping into the radical progressive consciousness that it can actually be achieved is offensive to the supposed beneficiaries. We have big enough problems trying to take care of the portions of society who truly need assistance because they cannot work. By adding in a new group of people who must be taken care of simply because they’re unwilling to work, how can any thinking human being believe this is going to solve problems?

Socialism offers a path to laziness and too many people are starting to buy into the notion that they’d rather be beholden to government for the sake of personal security than work their way to achieving the American dream on their own. This is part of the rising victim mentality. It’s a side-effect of the lies being promoted by the vast majority of Democratic candidates for president. It’s the rallying cry for those who see in Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her hyper-leftist handlers at the Justice Democrats a path to personal economic security that does not require input from the recipients.

What the leaders of the socialist movement know but are unwilling to acknowledge is equality of economic status can only be achieved at the detriment of economic freedom. When economic freedom us subverted, the ability of those who would initially drive a socialist utopia dries up over time. As Margaret Thatcher famously noted, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.

Some people steal the American dream through murder, theft, or manipulation. Others want to make it all legal by installing socialism in America. Just because it could eventually be legal doesn’t make it less of a crime.

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