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.
Dan Bongino: The more we find out about Michael Avenatti, the creepier he becomes
One of the best parts about Dan Bongino was noted by Tucker Carlson in the beginning of this video. Bongino is one of the most clear speakers on television with zero “ums, likes, or stutters” as he delivers his vast understanding of the world of politics. He’s easy to listen to, which is important considering how much influence he’s starting to gain in the world of conservative media.
Speaking to Carlson about this crazy week in news, Bongino led off with a very clear truth: porn lawyer Michael Avenatti is as creepy as they get. He’s up there with James Comey on the strangeness scale and he’s beyond Joe Biden on the creepy scale. Nobody comes close on the sleaziness scale.
The funny part, as Bongino points out, is he’s actually been a regularly on most left-leaning shows from lowly podcasts to CNN and MSNBC programs, including… wait for it… Reliable Source. Avenatti is just a punchline now.
How President Reagan’s two harshest warnings are at play in America today
President Ronald Reagan is famous for his one-liners. Some were funny, such as “there you go again.” Others were threatening, such as, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” It seemed like he was always going to say something profound when he spoke which helped make him one of the most liked Presidents in modern history.
There were two quotes in particular that are at play today. Both were warnings and both seem to be coming to fruition in ways many Americans likely didn’t think possible a decade or two ago. I know I didn’t. I knew it was possible for things to change over time and for the overarching sentiment of the nation to shift, but I did not anticipate we would be so close to them becoming a reality in my lifetime, let alone in such a short period of time.
Let’s look at the two quotes and how the warnings from President Reagan are not being heeded, thus setting us on a collision course with what he feared for America’s future.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
When my son was in high school, I often asked him about the state of affairs with the youth of the time. He is a patriot and I always heard the doom and gloom from many parents who said the schools were indoctrinating their children into false belief systems and failed ideologies. Despite these reports, I never feared for his generation because they were just as appalled by 9/11 as mine was. They may not have been as cognizant of the geopolitical implications, nor were they as concerned about Islamic radicalization as the older generations who reacted to the attacks, but they still loved America.
In many ways, the leftist indoctrination was incremental. The internet and the rise of gaming technology had much more of a negative effect on his generation than any ideological pushes. But today’s younger generation is different. We see them doing things that make no sense. I don’t want to make blanket claims, but this isn’t the same thing as the standard generational condemnation placed on youths from parents who don’t understand. I do understand what this generation is seeing and doing. It’s not good.
This is a generation that is polling between 40%-55% in favor of socialism. Think about that. Such concepts were unthinkable to all previous American generations because they all recognized the fallacies of socialism based on what they were taught by parents, teachers, professors, each other, and most recently on the internet itself. But the fringe professors of the past are the mainstream professors of today. Even high school teachers have become so unhinged with their teachings that many, particularly younger ones, feel it’s necessary to instill a sense of hostility towards their own country.
What was once anecdotal is now so commonplace it no longer makes for a good headline. It’s expected. The gap in understanding about the nature of socialism, communism, and other radical philosophies in government have yielded a generation that no longer cares so much about their freedom. They are a generation of contradictions and enigmas; they don’t want to be told what to do yet they want the government to step in and get involved in everything.
How did this happen? How did we go from a generation like the one that grew up under Reagan and the subsequent generation that grew up through 9/11, both of whom loved and appreciated America, to the generation of today that is suddenly against everything signified by America’s actual existence? To answer that, we need to look at Reagan’s second great warning.
“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
I don’t think I need to explain this one at all. If you’re a believer in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, one who practices a Judeo-Christian faith, then you are very well aware that our nation is slipping away from the religious foundation that not only built us but kept us improving as a country until recently. One can look at Roe v. Wade, gay marriage, or other political examples of the nation’s faith slipping away, but those are symptoms. The cultural shift away from the faith is the root cause of our nation’s moral distress.
One cannot be surrounded by sin and expect that it won’t creep into his house.
But the Biblical writers often told of challenges from within the church itself. We’re seeing this as the spirit of antichrist today manifesting in false teachers and dismal representatives of the Gospel. Ask today’s youthful generation to name a religious leader. The answers will vary but chances are strong they’ve heard of a prosperity gospel megachurch pastor or a corrupt televangelist. They see the greed that drives so many in false church and they believe this is what the faith is all about. They see Westboro Baptist Church, the priest sex scandals, and pastors telling their congregations they need a bigger jet.
If the “church” represents greed, bigotry, and sexual misconduct to this generation, why would they turn to it for their own understanding of life?
It’s not a stretch to generalize that this generation, at least a very large chunk of it, worship on the altars of climate change, transhumanism, and Hollywood morality. They cannot reconcile their strong beliefs against the persecution of the LGBTQ community and still find personal solace in a religious movement that is allegedly doing the persecuting.
I had a jarring conversation a few years back with a gay friend. We were up late one night talking about his beliefs. He knew (as all do deep down) that there must be a creator, but no argument I made for the truth of the Bible could convince him righteousness could be found there. This was my own shortcoming, something I’ve regretted ever since. I failed him by not being able to overcome the perception of hatred he felt was directed towards him by “church folks.”
We must all do better.
Reagan feared a generation that abandoned freedom and a country that abandoned faith. It shouldn’t be surprising that the greatest threat to our future as a nation is the symbiotic expansion of both of his greatest fears.
Dear DC, media: Put the Mueller distraction behind us and focus on actual problems
Today has been loaded with heated social media exchanges. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on one of the edges supporting or denouncing the President after the release of the Mueller report or if you’re in the middle. If you have an opinion that anyone hears, there’s a good chance you’ll get an earful.
Earlier, I wrote about my initial reaction to the Mueller report, how it will only loosely sway the minds of a percentage of people in the middle but how both supporters and opponents of the President will continue to feel how they felt before the report. I also said I’d be reading the report tonight. I’ve changed my mind. Now that it’s clear the President will not be impeached, the endless debate over whether or not he obstructed will begin and continue indefinitely. But it shouldn’t. This is done. Draw your conclusions. Get your feelings out on social media. Say a prayer, light a candle, drink a beer – do whatever it takes to bring yourself closure to this whole debacle.
This is all politics. It’s time to put all efforts into solving the multitude of problems facing us.
- We have a growing crisis at the southern border with no end in sight and very little movement happening in DC to address the issue.
- The abortion industry is becoming more powerful despite strides being made by pro-life activists and politicians.
- North Korea just got a lot more aggressive as they continue to pursue their nuclear ambitions.
- A Middle East peace deal is about to be unveiled in less than a month, yet neither side seems to be close to even approaching the negotiating table.
- Our national debt continues to skyrocket, along with our budget deficit and spending.
I could list about a hundred other issues that are exponentially more important to the well-being of the American people and the defense of the Constitution than the dumpster fire surrounding the Mueller report. People on both sides of the aisle may enjoy debating the importance or irrelevance of the findings in the report, but nothing will change even if either side wins, which they won’t.
It’s time to move on. There are serious issues that must be addressed and debating the Mueller report will do absolutely nothing to address them. This distraction should end and lawmakers should get back to work.
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