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In response to a plan by a small band of so-called conservatives to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House back in 2015, I became a proud activist in the “Dump Boehner” movement. Needless to say, when the Democrat’s favorite Republican announced his retirement, it was a happy day for conservatives who were working to see the GOP return to its Constitutional roots.

Unfortunately, as so often happens in Washington, the courage to do what’s right fell to the cowardice of compromise as one Republican after another abandoned the plan for a new conservative leader. Instead of fighting for their principles, the invertebrate GOP surrendered to passivity and elected a new boss who was the same as the old boss in Paul Ryan—a move supported by even Barack Obama.

Based on Ryan’s track record of failure, I opposed him before he got the Speaker gig because I knew that he would be no different from Boehner, especially after he demanded that conservatives abandon their values and fall in line as a condition for his acceptance for the job.

My concerns proved to have merit as Paul Ryan waffled his way through issues, from the Obamacare repeal to abandoning GOP promises to fix the budget over the past two years, and now that his RINO-ness has collided head-on with the Trumplican rebrand of the GOP, Paul Ryan just announced that he is abandoning ship ahead of the upcoming Blue Tsunami.

Based on my jubilation when Boehner retired, you’d think I’d be happy about Ryan’s announcement, but I am not. When Boehner was forced out of office, there was a conservative plan to replace him, even though it failed, and with Ryan’s sudden retirement we don’t even have that.

The two leading candidates to replace Ryan are House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. You may recall that McCarthy was considered “next up” when Boehner retired, but he withdrew his name from consideration due to his inability to garner support from conservative groups like the House Freedom Caucus. And Steve Scalise is a ten-year veteran of the House who carries a 49% (F) Liberty Score.

Unfortunately, the so-called conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus appear ready to support McCarthy this time around, using a scheme where Chairman Mark Meadows would be elevated to McCarthy’s old job. In other words, the HFC will compromise conservative principles in the name of political opportunism, just like the Republican establishment currently in power.

Paul Ryan needed to go, but just as it was when Boehner retired, change simply for the sake of change is no change at all. It only perpetuates the status quo.

And here’s something to scare the bejesus out of you; if McCarthy gets the Speaker gig, the Republican leader and the Democrat leader, regardless of who’s in the majority and the minority, will both be Representatives from California.


Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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Dear DC, media: Put the Mueller distraction behind us and focus on actual problems

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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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Why do I fight the GOP establishment when the odds are against me

As you may have noticed, I’ve been focusing a lot of attention lately on the need for an alternative to the Democrat/Republican duopoly, particularly as we approach the 2020 election. This has led to a lot of feedback from people who don’t exactly agree with me, particularly when I point out how Trump and the GOP fail to uphold conservative values and how this disqualifies them to lead our movement.

Some of the most common criticisms I hear, besides being accused of working for CNN or being privately funded by George Soros — I still wish I had some of his money — is how I’m simply being negative and that I need to focus more on the “good things” Trump and the GOP are doing for the country.

Of course, I’d be happy to do as they suggest, if only they actually did anything good — for example, keeping their promises.

The Republican Party has been a lost cause in my book ever since John Boehner and Mitch McConnell teamed up to “crush the conservative opposition” while simultaneously advancing the socialist agenda of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi — an agenda McConnell claims the GOP will stop if we allow them to keep their Senate majority.

So-called conservative groups like the House Freedom Caucus like to talk a good game, but they have embraced the agenda of the NY Liberal occupying the White House and replaced conservatism with Trumpservatism.

And let’s not forget Trump has also targeted real conservatives for not carrying the Trumpservative water.

While Democrats are easy targets due to their advocacy of socialism, the advance of socialism and liberty-killing big government at the hands of Republican vagabonds simply cannot be underestimated. And to make matters worse, socialism is being embraced by so-called conservatives as well.

To put it bluntly, I’m a critic of these frauds, not a cheerleader, because truth is more important than going along to get along. This means I often find myself alone, but as I once wrote, “I’d rather walk the right road alone than walk the wrong road with a crowd.”

When faced by the overwhelming forces opposing conservative values, I’m often reminded of a scene near the end of the movie, The Matrix Revolutions, the third installment of The Matrix trilogy, where Agent Smith appears to have defeated Neo.

Agent Smith: Why, Mr. Anderson? Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you’re fighting for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Yes? No? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. The temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can’t win. It’s pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why do you persist?

Neo: Because I choose to.

“Because I choose to.” That’s it, right there.

Liberty or tyranny. Freedom or slavery. Surrender or revolution. To break free of the GOP “Matrix,” we need to choose to persist in fighting for what we believe in.

From now through 2020, I choose to be a revolutionary who speaks truth because, as George Orwell once stated, “speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.”

And even after the election, I will choose to continue being a voice in the wilderness by calling out faux conservatives in Washington and the media for exchanging conservative values for political preservation.

I will also continue to call out the Fellowship of the Pharisees for sacrificing the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the altar of cheap grace for a seat at Trump’s table.

Like I said, I’m a critic, not a cheerleader. Besides, the establishment already has enough cheerleaders.

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Right is the opposite of wrong. Right is the opposite of left. Coincidental? Perhaps! But NOQ Report needs you to write the right in both senses of the word.

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NOQ report is gaining due attention ~ but moreover due credibility ~ nationally and I would daresay internationally. Our goal is to reach both decision-makers and the voters who can replace them if they don’t do their jobs right.

There is a need everywhere in the United States of America to get the right message to the right people in the right way at the right time. But I can personally vouch for the fact that nowhere is this more desperately needed at this juncture than here in Hawaii.

When I retired from a 42-year career in public service on January 3, 2015, after taking some personal time including a long-overdue holiday in Australia, I turned my attention toward helping end the Democrat one-party monopoly here at America’s mid-Pacific Frontier.

Because good national conservative leadership is a prerequisite to establishing good local conservative leadership, I first volunteered in the presidential campaign of Ted Cruz. Then in the midterm elections, I volunteered first in the primary campaign of John Carroll for Hawaii Governor. Then I offered my services as a volunteer in the general election for the senatorial campaign of Ron Curtis.

Everybody in the country obviously knows that Ted Cruz fell short. But for those of you outside Hawaii, I will mention that neither of the candidates that I supported in 2018 prevailed.

But each successive campaign was a learning experience for me. The most difficult aspect was trying to get the message to the voters while all the local Hawaii media were doing their best to squelch the conservative agenda while running defense for their Democrat puppet masters.

I will offer you one prime example of that fact. After interviewing John Carroll and working closely with him to ensure that his recollections were accurately conveyed, I wrote an article entitled “John Carroll Rates Every Hawaii Governor Since Statehood”. This was submitted on June 24, 2018 by Mr. Carroll himself to a local online media outlet whom I won’t do any favors by naming here. They refused to publish it and would not even give the courtesy of an explanation though they claim to provide coverage of all political candidates.

With a brief introduction, that article was reproduced verbatim here on NOQ Report on March 7, 2019 under the title “A case study in getting the conservative message to the voters“. Because its historical value persists despite its political value now being moot, we believed the people of Hawaii deserved to be able to read it for themselves.

I bring up that anecdote to confirm that NOQ Report is truly a godsend to the conservative voters of Hawaii. JD Rucker has published 28 articles from yours truly within the last two months, including the one you’re reading right now.

Research, analysis, synthesis, formulation, articulation and dissemination to appropriate parties of pertinent timely data comprise much of what I did for most of the last half-century. That’s why I greatly appreciate the opportunity to reach relevant persons in this objective online forum.

I encourage other conservatives to take Mr. Rucker up on his offer. This is your opportunity to overcome the Democrat media blackout of all things conservative here in these islands.

I particularly encourage Ron Curtis as he deliberates whether to make another run for office, to put his well-thought-out and admirably-prepared platform for his conservative agenda going forward, into original articles for NOQ Report. I’m sure not only myself but others will help to ensure that they are shared far and wide with our families, friends and neighbors in Hawaii.

This isn’t so much a “Vote for Me” thing as it is a conduit for conveying conservative analyses to others, which includes any fair-minded Democrats still living, along with Republicans. That’s why I’d like to see others apply your writing talents to a worthwhile objective.

Unfortunately, the term “Prominent Republicans” is virtually an oxymoron here in Hawaii. It’s going to take a lot of people whose names are not well-known to get involved.

Along with Ron Curtis and John Carroll with whom I have worked closely in the past, I would like Sam Slom who lost his longtime seat in the Hawaii State Senate, as he tries to regain it again next year, to consider NOQ Report as a conduit for his immense knowledge of the Hawaii political landscape.

We have had some talented people who previously carried an [R] after their name find that the grass is greener on the Democrat side of the fence. Identity politics is a major problem which we must all acknowledge and avoid. It’s hard to get elected in Hawaii when you’re under the GOP brand which Democrats have so successfully discredited over the years. But we need people with stick-to-itiveness.

The emphasis of what I personally have written thus far for NOQ Report has revolved around national security / border security and/or politics. But we need Subject Matter Experts [SMEs] in many other fields of knowledge. Academia. Economics. Social science. Meteorology. Military matters. Managing political campaigns. Indigenous affairs. Environmental issues. That’s a suggestive rather than exhaustive list. So much more.

This article has admittedly been directed at trying to recruit qualified people here in Hawaii to avail yourselves of this unique opportunity which JD Rucker has put before you today. But if anybody outside Hawaii is still reading at this point, I also hope you will consider the urgency of the needs in your own home state and join us at NOQ Report also.

Please contact JD and tell him who you are, where you are and something about the conservative vision which you would like to share. As he says, this is strictly volunteer. I almost said it’s an unpaid gig. But it’s not really unpaid. You just won’t get any funds in your bank account. But you will get the satisfaction of knowing that you have expressed your sincere thoughts to decision-makers and those who will determine whether to replace them with other decision-makers.

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