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Conservative Picks for the Maine Primary

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Maine contributes very little to Conservatism and its politicians have been a detriment to the Republican party especially Senator Susan Collins. However, Conservative Mainers have cause for optimism. And the hope stems from State Senator Eric Brakey. As noted in a January article, Brakey was one of the strongest Conservatives in the Maine legislature. The US Senate race in Maine was listed as one of the most important races in 2018 for its potential to send a strong Conservative to the Senate. Eric Brakey is a conservatarian, meaning he is actually interested in cutting spending and reducing the size of government. He is a strong defender of liberties and has a solid understanding of the Constitution.

The Democrats in this race have two options, which hopefully ends up splitting the vote in the general election. Option number one is the incumbent former governor, Angus King. This is his first term. He won in 2012 fancying himself as “independent”. In actuality, Angus King has been a staunch Democrat in the office. This may not bode well for him seeing that 2018 will surely be a better election for Republicans than 2012. Democrats could also choose their socialist option Zak Ringelstein is running on the future, if not current, Democratic platform of higher taxes and medicare for all.

The Senate race is the only action in this edition of Conservative Picks. And hopefully Conservatives in Maine can compensate for Susan Collins, and in two years challenge her.

US Senate

Eric Brakey is running against Max Linn. Linn is not a serious, nor formidable candidate in this race. This makes the Senate race in Maine a rare occurrence of a liberty loving candidate facing little resistance.

Conservative Pick: Eric Brakey

District 1

Mark Holbrook is the only Republican in this race.

District 2

Bruce Poliquin is a massive RINO. He is unopposed.

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Tom Fitton on Lou Dobbs discusses the ‘Clinton cover-up operation’

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Tom Fitton on Lou Dobbs discusses the Clinton cover-up operation

Government watchdog Judicial Watch uncovered FBI notes from the first “sham” investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email debacle from 2016. Included in the FBI notes were references made by Clinton’s IT team itself referring to their activities as the “Clinton cover-up operation.”

Let that sink in.

Now that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential campaign has been wrapped up and the Mueller report has been released to the public, Judicial Watch is working overtime to uncover what they can about the real scandal from that election. What candidate Clinton and her team did was almost certainly illegal and we’re learning more about it every day. Is it possible a new investigation could commence? Tom Fitton believes it will and told Lou Dobbs as much today.

Watch this interview. If there’s any doubt that Hillary Clinton belongs in jail, you should check with Tom Fitton and Lou Dobbs before finalizing your opinion. Justice has not been served following the 2016 election and it’s not the President who should be worried.

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Demonetized: Steven Crowder has been tried and convicted by YouTube of being a conservative

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Demonetized Steven Crowder has been tried and convicted by YouTube of being a conservative

Conservatives fell for a trap. It’s been over a decade in the making and few of us saw it coming until it was too late. To be fair, this trap was actually so well executed and seemingly coordinated that it’s actually impressive how well it worked. Now, the walls that have been around us the whole time are finally starting to close in.

The trap was to believe that even hyper-leftists in the tech industry would be fair when it came to the use of their platforms. By “fair,” I mean they would accept that there are views that differ from their preferred progressive standpoints and those views are worthy of being expressed on their platforms. For a time, this was true. But as the giants such as Google in search, Facebook and Twitter in social media, and YouTube for video grew to the point that they’re essentially unchallenged and virtually invincible, they’ve now changed their tune. The worst crime anyone who uses their services can commit is to be conservative.

Steven Crowder is learning it again and again with the most recent incident happening today.

Many of us make our living by creating and sharing content online. Unfortunately, the platforms that we work on, including YouTube, have revealed in recent years that there is a proper way of thinking in their eyes, and if you dare to offer a perspective that challenges this proper way of thinking, you’re a horrible human being who doesn’t deserve to live, let alone earn a penny from them.

Like I said, this was a brilliant trap, properly executed over the years to draw us in and then shut us down once we became dependent and their competition was suppressed. That’s where we are today.

The easy answer to all of this is to abandon the platforms that are unfriendly to conservatives and work only with those who truly appreciate free speech, cordial discourse, and the enterprising nature of Americans. That’s the easy answer, but it’s not an easy solution. You see, the sites that pay the best happen to be Google and their video spawn YouTube. To get the necessary eyeballs on this content, we often rely again on Google as well as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and other progressive giants.

Where do we go from here?

Two options

For people like Crowder (and us), the easy days of “just make great content to make good money” are behind us. We can no longer just produce what we like and expect it to be respected by the traffic-drivers or revenue-drivers that literally hate us. We have to be careful. We are forced to bow before the politically correct leftist gods, also known as the “manual review” snowflakes who hold our fate in their hands.

But that won’t work. We won’t bow. Just as I can’t imagine Crowder toning down his “Change My Mind” series in any way, I know we would never start posting politically correct content that will appease the keyboard caretakers who reign over us. So that leaves us with two options.

Option 1: Fight for our right to be right

This is what most of us do today. We produce content and then fight tooth-and-nail to get it the traffic it needs. Once it gets the traffic, we then have to fight to keep it monetized. It’s a daily grind, but it’s effective to some extent. Nevertheless, it’s not only a waste of time but it’s a benefit to the people who are trying to suppress us in the first place. YouTube makes money off Crowder’s content whether they pay him for it or not. That’s the nature of YouTube. If he sucks people onto the platform to laugh as he “owns libs,” there’s a good chance those people he sucked in will then watch other videos with ads.

Just because they demonetize his content doesn’t mean they’re not making money off it.

So if option 1 sucks, then what’s the alternative?

Option 2: Pick up our balls and take them to a new playground

This is the option that invariably gets offered by scholarly Twitter users any time something like this happens. But it’s not that easy. I’ve tried multiple ad networks, affiliates, crowdfunding, and even outright begging and it doesn’t yield a fraction of what Google ads deliver. And frankly, that’s not enough either, but it’s more.

For Crowder, whose content thrives on YouTube, it’s not easy for him to become a Vimeo star and expect to reach the same people or get nearly enough money from it. Or any video platform for that matter. I’m not sure what BlazeTV or DailyWire pay, but outside of their paid services, much of there content goes on… YouTube.

But it’s more than just monetization. I’m sure Crowder and others like him are also like us in that our goal is to spread a proper message on the various topics that affect Americans on a daily basis. That means we want our content to be seen by a wide range of people, including progressives. Sometimes, especially progressives.

Working on a third option

I’ve been reaching out to conservatives about Proper Narrative, LLC. I hope this can help encourage conservative content producers to do what they’re doing by rewarding them beyond their standard revenue sources. It’s still early stage at this point, but one never knows when the right call will come in.

Final Thoughts

Until one of the two (or three) options becomes clearly the best choice, conservatives have to do what we can to support each other. To the digital media world, we’re the enemy. Nobody said being conservative in 2019 would be easy.

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Avengers: Endgame ties for highest Rotten Tomatoes score of all MCU movies

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Avengers Endgame ties for highest Rotten Tomatoes score of all MCU movies

There’s a little movie coming out this weekend. You may have heard of it. Avengers: Endgame is set to break records and (nearly) conclude this phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s eleven year run.

Critics love it.

Based on its score on movie review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, the culmination of the infinity stone saga is the best yet, tied with Black Panther at 97% “fresh.”

Opinion

Fans of the MCU are in for a treat, though bittersweet it might be. This movie is expected to bring a close to many of the storylines that have dominated summer blockbusters for over a decade, which means we’re sure to have a heart-wrenching experience that will also deliver vindication in ways movies are rarely able to achieve.

But I’m glad. This may be the level of distraction that Hollywood has always been tasked to deliver, but it’s also the bane of entertainment when such films make so much money they choke out the artistic aspect of movie-making. I hate to sound like a movie snob, but I’m glad to see this chapter, which has sucked all the air out of movie theaters for a decade, finally come to a close.

The mold won’t be broken, but there’s going to be a major challenge by all studios to duplicate the insane level of success the franchise has achieved. This bodes ill for the future of Hollywood as we’re bound to see poor attempts to live up to the world-building challenge the MCU seems to have mastered. Even those who continue forward will have a difficult time matching this level of success both critically and at the box office.

In other words, this is the end of an era.

Quote

“The MCU sticks this landing, allowing us to let go of years of baggage and get ready for the next flight.” – John Wenzel

Final Thoughts

It’s going to be hard for Disney to capture this level of movie magic again as they continue to build on the MCU. Frankly, I’m pretty sure they won’t be able to match what they’ve accomplished with these 22 films.

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