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Mitt Romney’s double vision should disqualify him for US Senate

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When “Massachusetts Mitt” Romney announced his candidacy to fill the US Senate seat being vacated by retiring Orin Hatch, the east-coast liberal assured the citizens of Utah that they could support his carpetbagger campaign because he was “a Utahn at heart.”

When faced with defending the political chameleonism of his past to party bosses skeptical of his commitment to the Beehive State, Romney promised to “call them like I see them” when it comes time for him to keep his campaign promises.

Without even realizing it, Romney’s US Senate campaign has revealed the reason behind his history of holding positions on both sides of nearly every issue. I’m sad to report that Mitt Romney suffers from a malady all too common in Washington—political double vision—and has for his entire career.

We saw the first indications of his condition when Romney attempted to unseat Ted Kennedy for the US Senate. In that 1994 campaign, Romney ran as a Republican to become the party nominee, but ran as a Ted Kennedy clone during the election, adopting his positions on issues like abortions and healthcare.

Several years later, Romney became governor of Massachusetts based primarily on his promise to create a free-market “conservative” solution to that state’s healthcare problem. However, once in office, Romney helped create Romneycare—the blueprint for Obamacare—with the help of Ted Kennedy and other Democrats.

And, of course, in 2012 Romney defended Romneycare while attacking Obamacare as he tried to convince America that he was “severely conservative” despite his liberal history.

With this documented track record, Romney has embarked on a type of severely conservative redux as he tries to hide the catastrophic diagnosis his serious condition.

Currently, in his US Senate campaign in Utah, Romney promised to “bring Utah values to Washington” in areas like trade and balanced budgets, which meant that he would be opposing Trump and the GOP establishment on these issues. However, due to his double vision condition Romney is seeing things differently now that he finds himself in an unexpected fight for the GOP nomination after his coronation by the establishment failed to materialize.

For entirely personal reasons, Romney was opposed to Trump in 2016, but now he’s a big fan as he faces the reality that the Republican party is the party of Trump, even predicting an easy 2020 reelection for the New York liberal.

Romney used to criticize Trump’s policies on trade and tariff, spending, and national security, but in a recent campaign appearance he dismissed Trump’s trade tariffs, saying that they won’t create a recession and how Trump’s endless trillion-dollar deficits are a good thing, calling them “highly simulative” for the economy.

Double vision should disqualify Romney, but in the age of Trump and today’s GOP, it’s actually a requirement for the job.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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  1. Pearl Nardini

    June 12, 2018 at 8:06 am

    It is disappointing to hear that Mitt Romney has joined the Trump Train; but I am not terribly surprised. There are few GOP politicians who are willing to disagree with any Trump policy and we wonder what causes them to be such wimps…fear, I guess.

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House proposal makes DACA permanent and grants citizenship to illegals

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When Donald Trump issued an executive order in Sept. 2017 rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) order issued by Barack Obama, he was cheered by his adoring fans for appearing to keep one of his campaign promises regarding the illegal immigration problem. However, as the old saying goes, appearances can be deceiving.

The reason I call it deceiving is because Trump’s order was merely a technicality—sort of a Rescind-In-Name-Only moment—used to buy the time necessary to make DACA permanent, which has been his “big heart” goal from the beginning.

Of course, any permanent legislation needs to come from Congress, which should have been problematic for Republicans who campaigned for years against Obama’s handling of illegal immigration. But in today’s Republican party—owned and operated by Trump—such commitments have become secondary to the requirement to please Dear Leader.

For example, just days after Trump’s deceptive order, Mitch McConnell went on record in support of negotiation with Democrats and the president—but I repeat myself—to save DACA and create an amnesty plan and eventual citizenship for approximately 1.8 million DREAMers.

Though past attempts have failed, election-season fever is sweeping Washington, so Trump and Republican party loyalists are making another push to get the job done.

After conducting several days of Nancy Pelosi-style meetings behind closed doors, Paul Ryan released an immigration plan yesterday that will legally protect DREAMers while also providing over $23 billion for another Trump promise—a border wall.

Wait a minute! I though Trump promised us that Mexico was going to pay for the wall. I suppose that’s just another in-name-only moment for the New York liberal.

Back to the House proposal. DREAMers can apply for “nonimmigrant status” which is essentially a newfangled way to say visa. The extra visas necessary to handle these requests will be available due to new restrictions that will lower the number of legal immigrant applications, which means legal immigrants will be effectively moved to the back of the line.

But that’s not the worst part.

Once obtained, these visas become the first step on a pathway to citizenship, which means that years down the road, 1.8 million illegals—probably more—will have jumped the line to US citizenship ahead of legal immigrants, despite the rhetoric from Trump and the GOP claiming otherwise.

Though this proposal may or may not pass, making DACA permanent and creating a pathway to citizenship are broken promises. But as I wrote a few days ago, breaking promises has become a job requirement in the age of Trump and today’s GOP.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Like Obama, Trump has earned his Nobel Peace Prize too!

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After Trump signed an agreement with N. Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, promising to end joint military drills with S. Korea—because drills are so “provocative”—and to withdraw US troops from the Korean peninsula in exchange for Un’s pinky-swear promise to destroy his nuclear arsenal, the deal-maker-in chief announced to the world that everyone could “sleep well” now that N. Korea was no longer a nuclear threat.

While Trump’s pre-emptive, unconditional surrender to N. Korea’s “loving dictator” contained absolutely no details on how this East Asia Nirvana would come to fruition—Trump said he didn’t need them because he has “one of the great memories of all time“—it had enough substance to rekindle rumors of a Nobel Peace Prize for Trump.

In recognition of what Sean Hannity called Trump’s Reagan moment, two Norwegian lawmakers have nominated Trump to be the 2019 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for taking what they called a “huge and important step in the direction of the disarmament, peace, and reconciliation between North and South Korea.”

While there are those who feel Trump is undeserving of receiving what would essentially be nothing more than a participation trophy because he failed to actually win anything, I have to take a stand in defense of Trump because he’s just as worthy to receive something he didn’t earn as his predecessor was.

Early in his presidency, Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing to earn it other than sounding like he would “work for a world without nuclear weapons.” Absent of any accomplishments to that end, the Nobel Committee awarded the Prize to Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

In Trump’s case, he too lacks any verifiable accomplishment and has done nothing tangible to earn the Nobel Peace Prize. But like Obama, Trump’s efforts in Korea make it appear like he’s done something he hasn’t, so the fact that he hasn’t doesn’t matter.

The administration appears ready to live down to the Nobel Committee’s low expectations. Since all that’s required is for Trump to vaguely take a “step in the direction” of disarmament, Secretary of State Pompeo made the bold proclamation that the White House would set that as a goal by hoping to have “major, major disarmament” within the next 2 ½ years—which, coincidently, is the time of the next presidential election.

In an interview with Trump’s daily intel Team, FOX & Friends, Kellyanne Conway stated that Obama had his Nobel Peace Prize handed to him, but that Trump would earn his.

I have to say she’s right. Obama did have the Nobel Peace Prize handed to him while doing nothing to earn it. And if we use “doing nothing” as our barometer, it means Trump has “earned” the right to the Nobel Peace Prize too!

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Trump joins McConnell in targeting conservatives for elimination

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Yesterday, Mitch McConnell became the latest example of the need for term limits when he became the longest-serving, anti-conservative leader in US Senate history, at eleven years, five months, and ten days. Mickey’s pro-establishment mentality during his tenure has successfully protected incumbency against “unelectable”—his word, not mine—conservative opponents who threaten his position of power.

But another Republican with a track record of targeting conservatives who dare to challenge his power was also in the news yesterday—Donald Trump.

First, a little background.

During the fake attempt at the fake repeal of Obamacare last year, Trump joined McConnell in blaming conservatives for their failure to end the disastrous healthcare law, specifically targeting the House Freedom Caucus for “snatch(ing) defeat from the jaws of victory” and calling for HFC members to be replaced in 2018.

Days later, after having declared war against conservatives, Trump people began targeting specific members of the HFC for not boarding the Trump Train, beginning with Justin Amash (R-MI).

As I wrote at the time, Amash defended himself by calling out the “Trumpstablishment” for embracing the status quo while attacking “conservatives, libertarians, and independent thinkers.”

Unfortunately, these threats have made an impact on HFC leadership as Mark Meadows is promoting a new brand of so-called conservatives known as “Trump conservatives,” thus confirming the fears of those who warned in 2016 that Trumpism would replace conservatism.

And now to yesterday’s news.

There have been others within the HFC who have refused to embrace Trumpservatism besides Amash, such as Mark Sanford (R-SC). However, as a result of his resistance, Sanford was targeted by Trump for elimination for being “unhelpful” to the president’s campaign. Trump endorsed Sanford’s pro-Trump opponent, Katie Arrington, in yesterday’s GOP primary, which she narrowly won.

As a fellow member of the “I’ve been attacked by Trump for being a conservative club,” Amash defended Sanford, returning fire against the Narcissist-in-Chief, saying that Trump wasn’t even close to possessing Sanford’s “humility in his role and (his) desire to be a better man.”

Unfortunately, Trump’s attack worked against Sanford, and with the HFC devolving into a group of Trumpservatives, we’re likely to see more of this in future GOP primaries.

Trump and McConnell are of one accord when it comes to their hatred of conservatives because conservatives are a threat to the status quo and the establishment’s power. This is why conservatives need to stop playing footsie with the Republican party, stand up to them, and defend our values while we still can.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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