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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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10 things to do instead of watching the Democrats debate tonight

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10 things to do instead of watching the Democrats debate tonight

In 2016, I watched every debate the Democratic Party put on. Their policies were in a state of flux at the time and I wanted to learn more about that crazy up-and-coming whippersnapper, Senator Bernie Sanders.

This time, there are many reasons I won’t be watching the debate. First, the field is too big for now. I just don’t care enough about what 2/3rds of them have to say because less than 1/3rd actually have at least a minor shot of getting the nomination. The others are fundraising for their next election.

Second, I already know all the answers. Tim Young broke them down:

The third and final reason (there are more, but let’s not get boring) I won’t be watching tonight’s debate is because there are so many better ways to spend my time. Here are 10 things people should be doing that would be time better spent.

  1. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, especially if you live in a Democrat-controlled city like San Francisco, Seattle, or New York.
  2. Eat dinner at Chick-fil-A.
  3. Read the Constitution instead of listening to people who view it as a hindrance to their goals.
  4. Learn how we’re working to stop socialism from rising in America.
  5. Clean your guns. Too many gun owners aren’t doing proper maintenance.
  6. Learn about the growing threat of the Muslim Brotherhood.
  7. Preorder “Unplanned“.
  8. Spend time with family, friends, pets, or anyone you know who could use some encouragement today.
  9. Shop at Wayfair.
  10. Literally anything else.

Spoiler alert: They all hate Trump. They all want to stop America from being divided. They all want you to hate successful Americans. The Democrats’ responses will be variations of “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

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The one question the GOP does not want Mueller to answer

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The one question the GOP does not want Mueller to answer

This is not going to go as Democrats have planned. It never seems to work out for them, lately. Mueller will only repeat what he already wrote in the report. It will be highly publicized, heavily watched, and totally disappointing to the left.

Unless he answers one question.

Before explaining what that question is, here’s the latest on Robert Mueller’s intentions to testify before the House Judiciary Committee:

Robert Mueller agrees to testify before House lawmakers July 17 after subpoena, Nadler and Schiff announce

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on July 17 after they subpoenaed the special counsel Tuesday, according to the committees’ chairmen, Reps. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Congressional Democrats have fought to get access to Mueller and his unredacted report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether President Trump obstructed justice. Weeks of negotiations between House Democrats and the Justice Department ultimately ended with the subpoena.

Fox News has learned Mueller would appear only under a subpoena, which has been described as a “friendly” subpoena, one that in essence had been planned. Mueller is expected to stick to the “four corners” of his report.

As he said at his press conference, he plans on only answering questions with references to his report. But there’s one question that he seems to have already answered in an indirect way. If he answers it directly, it could be a serious problem for President Trump.

The question is this:

“Would you have recommended corruption charges based on the evidence if the person of interest wasn’t the President?”

If he answers that question in the affirmative, the Democrats have their primary talking point for the 2020 elections.

It is unlikely he will answer this question, but one never knows until it happens.

But there’s a danger to the Democrats as well. If Mueller testifies that he believes Trump should be impeached, whether directly or by inference as he did at his press conference, it will be very difficult to hold back the reins as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has been doing. She’ll have to act or risk a coup in her own party. By acting on impeachment, she will be helping the President. He doesn’t want it to happen, but his team is aware that impeachment would be an unpopular play for the Democrats.

The Democrats are grasping at straws now. They can’t get anything to stick because it seems there is nothing interesting enough to the people to stick on the President. But that’s not stopping them from trying. And failing.

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Census: Sanctuary cities are reaping what they sow

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Census Sanctuary Cities Are Reaping What They Sow

Whether or not the census should include a citizenship question is a debate currently raging in our country, but few are stopping to realize that the behavior of sanctuary cities has led to this near inevitable juncture.

All cursory arguments aside, the reality is that sanctuary cities are flipping the proverbial bird at federal law. By declaring themselves sanctuaries for illegal immigrants they are in essence declaring that significant portions of their population are likely undocumented and illegal. The logical question that arises from such a situation is whether lawlessness should be allowed to impact the apportionment of political representation.

The emergence of the citizenship question, regardless of its merits or lack thereof, should not come as a shock to anyone who has engaged in the manufacture of a sanctuary city. Do those who have endeavored to thwart federal law really think that the rest of the country would turn a blind eye to the apportionment of increased representation in federal government specifically predicated on an increased illegal population?

If those who wish to remove the citizenship question from the census are truly serious about their aims, they should set their sights as equally upon sanctuary cities as they should the Trump administration. It is the gross negligence of those who have attempted to thwart federal immigration law that has led to the just question of legitimate apportionment of political representation. Sanctuary cities, whether purposefully or not, have impacted the scales of their population in an unlawful way and if the census includes a citizenship question, as a commensurate response to their actions, they only have themselves to blame.

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