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F*** Civility!

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This week Michelangelo Signorile wrote a piece for the Huffington Post titled “F*** Civility.” (I decline to print the full title since I try to live in a civilized world.) In it, he called for Democrats to “shut down the streets.” The Left should “continually confront” Trump officials wherever they can be found, including running them out of restaurants the way Sarah Sanders was run out of a Mexican Restaurant while trying to have a peaceful family dinner.

What did he think of prior Democrat actions? “Democrats and Obama… personified civility.” So it must have been a civil act when a Sandernista shot up a baseball practice and nearly killed Steve Scalise. It must have been a civil act when Democrats burned a limousine during protests at President Trump’s inauguration.

The Supreme Court properly examined the law and the Constitution, upholding Trump’s travel ban. This action was reviewed favorably even by left-wing legal scholars. Yet in Signorile’s alleged mind, this was a “stinging, bigoted blow to justice and equality.” Notice I said “alleged mind,” because his comment is nothing more than a primal scream. There is no thought process involved.

Another Supreme Court decision, upholding the right of Crisis Pregnancy Centers to NOT advertise abortion facilities is an “anti-abortion” ruling. In fact, it was a free speech ruling where abortion was not an issue.

I could go on, but it’s clear that Signorile exemplifies much of the Left. They are simply incapable of rational thought. All they can do is scream. Indeed, one such group gathered to “scream through their vaginas” at Trump. You can’t make this stuff up. And, as the key question asks, “How’s that working out for you?”

One more quote clearly lays out where the Left is at the moment. “Many Democrats and many in the media are still living in an alternate universe where decorum will somehow save the day.”

Curious.

Our American Revolution came about when a critical mass of people took up arms against an oppressive foreign power. But there’s no oppression of the Left. They are simply losing political battles. No one is running around “stripping anyone of their rights.” Medicaid is not a right, and neither is food stamps. If Planned Parenthood loses its Federal money, the government will not force them to close. And Trump is not “putting children in prison camps.”

Where will this go? The primary in New York’s 14th Congressional District offers us some guidance. This hard-left district threw out a ten-term member of Congressional leadership. Part of it was due to him simply ignoring a photogenic newcomer since it was “his seat.” But part was also due to the Democrat party moving into that alternate universe Signorile mentioned.

Alternate universes are a science fiction construct where much is the same in two universes, but they don’t have contact with each other. Since Signorile, who exemplifies the hard Left, thinks that civility is in an “alternate universe,” he’s saying that he’s in an alternate universe from civil society… Think about it…

What does this mean for the midterm elections? It’s obvious that the loonie Left is cranked up to full scream mode. There’s only so much any person can hear. For example, when CNN’s Brian Stelter tried to blame the Maryland newspaper shooting on Donald Trump, we tune him out. His statement is obviously nuts. When Signorile says that Trump is “putting children in prison camps,” we tune him out.

The Left and their echo chamber in the media have cried wolf so many times that we aren’t able to hear them anymore. Surveys have noted that the public is disregarding the legacy media. But this just makes them scream louder. They can’t seem to realize that we have already left the room and closed the door. We’re tired of their yelling and want to go somewhere peaceful. We have more important things to do.

There has been a lot of noise in the press about a “Blue Wave” in the midterm elections. But the generic ballot surveys have recently swung to a dead heat. Since Republicans historically outperform the generic numbers by about three points, that is a “Red Tsunami” waiting to happen. Public approval of Donald Trump is higher than it was for Barack Obama at the same point in his presidency. Economic sentiment is positive, employment is up, and wages are rising. Since people tend to vote their wallets, things look good for Republicans.

What are Democrats going to do? They are “obstinately convinced of the superiority of their opinions and prejudiced against those who hold different ones.” In short, they are bigots. Starting from that position is a guaranteed loser.

Retail politics is very much like retail sales. You do best in a warm market. In politics, that’s your base. But you can’t stop there. Your base just isn’t enough to get you over 50%. So you have to find a way to get some of the middle over to your side. But the middle is reasonably happy with the way things are going, and that number is increasing. You have to find a way to change their opinion.

Yelling is the worst way to change someone’s opinion. When you say that we are bigots, fascists, or Nazis, you just stopped all conversation. We know we aren’t any of those things, and your yelling won’t change that. It doesn’t matter what you say after that, because we’ve stopped listening. And you made that happen.

Democrats who carefully engage in the realm of ideas have a chance to actually persuade voters. But Democrats like Maxine Waters show the rest of us how insane you are. Why would we want you anywhere near the levers of power? Are we crazy?

The loud lunatic fringe of the Democrat party is making the rest of the Democrats look worse than they already are. The election in New York 14 looks like the Democrats are swinging further in that direction. And the further the Democrats swing, the harder it will be for them to get out of their alternate universe into the real world to make contact with voters. That’s good for Republicans.

It is not helpful for Democrat thought leaders to suggest that we “are lying through [our] teeth” when we disagree with them. We aren’t “stripping millions of their rights.” We’re tired of you telling us what to believe and then belittling us when we disagree. We’ll vote for people who actually live in our world, and you aren’t one of them. Don’t be surprised if there’s a Red Tsunami.

 

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Republicans can confirm Kavanaugh and still win the midterm elections If they play their cards right

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If they play their cards right the GOP can confirm Kavanaugh and still win the midterm elections

It would be easy for Americans hearing news from mainstream media and reading awkwardly worded polls to believe that Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is doomed and the Republicans are set to lose big time during the midterm elections. It’s harder to see that they’re actually in a position of strength if they play their cards right.

Here are their cards:

  1. The first accusation was held by Democrats until the last minute for purely political reasons and is a 36-year-old he-said-she-said.
  2. The second accusation is “lazy at best, slimy at worst” according to critics of the New Yorker story.
  3. With over a month left before midterm elections, there’s plenty of time to confirm Kavanaugh and move the narrative elsewhere.
  4. Last-minute fundraising can skyrocket if they use the Democrats’ derailment tactics against them properly.

It’s the fifth card, though that has the most potential bite. Their trump card (no, not that Trump) is the unwavering support of Keith Ellison and more importantly the backstabbing by Democrats against his accuser, Karen Monahan.

Democrats are all about believing Kavanaugh’s accusers but are silent at best about Ellison’s:

DNC official Keith Ellison’s ex, accusing him of domestic violence, says there’s smear campaign against her

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/23/dnc-official-keith-ellisons-ex-accusing-him-domestic-violence-says-theres-smear-campaign-against-her.htmlRep. Keith Ellison’s ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan on Sunday claimed there’s been a smear campaign against her to help her husband, a top official in the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Monahan, who said he sent her threatening text messages and once screamed obscenities at her as he dragged her off a bed by her feet, wrote on Twitter: “I said this would happen early on. Keith is getting others to write commentary, sharing personal info, like being sexually abused, making false statements about who broke up, how it happened, etc. He will stop at nothing. #WhyIDidntReport victims get smeared, shamed,lied on.”

If Republicans play their fifth card properly with the other four, they can get Kavanaugh confirmed and still have a good shot at retaining full control of the House and Senate after the midterm elections. Ellison represents the type of double-standard endemic in Democratic lawmakers.

What they cannot use is an “if… then…” argument. In other words, they can’t tell Democrats that if they’re willing to believe Kavanaugh’s accuser then they must believe Ellison’s accuser. That would be falling into a trap. Democrats are fully prepared to throw Ellison on his own sword if it means retaking the House and Senate and derailing Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Instead, Republicans must attack the way Democrats handled Ellison BEFORE the Kavanaugh situation. Putting this into current context gives Democrats an out. However, Republicans can easily demonstrate how Democrats attempted to sweep the Ellison mess under the carpet when it first came out but jumped on board the Kavanaugh-is-a-sexual-deviant train as soon as the option presented itself.

Here’s how a general campaign ad might play out:

“Democrats came out screaming when Brett Kavanaugh’s accusations first emerged, but when the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee was accused, they defended him and viciously attacked his accuser[show Monahan’s Tweets]. She had witnesses, doctor’s reports, and other evidence that the Democrats tried to quash. Her accusations were dismissed because Democrats will do anything to stand by their man [show image of Ellison screaming].”

Republicans have everything they need to confirm Kavanaugh and still win the midterms. All they need to do is play their cards right.

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The GOP’s rock and hard place: Kavanaugh versus midterms

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The GOPs rock and hard place Kavanaugh versus midterms

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is looking less and less likely to ever make it to a vote on the Senate floor because of memories from two drunk teen girls over three decades ago and not a shred of proof otherwise. The bar has been set, at least for Republicans.

That bar is, of course, very different for Democrats like Keith Ellison. Mainstream media and a majority of Democrats are all about “believe the women” accusing Kavanaugh without anything backing up their claims, but extremely credible accusations against Democrats like Keith Ellison are to be dismissed as lies.

That’s the state of affairs in American politics. Last minute accusations can take down a Republican politician or someone nominated by a Republican President.

It should be noted that I’m not a Republican. I’ve found the actions of the GOP to be pitiful considering the amount of control they finally wield. If the situation were reversed and they were using these tactics against Democrats, I’d rail against them just the same. It’s important that anyone reading this understands that I’m not an apologist for the GOP. I’m an apologist for the truth.

With that understood, here’s where we stand. The GOP is stuck between the proverbial rock and hard place. Things were looking bad for Kavanaugh with the first accusation. The court of public opinion was leaning away from his confirmation at that point and is certainly going to take a dive with the newest accusation. Republicans must stay consistent and battle for him even as the Democrats’ narrative shifts a little.

We will go from hearing Democrats calling for FBI investigations and hearing out the accuser to an attempt to establish a behavioral trend. Two is all it takes to establish a “trend” that mainstream media will lock onto at the unofficial request of the Democrats, so this new narrative changes their calculus.

Republicans are stuck preaching the same narrative they were before, that this is all a big trick by the Democrats to stall and potentially derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The ground just got more slippery for them, but changing stances at this point will jeopardize the Kavanaugh confirmation even further. They have their story and they must stick to it.

Here’s their bigger problem. By backing Kavanaugh, they’re feeding Democrats all the fodder they need to juice up their base. Female voters in particular will be the targets of their messaging. A higher percentage of female voters came to the polls following the Anita Hill testimony against Clarence Thomas than during Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. Democrats will bank on a repeat of 1992.

Republicans are down to two choices. They could either back Kavanaugh and likely lose a few close midterm races as a result or the could dump Kavanaugh and hope to retain power for confirmation of the next nominee.

Neither choice is good for Republicans.

This new precedent of accuse and derail is very dangerous for all of us regardless of who is getting accused. Kavanaugh’s future is in doubt, which unfortunately means the same is true for American politics.

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Human trafficking bill expands Patriot Act and further erodes liberty

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Human trafficking bill expands Patriot Act and further erodes liberty

A few weeks ago, America recognized the thousands of people who died on September 11, 2001 when an Islamic terrorist group hijacked four commercial airliners and crashed two of them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and one of them into the Pentagon.

In a piece I wrote about 9/11, I showed you how liberty also died that terrible day not at the hands of the terrorists but at the hands of our government as Democrats AND Republicans leveraged the tragedy to expand government control over our lives.

One of the responses to 9/11 by our benevolent overlords in Washington was the creation of the pro-America-sounding but unconstitutional Patriot Act. In the name of peace and safety, this law was passed just forty-five days following 9/11, giving the government:

  • Power to conduct searches of homes and businesses without the consent or knowledge of the owner or occupant
  • Power to search telephone, email, and financial records without a warrant

The Patriot Act was renewed in 2011 until 2015 when the USA Freedom Act — another pro-America-sounding law — was passed to fix the part of the Patriot Act that were proving to be constitutionally questionable.

But constitutionally questionable isn’t really anything the government worries about these days. And when they clearly intend to exceed their constitutional limitations, politicians in Washington are smart enough to dress up their excrement sandwich by placing it between two slices of tasty bread.

Congress is getting ready to expand the Patriot Act by hiding it between two slices of bread they are calling the Empowering Financial Institutions to Fight Human Trafficking Act of 2018 (H.R.6729).

While it may sound noble, “H.R. 6729 is a disguised effort to expand the Patriot Act,” according to Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and is designed to “conceal the bill’s true purpose: to give the government more power to unconstitutionally spy on law-abiding Americans without a warrant.”

The House is taking additional steps to camouflage H.R.6729 by including it in a bundle of we have an election coming up so let’s look busy vote next week.

As I said in the beginning, terrorism didn’t destroy liberty in America on 9/11, Big Brother Government has done that job.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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