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Pro-Trump media voice upset conservatives are leaving the GOP

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“When an anti-Trump voice in the media announces he’s leaving the Republican party but no one’s there to read it, does it make a sound?”

This pathetically lame attempt at humor was the opening salvo in a pro-Trump opinion piece written for the pro-Trump Washington Examiner over the weekend by Eddie Scarry about Republicans in the media who are leaving the party.

The trigger for Scarry’s opine was an article written by Max Boot for the Washington Post—one of Trump’s favorite targets in his war against freedom of the press. By the way, the owner of the Washington Post is Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon which also happens to be one of Trump’s favorite targets.

Despite Scarry’s careless and lazy interchangeable use of the words conservative and Republican—they’re not the same thing—he claims that Boot and others like him should be ignored because “It isn’t newsworthy when a conservative in the media hates Trump” and that “hating Trump in the media comes cheap.”

Using a style all too common whenever #Cult45 defends Trump, Scarry fails to address the reason why Boot and others like him are lining up to leave the GOP. Instead of defending the track record of GOP successes—a tough task since there isn’t one—Scarry uses the tactics most often employed by the man in the White House by attempting to discredit Boot as someone “most people don’t know.”

Besides the fact that I know who he is, Max Boot is a Senior Fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, has been an editor for Christian Science Monitor and The Wall Street Journal, and has authored several books including a New York Times bestseller. Scarry, for the record, used to cover media and politics for Mediaite.com and recently authored a pro-Trump masterpiece entitled, Fraud and Fiction: The Truth behind Fire and Fury.

But here’s the ultimate pro-Trump clincher: Scarry claims that Boot and those like him didn’t leave the GOP; they “left it behind when Trump transformed it.” Scarry also boasted how “[Conservatives] didn’t quit the GOP. The GOP’s voters fired them for contributing nothing valuable to the party since at least 2010.” An ironic claim when you realize that it was conservatives and the TEA Party that gave the GOP control of the House in 2010 in a landslide.

I’m thinking that the non-contributors since 2010 are the Republicans in Congress, not the Republicans in media. But, hey! That’s just me.

As growing numbers of conservatives and Republicans—they’re not the same thing despite Scarry’s sloppy interchangeable use of the words—rush the fire exits to avoid being destroyed in an inferno started by the political arsonist in the White House and fueled by the GOP establishment, the Scarrys, Ingrahams, Coulters, and Hannitys of the so-called conservative media have chosen the wide gate leading to the pro-Trump echo chamber. It’s their right to do so, but they will have no one to blame but themselves when there’s nothing left of the GOP but a pile of ashes.

A parting thought. According to Scarry, Trump has transformed the GOP, meaning that the Party no longer exists. If true, why does he feel the need to discredit those who choose to leave something that he says no longer exists? Could it be that he is disappointed that his sellout to Trump’s brand of faux-conservatism isn’t panning out as he had hoped?

Which reminds me of a line from the 1980s classic movie, The Princess Bride. In the Age of Trump, Mr. Scarry probably needs to…

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Breaking free of the GOP Matrix

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If you’re a Facebook user, you’re no doubt familiar with the “memories” feature. Users who click this link can look back at posts and other activities made on a specific date in years past. For example, on July 18th, 2018, I was able to look at activity from July 18th, 2017, July 18th, 2016, and so on.

While I often find little value in these brief trips down memory lane, yesterday’s journey reminded me of why I do what I do as the Strident Conservative.

On July 18th, 2016, the Republic National Convention kicked off its coronation of a New York liberal as its candidate for president. As a #NeverTrump conservative at the time, I had great hope that the #FreeTheDelegates effort would save the GOP from itself.

Using the movie The Matrix as an example in a piece I wrote that day, I challenged conservative delegates attending the convention to break free from the Republican Party and to rescue others trapped in the GOP Matrix.

In the movie, we learn of a world created by machines that makes slaves of the human race and uses them as fuel to feed its existence. We also learn how “agents” of the Matrix hunt down and destroy those trying to escape, but how one man, Neo, defeats the agents and sets the captives free.

Likewise, I wrote how I saw Americans as slaves to the Washington machine to be used as fuel to feed its existence. I also observed how party leadership served as the agents working to destroy conservative who were trying to escape and how only being like Neo would we have any hope of escaping the GOP Matrix.

Obviously, the Matrix was victorious two years ago. And unfortunately, the machine world of the GOP has grown even more powerful as Trump, much like agent Smith in the movie, has seized complete control of the GOP Matrix. At the same time, party leadership continues to play its role as agents bent on destroying conservatives and protecting the machine.

So, why am I happy about this trip down memory lane? Because it’s a reminder to me that the fight’s not over. And as we approach the mid-term election in November, it’s also a reminder that today is an opportunity to free another conservative from the GOP Matrix.

That’s where this Neo is. Are there any other Neo’s out there who want to join me?

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Trump failed with Putin due to anti-Trump Republicans and fake news

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Following Trump’s bizarre performance at the Helsinki Summit with his BFF Vladimir Putin, bi-partisan condemnation of his press conference was swift and severe after he expressed his willingness to accept Putin’s word that Russia didn’t interfere with the 2016 election, despite findings by US intelligence proving otherwise.

Not to worry, though. Following this backlash, and now that he’s home and a safe distance away from Putin, Trump’s false bravado was back on full display yesterday as he attempted to backtrack from his previous statements about Russian interference.

According to Trump, he didn’t reject US intelligence in favor of Russia; he simply misspoke. He’s always believed Russia interfered. He’s just a victim of the English language.

“The sentence should have been ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’ sort of a double negative. So you can put that in and I think it probably clarifies things pretty good.

“I have on numerous occasions noted our intelligence findings that Russians attempted to interfere in our elections.”

But Trump’s difficulty with contractions isn’t the only reason for this apparent misunderstanding. Not at all. The real culprit, as is always the case when the news is unfavorable, is the “Fake News” media.

Sadly, criticism of Trump’s Helsinki remarks has been noticeably missing in some so-called conservative circles in Washington and in the media. Not only that, they have joined the Trump echo chamber in defending him.

For example, according to Trump, Sen. Rand Paul agreed with his claim that the Mueller investigation was responsible for Trump’s troubling comments.

Additionally, in an interview with Trump Pravda (FOX News), Paul called out Republicans who criticized Trump, labelling them pro-war and/or anti-Trump for doing so.

“Republicans that are making the criticism are either the pro-war Republicans like McCain and Graham or the anti-Trump ones like Sasse … They are motivated by their persistent and consistent dislike of the president.”

In the House of Representatives, so-called conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus embraced Trump’s “Fake News” mantra, arguing that the media’s criticism of Trump’s statements had overshadowed his accomplishments concerning Russia. At least, that’s how Freedom Caucus member Rep Warren Davidson sees it:

“The reality is people are upset about what President Trump said, but they’re not giving him credit for what he’s done.”

Is it just me, or shouldn’t what you say jive with what you do? I think they call that walking the talk.

Meanwhile, sounding like he wrote Trump’s “Fake News” talking points, the conservative talk show host formerly known as Rush Limbaugh, also blames the media for Trump’s pro-Russia comments, saying that their “embarrassingly shallow and puerile, infantile questions” were responsible.

So, take heart, America. Trump didn’t mean what he said when he said it. He was simply playing 3-D chess with the Russian President, and anyone who thinks otherwise only does so because they are pro-war, anti-Trump, and they believe fake news.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Video: What is a Classical Liberal?

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A short video making the point that the Left is no longer Liberal, having traded individualism for collectivism.

In one of their first animated video shorts, the Rubin Report discusses the vitally important topic of just who is a Classical Liberal.

OUR FIRST ANIMATED VIDEO! What is a Classical Liberal?

Liberalism has been confused with Leftism or progressivism, which is actually has nothing to do with classical Liberalism. Sadly the Left is no longer Liberal at all for it has traded individualism for collectivism.

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Published on Jul 10, 2018

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