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Trump picked Kavanaugh for solely self-interested reasons

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When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, faux-conservative hearts were all-a-flutter over the prospect of replacing the part-time judicial activist with a strict constructionist who would help return the federal judiciary to its constitutional roots. Sadly, that didn’t happen with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to nominate strict constructionists to the high court, going so far as to say it was necessary in order to see disastrous rulings like Roe v. Wade reversed. It was this promise above all others that motivated evangelicals to support him. Well, that and the fact that he was #notHillary.

While the jury is still out on Trump’s first Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh has all the markings of someone who will fail to measure up when it comes to limiting judicial interpretation and restricting the powers of government. And even though Trump likes to spin his promise to “drain the swamp,” Kavanaugh is considered by some to be “the heart and soul of the DC establishment.”

So, why did Trump pass up the opportunity to truly reshape the court?

It’s been reported that Trump has had his eye on Kavanaugh all along as part of a negotiation between Kennedy and Trump where Kennedy would agree to retire on the condition that Trump nominate Kennedy’s former law clerk to replace him. There’s ample evidence to consider this a real possibility.

To begin with, it was during the Gorsuch confirmation that we learned how Trump had a back channel connection to Kennedy through their children, specifically Justin Kennedy who worked for Deutsche Bank when the institution loaned $1 billion to Trump for his real estate investments. At the time, Trump had been denied loans from other banks due to his poor credit history.

It was also during the Gorsuch confirmation that private meetings with Kennedy to discuss his retirement and replacement first began and Kavanaugh’s name was first introduced.

One of the non-Kennedy reasons Trump was interested in Kavanaugh had to do with the Mueller investigation. Jim Acosta at CNN reported that Trump spent a great deal of time looking into Kavanaugh’s opinions on whether a sitting president can be indicted while in office.

Kavanaugh has written that a sitting president is essentially above the law:

“I believe it vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible. The country wants the President to be ‘one of us’ who bears the same responsibilities of citizenship that all share.

“But I believe that the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office.”

Kavanaugh then asserted that “the indictment and trial of a sitting President, moreover, would cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the international or domestic arenas. Such an outcome would ill serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national security crisis.”

You might wonder why, with all of this information out there, would Trump nominate Kavanaugh. The answer to that is simple: Trump knew that #Cult45, evangelicals, and other so-called conservative groups would provide him with all the cover he would need. For example, after calling Kavanaugh “unreliable” before his nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz praised him and committed to vote for his confirmation.

Trump made this decision solely for selfish interests. As a result, America has lost another rare opportunity to begin repairing our broken judiciary.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Conservatives need Elizabeth Warren to win the Democratic nomination

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Conservatives need Elizabeth Warren to win the Democratic nomination

In politics, the idea of killing two birds with one stone is highly sought after. There are a ton of birds in DC, and knocking off more than one with a single action saves time, money, and energy. For conservatives, the two birds we need to knock off are the Democratic candidate who will eventually take on the President in the general election and the rising embrace of socialism among those who believe the Democratic establishment is done.

Beating either Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren would do the trick. But as the Sanders campaign seems to be sinking, the Warren campaign is surging. So it’s time for us to focus our efforts on learning everything we can about Warren and her policies in hopes she can win the nomination.

If former Vice President Joe Biden gets the nomination, President Trump should have no problem beating him. But doing so will only invigorate the radical progressives in the Democratic Party who believe their guy, Sanders, should have won in 2016. They believe the Democratic Establishment stole the election for Hillary Clinton. They will believe the same thing if Warren is beaten this year by Biden.

Sanders’ defeat to the Establishment launched the current popularity of socialism. A Warren defeat at the hands of Biden would make the socialist movement even stronger for 2024. But if President Trump crushes Warren, as he almost certainly would, then the socialists can no longer claim they were cheated. They won’t be able to play victim to the Democratic Establishment. They will have put up their chosen candidate and lost fair and square.

Socialism, as a result, will die in the political womb that it’s currently in.

Some fear Warren’s credentials and her ability to galvanize the people with her speeches. But as long as she’s promoting Medicare-for-All, the Green New Deal, and other radical policy proposals, she should be summarily trampled on by the lucid electorate in 2020. There’s no need to fear Warren. If anything, the only thing we should fear are the sheep who could fall for her sales pitch. If hat happens and Warren were to win in 2020, then America will get what it deserves for allowing the sheep to be led to the slaughter. As for the rest of us, we will be busy trying to rebuild after the debacle.

As much as I don’t like the prospects of a nation under a President Warren, I’m confident enough in the President’s campaign and the awareness of the American people to recognize the existential threat her policies represent.

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American history is falling victim to a post-truth society

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American history is falling victim to a post-truth society

America is the greatest nation that has ever existed, but listening to progressive media, teachers, politicians, and entertainers would paint a very different picture of our history. They say our history is nothing more than oppression after oppression, heinous act after heinous act, and we have no recourse other than to abandon the whole thing and start over. This is part of what’s driving the popularity of socialism among young people.

Their goal is a post-truth society in which truth is only relative to the person telling it.

This video from PragerU by James Robbins details how the left is trying to convert our understanding of history into an Orwellian reimagination of the truth. They want us to be ashamed of our nation, then and now.

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Voting with power tools: Making your own Modern-Day Musket, part I

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Voting with power tools Making your own Modern-Day Musket part I

We thought we would ‘Beto’ Robert Francis to the finish and bring up the subject of building your own AR-15.

Now that Robert Francis O’Rourke has made gun confiscation a key part of the left’s socialist national agenda we thought we would do our part, popularizing private production to propagate progressive paranoia.

We certainly have to salute those retail establishments having sold out of their ‘Beto Specials’ on AR-15s and AK-47s in two hours with a true masterstroke with it being ‘online only’ [That’s only a joke since the paperwork would have to be completed in person]. Then there is another outfit producing a ‘No Beto’ Stripped AR-15 Lower in honor of Robert Francis.

Our contribution will be a quick run down on making your own version of the Modern-Day Musket, the venerable AR-15. As is usually the case with ‘democratic’ socialists, they follow Saul Alinsky’s ‘rules’ “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” In the case of the inalienable human right of self-defense they have decided that an inanimate object made of aluminium and polymers is somehow the devil incarnate to the point of trying to make it sound like it shoots people indiscriminately without human intervention.

One video on this subject hails from a You tube producer ‘Nerd Gone South’ making the case of why the AR-15 [or AK-47 as the case may be] is the modern day musket. Because it is easy to build, use and maintain it is extremely popular and in common use. That is probably why the authoritarian socialist left has targeted if for as the first object of destruction.

Parts are parts.

For the uninitiated, the lower receiver is the frame for the bottom half of the venerable AR-15, the Modern-Day Musket. In general, it holds the magazine and the fire control mechanism, as such this is the part of the rifle that constitutes the ‘gun’ according to the government.

The rest of the parts of the rifle are just parts. However, with leftists being obsessed with controlling others, at some point, they could decide that they need a hand in anything that could be used to make a weapon, stone, wood, metal, etc. This video explains the basic workings of the rifle we also included some links to Brownells on the subject for more information.

An ‘80%’ lower receiver is merely a block of material in the shape of the bottom piece of the Modern-day musket, with some of the required machining operations already accomplished. The term ‘80%’ is undefined, but it’s the colloquial term for this type of part. Please note that control obsessed presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has already stated in her plans for everything that she would like to regulate these parts as well. Were that to take place the free market could simply work with the basic shapes, raw materials or Bauxite for that matter.

How to machine a 80% lower receiver for the Modern Day Musket.

This is just one of many video’s on YouTube and other locations on the subject of completing the necessary machining operations to finish a lower receiver. This can only be done for personal use, please check with any local laws or regulations in your area just to be certain.

This is a rather involved process, but it’s something good to know for present or future need. While an electric hand drill and portable router can be used to machine the part, the ideal tool would be a drill press or bench mill, something else for  present or future need.

Part II will be on the assemblage of a complete lower receiver either from the ‘80%’ or a stripped lower receiver along with a lower parts kit.

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