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How Jim Jordan could save Congress for the GOP

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How Jim Jordan could save Congress for the GOP

Representative Jim Jordan acknowledged today he intends to run for Speaker of the House should the GOP retain a majority in Congress. If the GOP were wise, they’d back him quickly and get the word out that he’s their choice to replace retiring Paul Ryan. It could save the midterm elections for him.

The announcement came while answering questions after Jordan introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Rep. Jim Jordan introduces impeachment articles against Rod Rosenstein: Read them here | cleveland.com

https://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/07/rep_jim_jordan_introduces_impe.htmlJordan and several of his House Freedom Caucus colleagues introduced the impeachment articles on Wednesday. They claim that Rosenstein intentionally withheld embarrassing documents and information from Congress, failed to comply with congressional subpoenas, and otherwise abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

“The DOJ is keeping information from Congress,” said a statement from Jordan. “Enough is enough. It’s time to hold Mr. Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress’ constitutional oversight role.”

The conservative has been a thorn in the side of establishment Republicans. As an active member and former leader of the House Freedom Caucus, Jordan has spearheaded attempts to block Republican legislation that leaned too far to the left. Many if not most Republicans in Congress would normally balk at the notion of making him the most powerful man on Capitol Hill.

Considering the stakes, they should rethink their position on Jordan. In order to maintain control of Congress, the GOP needs to unify their entire base behind their candidates. Ordinarily this means putting up milquetoast moderates like Ryan, but this midterm election is anything but ordinary. The backlash against Congress is coming from Democrats, of course, but the loudest minority against them right now comes from the right who views their moves since gaining power as weak and too liberal. Their successes in the first year with a Republican President were minimal and 2018 has seen mostly moderate or left-leaning legislation coming from the Hill.

Jordan represents an embrace of more conservative ideas. While he hasn’t been the most outspoken proponent of the President, he has backed most aspects of his agenda even more so than establishment representatives. The sticking point has been in the details.

It is unlikely the GOP will recognize the opportunity Jordan is giving them. Old battle scars run deep and their knee-jerk reactions will likely prevent them from seeing the reality that backing Jordan wholeheartedly and preemptively is the best chance they have at keeping their majority.

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Hardline conservative US Rep. Jim Jordan will run for House speaker

https://www.fox23.com/news/national-news/hardline-conservative-us-rep-jim-jordan-will-run-for-house-speaker/798961042Jordan is one of the most powerful conservatives in Congress; he co-founded the House Freedom Caucus, a faction of about 30 hard-line Republicans who frequently clash with the House GOP leadership. Jordan’s bid presents a direct challenge to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the presumed front-runner to be the next House speaker.

The current speaker, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, is retiring at the end of this Congress. On Thursday, Ryan endorsed McCarthy, though he noted he would not have a vote in the leadership contest.

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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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Yes, impeachment is a distraction. Two of them, actually.

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Yes impeachment is a distraction Two of them actually

There’s an obvious and not-so-obvious reason House Democrats are doing everything they can to focus the attention of mainstream media and the sheep who get their news from it (which is, unfortunately, a majority of Americans) on their attempts to take down President Trump. Both reasons are efforts to distract the people.

The first is the obvious one. They don’t want you looking at your paychecks. They don’t want you to notice the border crisis they once said was manufactured is real and getting worse. They don’t want you to seeing their presidential candidates pandering to climate change alarmists, radical Islamic groups, or gun control fanatics. They want you to think the President did something wrong, otherwise why else would the Democrats being continuing the failed Mueller investigation?

The second distraction is less obvious. They want you to not realize they’re doing nothing to address the nation’s problems. They don’t have time to approve the USMCA, which we desperately need to promote free trade going forward, because they’re too busy impeaching President Trump. They won’t address infrastructure despite the President’s willingness to work with them because doing so would go against their impeachment narrative. Their lack of attention to the border would be conspicuous if they weren’t distracting us with the non-stop hearings trying to dig up dirt on President Trump.

Impeachment is a a double-edged sword of distractions. It cuts in both directions, keeping the attention away from their failures as well as the nation’s wins under the President they’re trying to impeach. It’s a ludicrous abuse of power.

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Thoughts and prayers are exactly what we need

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Thoughts and prayers are exactly what we need

One of the more disturbing developments in recent years is the growing attacks on thoughts and prayers in the wake of tragedy. Not only are more and more shouting that thoughts and prayers are “not enough” in the wake of tragedy. Many are also doubling-down on the idea by calling thoughts and prayers an excuse to do nothing.

This assertion not only strikes me as wrong-hearted but fundamentally in ignorance of two honest observations.

Firstly, those who attack thoughts and prayers ignore the necessity to grieve and the resolve that arises in the hearts of those who mourn.

Offering thoughts and prayers provides a message of unity and compassion. It’s a unified message that the victims of tragedy do not stand alone. The time where we offer thoughts and prayers is a time where we can set aside our petty differences and unite in mourning.

Further, it has often been my observation that those who offer heartfelt and fervent thoughts and prayers are the ones which arise from their knees, wipe the tears from their eyes, and provide the most energetic actions towards the support of others.

Mocking thoughts and prayers is mocking the humanity of those who are overcome with the grief of a heart-rending tragedy. It’s to mock the natural response of caring, faithful citizens. Quite honestly, it boils my blood that anyone would mock or belittle a quiet, tearful prayer, a lit candle in the window, or messages on social media that are, for once, positive, supportive, and contemplative.

Secondly, the attitude of mocking the thoughtful and prayerful is yet another example of the degradation of what holds us together as a society. It is a manifestation of our nation’s rotting core of community and brotherhood.

Ultimately, it is a demonstration of the same societal decay that is itself responsible for the lost souls of those who not only perpetrate horrible crimes, like mass shootings, but who resolve to end their problems by ending their life or escape their hollow realities through substance abuse.

We need a more thoughtful and more prayerful society. If we are ever going to get to the bottom of what is causing people to grow so cold in their hearts to kill others or so fallen from hope to kill themselves, we must rediscover the compassion and empathy that can alone save our families, our communities, and our nation from abject dysfunction.

Thoughts and prayers are not keeping us from solutions to the problem. Thought and prayers are the only true beginning to real solutions for the problems that ail our country.

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