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Conservative Picks for the Missouri Primary

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Missouri sends a lot of mediocrity to DC, which is nothing out of the ordinary compared to its neighbors. However the race to look forward to in this state is the primary battle between the next Marco Rubio and the next Rand Paul. Josh Hawley is young and popular much like Marco Rubio, at the beginning of the decade. He’s friends with the right people. As a result he is starting to resemble Marco Rubio over an actual Conservative. Austin Petersen in contrast has never resembled anything close to an establishment politician. He would be a libertarian voice to join Rand Paul. One of these two will have the pleasure of facing Claire McCaskill who is an extremely leftist Senator who won thanks to the infamous “legitimate rape” comment and the lackluster efforts of Mitt Romney. This is an easier seat to take in state where the GOP is doing well, though not without scandal… This race will also examine the effectiveness of social media candidates. Austin Petersen is perhaps the most prominent SM Candidate since Trump, if you count him as one. So far, they have not performed well. But if Petersen can muster 30%, I’d say we have a real phenomenon on our hands.

Best Picks: Austin Petersen, Billy Long
Worst Picks: Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler
Best Race: District 7
Worst Race: District 2

MO Sen

This race comes down to Josh Hawley and Austin Petersen. Despite several Conservative publications even the article ranking this as one of the more important primaries noted Hawley as a young rising Conservative. however the deeper one looks at Josh Hawley, the less Conservative he appears. His campaign website features no real positions on any issues. He has the endorsement of Mitch McConnell and even Trump who has a poor track record of endorsing Conservative candidates. Austen Petersen was the former Libertarian Party candidate for President. He is the strongest and most strategic candidate on the 2nd Amendment. He believes we need to play offense for our liberties not defense. As a result, he auctions off guns and 3D printers for his campaign. Austen Petersen is the social media candidate. Several Conservative pundits have endorsed him, such as Ben Shapiro, and even the not-completely-leftist Dave Rubin has embraced Petersen. The only thing Petersen doesn’t have the backing of is a major political organization. Hawley, by contrast, has the power and might of the MOGOP behind him trying to keep the anti-establishment candidate down. I join the rest of the Conservative Pundits.

Conservative Pick: Austin Petersen

District 1

This is a strong blue seat, with three Republicans vying for it. Edward Van Deventer Jr. is the most Conservative and the most serious.

Conservative Pick: Edward Van Deventer Jr.

District 2

Ann Wagner is a RINO with an atrocious spending record. Her opponent Noga Sachs isn’t a conservative and runs on “pragmatic solutions” which usually means increasing spending. Neither of these candidates are running on fiscal responsibility. Though it’s worth mentioning, to be fair to her, that she is strong on the 2nd Amendment.

Conservative Pick: None

District 3

Blaine Luetkemeyer is another gaping RINO. Chadwick Bicknell is his opponent and seems to be running from the right.

Conservative Pick: Chadwick Bicknell

District 4

Vicky Hartzler is another big spender. She is opposed by John Webb. Webb is by far the more Conservative choice here. In 2016, he ran and lost by nearly 45 points. In 2014, he lost by nearly 50. He looks to maintain his improvement.

Conservative Pick: John Webb

District 5

The most serious candidate seems to be Kress Cambers. He is the choice of Trump fans in this race. It’s unclear how he would act on budget issues.

Conservative Pick: Kress Cambers

District 6

Sam Graves is an unchallenged, career RINO.

District 7

Billy Long is an average congressman, a compliment compared to the below average Republicans Missouri sends. However he missed a ton of key votes this time around. No one can fault a Congressman when his daughter had pressing medical issues. But this has attracted some opponents. He’s running against a couple names and a former Democrat.

Conservative Pick: Billy Long

District 8

Jason Smith has been a reliable Conservative in the House. He is unopposed.

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Culture and Religion

17 years later, Paul Washer’s shocking message still holds true

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17 years later Paul Washers shocking message still holds true

In 2002, Pastor Paul Washer delivered a message to around 5,000 young people. It has become one of the fiery Southern Baptist’s mostly widely-heard sermons because in it, we hear a very disturbing reality to most who proclaim to be Christians. Some simply aren’t doing it right.

He’s been criticized for the sermon. Some say he’s making it too complicated. Others say he’s scaring people away from the faith by making it seem too difficult. But this teaching is based on one of the most important teachings of Jesus Christ in all the Bible:

Matthew 7:13-27

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

I’ve heard many teach on these verses and I’ve taught myself on the strait and narrow. It’s frightening to some because it was intended to be, and Washer’s declarations to these impressionable young people is clear. But it wasn’t nice. It wasn’t kind. It wasn’t inclusive. It didn’t fit in with today’s version of common pastoral messages.

The need for constant repentance and ongoing belief must never be understated.

Sometimes, the need to be “nice” from the pulpit must be replaced by the true need to be honest. That’s what Washer does in this famous teaching. I strongly encourage everyone to spend an hour hearing it.

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Why Tomi Lahren’s abortion view harms American conservatism

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Why Tomi Lahrens abortion view harms American conservatism

Democrats are unambiguous and united in their view of abortion. It wasn’t always this way. As recently as a decade ago, there were a good number of pro-life Democrats winning elections and expressing their views as pundits.

Today, they don’t exist.

Republicans aren’t so repulsed by the pro-abortion people in their midst. It’s understandable that as a party that’s less focused on individual issues, one can be a Republican without checking off all the various boxes. This is fine. What’s not fine is for breaks in the ranks of conservatives. There are certain things that must remain universal among those who claim to embrace conservatism, especially among those who speak for conservatives.

Fox Nation’s Tomi Lahren is one of them. She claims to be a conservative, but she’s pro-choice. That fact, by itself, is understandable because the issue is a polarizing one in which people can be swayed to one side based on personal experience. It’s not like taxes which warrant universal scorn from conservatives. There are gun-toting, tax-hating, pro-choice conservatives.

But there’s a bigger problem with Lahren’s perspective. She’s not just attacking the Alabama abortion bill and pro-life perspectives in general. She’s doing so with an argument that flies in the face of reality.

Do we think government is the answer? No. In fact, one of the most appealing parts about the Alabama abortion bill is that it represents the first true opportunity for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. When it reaches the Supreme Court (and it almost certainly will) it gives us the first glimpse of how the current makeup of the court will react. In fact, the makeup of the court could actually be better if one of the left-leaning Justices retires soon.

Once Roe v. Wade is out of the way, we can finally express the truly conservative aspect of federalism that should have never been taken away – the states’ rights to determine their own healthcare laws.

If Tomi Lahren doesn’t like the abortion ban, that’s fine. Her choice. But to defend her choice by insinuating a challenge to Roe v. Wade is somehow an attack on limited-government tenets is false and harms conservatism.

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Guns and Crime

Thomas Massie exposes the many problems with Red Flag Gun Laws

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Thomas Massie exposes the many problems with Red Flag Gun Laws

Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) has been a staunch proponent of the 2nd Amendment throughout his career in Washington DC. This makes him an opponent to Red Flag Gun Laws which are spreading across the states. Colorado recently passed their version, bringing the total up to 15.

As we’ve documented numerous times, Red Flag Gun Laws are a direct attack on the 2nd and 4th Amendments. Depending on the version of the law, citizens can have their firearms forcibly removed from them by law enforcement when a judge decrees they may be a threat to themselves or others based on requests by people who know the victim. It’s important to understand that these laws are not based on anyone committing a crime. They are based on a feeling that someone may commit a crime.

It’s like the movie Minority Report, only without psychics. Gun owners’ liberties can be encroached based on the government’s “future crimes division.”

In this video, Massey gets to the heart of the matter by talking to Colorado Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams and Dr. John R. Lott of Crime Prevention Research Center. This is an important video for #2A proponents across the nation.

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