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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.

Immigration

Honduran caravan is a direct result of Democrat talking points

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Honduran caravan is a direct result of Democrat talking points

In Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, the message from America is clear: “Around half of the population and politicians will protect you from ICE. Come to America and you won’t get deported, especially if you have children with you.”

The reason they believe this is because mainstream media in the United States has been pushing the Democrats’ narrative for months. News travels fast to Central America, but it doesn’t always retain its accuracy as it crosses the border. We can see this fact in the numbers.

In August of this year, 12,700 parents and children were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. August of last year saw only 4,193 similar apprehensions. We can also see it when looking at all illegal immigrants with 37,544 apprehended in August of this year. A month later, the number grew over 10% to nearly 42,000.

Democrats have been spreading the word through their campaigns that they will protect illegal immigrants. In an election year, it’s imperative for them that they get Hispanic voters to come out, so they’ve crafted a narrative that appeals to them.

Unfortunately, it also appeals to people such as the 4,000 currently marching their caravan towards the United States border.

Honduran migrant caravan grows to 4,000 amid spike in U.S. border crossings

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/honduran-migrant-caravan-grows-4000-amid-spike-u-s-border-n921286Shelters and churches along the border have been flooded as a result of the surge as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been releasing hundreds of migrants from detention at a time.

Many of the Hondurans traveling in the caravan are children, some traveling with their parents and some without their parents, according to the documents. Because children are afforded special protections in the U.S., their arrival is creating anxiety within the Trump administration that has pledged to decrease illegal immigration. President Donald Trump said last week that he would consider separating migrant families at the border once again, after reversing his controversial “zero tolerance” policy in June.

The Trump administration is trying to dissuade the caravan from invading the United States. President Trump has even threatened to stop aid from being sent to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

The best hope for stopping the caravan before it reaches the United States is for Mexico to stop them at their southern border. Over 500 additional federal officers have been sent to the border to stop the caravan.

My Take

I am a huge proponent of legal immigration and a hawk when it comes to stopping illegal immigration. Congress didn’t fund the border wall yet, so we have to rely on the brave men and women of ICE and border patrol to close the flood gates.

The situations in Central America and Mexico are horrendous. The people fear for their lives from crime, malnutrition, and disease. They need help. That’s why we’re sending aid. Perhaps we should get more directly involved, but either way we cannot let their situation make us turn a blind eye towards our own problems with illegal immigration.

The surge in illegal immigration should be blamed wholeheartedly on the Democrats who spread false information that entices people to come. Imagine what would happen if they got control of the House, Senate, or both.

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So-called conservative media types are accomplices in the destruction of conservatism

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So-called conservative media types are accomplices in the destruction of conservatism

It’s an obvious fact that the GOP is composed of political cowards and opportunists willing to make a Faustian Bargain with the devil himself, if it garners them a vote or a financial contribution to save their jobs.

Their spinelessness and lack of character is the primary reason Obama repeatedly beat GOP leadership, and it’s the motivation behind the surrender by Republicans and conservatives to Trump as he rebrands them into Trumplicans and Trumpservatives to destroy conservatism.

Meanwhile, as Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan abandon conservatism in favor of Trump’s nationalist populism, the so-called conservative media has served as a willing accomplice in the destruction of conservative values, providing cover for the NY Liberal whenever he needs a distraction to hide his failures.

So far this week, thanks to so-called conservative media types like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, et al., we know that:

Not exactly front page news, unless you’re talking about FOX, Breitbart, National Enquirer, or some other tabloid. Lost in all of the hubbub of these stories were a few headlines that apparently weren’t newsworthy enough for Trump Pravda.

For example, the Treasury Department announced this week that the US budget deficit climbed to $779 billion, the largest deficit since 2012. This is an increase from last year’s $666 billion shortfall, and next year’s deficit is expected to reach nearly $1 trillion. Not to worry, though. Mitch McConnell called the exploding deficit “very disturbing” before assuring voters that “it’s not a Republican problem.”

Let’s see. GOP control of Washington since 2016, but it’s not the GOP’s fault. Got it!

Another recent news headline is the disappearance and probable murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia. Once again, we have nothing to worry about. Trump is leading the way in defending the nation where he is financially entangled by comparing allegations against the Saudis to the sexual-assault allegations made against Brett Kavanaugh.

Here’s a little tidbit that didn’t make the headlines, but it should have. Planned Parenthood murdered approximately 887 unborn babies yesterday — their daily average — at taxpayer expense, thanks to the funding provided in the budget that Mitch McConnell says Trump and the GOP aren’t responsible for.

In the meantime, so-called conservative media will continue covering the REAL news, such as Trump’s recent Twitter rant, while conservatism in America is systematically destroyed.

Priorities, right?

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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If Keith Ellison wins his election, #MeToo has officially jumped the shark

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If Keith Ellison wins his election MeToo has officially jumped the shark

Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) should be a prime target for the #MeToo movement. He’s a powerful man who allegedly abused his ex-girlfriend. She has corroboration and evidence to back her claims. She’s a fellow Democrat, so she’s not a political plant by his opposition. She’s a woman with a story of abuse that, by #MeToo movement standards, should be believed.

The problem is Ellison is a powerful Democrat, a Muslim, a minority, and is in the middle of a tight election. Therefore, he’s protected from the people who would have sunk Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation despite no evidence or corroboration.

The hypocrisy of it all is stunning. The message being sent by the #MeToo movement based on their unwillingness to confront Ellison and call for his removal from offices, current and future, is that women are to be believed if they’re accusing the right people. Keith Ellison isn’t the right person. He’s an ally to the #MeToo movement because he’s a Democrat, a Muslim, a minority, and someone who’s in the middle of an important election in Minnesota.

Despite the #MeToo movement looking away, it seems that voters in Minnesota are starting to look closer.

Domestic abuse charges diminishing Ellison’s lead

https://onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2018/10/16/domestic-abuse-charges-diminishing-ellisons-leadRep. Keith Ellison’s (D-Minn.) lead in the polls – to become Minnesota’s newest attorney general in the midterm elections – has continued to vanish after his ex-girlfriend’s domestic abuse allegations.

Before the Karen Monahan’s charges were made public, the Democratic Muslim candidate was believed to be a shoe-in in the contest to become the deep-blue state’s top cop, but since then, polls show that his once long-shot Republican competitor, Doug Wardlow, has closed in on him – big time.

Misogyny and abuse of power are real problems in America. This is why the initial iteration of the #MeToo movement was so powerful. It worked. That cannot be denied. But what it has become is a shadow of its original self.

The highest ranking law enforcement official n the state of Minnesota may be a many accused by his ex-girlfriend of physical and mental abuse. Unfortunately, #MeToo doesn’t believe her.

#MeToo will only go after people like Keith Ellison if there’s incontrovertible evidence against them. They’ll go after Brett Kavanaugh no matter what. #MeToo is not the women’s empowerment movement they claim to be. It’s a political activist front.

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