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Conservative Picks for the Michigan Primary

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Democrats will once again act like they care about Michigan. They have a Senate seat to maintain. The Michigan GOP is hardly Conservative at all, with all but Justin Amash being a RINO. This election boasts few opportunities to move the needle right. It’s almost like the establishment forbids challengers. Only one incumbent Republican is being challenged. This gives the indication that the people of Michigan are politically apathetic. The state also features the most ideologically boring senate primary between John James and Sandy Pensler. This leaves the 11th District as the only interesting primary in this state. With that one exception, it appears Michigan will remain a RINO herding ground. Although, neither Senate candidate is terrible, upfront.

Best Pick: Lena Espein
Worst Picks: Mike Bishop, Mike Kowall
Best Race: District 11
Worst Race: District 8

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Kid Rock did not end up running for the seat. Instead, we have John James and Sandy Pensler. This race is far from a GOP civil war battlefield. James and Pensler are almost identical candidates in policy. Pensler does a more elaborate job of explaining it, but James holds roughly the same stance. As a result, this is a bitter, mudslinging, campaign. The Senate is definitely one of the easier, of the competitive, seats for the Democrats to maintain, and a bitter campaign does little favors in this one. James is more pro-life than Pensler making abortion one of the only real policy differences. James has a greater emphasis on fiscal responsibility, but both are running on an expansive list of issues including entitlement reform. Pensler, being another rich “outsider” has been criticized for past dealings, which are even more innocent than the average. The only real difference between these candidates is their endorsements. John James is endorsed by Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and RINOs Paul Mitchell and Mike Bishop. Pensler, in contrast is endorsed by Rand Paul.

John James is pulling away, if polling is to be beleived, and Pensler is losing face as far as his reputation is concerned. For that reason:

Conservative Pick: John James

District 1

Jack Bergman is an unchallenged RINO.

District 2

Bill Huizenga is a mediocre Republican. He is unopposed.

District 3

Justin Amash is Michigan’s most Conservative congressman. He is unopposed.

District 4

John Moolenaar is a bloated RINO. He is unopposed.

District 5

Travis Wines is the only Republican in this race.

District 6

Fred Upton is an incumbent RINO. He is unopposed.

District 7

Tim Walberg is an incumbent RINO. He is unopposed.

District 8

Mike Bishop is an incumbent RINO. His record on spending is atrocious. He is opposed by Lokesh Kumar, an outsider fighting his way in. Kumar is more than likely right of Bishop.

Conservative Pick: Lokesh Kumar

District 9

Candius Stearns is the only Republican in this race.

District 10

Paul Mitchell is an unchallenged RINO.

District 11

This is the most interesting race here because it is a vacant seat. Lena Epstein is an outsider putting over $1,000,000 of her own money in this race. She was tied to the Trump campaign’s win in Michigan and has built a campaign off of the groundwork she put in and the reputation she established. All things considered, she looks as though she’d be the second most Conservative politician out of Michigan. The biggest opponent to her rise appears to be Mike Kowall. Kowall is a MIGOP insider which is an indication he isn’t Conservative. He is also a big supporter of Trott, the congressman whom they seek to replace. It’s unsurprising that he is also a RINO. Then there’s Klint Kesto. He’s a solid conservative, but his chances of winning are clouded in this race. With Conservatism as a dying breed in Michigan, Lena Epstein proves to be the best bet. She’s a good campaigner with the best chance to keep the seat red against thirsty Democrats.

Conservative Pick: Lena Epstein

District 12

Jeff Jones is the only Republican running.

District 13

There are no Republicans running in this race.

District 14

Marc Herschfus is the only Republican running.

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Census case will demonstrate if the Supreme Court is political or not

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Census case will demonstrate if the Supreme Court is political or not

There is an unnecessary amount of controversy surrounding whether or not a citizenship question can be added to the upcoming United States census. But now that it’s here, the outcome of the case will say a great deal about the makeup of the Supreme Court and whether or not it has become a body that is driven solely by politics despite the intent of the founders to make sure it never would be.

On the surface, this case seems rather mundane. It’s just a question about the citizenship status of individuals. Some may be wondering what the big deal really is. In reality, it’s a very big deal. Census data is used to determine pretty much everything as it pertains to the relationship between the federal government and the states. Grant money, House of Representative seats, and district allocations are among the many changes that will all be determined by the census.

From a purely political perspective, this should be a no-brainer to conservatives. Of course the question should be included. It’s unfair for states who allow a higher level of illegal immigrants to gain more power as a result. These are not voters (at least they’re not supposed to be). It’s idiotic to give states a great incentives to bring in as many illegal immigrants as possible, so if the presence of a censorship question lowers the numbers reported, that’s not a bad thing.

Politically, the citizenship question is a winning play for conservatives.

But here’s the problem. The judiciary is not supposed to be driven by politics. Their job is to interpret the Constitution and the law of the land to determine how it’s to be enforced by the executive branch and whether the legislative branch is in line with the intent of the Constitution through the laws they establish. By those criteria, the Trump administration has a major problem with the citizenship question. The Census Act clearly states Congress is to be given notice of changes to the census three years in advance. They were not. The citizenship question was not part of the original list sent by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in March, 2017. It was sent in the March, 2018 list, but that’s not enough time for Congress to review if we’re going solely based on the letter of the law.

This is an insanely stupid aspect of the law; it shouldn’t take Congress three years to read a question and determine whether or not they need to make new laws as a result. But it’s the law nonetheless and Ross broke it by not including the question in his original list. It was a rookie mistake made by someone who really shouldn’t be in his position, but what’s done is done.

Part of my heart says the censorship question is righteous and does not violate the Constitution, therefore it should be allowed. But the other part of my heart longs for a judiciary that is truly apolitical, one that does its job as laid out in the Constitution. If that’s the measure of this case, then the Administration clearly did not meet the standards set forth in the law to add the question to the census.

Where I take solace is knowing the balance of political bias within the judiciary favors the left. If it’s impossible to completely remove politics from the judiciary, then any win for conservatism is acceptable just as any loss for conservatism is unwelcome. I desperately want the originalist perspective to prevail in our judiciary, but if such apolitical adherence is only possible when convenient or in a robotic utopia of a truly impartial judiciary, then I’m forced to defer to the side of my heart that says, “Take the win and move on.”

We need the citizenship question in the census, and though I would have preferred to have seen it handled properly by the Commerce Department, I’ll accept a victory on it even if it comes by the hand of conservative bias.

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Sign the petition demanding term limits on Capitol Hill

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Sign the petition demanding term limits on Capitol Hill

It’s time for term limits. This has been on my heart for some time, but I have held back because there are so many other important issues to cover. Today, I realized if I wait until more pressing issues are solved, I’ll be waiting forever. There are always going to be more pressing issues than term limits, but here’s the thing. Our representatives realize this, too, which is why it’s never given the attention it deserves. They use these other issues as cover to prevent them from having to address the one issue that will affect them the most.

This is my first petition on Change.org. I’ll admit I’ve never been a fan of the site because it is mostly progressive topics on the table, but this is an issue that even progressives should be able to acknowledge as a problem.

Here’s what I posted:

Set term limits for U.S. Representatives and Senators

Corruption is rampant in Washington DC. One of the biggest reasons this is the case is because lifetime politicians have become power brokers, making them the beneficiaries of favors, payoffs, and under-the-table deals. They live in a perpetual state of campaigning rather than focusing on addressing the problems that face Americans.

Term limits were never included in the Constitution because it was expected by the founders that those serving as our representatives in the legislative branch would do so as a duty to be fulfilled rather than a luxurious position of excess. They did not anticipate the electoral benefits of incumbents, nor did the realize the two-party system would polarize the nation to the point that positions could be made essentially permanent.

Power should not be accumulated over the length of a long career. It should be earned through action and earnestly held for a brief period of time. Today, too much power is consolidated in Washington DC, partially as a result of the extended lengths in which our representatives enjoy their tenure.

Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate should be there because they want to serve their country, not because they enjoy being part of the DC Country Club. Term limits are very popular among the people, but Capitol Hill continues to ignore our will by failing to address it. Why should they? Only they can be hurt by it, and it does not behoove them to hurt themselves.

Instead, they continue hurting us.

We demand Congress immediately put together legislation that spells out term limits for themselves. Americans need to know who is willing to suppress their own power for the sake of the nation. This can only happen by bringing legislation to the floor.

Imagine Capitol Hill without the perpetual campaigning. Imagine forcing our representatives to work within a time limit instead of working to stay in the DC Country Club forever. It’s time for term limits in the House and Senate.

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Scouts BSA: Proof that moral leadership matters in life

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Scouts BSA Proof that moral leadership matters in life

In the Age of Trump, where the Fellowship of the Pharisees and their so-called evangelical followers have given “God’s chosen president” a “mulligan” for his sexually immoral past in exchange for a seat at his table, the damage being done to the Gospel of Christ is obvious.

Another consequence of this kind of hypocrisy has been the destruction of moral leadership in nearly every area of American life. For example, let’s take a look at Scouts BSA, formerly known as the Boy Scouts of America.

In a report by NBC New York yesterday, we learned that nearly 8,000 adults are suspected of sexually abusing more than 12,000 children in the Boy Scouts over the years, and that these incidents have been kept secret according to victim’s rights attorney Jeff Anderson.

“For many, many years there’s been an excavation of what are called the ‘perversion files’—those are files held and hoarded at the Boy Scouts of America headquarters.

“Those ‘perversion files’ that they’ve had reflect that they have removed thousands of offenders of childhood sexual abuse over the years and they’ve kept that in files secretly.”

While the abuse appears to have been going on since the 1940s, recent decisions by the Boy Scouts created an environment that essentially guaranteed it would happen with greater frequency, thanks to the institution of LGBT-friendly changes to their leadership requirements.

In the summer of 2015, then-president of the Boy Scouts and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates abandoned the organization’s commitment to develop moral character by lifting the ban on homosexuals serving as leaders due to fears of possible lawsuits.

The lawsuit excuse was a lie as the Supreme Court had already upheld the BSA’s right to exclude homosexuals. In reality, Gates, the guy responsible for ending the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, simply wanted to open scouting to the LGBT community, regardless of any consequences. Moral considerations be damned.

Here’s an irony for you. Scouts BSA announced a few months ago it may go bankrupt due to the lawsuits over sexual abuse and declining membership. I guess Gates missed that one.

By the way, Scouts BSA also made a policy change in February 2017 to recognize children by their “gender identity,” and the reason Boy Scouts of America changed the name to Scouts BSA is because it’s now open to girls. How long will it be before we hear about a “straight” leader sexually molesting these new additions to the Boy Scouts?

In the end, however, it’s not an LGBT or straight issue; it’s a moral leadership issue. Unfortunately, morality no longer exists in the Boy Scouts because their first duty to God no longer exists, due in no small part to the rise of the lukewarm church and cheap grace theology.

Moral leadership matters in life; and in politics as well. But we’ll never see it again in America unless something changes in the heart of the church.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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