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Why is Convention of States promoting Trump instead limited government?

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Regular readers and radio listeners of the Strident Conservative know that my central mission is to be a leading voice in the call for a return to conservatism and the Constitution. Because I place these values above political parties, I’m an equal opportunity critic, willing to hold members of every political stripe accountable for failing to uphold them.

This obviously puts me at odds with the growing number of people who are willing to compromise their principles to advance their agenda. But even those who agree with me often feel helpless when it comes to fighting back against politicians drunk with power.

This feeling of helplessness is the result of watching the people and organizations we have supported and trusted to uphold our values and work on our behalf become capitulating cowards in the name of political expediency. We have witnessed this firsthand with groups like the House Freedom Caucus where conservatism has been hijacked by Trumpservatives and with the sellout to Trump and the GOP by so-called media voices like Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and others.

One ray of sunshine in the storm threatening the survival of our Republic has been the Article V Convention of States (COS) Project — an effort I have supported for years with my time and money. But alas, COS appears to be joining the ranks of the reprobates in Washington.

In a recent blog post, COS promoted Trump’s “deep state” conspiracy following the recent anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times:

“The deep state in Washington has been working against the President’s agenda since his election, and this week marked the most blatant — and, at the same time, most cowardly — instance of the resistance embedded in the White House.

“The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed written by someone claiming to be a top official in Trump’s administration. This individual explained that he or she, along with several other officials in the White House, have been actively working to thwart the President and undermine his goals.

“It’s been over two years since Trump’s election, and still the deep state seems as strong as ever. Can the President and those loyal to him weed out these individuals before the end of his first term or even before the end of his second?

Besides the obvious display of misplaced priorities and political bias, the writer is essentially offering an indirect endorsement of Trump for a second term, and appears willing to see the COS Project used to help him win.

Some may argue that the writer wasn’t endorsing Trump nor tying his Presidency to the COS, but they’d be wrong. The writer concluded:

“An Article V Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that effectively, permanently, and safely accomplish all that Trump is working to accomplish on the deregulation front.”

Amending the Constitution to give the president more power instead of the people. Doesn’t that kind of defeat the purpose?

I reached out to COS over the weekend to express my concerns about this, especially in light of Trump’s repeated attacks on the Constitution and the COS’s mission to protect it. Their response via email was that “Maybe (I) have misunderstood (them) somewhere along the line.” Still, they said my concerns would be forwarded to “leadership.” We’ll see what happens.

The COS Project faces opposition by those who don’t understand the Constitution, and with the Democrats experiencing incredible success in state level elections, the odds of getting the 34 states necessary to pass a resolution to hold a convention are getting worse. So, it really doesn’t help the cause when the voices of COS defend the movement by promising to use it in a way that gives Trump (or any president) more power.

Meanwhile, I’m still leaning in favor of the Article V Convention of States Project, not to save Trump’s agenda but to save our Constitutional Republic. I wonder if COS feels the same.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Babylon Bee satire piece pretty much nails the Democrats’ incentive on Electoral College

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The founders decided to employ an Electoral College in picking the President to prevent tyranny by majority. They realized back then exactly what is happening today – the establishment of urban and suburban echo chambers that would rather see flyover country engulfed by a giant tornado than to “suffer” through conservative and Christian ideologies, especially in Washington DC. This is the driving force behind the sudden push to abolish the Electoral College, and the satirical masterminds at Babylon Bee nailed it.

Democratic candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is leading the charge to make the process that saved us from a Hillary Clinton presidency obsolete. Why? Because they can’t figure out how to win otherwise. Sure, they were able to dominate the Electoral College with Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, but the last two Democratic Presidents were running against weak Republicans in both of their elections. Had they been running against conservatives, especially in each of their first elections, the results may have been very different and the country may be in much better shape by now.

Nevertheless, this is what the Democrats want. Any system that can yield President Trump is a system they know they can fight against with their unhinged supporters, blind followers, and Trump haters.

That’s the nature of America today. Satire doesn’t need to venture too far away from reality in order to get a hilarious version of the sad state of affairs we find ourselves in, especially as it pertains to the loony party on the far left.

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Today I learned something that surprised me, not because of the event itself but because so few people have talked about it. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is known for being a leader of the socialist movement in Washington DC after rising from the humble status of bartender to the Congresswoman of the 14th district in New York. Her policies include a push for a “living wage” of $15 per hour. I’ve always thought the wording was odd considering Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and others have been calling for a rise in “minimum wage.” Today, I found out why she’s shying away from that phrase.

When New York City raised their minimum wage $15, many businesses were hit hard, especially in the hospitality industry. Restaurants and bars started cutting hours and often even closing their doors over the increase. One of those hit hard by the massive bump was The Coffee Shop. Owner Charles Milite blamed the closure on high costs, with the rise in minimum wage as the last straw.

“The rents are very high and now the minimum wage is going up and we have a huge number of employees,” he said.

The Coffee Shop is the bar where AOC once worked.

Keep in mind, this wasn’t some random bar. The Coffee Shop in Union Square was considered a high-end establishment, buzzing all the time with “A-list” patrons. It was featured many times in the HBO show Sex and the City and had built a reputation as an “it” spot for Manhattan residents and tourists alike. In other words, this wasn’t a hole in the wall hanging on by a string. It was a vibrant, successful business for almost three decades before New York City’s untenable leftist policies, including a $15 minimum wage, became more than the bar could bear.

On the surface, many voters may see the very basic math of “oh, Democrats want to pay me more” and assume there’s no repercussions for such actions. This is why Democrats prey on those people who currently make lower wages. They feel if they can promise them something that sounds good even if they know with 100% certainty based on empirical evidence that it will actually hurt them, these new socialists are willing to make that trade. They figure they can blame the conservatives later for why the place they were working at before cut their hours, removed their jobs, or shut down because of raising the minimum wage.

As usual, socialists rely on ignorance and emotion as the driving forces behind their plans. They’re not stupid. They know their ideas won’t work. But they’re willing to push them on people anyway in hopes that ignorance will keep them in power.

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Have you ever wondered why the Framers of the U.S. Constitution mandated that the President of the United States must be at least 35 years of age? Looking at this in historical perspective, we know that the average age in the United States today is around 78, whereas when the Constitution was written, it was about half that. Obviously, sturdy individuals would be needed who could outlive their expectancy.

In Hawaiian culture, kupuna are elders who have the life experience to be family and community leaders. This is the same concept that those who set America on course understood as vital to having leaders who actually know how to lead.

This is not to say that 77-year-old Bernie Sanders is qualified to be president, whereas 37-year-old Tulsi Gabbard is not. I would submit that neither embodies the American vision. Donald Trump is 72-years-old but lived a very different life from most of the rest of us, having been born into a wealthy family of privilege.

But life experience is an extremely urgent and essential factor in choosing leaders. Whereas I’m sure Barack Obama was actually born in Hawaii, his life experience growing up in Indonesia under foreign Islamic influence is at odds with the life experience we have favored in previous presidents.

So where do we go from here?

We can stay with the insomniac who tweets bizarrely in the middle of the night because wannabes vicariously see themselves in his place. Or, we can choose one among dozens from the other party who are ready to throw out the baby with the bath water.

Unless a conservative alternative emerges from among the masses to mount a primary challenge. That should actually be welcomed by the incumbent because it will enable an invigorated discussion of conservative visions of America. Otherwise we abandon the campaign to the other side which wants to tear down all that has been built over the centuries.

We can remember all the way back to Plymouth Rock and Jamestown. Or, on the other hand, we can elect somebody who doesn’t even remember Ronald Reagan.

As a baby boomer, when I was a youngster, I found it awkward that adults who had all lived through World War II ~ which was still an everyday topic back then ~ had life experiences that I could never share. So I asked them about it as well as studying it because I realized even as a child that it was important.

But that was in an age when even television was very new. When we finally got one, it was a small black and white picture with just a few local channels.

Today I see that parents often give even toddlers an elementary electronic device which they skillfully manipulate pictures around using their thumb or forefinger. In many ways, this is not the America in which I grew up.

Our next president needs to have a firm understanding of where we have been and where we are so he or she can lead us into where we must go. But, in this short-attention-span ersatz society, we are hard-pressed to find such a person of substance.

I herewith categorically deny that I am running for President of the United States. Having said that even though it’s obvious, let’s look at what has occurred during the 70 years that I’ve been here on Planet Earth.

In the 1950s, most of this country was still small-town America with only a handful of major metropolises. Today, that is often condescendingly referred to by self-centered politicians as flyover country. Large urban centers and suburban areas have a proportionately significant impact on elections. If Democrats succeed in eliminating the Electoral College, then the large geographic majority of our country that usually votes red, will be overwhelmed by a blue wave of pampered new voters.

Patriots from the American heartland remember the lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, Watergate, American diplomats taken hostage in Tehran, Reagan ending the Cold War, Billy Bob and Monica, 9/11, Dubya deposing Saddam and leaving a vacuum, Obama fundamentally transforming America and The Art of the Deal taking control.

The so-called progressive, emerging urban core are ready to start from scratch, go back to square one and create a Banana Republic where election losers never accept the results of the vote. Once they create a new normal, they will never release their grasp on it.

Integrity is doing right because it is right regardless of what may be politically expedient. Just listen to what Democrats in Congress and on the political trail, many of whom are the same people, are saying now. They have zero concept of national sovereignty. The “we are the world and the world is us” attitude is not realistic. You have only to look at failed states and tyrannical regimes around the globe to see that borders serve an inalienable purpose.

Proposals of infanticide and racism by Democrat Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam have been swept successfully under the rug. But unfounded and politically-motivated character assassination of a Supreme Court nominee for accusations relating to his high school days led to a C-SPAN circus. The double standard has never been so blatant!

I have only recently concluded that term limits for Congress are necessary. If our elected representatives had integrity, that would not be necessary. But due to fallen human nature, power makes the man or woman. Perpetuating their own time in the sun is more important than acting objectively based upon substantive facts. Human frailty is also an important consideration.

I joined term-limit advocates while watching the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Former Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa is probably a very nice individual, though I don’t know him personally. But he was either unable or unwilling to control the Democrat sideshow. There is no way he should have been Judiciary Chairman.

We need citizens with life experience beyond the constraints of government employment who understand what most Americans go through in daily life. They will never find this in their ivory towers on Capitol Hill or anywhere in our nation’s capital.

I spent three years inside the DC Beltway working just a few blocks, but a million miles, from the White House. The history of Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and other states that have history from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, was fascinating. That was 30 years ago when I was there, but I was ever so ready to get back to the real world.

Hawaii has its own unique set of circumstances which I have discussed before and will undoubtedly delve further into in the future. But right now, we’re looking at the future of our political system that will be involved in next year’s national election.

What can you or I as individual patriotic citizens do to make a positive difference? First, we need to sense the urgency of our mission.

You can watch a video here which includes Representative André Carson of Indiana declaring a plan for an Islamic America which is undoubtedly shared by new Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

We better have a game plan to counteract this or it is our future. In Pakistan, the Islamic government purposely & deliberately makes life a hell on earth for Christians & all non-Muslims. Ask Asia Bibi! Is that the America we want?

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Let’s keep America America!

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