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Club for Growth joins GOP to save the establishment and destroy conservatives

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Club for Growth joins GOP to save the establishment and destroy conservatives

While many disagree with me, I fully expect the Democrats to win big in November and to retake the majority in the House and possibly the Senate. Though doing so primarily to fill their campaign coffers, even GOP leadership has been sounding the alarm about this probable outcome.

There are many reasons for the upcoming election apocalypse, such as: Trump’s historically low job approval numbers, Republicans breaking every major campaign promise, and the fact that the past two years of GOP control in Washington has been one of the most unproductive legislatures in history. But this is only part of the reason for their upcoming defeat.

More than anything else, the reason Trump and the GOP are likely to lose big in November boils down to their complete abandonment of conservative values and their goal to wipe out the conservative base of the party.

Mitch McConnell has always hated conservatives, making it his personal goal to crush them whenever they challenged one of his establishment buddies. When he was House Speaker, John Boehner was so fearful of conservatives that he denied them committee assignments if they refused to toe the party line.

And Trump has often joined McConnell in attacking conservative groups like the House Freedom Caucus for not marching to the GOP establishment’s orders.

Within Washington, these attacks have succeeded in rebranding conservatism in the House, and they have led to recent Boehner-esque rule changes punishing conservatives when they get out of line. But the disease has spread and is now infecting organizations outside of Congress we used to rely on to be a voice for the conservative cause.

For example, in an article I wrote a few days ago, I shared how the Article V Convention of States Project was using its platform to promote Trump and his policies and to use the Convention to pass amendments giving the Office of the President more power.

Now comes word that the Club for Growth — a so-called conservative organization working for things like free trade, limited government, a balanced budget amendment, and school choice — will be working to save the GOP establishment and will be spending millions of dollars on about a dozen races for the US House and Senate.

This sudden announcement comes on the heels of a rumor that the GOP is instructing conservative groups like Club for Growth to abandon certain House races in Iowa and California because they are lost causes.

The GOP attack on conservatives has destroyed the Party of Reagan, and it’s now destroying parts of the conservative movement outside of Washington. And even though Trump and the GOP face imminent defeat in November, I’m sure they’re smiling on the inside at the sight of the demise of conservatism.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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DDoS and Twitter attack in same day. Someone’s not happy with us.

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I should have known when the the Twitter account for the site was suddenly permanently banned that something was fishy. Unfortunately, Twitter is funny that way, so I didn’t put 2 and 2 together until the site itself went down.

When you operate a site that tells the truth, there’s bound to be someone offended. That’s the nature of the game, especially for a news site that focuses on conservative media, that holds a Judeo-Christian worldview, and that isn’t afraid to say things that may not be popular with, well, most people.

Our web provider was great. They recognized the attacks and took steps to stop them, but the attackers are clever. When they couldn’t brute-force hack into the admin, they went the DDoS route. I’m not going to get into the technical details because they’re over my head, but from what I can tell from the logs and in talking to our host, it wasn’t a casual attack. They’ve been trying to hack the back end for days and when that proved too challenging,they went straight for the shutdown attempt.

As for Twitter, I’m not even going to bother. The site and one of the authors (that I’ve seen so far) were banned. I switched the site to link to my personal Twitter account. Been meaning to spend more energy there anyway.

This is reason #17 why we’re so badly in need of donations from our readers. We have big plans for the site that include paid editors, writers, graphics, and a tech person (which we obviously need). I need to move the site to a stronger hosting tier, one that can withstand attacks like today. The one we’re using isn’t cheap, but it’s not top-of-the-line.

When you’re on the right side of the political aisle, there will be people who try to stop you. We will persevere, but we certainly can use the help.

To paraphrase a famous quote, if you’re not making enough people mad, then you’re doing it wrong. We will not crumble under the weight of heavy opposition. Fighting the left and their media puppets is a task that’s too important to let go.


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As Venezuela implodes, Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaidó as President

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As Venezuela implodes Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaid as President

The destruction of Venezuela by socialism and corruption is practically complete, but hope is on the horizon. A new President has been recognized by the United States, making Nicolas Maduro’s presidency nearly finished.

Juan Guaidó has been serving as the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela since earlier this month and assumed the role of interim President earlier today. The United States joins Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, and Puerto Rico in recognizing his claim as legitimate.

People have filled the streets of Caracas in an amazing display of solidarity against Maduro, who held an “inauguration” on January 11 despite clear indicators the May 2018 elections were rigged. Now, the streets of Caracas are full.

President Trump confirmed the move following multiple news outlets quoting White House officials.

Ironically, Guaidó’s rallying cry happens to be “Sí, se puede!”, Spanish for “Yes we can.”

My Take

This is the only viable move given the circumstances. As I posted on Facebook:

It may not be possible for Guaidó to turn around the failing nation without a lot of outside assistance, but one thing is certain: Maduro had zero chance of making anything better for his starving people.


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Four Republicans Senators ask the President to transfer ISIS prisoners in Syria

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Four Republicans Senators ask the President to transfer ISIS prisoners in Syria

As the United States military prepares for a full withdrawal from Syria, some are concerned that Islamic State fighters currently being held by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will be released or others be allowed to rejoin ISIS. Four Republican stalwarts in the Senate are calling on President Trump transfer the worst of these prisoners to Guantanamo Bay.

Senators Tom Cotton, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio all signed the letter to the President requesting this action.

The President announced the move to pull out of Syria on Twitter last month following a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This prompted the resignation of former Secretary of Defense James Mattis and drew condemnation from people on the left and right who felt the President was abandoning our allies in the war against ISIS.

Turkey has long wanted the United States out of Syria so they could deal with the Kurdish forces that they consider to be terrorists.

My Take

This is a smart move to do before the withdrawal, but this letter was also a not-so-subtle reminder to the President that pulling out of Syria quickly will have repercussions. Both National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have tempered the President’s remarks by saying the United States will pull out just as soon as ISIS is fully defeated.

One thing is certain: if these terrorists and militants are not moved to Guantanamo Bay, many if not all of them will eventually return to the Islamic State to continue their mission against the the rest of the world.


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