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I’ve never been the biggest fan of Lindsey Graham. His big-government attitude to conservatism has driven some of the worst wings of the Republican Party for decades. With that said, I love him today.

His explosion on his Democratic Senate colleagues during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings was the best I’ve ever seen the Senator from South Carolina. He started off by laying out the fact that Senator Chuck Schumer announced his opposition to Kavanaugh 23 minutes after he was announced. He then went on a rant that would have won him an Emmy if he said it during either of the first two seasons of House of Cards.

It was quite powerful and encapsulated the anger many conservatives have been feeling about this sham from the start.

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Faux conservative media ignores GOP lies on abortion

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Faux conservative media ignores Trump and GOP lies on abortion

Even though Republicans have failed the pro-life litmus test ever since the Republican-nominated Supreme Court decided 46 years ago in Roe v. Wade that women have a Constitutional right to murder their unborn child, they are playing the pro-life card once again for political purposes in preparation for the 2020 election.

This was extremely obvious last month when Mitch McConnell held a show vote on the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” a bill introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse mandating medical care for babies that survive the abortion procedure attempted murder.

Like the GOP itself during the past two years of full control of Washington, the bill did nothing to bring an end to abortion. It did, however, give Mitch McConnell and the Republicans a nice political talking point to add to their 2020 election arsenal.

“This stunning, stunning extremism” will not “be the last word on the subject.”

By the way, Republicans played this same game in 2018 — an election year — with a House version of the BAASPA that died in the Senate.

I wrote last week about BlazeTV and how it had become a pro-Trump echo chamber and home of faux conservatives. In the piece, I mentioned an episode of Steve Deace’s show where he pointed out the Democrats’ “worship of abortion” and called on conservatives to “cheer” Donald Trump because he was using late-term abortion as a campaign issue.

In a rebuttal on his show the day after my article, Deace and his crew accused me of being in the “orange man bad” anti-Trump cult where criticism of Trump is only happens because we’re talking about Trump. Aside from the obvious attempt to dismiss my opinion without addressing it, my conclusions were based on Trump’s non-conservative policies, his track record of doublemindedness and broken promises regarding abortion, and BlazeTV’s decision to promote Trump as the savior of the Republic.

Yes, the Democrat party is the party of abortion and infanticide. Heck, the party’s 2016 platform championed Planned Parenthood and promised to protect government funding of their infanticide services. The platform also called for Democrats to overturn “all federal and state laws that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including repealing of the Hyde Amendment.”

The Democrat-controlled House has begun working on ways to repeal the Hyde Amendment. Claiming to possess a “pro-choice majority,” they are looking to find new ways for public funds to be used to murder the unborn, including coverage for abortions under Medicaid along with mandating abortion coverage under other government healthcare plans.

Here’s a fun fact: the much-ballyhooed Medicare for All single-payer healthcare plan being promoted by nearly every Democrat presidential candidate and some “conservative socialists” mandates coverage for abortion services. Once we have single-payer, every American will be funding the murder of unborn babies. Look for it to be included in the 2020 Democrat platform.

So, this means Deace was right about the Democrats, right? Yes, but he and others in the faux conservative media have turned this reality into a “squirrel moment” to distract voters away from the hypocrisy and lies we get from Trump — and by default, the GOP — on the abortion issue. Pointing to the obvious extremism of the Democrat Party while giving Trump a pass on abortion and “cheering” him for using it as a political weapon to get re-elected is nothing more than another edition of the #notDemocrat game we get from the GOP every election season.

Democrats haven’t had to worry about keeping their platform promise to protect Planned Parenthood because Trump and the GOP have been keeping that promise for them by not only continuing their funding, but increasing it. They have also increased funding for harvesting body parts from aborted babies for research purposes, included experiments using human fetal tissue on mice — tissue that comes from Planned Parenthood.

Democrats are pro-abortion to the extreme and Republicans are no different. But the GOP gets to hide behind the cover of a so-called conservative media that is all too willing to play the deceptive #notDemocrat game while “cheering” Trump and the GOP for tickling their ears.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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True conservatism must be discerning outside of tribal loyalty

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One of the loneliest things to be in the world of politics is a conservative who does not bow down to President Trump. What’s even worse is being someone whose allegiance to the Constitution, conservatism, faith, family, and the truth supersedes personal feelings, which is why I have no problem praising the President when he does well. This, of course, makes me a target for the NeverTrumpers and Democrats.

I call it how I see it. When he does well, I praise him and/or his policies. When he does poorly, I criticize. That means, as my friend from Hawaii notes, I’m an “equal opportunity offender.”

As an ardent supporter of border security, people often assume I’m a big Trump fan. While I appreciate the President’s recent attempts to force Congress to fund the wall, I’m equally disappointed that he waited so long. It’s an inconvenient fact his hardcore supporters love to omit that he signed 11 spending deals before “getting tough” once the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives. That same toughness applied at any point in the previous two years would have had a much higher chance of resulting in wall funding. Before the midterm elections in 2018, he held some sway over red state Democrats in the Senate, possibly enough to get the 60 votes he needed to get his funding.

Unfortunately, we’ll never know.

On the other hand, I don’t blame the President alone for his misstep. I’m certain his advisers and others in his ear, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, and several others told the President it would be best to have the battle after the midterms because shutting down the government and playing hardball before the midterms meant they would lose the House and possibly even the Senate. Hindsight being 20/20, it would seem the two-year delay on having the wall funding battle was all for naught. He ended up getting to the exact place he would have been, but at least a year later before getting to start the judiciary clock on his national emergency.

One can argue Obamacare repeal and tax cuts were a bigger priority early on. Fine. Then the wall battle should have started with the first spending bill of 2018 following the tax cut victory and Obamacare repeal debacle.

The reason I’m bringing all of this up now is because it’s time for real conservatives to set aside any tribal allegiances they have and start focusing on steering things in the right direction. Just as we’ve seen the Justice Democrats plant hyper-leftist operatives in the Democratic Party, so too should we be working towards getting real conservatives in office instead of the fake conservatives, aka RINOs, that have control over the GOP.

It’s not just about primary challenges for the weak sticks up for election in 2020. It’s also about steering the President himself in the right direction. We’ve called in the past for the President to remove all leftists from his administration, but let’s face it. That’s not going to happen. What CAN happen is we can generate noise so loud he’s unable to not hear it. This noise can be similar to the backlash he received during the general election when someone in his campaign told him he should consider “softening” his stance on illegal immigrants. He even had a prime time special with Sean Hannity to try to sell “The Softening” to people back in August, 2016.

What happened? Conservatives said, “H— no!” As a result, he switched back to the tough stance that won him the GOP nomination in the first place. Conservatism won because conservative voices were loud enough to keep him from listening to his leftist advisers.

I would argue if there had been even louder voices yelling in unison for the President to fight for border wall funding in the beginning of 2018 rather than waiting until after the GOP lost control of the House of Representatives, we’d already have solid funding from Congress that was well on its way towards getting large portions of the wall and other border security measures built up. Instead, we’re relying on a lengthy process that will certainly shut down wall funding until hopefully the Supreme Court sides with him. In a world in which John Roberts is the Chief Justice and 5th “conservative” vote, I’d say we’re at about 50/50 on actually getting the action on the President’s national emergency declaration.

This is why we’re building the American Conservative Movement. It is not anti-Trump. It is not pro-Trump. It is not anti-GOP or pro-GOP. It’s definitely anti-leftist which makes it anti-Democrat based on the progressive lurch to the left we’re seeing in that party. But above all it’s a pro-Constitution, pro-American, pro-conservatism PAC that will promote conservative candidates, policies, and philosophies.

We’ve seen what happened to the Tea Party. It had no central leadership and very little solidarity in the way it wanted to operate. To call it an “it” is a stretch since the Tea Party manifested in some good, mostly bad organizations that competed with each other to raise funds from patriots who were concerned about President Obama and Obamacare, among other things. Sadly, it has become a shadow of an entity with no foundation left from which to launch any serious candidates.

We’ve also seen what happens with third parties. In fact, I made an effort to help build one. But the path of a third party is one that will take longer than the months or years that we have before real action is needed. Just as the Justice Democrats were able to make an impact in less than a year, so too will the American Conservative Movement seek to make a similar impact in the GOP for America.

If this sounds interesting at all, I encourage you to fill out the form below. We need to see how many people are interested in moving forward with something of this scale before undertaking it. Experience is the best teacher, and I’ve learned many lessons over the years about how to build and maintain a movement that can make a difference.

There has never been a greater need for a conservative renaissance in America. A quick look at Congress will tell you both parties are lurching to the left. It’s time to pull back to the right.

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WH is often used as an abbreviation for White House. I use it here to represent a winning combination on the GOP ticket in 2020: West/Haley. That would be awesome and optimum, but I’m also quite amenable to Haley/West.

Now we just need to convince these two patriotic Americans to join forces and mount a primary challenge for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2020 ~ Allen West of Georgia and Nikki Haley of South Carolina! There are indications that the former Governor of the Palmetto State and Ambassador to the United Nations may already be making such plans. But the former Army Lieutenant Colonel and Congressman may need a bit more encouragement to go that route.

Let’s pause a moment and look at why it is so urgent that there be a primary challenge next year. We absolutely must go the extra lengths to ensure that the Democrats do not steal this election.

Their National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, already being signed onto by some states including Colorado, would award a state’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. Only five presidents in American history have been elected while losing the popular vote, but two of them are our most recent Republican Presidents Trump and Bush.

This underhanded scheme would enable Democrats to pad their vote in large liberal urban areas. Voters in the American Heartland would be disenfranchised and their votes would be thrown away. This needs to be challenged in court sooner rather than later, in other words NOW!

The anemic Republican Party does not appear to be interested in stopping this. Nor does it seem likely that President Trump will make it a major issue in his re-election campaign. That’s why it’s crucial that we make 100% sure we have a candidate who embodies the conservative vision and who will oppose Democrat dirty tricks from the outset.

The reason we got Trump in office is that too many conservatives took things for granted in 2016. I personally thought the conservative message of Ted Cruz would reverberate throughout the country, particularly the Southern States. Such did not turn out to be the case.

The phenomenon of Donald Trump is something to look at more in-depth another time. Suffice it to say here that he really doesn’t appear to have thought he was going to win and did not expect to do so. Rather he was just bolstering his own ego and getting his name and face more air time. Then came the November 8th general election, and the rubber hit the road as the old Firestone tire commercial used to say.

Trump has never been a student of history; he speaks and tweets with the vocabulary of a 5th Grader. Not even the smart ones on that TV show with Jeff Foxworthy. His debate performances, and they were indeed performances, along with his current POTUS tweets, come across as being from a schoolyard bully.

Trump is a function of his advisors, whoever last whispered something in his ear that he liked. Right now, when he listens to John Bolton, that is something we can get by with. But Trump does not appear to like his intel briefs any more than Obama did. That should be the first thing every President does every morning, to get the classified briefing from his senior officials regarding all important events since the day before. Plus, he should be briefed immediately anytime something urgent occurs.

Allen West is an historian par excellence. His command of the facts and ability to recount the events of the attempted Islamic conquest of Europe militarily in bygone centuries is very impressive. He understands the ideological nature of the Islamic threat today better than anyone I’ve heard.

I read virtually all of Colonel West’s articles. I really can’t think of a single thing he has said that I disagree with. With me, that is incredibly rare. He is first of all an absolute patriot, a true warrior who has no fear.

Trump admires strong authoritarian leaders, while remaining blissfully ignorant of and oblivious to their hostile ideologies. Putin, Xi, Kim and Erdoğan continue to simultaneously put bugs into POTUS 45’s ear while running amok around the world. That simply would not happen with President Allen West!

Nikki Haley is also a very strong personality. Her record as Governor of South Carolina and Ambassador to the United Nations demonstrates that she is totally unshakeable in her resolve to do what needs to be done. The only nick in her armor that I have personally observed thus far is that she needs to re-examine the Muslim Rohingya issue in Myanmar, as they are not the victims they are portrayed to be, but rather instigators against the Buddhist government.

Both Allen West and Nikki Haley are quite capable and willing to call out the faux pas of President Trump. Both have a distinctly conservative message that needs to be heard and heard soon. It’s time to infuse this campaign with a true conservative agenda. We need a more articulate spokesman than our incumbent in the Oval Office.

If convinced that Donald Trump can actually win re-election and turn back the Democrat assault on our traditional American culture, I am not ruling out his being the GOP nominee. But at the very least he needs to make his case to “We the People”.

I’m tempted not to say this at all because it really should be obvious, but seeking to enhance diversity plays absolutely no role in this advocacy for a West/Haley or Haley/West ticket. It is not about race or about gender. Both candidates absolutely concur that the best person should be elected on their merits and nothing else!

The good news is that either or both can absolutely be elected on their own merits! A second term for Donald Trump would be far less problematic than putting any Democrat into the White House! But, I am not convinced at this point that Trump is a shoe-in for re-election. Especially not with Democrat lawfare and dirty tricks in the works.

Whoever is actually nominated by the GOP next year in Charlotte will face a Democrat rival who will already have been nominated in Milwaukee. There will be numerous debates probably beginning later this year 2019.

It’s not going to help if Democrats debate one another and Trump just debates himself. We need fresh voices all along the way to keep the conservative message, the true conservative message, in the forefront of public awareness.

I haven’t said much here about the overall background, record and qualifications of either Allen West or Nikki Haley. I think most readers of this article are already familiar with both of them. Plus that is something we need to hear from them once they take up the gauntlet and mount a GOP Primary challenge in 2020.

This is not to say that other conservatives should not also enter the race. But we must keep clearly in sight that the object is not quantity of alternatives, but the ability to actually win on November 3, 2020. Even those who are die-hard Trump fans should welcome an opportunity for his message to be heard juxtaposed with that of other conservative candidates.

The best thing would be for Donald Trump to step aside and declare now that he will not run again. But that ain’t gonna happen. So let’s encourage Allen West and Nikki Haley to challenge him in the primary for the good of our country.

You would not recognize these United States of America under a President Harris, President Warren, President Sanders, President O’Rourke, President Gabbard or even a President Biden!

You often shudder when President Trump sends out another bizarre tweet at 3 a.m. But you will be proud every day under President West and VP Haley, or vice versa!

Not for self, not for party, but for country!

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