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Dave Rubin on leaving the left

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True Liberals should come back to their original philosophical home – The Pro-Liberty Right.

John Stossel recently posted a video on the journey of [Classic] Liberal Dave Rubin from the Left. In the video he relates his similar experience of moving from the Left to libertarian ideals. The experience of both was that Pro-Liberty Right is willing to discuss the issues in a rational manner. This is contrasted with the Socialist-Left in shouting down the opposition.

Mr. Rubin speculated that:

It comes down to treating people as individuals rather than groups. “If you believe in the individual, then you fundamentally understand that individuals are different. So you are willing to sit down with someone different than you,”

Favouring individual rights and freedoms is part of the definition of the word Liberal as opposed to the Left treating people collectively – in groups.

Perhaps it is time for True Liberals to Leave the Left.

There has always been a definitional dichotomy between the Socialist-Left and true Liberals with the later favouring individual liberty, free trade, and moderate political and social reform.  While the former favours ‘radical, reforming, or socialist views’.

Recent events should be a ‘walk up call’ to some that they should be leaving the radicals still trying to impose their socialist national agenda on everyone. They need to come back to the Pro-Liberty Right where they truly belong. We might have qualms over certain issues, but at least we all believe in Liberty.

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The Mueller report will confirm everyone’s bias regardless of what it says

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The Mueller report will confirm everyones bias regardless of what it says

Spoiler alert: I know what you’re going to find in the Mueller report hours before Attorney General has his press conference and long before it gets released to the general public. Do you want to know what it says? It’s easy. Whatever you think it says is exactly what it will say.

That’s not some sort of political newspeak or existential philosophizing. It’s just the truth. If you are a Trump-hating leftist or NeverTrump former-Republican, the report will give you days, perhaps weeks of ammunition you can hurl at your Trump-supporting friends and across your social media profiles. Your wildest dreams will be confirmed by whatever mainstream media outlets you love the most, and you will feel both vindicated for thinking the President has always been a lawbreaking bad guy who stole the election and deserves to be impeached before checking into jail.

If you’re a Trump supporter, the Mueller report will tell you exactly what AG Barr said it was going to tell us a few weeks ago when he released his four-page summary. It said no collusion, His press conference will say no collusion. Fox News hosts will say no collusion. Therefore, all the pain and #FakeNews suffering we’ve had to endure for two years will finally be put to rest as the nothingburger it always way. Your only question will be to wonder when Hillary Clinton’s investigation gets started.

How many of the millions of people waiting for the Mueller report will actually read the 300+ pages? How many journalists and talk show hosts will actually read it? Perhaps the best question will be how many interns will read it and report back to their politician or media bosses with bullet points for them to regurgitate? That’s the right question, and the answer is, “As many as it takes.”

The reality of the situation is we’re not going to get closure on the issue once the report is released. This is going to continue to drag out for days, weeks, or even months. Meanwhile, multiple committees in Congress, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), and the kitchen sink will all continue to investigate Trump. Members of these teams will be among the few who comb through the full report multiple times looking for information they can use in their own investigations. The Mueller report will be fodder for other investigations to explore similar paths of inquiry. This will go on until President Trump resigns, is voted out of office, or gets impeached. As long as he’s in the Oval Office, he and his staff will be the subject of ongoing investigations in perpetuity.

As plenty of Americans wait for the Mueller report to be interpreted for them by their favorite news personalities (who had it interpreted for them by lawyers and interns), just about every single interested person has already made up their minds.

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Do not presume to know if someone is saved, even if they’re pro-abortion pastors

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Do not presume to know if someone is saved even if theyre pro-abortion pastors

This could very easily turn into a discussion about Arminianism versus Calvinism, but that’s a topic I’m still not ready to tackle on this site. One thing I will tackle is the presumptive nature that guides many people to make calls about who is a Christian and who’s a false-Christian as if they’re baseball umpires calling balls or strikes.

It’s something I’ve faced on literally hundreds if not thousands of occasions over the years. People will read my bio on the various social networks, then use my proclamation of being a Christian to call out my posts. Heck, it happened twice today on a reply I sent to Kamala Harris on Twitter that had absolutely nothing to do with faith. I’ve grown used to it, and I try my hardest to never let it get to me on a personal level. I’ve found that many who call me out for a Tweet or Facebook post are simply disagreeing with the content and trying to shame me by saying it’s not very Christian-like. This is a common tactic, folks, so be mindful of it if you face similar complaints.

But today I’d like to discuss a similar situation. Should Christians call out other’s who profess to be Christians based on actions or perspectives that are clearly non-Biblical? The answer to this question, in my humble opinion, is yes and no. Yes, I believe it behooves us as Bible-believers to call out the actions of others, particularly if they profess to be Christians. No, I do not believe we should be claiming people are not Christians because of their misguided beliefs or actions. That’s a call that’s way above our pay grade.

For example, there was a lot of controversy over a letter by 150 Christian leaders who support a pro-choice stance. As most Christians know, abortion is not a Biblical practice and is spoken against in the Bible itself. We should definitely be calling on those who are supportive of abortion and who also profess their faith, but we shouldn’t be telling them they’re going to burn in hell over their perspective, that they have no Grace, or that they’re not really Christians. I said it before and I can’t really say it enough – such things are above our pay grade.

We know from the Bible what God disapproves of, but we are not capable of known WHO God approves of, as in who He considers to be saved as a Christian. When we tell people who believe they are saved that they’re actually not saved because they believe in abortion, we’re presuming to know God’s Will on such matters. We do not.

If we want to call out the sin, that’s proper. If we’re telling a sinner they’re condemned to hell because of their sin, it’s like taking on the role of passing eternal judgment. That is not our calling. Mind your tongues, folks. God does.

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Why do I fight the GOP establishment when the odds are against me?

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Why do I fight the GOP establishment when the odds are against me

As you may have noticed, I’ve been focusing a lot of attention lately on the need for an alternative to the Democrat/Republican duopoly, particularly as we approach the 2020 election. This has led to a lot of feedback from people who don’t exactly agree with me, particularly when I point out how Trump and the GOP fail to uphold conservative values and how this disqualifies them to lead our movement.

Some of the most common criticisms I hear, besides being accused of working for CNN or being privately funded by George Soros — I still wish I had some of his money — is how I’m simply being negative and that I need to focus more on the “good things” Trump and the GOP are doing for the country.

Of course, I’d be happy to do as they suggest, if only they actually did anything good — for example, keeping their promises.

The Republican Party has been a lost cause in my book ever since John Boehner and Mitch McConnell teamed up to “crush the conservative opposition” while simultaneously advancing the socialist agenda of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi — an agenda McConnell claims the GOP will stop if we allow them to keep their Senate majority.

So-called conservative groups like the House Freedom Caucus like to talk a good game, but they have embraced the agenda of the NY Liberal occupying the White House and replaced conservatism with Trumpservatism.

And let’s not forget Trump has also targeted real conservatives for not carrying the Trumpservative water.

While Democrats are easy targets due to their advocacy of socialism, the advance of socialism and liberty-killing big government at the hands of Republican vagabonds simply cannot be underestimated. And to make matters worse, socialism is being embraced by so-called conservatives as well.

To put it bluntly, I’m a critic of these frauds, not a cheerleader, because truth is more important than going along to get along. This means I often find myself alone, but as I once wrote, “I’d rather walk the right road alone than walk the wrong road with a crowd.”

When faced by the overwhelming forces opposing conservative values, I’m often reminded of a scene near the end of the movie, The Matrix Revolutions, the third installment of The Matrix trilogy, where Agent Smith appears to have defeated Neo.

Agent Smith: Why, Mr. Anderson? Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you’re fighting for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Yes? No? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. The temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can’t win. It’s pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why do you persist?

Neo: Because I choose to.

“Because I choose to.” That’s it, right there.

Liberty or tyranny. Freedom or slavery. Surrender or revolution. To break free of the GOP “Matrix,” we need to choose to persist in fighting for what we believe in.

From now through 2020, I choose to be a revolutionary who speaks truth because, as George Orwell once stated, “speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.”

And even after the election, I will choose to continue being a voice in the wilderness by calling out faux conservatives in Washington and the media for exchanging conservative values for political preservation.

I will also continue to call out the Fellowship of the Pharisees for sacrificing the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the altar of cheap grace for a seat at Trump’s table.

Like I said, I’m a critic, not a cheerleader. Besides, the establishment already has enough cheerleaders.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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