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Final pitch to vote straight red ticket: “We can’t go back”

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There are two things I’m normally not a fan of: straight ticket voting and national party messages. I’m backing off from both of these pet peeves for this election. Keeping control of the House of Representatives is just too important for me to quibble over degrees of conservatism as I normally do.

I will be voting straight Republican ticket this year. It’s not the first time I’ve done it, but it’s the first time I’ve done it without fully embracing everyone on the ballot. I’m not crazy about a couple of Republicans on my ballot, but I’m voting for them anyway. If we lose either the House or the Senate, the progress we’ve made over the last two years will be halted at best, reversed at worst.

That’s why this video actually worked for me. It represents me. I agree with the messaging. National party messages are usually based on issues. I remember when the GOP put out horrible ads in 2012 that were all about Obamacare. It was the right message for most individual candidates but it wasn’t universal enough for the party to promote it. When a national party focuses on a single issue, it speaks of a generalization that will not resonate.

This message geared around the economy is universal. It’s a safe bet that the vast majority of people seeing this message are in better financial situations than they were two years ago. Instead of making it a partisan message like they did in 2012 when half the country liked Obamacare, they chose to go with a personal message reminiscent of President Reagan’s message in 1980. It’s actually the opposite message; Reagan was pointing to how bad the economy was in 1980 and asked, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

It was powerful and it worked. This message of not going back isn’t quite as strong, but it works nonetheless.

Americans must ask themselves if they’re better off than they were two years ago. If they’re honest, the vast majority will admit that their bank accounts are bigger, their tax burden is smaller, and prospects for prosperity are much, much higher.

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Jim Jordan on the problem with red flag gun laws

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Jim Jordan on the problem with red flag gun laws

The House Freedom Caucus has been, as a group, one of the staunchest supporters of President Trump since he took office. Many conservatives were wondering if the President’s progressive past would rub them the wrong way, but as they and the rest of America started seeing him keep his conservative promises, they quickly embraced him as the unambiguous leader of the party.

Representative Jim Jordan has been an outspoken proponent for the President’s policies. But he has not denied his belief in the Constitution or his oath to protect it, and at times when many Republicans started shifting their views away from defending our rights, Jordan stepped out to speak the truth. The same can be said today as he gave a clear rebuke against those supporting red flag gun laws.

As he points out, red flag gun laws, by their nature, must treat American citizens as guilty until proven innocent. This is not the American way. While the need to prevent crimes is high in today’s society, that need cannot be used as cover to promote unconstitutional measures that take away rights of American citizens.

Kudos, Congressman, for standing by your principles and in favor of American freedom.

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Size matters: Why President Trump’s huge rallies are important

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Size matters Why President Trumps huge rallies are important

President Trump has big rallies. He always has. He talks about his rallies, especially the size, every time he has one. He even talks about them when he hasn’t had one in a while. It’s important, and not just for the sake of stroking his own ego.

Last night’s rally in New Hampshire was a standard gargantuan affair. This time, it actually made history by drawing the largest attendance ever at the venue, eclipsing the previous record held by an Elton John concert.

One of the images the President Tweeted, which can be seen at the top of this article, shows thousands of people watching his speech. It’s more people than currently attend any of the Democrats’ rallies. But here’s the thing. These weren’t the attendees surrounding the President for his speech. This is the overflow, the people who couldn’t get inside because it filled up too quickly. They’re watching him from outside on the big screen.

Inside, there were many more people who were smart enough to get there earlier.

When the Democratic field is whittled down to two or three, we can expect the survivors to have bigger crowds than they’re getting now. Bernie Sanders had famously large crowds when he was running, but at the time he was the only socialist and most of America hadn’t even heard of the candidates other than Hillary Clinton. This time, his crowds are modest by comparison because he’s splitting the socialists with Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and to some extent Pete Buttigieg.

But it’s important and quite telling that President Trump is still getting such large crowds coming out to see him. There are three small reasons for this and one huge one. The three small reasons are:

  1. Optics: Nothing gives the visual of a “winner” like a huge crowd of supporters.
  2. Buzz: Today, tens of thousands of people are going to talk about how great the rally was or how they had to watch it from outside. Either way, the stories being told will spread across New Hampshire.
  3. Confidence: Seeing rallies like these, whether in person, in replay, or on articles like this one, give the confidence voters need to hand over their hard-earned money in the form of campaign contributions. Moreover, it eases concerns of voters sitting on the fence that they’re not considering backing a lost cause.

These three are all important, but there’s a much bigger reason President Trump’s huge rallies are so important. They drive the passion necessary to win a presidential election. The base needs to be energized, and rallies do the trick. As these supporters feel the energy, they’re able to spread it. I hate to sound like Marianne Williamson talking about spirit and energy and other new age gobbledygook, but campaign passion is a real phenomenon that’s necessary to drive the base to do more than just vote. It mobilizes the campaign troops, so to speak, and fills them with the Trump juice the need in order to spread his message to friends, family, and even strangers.

The last president to win an election even though his base was not passionate was Lyndon B. Johnson. But like George H. W. Bush, Johnson still had a passionate base, just not for him. They loved John F. Kennedy just as they loved Ronald Reagan. Both Bush and Johnson won an election riding the wave of passion carried over from their predecessor. Neither won again.

Right now, there are two conflicting passions. One supports President Trump. One opposes him. But none of the candidates are generating enough passion on their own. If all they have is anti-Trump passion devoid of passion for the candidate, none of them have a chance of beating him in 2020. Right now, the only passionate support seems to be for Andrew Yang, and that passionate base is very small. All of the other candidates are still busy convincing people they can defeat President Trump while ignoring the need to drive passion about what they’ll do instead. Even the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-All, and gun control are only energizing the far left base. Every other Democrat is scratching their collective heads.

Let legacy media and the Democrats downplay the size of President Trump’s rallies until they’re blue in the face. It’s their mistake and as long as they think size doesn’t matter, they’ll continue down the road towards losing big time to the GOP in 2020.

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Curt Schilling should run for Senate, not House

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Curt Schilling should run for Senate not House

The honest open pondering of future Hall of Fame pitcher, Curt Schilling, about the desire to run for Congress got the attention of social media. And to much amazement, Curt Schilling got the preeminent thumbs up from President Trump for a run for Congress. Aside from being an elite level pitcher in Major League Baseball, Curt Schilling is a well known Conservative public figure who was fired from ESPN for being a Conservative. He has also been an advocate for special needs children. His name ID in Arizona would make him a formidable primary candidate. And this is why we should act on the interpretation that “Congress” encompasses both House and Senate in Trump’s endorsement tweet.

But wait, that would mean he would be running for a seat that a Republican holds? That’s the point. Martha McSally is and always has been a blatant RINO. She ran for Senate under the impression that she would lose her House seat. She lost the race against a candidate who ran a horrible campaign, and she is probably to the left of Kyrsten Sinema.

Conservatives in Arizona have been craving an opportunity to elect a Conservative Senator. The ambition is there. They mounted high profile campaigns against McCain. They thought they had won with Jeff Flake, and were ready to primary him again. But the Arizona primary started out with Kelli Ward launching a formidable second attempt, but it seems that the Establishment GOP propped up Sheriff Joe Apraio to split the Conservative vote, paving the way for Martha McSally.

Curt Schilling has a chance to defy this trend, and be the most Conservative Senator the state has seen since who knows. With media connections with BlazeTv, Fox News, and the habit of Conservatives to prop up far lesser celebrities, its foolish to dismiss the notion that Curt Schilling would successfully primary Martha McSally. The recipe for a successful primary is there.

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