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Kevin McCarthy blames conservatives for GOP losses in 2018

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Kevin McCarthy blames conservatives for GOP losses in 2018

One of the main campaign promises responsible for the GOP’s rise to the pinnacle of political power over the past decade or so was the promise to destroy Obamacare “root and branch.” It’s the reason voters gave Republicans the House in 2010, the Senate in 2014, and the presidency in 2016.

As we know all too well, the Republican trifecta of power squandered their opportunity to correct America’s course away from the destructive path created by the progressive agenda of the Far Left and toward the Constitution and conservatism. Instead, Trump and the GOP spent their political capital protecting themselves and the party.

To be fair however, Trump and the GOP repeated their promise during the 2018 campaign season to really, really, really repeal Obamacare if voters allowed them to remain in the majority.

Unfortunately for the GOP, years of repeating the lie to repeal Obamacare motivated voters to reject the Republican Party in the 2018 midterms. Instead, America voted to give the Democrats their largest midterm victory since Watergate.

Amazingly, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy doesn’t believe that the GOP’s broken promises had anything to do with the Blue Tsunami that kept him from becoming Speaker of the House. Instead, the California congressman blames conservatives who attempted to keep their promise to repel Obamacare for the GOP’s defeat.

In recordings obtained by the Washington Post, McCarthy told donors at a private meeting that the push by so-called conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus to include a roll back of pre-existing conditions in any Obamacare repeal bill was responsible for the GOP’s loss of the House.

“That amendment put [the] preexisting condition campaign against us, and so even people who are running for the very first time got attacked on that. And that was the defining issue and the most important issue in the race.”

McCarthy also told the gathering of Republican donors that he would only support 2020 candidates who could “find a solution at the end of the day,” which is code for let’s elect establishment Republicans who will find a way to save Obamacare while appearing to repeal it.

This isn’t an isolated incident. McCarthy has been targeting conservatives who fail to play the GOP-establishment game, and he has openly let his disdain for them be known. Shortly after being elected Minority Leader, McCarthy channeled his inner John Boehner and punished HFC members who voted against him by removing them from committee assignments.

Upon learning that McCarthy blamed the House Freedom Caucus for 2018, Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told the Post that he found the reported comments “very troublesome” and added: “I hoped the us-versus-them mentality of the past was something that indeed was in the past.”

Meadows also told The Hill that he hasn’t “had any follow-up conversations with Leader McCarthy” since the story broke to get clarification.

Personally, I don’t think it will matter even if Meadows does talk to McCarthy because the House Freedom Caucus abandoned conservatism for Trumpservatism in 2018, and they recently announced their commitment to work with McCarthy and the GOP establishment to save the party from itself.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Houston library had Alberto Garza, a registered child sex offender, read stories to children for Drag Queen Storytime

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Houston library had Alberto Garza a registered child sex offender read stories to children for Drag

Conservatives know the LGBTQ community has their say in most aspects of life in America today. Their political and cultural influence is unquestionable and public organizations jump through hoops to appease the various groups. Many libraries have even embrace “Drag Queen Storytime” as a way to teach tolerance to children by allowing transvestites to read stories to children.

Houston Public Library is one such progressive public organization that has embraced the practice. Unfortunately, they didn’t do anything to protect the children that visit the library by allowing “Tatiana Mala Nina” to read for the children. The problem arose because”Tatiana” is actually Alberto Garza, a 32-year-old child sex offender.

My Take

Houston Public Library has apologized. Is that really enough? Mistakes happen, but there are certain situations and jobs in which extra special care must be taken. Our public libraries, which are often considered to be truly safe places and popular venues for children to learn, should be able to give a reasonable expectation to parents that registered child sex offenders are not given explicit access to children.

This is gross negligence. I may be in the minority on this one, but this is a terminable offense in my books. Someone’s head should roll.

Keep in mind I rarely call for anyone to be fired for a single offense, but this is literally the worst case scenario for a library administrator. When you give someone access to the children that come to the library, they cannot be convicted child sex offenders. That’s sort of a no-brainer.

Nothing will likely happen beyond the apology, but here’s hoping.

So many exceptions are made for “alternative lifestyles” for the sake of tolerance. But when this tolerance allows a convicted child sex offender to have access to small children, the exceptions have gone way to far. This is absolutely unacceptable.

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Roswell, NM: Home of alien conspiracy theories, protector of preborn babies

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Roswell NM Home of alien conspiracy theories protector of preborn babies

When many Americans think of Roswell, New Mexico, the first thing that comes to mind is their history as a hub for extraterrestrial conspiracy theories. That’s where the infamous Roswell spaceship crash occurred, which the government unrelentingly denies.

But the city has a new claim to fame. It’s unofficially a “fetal life sanctuary city” after the city council passed a resolution claiming “fetal life” should be protected. This news is fresh, so the city has not had to face questions about what that means or lawsuits form the ACLU at this time, but both will happen soon enough.

My Take

This is the type of limited-government federalism that should be happening all across the country. Most federalism-minded folks like to talk about states’ rights, but counties, cities, communities, and individuals have their own place in government, and this seems like a perfect example of federalism in action.

Kudos to Roswell. We are a crowdfunded pro-life site, so it’s wonderful to see a victory with so many defeats in recent years. New Mexico is notorious for being very loose with their abortion laws, so having a city fight back against the overreach of state and national laws is wonderful.

The fight to promote a pro-life society often gives too much emphasis to DC. States and even cities have battles we can win if we’re willing to fight with everything we have for preborn babies.

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Muslim leader in Ilhan Omar’s district: ‘When David Duke of the Ku Klux Klan agrees with you…’

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Muslim leader in Ilhan Omars district When David Duke of the Ku Klux Klan agrees with you

The controversy over Representative Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) antisemtic statements and Tweets have garnered the freshman Congresswoman criticism from some unlikely sources, including many of the Muslim leaders in her own community. They, along with Jewish Democrats in the district that voted for Omar, are uniting to condemn the way Omar has been handling her first few months in office.

“When David Duke of the Ku Klux Klan agrees with you, you’re not doing something right,” said Mohamed Ahmed, a Muslim activist who spoke with a panel of other local leaders.

The Congresswoman came under fire for her statements, but the response from Congress was muted. Rather than focusing on antisemitism or even including her name in an “anti-hate” resolution, they watered it down to include essentially any form of hate and refused to note Omar’s role as the catalyst for the resolution in the first place.

In other words, she got off without even getting a slap in the wrist.

But the words are still out there and thus far the antisemitic Congresswoman seems more concerned about other people’s reactions than whether or not her words were wrong. Apparently, she still sees no problem in what she said, but will refrain from saying them in public for political expediency.

My Take

As noted here before, one of the goals of the Democratic Party is to normalize antisemitism. While everyone seems to be focused on whether or not Omar is sorry for her words, nobody’s wondering why the Democratic Party as a whole seems to be perfectly fine with her feelings.

It’s getting harder and harder for conservative news outlets to speak out against such things. It’s not that there aren’t enough willing to say it, but between social media and search – the two primary traffic drivers for many conservative sites – they have to tone down their news so as not to get banned. This is just one of many reasons it’s so important for our readers to support us so we can continue bringing these stories to light.

The last thing we need is for someone like Ilhan Omar continuing to spread her feelings unabated. It’s clear the Democrats are unwilling to do something about it. Perhaps it’s time to help a moderate Democrat win a primary election against her. She was endorsed by the Justice Democrats, so it’s pretty clear how her radical ideologies emerged.

The world needs to know that Ilhan Omar doesn’t represent American perspectives. More importantly. voters in her district need to know this. We need to keep spreading the truth.

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