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Justin Amash reminds Americans about the duties of those in the House of Representatives

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Justin Amash reminds Americans about the duties of those in the House of Representatives

There are two things that most Americans have either forgotten from civics class or never actually learned (which is possible with our dysfunctional education system). The first thing is that the “leaders” we elect to public office work for us. They represent us and our interests in the halls of government. That is the nature of being a public servant. The second thing people misunderstand is that those we elect to represent us have as their primary responsibility the protection of the Constitution of the United States. They are charged first and foremost with upholding the tenets of this document.

That means defense of the Constitution supersedes loyalties to party. It means defense of the Constitution supersedes loyalties to any other individual, including the President of the United States.

Libertarian-leaning Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) has always been one of the most astute on Capitol Hill when it comes to recognizing where his responsibilities lie and acting accordingly. It has helped him make many enemies in Washington DC; both Democrats and Republicans have lashed out at his strict adherence to the Constitution and what it means to be a member of the House of Representatives.

Lately, he’s been taking heat for arguing against President Trump’s use of a national emergency declaration to build the wall on the southern border. He is absolutely correct; the very nature of the declaration, the events leading up to it, and the time it will take to achieve its results all betray the notion that it should be considered an emergency. As many on this site have argued, he should have been fighting for funding when the GOP held a majority in the House rather than waiting until he could pin it on the Democrats.

The wall could have been over halfway done by now had he forced the GOP to take up the issue in 2017 when they had the power to do so.

Here’s a recent Tweet by Amash that breaks down his perspective perfectly. It’s the perspective that every member of the House of Representatives would have if they were doing their jobs correctly.

 


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True conservatism must be discerning outside of tribal loyalty

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True conservatism must be discerning outside of tribal loyalty

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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The problem is more spiritual than political

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The problem is more spiritual than political

Personality politics have pre-empted a commitment to the Christian faith upon which America’s history has been based. It is now more important to defend a person or a group of persons than it is to stand firm upon the truth, which is objective and no respecter of persons.

Some have said we are not conservative because we dare to suggest that a primary challenge would be good for America. Defending the incumbent has become more urgent than looking at things as they really are.

Many in America and the world no longer see events through a Christian lens. They lack the perspective that everything plays a role in God’s eternal plan. That’s why a self-admitted hedonist and adulterer was elevated to the highest office in our land.

Such excuses are used as we need a Commander-in-Chief but not a Pastor-in-Chief. But, God’s Will be done whether it be willingly or unknowingly.

Trumpism is not synonymous with Conservatism. Many true conservatives were disenfranchised through the shenanigans of the Republican Party in Cleveland in 2016.

They did not allow the delegates to vote their conscience. They changed state tallies over the objections of the delegates. They ramrodded through a nominee that many did not choose.

That said, it is wrong to accuse those who propose a primary challenge as being “Never Trump”. I have said repeatedly that he is less problematic than the perverted Democrat alternative and that I will support and vote for him if he is our binary choice.

But it’s obvious that there is much more involved here than just politics. Ephesians 6:12 confirms that there are spiritual forces arrayed against us in this world. They are manipulating human emotions around the world.

Look again briefly at Christchurch. The facts of the matter and the overwhelming body of evidence remain that Islamic Jihad comprises the primary threat to world security. The attack in New Zealand was an anomaly. Whether or not it was a conscious attempt of the perpetrator, it was absolutely a purposeful event by evil spiritual forces.

So many Christians today are Christians in name only. That is a far deeper problem than Republicans in name only in our own country.

NZ PM Jacinda Ardern donned a hijab and celebrated the Islamic call to prayer just one week after Christchurch. She instantly unlearned the lessons of former PM John Key who admitted during his tenure that there were Islamic terrorist operatives based in New Zealand. Whatever her own religious upbringing, she immediately embraced Islam as the symbol of her people henceforth.

If Christians in our own country and the rest of the world do not base their view of society upon the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they will continue to be susceptible to every false doctrine that comes along. You have only to look at the words of Muhammad in the Quran to see the mischaracterization of Jesus and His followers.

We are not going to debate the theology. My point is simply that Christians are not standing for our faith the way that Muslims do for theirs.

In America, as long as we continue to embrace every strong personality without discernment, we are headed for disaster. Worldwide, both here and abroad, if we do not understand our own beliefs, we will jump on the bandwagon and condemn our own traditions in favor of political correctness every time.

At NOQ Report, we strive to objectively analyze the news and current events. We present analyses that you are not seeing in the mainstream media. You are free to agree or disagree. We are crowdfunded and your continued support is much appreciated.

Freedom of speech and opinion is what America is all about. NZ has no 1st Amendment as we do nor a history of free speech. The UK imprisons street preachers because it might offend Islam.

In the United States, we can discuss Presidents and ideologies freely and objectively. This is a right we must treasure and defend vigorously or it will go away!

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Justin Amash for President in 2020 sounds good to me

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Justin Amash for President in 2020 sounds good to me

My mission at the Strident Conservative is to promote conservative values over political parties and to hold members of every political stripe accountable when they fail to uphold those values. I’m particularly motivated to expose people who fail to defend conservatism while claiming to be conservative.

Lately, I’ve been receiving some heat for exposing faux conservatives like Sen. Mike Lee for partnering with Ivanka Trump to advance her feminist socialist agenda; the House Freedom Caucus for selling out to the GOP establishment; the Senate Conservatives Fund for abandoning conservatism for Trumpism; and BlazeTV for becoming a pro-Trump echo chamber and a home for faux conservatives in the media.

In an environment such as this, it’s often tempting to walk away from this mess, move off-grid to Alaska, and wait for the zombie apocalypse. Fortunately, with the support of my wonderful wife and like-minded friends like the awesome Shannon Joy, I’ve adopted the words of the Apostle Paul from his letter to the Philippians (3:12-14, The Message):

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.

Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward — to Jesus.

I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

In the face of such adversity, I’m often asked about how we should proceed in our fight for liberty and a return to conservative values and the Constitution — a tough question to answer.

Those who regularly read or listen to the Strident Conservative know of my resolve to see a new party rise from the ash heap of unibrow Washington. And even thought the odds may be against us, a recent POLITICO/Morning Consult Poll showed a majority of independents and half of respondents overall support the need for a third party.

And that brings me to the recent rumors that Libertarian Republican Rep. Justin Amash may run for president in 2020 on the Libertarian ticket. Personally, I would be all over this.

I’m a big fan of Amash and his solid defense of the Constitution — I’ve referenced him many times in articles on Constitutional matters — and he hasn’t been shy about holding Trump, the GOP, and faux conservatives accountable for violating the trust of the American people and failing to protect and defend the Constitution.

There are early indications that Amash would have the support of conservatives worn down by the repeated betrayals of the GOP establishment. Groups like Amash 4 President have been birthed on Facebook, and a petition has been started calling on Amash to run in 2020 as a third-party candidate.

To those who accept the binary lie that a third-party has no chance and that only a candidate belonging to the establishment duopoly can win, I have only one reply … Abraham Lincoln.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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