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Michael Cohen hearing proves GOP is no longer conservative

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Michael Cohen hearing proves GOP is no longer conservative

Like much of the country did yesterday, I watched the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing where Trump’s former attorney, Michael “Mr. Fix it” Cohen voluntarily appeared to testify. In his opening statement, Cohen said he was there “to correct the record, to answer the Committee’s questions truthfully, and to offer the American people what [he knows] about President Trump.”

The hearing turned out to be the political circus I expected, but I was disheartened by the behavior I witnessed from the so-called conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus and most of the Republicans on the committee who willingly abandoned any pretense of seeking truth and upholding the Constitution and the rule of law.

In the days leading up to the hearing, the GOP adopted mob-styled intimidation tactics that would make Vito Corleone jealous as they tried to influence the hearing and discredit Cohen even before he testified. The RNC fired the first shots, saying in a tweet that Cohen began lying about Trump only after he was caught for tax evasion and other financial misdeeds.

On the same day, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) — playing the role of Tommy DeVito in GoodFellas — threatened Cohen in a tweet that mentioned his wife and father-in-law. The tweet has since been taken down, but read:

Hey @MichaelCohen212 – Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot…
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 26, 2019

The tweet was taken down by Gaetz in an attempt to avoid an investigation into witness tampering, an attempt that failed because the Florida State Bar just announced they are launching an investigation.

In yesterday’s hearing, House Freedom Caucus leaders Rep. Mark Meadows and Rep. Jim Jordan were particularly obvious in their zeal to protect Trump at all costs.

Jordan unleashed a barrage of attacks on Cohen without offering any defense of Trump — because he’s indefensible — and accused Cohen of lying to get even with Trump for not offering him a job in the White House.

“I see a guy who worked for 10 years and trashing the guy he worked for for 10 years, didn’t get a job in the White House. You didn’t get brought to the dance … And now you’re behaving just like everyone else who got fired or didn’t get the job they wanted.”

Ironically, Donald Trump, Jr., sent out a tweet during the hearing that said Cohen had begged to work at the White House at about the same time that Jordan made his accusation. But I’m sure that’s just a coincidence because Jordan wouldn’t be coordinating with the White House, would he?

Meadows was equally confrontational. After failing to get the hearing postponed on a technicality, he accused Cohen of violating the Foreign Agent Disclosure Act. According to Meadows, Cohen failed to disclose contracts he had with foreign companies in his truth in testimony disclosure form. That was a lie because Cohen was a “non-governmental witness” and not required to disclose the information Meadows was seeking.

Honestly, Meadows’ performance was expected. He revealed his pro-Trump bias in an interview yesterday with Trump’s morning intel team at Fox & Friends before the hearing.

This is a small sample of how the GOP has been handling the Cohen situation over the past few days, and regardless what your opinion of Trump, Cohen, etc. may be, this behavior proves a point I often make: the GOP no longer represents conservative values and the Constitution.

Maybe it would be a good idea for the House Freedom Caucus and the rest of the Republicans who have hitched their wagon to Trump’s falling star to heed the warning Cohen gave them at the hearing yesterday:

“I did the same thing as you’re doing now, for 10 years. I protected Mr. Trump for 10 years. The more people that follow Mr. Trump as I did blindly are going to suffer the same consequences that I am suffering.”

Somehow, in an age where Republicans have been replaced by Trumplicans and conservatives by Trumpservatives, and where abandoning conscience for compromise has become standard operating procedure, I have a feeling that Cohen’s warning landed on deaf ears.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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17 years later, Paul Washer’s shocking message still holds true

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17 years later Paul Washers shocking message still holds true

In 2002, Pastor Paul Washer delivered a message to around 5,000 young people. It has become one of the fiery Southern Baptist’s mostly widely-heard sermons because in it, we hear a very disturbing reality to most who proclaim to be Christians. Some simply aren’t doing it right.

He’s been criticized for the sermon. Some say he’s making it too complicated. Others say he’s scaring people away from the faith by making it seem too difficult. But this teaching is based on one of the most important teachings of Jesus Christ in all the Bible:

Matthew 7:13-27

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

I’ve heard many teach on these verses and I’ve taught myself on the strait and narrow. It’s frightening to some because it was intended to be, and Washer’s declarations to these impressionable young people is clear. But it wasn’t nice. It wasn’t kind. It wasn’t inclusive. It didn’t fit in with today’s version of common pastoral messages.

The need for constant repentance and ongoing belief must never be understated.

Sometimes, the need to be “nice” from the pulpit must be replaced by the true need to be honest. That’s what Washer does in this famous teaching. I strongly encourage everyone to spend an hour hearing it.

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Why Tomi Lahren’s abortion view harms American conservatism

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Why Tomi Lahrens abortion view harms American conservatism

Democrats are unambiguous and united in their view of abortion. It wasn’t always this way. As recently as a decade ago, there were a good number of pro-life Democrats winning elections and expressing their views as pundits.

Today, they don’t exist.

Republicans aren’t so repulsed by the pro-abortion people in their midst. It’s understandable that as a party that’s less focused on individual issues, one can be a Republican without checking off all the various boxes. This is fine. What’s not fine is for breaks in the ranks of conservatives. There are certain things that must remain universal among those who claim to embrace conservatism, especially among those who speak for conservatives.

Fox Nation’s Tomi Lahren is one of them. She claims to be a conservative, but she’s pro-choice. That fact, by itself, is understandable because the issue is a polarizing one in which people can be swayed to one side based on personal experience. It’s not like taxes which warrant universal scorn from conservatives. There are gun-toting, tax-hating, pro-choice conservatives.

But there’s a bigger problem with Lahren’s perspective. She’s not just attacking the Alabama abortion bill and pro-life perspectives in general. She’s doing so with an argument that flies in the face of reality.

Do we think government is the answer? No. In fact, one of the most appealing parts about the Alabama abortion bill is that it represents the first true opportunity for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. When it reaches the Supreme Court (and it almost certainly will) it gives us the first glimpse of how the current makeup of the court will react. In fact, the makeup of the court could actually be better if one of the left-leaning Justices retires soon.

Once Roe v. Wade is out of the way, we can finally express the truly conservative aspect of federalism that should have never been taken away – the states’ rights to determine their own healthcare laws.

If Tomi Lahren doesn’t like the abortion ban, that’s fine. Her choice. But to defend her choice by insinuating a challenge to Roe v. Wade is somehow an attack on limited-government tenets is false and harms conservatism.

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Thomas Massie exposes the many problems with Red Flag Gun Laws

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Thomas Massie exposes the many problems with Red Flag Gun Laws

Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) has been a staunch proponent of the 2nd Amendment throughout his career in Washington DC. This makes him an opponent to Red Flag Gun Laws which are spreading across the states. Colorado recently passed their version, bringing the total up to 15.

As we’ve documented numerous times, Red Flag Gun Laws are a direct attack on the 2nd and 4th Amendments. Depending on the version of the law, citizens can have their firearms forcibly removed from them by law enforcement when a judge decrees they may be a threat to themselves or others based on requests by people who know the victim. It’s important to understand that these laws are not based on anyone committing a crime. They are based on a feeling that someone may commit a crime.

It’s like the movie Minority Report, only without psychics. Gun owners’ liberties can be encroached based on the government’s “future crimes division.”

In this video, Massey gets to the heart of the matter by talking to Colorado Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams and Dr. John R. Lott of Crime Prevention Research Center. This is an important video for #2A proponents across the nation.

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