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Why Justin Amash is wrong about principles



Why Justin Amash is wrong about principles

Politics is as ugly as war at times. Our country exhibits much of the same patterns that led up to the civil war. The two sides have completely different and incompatible visions for the United States of America, and civil discord is deteriorating, though we have yet to see another instance of a Senator being beaten with a cane though the Rand Paul attack is comparable. Yet somehow in the midst of all this, Justin Amash believes that “you can persuade opponents to become allies only by living out your principles.” This is plain wrong. Living by principles does not make allies out of opponents, or at least enough allies to make a real difference. Victories turn opponents into allies. Victories come from strategies.

This has been the case since recorded history. Alexander the Great, after the legendary victory at Gaugamela, marched on to Susa. The Persian Satraps in the heart of the Empire changed sides, for they could see the folly of continuing to support King Darius. Alexander accepted their newfound loyalty. Do we not see this in politics? I would even say Conservatives go too far in elevating new allies, most notably Kanye West and Rosanne. We grow the base by defeating our opponents and elevating those willing to switch sides. How can what I am saying sound strange when we see this every two years? It’s called a primary race. If we do not lift up those who have lowered themselves to admit they may have been wrong about things in the past, then they will be less willing to overlook their pride.

Victories win allies, but as said before, victories come through grand strategy. The strategy of the Left is very apparent. Open borders and amnesty. If they can accomplish both, especially amnesty, they will change the electoral demography of our nation. If the Republicans lose Texas, they will never win another presidential election. In this regard, Trump is a master of winning.

Sun Tsu goes to great lengths describing the importance of deception and terrain. The Left has long wanted to make America socialist. Trump revealed this ambition. The cloak is off. With the cloak off, the Democrats are now openly embracing socialist policies, even as Venezuela plummets. Trump is a master of choosing terrain, terrain that is more formidable than it appears. Who would have thought that Trump’s focus on illegal immigration would have succeeded beyond the primary?

Trump is also heavily focusing on socialism. Why? Because he wants the Democrats to defend socialism. If they do, they will look incredibly stupid. The main theme of CPAC 2019 was socialism. Trump even said he wanted the Democrats to campaign on the Green New Deal and Medicare For All. Why? Because, these ideas are less popular then Democrats think. The terrain that the Democrats are choosing is backing them into a corner. Trump is backing them into a corner and drawing a line in the dirt so that those on his side vote for him, and those who hate Trump enough to want socialism are at his opposition. I could go on but I don’t need to rewrite the Art of War with Trump. He’s encouraged the Democrats to fight from a very bad hill to die on.

Principles alone accomplish very little. The southern slave owners stuck to their principles and won few allies. King James IV of Scotland stuck to his principles and invaded England for invading France. It ended horribly. World War 1 was not about freedom but pride. We also have to remember we are dealing with a lot of stupid people. Trump avoids addressing Qanon because he needs the vote of people dumb enough to believe the prophesies of a post on 8chan or that Justice Ginsburg is dead. Generally speaking, stupid people are not won over by principles, rather they follow charisma or whatever the media says, the former Trump has in abundance. So Justin Amash’s statement is incredibly wrong, and that’s only looking at the right.

Stannis Baratheon was the most principled King in Westeros. Nobody likes him. So it’s unlikely he wins the game of thrones. Tywin Lannister is also not well liked, but he’s the best ruler in Game of Thrones, admittedly, a low bar. He instructs the boy King that when an enemy stands against you, cut him down. When he bends the knee, help him up, or else they’ll have no reason to bend the knee. Stannis will never win because he doesn’t understand how to turn former foes into friends while Tywin did.

Conservatives know that there is no bending the knee and that one can never be woke enough to satisfy the insatiable PC culture of the Left. In this war for America’s future, it’s clear that we need to act more like a Tywin Lannister, not a Stannis Baratheon.


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Congress holding Barr and Ross in criminal contempt is 100% political theater



Congress holding Barr and Ross in criminal contempt is 100 political theater

Democrats don’t know how to handle things when they win. It’s happened so sporadically over the last three or four years that a victory seems foreign to them. They won with the citizenship question not going on the census. Their response: Hold the Attorney General and the Secretary of Commerce in criminal contempt of Congress for not engaging further in a battle that at this point is moot.

It’s done. Gone. Fini. But there was a lingering question about a memo from a guy that may or may not have led to the inclusion of a question that, until President Obama removed it, was part of the census for decades. And since William Barr and Wilbur Ross weren’t willing to hand over the memo, they’re being charged as criminals by Congress.

This is purely political theater, folks. It’s a way for Democrats to stay in the news cycle and appear as if they’re doing something to fight the President when in all actuality this is a waste of lawmaker time and taxpayer dollars. They could take their victory on the census and move on to do the work of the people. Instead, they’re doing the work of the DNC, feeding them fodder for election time and giving leftist mainstream media something to chomp on for a day or two.

The saddest part is this cannot go anywhere and they know it. All the President has to do is invoke executive privilege and this whole mess goes away. Democrats are playing games and putting on a show because doing the will of the people isn’t their goal.

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Chanting ‘send her back’ is playing into Ilhan Omar’s hands



Chanting send her back is playing into Ilhan Omars hands

Many Democrats believe Republicans are generally racist. Even those who don’t like to insert racism as a stereotype would probably acknowledge they believe a higher percentage of Republicans are racist than Democrats. Independents likely think the same thing. Heck, even some Republicans may believe it.

The reality is racism has nothing to do with political party and everything to do with personal ideology. But that reality is muted by the thunderous chants of “send her back” as heard tonight at President Trump’s rally in Greenville, NC. This makes the party seem racist, and there are plenty of people who might otherwise associate with or vote for Republicans but won’t because of the racist perception.

There’s a big difference between “send her back” and the President’s Tweet that included the words, “Why don’t they go back and help fix..” The President improperly expressed his frustration towards “The Squad.” The chant at his rally is racist.

Ilhan Omar is a United States citizen. She may have challenges, as evidence seems to indicate, and may very well be in real trouble if more is revealed about her second marriage if it turns out she committed fraud. But until that is proven in a court of law, she is a United States citizen. We do not send back United States citizens without legal cause. As of now, there is none. This is why the chant is far more damaging to the President’s reelection hopes than anything he Tweeted himself.

Challenge Ilhan Omar over her terrible policy proposals. Chide her for her anti-American and anti-Semitic positions. Call her out for her lies. But do NOT turn this into a race issue. That’s exactly what she wants. Her victim card is big and she’s not afraid to use it.

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18th century firearm technology, 21st century lies




18th century firearm technology 21st century lies

Repeating and semiautomatic firearms existed long before the recent phenomena of school shootings

One of the Liberty Grabber Left’s favorite lies is to claim that repeating or semiautomatic firearms are the cause of mass murder tragedies because they only recently came into existence. Hence the line ‘21st Century laws for 21st Century weapons’ line of Bovine excreta parroted by the Marx for our lives Astroturf effort.

This is a continuation of our ‘Conversation’ on guns in honor of Gun Pride Month and AR-15 Appreciation Week. In the usual circumstances, this ‘conversation’ consists of accusations of collective guilt of more than 120 million innocent gun owners with a lecture that we should be glad to give up more of our Liberty. All of this is predicated on outright lies such as that previously referenced.

The problem for gun confiscation brigades is that – as is typical – this often repeated lie fails to match up with reality. We’ve already proven that there were many ‘assault weapons’ technologies that existed long before the 21st Century and Long before the writing of the US Constitution.

Firearm technologies didn’t start in the 21st Century.

Perhaps Leftists fail to realize that weapons technology has always been on the cutting edge [pardon the pun]. They also fail to realize that small arms are usually mass-produced, very durable and extremely valuable antiques. This means that many examples of these weapons in reside in museum and other collections with patent numbers and other indicia that prove their lineage.

This means that there are many examples of these Pre-Constitutional Assault weapons as well as patents and other forms of documentation that eviscerated the ‘They only had single shot muskets at the time of the Constitution’ lie from the Liberty Grabber Left. The fact that many of these technologies existed long before the time of the founding fathers destroys that mythology.

The ‘Cambrian explosion’ in assault weapons technology of the 19th Century.

The development of self-contained cartridge ammunition changed the world with the assault weapons of the 1800s. Cartridge ammunition combined the essential elements of propellant, projectile and primer [ignition] into one unit, that could be easily loaded into the breech of a gun. From that point on, it was just a matter of working a lever or bolt to load and fire a cartridge. Thus it was this point in time mid 19th Century that someone could quickly load and fire a number of rounds.

This innovation also vastly improved the revolver, repeating firearm technology that had already been around for centuries, resulting in the famed ‘six-shooter’ seen in every western. Easily loaded and carried, a couple of these guns could have made for a deadly mass shooting during the early 1800’s.

The fact is these early ‘Assault Weapons’ were around 170 years ago and over a century before the school shooting phenomena. Proving the point that these mass murder tragedies were not caused by the presence of repeating firearms.

The 19th Century development of semi-automatic technologies.

Later on in the same century, it was discovered that the excess chemical energy from the combustion of the propellant in a cartridge could be used to unlock the bolt, eject a spent casing and load a fresh round. This semi-automatic process made it far easier to use a firearm, with the working skills built into the weapon. This is why these are in common use, and wildly popular with the more than 120 million gun owners in the country. It is also the reason these very reliable and easy to use firearms are the prime target of the Liberty Grabbers.

The Borchardt C-93 was the first commercially viable semi-automatic firearm produced in 1893. For those counting up the Leftist Lies, this still wasn’t the 21st Century. Please take note that these are the types of weapons used in school shootings and were on the scene 70 years before these became a phenomena. Not to belabor the point, but this also proves that guns aren’t a factor in recent occurrence of these tragic events.

Other weapons and mechanism were developed at this time to the point that the technology was relatively mature at the turn of the Century [This would be the 20th Century – still not the 21st Century]. To the point that any miscreant of recent times could have replicated one of their crimes over 100 years ago – but did not.

The steep rise in school shooting in the 1980’s and 1990’s

Dennis Prager recently discussed this issue in a “Fireside chat” and a column: Why So Many Mass Shootings? Ask The Right Questions And You Might Find Out.

America had plenty of guns when its mass murder rate was much lower. Grant Duwe, a Ph.D. in criminology and director of research and evaluation at the Minnesota Department of Corrections, gathered data going back 100 years in his 2007 book, “Mass Murder in the United States: A History.”

In the 20th century, every decade before the 1970s had fewer than 10 mass public shootings. In the 1950s, for example, there was one mass shooting. And then a steep rise began. In the 1960s, there were six mass shootings. In the 1970s, the number rose to 13. In the 1980s, the number increased 2 1/2 times, to 32. And it rose again in the 1990s, to 42. As for this century, The New York Times reported in 2014 that, according to the FBI, “Mass shootings have risen drastically in the past half-dozen years.”

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Link to the book: Mass Murder in the United States: A History by Grant Duwe

The Takeaway

Repeating and semiautomatic firearms have been around for Centuries, mass shootings are only a recent phenomena of the past 40 years. A phenomena that has been on the decrease as of late: Schools are safer than they were in the 90s, and school shootings are not more common than they used to be.

Guns aren’t the problem, they have been around for over 500 years. If they were the problem, why didn’t these take place 300, 200, or 100 years ago? It wasn’t the sudden appearance of guns at the onset of these tragedies soon after the sixties, then what was it? In his column, Dennis Prager had some thoughts. We will explore that issue in a later column.

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