PT-109 was a U.S. Navy Patrol Torpedo Boat commanded by Lieutenant, Junior Grade John Fitzgerald Kennedy in the Solomon Islands in 1943. His heroics in the Pacific during World War II against the Empire of Japan are well-documented.
15 years after the end of that global conflict in which the United States and our allies decisively prevailed against the Axis Powers, after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives (1947-1953) and in the U.S. Senate (1953-1960), the 43 year-old scion of a wealthy Massachusetts family became our 35th president.
While JFK’s relationship with Marilyn Monroe has made headlines over the years, his patriotism has really never been impugned. I was in my early teens and in junior high school during the Cuban Missile Crisis. We won’t go into Bay of Pigs and other events here, but President Kennedy decisively stared down Russian Dictator Nikita Khrushchev.
There are many memorable quotes from perhaps our most eloquent speaker who ever sat at that big desk in the Oval Office. You can Google those if you’re interested.
I have spent a fair amount of time on President Kennedy as the first Democrat President that I personally remember. No one alive back then can ever forget the dark days following November 22, 1963. Perhaps another time we’ll look back more closely at JFK in retrospect.
My point here is that John Kennedy loved the United States of America and gave his life ~ quite literally ~ in the service of our country. Now we must turn to subsequent Democrat presidents to look at and contrast these leaders of the past to those who vie be POTUS 46.
Lyndon Baines Johnson was a corrupt politician from the Lone Star State. The Democrat Party had made him JFK’s running mate to balance the ticket between New England and Texas. To everybody’s shock, he was sworn in as president aboard Air Force One at Love Field.
LBJ went on and defeated Barry Goldwater of Arizona in a sensationalized election in 1964 to begin his own term in the Oval Office. Goldwater was successfully portrayed by the Democrat Party as a warmonger. The political ad of a little girl picking flowers as a nuke hit had a large role in the outcome of that election. Some such images stick with you for a lifetime.
President Lyndon Johnson is remembered for a number of things including Civil Rights Act and the Vietnam War. Both good issues for another time. But whatever else we may think about him more than a half century later, however wrongheaded his actions in Southeast Asia, he was trying to do his best for this country.
After the Watergate cover-up took down Republican President Richard Nixon during his second term in office, Gerald Ford was elevated into the presidency. Which brings us to James Earl Carter, Jr., peanut farmer from Plains, Georgia, U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former governor of his home state.
He is the last Democrat I will ever vote for. I won’t make that mistake again. Not ever.
Feeling disenchanted about the disingenuity and mendaciousness of Nixon and his minions and disappointed with the amiable but inept leadership of Ford, I was a veteran enrolled in college who was ready to give the soft-spoken gentleman from Georgia a chance.
From my perspective, he started well with the Camp David Accords between Egyptian Anwar Sadat and Israeli Menachem Begin. But it all went straight downhill after that.
I was actually in Georgia attending a professional class in November 1979 when Iran took our American diplomats hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. When the rescue attempt failed miserably, I kept waiting for Carter’s Plan B. It never came. He didn’t have one.
My first vote for president was by absentee ballot from Clark Air Base, Philippines for Richard Nixon in 1972. I was back in the Philippines on vacation during the presidential election in 1980. I listened on American Forces Radio as the results came in and Ronald Reagan was declared the winner.
Jimmy Carter’s travels to the Middle East decades after his presidency have greatly disillusioned one who had ever trusted him. His heart has never been with Israel but rather with our best ally’s enemies. So Carter showed a nick in the Democrat armor.
Let’s fast-forward through the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush to Bill Clinton. I remember hearing Democrat Senator Joe Biden in 1991 shortly after the first Persian Gulf War saying that he saw no way that President Bush would lose the next election. Really, Joe?
New 18-year-old first-time voters in the 2020 election were born while George W. Bush was president and after the terror attack of 9/11/2001. But many of us today still recall Monica and when her boyfriend said that it depends on what the definition of “is” is.
For the scope of this current look at former Democrat presidents, let it suffice to say that however ineffective the man from Hope, Arkansas was in dealing with Osama bin Laden and precluding events of 9/11, at least national security was taken seriously.
Bosnia and North Korea were not handled in an optimal manner. But nobody has really questioned that the incumbent president was doing what he considered the right course of action in each instance.
Moving ahead and saving Dubya for another topic, our 44th president Barack Obama, about whom I have already authored a recent article for NOQ Report, fundamentally transformed America as he had promised, i.e., threatened, to do. Which brings us to the crux of the issue today.
What on Earth has gotten into the Democrat Party? That is more than just a folksy way of posing the interrogative. There is more at play today than mere human politics, more than political corruption, more than unbridled ambitions, more than the quest for mortal power.
Before delving into the real source of the problem with the Democrat party today, let’s consider a few noteworthy examples of the prevailing political attitudes. Both incumbents and hopefuls have subscribed to these perverted objectives.
Our United States Constitution is no longer universally revered and unassailable. Interpretations of the original intent have always differed since the foundation of this nation. That’s where the U.S. Supreme Court plays a vital and indisputable role.
By design and in theory, the Judicial branch of government is apolitical. Yes, in my mind’s eye I can see your reaction to those words. But, that’s the way the Framers of the Constitution intended it and we will save that analytical excursion for another day. Anyway, Supreme Court Justices are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. They do not campaign and face the voters for election to their lifetime tenure.
So what we are looking at here are members of the U.S. Congress, both Senate and House, and the man or woman who will serve as both President and Commander-in-Chief.
He or she will be elected on November 3, 2020 and inaugurated on January 20, 2021.
It’s not the time or place to analyze the myriad of Democrat hopefuls at this juncture. Rather, let’s look at the mindset that pervades the field.
Three decades after the demise of the Soviet Union with an old-style Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin striving to re-establish its international stature, Democrats in our own country appear not to have learned the lessons that brought down the Berlin Wall when we had a Republican president. From 77-year-old Bernie Sanders to 29-yo AOC, socialism has re-emerged as the agenda of the day. The young Congresswoman is too young to run today, but will be eligible in 2024 if her political party doesn’t cannibalize itself and implode before then.
Perhaps the best hot button issue that epitomizes the Democrats of our current day is border security. Virtually all those leading their party on Capitol Hill today have done a 180° turn, as a simple review of old YouTube videos will quickly reveal.
Those who try to penetrate our borders between official Ports of Entry are now described with faux passion, not as illegal aliens, but as undocumented immigrants. While feigning concern about foreign children at the border, all the while advocating infanticide of babies in the womb, Democrat demagogues are requisitioning new voters. If they thought any of these queue jumpers and hostiles would vote Republican, their tone would change tout de suite. National sovereignty is a concept they are totally unable to fathom.
I will give you just one prime example. Corporal Ronil Singh of the Newman, California Police Department immigrated legally to the United States. He was a Pacific Islander from Fiji in the South Pacific who had watched the TV show Cops from an early age and fulfilled his desire to come to his adopted country and serve in law enforcement.
A few hours after spending Christmas with his wife and young child, Corporal Singh was slain during a late night car stop by an illegal alien. This was impossible for the Democrat open border advocates to deal with. They simply didn’t know what to say. Despite being repeatedly asked for comment, they said nothing.
Their silence shows that their heart is not with those who love America and come here the right way. Their heart really isn’t even with those who try to come here the wrong way. The evil in their heart simply promotes their own selfish ambitions and doesn’t care what happens to anybody else.
This brings us to the point where we answer our original question: What on Earth has gotten into the Democrat Party? The answer is that it isn’t just something here on Earth that has polluted their heart.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
The very soul of America is at stake. Unrepentant socialists and Sharia advocates now “serve” in the U.S. Congress. The moral fabric of our society is in shreds. We are ill-prepared to stand united against all enemies both domestic and foreign.
Those who would turn our shining city set on a hill into a banana republic are already gaining ascendancy to seats of power. Today they reign on Capitol Hill and in many State Capitols.
Tomorrow they may sit where our 40th President Ronald Reagan once sat. Then these words will come back to haunt us:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
That includes women. That includes children. That includes each and every one of us ~ both those who conserve our American traditions and those who do not. Whether we like it or not, our national destiny as Republicans and as Democrats is intertwined and inseparable.
Are we still the United States of America?
Is the nation ready to revive the American Conservative Movement?
Why Tomi Lahren’s 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.
To those arguing with me over the Alabama ban, I am NOT saying life doesn’t matter I am asking you if you honestly think an all-out ban is going to stop abortion. Do you think government is the answer? Do you think it’s effective? Or does this ban just make you feel better?
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) May 19, 2019
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.
Conservative Media, we need to blacklist Trump-Russia story and move on
To The Daily Wire, One America News, Washington Times, Blaze Media, and all others to the right of Fox News,
There was no collusion and no obstruction. It took over two years for this narrative to search under every stone and exhaust millions of dollars to, in the end, find nothing. The leftist media will not make many concessions, especially as it relates to obstruction for a crime that was not committed. We cannot as conservatives prove beyond an unreasonable doubt that Trump did not collude or obstruct. As Democrats in Congress keep the narrative on life support, the Conservative media needs to pull the plug.
The average American is fatigued by the Trump-Russia collusion/obstruction narrative. Meanwhile our effort is playing defense against a leftist narrative rather than reporting on issues both our base and the politically uninvolved care far more about. When the economy is strong and the border crisis is pressing, why is so much of our attention directed towards the soap opera clown show that takes place? Instead of countering this narrative, conservative media should starve the narrative of as much attention as possible.
An area which Conservatives have long failed, but have made great improvements towards, is controlling the narrative, the language and Overton Window of society. If we continue to counter the leftist narrative of the Trump-Russia conspiracy theory, we will continue to feed their power in controlling the narrative in the American political and cultural arena. Instead, let us make an effort to not only counter the narrative but set the narrative.
In our friendly rivalry as Conservative outlets, let us come together and collectively move on from the Trump-Russia story, discarding it as if it were a flat-earth conspiracy and move on.
Conservatives cannot be afraid to press the culture war
There are many reasons Conservatives have been reticent to press the culture war. Many of them were acted upon by Mitt Romney only for those conventions to be blown away by Trump winning in 2016. The Republican Party hates running on culture issues instead wanting only to use issues like abortion as shiny objects for show votes. But we must remember, Trump won and Romney and McCain lost. Trump ran on a culture issue: immigration. He won. And in my opinion, Trump made it highly difficult for him to win, not because of the issues he was running on, but because of his personality. So let that be encouragement.
For a Rainbow jihad fatwa will come after you if you aren’t attracted to a man in drag. They will pass legislation to make possessing certain guns illegal. You will be called a racist. They are already passing legislation protecting infanticide. If we do not press these issues, we will lose. If we stay silent, as Erick Erickson so famously said, we will be made to care.
But Wait! The economy is doing great
Republicans will want to focus on the economy and there is nothing wrong with that. To quote The Road to El Dorado, “both is good.” There is no reason we cannot do both. Reasonably speaking, it means we are going to have to sacrifice certain talking points. I nominate the Russian Hoax, as people are already tired of hearing about it, whereas, cultural issues such as Brian Sims dominated Conservative news cycles. People are motivated by cultural issues. Guns, illegal immigration, and abortion are among the top single issue voting groups. In 2012, Republicans ran on jobs, jobs, jobs and lost, lost, lost.
Trump can press the economy in 2020 and use it to get people to reelect him as they would any other incumbent. But reelecting Trump to maintain the economy is not a win so much as it’s not a defeat. Because let’s be honest, if the Republicans pass a balanced budget with a plan to pay off the debt in say twenty years, the economy would contract. We would undoubtedly go into recession and unemployment would rise due to a reduction in public sector jobs. Are we, as Conservatives, willing to bite that bullet? I hope so. If so, the message of austerity contradicts the message of the economy, why should the economy be our main focus? Recessions are temporary and a natural part of the business cycle as our economy evolves. The Great Depression only lasted as long as they did because of the intervention from progressives like Herbert Hoover and FDR. The Republican Party is unwilling to bite this bullet. They aren’t fiscally responsible. Coincidentally, they aren’t willing to defund Planned Parenthood, despite how they donate to candidates who run against them. Let me take that back, it’s not a coincidence. If we look at the Liberty Score of Republicans, you will see that the most socially conservative are also the most fiscally responsible as well. I am hardpressed to find an exception. Socially liberal fiscally conservative doesn’t exist in the real world today. Why? Because being fiscally conservative requires a socially conservative worldview. My evidence for this assertion is Congress.
In order to get these ends, we need to engage in the culture war as a means. Increasing spending does not earn a Republican a primary challenge. But being soft on illegal immigration will. Marco Rubio didn’t win the nomination in 2016. So it’s safe to conclude that illegal immigration is a more energizing issue than national debt. Once again, going back to 2012, Mitt Romney floated self-deportation in the primary but steered clear of illegal immigration in the general. He said he was pro-life, but ran ads to assure people he wouldn’t act on his pro-life stance. But enough using Romney as a punching bag for being a loser. Ron DeSantis in Florida ran on a Trump platform in Florida, without the Trump personality and upset Andrew Gillum in what was supposed to be a blue wave. Kim Reynolds, in swing state Iowa, signed a heartbeat bill into law in May 2018. She went on to pull perhaps the most surprising upset in the 2018 Midterm Elections in what will be a swing state in 2020. Meanwhile obvious RINO Martha McSally couldn’t beat one of the most overtly anti-American candidates in Kyrsten Sinema, in a mild red state.
But let’s look at this from the Left’s perspectives. Indiana and Texas are roughly comparable in terms of the GOP’s advantage. Beto O’Rourke came close while the “moderate” Democrat in Indiana got owned, double digits despite polling ahead, against who in my opinion was a shaky candidate. Back on the right John James ran a solid campaign in Michigan, despite losing, meanwhile the Republican in Wisconsin got trounced. Energy is the name of the game and when Conservatives bring it, we perform better. Conservatives bring that energy by fighting the culture war.
Are minorities more socially conservative then the Democrat Party? Yes. Do these same minorities tend to economic liberals? Yes. So which is the best way to reach minorities, by emphasizing the issues we have in common or by arguing that we need to roll back entitlements. I’ll take the former, because the Democrats are a confederacy, and social conservatism stands a better chance at weakening the confederacy.
Politics Downstream From Culture
The Andrew Breitbart quote is beyond true. Previously I wrote that our society was fiscally irresponsible, therefore why should we be surprised that this same society elects Lindsey Grahams and Mitch McConnells. The ideals of the American Revolution were preached in churches years before 1775. The 2nd Great Awakening preceded the abolition of slavery. Progressive theology preceded progressive policies. Cultural leftism has so far preceded socialist policies. Look at Marianne Williams who was a thought leader for a new age cult long before she was a socialist candidate. So what am I saying? Socially conservative policies will precede fiscally conservative policies.
A Caveat of Trump and State Governments
Now the first objection to this claim is that Trump has implemented some socially conservative policies. Let’s take immigration, for example, where Trump is most willing to make a bad deal with Democrats to resolve the issue. A border wall is not worth amnesty. DACA should not be kept under any circumstances. Furthermore, Trump is far too easily swayed by Ivanka and Jared Kushner who will only lead his governance astray. But if there were a Congress full of Conservatives, we would see far fewer weaknesses in the President. Congress is supposed to be the most powerful branch. If they sent Trump a balanced budget, Trump would undoubtedly sign it.
State governments, by their smaller nature, are often times ran more fiscally responsible and have balanced budget requirements in their constitutions. In fact, many legislatures either meet every other year or session that is a segment within the year. These relics of a more agrarian culture that placed high esteem on limited government are hard to undo. But legislatures like that in Annapolis will do their damage within their session.
Conservatives shouldn’t cater to people who don’t exist, rather they should fight the culture war because there are gains in this war that will lead to a culture more willing to accept austere measures. We can only win the culture war if we fight for it. We can only end abortion if we fight for it. We can only end illegal immigration if we fight for it. Play offense. Make the left defend infanticide and ask the average uninformed American: do they want that person in office? Make them uncomfortable by sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities, so that they will feel the cost of their own ideology. Make them admit that they believe black Americans are less competent than white Americans. Have them explain the difference between a semiautomatic and fully automatic firearm. Maybe then we can finally eliminate policies such as the outdated and cost burdensome Social Security or end the long failed war on poverty.
If politics flows downstream from culture as American history has long shown, in order for Conservatives to win, we must win the culture war.
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