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McConnell’s 2020 strategy: Pretend GOP is a ‘firewall’ against socialism

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McConnells 2020 strategy Pretend GOP is a firewall against socialism

I received an email over the weekend from Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign asking for a donation. Included in the solicitation was an extensive list of conservative accomplishments he felt had earned him the right to another six years as Kentucky’s senior senator and leader of the Republican Party.

Actually, that’s only half-true. I did receive an email asking me for money, but it didn’t include a list of conservative accomplishments because “Team Mitch” doesn’t have any. Still, Mickey presented his case for re-election as follows:

“Republicans agree, the Democrats’ full embrace of socialism is alarming. As liberals in the House and those running for President scramble to enact the policies of the far-left, your Republican Senate Majority stands as the firewall that will save our country from socialism.

“Our firewall could crack though, if Senate Republicans in key battleground states don’t get the support they need. Every conservative must stand united to keep socialism at bay, and that includes you too.”

Stop laughing!

Sure, the GOP has broken every campaign promise of 2016 — the same broken promises they’re making for 2020, by the way — but we can rest easier knowing that Obi-Wan McConnell and the rest of the Republican Jedi Knights will protect the Republic from the dark side of the political force. Right?

Star Wars imagery aside, in computer parlance a “firewall” is a network security system that monitors and controls incoming and outgoing network traffic. But firewalls can be turned off and/or hacked, and when that happens the system can be damaged or destroyed by malware.

This would appear to be what happened to the Republican firewall because the malware of socialism has infected Trump and the GOP.

For example, in the weeks since Trump declared in his State of the Union address that “America will never be a socialist country,” Republicans have aggressively advanced key agenda items of the far-left, such as: paid family leave, the Green New Deal, government-run healthcare, and gun control.

Amazingly, McConnell claims he’ll prevent these policies from becoming a reality:

“If you oppose dangerous policies like the Green New Deal and Medicare for none, the best way to avoid that is to support your Republican Senate Majority. Help me stand strong against creeping socialist policies and far-left radicals.

“Stand united with Republicans and President Trump as a firewall against socialism.”

So-called conservatives have adopted a socialism-lite approach to counter the advance of socialism – see Sen. Mike Lee’s political infatuation with Ivanka’s socialist agenda — and Trump’s policies in 2016 were so similar to Bernie Sanders’ the two could have run on the same ticket.

McConnell’s plan to use fearmongering over socialism is merely an election season strategy designed to distract voters and hide Republican failures. However, even if their scheme succeeds, it won’t matter.

Because in the end, despite claims by Trump, the GOP, and the so-called conservative media, socialism wins in 2020 regardless of who’s in the White House or who controls Congress.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Sometimes it’s the little wrongs that stick

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Sometimes its the little wrongs that stick

I was a pretty cocky kid.

It’s something that I get to hear a lot lately, especially when connecting with old friends from high school and college. I remember thinking that I wouldn’t be that guy, the one who looks back while on the second half of a standard life and calls himself stupid, but that’s exactly what I’ve started doing. I was a cocky, stupid kid.

There are several instances that I can recall that had an effect on the way that I grew and would eventually point me to dedicate my life to Christ. One of those events was very small, so small that the person I “wronged” likely doesn’t even remember the incident.

I was managing a steak house in Oklahoma City. I was the youngest of the managers of what was supposed to be a summer job and ended up supporting my young family for three years. I was cocky (and did I mention I was stupid as well?) and took pride in my ability to diffuse situations. It wasn’t a fancy steak house. In fact, it was a two-story, 550-seat monster that served hundreds of steaks every night.

One particular evening I was helping one of the servers by taking the order. It was a special day for the patriarch of the family and they were celebrating – what exactly I don’t recall or perhaps never knew. The special day man had one important request – no Texas toast. His wife (or daughter, couldn’t tell for sure) said that he was extremely allergic to anything that had bread and I assured her that no bread would touch his plate. I plugged in the order, put the special instructions in all caps (NO BREAD NO BREAD NO BREAD) and went on to see to the hundreds of other guests as well as the staff.

I was walking by the table, just checking in, when the food came. Time went into slow-motion mode as the plate was put down in front of him with a big, buttery piece of Texas toast right smack dab on his 14 oz. ribeye. The look on the wife/daughter’s face has always stuck with me. It was pure disappointment, shock, and even a little bit of fear all flashing before me in technicolor slow motion.

Instantly, I reached down and grabbed the plate, but the man grabbed my arm. His fury was clear. I told him that I would get him a new steak, but refused to let go. He wanted to keep that steak hostage to make certain that we didn’t just take it to the back, pull of the bread, and serve him the same steak. I assured him that we wouldn’t do that but he was firm. He didn’t believe me and that made me mad.

In the same situation today, I wouldn’t have tried to take the steak back. In fact, I would have left one more instruction on the ticket – “Page ME for delivery”. I would have made certain that the bread didn’t go on his plate. Instead, I allowed myself to get angry. I took it out on the staff that couldn’t read instructions. I took it out on the table that had a special occasion ruined. I didn’t even comp the meal because of my petty, stupid, cocky anger.

For all I know, they never thought about it again. For all I know, the man was emotionally unstable and hurt someone that night due to my mistakes. His grip was very strong, the type of grip that one can’t get by working out. It only comes from working through life with your hands.

It’s the fear in the wife/daughter’s eyes that I’ve never been able to shake for two decades. Mad – understandable. Disappointed – who wouldn’t be? Fear – that’s something that was distinct. She wasn’t looking at me. She was looking at him. She was waiting for his response. I don’t recall if I truly saw it out of the corner of my eye or if it has emerged through my imagination over the years, but I think she even looked up at me with a subtle, desperate shake of her head as I tried to pry the plate from his grip as if she was warning me that this many might kill me over the mistake.

We never know the effects of our actions. We don’t know what little thing we might do that causes someone to snap, something bad to happen, or something life-changing that could have been avoided by being a little less stupid, a little less cocky, and a lot more like a believer in Jesus Christ should act.

I never had the chance to apologize properly to the family. Maybe that’s why it stuck with me for all of these years. The slow motion look of mixed, terrible emotions – I pray that my little act of defiance didn’t cause pain to anyone.

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Trey Gowdy on the future of investigations in wake of Mueller report

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Trey Gowdy on the future of investigations in wake of Mueller report

Former Congressman Trey Gowdy took to Fox News to talk to Martha MacCallum about the release of Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference from 2016. His interview was arguably the most impressive take on the release so far.

As MacCallum notes, the divide really started with the Bill Clinton impeachment. Lawmakers ran to their respective political party corners and one can argue they never returned to the middle to become a single Congress again.

As for Gowdy, he pointed out the unfortunate reality that the American people are going to have to suffer (and pay for) more investigations from Congress and other entities who are not and will never be satisfied with how the Mueller probe concluded.

But perhaps the biggest takeaway from Gowdy is his belief that former FBI Agent Peter Strzok should and will be investigated in the wake of the Mueller report. This is important because Gowdy has never been one who shied away from the Mueller investigation, nor did he believe it should be made public.

Watch this video. Gowdy is in rare form by giving the cold, hard truth while not playing partisan games. Best take of the investigation so far.

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Dear DC, media: Put the Mueller distraction behind us and focus on actual problems

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Dear DC media Put the Mueller distraction behind us and focus on actual problems

Today has been loaded with heated social media exchanges. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on one of the edges supporting or denouncing the President after the release of the Mueller report or if you’re in the middle. If you have an opinion that anyone hears, there’s a good chance you’ll get an earful.

Earlier, I wrote about my initial reaction to the Mueller report, how it will only loosely sway the minds of a percentage of people in the middle but how both supporters and opponents of the President will continue to feel how they felt before the report. I also said I’d be reading the report tonight. I’ve changed my mind. Now that it’s clear the President will not be impeached, the endless debate over whether or not he obstructed will begin and continue indefinitely. But it shouldn’t. This is done. Draw your conclusions. Get your feelings out on social media. Say a prayer, light a candle, drink a beer – do whatever it takes to bring yourself closure to this whole debacle.

This is all politics. It’s time to put all efforts into solving the multitude of problems facing us.

  • We have a growing crisis at the southern border with no end in sight and very little movement happening in DC to address the issue.
  • The abortion industry is becoming more powerful despite strides being made by pro-life activists and politicians.
  • North Korea just got a lot more aggressive as they continue to pursue their nuclear ambitions.
  • A Middle East peace deal is about to be unveiled in less than a month, yet neither side seems to be close to even approaching the negotiating table.
  • Our national debt continues to skyrocket, along with our budget deficit and spending.

I could list about a hundred other issues that are exponentially more important to the well-being of the American people and the defense of the Constitution than the dumpster fire surrounding the Mueller report. People on both sides of the aisle may enjoy debating the importance or irrelevance of the findings in the report, but nothing will change even if either side wins, which they won’t.

It’s time to move on. There are serious issues that must be addressed and debating the Mueller report will do absolutely nothing to address them. This distraction should end and lawmakers should get back to work.

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