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The House Freedom Caucus is better without Justin Amash

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The House Freedom Caucus is better without Justin Amash

I recently had the pleasure of lunching with House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows. We discussed the future of the conservative movement and specifically how 3rd parties can play a role in that future. We didn’t discuss Representative Justin Amash specifically, but the general sentiment was that third parties could be effective at rallying a small group of “in-betweeners” who shared views with traditional conservatives. But there was a caveat.

One important distinction needs to be made. “In-betweeners” are not necessarily moderates. They can be, but oftentimes they are quite extreme with their views, though not necessarily falling in line with one side or the other. For example, Amash is adamant about limiting government and cutting spending, aligning nicely with the stated Republican goals. But he’s also adamant about open borders and increasing the rights of illegal immigrants, aligning with the Democrats.

Even if we set aside his recent attacks on President Trump and the possibility that he will run for President as a Libertarian, we should consider his border views as antithetical of what the House Freedom Caucus represents. It’s the most pro-American caucus in the House of Representatives. Members get two “passes,” according to Meadows, to allow them to rarely vote against the caucus if it behooves them or their district to do so. This makes sense; we are not electing representatives to do the will of a caucus but rather the will of the people they represent. Thankfully, the Freedom Caucus generally sides with the fundamental principles conservatives demand when we cast our votes.

Amash is quite conservative on most issues, but where his views differ are not inconsequential. We must have strong borders. We must have a differentiation between those who come into our county legally and those who bypass our legal system in an attempt to steal our sovereignty. As noted earlier, 90% of recent asylum seekers do not even show up for their hearing. Why should these people, who have broken at least two laws in the first few months of their American experience, be given driver’s licences, jobs, and the right to vote? Amash wants these things for them.

Personally, I like Amash. I agree with his perspectives the vast majority of the time. He’s been one of the most consistent limited-government voices in DC. And I don’t fault him for breaking from the tribe even though I disagree with his reasoning. He’s doing and saying what he believes to be true, so for that he should be commended.

But…

The future of the American Conservative Movement is based partially on a belief that illegal immigration is a huge problem. Amash is opposed to this truth, so he doesn’t belong in the House Freedom Caucus.

We are currently forming the American Conservative Movement. If you are interested in learning more, we will be sending out information in a few weeks.

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Democrats are fighting enforcement of immigration laws for a more dangerous reason than you realize

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Democrats are fighting enforcement of immigration laws for a more dangerous reason than you realize

Immigration reform on multiple fronts is needed today, but not nearly as much as enforcement of current laws already on the books. But enforcement is becoming increasingly difficult as Democrats use every legislative roadblock they can muster to hamper ICE and keep border patrol under-resourced. Their motives are disingenuous; they claim to care for the migrants while doing everything they can to prevent them from receiving the help they need.

If we enforce current laws while working to improve them, the crisis at our southern border can be relieved a great deal. It’s not the full solution, but it would go a long way to stopping the massive migrant flow. As I noted on Twitter:

If you ask any conservative pundit, armchair politician, or keyboard warrior on social media why Democrats are obstructing enforcement of current immigration law, you’ll get a lot of correct (and some incorrect) replies. They’ll say Democrats want open borders, which is true. They’ll say they’re appealing to the Hispanic community for votes, which is true. They’ll even say they don’t care about America, which is partially true.

But there’s a bigger and much more dangerous reason I rarely hear, even from pundits. Unfortunately, conservatives are pragmatic in that we normally face the problems at hand. Progressives have an advantage over us from a strategy-perspective because they think in terms of decades instead of years. This is why they’ve been able to take control of the two primary information-providing industries in America: mainstream media and higher education. We’ve done a piss-poor job over the decades planting the right people in the right places. Progressives have been working on subverting 2020 since before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born.

It’s important to note a distinction before I return to the topic at hand. I’m not suggesting Democratic politicians think ahead. They can’t think beyond the next cocktail hour. But the various leaders of the radical progressive movements have been working to subvert our nation since the 1960s or earlier. They’ve done so in a coordinated fashion, one that acted to benefit them at the time while clearly setting up a path for deeper radicalization in the future.

Today is the future they’ve planned for, one in which socialism is becoming more popular and truth is heading towards extinction.

The real danger in the actions of today’s Democrats as it pertains to the border is the normalization of “immigrant” to refer to anyone from a foreign land regardless of legal status. This is why they cry about detention centers but fight against giving them the funding they need. It’s why they refer to anyone opposed to illegal immigration, including legal immigrants like me, as racists. They are using a technique known as jamming to insert their ideology through terminology repeated to the masses and invading the collective consciousness.

Conservatives must do everything we can to reverse the course being set by radical progressives through their pawns in the Democratic Party. “Immigrants” are legal immigrants, period. “Illegal aliens” are people from foreign lands who have breached our borders, circumvented our immigration laws, and/or taken advantage of loopholes to enter and remain in this country illegally. These are not a unified body of people. There are clear distinctions between someone like me, who was born in another country and went through the process of entering the United States and becoming an American citizen legally, and those who choose to break our laws so they can garner the fruits of being in America.

The American Conservative Movement is forming to do many things, including nominating conservative candidates to defeat “RINOs,” helping conservatives win in elections for offices currently held by Democrats, and educating the people about dangerous policies like Medicare-for-All as well as ideologies like socialism. But we cannot simply sit back and try to fight fire with fire when it comes to combating many of the techniques utilized by progressives. As they use jamming to change the way Americans think about “immigrants” in general, we can’t just sit back and say, “that’s not true.” We have to demonstrate our message is correct by offering clear and concise reasons the progressives’ message is wrong.

Having the truth on our side is a start, but it’s not enough if the post-truth society the progressives are building is allowed to go unchecked. We must fight smarter and harder. This is why the conservative movement must grow. Will you help?

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Progressives’ contradictions make their immigration goals crystal clear

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Progressives are pushing what seems to be contradictory narratives on the same subject. The “concentration camp” narrative and all associated stories about poor conditions at migrant centers across the southern border is designed to invoke hatred that can be directed at the President for forcing migrants to live in terrible conditions. The “not a dime” narrative says American taxpayers should not spend anything additional on improving border housing quality and quantity.

Today, many Wayfair employees are walking out in protest because the company is selling beds to a contractor that supplies migrant centers. That’s the contradictory narrative in action, complaining that the kids aren’t comfortable while staying at migrant centers, then boycotting companies supplying the means to make them more comfortable.

Conservatives on Twitter responded:

The reality is this: They want the migrant centers to be so packed, so uncomfortable, and so inhumane that the outcry from America is to just let them go. Here is their narrative in a nutshell:

Give them their asylum hearing papers and let them go. In fact, take them wherever they want to go in America. If they show up for their hearing, so be it. If not, great! They’re immigrants like everyone else now. Give them a driver’s license, social services, free school, free housing, free healthcare, free food, free clothes, and anything else they can’t afford. Soon, we’ll give them voting rights. Because by coming here, they’re now Americans and deserve all of the rights of American citizens… plus plus plus.

If all of this sounds ludicrous, it’s because it is. If it sounds reasonable, you’re a modern-day radical progressive, in which case I welcome you to this site and I hope you read it thoroughly every day until you abandon your destructive ideology.

There is no contradiction in what progressives are promoting. They want all migrants released to the interior without hesitation. No stop at a migrant center. Just give them their papers and allow them to go if they want. If they don’t want to go immediately, take care of them until they do. That’s the current goal for progressives on border security. They want no security at all.

It’s time to stop arguing against progressives using logic. They won’t see it. They set their mind on a goal and will then do anything to achieve that goal. It doesn’t truly matter to them if migrants die in the process. In fact, it makes their case faster; the more deaths that happen at the border or in migrant centers, the easier it becomes for them to push their narrative.

Progressives don’t want beds for the migrants. They don’t want them to be held at all. We need to stop scratching our heads at their apparent contradiction and understand what progressives really want.

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Mainstream media censors images of dead bodies when convenient

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Mainstream media censors images of dead bodies when convenient

It isn’t common for mainstream media to post images of dead bodies. It has been considered bad form to show images of human death for decades, but there are times when the media is willing to make an exception. If you see a dead body in a newspaper, on television, or on a mainstream media website, you can count on one certain attribute: It reflects a piece of narrative they’re trying to push.

An example of this was yesterday when nearly every major media outlet showed an image of two dead migrants, a father and his 23-month-old daughter. It was a heartbreaking image, and clearly politically charged. Independent journalist Andy Ngo asked a series of important questions regarding coverage of the image on Twitter:

His questions and brief observations say all we need to know. The reality of how journalistic standards are applied across the board depends solely on how invoking or breaking them will affect their agenda. This applies to both sides of the current ideological divide plaguing the media and the country as a whole, but anecdotal it seems the major right-leaning outlets like Fox News and WSJ tend to be more consistent with their reporting style.

This image is intended to invoke outrage over the Trump administration policies that supposedly caused these deaths. The odd thing is the Democrats are the ones whose policies have encouraged hundreds of thousands of migrants in recent months to pay outrageous sums to the cartels, make the dangerous journey to our southern border, sacrifice women and children to the sexual predators “guiding” them on their journey, and facing the dangers to their well-being they face along the way.

But the narrative says blame Trump, so that’s what they’re doing. It’s why they universally broke their own protocols to share a viral image of recently deceased migrants, including a toddler.

It may be too much to ask for consistency from mainstream media, but we should at least have our own understanding of their motives for doing the things they do. Hat tip to Andy Ngo for continued intrepid reporting.

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