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Cutting off your nose to spite your face

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Cutting off your nose to spite your face

This morning on Fox and Friends, Brian Kilmeade said, “Sometimes in boxing when there’s a draw, the referee holds both boxers’ hands up. Perhaps if the Democrats would work with the President to solve the crisis at the border, they could claim victory with him.” I may not have gotten his words exactly right, but the point is clear. Solving a problem together with the other side lets both sides claim success. And the Democrats can’t let themselves do that.

My mother had a somewhat more artful way of putting this. She’d say, “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.” In other words, look at the greater good. One great example of this is the recent Criminal Justice Reform Bill.

Known as the “First Step Act,” it reduced a number of sentences which disproportionately affected blacks. Its legislative history is tortuous, but it originated in the Republican-led House in 2018. When it failed to make it through the Senate, the Democrats brought it up again, and this time, with Democratic input, it was passed in both houses. President Trump had actively supported it, and signed it into law.

This is where the Democrats shot themselves in their collective feet. They refused to take a victory lap with President Trump. He would happily invite them to the stage, the way a number of blacks affected by the law were. But they found themselves unable to admit that there was any redeeming feature whatever to the President. “Orange Man Bad” prevented them from sharing the limelight. So President Trump gets solo billing for making life better for the black community.

I have written elsewhere about Trump Derangement Syndrome. This is a clear psychiatric disorder based on a core element of identity politics. “I am good, you are bad.” And, of course, if you are bad, nothing you do can ever be good. The converse is that everything I do is good.

Anyone with a functioning brain recognizes that in human endeavor, nothing is ever perfect. And even evil people do some things well. Thus, identity politics paralyzes the side that practices it. There is no possibility of ever working with the other side. Even the First Step Act isn’t a real part of Leftist history, since that involved working with the other side.

Most Americans believe that it is the duty of our Congress to work across the aisle to make America better. That concept is encapsulated in “Make America Great Again.” But the Master Persuader – or should I say the Master Deal-maker – has negotiated a great leap forward in border security. This was a solo act in reality because the Left cannot envision any possibility where anything Donald Trump would agree to is good. So they have to trash it.

The first trashing is the claim that there is nothing new in the deal. It hasn’t taken long for that to be debunked, but now that the claim has been made, many on the Left will hold on to it, because it gives them an excuse to avoid reality. This denial is essential to maintaining the psyche of identity politics. If the Left has to face reality, it would truly melt, since no part of its essential truth claims can be supported.

The fact that the Left strongly supported (in voice only, not in legislation) border security when Barack Obama was President is completely lost on the them. It’s ancient history and it’s time to Move On. But if it were forced to face that reality, its core identity would be threatened. And of course, “Orange Man Bad” would have to be shelved. After all, they would now be cooperating with their arch-enemy to achieve a common goal. OMG! So they cut off their nose to spite their face.

This is not lost on the public at large, and will not be if Republicans actually campaign on it. Americans – those who believe that they should be allowed to bust their butts to make a better life and not have it stolen by the government – see in President Trump a street fighter who makes promises and tries to stick by them. In Democrats they see a bunch of NPCs who are blowing with the wind. Biden’s latest neck-snapping flips on the Hyde Amendment are just the latest flashing red light.

Any Republican bold enough to stick to his guns and promote the well-being of Americans stands a very good chance of winning, even in Democrat-leaning districts. But wishy-washy RINOs will smell as bad as the dead fish they resemble, and lose.

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The 1st Democratic debate was worse than expected, which is saying a lot

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If you were going into the 1st Democratic candidates debate with hopes of seeing pandering, high-dollar policy proposals, pandering, cringeworthy attempts to generate memes, questions answered in Spanish, unhinged notions on sexuality, cheerleaders in the media, and pandering, you got it.

In lieu of highlighting the gaffes, attempts at soundbites, and uncomfortable moments, it’s better to leave it to Twitter hot takes to do the job. Presented in no particular order:

One of the biggest reasons this was so bad is because they did everything they could to one-up one another. I know that’s what’s supposed to happen in debates, but there was a strange feeling that so many of them were saying the exact same thing while contradicting one another. I’m not really sure how they were able to pull it off.

But the part for me that raised an eyebrow was Julian Castro’s invocation of “Reproductive Justice.” He wants to give equal rights to abortion for transgender women. He’s ahead of the curve on this one; medical science hasn’t advanced to make that even possible, yet.

It’s been said already many times, but it’s worth repeating. President Trump won tonight’s debate. He came out looking like someone with solid policies compared to the unhinged “solutions” being proposed by these Democratic candidates.

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What is the source of the Democrats’ obstruction strategy?

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The evolution of the Mueller investigation and the overall Russian collusion hoax has been an interesting one to watch, especially for those of us who have a long enough memory to note this was supposed to be about the Trump campaign colluding with foreign entities to “steal” the 2016 election. That was the storyline for nearly two years, but since the release of the Mueller report, which indicated no collusion at all, the talking points of the Democrats have been 100% focused on obstruction.

Keep in mind, this was never supposed to be an obstruction investigation. That notion is, by its very nature, a separate occurrence that’s usually associated with wrongdoing to begin with, otherwise what was being obstructed? If there was no collusion, and the obstruction that was allegedly committed was supposed to stop the investigation into the collusion, then the only thing being obstructed was a bogus investigation. That doesn’t make obstruction right; even bogus investigations need to be allowed to reach their conclusion. But it’s a far cry from the narrative being pushed out by the Democrats, one which begs the question and relies on circular reasoning.

But that’s not being looked into by many, other than The Epoch Times.

This excellent video by Declassified’s Gina Shakespeare details a media investigation into the investigators that cuts to the heart of the matter. There was no collusion and any obstruction had to be manufactured. But the left continues to push it.

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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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