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Winning messages: Border security, healthcare, and the economy

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Winning messages Border security healthcare and the economy

Ronald Reagan’s famous near-sweep of the 1984 election was a testament to the success he had in his first term as President. But it was in his message of hope that he was able to capture the votes of so many, including Democrats. We can do the same in the 2020 election if we play the issues correctly.

This should be a no-brainer for Republican election strategists around the country. There are three distinct advantages Republicans have over their Democratic counterparts, especially in national elections. But these same issues can be applied at nearly every level with some creativity and associations. We need these messages to resonate because otherwise, the incessant screams of intersectionality and the constant use of the race/sex/identity card will dominate elections up and down the ticket.

Before we explore these three, let’s discuss issues that should not be hammered. They should be addressed when brought up. They should part of the platform. But they should not be the primary focus. It’s not because they’re not important or that Republicans should shy away from them by any means. It’s that those who make voting decisions based on them are already locked in to vote Republican or Democrat. There’s no need to reiterate them unless the debate is brought up by the left.

And if they do bring it up, Republicans should spank them.

Those issues are abortion, gun control, and education. Pro-abortion people can still vote for Republicans if they hold other issues in higher regard. The same can be said for gun-control advocates. As for education, the push by many Democrats to make higher education “free” and to forgive student loan debt must be redirected to discussions surrounding the economy. Yes, there are people under the burden of student loans who will vote for this one issue alone. We won’t change their votes. It’s a very enticing carrot to essentially promise to wipe away tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt. But it’s even more compelling to those not under debt to remind them that the student loan “crisis” is a self-inflicted burden entered through mutual agreement by the student and the loan provider. Forcing American taxpayers to pick up that burden for the sake of Democrats buying votes is an emotion-driving sentiment.

Now that we know what not to focus on, let’s look at the issues that will lead Republicans to victories across the board in 2020 if the message is put out there properly.

Border security

The need to deal with the border crisis is finally hitting the mainstream after months of false talking points that the crisis was manufactured by Trump. Even many Democrats are realizing the crisis is real. They may still be against building the wall or deporting millions of illegal immigrants, but they can’t ignore the masses of migrants crossing the border and demanding benefits.

This is trickier than it appears, though. The Democrats and their mainstream media proxies are spreading a new narrative that reframes the border security issue in terms of a humanitarian crisis. They’re banking on the stupidity of American voters who will see them talking about the humanitarian aspect and think that means they’ll do something about it. Moreover, they’re putting a smokescreen over the reality that this crisis is a direct result of the policies promoted by and in many cases established by the Democrats.

Republicans must hang the border crisis around the necks of Democrats. We can’t take for granted that people will be logical in drawing their conclusions. Then, Republicans must own the solutions to the humanitarian aspect of the crisis. The Senate must be proactive and introduce legislation that will dramatically improve conditions for migrants. Within this legislation must be border security funding that is designated specifically for cutting off the flow criminal illegal immigrants. There are those who want to be caught and those who do not. We must focus on both issues simultaneously.

Lastly and most importantly, the GOP must introduce changes to the asylum rules. They need a better solution that can be sold to the American people and that is then blocked by the Democrats. If the message truly resonates, then the Democrats will be forced to act. If it resonates well but not enough to force the Democrats to change their stance, then they’ll block the legislation and prompt voters to eject them in 2020. Either way, it’s a win-win.

Healthcare

Depending on which Democrat gets the nomination, Republicans will have an easy or a hard road ahead when it comes to healthcare. If one of the radical progressives pushing Medicare-for-All wins the nomination, the message is simple. Those such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders want to force 150-million Americans to be removed from their current health insurance plan and replace it with one run solely by the government. This is an unpopular solution and the GOP must not let the buzz about Medicare-for-All pull ahead of them. It’s easy to tell people their healthcare will be free. It’s harder to make them realize the true cost of “free” and the detriment it will have on the quality of healthcare in America.

If one of the more “pragmatic” Democrats wins the nomination, the message is a bit more convoluted. But it’s still a winner as long as the GOP reforms its stance on healthcare to properly establish an Obamacare replacement plan. As much as I would love to say we need a clean repeal, the opportunity for that message to score properly with the people has passed us by. They should have done it when they had control of the House. Now, they’re faced with the embarrassing reality that the one subject they pushed for the six years leading up to the 2016 election is the thing they absolutely couldn’t get done.

So now we’re stuck with some variation of Obamacare. Call it Trumpcare. Call it McConnellcare. I don’t care what you want to call it, but something firm and popular must be put forth by the GOP as a reason to vote for them instead of whatever path to single-payer the Democrats throw out there.

Economy

Duh.

Whatever lame attempts they made leading up the 2018 midterm elections proved to be meaningless. It’s unfathomable for the nation to be doing so well economically and for the party that made that happen to be spanked so hard in the midterms, but we’re in a very strange political time in our history. Conventional wisdom fails, or Hillary Clinton would be President. Logic has been tossed out the window, or the GOP would still be in control of the House.

We must put forward a message of economic prosperity that the masses can both appreciate and understand. They neither appreciated nor understood the benefit of the tax cuts, so it’s time to push forward even more. They won’t pass with the Democrats in control of the House, but so be it. We’ll get them after the 2020 elections. But they must do an exponentially better job at getting the message to the masses and explaining why these cuts are a huge benefit to everyone from top to bottom. The media framed these as beneficial only to the elite. They did this despite job numbers that are through the roof.

The message needs to be simplified. Democrats want to give you money so they can have an excuse to take more of it through taxes. Republicans want to take less money in the first place. It makes sense to make our economy beholden to the prosperity of the American people instead of one that is subjugated to the will of Washington DC. Healthcare, education, and taxes are three areas the Democrats want to control so they can burden the people in exchange for their pet programs. Why not let the free market and consumer choice carry the burden?

It’s time for the GOP to step out from the talking points of the media and take their message directly to the people. Conservative principles have truth on their side. It’s time for a Reaganesque message of hope to cut through the lies.

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Big Facebook announcement falls flat in under 24 hours

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Yesterday, Facebook was very proud to announce the results of a year-long review by former Senator Jon Kyl. The purpose of the review was to better understand the accusations of political bias, mostly from Conservatives, against the platform. According to Kyl’s editorial in the Wall Street Journal, the concerns of those he interviewed fell into six broad categories.

  • Bias is baked into Facebook’s algorithms and they should not be in the business of separating fact from fiction
  • That the platform’s community standards were constantly evolving and objections to the category “hate speech”
  • Bias in the employees charged with enforcing the rules and the appeals process for smaller organizations
  • Requiring advertisers to register as political organizations to run ads with a policy focus
  • The drawn-out ad approval process due to the stringent ad policies
  • Lack of viewpoint diversity at the company

In the announcement, there were several things Facebook planned to address which included how they handled political ads and the creation of an oversight board for how they handled the appeals of some high profile content removal decisions.

The announcement was supposed to ease tensions between the social media company and users on the political right. However, rather than getting out of the business of fact-checking content, the company committed to explaining newsfeed rankings. These algorithms and “fact checks” have already negatively impacted several Conservative sites. Not sure an explanation fixes that problem. They will also now tell you when they limit the distribution of a post because their “fact-checkers” give it a false rating. Again, why not just stop?

Probably because they are serving two masters in this fight. Facebook consented to a series of civil rights audits from a very left-leaning assessor. Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg released the commitments from that process on June 30, 2019. One action:

We’re taking steps to address this, including a US pilot program where some of the people who review content on Facebook only focus on hate speech instead of a range of content that can include bullying, nudity, and misrepresentation. We believe allowing reviewers to specialize only in hate speech could help them further build the expertise that may lead to increased accuracy over time.

Balancing the commitments made to both groups will be challenging to say the least. And within 24 hours of the announcement of what they would do to address Kyl’s assessment two high profile content decisions were made.

This morning, news hit that an ad from Women for Trump was removed. I confirmed this with one of the board members. Supposedly, because it assumed the gender of the women in the picture.

 

Can you say peak ridiculousness? Perhaps the assessment they received from Senator Kyl didn’t mention that many people on the right, as well as the vast majority Americans, assume the gender of almost everyone they see. I am also wondering how many posts Forbes Women and Women for Women International have had removed. Since they “assume the gender” of the person pictured on nearly every post.

The other content decision was not allowing the website started by popular Trump-supporting meme maker, Carpe Donktum to work.

Now we all know the left can’t meme, but the right has some pretty good meme artists. And anyone who has spent any time on social media is aware of what a meme is. Satirical short videos or images that everyone knows are a creation, not news or a depiction of factual events. The website was even called “Meme World”. Saying satirical content violates their “Community Standards” is about as stupid as Snopes fact-checking the Babylon Bee. Or just an admission that having a sense of humor is not allowed on Facebook.

Until Facebook decides to employ a good faith approach to known creators, organizations, and campaigns, rather than allowing fringe left-wing zealots to flag content with abandon, nothing will change. Just because Facebook recognizes dozens of genders doesn’t mean most Americans do. Yet activists can use a ridiculous rule based on fringe political ideology to get a perfectly valid political ad pulled.

One that was shared by the President’s official Facebook account. Not the best kick off for a grand announcement about addressing bias. Facepalm Facebook.

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Was the Inca Empire a successful example of socialism?

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Was the Inca Empire a successful example of socialism

As socialists pivot from one failed example of socialism to the next failed example of socialism to the welfare state that decries claims of socialism, perhaps we should prepare ourselves for when the socialist reach the bottom of the barrel with examples of the collective ideology’s past successes. And before you say, “well that’s silly, there’s no way a pre-French enlightenment civilization could have practiced a successful form a socialism, sufficient enough to use as an example by the left” consider the fact that a French academic by the name of Louis Boudan penned an extensive treatise entitled “A Socialist Empire: The Incas of Peru” in 1962.

Now, this work does not appear to be an endorsement of communism, though the author seems to have a vested interest in the using the “no true Scotsman” fallacy given that this was written post World War 2 and in the Cold War with regards to true socialism. However, the very title, provocatively named, is certainly a sign that the political Left in contemporary times could refer to the Inca as a successful example of socialism, that only fell by the technologically advantaged Spaniards. But Louis Boudan is not the only one who has made this comparison, leaving us wondering why the Left has not seized on the Inca who seem to have had a more successful run than any contemporary Marxist regime. The likeliest reason that that Inca are not used as an example of successful socialism is likely that the proponents of socialism, to be blunt, are not historically informed. Still, this is a foreseeable argument in the imminent future and we best know what we are talking about when it inevitably comes because when the Left popularizes an example of alleged socialism practiced by non-whites they will pounce, but until then we await a Vox video.

The Inca Empire could prove to be the only example of socialism that did not self collapse, other than the Catalonia socialism which lasted only three years. But of course, all of this is conditional on the premise of whether or not the Inca Empire was truly socialist country. Perhaps it would be best to grant the Left that premise. Even if the Inca were a socialist empire, the ensuing result was a constant need for war, which is a commonality with the Stalinist ideology. Kings and Generals does a good job breaking down the Inca society for the laymen to understand. Key points discussed in the video are:

  • The Inca were highly adapted to their living environment with regards to agriculture, construction, and irrigation
  • The Inca had what appears to be a welfare state
  • The Inca worshiped their dead
  • The “corporations” of dead bodies accumulated disproportionate amount of wealth
  • The wealth belonging to the dead bodies necessitated the Emperors accumulating wealth of their own through war. This cycle repeats.

As you can see, there were multiple flaws in the Inca society that had a trajectory of collapse because of the pyramid scheme the system creates for its ruling class. The inevitable demise was expedited by the Spaniards. But going back to the foundational premise as to whether the Inca were socialist or not, the contrasts are enough to fail a purity test; had there been an organic collapse, the modern socialist would deny this as true socialism. It’s a never ending fallacy, though the dead corporate estates of the Inca goes against everything socialist preach. However, as human history has shown, socialism has always led to the personal enrichment of those in the innermost circles of power. Socialist or not? You decide, but be prepared to argue that the Inca were not a successful example of socialism.

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Why isn’t gun control considered to be sexist as well as racist?

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Liberty [Gun] Control is rooted in racism. It also adversely affects women. Why isn’t it considered to be racist and sexist?

A recent video from One America News Network entitled: ‘Gun Rights Are Women’s Rights’ made this very important point on the topic of Liberty Control. The basic facts of science have one sex at a disadvantage to the other, with guns being the great equalizer.

Why doesn’t the Left have to answer for the sexism and racism of Liberty control?

These days, the national socialist Left wields pejoratives Racism and Sexism like an assault weapon. So why aren’t these labels applied to them for their incessant attacks against freedom? Firearms are the great equalizers, with the Left’s gun confiscation agenda having a disproportionate effect on women and minorities.  Somehow the Left escapes these facts being applied to them, while they exploit those words with abandon.

We’ve already detailed the racism aspect of this issue here, and case for Liberty control being sexist made in this video.

Why the gun is civilization..

We will wrap this up with a column written in 2007 by Marko Kloos on a WordPress blogging site the Munchkin wrangler. It encapsulates the issue of firearms down to one proposition on how human being deal with each other.

MARCH 23, 2007 by MARKO KLOOS
Why the gun is civilization.
Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force. The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gangbanger, and a single gay guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the people who think that we’d be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger’s potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat–it has no validity when most of a mugger’s potential marks are armed. People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that’s the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

Then there’s the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser. People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don’t constitute lethal force watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level. The gun is the only weapon that’s as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weightlifter. It simply wouldn’t work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn’t both lethal and easily employable.

When I carry a gun, I don’t do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I’m looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don’t carry it because I’m afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn’t limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation…and that’s why carrying a gun is a civilized act.

[Emphasis added]

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