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From: Brumar8911/17/2017 1:34:23 PM
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From: Brumar8911/21/2017 12:04:13 PM
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The two parties have finally found something to agree on: Character doesn't matter.

Two Quotes That Show How Much The Parties Value Character

by David Thornton

The past week laid bare the deepest motivations of many people in American politics. While both parties claim to be the champions of morality and virtue, people paying attention were disabused of the notion that either party is more concerned with character than votes.

On Friday, Kate Harding, a self-described “feminist and the author of a book on rape culture,” wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post offering a partisan defense of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.). Harding doesn’t defend Franken’s bad behavior. Instead, she defends his political affiliation.

“It would feel good, momentarily, to see Franken resign and the Democratic governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, appoint a senator who has not (as far as we know) harmed women,” Harding writes. “If I believed for one second that Franken is the only Democrat in the Senate who has done something like this, with or without photographic evidence, I would see that as the best and most appropriate option. But in the world we actually live in, I’m betting that there will be more. And more after that. And they won’t all come from states with Democratic governors and a deep bench of progressive replacements. Some will, if ousted, have their successors chosen by Republicans.”

Yes, you heard that correctly. Harding is openly admitting that the only reason that she doesn’t want to see Franken punished is that it would set a precedent in which other Democrats, ones who might be replaced by Republicans, might also be forced to resign.

Harding’s position is obviously partisan and hypocritical, particularly from a feminist in the party that five years ago claimed that Mitt Romney and Republicans were waging a “war on women.”
What is shocking is how blatant Harding’s hypocrisy is. In her world, political affiliation means more than justice for women who were harassed or abused by Democrats. Republicans rightly denounced the political calculations of Democrats like Harding.

But wait, as they say, there’s more!

The very same day, at the same moment that Republicans were denouncing Kate Harding’s hypocrisy, the Republican governor of Alabama was making a remarkably similar statement. “I believe in the Republican Party, what we stand for, and most important, we need to have a Republican in the United States Senate to vote on things like the Supreme Court justices, other appointments the Senate has to confirm and make major decisions,” Gov. Kay Ivey (R) said on “So that's what I plan to do, vote for Republican nominee Roy Moore.”

At the same time, Ivey acknowledged that the allegations made against Moore were credible. “I certainly have no reason to disbelieve any of them,” she said. “The timing is a little curious. But at the same time, I have no reason to disbelieve them.”

Ivey says that she believes in what the Republican Party stands for, but what does the party stand for if it refuses to condemn a man who is credibly accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl and harassing numerous others? It seems that what the new Republican Party stands for is electing Republican candidates at all costs.

Republicans and Democrats finally have found something that they can agree on. They both believe that party politics trumps concerns about character. Unfortunately for the rest of the country, the point of agreement found by the two parties will only serve to further divide the country.

Democrats and Republicans stand united in their hypocrisy. Both seem only too willing to compromise their core beliefs in order to support politicians that represent what they purport to hate. Any man who forces himself on a woman would be rightfully condemned by the left… as long he isn’t a Democrat official. The right would be ready to castrate a 30-year-old man who cruised malls trying to pick up teenage girls… as long as he wasn’t a Republican candidate.

In a perfect world, our politicians would be held to a higher standard than the people they govern. In the real world, the two parties excuse their own members by pointing to the bad behavior of those on the other side. It is a race to the bottom in which both sides claim, “Your pervert is worse than ours.” The truth is that when feminists back misogynists and Christians support an alleged child molester, they have already lost, regardless of whether their candidate wins.

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To: Brumar89 who wrote (125)11/21/2017 12:40:30 PM
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Friends, there is no politician who’s going to save America

by ClaytonFelts
Friends, there is no politician who’s going to save America

The title above is just one quote from a speech that Ben Sasse, the junior Senator from Nebraska, gave Saturday night at the Celebrate the Family banquet in Iowa.

Sasse's full quote was, "friends, there is no politician who’s going to save America. Politicians, simply aren’t up to the task. There is no election that’s going to transform your life to become so much better than it is right now.”

Sasse, who is a historian by background, often sounds and thinks like a founding father. "The only way to be a good citizen, the only way … to be a good Republican is to be a great American first, and a great American doesn’t put politics anywhere near the center of our identity."

In his remarks, Sasse spoke about everything from Tocqueville and Aristotle, to Nebraska football, wrestling in Iowa, and how he recently lost a bet and had to be an Uber driver. The speech was witty, honest, insightful, and humorous. Sasse, who penned the book, The Vanishing American Adult, often speaks about the value of work and how automation is quickly changing economic vitality and stability.

Sasse, who has stated that both political parties are "disastrously sick," is one of the few public servants that stood for principles throughout the 2016 election and has not wavered this year. He is also someone that sees the larger picture.

"I think that the Republican Party doesn’t have clarity of any long-term vision that it communicates to the American people. That’s why in the 2016 presidential election you saw it ripe for a pretty fundamental attack on its platform. Those two sides of the Republican Party — you can call it a Wall Street-K Street continuum and a Bannonite populism — both of them are unpersuasive to moms and dads in Iowa and Nebraska who are thinking about what kind of country they want to give their kids in 10 and 20 years."

Sasse gets it. He understands that faith, family, and community are more important than politics. As a Christian, he is conscious that political idolatry is dangerous and should never replace Christ as our savior. That government is simply a framework that protects liberty and creates equal opportunity for a free society. He recognizes that government, especially Washington, D.C., was never intended to hold that much power. That as a U.S. Senator, his job is to uphold an oath to defend the Constitution regardless of partisan politics.

As he has said previously, "we are not North Koreans, swearing a loyalty oath to the “Dear Leader.” Nor are we the French Resistance, plotting against the new regime from day one. In the American system, the vast majority of policy is to be made by the people’s legislative representatives — not by the executive branch or by unelected judges. And thus the Congress needs to hear from the people on the issues.

There will be disagreements — between neighbors, between the executive and legislative branches, between political parties. This is a good thing. This is an intentional feature of our system, not a bug. The marketplace of ideas should be civil, but it should also be contested. We should disagree respectfully. Reflexive tribalism and reflexive partisanship are signs of a sick republic, not a healthy one."

If you get a chance, watch the speech. You will not be disappointed.

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From: Brumar8912/14/2017 12:53:49 PM
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Leaders Of Character Are The Casualties In Bannon’s War On The Establishment

DIARY / STRIDENTCONSERVATIVE // Posted at 9:30 am on December 14, 2017 by stridentconservative

In my article yesterday, I wrote about how evangelicals were largely responsible for Roy Moore and his loss to Doug Jones in the Alabama special election on Tuesday. Due to their lukewarm attitude concerning evil, evangelicals put aside character and conscience under the mistaken belief that compromising their principles can lead to a greater good.

At a time in history where the only cure for America’s sick heart is a return to our Creator who has endowed us with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, evangelicals have chosen to accept the false premise that elections are a binary choice between two evils, and that voting for the lesser evil is somehow pleasing God.

The result of accepting evil is this: America gets stuck with establishment politicians who lack, as George Washington described it, the “good moral character” necessary to lead our nation.

Unfortunately, as Aristotle once concluded, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” So, in the absence of the kind of leadership necessary to turn the country around, America has looked for other ways to fill the void in her effort to defeat the establishment.

By the way, this is how Donald Trump was elected.

By replacing conservatism with Nationalist/Populist ideology, Trump rode a wave of voter discontent into the White House, and the man credited with making that happen is Steve Bannon. Though originally given a White House job as a reward for his efforts, Bannon has left Trump’s employ in an effort to leverage his questionable success into a war against the GOP establishment that will change Washington, but will destroy conservatism in the process.

While I clearly support giving RINOs like McConnell and his band of establishment flunkies the boot, I don’t support it being done at all costs. I want to see the GOP replaced with conservatism, but that’s not what Bannon offers. Bannon offers Trumplicanism, which is just another big-government Republicrat approach to politics that embraces the establishment while simultaneously making it worse.

Like many evangelicals, Bannon supported Moore despite the ethical questions because Moore wasn’t part of the establishment. But in the aftermath of Moore’s defeat, and as Bannon reloads for another round of battle against the GOP establishment, it’s important to remember that opposition to the Republican machine isn’t enough.

America needs men and women of character and conviction to replace the GOP establishment. Without that, we’re doomed.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

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To: Brumar89 who wrote (127)12/14/2017 12:58:07 PM
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Thomas Sowell: “There was a time when someone who publicly mocked a handicapped man would have told us all we needed to know about his character. . .”

We knew all we needed to about Trump before the election.

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From: Brumar891/25/2018 5:53:56 PM
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"The Babylon Bee" founder creates "Drudge Report, but for Christians"

Love it already:







State of OR to now provide trans inmates 'hormone therapy,' 'gender confirmation surgery'

Nah, nothing can go wrong there.

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From: Brumar892/10/2018 1:47:47 PM
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'Abraham Lincoln was among the many Americans disturbed at the rise of the nativist movement as he explained in an 1855 letter: “As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it ‘all men are created equal, except negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘all men are created equal, except negroes and foreigners and Catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty—to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”'

Party of Lincoln, not Party of Trump

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From: Brumar892/11/2018 8:06:13 PM
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Special elections portend extinction of Republicrats and Trumplicans
by David Leach • February 8, 2018

Yesterday we learned how Republicans and Democrats joined hands to obliterate any semblance of fiscal responsibility to create a two-year budget pact that adds trillions of bankruptcy-inducing dollars to our already-unsustainable national debt.

The budget fiasco is just the latest example of how Republicans and Democrats have morphed into one indistinguishable #unibrow party, where party labels serve merely as masquerade costumes to be worn every election season and then stowed away until needed again.

As if the evolutionary reality of Republicans becoming Republicrats isn’t destructive enough, the election of a life-long liberal to the presidency has given rise to a new species of swamp monster—the Trumplican.

Together, Republicrats and Trumplicans roam America’s habitat of liberty and freedom in search of conservatives and other lovers of the Constitution to devour. Amazingly, Republicrats and Trumplicans believe that devouring the parts of the GOP that refuse to adapt will ensure their survival, but evidence would indicate that their extinction is all but certain.

Yesterday, a special election was held in Missouri where Democrat Mike Revis beat his Republican opponent in a district Trump won by 28 points. This surprising victory is the 35th state legislative seat to be flipped from red to blue nationwide since Trump became president and comes on the heels of a series of national losses for the GOP.

I have long advocated that the Republican party of Ronald Reagan is essentially dead and can no longer be considered the home of Conservatives. While there remains a remnant of conservatism in the GOP, people such as myself realize that we can no longer co-exist with Republicrats and Trumplicans and that only by charting a new path can we hope to return America to her Constitutional roots.

While this reality is a hard row to hoe, there are conservatives who are willing to lay it all on the line in defense of their principles. David Cort, a 2018 candidate for the Missouri State Senate, recently announced that he’s leaving the GOP and will run instead as an Independent. In a press release posted on his Facebook account, Cort stated:

“I know it’s the right thing to do, it’s the principled thing to do. You cannot identify the Republican party as part of the problem and then ask to become a part of the problem.”

Well said, Mr. Cort. Well said.

While it’s tempting to write off state elections as insignificant, GOP leaders like Paul Ryan are sounding the alarm over the string of Democrat victories since November 2016, and for good reason. If Democrats continue flipping these elections, they will not only take back Congress in 2018, but the potential loss of hundreds seats will put Democrats in control of state legislatures ahead of 2020. If that happens, Democrats will be in charge of the next round of congressional redistricting—something that Barack Obama and Eric Holder have already been working on.

By the way, if you’re tempted to write off Dave Cort’s decision as some sort of ineffective grandstanding, consider the words of former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill who once said, “All politics is local.” The change America needs will begin at the local level, and conservatives like Dave Cort can be the foundation of that change.

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To: Brumar89 who wrote (131)2/11/2018 8:07:18 PM
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Republicans join Democrats to spend more money and bankrupt America
by David Leach • February 7, 2018

When the Budget Control Act of 2011 passed in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, then-House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan praised the bill as a “positive step forward in getting government spending under control.” In an official statement, Paul also said:

“The Budget Control Act represents a victory to those committed to controlling government spending and growing our economy … The agreement, while far from perfect, underscores the extent to which the new House Majority has successfully changed Washington’s culture of spending.

“No longer can Washington endlessly spend money it does not have.”

Well, as Mary Hopkin once sang in the ‘60’s, “ Those Were the Days.”

The Budget Control Act was designed to put caps on spending with a trigger for automatic across-the-board spending cuts (sequester) to be applied whenever the caps were exceeded. Still, the GOP has repeatedly passed legislation—usually when an election is approaching—to lift the caps without the consequences of the sequester, thus making it possible for Washington to do what Ryan claimed could no longer be done . . . spend money it doesn’t have.

In fact, Ryan earned a spot in the Gutless On Principles Hall of Shame for the part he personally played in getting the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 passed—a bill that “temporarily” suspended the sequester in order to raise spending limits.

The GOP has displayed a shocking, yet typical, willingness to abandon fiscal responsibility since 2011—a habit so-called deficit hawk conservatives in the House Freedom Caucusnow embrace. And with the self-proclaimed King of Debt now occupying the White House, current budget negotiations confirm that this trend will continue.

Despite the recent announcement that the government will borrow nearly $1 trillion this fiscal year—an 85 percent increase over last year and the most borrowed in 6 years—Paul Ryan and his cohort in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, are on the verge of once again lifting spending caps to get a deal done with the Democrats before the current temporary spending bill expires tomorrow.

If successful, the budget will be set for the next two years. Hey, that’s another election year. Coincidence?

In 2011, Paul Ryan stated that the GOP had changed Washington’s culture of spending, and in a way, he told the truth because there’s an old saying that tells us how the more things change, the more they stay the same. So, when it comes to the federal budget, anytime the GOP tells you they have changed Washington, it means they will continue doing as they always have.

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From: Brumar892/12/2018 12:37:39 PM
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Republicans Announce Plan To Pretend To Be Fiscally Conservative Again The Moment A Democrat Takes Office

[ Sarcasm from the Babylon Bee that isn't even sarcasm. The only point of sarcasm is it has Republicans admitting the actual program. ]
February 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—During a budgetary discussion Friday, Republican lawmakers announced a plan to pretend to be fiscally conservative again if a Democrat takes office again in 2020 or 2024.

The GOP said it would begin to decry deficit spending and the $20 trillion debt in order to win votes as soon as political power swung back to the opposing party.

“The second a Democrat is back in the White House, we will once again start yelling about fiscal responsibility,” Speaker Paul Ryan said in an address to the House of Representatives Friday. “For now, we will continue to vote for unsustainable and irresponsible budgets that your children’s children’s children will pay for for centuries to come.”

At publishing time, Republicans further announced they would pretend to oppose giving Planned Parenthood a half billion dollars year after year once they need conservative voters’ support to regain their offices.

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