Saturday, October 22, 2016

We must do better against Hillary than we did against Obama

Before we talk about Hillary Clinton, let’s talk briefly about Donald Trump. I’m not in the camp that believes he’s definitely going to lose the election despite all of the media indicators such as polls and buzz. That doesn’t mean I’m calling this election rigged, but I’m also not going to fall victim to the experience and common sense that told us long ago Trump couldn’t win the primary, either. This is a weird election year, so dismissing Trump before the fat lady sings is foolish.

With that said, let’s discuss the more likely scenario: President Hillary. Mark Levin is calling for preparations for impeachment. He’s right, but that cannot be our only recourse against the disastrous liberalism she will attempt to rain down on the country. Impeaching anyone, especially a President, is extremely difficult. While some plan for that attempt, let’s tale a look at the other things conservatives must do to save the country from Hillary.

2018 starts November 9th

As Captain America said in Avengers: Age of Ultron, “You get killed… walk it off.”

It doesn’t matter what happens in the Senate, House, and in state races on November 8th. Take a breath, eat a burger, wrap yourself in good ol’ American patriotism and get to work the next day. If the GOP retains a majority in Congress, pretend like it’s on the verge of dissolving. We have to push forward with our conservative philosophies intact in order to defend America and the righteous cause of freedom. Hillary is going to try to take those freedoms away. The left will try to take majorities or expand on the ones they already have.

This election cycle has been physically and emotionally draining. Take whatever brief actions you need to take and then get back in the ring.

Do not accept the bending and breaking Congress did for Obama

In Obama’s first term, we were told early on that we needed to have majorities in order to fight him, so we won the GOP the House in 2010. We were then told it wasn’t enough, that we needed the Senate as well, so we gave them a majority in the Senate in 2014. What have they done in two years with a majority in both chambers? Nothing. We have seen no difference in Obama’s policies. Spending has increased. The Republican-controlled Congress gave Obama everything he wanted.

Regardless of who controls Congress after the election, it’s imperative for conservatives to impede Hillary’s liberal efforts with every ounce of their being. Senator Ted Cruz shut down the government over Obamacare without a majority in 2013 and then the Senate take the majority a year later. That is the type of leadership that will be needed to halt Clinton’s moves.

It’s important to understand that Clinton is left of Obama in many areas, but she’s to the right of him in others. Republicans should not impede every move. They simply need to impede the liberal moves. Does that mean I expect Clinton to have some conservative perspectives? No. Of course not. But then again, I didn’t expect Obama to have any, either, and he did from time to time. We have to oppose for the sake of America, not simply to stop Hillary. In the rare circumstance where she wants to do something good, the GOP (and America) should support her.

Don’t worry. It won’t happen often.

Be bold

Conservatives have a tendency of being bold when it counts the most. When they’re opposing liberals, they fight as hard as they can. However, they also tend to go partisan when it comes to less-than-conservative issues. We have to be bold and conservative across the board. That means when Mitch McConnell does nothing to stop the giveaway of the internet, we need him to know we disapprove. When Congress sends a spending bill through that pays for every liberal program under the sun, we need to give them hell over it. When they let people like John Koskinen get away with their crimes without impeachment because they fear election attacks, we must prove their theory wrong.

It’s hard for conservatives to ever vote against the GOP because they’re almost always to the right of Democrats. However, we have absolutely no leverage over them. They know we’ll vote for them and reluctantly support them because the alternative is worse. We need to be able to pull them to the right or else. That’s why it’s time to…

Build a new party

Conservatives need a party of their own. There are rumors of other parties being built. That’s great. Let’s unite. We have one that is growing and vibrant today even though it won’t officially launch until after the election.

If the Republicans know that we’ll support conservatives whether they run for the GOP or not, we’ll have leverage. We’ll select the conservatives in races and support them all the way through. If they get the GOP nomination, we’ll support them. If they don’t get the GOP nomination, we’ll let them run under our umbrella and still support them. This is an important concept to understand because it gives the GOP an incentive to support the conservative. We must stand tall and stick with the conservative no matter what. If the GOP loses an election or two over split votes, they’ll quickly learn that the only way to consolidate the vote is by supporting the conservative.

That’s an oversimplified variation of the strategy, but it should make sense.

The only way we can survive the wave of liberalism that is flooding the country is if we unite behind our righteous conservative philosophies. Hillary Clinton will be a disaster, but we can make it through her term just as we made it through Obama. We didn’t come out unscathed and there will be damage done over the next four years regardless of who wins the Presidential election, but if we stand strong behind our beliefs, we’ll be able to move America back in the right direction.

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A Biblical worldview of abortion and why we shouldn’t argue from experiences alone

This election cycle has brought abortion back into the national spotlight where it belongs. Unfortunately, it was barely mentioned until the final Presidential debate. Even worse, the answers from both candidates were different degrees of wrong.

We’re not here to judge whether Donald Trump’s unwillingness to go beyond nominating conservatives in his “fight” against abortion was good enough. We’re not even going to condemn that militantly pro-abortion perspective that Hillary Clinton has adopted. Instead, we need to have a better understanding of the nature of the fight we face.

First, here’s a 42-minute video of Voddie Baucham discussing the issue followed by my input. If you have to choose between the two for the sake of time, watch the video. His perspectives are much more important and compelling.

Here’s what we need to understand. We will never be able to win the war against abortion in America (and eventually the world) if we continue to fight from the wrong perspectives. The Biblical perspective is the truth and is very clear in its lessons. We have to start fighting from that perspective even if we’re not talking to Christians. The standard practice is for pro-lifers to argue from either personal experience or by taking on the moral question of life itself. We tend to use science to show that preborn babies in the womb are alive. We try to use statistics about how would-be mothers get depressed after abortions. We use personal stories of women who chose not to abort their babies despite pressure from their doctors and/or families only to have fulfilled lives as a result of giving birth.

These are the wrong core arguments. They have their place in the discussion, but they can’t replace the core Biblical perspective. Even for non-believers, the core Biblical perspective of a human’s right to live rings true through every reasonable ethical paradigm. A preborn child is a life that is unable to defend itself, therefore those who have the ability to defend it are bound to do so. Period. When we break from that perspective and start laying down guidelines about when life actually begins or what circumstances allow for exceptions to the rule of life itself, we’re fighting the wrong core fight. There’s nothing wrong with taking the fight to their turf; the isolation they create for themselves means that giving them home field advantage is our only way to make our argument in most cases. However, we are not obligate to only use the weapons they have given themselves: stories, statistics, and political definitions. Our weapon is the morality that permeates throughout history’s best established philosophies and that is made absolute through the primacy of our Bible.

The fact that they don’t agree with our Biblical premise does not mean we are forced to argue only based upon their premises. They can pick the venue. We must pick our own weapons and our own combat strategies. Otherwise, we’re going to continue to spin our wheels as we have been for over 50 years.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

On a national level, the conservative base must be built from the House

2017 is going to mark several “beginnings” for conservatives. Establishment Republicans will try to push their reset button after trouncing conservatives and getting partially trounced by Democrats. Conservative Republicans will begin to rebuild their momentum after hitting the Establishment roadblock that halted many Tea Party candidates and their agendas. Libertarians will try to rebuild after failing miserably in the year that gave them the best shot of hitting the debate floor and making an impact in national elections. Smaller conservative parties like the Constitution Party will begin their rebranding after failing to be a blip on the radar again.

Another classification of beginnings will also launch. I’ve heard from at least a dozen different attempts at forming new parties. Some, such as Rick Wilson’s crew, will attempt to build new moderate and pragmatic version of the GOP that can prepare candidates in the vein of Jeb Bush, John McCain, and Marco Rubio. Their main goal is to bring down the scourge of the alt-right that has infiltrated the Republican Party. Others, such as ours conservative party, will attempt to work from the true right to bring Constitutional conservatism roaring back to national prominence, It’s this new beginning that I want to focus on here.

Our plans are to launch after this election and prepare candidates from the ground up. We want city council members. We want mayors. We want school board members. We want leaders at the local level who can help to build coalitions of conservatives among the base in preparation for bigger things to come. It must be a rapid ascension; regardless of who wins this Presidential election, we intend to be a force when the next Presidential election rolls around. To do this, we have to build the base and expand to state and national races. The only realistic way to make an impact nationally is to focus first on the House of Representatives.

This is more than just for the sake of party prudence. It’s the House that has the highest concentration of conservatives through the Freedom Caucus and other groups that are able to influence the direction. This needs to grow. Over time, it needs to embrace our voters as their base. Today, this seems like a huge challenge, but the pace at which we’re growing is nothing short of spectacular. We’re picking up thousands of handraisers per week without having officially launched. We don’t even have our official name chosen yet. This preliminary momentum is exponentially higher than we projected when we started the project in August. By comparison, some of the other “parties” that we’ve been monitoring have failed to pick up a fraction of our size and momentum.

What does this tell us? We’re on the right track. Our focus on the core principles of life, freedom, and smaller federal government fill a need that’s currently not being met by the GOP, Libertarians, or any of the smaller parties. It’s not about policies; every variation of a conservative party has the same basic focus points. The difference is that we’re approaching this with a plan of action and a message of hope shrouded in reality.

The House of Representatives is the only part of the federal government that can rapidly shift. With the entire body elected every two years, it’s conceivable to put forth winners in 2018 and grab GOP defectors before 2020. The conservative wing of the House has great people. Many of them may be willing to switch to our party once it’s clear that we have enough voters behind us. This is why organizing it all is so imperative. This is why we’re starting now.

There’s so much more to bring up but until we’re officially launched, it’s all just a blueprint. Once we get this rolling after the election, things will move rapidly. We need to get as many handraisers signed up for updates as possible before then.If you’re ready to make an impact by bringing conservatism back to the forefront of American political thought, please consider signing up.


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2008 video of Trump gushing over Hillary shows why you can’t believe anything he says

Today, Donald Trump goes after everything that has to do with Hillary Clinton. He’s been accused of being hypocritical in his attacks since he was admittedly a friend of the Clintons for decades, but he claims that he never really discussed much about their politics.

A newly uncovered interview from 2008 paints a very different story.

“I think she’s going to go down at a minimum as a great Senator,” he said. “I think she is a great wife to a President and I think Bill Clinton was a great President.”

It’s important to understand that this was not Trump simply being polite to friends. He laid down praise on top of praise in an attempt to prove his case that the Clinton years were wonderful and Hillary deserves more. He went so far as to point out specifics with the economy and foreign relations that made it clear he approved of Bill Clinton’s actions and leadership.

It’s also important to note that the majority of Trump’s attacks against the Clintons are for things that they did before 2008, things that were already well-known about them. He didn’t completely reverse his tune during this election season based upon new information. He simply needs to attack her, so whatever his real feelings are towards them aren’t important.

You can see the video from the source at NY1 here, or you can watch this video apparently ripped from CNN (sorry if it’s taken down before you get to see it, but there are no other quality videos available on YouTube):

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Jerry Falwell Jr. has killed liberty at Liberty University

It’s the job of the President of a university (and every member of the staff, for that matter) to guide and teach students in preparation for their lives as adults living in American and building their dreams. It’s not the job of a President of a university (nor any staff member) to impede students in their education or to prevent them from utilizing their God-given right of expression. Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. allegedly did both.

This has only been corroborated by one source over that Daily Beast, so we won’t declare it as 100% fact yet. However, the circumstances described seem to fit perfectly with how Falwell has acted since being bough by… I mean endorsing Donald Trump for President. Allegedly, an anti-Trump opinion piece was written by one of the columnists at the school’s newspaper. Falwell nixed the piece, citing some lame excuse about how they’re already publishing too much about Trump.

The reality is that the column works against Falwell’s Trumpian agenda. He wants Trump to be President for whatever reason, even bypassing proven Constitutional Christian conservatives in favor of the adulterous, unrepentant Trump. We’re not talking about a Mark Levin or Dennis Prager who fought hard against Trump through the primaries but hopped on board the Trump Train in an effort to stop Hillary Clinton. We’re talking about someone who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Trump to embrace his heretical form of leadership.

They didn’t print the piece. Therefore, we’re going to post it here, courtesy of the Daily Beast. Enjoy…

As a former male athlete, I know exactly what high school guys talk about when they think they are alone. It absolutely can be vulgar and objectifying to women. But here’s the thing — I have never in my life heard guys casually talk about preying on women in a sexual manner.

Trust me, I hated the way the guys talked on the field during practice or in the halls at school. It was downright dirty. Some would call it “locker room talk.” In other words, guys talking about the things they supposedly did with their girls. The conversation never turned to the things they were going to do to a girl.

While I do not condone premarital sexual activity, guys talking about the things they do with their girlfriends is part of today’s culture. On the other hand, when a guy talks about what they are going to do to a girl, that is when it is no longer locker room talk, but pre-meditated sexual assault.

Some examples of this kind of talk are “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.” This is not a joke. Men do not casually say things like this. This is not locker room talk. Anyone who says otherwise is just trying to excuse the terrible things they or others have said.

If a high school male was heard talking like this, I would hope appropriate action would be taken. This might involve counseling and some sort of punishment. Not because punishment would magically fix what he said, but to ensure he understands the severity of what he said. So he understands that sexual assault is not a joke. So he understands that women are to be cherished, not spoken of as property.

But when an adult in his late ‘50s says things like “when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” that should be a major red flag. “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks,” Luke 6:45.

The things that come out of a man’s mouth when his guard is down is probably what is in his heart.

With that said, everyone deserves forgiveness for things that seem to be in the past. But in this instance, the words said do not seem to truly be in the past. He was never accosted for his atrocious words. And most importantly, it seems the words spoken are par for the course.

Donald Trump may have issued an apology for the words he said, but the fact that he can brush them off with a description of “locker room talk,” tells me that he does not believe what he said is truly bad. It tells me that this man says things like this all the time, because it is casual talk to him.

Ladies, please hear me when I say the words spoken by Trump are not normal. That is not what decent men talk about. Not even in high school. You mean so much more than that, and you deserve so much better than that.

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If you’ve thrown in the towel for conservatism, pick it back up

Every day, there’s a feeling of dread that comes over me. It’s quick; I’ve learned to recognize it and either think through it if it’s mild or pray through it if it’s severe. The dread I feel is that the country and the world may be heading in directions from which we can never return. The road leading left. The direction of lawlessness. The path away from God.

Most days, I receive a stark reminder that we, the Christian Constitutional conservatives who once made up a large portion of America, are being assaulted from every angle. Liberalism has embedded itself in education and the media. Godlessness is en vogue. Perhaps worst of all, many of the once-diligent fighters for freedom and faith are cutting deals, making exceptions, and accepting that any attempts at purity or principles are futile and therefore we must sacrifice our values for the sake of expediency.

Some days, I think about throwing in the towel. I wonder what it would be like to move out of southern California to a secluded area away from the struggles. I could just focus on my family and my business and stay away from the tumult of politics and world events.

Today, I’m throwing away the towel altogether. Throwing it in the ring and declaring surrender is no longer an option and I encourage every God-fearing, America-loving person to do the same. This is a fight that will continue whether we defend ourselves or not. It’s a battle that will find its way into our personal backyards regardless of where we go or how well we prepare. We are in a time of world war in which the enemy wants to take away our principles. They want compliance. When they have enough people complying, they will demand obedience. Soon after they have obedience, the sole of their boots will be on our necks, a position from which we cannot recover.

I will not comply.

Faith, family and country are worth protecting. Retreat is not an option. They will find us no matter where we go. As we look at an upcoming election that will almost certainly give us one of two anti-freedom Presidents, the pressing need to be better and do more has increased. We must unite and fight. The Republican Party will no longer defend us as their leftward lurch has made it hard to distinguish them from Democrats. There are fighters within the party who can help, but they’re few and far between.

This is a call to all patriots, but in particular it’s a call to those who have thrown in their political towels. You, the people who have bled and wept for your country only to see it press onward towards oblivion, are the people who cannot give up hope. You must pick up your towel and get back in this fight. If nobody represents you in government, let’s put better people in there. If you’ve fought for good people who were pushed aside for more pragmatic/liberal alternatives, push forward for the next fight.

It’s not just about elections. This is about calling out those who push liberalism. It’s about calling out those who claim the conservative mantle during elections but who toss it aside while in office. It’s about declaring with a unified voice that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are still in play and therefore still require defense.

We are building a new party. It will be one based solely on principles. The conservative philosophy of defending our God-given rights has no real champions in party form. There are good Libertarians. There are good Constitution Party members. There are even good Republicans. However, no party has risen above the hypocrisy to focus its efforts on principles. That’s what we’re going to do. Pick up your towel and join us.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

The two driving forces behind Trump’s claims of fraud and media bias

There’s a real fear manifesting around newsrooms and in government conference rooms around the country. Donald Trump and many of his top surrogates are hammering two ideas: voter fraud is going to steal the election from him and media bias is so rampant that the polls (which he once touted) are false.

Regarding the latter, I wholeheartedly agree. The media is biased in favor of Democrats. It’s important to note that they’re not biased specifically against Republicans; they hate Libertarians, socialists, Green Party candidates, and anyone who doesn’t have the (D) next to their name. Of course, that means that their arch nemeses are anyone with the letter (R) next to their name, but it’s important to understand that they stand supporting Democrats rather than opposing Republicans. It’s subtle, but it’s important, particularly as we strive to build a new conservative party.

With that out of the way, let’s address the former: voter fraud. Does it happen? Absolutely. Is it enough to swing an election? In some cases, yes. Is it enough to swing this election? Not at all. Unless something bigger than anything in Wikileaks’ bag of tricks comes out soon, Hillary Clinton is going to win many states that were once considered swing states by very large margins. If we’re being generous, voter fraud can account for a percentage point or two (though it’s usually much less than that). Spreading the notion that Trump would win Pennsylvania without voter fraud when polls show him down by nearly 7 points is ludicrous. This is why the media bias plays. He can’t just say the votes were rigged when he loses. He has to point out that the polls were rigged ahead of time as well.

The question that everyone seems to be asking is “why?” I’ll sound pompous by saying this, but it’s been blatantly obvious for months. Trump doesn’t care if he wins or loses the election. He has a win-win scenario. If anything, he is much better off if he loses the election. His long-time goal of having a Trump media empire to play with until he dies and to solidify his kids’ future is in play today. He knows that he needs video of Hillary Clinton killing baby animals to be leaked in order to have better than 6-1 odds of winning this thing. That’s the biggest reason that his rhetoric has been sharply shifted towards blaming everyone in recent weeks. He blames the GOP. He blames the crooked media. He’s pre-blaming voter fraud.

All of this is a setup to secure a lucrative mandate from his fervent base to get all the backing he needs for his media empire.

The GOP is crooked, so he needs Steve Bannon to clean them up. The media is crooked, so he needs Sean Hannity to set them straight. The system is broken, so he needs a platform to set it straight. This election has been his launching pad for something even bigger than the Presidency. This is a play for real, permanent power. He wants what Rupert Murdoch has, which is sad considering that Murdoch’s team is partially responsible for building what could become their most direct competitor.

This is also why I get annoyed by questions like, “Why is Trump’s son-in-law discussing creating a Trump television network?” The answer has been right there in front of us all since a couple of months after he launched his campaign. I suspect there are plenty of people who saw it coming before he even launched.

Does this mean that he’s trying to throw the election? No. He wants to win. He’s been trying to win. However, he’s been holding his media empire in his back pocket the whole time. It’s enabled him to get where he is today. He’s not a bold “straight talker” because that’s just his personality. Most don’t give him enough credit to realize that he’s cunning and calculating. He’s been able to take risks with his actions and words that are only possible when someone knows they have a safety net waiting down below if they fall off the edge. He wasn’t attempting to cheat political death when he made his bombastic attacks starting on day one. He needed the attention. If the attention won him the election, so be it. If it lost him the election, so be it. Either way, he wins in the end.

The second reason that he’s making all of these claims is because his ego demands it. He’s a winner. Every loss must be spun as a win. He didn’t fail with his multiple business collapses or bankruptcies. He wants us all to believe he was brilliant, making moves and staying a step ahead of disaster the whole time. The whining against voter fraud and media bias are simply scapegoats he’s creating so he can look an interviewer in the eye and said that he would have won if the system had been fair.

In retrospect, it’s clear that Trump was inevitable. He was going to do the damage he’s done to this country whether we liked it or not. It’s a bonus for him that he found enough people to like it. Now, he has a base that will follow him long enough to put their credit cards into his subscription-based media model. Love him or hate him, the way he’s played the party and the country is a masterpiece.

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Actions or words? Trump supporters and detractors can’t make up their minds

Which is it? Do we listen to Trump’s words? Do we look at his actions? Do we believe his promises for the future or his history? Depending on the issue and the person you’re asking, you can bet that the reactions will be mixed. What none of them can say (without being in denial) is that we should look at both. Why? Because with Donald Trump, his actions vs words as well as his past vs promised future rarely match.

Supporters want us to judge him by his actions (having not been caught sexually assaulting women) and not his words (bragging to Billy Bush about sexually assaulting women). On the other hand, they want us to believe his promises (he says he’s pro-life, pro-gun, and will follow Republican economic growth principles) and not his history (he supported abortion, endorsed gun bans, and declared the economy worked better under Democrats).

Reverse those and you’ll see what his detractors want us to believe. They say his words about sexual assault mean that he obviously has performed the actions (though they didn’t think the same about Bill Clinton). They say his history as a liberal Democrat is meaningless since his rhetoric is to their right of their ideology.

Both sides like to pick and choose when to believe his words and when to credit his actions. Of course, the same can be said about Hillary Clinton. Imagine having a GOP nominee who could stay out of the media spotlight long enough for focus to fall on her numerous shortcomings.

Note regarding this site

Over the last few months, the majority of my political attention has been placed at The New Americana. My personal blog, Soshable, has even taken a hit as I’ve been working on the launch of the new conservative party and helping to keep the news up and running on the site. With the addition of a new editor coming on board (hopefully) soon, we’ll be able to put more effort into getting this site back in shape.

The goal will be to highlight our reactions to stories we see on other sites as well as to give short tidbits of opinions about the news. Yes, there may still be some longer posts, but the primary intention of this site is to keep it short and sweet (as you can see above). Keep checking back. God willing, we’ll get this site back to the glory days when it was drawing a pretty hefty number of visitors.

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Reviving Conservative Haven

There was a time when this site showed promise of actually being something special. Traffic to the site was on a continuous rise. Writers were coming on board. It was going to be the place where conservatives could go and know that, despite the dreaded plague of liberalism throughout mainstream media, they could get a proper right-leaning perspective on the world.

Things happened. We launched a conservative news aggregator to combat the alt-right tendencies and mega-Trump-love coming from the big boy at Drudge Report. I still have a family to feed and a business to run, so this site fell through the cracks. For months, we’ve only managed a handful of posts.

That’s changing. We are in the process of bringing on a new full-time editor at The New Americana, so some of the writers and I will be able to put more emphasis on this site. The goal is to keep it relatively short here; more in-depth articles and commentaries will go on The New Americana while I’ll put my other longer writings at Soshable. Here, we’ll focus on reactions to the news rather than simply reporting the news itself.

Please check back often. We’re going to try to update it multiple times per day. I can promise that the talented writers posting here will have authoritative voices and fresh perspectives on the news. I’ve worked with many of them to harness their skills for discerning the truth and telling it from a conservative lens. Hopefully, you’ll find some pretty amazing content here regularly.

Stay tuned!

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