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  • Trump again blames 'many sides' in Charlottesville violence [Right on.]

    08/15/2017 3:41:42 PM PDT · by familyop · 48 replies
    UPI ^ | 15AUG17 | Allen Cone
    Aug. 15 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his initial response that "many sides" were involved in the violent confrontation between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va. "You had a group on one side that was mad, and you had a group on the other side that was violent," Trump told reports at Trump Tower in New York. "Nobody wants to say that, but I'll say that." He noted it was a "fine statement" Saturday even though Republicans and Democrats criticized him for not specifically condemning those who staged the demonstration in the city. Trump said he...
  • Carly Fiorina On The Future Of The United States

    08/13/2017 1:38:58 PM PDT · by ChessExpert · 39 replies
    Uncommon Knowledge, Hoover Institution ^ | May 11th, 2017 | Interview
    Well, first, when I announced my candidacy for the presidency, I reminded people that Gallup has been asking a very specific question to the American people for decades, do you think the federal government is incompetent, and corrupt? 80% of the American people say yes. 80% of us think the federal government's incompetent and corrupt, which means that Republicans, Democrats, independents, we all kind of agree on that. Well, if you think you want more incompetent, corrupt government, then please, vote for Hillary Clinton, because clearly that's what she would've brought, more. More politics, more corruption, more big government, more...
  • The Francification of America: The American Le Pen and the French-style Realignment

    08/10/2017 12:16:22 PM PDT · by Mafe · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | August 10, 2017 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    To say that Donald Trump is a kind of American version of Jean-Marie and Marine Le Pen, the French populist leaders, has become a bit of a cliché. What is more interesting is what it means for where America is headed. But first, let us rehearse the case for Trump being the American Le Pen. We can check off the list. There is the rhetoric: the over-the-top nationalism (Trump calls for “America First,” Marine Le Pen’s consigliere wants to rebrand her National Front party as “The Patriots”), the xenophobia, as distinguished from sensible immigration restrictionism, complete with not-so-naked ethnic appeals...
  • Anti-Trumpers Need To Fire On The Real Enemy Instead Of On Conservatives

    08/10/2017 6:50:20 AM PDT · by libstripper · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Aug. 9, 2017 | D. C. Mcllister
    We hoped they would go away after the election. We hoped they would stop their whining and grandstanding once Donald Trump took office. We hoped they would accept defeat and embrace our Republican president, that they would hold him accountable regarding policy and support any effort to right the ship that has been lurching toward the brink for decades.
  • The REAL reason for GOP hypocrisy

    07/20/2017 7:43:29 AM PDT · by 198ml · 23 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 7/20/17 | Jeff Lord
    So, when it was impossible to repeal or replace or do anything about Obamacare because President Obama was in the Oval Office with his veto pen?  As the Daily Caller noted here: “Forty-eight current Republican senators supported the 2015 Obamacare repeal bill, including Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.”  Then? Then the unexpected, as explained here by Republican Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey recently. The headline: “Sen. Pat Toomey on health care delay: I didn't think Trump would win presidency.” The story saying, in part, this: “‘I didn't expect Donald Trump to win. I think most of my...
  • Even the intellectual left is drawn to conspiracy theories about the right. Resist them.

    07/14/2017 4:35:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Vox ^ | July 14, 2017 | Henry Farrell and Steven Teles
    It’s always hard in politics for people to take their opponents’ views seriously, but it has become ever harder in Trump’s America. People are more engaged with politics, but only because they want to beat the other side, not understand it. This means scholars have a greater responsibility than ever to help ordinary citizens understand how the people with whom they disagree think, and what their political opponents are actually doing. Most scholars get this. For example, political scientists and historians, who tend to range from the political center to the left wing, have written extensively about the origins and...
  • Vanity - Trump's Conservatism

    07/03/2017 9:34:17 AM PDT · by Moe-Patrick · 17 replies
    Self | 7/3/17 | Self
    It seems that Trump's actions are more conservative than those of actual Conservatives. Cutting cost, de-regulations, asking for an ACA repeal, shrinking EPA, supporting Christiananity, helping vets, backing the military, addressing illegals and sanctuary cities, investigating voter fraud, budget cuts, cutting waste and fraud, calling out propaganda media, etc. And yet, the so-called conservatives that fought for Obamacare repeal every election don't have the courage to do that now. Nor do they publicly back Trump. Who's the real conservative here? I prefer Trumps conservative actions over any conservative mouth piece. For the hand wringers and pearl clutchers, Trump is fighting...
  • Jeanine Pirro: Opening Statement [It's back to business as usual for GOPe]

    06/17/2017 7:33:10 PM PDT · by AndyJackson · 94 replies
    Twitter: Fox News ^ | 6/17/2017 | Jeanine Pirro
    Summary - Judge Jeanine asks where is GOPe on defending Trump. They are not interested because, for them, getting rid of Trump is a return to business as usual. Hillary as President would have been no problem. Trump is. They think they can get rid of Trump and by the 2018 election everything will be fine
  • The Democrats’ Leftward March

    06/13/2017 11:55:35 AM PDT · by Mafe · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | June 13, 2017 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Both victory and defeat have been radicalizing experiences for the Democratic party during this century. Democrats moved left after losing to George W. Bush; they moved farther left after winning with Barack Obama; and now they seem to be moving farther left still under President Donald Trump. The cumulative effect of all this movement has been to put the party well to the left of where it was during Bill Clinton’s administration. Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign felt it necessary to disavow many of her husband’s old stances, and some of her own. President Clinton signed a tough-on-crime bill; Hillary Clinton...
  • Yes, Virginia (Dare) There Is a Cultural Marxism–And It’s Taking Over Conservatism Inc.

    06/08/2017 6:00:20 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 8 replies
    Asia Cruise News ^ | May 22, 2017 | Paul Gottfried
    The most recent of incident of Cultural Marxist commissars refusing to admit that dissidents are to be treated as fellow citizens is the crazed female professor who accosted the NPI’s Richard Spencer while he was exercising at a Alexandria gym. She, recognizing him from coverage of the election campaign, started haranguing him and calling him a “Nazi.” Instead of having her ejected for this behavior, the gym’s management terminated Spencer’s membership. [Georgetown professor confronts white nationalist Richard Spencer at the gym — which terminates his membership, By Faiz Siddiqui May 21, 2017] Back in 2011 VDARE posted a commentary of...
  • The New York Times tries to torpedo purchase of TV stations by conservatives

    05/13/2017 9:04:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    May 3 2017 New York Times article via newsmachete.com via American Thinker ^ | May 2017 | The New York Times via newsmachete.com Ed Straker
    The Sinclair group, which owns 173 television stations, is in the process of acquiring 42 more, and the New York Times doesn't like that.  It has run a hit piece claiming that Sinclair's local stations produce politically biased news – conservative news, that is – therefore making Sinclair unfit to own more of them. As Sinclair prepares to expand its stable of local TV stations with a proposed acquisition of Tribune Media  –  which would add 42 stations to Sinclair's 173  –  advocacy groups have shown concern about the size and reach the combined company would have. What "advocacy groups" would those be?  Have...
  • What is Real Conservatism, and why is it so important?

    05/01/2017 1:21:12 PM PDT · by davikkm · 7 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    Up to two fifths of Americans describe themselves as Conservatives, and in England that number is roughly the same. The beliefs and principles that relate both the US and UK Conservatives are generally similar, yet any individual definition of what Conservatism means to each person who identifies as such would probably differ greatly. And of course, those who are not Conservative have a very different view as to what principles (if any) underlie its present incarnation. Those on the Left (who would be happy to identify as Liberal) generally define themselves through a core set of “values”. That these are...
  • Ronald Reagan's Lesson for President Trump

    04/30/2017 11:01:07 AM PDT · by drewh · 5 replies
    Newsbsuters/Media Research Center ^ | May 1 2017 ast | Graham and Bozell
    It's something most conservatives a year ago would not have imagined: the opening act of Donald Trump’s agenda in the White House contains a real whiff of Ronald Reagan. To be sure, there's plenty the Reaganites won't like -- talk of trillion-dollar federal building campaigns, taxing business at the border, etc. -- but there's plenty to applaud as well. He’s proposing dramatic across-the-board tax cuts. That’s Reaganesque. He’s reasserting American strength and resolve in response to the dictators who rattle sabers at America. That’s Reaganesque. He’s appointing judges and Supreme Court justices that follow the Constitution instead of acting like...
  • I worked for Mike Pence. Being a woman never held me back.

    04/02/2017 3:15:09 PM PDT · by milton23 · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/1/17 | Mary Vought
    Washington will swallow your soul if you let it. It’s a place where many moral compasses go to die. So maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Vice President of the United States is ridiculed when it’s reported that he’s spent his time in office choosing to live his life differently from the D.C. status quo. Since a Washington Post profile of Karen Pence, the vice president’s wife, appeared last week, critics have obsessed over a single line, which reported that, as of 2002, the vice president doesn’t dine alone with women other than his wife. At the...
  • A new voice for conservatism

    03/27/2017 2:36:04 PM PDT · by TBP · 14 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | March 24 | George Will
    Today's governor, Doug Ducey, is demonstrating the continuing pertinence of the limited-government conservatism with which Sen. Goldwater shaped the modern GOP, after himself being shaped by life in the leave-me-alone spirit of the wide open spaces of near-frontier Arizona. Last year, Ducey, now 52, told National Review, "If you want to learn something new, you need to read something old. As Barry Goldwater wrote in 'Conscience of a Conservative,' 'My aim is not to pass laws, it’s to repeal them.' " Ducey was preaching what he already had practiced. He took office in January 2015, as the Super Bowl was about...
  • Let Us Now Appreciate Paul Ryan’s Utter Failure as a Political Leader

    03/25/2017 5:24:41 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 45 replies
    Slate ^ | 24 Mar 17 | Jordan Weissmann
    As he gave his brief press conference Friday afternoon confirming that Republicans had pulled their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, House Speaker Paul Ryan both looked and sounded like a hangdog high school football coach spilling out a few defeated platitudes after watching his team get ground into the turf. “Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains,” he said, “and, well, we’re feeling those growing pains today.” “We came really close today, but we came up short.” “I will not sugarcoat this. This is a disappointing day for us. Doing...
  • Enough of the Precocious Conservakids!

    03/23/2017 10:57:56 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Mar 23, 2017 | Kurt Schlichter
    For some unfathomable reason, conservatives always seem to get excited when a moderately articulate post-puberty pundit comes along and parrots some simulacrum of conservative doctrine – except it almost always ends up like when my retriever-corgi mix tries to walk on her stubby back legs and we gasp in delight, “Look, Bitey thinks she’s people!” This is not a criticism of young people; it’s a criticism of us grown-ups, and a recognition of reality that keeps biting us on the Jeb. We need to dispense with the cute kid conservative novelty acts and understand that our ideology – unlike liberalism...
  • Some Friendly Advice to My Republican Elders

    03/23/2017 8:48:59 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 27 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 23 Mar, 2017 | JUDAH FRIEDMAN
    If this is the Republicans’ idea of party unity, please take me off your guest list. At best, the Republican Party can, right now, be described as self-destructive, and at worst sheer masochistic. There is no “I” in team but there are two in idiots, and that is how you are all coming across to the American people right now; no, not just to the Democrats, but to your own party. Your lack of loyalty to each other is honestly downright embarrassing, and extremely detrimental. If you need help with understanding the meaning of party unity look no further then...
  • Rand Paul's Obamacare repeal plan gets there — Paul Ryan's doesn't

    03/05/2017 6:15:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 3, 2017 | Adam Brandon
    Republican leadership's plans for the Obamacare repeal were recently leaked, though "repeal" is perhaps too strong a word. "Tweaks" more accurately describes the work of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and other House Republicans. It does not go back to ground zero, where this disaster began. Instead, the plan is to go for "Obamacare Lite." It's simply a different version of Obamacare — a Republican version of Obamacare. It's how President Obama himself might have done it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said, "The best interest of the country would be achieved by pulling out Obamacare, root...
  • RIP, Movement Conservatism

    02/27/2017 5:53:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 76 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 27, 2017 | J.R. Dunn
    Among his other accomplishments, Donald Trump, without ever intending to, has fractured conservatism – something that was long overdue. The American conservative movement has come quite a distance since the middle of the last century, from a small coterie viewed with contempt by the larger culture to the front ranks of a juggernaut that set back the plans of this country’s left-wing collectivists to a degree that its founders would not have considered possible. (Recall William F. Buckley’s statement that the role of conservatism was to “stand athwart history, yelling “stop.” Incredible as it may seem, “history” did stop.) Today,...