Tag: Establishment Republicans

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This is page one of the “Intermediate Level U.S. History since 1900” workbook, used to prepare for the citizenship exam. What, if anything, do you think current 8-12th graders, and college students would put down in each block, before peeking or asking Siri or Alexa? If you let either of those spirits into your home, […]

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It’s been very disheartening to see conservative writers who I respect and enjoy turn angry, as is somewhere along the way we forgot the “Happy” part of “Happy Warriors” and decided to concentrate on the “war” part instead. For instance, up until a few years ago, “Ace,” the chief Ewok over at Ace of Spades, […]

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A group of 70 mostly liberal and entirely obscure Republicans have written a harshly-worded letter to the RNC urging them to pull them plug on all funding to Trump’s candidacy and use that money to prop up vulnerable Republican incumbents. Signers include former Congressman Vin Weber who longs for the days when Republicans were a […]

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Republicans senators (not all of them) are finally showing their willingness to fight for Constitutional principles by writing an amicus brief opposing the Obama Executive Amnesty program they voted to fully fund not even six months ago. They wrote a legal brief. A whole legal brief! Such courage! (Wipes tear from eye). Where do the Republicans find such noble and courageous […]

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Over at NRO, Michael Tanner of the CATO Institute writes one of those “The Economy Is Just Skippy, Free Trade Is Awesome” columns that is peculiar to people who work in Think Tanks and have little contact with blue collar working class people. I won’t take issue with his thesis that America actually has a […]

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Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona and the Gang of Eight is one of two Republican senators accompanying President Obama to the socialist gulag of Cuba. (The other is Nevada’s Dean Heller.) Here’s Senator Flake’s explanation:

“We’re not embracing Cuba,” he said. “We’re actually, finally, imposing a get tough policy, because we’re going to expose them to American values and commerce.”

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Those of us of a Libertarian bent may have some difficulty understanding why Trump’s authoritarian streak, his incitement of violence against those who protest him, and the thug-like behavior of some of his followers don’t seem to be affecting his poll numbers, or his path to the nomination. What we are missing is how Trump’s bullying persona […]

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This week, the GOP Congress granted Obama almost all of the domestic spending increases he wanted along with a blank check to run up the Federal through 2017. Fiscal conservatism is no longer a Republican core value, if it ever even was. We all remember, with varying degrees of shock and horror, the explosion of […]

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1. The 2014 Mississippi Senate Primary: In order to stop Tea Party Conservative Chris McDaniel from unseating Thad Cochrane, a superannuated Washington lover of pork spending (who didn’t even want to run for re-election), the GOP establishment ran a ruthless campaign of attacks and dirty tricks, and when those failed, they openly courted Democrat voters to cross over into a Republican primary. (The GOP-E also intervened in Kentucky and Kansas to protect moderate establishment Republicans from conservative opponents.)

2. Funding Obamacare and Executive Amnesty: In 2015, the GOP Congress voted to fully fund Obamacare and Obama’s Executive Amnesty, despite campaigning in 2014 on a promise to defund both. Defunding them against an entrenched Democrat administration was always unlikely. However, the GOP-E went beyond failure by attacking conservative Congressmen and Senators who fought to defund them as extremists who were siding with terrorists.

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The scene: Somewhere in the northeastern United states, a trio of men, familiar to each other by their Skull and Bones nicknames meet in a quiet upstairs room of a club with no name on the outside. They sit on fortunes built over generations as their families successfully transitioned to Finance from mills, and from […]

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Paul_Ryan_by_Gage_Skidmore_3Is Rep. Paul Ryan now an Establishment RINO squish? This piece in National Review explains that Ryan is now deemed unacceptable to lead House Republicans because of his past immigration stances. Yes, border security is paramount. Yes, this means that we should apply additional pressure on the Republican leadership to make sure they don’t try the “comprehensive” approach with President Obama.

But let’s be realistic. Obama has just over a year, and that isn’t going to happen. So the goal should be to find someone who can unify Republicans on a strategy that will force Obama to accept popular conservative positions (okay, not likely), as well as force Obama to defend unpopular leftist positions, thwart Obama’s executive ambitions, and create popular support for conservative policies. Ryan is uniquely qualified to do this.

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The GOP Establishment has been excusing their rubber-stamping of Obama’s entire agenda by saying “Nothing will change until we get a Republican president.” But how can conservatives be sure the next GOP president will advance a conservative agenda — which for our purposes we will define in terms of reducing Government spending; eliminating, reforming or at […]

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Linda Chavez has an editorial over at National Review chiding conservatives for defending Donald Trump and extolling the virtues of Mexican immigrants. I don’t want to argue the points made in the article. I just find it interesting that there is a certain section of the Republican Establishment (paging John Ellis Bush) that finds it […]

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