Tag: Republicans

Libertarian Success in New Hampshire

 

About 20 years ago, a group of Libertarians realized, quite reasonably, that their numbers were too dispersed to be effective. If they concentrated in a smaller, less-populated state, they had a chance of wielding real political power (instead of being spoilers who helped left-wing Democrats win elections). They chose New Hampshire and began a movement to establish a kind of Libertarian homeland. At first, the establishment ignored them. Then it laughed at them. Then it fought them.  Then they won. (Sort of.)

As of 2021, there are more than 5,000 Free Staters in New Hampshire. Despite their small numbers, they have built a well-funded and organized political apparatus that has elected roughly 45 Republicans to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The libertarians vote as a bloc that, with a slim majority, the party can’t do without. 

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the Fifth U.S. Circuit of Appeals for placing a stay on President Biden’s order mandating vaccinations for everyone at companies employing 100 or more people. They also welcome the latest indictment from the Durham investigation into the origins of the Russian collusion probe and what it may foreshadow about where Durham is focused next. And they fume as 13 House Republicans vote in favor of the bloated $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and save Democrats from even more political dysfunction and embarrassment.

Join Jim and Greg for all good martinis today! First, they celebrate Glenn Youngkin’s win over Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race and other good news for GOP candidates in Virginia. They’re also pleasantly surprised by the very strong showing by Jack Ciattarelli in the New Jersey governor’s race, suggesting Republicans can be competitive just about anywhere next year if they play their cards right. They react to Democrats and liberal media pundits learning nothing from the election results and preparing to double down on the same failed strategies. And they highlight more results from around the country that give conservatives reason to smile.

 

Are You a Target?…or Maybe Just Collateral Damage?

 

There are multiple categories of Americans toward whose interests the Democrats…quite clearly… intend harm.  Are you a member of any of the following  (overlapping) groups of people?

Do you value free speech?…the ability for yourself (and other people) to be able to express your/their views without fear of censorship, mob violence,  job loss, cancellation of financial services, threats of government prosecution?

Republicans: The Virtue of Realism

 

As I sat down to type my nth comment defending the Republican Party against claims that it is useless, has accomplished nothing, and needs to be abandoned, I decided to write a post about it instead.

If the Republican Party were a monarchy, it could announce its intentions and its loyal subjects would fall in line and march as ordered. As king, the Republican Party could use its fiat power to declare that the things it claims to support and believe in — American exceptionalism, limited government, free markets, a strong military, and the Constitution — were sacrosanct; the Party’s subjects would dutifully vote for the Party and elect its candidates.

“Parental Rights” Is the New “Repeal Obamacare”

 

The Republican Party has found a new election marketing strategy based on the idea that parents ought to have some say in what their children are taught in taxpayer-funded public schools. The Washington Post (running interference for a Democrat candidate who gaffed on the issue) adamantly insists “Parents claim they have the right to shape their kids’ school curriculum. They don’t.” Democrats are in the position of claiming it’s completely right and proper to use public schools for social justice and racialist indoctrination, while at the same time calling it a made-up, “phony culture-war” issue that “nobody cares about.” (And then immediately announce the Kamala-Brandon “National Strategy on Gender Equality.“) 

It’s kind of like in 2010 when the Republicans latched onto the unpopularity of Obamacare as their silver bullet to take back the House. They managed to take back the House, but they never actually followed through on the “Repeal and Replace” thing. So, it’s doubtful “parental rights” are anything more than another marketing gimmick.  

Glad Someone Finally Said It

 

Blastfax kudos to Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) for coming out and saying what everybody knows is true but nobody wants to admit.

We are living with exactly what Democrats want.
They want higher gas prices.
They want open borders.
They want massive spending.
They want to make people dependent on government.

Yes, this is what Democrats want. All of it. And they also want the Government to monitor your bank account, the Government to tax you for every mile you drive, the Government to indoctrinate your children that white people are responsible for every injustice in the world, and the Government to label you a domestic terrorist if you speak up against any of it. (OK, to be fair, an awful lot of Republicans want open borders and massive spending, too.) They would also be perfectly happy to keep Covid restrictions in place forever, and, to those who are complaining about the scarcity and high cost of consumer goods, the Democrats and the Washington Post, have a simple message: “Stop complaining and lower your expectations, you peasants.”

If We Can Keep It

 

About 235 years ago a deal was struck in Philadelphia. It was a compromise, an attempt to balance the sometimes conflicting interests of a sprawling new world.

Upon the conclusion of negotiations, Benjamin Franklin said of America’s not-yet-ratified Constitution:

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome a Quinnipiac poll showing Republicans actually leading Democrats on the 2022 generic ballot. They also stunned in disbelief as Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx refuses to press any charges in a fatal gang shootout because the deadly violence involved “mutual combatants” who willingly took part. And they shake their heads as there is considerable disagreement among government officials over whether booster shots are a needed for most people who have been vaccinated.

Join Jim and Greg as they credit Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for tapping the brakes on the effort of Senate Dems to ram through $3.5 trillion in lefty spending priorities without any GOP votes. They also shake their heads as American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten says she will try to get schools open in the fall while adding the new CDC mask guidelines still make her concerned about teacher safety in the classroom. And they throw up their hands as a lot of Senate Republicans vote to advance an infrastructure bill that spends less than a tenth of the price tag on roads and bridges.

The Republican Party’s Problem

 

The Liz Cheney brouhaha brought to sharp relief the problems the Republican Party faces with regard to Trump and Trump-supporters.  Liz and her crowd firmly believe that the way to deal with Trump is to rebuke and circumscribe him for his attempt to steal a second term through a campaign of lies about the election.

The problem with this is this:  There are big chunk of the Republican electorate that doesn’t trust the elite mainstream Republicans that Cheney typifies. This chunk includes not only populist white working-class people but also the black and brown people who defected to Trump. They trust Trump.

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Today’s flagship Ricochet podcast is now in the can — that is to say, digitally recorded and being prepared for release by the indispensable Mr. Yeti. The emphasis for the first twenty minutes or so was on Trump, with our very own Mr. Long doing his standard burn-him-to-the-ground shtick while Peter and James looked, I […]

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Virginia Republicans have nominated their strongest slate of statewide candidates in a generation. Meet them. Two states have elections this November, New Jersey and Virginia. Statewide offices are on the ballot in both states, along with their respective legislatures. Preview Open

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Black Mothers Matter

 

For decades, the burden of fear and grief occasioned by murder and maiming has fallen disproportionately on black mothers and grandmothers. Somehow this has not been of great concern to civil rights groups and leaders. Black lives snuffed out by the local extensions or agents of transnational criminal enterprises apparently do not matter to millionaire athletes, and are at best inconvenient to the Marxist millionaires and parlor pink billionaires behind Black Lives Matter. There are no massive marches to take back the streets, to demonstrate solidarity against the gangs. It took President Trump to finally move federal authorities to seriously target the most dangerous habitual criminals and the organizations that terrorize our fellow Americans into silence.

President Trump’s play to do well by doing real good was an existential threat to the Democratic Party and the congressional RepubliCAN’T leadership, so 2020 had to be worked the way it was. Despite their worst efforts, truth has slipped through, pointing to gains in votes, not so much because black men respected his image of strength, but because black women, along with Hispanic and Latina women, shifted significantly to support the reelection of a Republican president. He had spent his first term hammering away at jobs, better jobs, sentencing reform, and security on American city streets. He enthusiastically welcomed black women to speak to the nation from the White House. He demanded justice for grieving black mothers whose children had been gunned down, lining up federal officials and commanding them to speak and act decisively with the considerable weight of ATF, DEA, U.S. Marshal, FBI, and DOJ resources applied in Operation Legend.

A Thought from Tonight’s Editor Podcast

 

First, I invite you all to join the Edit This! podcast hosted by our editors, Jon Gabriel and Bethany Mandel at a closely guarded time every Monday evening. It’s a lot of fun and a Ricochet podcast in which you can actually speak and badger the hosts, unlike the fru-fru flagship podcast that only the true bluebloods can attend.

Secondly, during tonight’s podcast, I had a thought that maybe hadn’t occurred to me before. We all know that the media and what I call the opinion-shaping elite (Hollywood, the universities, the newsrooms, etc.) tilt left. That’s something we’ve been battling for decades, and proof — I assert — that our 50/50 divided America is in fact much more intrinsically conservative than many believe.

Join Jim and Greg as they celebrate two Republicans reaching the runoff for an open congressional seat in Texas and parents fighting back against the “anti-racism” push in school board races. They also applaud Sen. Joe Manchin for opposing the lefty push for D.C. statehood. And they discuss the Biden administration’s efforts to ban menthol cigarettes in an effort to protect minority communities and the fierce opposition from the ACLU and others who argue it will only create more criminals.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome House Republicans trying to force the Biden administration to keep the effective Trump-era sanctions on Iran. They also unload on Biden for his ridiculous, non-binding goal of curbing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by the end of the decade – and for his climate agenda that would really just grow government. And they have some fun with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot suggesting police officers get permission from a supervisor before chasing criminals on foot.

 

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Jeff Charles is a political commentator, podcast host, and freelance writer. He and Bridget discuss a variety of issues including why Republicans seem more interested in making it more difficult to vote than winning over hearts & minds, how even though most conservatives aren’t racist, they fall into a trap that lets the left paint them as racist, why the far left doesn’t really care about black people, and why you’re not that likely to be killed by a black person. They cover hot topics like Dr. Seuss and Gina Carano, along with more nuanced topics like why most black people don’t want to defund the police – they want the police to be held accountable, why Jeff believes conservatives will come around to the idea of black outreach, why Republicans should be advocating for reparations when Democrats will never do it, and wonder how many black farmers there actually are in America. Check out Jeff’s YouTube channel Breaking Conservatarian.

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Over at Powerline, Paul discusses Bill Kristol and Mona Charen’s public endorsement of radical Biden appointee Vanita Gupta. Paul wonders — reasonably, I think — whether these two prominent “never-Trumpers” have joined the frankly flaky Max Boot and Jennifer Rubin in jettisoning their prior conservative values as the apotheosis of their NT transition. Now I […]

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