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Conservatives And The Trump Presidency

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

If you don’t already know Donald Trump is the President elect and Mike Pence the VP elect.

(brief golf clap)

Now what are conservatives, whether they be principled #NeverTrump’er such as myself, or those who came around to supporting Trump and Pence such as Mark Levin and Sen. Ted Cruz(whom I ran as an alternate delegate for), to do with the election in the rear view mirror and inauguration day on the horizon?

To put it simply we do what we’ve always done, we fight for our principles, the Constitution, and the betterment of our fellow-man.

Conservatives who came long before me fought to bring conservatism to the American people, fought to get Barry Goldwater the GOP presidential nomination, and kept on fighting right on to election night in 1980.

Even when we conservatives finally succeeded with the pivotal election of Ronald Reagan we didn’t stop fighting. We fought for his tax cuts, his deregulation of energy and communications, and rebuilding of the military.  We battled to abolish the Department of Education, adopt a balanced budget amendment. and end implement the Strategic Defense Initiative that helped to end the Cold War.

The fighting for the conservative cause never ceases as evidenced by the Gingrich Revolution and all that brought such as welfare to work.

Not so long ago that fight took the form of opposing President George W. Bush’s attempts at amnesty for illegal immigrants and some of his choices for the Supreme Court.

Now that Donald Trump will be leading our nation and the Republican Party for the next four years we conservatives are going to have to fight to make sure that his good policy agenda items happen, especially with the GOP in control of Congress for the next 2 years.

School choice and education reform is one of the biggest and best things we could ever hope to do for our nation in the long run and it is something that has to happen.

The same goes for tax cuts, regulatory reforms, and the complete and total repeal and defunding of every word and regulation of Obamacare.

Donald Trump’s support of congressional term limits is to be applauded and to make sure it happens we conservatives need to convince him to back the Article V Convention of States effort so that the necessary number of state legislatures get on board so that the states can then ratify those term limits and hopefully get a balanced budget amendment, further tax reform via the flat tax or fair tax, and maybe even other parts of Mark Levin’s Liberty Amendments.

When Donald Trump and his biggest supporters like Steve Bannon go head long into bad policy making, such as protectionist trade policies, we conservatives will have to fight back. We’ll have to point out how and why punitive tariffs, protectionism, and trade wars created the Great Depression.

When his children start pushing for a new taxpayer backed paid family leave entitlement, we conservatives will fight back against that as we must.

Many years from now we’ll all be fighting still for different candidates and for different conservative ideas.

But as always we will be fighting for our principles, the Constitution, and the betterment of our fellow-man.

 

Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Louisiana, Florida Gov’s Order National Guard Troops To Be Armed In Wake Of #Chattanooga Terror Attack

The victims of Chattanooga terrorist attack

The victims of Chattanooga terrorist attack

In the wake of the terrorist attack Thursday on two military recruitment and reserve stations in Chattanooga, TN Thursday that has claimed the lives of 5 service members, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Lance Cpl Skip Wells, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, and Petty officer Randall Smith Governors across the country outraged that our military members are disarmed while on duty here at home have ordered their respective National Guard commanders to order that Guardsmen be armed while on base.

Those Governors include Texas Gov. Greg Abbott:

“It is with a heavy heart that I issue this order,” Abbott said in a press release Saturday.

“After the recent shooting in Chattanooga, it has become clear that our military personnel must have the ability to defend themselves against these type of attacks on our own soil,” he said.

“Arming the National Guard at these bases will not only serve as a deterrent to anyone wishing to do harm to our service men and women, but will enable them to protect those living and working on the base.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott did likewise.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was one of the first to issue the order to arm soldiers:

“Our hearts break at the news of another senseless act of violence and terror, this time out of Chattanooga,” Governor Hutchinson said. “Our prayers go out to all the families of the victims, especially the family of Staff Sgt. David Wyatt of Russellville, one of Arkansas’s own.

“I want to join in those who are calling for greater security at our recruiting stations and military installations. We’ve had numerous instances of attacks. Clearly they are a target, and for us to have unarmed military personnel makes no sense, which is why I am directing Major General Mark Berry to arm full-time personnel as he deems necessary at military installations.”

Presidential candidate and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has also issued an executive order to his states National Guard commander to arm troops there:

Friday, Governor Jindal issued an Executive Order authorizing the Adjutant General of the Louisiana National Guard to identify and arm national guard personnel at military facilities in order to protect those facilities. Governor Jindal also issued an Executive Order calling for the flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff until July 24, 2015 out of respect for the victims of the Chattanooga, Tennessee terrorist attacks.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has done the same:

Governor Pence issued an Executive Order on Saturday directing the Indiana Adjutant General to enhance security measures at all Indiana National Guard facilities, including recruiting storefronts, across the state.

The order also authorizes the Adjutant General to permit the Guard to arm military personnel at the state’s Guard facilities and recruiting offices.

Pence released a statement which said, in part, “As commander-in-chief of the Indiana National Guard, I will not permit our citizen-soldiers to remain unable to defend themselves and our citizens at facilities in our state. Hoosiers may be assured that those who have stepped forward to defend our state and nation will have the ability to defend themselves.”

And so has Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin:

Gov. Mary Fallin is authorizing the state’s adjutant general to arm full-time Oklahoma National Guardsmen at military facilities in Oklahoma.

Fallin issued an executive order on Friday granting Maj. Gen. Robbie Asher the authority to arm National Guard soldiers and airmen with whatever weaponry he deems necessary to adequately provide for their safety and security.

Expect more Governors across the country to issue similar orders to their National Guard commanders in the coming days as Congressional leaders push to end the practice of making military facilities and recruitment centers “gun free zones”.

Interesting that so far the only Gov’s to make moves to protect our soldiers from the clear and present threat of homegrown Islamic terrorist are Republican ones.

Gov. Rauner: “Troubled” By Indiana Religious Liberty Law

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Speaking at Chicago’s Navy Pier along side Sen. Mark Kirk, Gov. Bruce Rauner told reporters that he was troubled by Indiana’s newly signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Rauner believes that the law would open the door to discriminatory behavior.

Rauner also said that Illinois’ RFRA, passed in 1998 with the vote of Barack Obama, was okay according to WBBM:

“I believe Illinois has struck the right balance between religious freedom and anti-discrimination laws and Isupport Illinois’ position on these issues,” Rauner said.

I kind of get why someone who is visibly taken to pain at the mer mention of a social issue like abortion or gay marriage would be troubled by a neighboring state passing a law identical to one Illinois has and both of which are based off of a 1993 federal law signed by President Bill Clinton.

 

Sen. Kirk: Indiana Religious Liberty Law “Un-American”

Sen.Mark Kirk(R-IL)

Sen.Mark Kirk(R-IL)

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk needs to stop pretending and just admit he’s a Democrat.

In a statement Wednesday Kirk attacked Gov. Mike Pence and Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act as bigotry and “un-American”.

 

I know Sen. Kirk is still recovering from his stroke but even he can’t have forgotten that protecting ones ability to have and express their faith, any faith(or none), is uniquely American.

Kirk has been a long-time advocate of same-sex marriage and has openly called on the Republican party to totally abandon the social issues and embrace the views of the left; abortion on demand, amnesty, gay marriage.

As Illinois’ junior Senator and a former congressman from the North suburbs even Kirk has to know that there has been zero bigotry in this state because of our RFRA law, which was passed in 1998 with Barack Obama’s vote.

 

ESPN’s Jason Whitlock: We Need To Be Fighting Against Discriminatory Policies Like Indiana’s

Jason Whitlock

Jason Whitlock

ESPN sports commentator Jason Whitlock on Tuesday’s episode of Pardon The Interruption came out against the first amendment’s free exercise of religion protections when he said that policies like those passed last week in Indiana, that protect business owners and others from having their religious belies violated by the government, are discriminatory and are what people need to be fighting against.

Whitlock also said that such policies, which have been federal law since 1993 and are the law in such states as Illinois(1998) and Connecticut were ESPN is headquartered, have come back to haunt African-Americans like Whitlock and Jews.

Whitlock also lamented that more basketball athletes, especially younger NBA and college players, were not vocally protesting Indiana’s religious liberty law like they were last year during the Donald Sterling situation. While praising business owners who in the last week have been extremely critical of the law.

 

Gov. Pence Defends Religious Liberty Bill From Grilling By George Stephanopoulos

Gov. Mike Pence

Gov. Mike Pence

So a state legislature and Governor signed into law a bill the mirrors a twenty year old federal statute signed by President Bill Clinton.

This apparently is cause for shock and outrage of the highest order.

I mean how dare Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and his legislature pass a bill that protects small business owners and others from being forced to violate their constitutionally protected religious beliefs by their state or local government; the audacity.

Because liberals can’t understand the free exercise clause of the first amendment and are appalled by anyone who dares object to the LGBT mafias agenda Gov. Pence had to endure a grill from Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week Sunday. Pence did a good job defending the bill.

Gov. Pence Signs Bill Protecting Religious Liberties Of Business Owners

Gov. Mike Pence

Gov. Mike Pence

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a bill Thursday that protects the religious liberties of Indiana business owners .

The bill was prompted by the rash of gay and lesbian couples suing Christian small business owners when/if they refused to bake a cake, take photographs, or anything else for a same-sex wedding citing their personal religious beliefs and the teachings of their faith.

In Colorado, Washington, New Mexico and other states Christian business owners have faced lawsuits and threats from governmental entities demanding that they provide goods or services for a same-sex couple even if doing so goes against their religious beliefs.

Fox News has more:

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence vigorously defended the state religious objections bill that he signed into law Thursday as businesses and organizations including the NCAA pressed concerns that it could open the door to legalizing discrimination against gay people.

The state became the first to enact such a change this year among about a dozen where such proposals have been introduced. Arkansas’ governor said Thursday he supported a similar bill that’s advancing in that state’s Legislature.

Pence, a Republican mulling a possible 2016 presidential campaign, signed the bill privately in his office with at least a couple dozen supporters on hand. He later met with reporters and refuted arguments from opponents that law would threaten civil rights laws by saying that hasn’t happened under the federal religious freedom law Congress passed in 1993 and similar laws in 19 other states.

“There has been a lot of misunderstanding about this bill,” Pence said. “This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way I would’ve vetoed it.”

Those arguments didn’t satisfy opponents who worry the law, which will take effect in July, presents Indiana as unwelcoming and could give legal cover to businesses that don’t want to provide services to gays and lesbians.

By signing the bill Gov. Pence has pissed of the Obama administration, the LGBT mafia, and Keith Olberman and has spurred a #boycottindiana hashtag from ignorant leftist who care more about imposing the tyranny of forced acceptance of homosexuality than the first amendments protection of the free exercise of religion.

It’s The Cruz-Walker Primary

Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ted Cruz, photo Newsmax

Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ted Cruz, photo Newsmax

So many people want to be the 2016 Republican presidential nominee.  Unlike the 2012 contest were no less than 5 conservative candidates jockeyed for the mantle of conservative challenger to the GOP establishments chosen guy, Mitt “The only one who can win” Romney, this years contest cannot wait until late in the primary season for that challenger to emerge.

The alteration from Michelle Bachmann, to Herman Cain, to Rick Perry, to Newt Gingrinch, and finally on Rick Santorum had its merits for conservatives in being allowed to play out in 2012.  If for no other reason than we needed to find out who was/should take the job of being the conservative opposition to president Obama.

This time around we must find our conservative nominee candidate early and we must spend from the Iowa caucuses on fighting the winner of the GOP establishment side of the primary contest Jeb Bush or Chris Christie.

All of our efforts as conservatives, lovers of the Constitution, and Tea Party patriots should be focused on ending any intra-conservative wing of the GOP primary fight quickly and decisively, and in favor of our best candidate.

For all the love I have for Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. Rick Perry, Gov. Mike Pence, Dr. Ben Carson, or Carly Fiorina, they are all playing for the Vice Presidential nomination at this point. Rand Paul can do his own thing trying to build a winning coalition out of his dads old voters and bringing in new people to the party.

For conservatives the nomination for 2016 boils down to the two brightest stars we have in the whole movement and Republican Party; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

One has been our most successful candidate on the campaign trail in recent memory, winning 3 times in 4 years in a solidly blue state.  The other has been the most articulate and outspoken fighter for our beliefs in the United States Senate the last few years and has done so time after time, issue after issue, no matter what.

Scott Walker has boldly and effectively taken on the unions(SEIU, AFSCME, and the teachers unions combined) and the entirety of the Democrat party and gotten conservative things done as Governor of Wisconsin; right-to-work, collective bargaining reform, lower taxes, job growth, and much more all while having to run to keep his job.

Ted Cruz has fought to defund Obamacare when few others had the balls to do so, the same with keeping DHS from implementing President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty.  From putting a hold on terrible Obama nominees, to campaigning to get more conservatives elected to the Senate in the 2014 election, to standing with Israel Ted Cruz has been a constant thorn in the side of the GOP establishment and President Obama.

Let the 2016 contest begin.

*Update: Reminder Ted Cruz is a natural born citizen.