The GOP’s Future is Liberty Populism

The GOP needs a liberty-centered, populist revolution. Republicans such as Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Ron DeSantis, and Rep. Thomas Massie have become some of the most prominent voices of the party during the embrace of this mindset. If Republicans center their populist momentum on liberty, they will see victories as they have never seen before.

In 2008 and 2012, the Republican Party was upturned when a controversial congressman named Ron Paul took center stage as one of the top candidates for its presidential nomination. A former Libertarian Party nominee, Paul began to share opinions that leaned far away from the establishment Right. The Texas congressman had anti-interventionist positions in foreign policy, critiqued his Gov. Rick Perry for high tax rates in Texas, and said that the country had failed in terms of fighting the eternal drug war the GOP had championed for decades.

He may not have won the nomination in either of the years he ran, but it seems as if the lasting impression he made on the party carried over into the party’s primary in 2016 when a man named Donald Trump shared sentiments that were popular with voters but very unpopular with his primary counterparts. The similarities between Paul and Trump may not seem significant, but the debates revealed how they equally affected the shift in their party’s mindset.

Both were anti-war, criticized former President George W. Bush despite the critique being unpopular, and did not say they would vote for the GOP nominee if they failed to win the primary. While Paul appealed to the Tea Party movement of the late 2000s to early 2010s, Trump embraced the populist ideology of 2016. Trump won the GOP primary while Paul helped set a candidate such as Trump up to be the dominant ideologue.

Both men’s contributions to the party get attributed to how they positioned their ideologies to appeal to the masses. Trump made the elite the media, the “swamp” in Washington, D.C., and even other Republicans he shared the stage with. Years ago, Paul said similarly, “The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people.”null

The GOP is now combining both of these men’s approaches to conservatism. The path forward to win elections and decrease federal government authoritarianism is one of populism based on liberty. Most no longer want to be in endless wars, such as those in Afghanistan and Iraq. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, voters realized the amount of power both the federal and state governments have over their people is far too intrusive. Social issues are beginning to mean far less to conservatives in terms of governmental legislation. However, they still practice social conservatism themselves and fight for policies that support family values. While the Republicans may care less and less about marijuana, they have begun to care more about abortion and tax policy issues. The Republican Party is changing and for the better.

However, conservatives have now got to be careful about countering the dangers of other mindsets that center on populism. Over the last couple of years, some conservatives have embraced economic populism concentrated on higher taxes for the elite class, a higher federal minimum wage, and even universal healthcare. Positions on these issues from the economic populist Right are far more similar to a socialist such as Sen. Bernie Sanders than even a populist conservative such as Trump. Taking all of the financial criticisms that the far Left already deals with and growing the federal government’s power is not the way forward for the GOP. Republicans can take how Trump and others appealed to the masses in their campaigns without being economically socialist.

Kenny Cody is the chairman of the Cocke County Republican Party in Tennessee, as well as a columnist for .

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No Presidency Anymore

The radical left did not steal the presidency — they eliminated it.

The Biden so-called press conference, a parody of itself, proved that. While Biden had some moments in which he seemed lucid, he had many in which he could not conceal the fog that envelops his failing brain — not even with pre-approved non-questions from non-reporters and scripted responses.

Is this confused old guy the man who has his finger on the nuclear button? Fortunately, he is not.

His handlers are well aware that he lapses in and (back) out of situational awareness, as the televised appearance made clear to everyone, even his supporters. Biden, at times, cannot distinguish between a North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) incoming-missile warning-screen, and an Xbox video game.

Joe Biden is not actually exercising the powers of the presidency. He is not making any of the decisions. He is not capable of doing either. Who, then, is?

One thing is certain: Joe Biden is president in name only. He is the warm-up act for Kamala Harris, who will assume the title of president of the United States whenever Biden begins (figuratively or literally) to drool so openly that the absurdity becomes too much to bear, even for his handlers — at which time Kamala will eagerly and triumphantly prance into the office. Even Harris, however, is a blundering incompetent when it comes to the skills required of a president. Skilled actress that she is, she can play the part on screen but will rely entirely on Biden’s scriptwriters to formulate and execute policy. Figurehead Kamala will not be permitted by the real rulers to do anything more than pretend to be president.

One wonders, then, who are the people who comprise the secret cabal, the puppeteers? Who are the ones actually setting policy for the nation? Who is issuing the orders? They were brilliant enough to illegally and openly steal an election, but there is a saying that it is easier to conquer than to govern. Are they geniuses, or consummate fools? Have they bitten off more than they can chew?

“They” are not the Chinese. Although the American commissars may be selling out to them, they are not willing to give up their perquisites to formally install them. The apparatchiks seek a truce, a deal, a compromise with foreign enemies, in which they can lock in their status as a permanent ruling class. But, having fed the dragon, the American left rightly fear being eaten by it.

When the left stole the election, they destroyed more than the presidency. They destroyed the electoral system itself. It is in ruins.

However much the Senate Republicans may now scurry to patch it back together, their belated efforts are not noble, but merely self-serving. Had they been noble, they never would have accepted electors that they knew were false. They would never have allowed illegally appointed electors to go unchallenged. They would not have ignored the state legislatures, who have sole authority to send electors to the senate, when those legislatures attempted to rescind the unlawful actions of those officials who had no authority to change state election laws.

This is in the tradition of Republicans who loudly proclaim to be outraged but do so only after they are assured of having no power to repair the damage they allowed to happen.

The bottom line is that the United States has been fundamentally transformed. The Republic has been replaced by an oligarchy. Its new flag, already being flown above some federal buildings, is not the symbol of unity, but the very illustration of chaos and cacophony, the symbol by which we have been divided and conquered.

To whom, then, can we turn to restore the Republic? The answer to that is in your mirror.

Robert Arvay

Establishment Hacks Remind Us of How We Got President Trump

Is there any political organization in history that likes losing as much as the Republican Party?

Over the last several weeks, the saga of Neera Tanden has played out on the national stage. Joe Biden nominated the left-wing conspiracy theorist to head the Office of Management and Budget, one of the most powerful agencies in Washington (see Joe Biden Wants a Wild Conspiracy Theorist as OMB Head). For a time, her confirmation looked certain after the GOP lost both Senate run-offs in Georgia, but Joe Manchin (D-WV) blew that up recently by announcing he’d oppose her.

That’s left Democrats scrambling, but it’s also served as a very useful litmus test on the right as establishment flacks have rushed to her defense.

Can’t you just feel the principles permeate from that tweet? I mean, what’s more conservative than simping for someone who covered up sexual harassment, peddled fake Russia conspiracy theories, and once punched a staffer. It’s almost like Trump has completely broken these peoples’ brains to the point where they are unable to even keep the most basic tenants of what they once claimed to believe in.

I particularly love Flake’s reasoning that a future Republican president will want his nominees confirmed. That’s true. What’s also true is that a past Republican president wanted all his nominees confirmed without a political fight as well. Democrats instead turned every single appointment in a partisan food-fight, including accusing some of them of being Russian assets. How much of a soy boy does one have to be to think that Democrats will somehow act better next time around if Republicans just fold to them now?

But while you’d expect Flake to have the worst of takes no matter the situation, Hugh Hewitt, who was at least somewhat Trump friendly, chimed in to lecture Republicans on forgiving Tanden and confirming her.

Forgiveness has nothing to do this. Every Republican in the Senate can forgive her, but they should absolutely not confirm her. I honestly have no idea what Hugh is thinking with that article.

As I said above, this is how the establishment got Trump, and to be sure, they deserved every bit of destruction he visited on the feckless GOP that preceded him. If a “Republican” can’t even be counted on to oppose someone as lacking as Neera Tanden, then what exactly is the point of being an opposition party? Why not just fold up shop and hit the cocktail circuit full time? Republican voters are sick of this stuff. It’s why they rebelled in 2016, and it’s why they will do so again in 2024 despite the best laid plans of the establishment.

And while I get that there’s a contingent within the GOP that thinks playing nice during the Biden years will earn them some kind of reciprocation in the future, you’d have to be an absolute idiot to believe that. Further, opposing Tanden should have nothing to do with trying to preserve decorum or buying good will. She’s a terrible pick who should be nowhere near the levers of government power, much less an agency as consequential as the OMB. She should be opposed at all costs, and any Republican who breaks rank on this should be cast aside with prejudice.

McConnell’s Bitter Turtle Soup

Just how much does Mitch McConnell despise President Trump and his MAGA movement? While playing coy for weeks about his intentions before finally voting to acquit the president in an impeachment trial more preposterous than last year’s farce, he immediately took to the Senate floor to lay the blame for the events of January 6 entirely at the president’s feet. McConnell not only accused President Trump of being personally liable for any potential crimes committed that day by others (in effect, teeing up civil lawsuits for monetary damages directly against the president), but also suggested that private citizen Trump could be criminally prosecuted in the future for setting those events in motion by daring to question the results of the 2020 election. It was one more biting betrayal from the Republican machine against a man who has shown the Republican Party much more loyalty than it has ever offered him in return.

Republicans failed to stand for anything:
Senate Republicans’ refusal to unanimously stand up for the free speech of a sitting president is inexcusable — especially during a time when Big Tech is engaging in an unprecedented campaign of censorship against ordinary Americans and Democrats are openly advocating for the criminalization of viewpoints with which they disagree. Republicans had a chance to take a united stand for the First Amendment while it remains under sustained attack by those who wish it to be weakened; instead, out of hatred for President Trump or foolish naïveté as to the real threats against free speech in the United States, they failed miserably.
In a kangaroo court so overtly political that even Chief Justice “Obamacare is just a tax” Roberts refused to participate, Patrick Leahy, the Senate’s longest serving Democrat, presided over the “trial” as “judge.” That was the least of its problems. Evidence against the president was doctored willy-nilly in an attempt to secure his conviction. Neither body of Congress examined witnesses publicly under oath. And nobody seemed to comprehend what elements of “criminal insurrection” or “incitement” actually needed to be proved to establish a case. The lack of any due process for the president was comical, and the absence of any impartiality from the preening cast of prima donnas pretending to conduct a serious trial made the chaos look like a scene straight out of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. If the Senate couldn’t pull off a conviction with such legal buffoonery slamming the scales of justice down in its favor, then no prosecutor before a real court of law could, either. McConnell should have mocked the whole affair as obscene.

Instead, his decision to browbeat the president right after finding him “not guilty” reeked of cowardice. He gave every appearance of having raised a wet index finger in the air before determining how to proceed, and when it was clear from recent polling that Republican voters had not abandoned President Trump en masse, as McConnell no doubt had hoped, the minority leader decided to turn King Solomon’s wisdom on its head by cutting the impeachment baby squarely in half — acquitting the president on procedural grounds while verbally excoriating him nonetheless. It was a striking reminder that, with President Trump now sidelined from power, two-faced, stand-for-nothing Republican leadership is back on top. O glory days!

And McConnell would rather destroy the MAGA movement than ever win again:

It was also the most direct proof yet that McConnell and Establishment Republicans would rather remain in the minority forever than allow Trump’s pro-American, middle-class, colorblind, cross-party coalition of voters to fortify itself into a permanent governing powerhouse.

President Trump threw Republican orthodoxy out the window by pursuing policies that (1) strengthened American manufacturing and Main Street business at the expense of Wall Street, (2) protected citizens from the social and economic harms of unmitigated, illegal immigration, (3) kept American troops from endless military engagements, and (4) unabashedly promoted the vast accomplishments of Western Civilization. In doing so, he expanded the Republican Party more than any politician since President Reagan.

And how have D.C. Republicans responded to this unexpected gift from an unexpected yet dynamic leader? They’ve done everything they can to squander it. Better to remain the little sister of the Uniparty in control of the national government than to recognize a once sleeping dragon across America is now wide awake. Standing from a bird’s eye perch in D.C., Mitch McConnell has chosen to destroy the new party Donald Trump has grown and invigorated and to ignore the MAGA coalition that he created. He would rather pursue a Romney-Cheney permanent micro-minority for the Republican Party’s future than buttress a new governing coalition that he cannot control.

Let that sink in.

With parts of the country on lockdown, schools closed, and a volatile market making Americans justifiably nervous, Democrats and their Republican enablers decided that damaging President Trump (and pre-emptively torpedoing his return in ’24) was still their most pressing concern. That’s a pretty sobering admission of just how popular President Trump’s policies really are. Congress is more afraid of him and the transformational change he represents than it is of a hostile China, a worldwide pandemic, a Cold Civil War here in the U.S., or the potential for a complete global economic collapse. We are so far “through the looking-glass” now that Alice’s Wonderland seems more believable.

President Reagan’s “Eleventh Commandment” always echoes in the back of my head, but what McConnell and Establishment Republicans have perpetrated against President Trump by first giving the Russia collusion hoax bipartisan credibility for years and then sitting meekly back as Democrats pushed not one, but two overtly political impeachments is so slimy and reptilian that I find it difficult to believe that commandments weigh on their consciences much at all.

If the Republican Party does, indeed, wither and die in the near future, it is this kind of underhanded duplicity that will finally do it in.

The Lincoln Project grifters and the small but vociferous collection of NeverTrump voices celebrated by the Democrat-allied press have been screaming for five years that Donald Trump would doom Republican electoral prospects. Seventy-five million voters in 2020 proved those soothsayers as nothing more than charlatans.

What is destroying the Republican Party before our eyes is its abject refusal to listen to the wishes of its voters and its natural predilection to stab those voters from behind whenever possible. That’s not exactly the kind of “chicken soup for the soul” that’s likely to endear the Republican Party to its base. McConnell’s bitter turtle soup, in fact, may just turn off voters permanently.

J.B. Shurk, American Thinker

The Republican Party Killed Itself

The Republican Party killed itself. The particular poison it swallowed is the hatred it harbors for its own voters. Sooner or later, all that hatred was going to burn it up. When Republican lawmakers turned their backs on Republican voters protesting for free and fair elections and endorsed election fraud by ignoring it, they blew up any remaining illusion that the Red-Blue divide in D.C. is real.

Republican voters struggled for over a decade to give the Republican Party all the power it needed to fight for the Constitution and American liberty and against the quickening assault of totalitarian state control. Republican voters repeatedly urged Republican lawmakers to stomp out Big Tech’s censorship and strangling of free speech before it was too late. Republicans in office have done nothing.

When voters turn a blind eye to their suspicions that only a UniParty exists in D.C., actively support Republican lawmakers, and find themselves inevitably betrayed by those same lawmakers nonetheless, the sting is particularly fierce. From the point of view of a Trump-supporter, the Republican Party has wasted a tremendous opportunity. The “stupid party” looks as if it’s achieved peak stupidity. But from the point of view of D.C. Republicans who have worked to thwart President Trump’s agenda for four years, it is a certainty that the only stupid Republicans they see are their own voters.

It didn’t have to be this way. Republicans in Washington could right now be in the majority with a strong president in the White House. Instead, they spent years using Trump-supporters when their votes were needed and giving little in return. It was a betrayal that leaves deep scars.

Did Republicans finally pay the price with their voters in Georgia? With turnout in pro-Trump areas diminished, that seems the case, and after most Senate Republicans spent the last two months surrendering the presidency, rather than fighting for it, who could blame Georgia voters for choosing not to care? On the one hand, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock seem like shoe-ins to supercharge Obama’s socialist legacy. On the other hand, in a Republican Party that overwhelmingly prefers Donald Trump’s handling of domestic and foreign policy issues to the ways in which establishment Republicans have handled those spheres in the past, neither David Perdue nor Kelly Loeffler looked very “Trumpy.”

Neither Georgia senator jumped up in fury after an avalanche of suspicious voting irregularities led the national press corps to anoint Joe Biden as “president-elect” a full four days after the election had ended, and when Senators Perdue and Loeffler finally pledged to challenge the results of the presidential election a day or two before their January 5 runoff, their commitments reeked of desperation, not righteousness. After their losses and subsequent refusals to see their promises through the next day in D.C., it seemed Trump voters had pegged them correctly.

President Trump won more votes in November than any other sitting president, crushing his own 2016 victory by adding over ten million new voters to his coalition. He expanded his support from minority voters, sustained his gains with blue collar laborers, and attracted former Democrats disgruntled with the socialist direction of their former party. For the first time since President Reagan, a Republican leader came along who strengthened the GOP. And how have establishment Republicans in D.C. mostly treated this unexpected gift horse? They’ve stymied President Trump and his agenda for four straight years. When they weren’t denying him funds for an effective border wall or undermining his promises to end Obamacare permanently, too many Senate Republicans spent their time before television cameras publicly bemoaning the president’s efforts to fight communist China’s growing economic power, his insistence on reinvigorating American manufacturing, and his refusal to allow the Democrats to win every battle of the Culture War.

Instead of seizing the opportunity President Trump handed them in 2016 to prove to Americans that they were capable of tackling the immigration, trade, and health care issues Republican voters prioritized, Republican leaders decided to waste most of the president’s first two years in office by giving Obama and Clinton cover for a Russia hoax that was designed and utilized by Democrats both to spy on Donald Trump’s campaign and hamstring his presidency. More effort was given by Republican congressional leadership to obfuscate potential crimes committed by Obama’s administration and Clinton’s campaign than to tackle any of the “America First” policy proposals that had delivered President Trump victory. If there were a prize for lost opportunities, stalwart NeverTrump Republicans in Washington have no competition.

Somehow the only Republicans who don’t understand that voters have repeatedly rejected their preferred policies are the same D.C. lawmakers who have spent four years battling the president. It is hard to believe now, but prominent Republican leaders in Washington repeatedly warned before and after his election that Donald Trump would (1) ruin Republican outreach to black and Hispanic voters, (2) lead America into violent conflicts abroad, and (3) undermine conservative policy through his nominations and executive orders. Instead, President Trump won over more minority voters than any Republican presidential candidate since 1960; judiciously avoided wars with North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela (while utilizing a mixture of unexpected outreach and diplomacy, economic warfare, and firm deterrence); and presided over arguably the most staunchly conservative administration in a century (strongly supporting religious leaders, protecting the lives of unborn babies, and appointing constitutionalists to the federal courts).

If the Mitt Romneys, Paul Ryans, Ben Sasses, or any of the other consistent NeverTrump naysayers who all predicted the worst from Trump’s presidency had any professional credibility, they would recognize how repeatedly wrong they have been about their doom-and-gloom predictions for five years. That they have only doubled and tripled down on their hatred for President Trump while, in Senator Romney’s case, astonishingly turning potential Biden family financial crimes into a Trump impeachment has only made them (and, by extension, their Republican colleagues) increasingly repugnant to ordinary Republican voters.

It is difficult to pull the lever for the Republican members of a legislative body that stubbornly refuses to understand why voters elected President Trump and how the president has succeeded for those voters despite the intractable efforts at sabotage by NeverTrump Republicans in Congress. It is hard to imagine ever supporting members of a political party who see ordinary Americans protesting for free and fair elections as a greater threat to the Union than their own totalitarian colleagues pushing censorship and socialism in the halls of Congress.

For some Trump-supporters, the choice between authoritarian Democrats and turncoat Republicans is a coin toss. They may abhor the way Democrats are destroying America’s constitutional foundations and freedoms, but they also detest the weak-willed Republicans in office who are complicit in the Democrats’ efforts to fundamentally transform the country by failing to actively fight back tooth and nail. Was that not why Donald Trump rose to power in the first place? Because Republican voters had become so fed up with thirty years of slow but consistent betrayals by their own party that they finally decided to bring in someone new willing and able to fight?

For anyone not residing in D.C., that was the obvious lesson of 2016. Over four years later, too many elected representatives still haven’t figured that out. Washington Republicans have worked tirelessly to make President Trump go away, and they have done so at great cost to the future of the Republican Party. When Republican leaders constantly countermand the voters of their own party, many voters would rather destroy the party and start from scratch than reward the very people who seem to hate them most.

J.B. Shurk, American Thinker

The Republican Party Has Failed Us

It’s been a tough week for our country. Violence has no place in our American political system, and we’re all in agreement that the events that played out on Capitol Hill this week were unacceptable.

There are many in the media who are eager to blame Republicans for the events that transpired. And there are many in our party who are eager to blame President Trump both for the violence in Washington and for the results of the senate elections in Georgia.

But you know what? If that’s all we get out of this, our future will be no different than our past.

There are a lot of Americans whose frustration has been building for many years. Republicans have had opportunities to fix our healthcare system, reform immigration, and get our fiscal house in order, among many other things. Republicans have had chances to deliver for the American people. But we haven’t followed through.

Republicans got our butts kicked in Georgia on Tuesday. A 33-year-old with no accomplishments and a smooth-talking preacher wiped the floor with us. The idea that Georgia, of all places, could elect two communists to the United States Senate was ridiculous.

Our country has changed. We have failed to educate generations of our children about what makes America unique. Few, if any of them, have been taught the history of our decades-long fight to defeat communism. Meanwhile, the left’s indoctrination takes place every day with kids all across America from the time they walk into a school at age 5 to the time they graduate college at 22.

Republicans have not been disciplined enough to do the hard work. The American people need us to fight for them on a daily basis, not just 30 to 60 days before an election.

Our party has some serious work ahead of us. We are going to have to sit down and collectively answer a very simple question: Why does America need Republicans?

The answer to that is very simple: 2020.

Last year, we saw governments all across the country shut down people’s lives. American citizens could not go to church, run their business, or send their children to school.

COVID didn’t crush the economy. Government crushed the economy. And then, just as quickly, government turned around and held itself out as the savior. Frankly, the Treasury Department can’t print money fast enough to keep up with Congress’ Christmas list.

What is so troubling is that by April, we knew that there was a specific vulnerable population that we needed to protect from COVID-19. But we also knew that the vast majority of people would recover from this virus with no serious difficulty. Despite this, very few changed course.

In 2020, despite the virus, if you wanted to riot, loot, and burn buildings down, the government either stood idly by while you did that, or worse, tacitly encouraged the destruction.

Government didn’t punish the violent criminals. But it did everything it could to punish those Americans who simply tried to defend themselves, their families, their livelihoods, and their property.

What we lived in 2020 is the left’s vision for America.

So now we know what the other side stands for. What is it that Republicans stand for?

We stand for the rule of law, not selective prosecution based on what your political views are. We stand for the right to defend yourself, your family, and your property. For your right to worship, to actually practice and live your faith according to your conscience.

We stand for your right to earn a living and to do business.

America is unique in the world because we have a government that is limited in its powers, and our people are guaranteed certain, God-given liberties. We are not governed by aristocrats, elites, or experts. We the people are the government.

Sixty years ago, President Eisenhower in his farewell address warned the nation to avoid the impulse of living only for today. He spoke about how wrong it would be to mortgage the future of our grandchildren. He argued it would lead to the loss of their political and spiritual heritage. He said, “We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”

The Republican Party has to lead the nation away from borrowing from our children’s future. We must put an end to the accounting gimmicks used to deceive people. Joe Biden has been in politics for 47 years. He was elected to the U.S. Senate the year after I was born. In 1973, our national debt was roughly $450 billion dollars. Today, that is a little more than what we pay in interest on our national debt. Republicans bear as much blame for this untenable situation as Democrats. We have forgotten principles we once held dear.

We have a lot of work to do in the coming days. What may have worked in the past is not good enough anymore. It is not enough to say, “vote for us because you’ll make more money or your pocketbook will be bigger.” It is not enough to say, “vote for us because we’ll cut your taxes or reduce the regulations on your business.” It is not even enough to say, “vote for us because we will fight against abortion or Obamacare or whatever else.”

It’s not enough to be against things. We need to show the American people what we are for: We must more clearly articulate to the American people that we are the only party that respects them as human beings. We are the only party that believes the American people have God-given rights.

The Republican Party respects people as individuals. We don’t divide people based on their religion or their roots. We don’t ostracize people who think for themselves. We understand that each person is different. Each person deserves the opportunity to build his or her life without some self-important government bureaucrat arbitrarily telling them what they can and can’t do.

Our Republican Party respects everyone equally under the Constitution and treats them as Martin Luther King, Jr. wished: according to the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

The Republican Party exists to fight for America, and for every American. The challenge before us is to continue to be the one nation in the history of the world where any person, regardless of their standing at birth, can make anything of themselves. This applied to me – once just a farm kid and now the first female governor of South Dakota.

The American Dream is possible because of the principles that we Republicans stand for; the same principles that are under vigorous attack by the other side. We believe in certain ideals and institutions, which have served as an inspiration to people all over the world. Those people hold liberty dear in their hearts. That’s why people all across the globe have uprooted their lives to come to America. And it’s why, today, Americans across the country are flocking to South Dakota.

If you think about it, that’s America’s true diversity. It’s a diversity grounded in the pursuit of truth and the virtuous life, where we will be known by the content of our character and our hard work.

We must go into this battle for freedom with our eyes wide open, educated to the tactics the radical left will use, and yet totally pure in our motives. This isn’t about us. It’s about our children and their future. It’s about the example that we set for them. We have one shot to preserve for our children “the last best hope of man on earth.” If we fail, at least they will know that we did all that we could to hold on to it.

Adapted from a speech Governor Noem gave to the Republican National Committee.

Kristi Noem is the governor of South Dakota.


have two words for the Republican Party establishment: Not Happy Birthday. It’s along the lines of “Trump You,” using a few different letters earlier in the alphabet.

Most Trump supporters, like myself, have been optimistic that just like in the movies, good will win out over evil, middle earth will live in peace with men, elves, and dwarves coexisting for the common good, rather than being enslaved like orcs. I believed a divinely inspired nation would not fall to the dark side. But alas real life isn’t mirroring the big screen, at least not today.

I’m frustrated for many reasons including Georgia’s senate seats predictably going to the Democrats, both new senators corrupt and incompetent, although the Republican options were not much better. The Georgia election was stolen in the same manner as the presidential election two months ago.

Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, as the saying goes. The Republican Party poo-pooed electoral fraud and made no effort to investigate or at least make a stink about it, with the exception of only a handful of GOP members of Congress.

Others like Mitt Romney castigated Trump for complaining about a stolen election. It’s ironic that Romney most likely lost in 2012 due to the same cheating that occurred in 2020. In 59 Philadelphia precincts, not a single vote was cast for Romney. Anyone want to bet that election was stolen from Romney just as it was for Trump with bogus ballots and rigged vote counting? Yet Trump fought back and Romney, like a sap, grinned and walked away. What a gentleman. What a loser.

The Georgia senate race followed the pattern of two months ago, with a Republican governor and secretary of state defending the corruption and preventing any investigation or accountability, and as expected, with the same election results. Several precincts stopped counting votes for the night and by the next day Fox News declared the two Democrats the winners. At least they waited until most of the votes were counted, unlike on Nov. 3 when they called Arizona for Biden after only a few votes were cast.

Vice-President Pence took a page from the U.S. Supreme Court and voted ‘present.’ Is he a deep state plant, or a traitor, as attorney Lin Wood asserts? Is Wood off his rocker or is he one of the few in Washington, D.C. brave enough to say the emperor is wearing no clothes? He is an accomplished defamation lawyer who understands better than anyone the consequences of such accusations.

What playbook did Pence follow, that of the White House or the deep state? The jury is still out on Pence. Perhaps the “greatest show on earth” is still playing out.

Where are state level Republicans, governors and legislatures, those charged with certifying electors? They too voted ‘present,’ preferring to look the other way toward their future lobbying gigs while saying to hell with the Constitution and free and fair elections.

So called “conservative” pundits are acting anything but. One recent example is Erick Erickson, once conservative enough to guest host the Rush Limbaugh show, wants the police to shoot Trump supporters as well as impeach and convict Trump. Given the new Congress and contingent of NeverTrumpers, they might pull this off in the next two weeks.

Another phony conservative, Bill Kristol, wants the protesters cleared followed by Trump’s impeachment and conviction. Why doesn’t he just lead a brigade of Antifa to storm the White House with pitchforks and a guillotine?

Funny how the media had no problem with BLM and Antifa riots all summer, yet a few hours of supposed Trump supporters engaged in what CNN previously described as a “peaceful protest” has the media now in a lather. How do they even know who the Capitol rioters even were? Antifa can carry a flag and wear a MAGA hat, as facial recognition noted.

Trump asks, “Where’s Hunter?” but I ask, “Where’s the GOP?” The party of eunuchs is terrified to oppose anything. They were silent over Spygate and a summer of riots destroying American cities. They offered no pushback over punishing lockdowns and business closures. Through their silence, they endorse electoral fraud and their political suicide.

The Republican Party, through their inaction, has made themselves permanently irrelevant. No Republican will ever get near the White House. Democrats will keep enough Republicans around as pets, useful idiots, below any threshold needed to stop a constitutional amendment or any other legislation.

If elections can be stolen this easily, twice in two months, Republicans are destined for a long walk in the wilderness. Electoral fraud will be institutionalized, the type of cheating Jimmy Carter and UN observers would be screaming about if it happened in any backwater third-world country.

Then it’s on to the legislation. Green New Deal, Medicare-for-All, open borders, amnesty, taxes on everything, abolishment of the Electoral College and the elimination of several inconvenient amendments in the Bill of Rights, fundamentally transforming America, Obama style, into Cuba or Venezuela. Don’t think this will happen? Ask a former Clinton spokesman who is pushing exactly this.

Republicans, through their passivity or in some cases encouragement, brought one party rule to an already divided country, miserable after a year of COVID diktats. They deserve their future irrelevancy.

Lastly, I cannot leave President Trump out of my rant. I have been a Trump supporter from the beginning, writing my first pro-Trump article in early July 2015, just weeks after the famous escalator ride at Trump Tower.

Trump has been the most powerful person in the world for the past four years, the chief executive of America, with its vast investigative and intelligence capabilities. He told us repeatedly “we have it all” and “we caught them all,” yet there has been no reckoning or punishment for anything. Trump had the power to act, and if he didn’t, then that’s on him.

Where are the declassifications? Where are the spygate indictments? Where is the DNI report on electoral fraud? Where’s the promised storm? Where’s the kraken?

Who will act if Trump doesn’t pull this out? The myriad scandals will be buried faster than the sexual assault allegations against Biden. Despite promises of a biblical storm and pain for the corrupt, there has been nothing. If Trump leaves office and these promises haven’t materialized, that’s on him.

Which is why I still hold out hope. It is out of character for Trump to lose in this fashion, especially since he has telegraphed everything since before he was elected in 2016. He knows a weaponized Biden government will destroy him and his family.

I still hold out hope, despite such hope being slim and getting slimmer by the day. But where is Trump’s party? Without Trump, Hillary Clinton would be preparing for her second term with Democrats running the show in Congress. Yet the GOP is out to lunch, or else running from Trump as if he has cooties.

They can go the way of the Whigs. Perhaps a new “Patriot Party” relegates the GOP to a footnote in the history books. But they brought this on and fought tooth and nail to keep Trump from Making America Great Again, far harder than they fought Obama against any of his dreams or schemes. So to the GOP I say, Trump You!

Brian C. Joondeph, M.D., is a physician and freelance writer. Follow him on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Parler, and QuodVerum.

After Trump: The Two-Party System May Die

Growing up in Louisiana, there was a term known as “Conservative Democrat” or Blue Dog Democrats. Having been raised in the same general neighborhood as Britney Spears’ parents and the family of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, we all knew what it meant to be fiscally conservative, have quality public health care, and we knew how to care for our environment to protect hunting, fishing, farming, and tree cropping.

Governor Edwards won re-election. Did I think he would win? Yes, and it had nothing to do with Trump. As a matter of fact, the overwhelming winners statewide in Louisiana were republicans in recent elections where one statewide Republican candidate beat the Democrat by 250,000 votes 59%-41% (WAFB9, n.d.).

In the end, John Bel Edwards only needed a fraction of the Republican or Blue Dogs to vote to win 51-49. Because of Governor Edwards’ credentials from the military and other right of center issues such as being pro-life (Bridges, 2019), he is a natural candidate for traditional & centrist Louisiana voters. Thus, anyone saying that Trump helped Edwards get elected is a political buffoon if they see the facts.

So, what is the moral of the story? Do I think that Democrats will begin running “pro-life” veterans in all of the states to capture power in the elections? The answer is no because to win the nomination and the primary, the candidates need to appease the 33% hard core leftist voters who have some fairly extreme litmus tests to follow. However, Governor Edwards is being labeled a DINO Democrat in Name Only. Honestly, that is not a bad label to get these days.

Since the Republican party has become the home to the working families or labor voters, it may be best for the Republican Party to operate more like the old Farmer Labor party of Minnesota (“Minnesota Farmer–Labor Party,” n.d.). Today. it seems that the Farmer Labor Party selects the best candidates to be supported by the Larger Democratic Party of Minnesota. For Republicans to replicate this process, it may be best for the Republicans to enter and take over the Democrat party from the inside and begin to approve the best candidates internally with the conservative democrats during a one party primary rather than put up republicans that can’t win. That is the way it was in Louisiana before Reagan anyway.

Once the Republican party fills up the Democrat party, then the old republican party could be morphed in to a Worker, Teacher Farmer Labor Reform Party which nominates the best candidate within the Democrat Party. Thus, the country will be a one party system and conservative worker voters would control the democrat party for the next 80 years. This would force the democrat party to nominate candidates who are best for ALL the people instead of just 1/3rd or 1/4th of the people who control the democrats today.

In this way, all voters could be registered in the Democrat party, and it would immediately begin to lean to the center right for the next 80 years. The reason it would lean right is that if all the working families were in one party, they would be able to outvote those who just want political control to fleece the people and the government.

In the case of Gov. John Bel Edwards, he only needed 4-6% of the Blue Dog or republican vote to take the statewide election. However, the sad news is that when governors like Edwards win, the spoils tend to go almost exclusively to the democrat party leftist-loyalists while the vast majority of entrepreneurs, small business and working folks who are not registered democrats are cut out of influence and leadership.

Before the re-election of Edwards, I spoke to an UBER driver in New Orleans at length, and the democrat party was primarily unified on one issue which was Medicaid expansion. Medicaid is not Obamacare. Thus, Obama crashed the free Louisiana Health Care System that worked for the most needy, and now, Medicaid expansion is the only way to keep the least fortunate covered and happy. Medicaid pays for health care for more than 74.5 million people nationally (National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), 2019a). Although participation is optional, all 50 states participate in the Medicaid program. As crazy as that sounds, Medicaid may be the only issue that holds the democrats together that they can all agree upon.

The moral and ethical problem of having a one party system is that many Republicans of today left the democratic party years ago because the democrat party leaders of the past were involved in: segregation, Jim Crow, the KKK and other natural law violations like slavery, lynching, and the loss the Civil War (O’Donnell, 2018). Thus, if everyone moved over to the “one party system”, it would be best to have a vote to repudiate the old party and it’s complicity in the crimes of the past, fold the Democratic party in the same way the NAZI party had to be “shut down” after WWII, and then create a new party name for the ‘one party system”.

Similar to Louisiana Governor Edwards, a conservative labor oriented leader like President Trump who is focused on working families will also defeat Democrats every time against a liberal because Trump only needs a small percentage of Reagan Democrats or Trump Democrats to win.

Maybe it would be best to just have one new party called the: TWF or “Teacher, Worker, Farmer Party”. Then we can avoid costly elections altogether, save the money, and whoever wins the TWF nomination will end up being the elected official?

George Mentz JD MBA CWM Chartered Wealth Manager ® is a licensed attorney and CEO of GAFM ® global education, which is an ISO 29990 Certified professional development company operating in over 50 nations. He is an award-winning author and advisory board member to several companies around the world in education, charities, and FinTech Companies.

Don’t Vote

In her 1957 masterpiece, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand introduced us to a powerful concept which she called “the sanction of the victim.”  This concept is defined as “the willingness of the good to suffer at the hands of the evil, to accept the role of sacrificial victim for the ‘sin‘ of creating values.”  As Rand explains through the character of her hero, John Galt, “Evil is impotent and has no power but that which we let it extort from us,” and, “I saw that evil was impotent…and the only weapon of its triumph was the willingness of the good to serve it.”   In Rand’s view, morality requires that we do not sanction our own victimhood.  This concept may be original in the thinking of Ayn Rand and is foundational to her moral theory: she holds that evil is a parasite on the good and can only exist if the good tolerates it.

The sanction of the victim takes many forms, on the individual level in our personal relationships, and in the social or public realm in our relationship with the State.   In Rand’s Atlas Shrugged it primarily takes the form of unearned guilt and the need to acknowledge and show kindness towards our tormentors and those who would exploit us.  Ultimately, the sanction of the victim is used by our exploiters as the weapon of our own destruction.  The victim becomes an accessory to the crime.

On the personal level, among countless situations, the sanction of the victim would apply to the beaten wife, the verbally abused husband, and the parents of mooching offspring that refuse to grow up and leave home (excluding the handicapped and emotionally disabled).  An ever-growing percentage of our youth now choose to remain at home with their parents indefinitely.  The parent-victims have been played like a violin by their offspring, conditioned to believe they are financially and emotionally helpless, incapable of surviving independently.  The parents are terrified of the unbearable guilt they would carry if they were to send them packing.  The parents’ acceptance and acquiescence constitute the sanction of the victim.  Consequently, the parents become the victims of their own cowardice.

The sanction of the victim in the public or political realm expresses itself in two principal forms: participation in popular democratic processes, including elections, and acknowledging, approving, and extending respect and kindness toward our political exploiters (i.e. elected officials, their many toadies, and the supportive media).

Participating in the political process in all its forms constitutes the sanction of the victim. Again, you are an accessory to the crime, a victim of the crimes in which you are an active, but ignorant participant.  You are in effect abating the crimes of the political elite.  All of these things send the wrong message to the criminals and reprobates that comprise the political class.   Voting, attending political rallies, and perhaps worst of all, sending them money, constitute the sanction of the victim.  We are telling the political class, “We approve of your system.  Even though you’re robbing us blind and crushing our Constitutional liberties, we still like you.  Even though you’re corrupt beyond words, you are nevertheless lovable thugs, and we could not begin to fathom or contemplate life without you.

So how do we beat these people?  Democracy and every form of representative government based on popular consent with constitutional constraints is the god that failed.  We are told that political apathy and disengagement is to blame.  I disagree.  Disengagement is the solution, not the problem.  The sanction of the victim only reinforces the problem, whether it’s a bad marriage or a corrupt, tyrannical government.

Here is the Three-Step Program for defanging the snake.

DON’T VOTE.  As political satirist P.J. O’Rourke said, “Don’t vote, it only encourages them.” Elections change nothing systemically.  They only decide who gets to pick your pocket and hold the boot over your neck.  What difference would it have made if slaves had been allowed to elect their plantation overseers?  When you vote you’re doing the same thing.

When has there ever been an election that gives you the choice of A, B, or none of the above?  Hmmm?  Never.  Wouldn’t it be great to live in a voting district with no legislator, no congressman, no senator, no one to suck up to?  Yes, but you don’t have that option.  But you can refuse to part of the whole scam by not voting.  So don’t vote.  Look, you’re being used like a cheap condom.  Furthermore, the odds of you casting the deciding vote are far less than the odds of your winning the Big Lotto.  In fact, the odds of your being involved in a fatal car accident en route to the polling place are far greater than the odds of casting the deciding vote.  When you vote, you are sanctioning the system, its leaders and their crimes.

Voting is just a bad habit.  Like all bad habits, it is self-defeating.  Moreover, it serves to reinforce the bad habits of your tormentors.  I gave up voting and smoking over 30 years ago.  Both healthy choices, and among the most liberating and empowering I had ever made.

I remember a popular saying when I was young: Imagine if they held a war and nobody showed up.  Well, imagine if they held an election and nobody showed up.  Talking about sending the political class a message !

STOP TREATING POLITICIANS WITH KINDNESS.  What do politicians crave more than power?  Attention.  Attention is their drug of choice.  Indeed, politicians must seek the affirmation and approbation and applause of those whom they would never invite into their homes, have a beer with, or call their friends.  In other words people like you and me.  They have nothing but scorn and contempt for us.  And besides, they’re corrupt beyond words.  So what do we do?  We cram into public auditoriums to catch a glimpse of their faces and suck up their lies like a cat does a saucer of warm milk.  We reach out to grasp their hands as though they were the healing hands of a divine savior.  If you came home from work to find a burglar carrying your possessions out of your house, would you shake his hands and wish him well?  No, you’d call the cops, maybe even beat him up.  Why do we treat politicians any differently when they steal our money every day?  If we started denying politicians the attention and approval they so crave, maybe they’d consider getting an honest living.

A few years ago, on my way to work, our district congressman was shaking hands with us commoners at a Metro station in his district.  Half asleep, I shook his hand and actually wished him well.  Not five seconds later, I realized what a dumb-ass I was—shaking hands with a common criminal, a guttersnipe, a reprobate, a predator, a public parasite.  There I was, extending my best wishes to high-ranking political leader who bore direct responsibility for the mess we found ourselves in.  Would you shake hands with a cat-burglar, a serial rapist, a pedophile?  No, of course not, so why would you shake hands with a politician?

So, take the pledge.  When a politician reaches to shake your hand, act like the person has a communicable disease (what we used to call the “cooties”).  Take your hand back as quickly as possible, and say something pithy like, “No, thank you. When you sleep with dogs, you get fleas.  Don’t ever try to shake my hand again.”  If more of us started treating politicians with the disdain and contempt they deserve, they might begin to consider a more respectable line of work.

3-REFUSE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS AT ANY LEVEL.  A good friend of mine is constantly urging me and everyone else he knows to “get involved.  It’s the only way we can fix things.”

As Sherman Potter would say, “Horsehockey !”  What sort of track record does popular participation have compared to apathy and disengagement?  None.  Politicians have always used elections and every form of democratic process to sanction and justify the criminal enterprise we call government.  It just gives them cover.  Government is, and has always been, nothing more than an organized crime syndicate, a protection racket sanctioned by the many forms of popular approval—which Ayn Rand called the sanction of the victim.

So, stay home, focus on your beautiful family, your kids’ Little League and soccer games.  Spend quality time with your friends.  Work at your hobbies, do crossword puzzles, listen to a symphony, read a good book, take your spouse and kids to the movies.  Watch Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.  Return the ladder you borrowed from your neighbor seven years ago.  Clean out your fridge, there’s probably stuff in there since you were in grammar school.  Take your grandkids to the playground.  Have a glass of champagne with your breakfast cornflakes.  Tell your kid to rake the leaves while you nap in a hammock.  Go to church, bake brownies, take your dog for a walk; mow the lawn; clean out your gutters; weed the garden, shovel the snow in your driveway.  Be at peace with your Maker, whatever you imagine him to be.  But whatever you do, avoid politicians like stray dogs.

The Artful Dilettante

The Party of Revenge

The upcoming year should be interesting. The Establishment “Deep State” has won a major victory in the United States with the election of Joe Biden as president. What remains to be seen is whether or not there will be significant bloodletting as a consequence, revenge for the presumed misdeeds that constituted the core legacy of four years of Donald J. Trump as chief executive. Many in the Democratic Party harbor deep resentments that go back to the election of 2016, which spawned the myth that foreign interference by the Russians was responsible for the upset victory by the GOP candidate. Even at this distance, few if any Democrats are willing to admit that Hillary Clinton was a deeply flawed candidate whose condescension towards whole categories of voters ultimately inspired many “undecideds” to vote against her.

Indeed, Trump came closer to repeating his improbable victory in 2020 than anyone would have predicted and the stench of possible widespread fraud continues to hang over the result. Donald Trump entered office with a pledge to “drain the swamp,” something that he found more difficult to actually do rather than just talk about doing. The Democrats will surely now work hard to methodically eliminate all political appointees in the vast bureaucracy guilty of Trumpism.

That replacement of bureaucrats is referred to as the “spoils systems” and it is to be expected, but there is something more sinister in the works with leading Democrats and some journalists calling for heads to roll, metaphorically to be sure but with real impact on the lives of those who supported the losing side. The Washington Post’s resident Trump-hating Zionist Jennifer Rubin summed it up nicely in a tweet three days after the election, posting “Any R now promoting rejection of an election or calling to not to follow the will of voters or making baseless allegations of fraud should never serve in office, join a corporate board, find a faculty position or be accepted into ‘polite’ society. We have a list.”

And Bill Clinton’s former Labor Secretary Robert Reich has been even more explicit, tweeting a demand to create a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” The commission borrows the name and would be modeled on the organization set up in South Africa after the fall of the apartheid government and the establishment of majority black rule, an exercise in attempted democratization that has nevertheless failed to put an end to extremely high levels of corruption and communal violence in the country.

Reich’s objective is not limited to punishing the Trump White House’s top officials who may have promoted policies considered anathema by the incoming Democratic administration. He has also tweeted “When this nightmare is over, we need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It would erase Trump’s lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe.” The Reich proposal would potentially mean punishing thousands of otherwise innocent individuals who had little influence over what happened during the past four years. “Enabled” covers a lot of ground, and is prone to devolve into something like a witch hunt.

One Reich supporter wrote in defense of the proposal “As long as unresolved historic injustices continue to fester in the world, there will be a demand for truth commissions” and there have been numerous comments on social media sites like Facebook insisting that “something be done” about the “deplorables” who voted for and supported Trump. Interestingly, even though the comments constitute actual threats, Facebook has not deleted them, unlike the elimination of posts that run afoul of the censors by questioning the validity of the election or challenging conventional wisdom on COVID-19.

Another commenter on twitter agreed with Reich, though complaining “But it doesn’t go far enough, clearly. Trump’s assets and those of his voters should be seized by the state through legislation and distributed to those he’s harmed as reparations. Surely that’s the only way to heal our nation. Land of the free!” And finally, still another cheerleader enthused “Robert… you’re right. And after we win… we’ll come for you all… we’re pretty much over trying to share a country with you anyway. Four years ago I thought you were people with bad ideas. I was wrong: YOU’RE BAD PEOPLE.”

To be sure, Trump invited much of the hostile response to what he represents when he held rallies where supporters called out Hillary Clinton with chants of “Lock her up!” So the anger is there on both sides and momentum is building not just to replace or ignore Trump’s associates and his supporters, but to punish them for their alleged inability to comprehend the many benefits derived from Democratic Party rule. As no mechanism actually exists to enable the new regime to punish supporters of the previous administration, unless they have actually committed a crime, one suspects the process of purging the bureaucracy and voters rolls will pretty much be improvised while Biden and Harris get settled in.

Donald Trump also does not help either himself or the cause he represents. His insults and abusive language invite hostility, having his tweets turn allies into enemies and making friends of the “revolution” that he represents wish that he would just shut up. Current media reports suggesting that he might not vacate the White House on January 20th as he continues to be convinced that he won invite a nasty response from the Democrats. Ex-president Barack Obama has warned, possibly in jest, that Trump might need to be removed forcibly by Navy SEALS.

And, of course, violence could beget violence. If denigration of Trump supporters followed by a real purge does take place it will impact on the tens of millions of voters who still believe President Trump should have won re-election but for fraud. They are ready for a fight, and not necessarily limited to the metaphoric. As I said in the beginning, it could be an interesting year here in America.

Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation (Federal ID Number #52-1739023) that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is