You May be a Conservative American

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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You May be a Conservative American if:

You are wealthy, unapologetic and not racked with guilt.

You don’t believe you gained your wealth on the backs of the poor.

You are not wealthy, but want to be and don’t wish to rob or scam anyone to get that way.

You don’t feel guilty about wanting to keep more of what you’ve earned.

You don’t hate or wish to punish the people who have more than you, simply because they have more.

You are not a racist, but the left says you are.

You are not a homophobe, but the left says you are.

You are not a bigot, but the left says you are.

You are not a sexist, but the left says you are.

You are not transphobic, but the left says you are.

You don’t believe that because men should use the men’s room and women should use the lady’s room makes you transphobic. read more

Treat the Constitution Like the NFL Rulebook

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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What does it mean when we right-wingers describe ourselves as conservatives? What is it that we are trying so hard to save, preserve or prevent the loss of – which is what conserve means. Those on the left would say we wish to conserve the days of slavery and Jim Crow – or maybe the white-old days of the 1950s before the Civil Rights movement.

Despite the fact that all those bad times were born of the left in this country, we conservatives wish to reestablish and conserve America’s original set of governing rules.

Our nation was founded on a set of ideals – the Declaration of Independence, and rules – the Constitution. Yet Americans today seem only to care about some rules, but not others. We demand absolute adherence to some rule books, while all but ignoring others.

As most of my readers know, I’m a huge fan of the NFL – particularly the New England Patriots, but also just a lover of everything pro-football. (Don’t hate me just because your team isn’t as good).

On many occasions, I’ve witnessed that we, at least we football fans, will have a nationwide collective meltdown, if say a player commits a penalty and gets away with it late in the fourth quarter of a close game. Fans take to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to vent their spleens over a flagrant violation that goes unpunished and may cost their team the game. read more

It’s Time For Some Radical Conservatism

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We on the right are sick and tired of quiet, measured conservatism. We need a fighter, and this is the soul reason Donald Trump has had so much success in such a short time.

We’re sick of the Bush’s kinder and gentler, compassionate conservative line-of-crap approach. We want – we need a warrior. Donald Trump has discovered this and has tapped into it. No one else on the right has seemingly figured this out – not even my man Ted Cruz.

There’s only one problem. Yes, Trump is definitely a warrior, but he’s no conservative.

Many on the right (me included) have stated that it’s perfectly reasonable to change one’s mind on any issue, but to do so requires a kind of come-to-Jesus moment, as it were – a reflective or life changing event. I’m not talking about waking up one day to realize you all of the sudden prefer creamy over chunky peanut butter. I’m talking big issues.

Yet regarding something major like immigration, taxes, abortion and support of Democrats, I’ve neither seen nor heard of such events to cause me to believe Trump is the me man he says he is, or more to the point – the man people want so desperately to see him as.

As an aside: does this sound familiar? Is this not exactly what we said of Obama – that people just wished him to be, therefore he was?

I’m not here to bash Trump. I actually think he’s doing yeoman’s work driving the issue bus, but we need a firebrand who is a conservative through and through. read more

Another Disagreement with a Conservative Icon

by: the Common Constitutionalist

If you’re a member of the Tea Party or are simply a conservative, no doubt you’ve heard the following: Oh you idealists – you have to live in the real world. You must be more pragmatic. You have to be willing to occasionally compromise and those we elect must understand that they will have to work with the Democrats at some point to build bipartisan coalitions… wait for it… “To Get Things Done”.

Well, “getting things done” can mean different of things to different people.

To us conservatives, getting things done means cutting the size of government – I mean slashing it like Warren G Harding and Calvin Coolidge did. It means cutting government spending. I mean really cutting – not just a slight decrease of a massive spending increase (baseline budgeting).

It also means doing what is necessary to save the Republic in the face of a real or perceived public backlash (mostly perceived).

Yes, I understand that occasionally one has to compromise, but compromise shouldn’t be synonymous with surrender. What we have in the Republican leadership of both the House and Senate is just that – two halves of the Republican surrender coalition.

So, once again, I must do what I hoped I would never have to – strongly disagree with one of my heroes, Dr. Thomas Sowell.

In his recent article, “Facts and Factions” he is, in effect, defending and supporting the Republican establishment and doing so out of what I can only describe as fear. read more

Conservatives to Watch…or Teddy and the Cruzers

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

It seems these days there is very little to get excited about.

 

The debt and deficit, Obama’s 4 billion-dollar budget request, drastic unilateral military cutbacks, Obamacare, the new normal of absurdly priced gas, Russia and Ukraine and the constant struggle of us conservatives versus our own party. Man, that is a lot to wrestle with.

 

Many, and at times all of us, have asked ourselves; what can we do? How do we fight this progressive madness? Can and will anyone stand up to Obama and the Democrats or the Republican establishment?

 

Well, this can and may be the year. This can be our watershed moment. The year where we begin to throw off the shackles of establishment Republicanism. The moment in history we take hold of our destiny and reverse what will otherwise be inevitable.

 

More and more true American conservatives are coming forth to unseat the old Republican guard. Sure, in past years, this has been a pipe dream, but this time, it feels different. read more

Fiscal vs Social Conservative

from Dennis Prager:

If there were as many “fiscal conservatives” as there are people who claim to be, it is hard to see how Republicans would lose as many elections as they do.

One frequently hears this political self-identification: “I’m socially liberal, but fiscally conservative.” Or, “If the Republicans weren’t conservative on so many social issues, I would vote Republican.” Or, “It’s too bad the Christian Right dominates the Republican Party. I would vote for the Republicans on fiscal issues, but I can’t stand the religious right.”

The same sentiment holds among many inside the Republican Party. Most secular conservatives and the libertarian wing of the party agree: Let’s jettison all this social stuff — most prominently opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion, and this unnecessary commitment to religion — and just stand for small government and personal liberty. read more

Karen Handel for Senate

I’ll hold my judgement, but she is saying the right things…so far.

 

from the American Thinker:

Karen Handel is the type of candidate that all Republicans should be supporting. She is running in Georgia for the U.S. Senate because she feels that problem solvers should replace career politicians. Upon interviewing her, American Thinker found her to be articulate, thoughtful, and someone who will stand up for what she believes.

American Thinker: Why did you decide to become a candidate?

Karen Handel: I saw what was happening in Washington and it became abundantly clear that we need new leadership. We need people that will be elected to the Senate that will stop America from sliding into mediocrity. Looking at the Atlanta Journal Constitution Senate Poll taken last month I had the highest statewide favorable rating among Republicans, a commanding advantage in Metro Atlanta and Southwest Georgia and a strong second in Southeast and North Georgia. I have supporters from the business side as well as the grassroots side. read more

Got Nowhere To Run To Baby

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

I was speaking to a customer at my office last week. He is as conservative as anyone and fairly well read. He comes by to pick up supplies every once in a while and invariably the conversations turn to politics.

 

That day, we discussed everything from incandescent light bulbs to Obamacare. He began to turn the conversation into a complainathon.

 

He bemoaned the bond buying scheme by the Federal Reserve, saying that the $85 billion a month money flood can’t possibly be sustained. It was then that I told him the great news – that the Fed was paring back to a mere $75 billion a month.

 

It was as if a great weight was lifted off him. Not really. His reaction was, “Woop-di-do”! Well said. read more

Hyper Educated Conservatives

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Have you noticed we conservatives complain a lot? It’s not as if we aren’t justified. Just look around at the country, the world. Progressivism, statism running rampant, affecting every facet of our lives. We do have plenty to complain about.

 

We see “The American Way” being eroded to the point where it is unrecognizable, although when you think about it, have any of us really seen or experienced the “American Way”? Not really – not even close. At least, not as the founders had envisioned.

 

Yet here we are. We get together virtually every day to lament a lost vision and discuss our disappointments. We don’t merely disseminate information; we air our disappointment in someone or something.

 

People like John McCain and Lindsey Graham consistently frustrate us, although I’m not sure why anymore. It would be more of a shock if either ever uttered anything conservative.

 

No, I’m talking about those we thought conservative but turned out to have fooled us completely or come out supporting something we firmly oppose. Those who give us pause and we say, “Gee, I really thought he was a conservative”, or at least conservative enough to support. read more

Republicans vs. Conservatives

 

One difference between the two major parties is that Democrats harness the energy of their base to fight legislative battles; Republicans make end-runs around their base to obviate their energy.

Let’s examine the GOP’s strategy for dealing with immigration.  Instead of harnessing their energy to fight amnesty and hang it around the necks of Democrats in the red state electoral landscape next year, they are trying to outflank the conservative base with subterfuge in order to pass amnesty.  National Journal has an inside story of the strategy:

House Republicans head home for the August break having done little to pass immigration reform, falling well short of Speaker John Boehner’s goal of voting on legislation before next week’s monthlong recess begins. But far from a failure of leadership, top House Republicans are casting the inaction as a tactical play designed to boost reform’s chances.

Keeping immigration on the back-burner helps avoid a recess filled with angry town-hall meetings reminiscent of the heated August 2009 protests where the backlash against health care reform coalesced. Doing nothing also starves Democrats of a target, Republicans argue.

“August was a central part of our discussions. People don’t want to go home and get screamed at,” a House GOP leadership aide said.

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