Despite the craziness of the GOP, they still managed to win the Georgia special election. That is how badly swing voters still don’t want Pelosi’s policies. So why won’t Republicans use this mandate to move in the opposite direction?
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we dissect the message from the recent slew of special elections and how it provides an opportunity for Republicans to energize their base by offering the country a new direction. Yet, from Obamacare and immigration to fiscal policy, the courts, and foreign policy, Republicans are keeping the status quo.
We also delve into the details of the horrendous Obamacare bailout bill that is making Jonathan Gruber proud.
There are also some issues going on in the courts that are killing our sovereignty.
During his inaugural address, Trump inveighed against do-nothing politicians who are all talk and no action. Trump said: “We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done.”
I couldn’t agree more, Mr. President. So why is there all talk and no action except for the actions that contradict your rhetoric?
How is it that so many supposed conservatives are so credulous in the face of policy betrayals by Trump and Republicans that they fall for every distraction? Sadly, this reveals a more uncomfortable reality that the modern conservative movement and conservative media don’t really stand for anything. And as Alexander Hamilton warned, "Those who stand for nothing fall for anything."
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we discuss the true consequences of Trump’s amnesty and how it violates the foundation of his campaign promise. We also observe how the silence of conservative media is appalling and how there is no movement to demand that Republicans utilize their control of government for specific policy victories. In that light, we also lay out some opportunities for conservatives in the upcoming markup of the annual defense bill, an opportunity that will likely be lost on this fledgling movement.
Finally, we tackle the concerns with Trump’s foreign policy and his further involvement in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, and Somalia, in complete violation of his campaign promises. Yet, conservatives don’t seem to stand for anything other than not being the Democrats…even if we ironically adopt their policies!
The entire conservative media is focused on the endless rage against the liberal media and accusing them of fomenting violence. But we all forget what we are even fighting for. As we chronicle throughout the podcast and in our writings, there are a number of liberal policy outcomes emanating from this GOP Congress and administration, yet we are fighting over a bunch of nothing.
The best way to fight back against the media? Let’s actually enact the agenda for which they supposedly hate us! Let’s start by pursuing a pro-gun agenda and immediately enacting a right-to-carry bill. Stay in for the August recess and overwhelm the Left and the media with one policy victory after another. This will have the effect of electrifying our base so that the Left is not the only side with intensity for the mid-term elections.
We need more winning and less whining.
Distraction, distractions, distractions. By refusing to use the bully pulpit to promote a robust and bold conservative agenda, the Trump administration and much of the “conservative” movement is falling into the media trap. We are focusing on what the media wants to discuss. Why, instead, is nobody focusing on the fact that Trump is continuing the illegal amnesty of Obama? Why is nobody focusing on the dozens of agenda items we’ve laid out at Conservative Review to drive the narrative and force the media to focus on what we think is important rather than us focusing on what they think is important?
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we focus on a number of forgotten issues – from the Saudi Arms deal and Trump’s amnesty to the crazy courts, Hezbollah operatives on our shores, and the GOP making Obamacare great again.
While every Clickservative is focused solely on Comey and Russia, we stand at a crossroads on so many issues. From the debt ceiling, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, foreign policy opportunities, Israel policy, budget betrayals, immigration, judicial reform, etc – there is no time to be wasted on nonsense. Conservatives can raise their voices and demand change while the president is on the fence and we can seize these amazing opportunities. On the other hand, we can get distracted by nonsense and watch the shallow-state losers in this administration lead the president astray on every critical issue. The choice is ours.
Specifically, in this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we delve into three issues in depth – Dodd-Frank repeal, the debt ceiling, and how to use the Arab schism with Qatar, Iran, and the Muslim Brotherhood to our advantage.
As of now, we are getting all the liabilities of cozying up to the Saudis (getting ensnared in Yemen, getting caught in Syria, the disastrous arms deal, throwing Israel under the bus), but not getting the benefits (going after the Muslim Brotherhood, abrogating the Iran deal, and stop fighting for Iran in Iraq). This is the difference between allying with one of your enemies against another (bad) and playing them both against each other for our benefit (good).
The lesson from all of this is that true conservatives have so much to talk about and run on in a principled and resonate fashion. We don’t need to focus on the media or what the media is focusing on all day. And if conservatives would actually give such advice to the president, it would have a self-fulfilling effect of bailing him out of the media’s narratives and changing the discussion to substance over style, which always benefits our side.
Last Thursday, Trump fulfilled a major campaign promise in exiting the Paris climate disaster. But he also confirmed a colossal betrayal in failing to move the Israel embassy to Jerusalem and continuing the maniacal negotiations with the PLO. What gives? Why did conservatives succeed in getting Trump in our camp on one issue and not the other? The answer is simple: conservatives got in his face and made demands on the climate issue, but not on foreign policy.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we discuss how conservatives must speak out and demand change from this administration, otherwise we won’t get it. Trump has shown a sensitivity to conservative criticism, which is a good thing. We should learn from the Paris success and use it for other issues. The next issue must be immigration an homeland security.
We explore Trump’s opportunity to regain momentum by giving a series of televised addresses and promoting a very specific immigration and homeland security agenda.
Between the courts setting immigration policy, national security policy, election law, social policy, redistricting, and criminal justice policy, we no longer live in a republic. The lower courts, not just the Supreme Court, stand above the other branches of government and the 50 states.
But how did this happen? How can the other branches, which have more robust powers, get rolled by courts created by Congress?
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we explore the recent immigration rulings and some other cases to demonstrate how the judicial crisis stems from a political crisis whereby the other branches of government are needlessly giving in to the courts. In fact, as it relates to the Fourth Circuit opinion on Trump’s executive order, the administration is giving the courts even more than they ask for. At some point, could we really blame the courts for grabbing power that is handed to them on a silver platter by the other branches of government?
We explore some simple solutions laid out in Stolen Sovereignty, if only there was the political willing to enact them.
“It is not probable that the Supreme Court would long be indulged in a career of usurpation opposed to the decided opinions & policy of the Legislature. Nor do I think that Congress, even seconded by the Judicial Power, can, without some change in the character of the nation, succeed in durable violations of the rights & authorities of the States.” James Madison to Spencer Roane, 6 May, 1821
“It may in the last place be observed that the supposed danger of judiciary encroachments on the legislative authority, which has been upon many occasions reiterated, is in reality a phantom. Particular misconstructions and contraventions of the will of the legislature may now and then happen; but they can never be so extensive as to amount to an inconvenience, or in any sensible degree to affect the order of the political system. This may be inferred with certainty, from the general nature of the judicial power, from the objects to which it relates, from the manner in which it is exercised, from its comparative weakness, and from its total incapacity to support its usurpations by force.” Alexander Hamilton, Federalist # 81.
The conservative media is so focused on smoke and rhetoric that they are missing the actual important policy outcomes on critical domestic and foreign policy issues. If they’d focus on what’s happening rather than just fighting the media over nonsense, they’d understand we are being sold out and so many of Obama’s policies are being continued.
Rather than focus on one incident or speech, conservatives must pay attention to the broad direction and paradigm shift of this administration. It has moved away from the conservatives and the original Trump campaign and has now drifted into the swamp of Tillerson, McMaster, Powell, Cohn, and Jared. While Trump’s speeches in Saudi Arabia and Israel were nice, the policies being promoted by his administration undermine every aspect of his rhetoric. It’s time conservatives finally learn that, with Trump, the actions are completely divorced from the rhetoric. And until and unless we raise our voices, nothing will change.
If we actually focused on policy outcomes, there are a lot of things conservatives could accomplish. At the end of the show we lay out some important initiatives the president could focus on…if he cared to change the narrative.
The only thing worse than seeing Obama’s policies actualized is having them achieved under our banner.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we discuss the foreign policy betrayals of the administration, promoted by the likes of H.R. McMaster and Dina Powell. From policies towards the PLO and the Saudis, to Turkey and Iran, this administration is pursuing the very same agenda conservatives blasted under Obama. Have we lost our intellectual honesty to such a point that we will now bless policies we hated just a few months ago?
We further delve into the danger of the Saudis and Erdogen in funding a subversion agenda on our own soil and how that is the front line in the war against jihad, not refereeing Islamic civil wars. Thus, to sell out to the Saudis under the guise of fighting ISIS is completely backwards.
The key is for conservatives not to get distracted by the smoke of optics and bluster of rhetoric, but focus on the policy outcomes behind the curtain. Look at what is actually happening on the policies and issues from which the media will often distract us, and it will become clear we are losing the battle for control of this administration. Too many people are focusing on Trump’s speeches he’s given overseas and not on the broader policy direction of the administration. More than with any other administration, the policies are not reflecting the rhetoric of the president himself. That is a problem.
What’s the point of obsessing over defending this administration from all the scandals if they are not even promoting our policies anyway? This is why it’s so important Trump hear from conservatives and understand that we are not ok with him selling out on foreign policy. If we don’t advocate for our priorities, who will?
This week is full of scandals in the media, but it’s also full of Trump policy betrayals that are not being discussed in the media. Worse, they are not being discussed in the conservative media because they are too busy defending Trump from some indefensible actions while he is screwing conservatives on policy. They are defending him against the media while he has allowed Jared, Ivanka, Dina Powell, Gary Cohn, and H.R. McMaster to create the very policies outcomes, ironically, supported by that very same media. What’s the point in incurring such political liability and an electoral wipeout if we are not even getting our policy outcomes?
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we break down why this strategy of focusing on the lesser of two evils – “but the Democrats are worse,” “we can’t let the Democrats win” is actually counterproductive to its own stated goals. By pursuing this strategy, we ensure those very Democrats get elected with an even bigger mandate. Isn’t it time we break free and stand consistently and morally on our own two feet? Unless we do so, we will get crushed in the midterm elections, thereby losing so many governorships and state legislatures (forget about Congress!). This will determine redistricting for a decade.
So, Trump is at 35-40% approval and Democrats have opened a wide lead in the generic ballot polling. And what do we have to show for it? What have we gotten for this?
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel breaks down the latest series of betrayals. While excuse-making conservatives produce lists of their own demonstrating “the good things” the president is doing, if you look carefully, most of them are ceremonial with “no discernable policy outcome,” as the ACLU observed with regards to the religious liberty memo. On the other hand, the betrayals are deep and severely consequential. Look at the fire, not the smoke.
We explore the betrayal of Israel and how NSC head, General H.R. McMaster, is essentially promoting Obama’s foreign policy. There is a lot of significance to the betrayal of Israel and what it portends for other policies and who is really running this administration.
In the second half of the show we discuss how, once again, the courts are destroying us on elections and how this will not be fixed without judicial reform.
Finally, we tackle the Alabama Senate race. In many respects, this race embodies the problems we face, except it has an inherent antidote in the form of Judge Roy Moore. Daniel explains why he’s still backing Roy Moore, despite the entrance of another patriot, Mo Brooks, in the race.
Approval rating in the toilet…and for what?
There are so many betrayals being perpetrated by our political class that actually have discernable policy outcomes and are much more important than the Comey news. Why is nobody talking about the GOP betrayal on the border wall, health care, religious liberty, moving embassy to Jerusalem, the Paris climate accord, and of course judicial tyranny? Yet, in many respects, the Comey news and the binary hypocrisy of the parties is important to focus on and learn from because it embodies what is wrong with both parties.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel explains why Comey should have been fired from a conservative perspective but also why both sides in this case have a glass jaw. If we actually had a consistent and principled conservative party it would be so much easier to punch through the news cycle. All too often, our side must defend and fight for things that aren’t even conservative, yet get blamed for them. In many respects, we are all like James Comey, turning everything into a tortured political pretzel rather than being consistent about the truth.
In the second half of the show, we discuss how the courts have reached a new level of judicial tyranny and are making the other two branches irrelevant. This is a lot more important than the Comey news, but nobody in the other two branches is even willing to broach the topic.
“Sure, the media is going to throw punches at any hypothetical conservative movement or party. But it would sure be a lot harder for them to do damage if we didn’t have the glass jaw of the tainted and progressive GOP.”
“I’m sick and tired of dying for the other SOB’s ideology. Can’t we have a party with which we will at least take media hits for our own beliefs?”
Are you fed up with the political adultery of Republicans being nothing more than inarticulate Democrats? Many people are looking for a new party but feel there is no viable alternative on the horizon. Is that about to change?
On this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we are joined by J.D. Rucker, the co-founder of the Federalist Party. He gives us an update on the state of play in building a new party and their plan to become the second, not third party, on the political scene. This is a long term plan but definitely intriguing.
Conservatives have been pushed to the brink by the betrayals. We want a revolution. We want a party to finally act in accordance with its campaign pledges. Where do we go from here?
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel interviews Judge Roy Moore who is attempting to storm the establishment castle by running for Senate in Alabama. They discuss a wide range of topics, particularly related to the role of the courts and how the judicial crisis has neutered Congress. It takes an originalist in the Senate to solve the problem, not just originalists on the courts. But it also takes a man of integrity, something that is lacking with most Republicans.
The question for conservatives is if they will take yes for an answer.
When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, “just men who will rule in the fear of God.” The preservation of government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be sqandered (sic) on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.
— Noah Webster, History of the United States (New Haven: Durrie & Peck, 1832), pp. 336-337
Neither the Founding generation nor their children nor their children's children, right on down to our grandparents' generation, were so passive about their role as republican citizens. They would not have accepted-did not accept-being told that a lawyerly elite had charge of the Constitution, and they would have been incredulous if told (as we are often told today) that the main reason to worry about who becomes president is that the winner will control judicial appointments. Something would have gone terribly wrong, they believed, if an unelected judiciary were being given that kind of importance and deference. Perhaps such a country could still be called democratic, but it would no longer be the kind of democracy Americans had fought and died and struggled to create.
— Larry D. Kramer, The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004), 228.
A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.
George Washington’s Farewells Address, on the danger of political parties
Editor's note: Daniel Horowitz has endorsed Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama.
How is it possible to get humiliated in a major budget battle by a party that has no power? In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we answer that question. It’s not that Republicans are cowardly or obsequious; it’s that they fundamentally don’t share our values. Thus, the Democrat outcomes are their outcomes as well. Moreover, don’t blame this all on congressional Republicans, although they are certainly an act in perfidy. President Trump is just as much at fault, and in this episode, we prove it and also debunk White House talking points.
Later on in the show we discuss why Judge Roy Moore’s race for Senate in Alabama speaks to every issue conservatives are worried about today. Will conservatives finally take yes for an answer?
The only thing worse than Republicans selling us out, bastardizing our values, breaking promises and lying about it, and downright making our views unpopular with the public, is for us to become content with and even excuse this behavior. Thanks to the soft bigotry of low expectations, much of our movement is now pacified by merely finding a few random roses Republicans throw at us amidst the endless acts of political adultery on the legacy issues that matter. The binary idolatry of “well, the Democrats would be worse” is destroying our own movement and permanently ceding ground that might never be recovered.
In this action-packed episode, Daniel goes through the litany of betrayals and perfidy from this week on almost every major issue that counts. The question is: are conservatives going to accept this as the soft bigotry of low expectations or will we finally take our destiny into our own hands? If conservatives don’t demand action, we will forever cede ground on important issues. Worse, the terrible body of the GOP that is trapping and bastardizing our views is rapidly making our views unpopular on issues that were once easy winners.
This is the week when we will see the dichotomy between the parties play out: whereas Democrats seek power even when they don’t have it; Republicans seek office even when they have power. In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel breaks down the week ahead of budget fights, taxes, and health care. After accomplishing almost nothing in this Congress, the budget is the only opportunity for Republicans to actually fulfill their promises. This is the week for Trump to either rise to the occasion or allow Chuck Schumer to control government from a minority position in the Senate.
The other big issue this week is the emerging deal on a health care bill. The Freedom Caucus leadership is stuck between a rock and a hard place with the reality of a party that doesn’t share their values. Many of them are trying to cut the best deal possible, but as we explore, it will likely fall far short of any meaningful repeal of Obamacare.
What’s worse than watching Democrat policies – both on the domestic and foreign policy fronts – being implemented? Watching them being implemented by a Republican president.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel talks about the results of the special election in GA-6 and demonstrates why Republicans are headed towards a nightmare scenario if they don’t change course. On the one hand, they are perceived to have full control of government, a perception which has energized the Democrat base. On the other hand, we have gotten nothing done and the conservative base is no longer energized. This is a recipe for losing even red-leaning districts.
Using the latest news about the Iran deal, foreign policy, Obamacare, and the budget, Daniel shows how we are incurring all the political liabilities of Republicans controlling government but enjoying none of the policy benefits.
My warning from last year: “Anyone looking to this man for a nominee with a morsel of conservatism or authentic anti-establishment direction has sadly landed on a charlatan who embodies the epitome of what is wrong with tepid republicanism. Strip away the gratuitous boorishness and when it comes to real issues there is nothing but political correctness, uncertainty, and vacillation. Thus we are left with all of the vices of a non-politically correct candidate and none of the virtues.”
Tired of the myopic focus on Syria and the platitudes over whether to intervene or not? In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel is joined by Patrick Poole, the senior national security correspondent for PJ Media and one of the foremost experts on the Middle East. (whose views are unfortunately never represented among the smart set in DC). Patrick discusses the folly of focusing on any one player in a vacuum and the need to a take a holistic approach putting our interests first.
Through a deep and far reaching discussion of the Middle East and Africa, we explore the observations that are missed by the failed foreign policy “wonks” in both parties, who are now dragging this president into the same sinkhole of the past. Many policymakers are missing the fact that Christian parts of Africa are falling to Islamists every week and the media ignores the mass genocide in the region just because the victims are not Muslims engaged in civil wars.
Patrick calls for a complete operational pause and audit of all our engagements in the Middle East – from direct combat, to arming and training dubious and even dangerous entities – so that we can devise a holistic policy that addresses both the Iranian and Sunni Islamist threats from a position of strength with consistency that will serve our interests.
Patrick observes that right now, as it relates to conservatives in this administration, we are like the first wave at Omaha Beach getting mowed down by the swamp creatures. We need a successful second, third, and fourth wave to establish a beachhead or this administration will be lost on critical national security policies.
Are we going to have our foreign policy dictated by prudence and the facts on the ground as they relate to our interests or are we going to be goaded into more mistakes by yellow journalism? Patrick Poole navigates the toughest waters of the Middle East swamp.
"Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” Thomas Jefferson
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we explore a number of important issues – from the engagement in Syria to the judicial filibuster, the prospect of Justice Neil Gorsuch, and the need for judicial reform.
The images emanating from Syria are horrible, but there are a lot of important questions that must be answered before we jump in and act on emotion. Without answering these critical questions, we risk repeating the mistakes of Iraq, destroying our military and political capital, and not even solving the humanitarian problem.
As for the courts, we explore why Gorsuch’s ascendance to the high court will not change the course of the judiciary and why we need bold thinkers to move beyond the existing failed paradigm. We must remember that the capacity of a good judge to do good does not counteract the capacity of a bad judge to destroy our society. That is why we will never fix the courts merely by attempting to appoint better judges.
How is it possible to get hit by a parked car? It’s not possible, of course, unless you do it on purpose. The same applies to Trump and Republicans losing the upcoming budget battle.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we explore the mechanics of the budget battle and how the perfidy and betrayal demonstrates that Republicans don’t share our values. It is impossible to lose a government shutdown fight when you control all three branches unless you don’t want to win or unless your definition of winning is different from your campaign promises.
Republicans are set to cave on the border wall, refugee resettlement, protecting Trump’s executive order, and Planned Parenthood, as well as the spending levels. When juxtaposed to what Democrats got in 2009 when they controlled all three branches, it should become evident to anyone willing to listen that Republicans don’t share the values of their base the way Democrats represent their voters.
Finally, Daniel discusses the mechanics of the filibuster and how several recent factors have changed the importance of this tool or at least the way it is practiced.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel explains the depth and profundity of the betrayal of conservatives. There is so much capitulation going on, it’s hard to keep up. Worse, Republicans are using their operation to smear conservatives and project on them their own faults. Facts and details of legislation no longer matter. Lies and deceptions reign supreme.
The core of the problem is that we have now accepted the soft bigotry of low expectations from Republicans. As long as they do one thing slightly different from Democrats, that is enough to mollify some phony conservatives. Then they call anyone who upholds the most basic tenets of the GOP platform a purist. This is how Democrat policies triumph even when they are out of power. This party is irremediably broken and we need to break outside of the existing paradigm to do more.
The Freedom Caucus has done a lot more than merely expose this party, the speaker, and the president as frauds on the health care issue. They have demonstrated that the entire modus operandi of the Republican Party is a sham. They run on campaign slogans to distinguish themselves from Democrats during elections but never have any intention of actually rolling back the leviathan. Nonetheless, despite an inarticulate president and a phony party, Daniel explains why conservatives must not give up on Obamacare repeal and what we can do to fuel momentum for free market health care.
Furthermore, Daniel explains why “tax reform” is a boondoggle. It is the wrong issue to focus on and no good will come of it given certain political realities with establishment Republicans. Trump would be wise to work with conservatives on the budget, immigration, and judicial reform rather than chase unicorn tax policies with Democrats.
"You can't con people, at least not for long. ... [I]f you don't deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on." President Trump, The Art of the Deal
In this special broadcast, Daniel celebrates the 100th episode of the Conservative Conscience. We outline a vision of what we are looking to do here – speak the truth, give a broad philosophical vision of conservatism as it relates to very specific information and issues and build a new movement that actually stands for something more than just being ‘slightly to the right’ of Democrats.
Tying in the entire premise of this show, Daniel goes through the news of the day with Obamacare and Neil Gorsuch to show how far to the left conservatives and Republicans have moved in their expectations. They are simply happy to be one tranche to the right of the ever-drifting Democrat Party, which is why their soft bigotry of low expectations allows them to be happy with anything that “is not Democrat.” Isn’t it time we stand on the veracity of our own views?
Plus you won’t want to miss all the latest news and inside baseball on the Obamacare repeal (or lack thereof).
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In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel is joined by Professor John Cochrane of the Hoover Institute, an expert economist on health care policy. In a refreshing change from the typical inside-Washington health care discussion, Daniel and the professor actually move beyond the false choice of the existing paradigm and envision what a true free market would look like.
Professor Cochrane gives a synopsis of his plan for free markets to deal with pre-existing conditions through the issuance of health-status insurance. The source of the pre-existing condition problem is government intervention that has boxed out any ability or need for private enterprise to compete for consumer demand. But if we actually repealed the Obamacare (and some pre-Obamacare) regulations and interventions, we could have health status insurance that would be purchased just like term-life insurance at a very young age to cover any change in health status.