If you were able to avoid the Marxist – sorry Democratic – National Convention this past week, consider yourself fortunate. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and a vast array of zany politicians and obtuse celebrities took the stage to push their radical agenda of immorality, injustice, and de-civilization.
Even so, there is a real lesson that conservatives can learn from the DNC, suggests Daniel Horowitz in this week’s episode of the Conservative Conscience podcast. Horowitz says he was “inspired in a very sad way” about how the Left fights so ruthlessly for their policies and NEVER GIVES UP.
Democrats believe so strongly in their values and are so indefatigable in their mission to see their goals come to fruition, that for them, defeat is simply not an option. Contrast that to the Republicans who whimper and cave at every turn. Conservatives in turn are in danger of losing their core, their conscience, and then what will we have?
Isn’t it high time conservatives fought with the same tenacity and fervor as the liberals? America needs it.
“Conscience is the most sacred of all property,” said James Madison.
Yet when Ted Cruz stood in front of delegates at the GOP convention last Wednesday and uttered the words, “vote your conscience,” the world turned upside down and many in the room wildly drowned out his words with boos.
And we though being a conservative was about principles? Guess not.
“This is a crisis of conscience of the likes we’ve never seen before,” argues Daniel Horowitz. On this week’s episode of the Conservative Conscience Horowitz breaks down how the real battle is not R’s vs. D’s but about protecting our conscience and advancing our values.
Every four years it’s the same song and dance. We end up sacrificing conservatism at the Republican altar. This year we have Donald Trump and again the knee-jerk reaction is the same – “we MUST support him so that the Democrats don’t win!” But he’s not a conservative – “we don’t care!”
Conservatives need to start asking themselves, is this strategy working?
As Daniel explains, there is a big difference between strategically voting for Trump while concurrently focusing on long term reforms and retaining our values than realigning all of our views to comport with some of his problematic positions. There is a disturbing trend of some conservatives adopting new liberal positions in order to show “unity” with Trump. This is a big mistake, and is frankly the mistake that has cost us any solid progress over the past 28 years. Vote for whomever you want, but retain your conscience and don’t change your deep rooted principles.
“Instead of seeking new and foreign principles because we continue to fail in pursuit of tired, old tactics, why not renew our old timeless principles with new, innovative tactics.”
“We die on their hills; fall on their swords. We lose elections anyway either right away or 2-4 years later because of it. We’ve had the people’s house, the body closest to the people, for 18 of the past 22 years. Look at the result.”
“We win enough victories that are too minute and too insignificant to fundamentally move the ball forward, yet tantalizing enough to allure us into a false sense of security. This prevents us from pursuing the tough long-term reforms that will actually create enduring victories.”
We’ve come full circle in this election cycle. Ask anyone who is even semi-enthused by the prospect of a Trump nomination and they will tell you they are tired of the same old, do-nothing establishment elitists. Well, if nothing is done to quickly reform the direction of this convention and the RNC over the next four years, the entire effort to overthrow the establishment will become nothing better than the establishment itself.
Everything we have reported on at Conservative Review concerning the despotic chicanery used to steamroll conservatives in Congress is transpiring now at the convention in Cleveland. Daniel breaks down the chicanery and explains the importance for Trump supporters who truly want to reform the party to not allow the same RNC hacks to employ the same despotic tactics they have always pursued.
Conservative supporters of Trump should join with others to flush out the RNC and reform their rules. They must think past this election. Just as God warned the Israelites not to allow the pagans to remain in place because they would serve as thorns in their side, keeping the existing structure of the party will hamper any benefits of a Trump victory.
Last night, following the Jihad attack in Nice, France, Newt Gingrich stirred up a firestorm when he told Sean Hannity that because western civilization is in a war, “we should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported.” He also said “modern Muslims who have given up Sharia, glad to have them as citizens.”
It is vitally important to draw clear constitutional, legal, historical, philosophical, and prudent policy lines. In this special edition, Daniel notes that while there are very problematic and unconstitutional aspects to Newt’s solution as it relates to U.S. citizens, the former speaker’s diagnosis of the problem and his solution as it relates to future immigration is spot on. There is a degree of constitutional illiteracy that is apparent both in Gingrich’s statement and in the words of his critics. It is against our Constitution and values to carte blanche take away First Amendment rights from U.S. citizens or deport them for simply harboring a supremacist ideology. At the same time, it is completely constitutional and rooted in our history and tradition not to willingly import those who subscribe to a political system incompatible with our values and dangerous to our survival.
As it relates to Islamic supremacists who have already obtained U.S. citizenship but have not broken any laws, Daniel explores true constitutional and prudent policies that will save western civilization and are indeed rooted in our history and tradition without violating the Bill of Rights.
“Every society from a great nation down to a club had the right of declaring the conditions on which new members should be admitted, there can be room for no complaint.”~ Gouverneur Morris, at the Constitutional Convention in 1787[i]
"The jurisdiction of the nation within its own territory is necessarily exclusive and absolute. It is susceptible of no limitation not imposed by itself. Any restriction upon it deriving validity from an external source would imply a diminution of its sovereignty to the extent of the restriction and an investment of that sovereignty to the same extent in that power which could impose such restriction. All exceptions, therefore, to the full and complete power of a nation within its own territories must be traced up to the consent of the nation itself. They can flow from no other legitimate source." ~ Chief Justice Marshall 1812 [ii]
[i] Gouverneur Morris, “Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787,” Elliot’s Debates, vol. V, as republished on the Teaching American History website, http://teachingamericanhistory.org/ratification/elliot/vol5/0809_1787/.
Morris’s importance as a founder is best captured by Madison’s claim that the actual text of the Constitution “fairly belongs to the pen of Mr. Morris.” Max Farrand, “The Framing Of The Constitution Of The United States,” (Kindle Location 1744). Kindle Edition.
[ii] The Exchange v. McFaddon, 11 U.S. 136 (1812).
Reports are saying that Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana, is Donald Trump's pick for Vice President. While Joe doesn't necessarily think it is a done deal, Daniel says it doesn't matter because a VP pick doesn't matter at all.
Daniel and Joe break down the report, explain what it means (if anything) that Pence is the pick, and how conservatives should think about this pick and all other #Veepstakes.
Daniel poses an infuriating, but important question. It isn't that he thinks they would be better, it is that he questions whether we need things to get worse to shock the system.
The question is debated, and the answer he gives may surprise you.
On July 4th, 1776 the founders set forth to establish a system of governance based upon PRINCIPLES and self-evident TRUTHS. They understood moral clarity and that there are areas of life that are not shaded with gray but are black and white. Where has that gone?
In this week’s episode of the Conservative Conscience, your host Daniel Horowitz breaks down how America has abandoned black-and-white moral clarity and opted instead for moral relativism – and why that is perhaps the single greatest factor in the destruction of our Republic.
Sexual Orientation? Gender? Good & Evil? Natural Law? Religious Freedom? These are all gray areas now.
But alas, Horowitz asks, “When was the last time you’ve seen a Republican speak with clarity about morality the same way you see the Democrats speak with clarity about immorality?”
… still waiting.
Also, be sure to check out Daniel’s annual July 4th manifesto coming out next week!