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Sep 29, 2016

The difference between today’s professional conservative movement and the Democrats is a difference between 100 degrees of post-constitutional Sodom and Gomorrah vs. 95 degrees. In this episode, Daniel discusses how the Republican party at a presidential level, a congressional level, and conservative media level engages in a fake fight with the Left when it really matters and how it debases who we are and moves the contours of political debate inexorably to the Left and into the gutter. 

 

Amidst all of the salacious political fights and personal attacks the “conservative” media likes to focus on, they don’t even realize how they have already agreed to the Left on so many policy issues of substance.  Which is why they have nothing left but to discuss whatever the liberal media thinks is important, albeit complain about it.  

 

Much of the conservative media, which is permanently stuck on the culture of the lesser of two evils, downright defends evil so long as they can point to media bias and the Democrats being even worse.  Hence, fornication is tolerated, so long as you don’t get an abortion from it; transgenderism is lovely so long as you are part of a “conservative LGBTQFU group”; Marxism is fine as long as it doesn’t go to illegals; cradle to grave socialism is needed but we just disagree with Democrats over the “amounts and numbers.”

 

Isn’t it time we created a new vehicle we that can actually stand on its own veracity and merit?

 

Important Links

Judge forces Ohio School to Treat Boy like a Girl

Angelo Codevilla’s blockbuster Claremont article which explains my world view and why this election is not even that important relative to the real problems

Fake food fight: A debate that reflects our political system

 

The stupid party: This is the GOP's hill to die on?!

 

 

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Sep 25, 2016

Every constitutional conservative is caught up in the emotion over Cruz’s late decision to endorse Donald Trump.  In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, as always, Daniel moves beyond the convention wisdom, false choices, and binary narratives placed on our plate by the general media.  In Daniel’s opinion, this was a very bad political decision on the part of Cruz, but at the same time he breaks down why he understands the decision and the pressure that was brought the bear on the Texas champion.  It was bad strategy, but does it erase everything he’s done until now? 

 

We go deep into politics to show how this is much bigger than Cruz, Trump, or any one individual.  The ancillary lessons of what led up to this decision are more powerful than the decision itself.  And it all leads to the same conclusion: rather than praising Cruz (if you are pro-Trump) or disowning him (if you are anti-Trump), this must serve as a lesson for why the entire two party oligarchy is irremediably broken.

 

Daniel explains why it’s not worth it for like-minded individuals to tear each other down over disagreements in strategy, especially when we are all confronted with such an existential crisis.  This goes beyond Trump and Hillary, it is a reflection of the entire system.  We must pray and work together to address the sources of these ills rather than argue about the strategy of how to deal with insufferable symptoms with no good options and from a position of weakness. 

 

Important links

Last month’s podcast on why it’s not worth breaking relationships over disagreements on strategy  

Watch Daniel’s video summing up the key lesson from Cruz being pressured into endorsement

 

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Sep 23, 2016

In this episode, Daniel and Joe explore how moral relativism and the lack of a true party with moral conviction shifts the political landscape dramatically to the left over a short period of time. With no sense of measure, balance, proportion, and context liberals use moral relativism to focus national attention on emotional narratives that are completely divorced from the important macro-narrative that drives a given policy.

 

Nonetheless, once liberals successfully use their false narratives to legitimize the most radical policies, Republicans accept much of their premise and stake out the right goal post of an issue only a few levels away.  This in turn permanently shifts the contours of the debate to the far left and delegitimizes anything beyond those contours, even if it was a view held even by Democrats just one generation ago.

 

Harry Reid’s blockbuster immigration speech in 1993

 

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Sep 20, 2016

The voters are demanding that the political class protect our sovereignty and security.  Yet, both parties are out to lunch.  While Democrats are refusing to even acknowledge the problem of Islamic jihad, their opponents are unwilling to expose their willful blindness.  All Republicans care about is jailbreak and other harmful or vacuous policy ideas.  They continue to refuse to use the budget bill to defund Obama’s refugee program.

 

In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel explores the recent terror attacks through the prism of a real principled Republican Party.  What would a party that is truly committed to our nation’s security do in response to this week’s jihad?

 

Daniel outlines a number of ideas that will protect our homeland, address the threat doctrine of the enemy, and respect the constitutional constraints.  These are all common sense ideas that are not only good policy but reflect good politics as well.  Many people think it will take a massive terror attack, God forbid, for the people to wake up and vote against the cultural Marxists and apologists for Islamism.  The problem is even if such an event occurs and the majority of the country undergoes a catharsis, there is no political party that can capitalize on that sentiment.

 

“Republicans could win a landslide election if they made it a referendum on this issue alone!” Daniel declared on this week’s episode of the Conservative Conscience podcast. “Democrats are on the hook for this issue,” he continued. The people want security but neither party will give it to them.

So what would a sane Republican Party do? Well, here are some common sense ideas:

1) Ban the Muslim Brotherhood

2) Pause Refugee Resettlement

3) Allow states to block refugees

4) Strip jihadist fighters of citizenship

5) Exit-entry visa tracking

6) Build the fence (or wall, if that strikes your fancy)

7) National reciprocity for concealed carry

8) Force DHS to deport the million or so with outstanding deportation orders

9) Place restrictions and extra monitoring of travel to dangerous countries

 

Don’t Miss

15 years of willful blindness after 9/11

Stolen Sovereignty: almost 1,000 criminal aliens issued citizenship

Just 14 years ago, Democrats supported cutting off visas from dangerous countries

Sep 16, 2016

The Intellectual Dishonesty of the 2 Party System

 

Happy Constitution Day!

 

Sadly, our Constitution has been shredded to pieces, and in this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel uses current events to demonstrate why the inherent intellectual dishonesty of our party system is the culprit for the constitutional crisis. 

 

George Washington’s final warning to America was that political parties would sow the dissolution of the republic, encouraging people to take refuge in a faction, irrespective of whether it worked harmoniously with the founding values.  Unfortunately, this is what we are seeing with all too many pseudo-conservatives who are willing to change who they are to comport with the Republican leaders of the time – be it Trump or someone else.

 

Daniel dissects how Trump’s new socialized child care and maternity program, and the disturbing support from some prominent conservative figures, is a teachable moment of Washington’s premonition.  There are numerous other problems with this plan, the politics surrounding it, and what it represents.  Daniel discusses just how far left the party and the “movement” have moved since Reagan and even the Clinton-era, all because of the hopeless binary political game.

 

Daniel directly addresses those on the right who want to ditch the Constitution and conservatism and how it is rooted in a false political premise. The danger is that Republicans and conservatives will not only enshrine the existing Obama-era levels of government growth, but feel compelled to permanently adopt a slightly less offensive version of all the new Democrat policies.  

   

Either way, until we break out of this mess, people will check their intellectual honesty at the door of party politics.  The only difference is that whereas Democrats check their intellectual honesty at the door to comport with their ideology, Republicans check their intellectual honesty at the door to comport with their falsely perceived electoral viability, which ironically means agreeing to the very same Democrat values, albeit with less enthusiasm.

 

Key Quote from George Washington’s Farewell Address:

“This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.”

Show links

Reagan’s economic bill of rights he proposed towards the end of his presidency

The triumph of old-school socialism: Trump’s massive new welfare plan

 

Obama’s refugee announcement that these phony nationalists aren’t even talking about

 

Trump making Obamacare great again  

Sep 13, 2016

 

Here is Why Obama’s Approval Rating is Climbing

GOP’s September Agenda: Turning Touchdowns into Interceptions

 

In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel explains how Republicans take winning issues and turn them into losing issues.  Ever wonder why Obama’s approval rating is soaring to levels not seen since 2009, despite his treasonous acts on a daily basis, despite Obamacare, refugees, open borders, the Iran debacle?  Daniel gives a full presentation by taking listeners through the panoply of issues in Congress right now to demonstrate how Republicans are serving as an advancing force for Democrat policies.

 

If a tree falls in the forest, who is to know?  If Republicans refuse to litigate the case against Democrats and harness critical leverage points to spawn a national discussion on refugees, criminal aliens, the internet giveaway, Obama’s funding of Iran and supporting Al Qaeda overseas, etc., then the media narrative will only focus on mundane issues, thereby allowing Obama to escape public criticism. 

 

Daniel explains that whereas Democrats embrace confrontation as a means of promoting their agenda, even when it’s unpopular; Republicans abjure confrontation even when it is politically advantageous for them.  Whereas Democrats harness all their talent, time, and treasure to plot how to paint Republicans as extreme and out-of-touch; Republicans expend all their political capital giving cover to Democrats, avoiding such counter opportunities, and make Democrats look good.  This dichotomy is completely unsustainable for our Republic.   

  

Buckle your seat-belt, because in this half-hour-episode Daniel goes rapid fire through numerous policy issues and political intel that will make it abundantly clear this party is irreparably broken.  To follow along, here are some useful articles.

   

My 9/11 article: turning the page on 15 years of failure

Thanks to Republicans, Obama’s approval at 2009 levels

Mitch McConnell’s double budget betrayal

Grassley confirming Obama judges  

The deplorable Democrat hijacking of Zika response

Rubio: Drop Planned Parenthood fight to approve Zika funding

Ted Cruz’s lonely fight to embarrass the Chinese Commies

Trump’s cradle to grave socialism  

Sep 9, 2016

Joining the Conservative Conscience podcast this episode is Joe Miller. Joe is a conservative constitutionalist from Alaska, who is running against Lisa Murkowski, one of the worst Republican senators in terms of her #LibertyScore. Joe beat Lisa in 2010 in the GOP primary, only to have her mount a write-in bid, joining with liberals, to beat him in the general election. 

 

Joe is a strong believer in local control and state sovereignty over its internal affairs, and although he is running on the Libertarian ticket, he does so while adhering to all of his conservative principles. The Libertarian Party in Alaska is different than that at the national level, and actually more resembles the principles espoused by members of Congress such as Mike Lee, Ted Cruz. 

 

“We have no choice but to engage,” reasoned Miller on why he is running. “We that have opportunity to influence have no choice … it is an imperative. If we don’t get things switched around, we’re not gonna have a country in a decade.”

 

When asked how he plans to take his conservative message to the broad electorate, Miller said he will stress the commonalities Alaskans have from all over the political spectrum. “The message of local control resonates with everyone,” said Miller, especially in Alaska.

 

Miller also touched on the idea that a real fix for America may necessitate a new party, and that his candidacy could spark such a movement. “It could be a catalyst to future action,” said Miller. “It certainly would destabilize the establishment, or the duopoly, as I call it.”

 

Joe Miller is the only true conservative running for the U.S. Senate this year who is not already in Congress. 

 

Don’t Miss:

 

Could Joe Miller give constitutional conservatives a choice instead of an echo in Alaska?

McConnell’s double budget betrayal begins

Listen: Conservatives It’s time to find a new home – Ep. 54

 

 

**Production Note: The statement from Murkowski's senior judiciary staff was "child pornographer" not "child molester." 

Sep 8, 2016

The entire political landscape among longstanding conservative figures and grassroots activists is being consumed and defined by whether individuals plan to vote for Trump or not.  Since CR’s Mark Levin came out with his statement reluctantly announcing his intention to personally vote for Trump, many activists have expressed either support or disappointment.  In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel disagrees with the entire premise that this is the most important question facing conservatives now and explores ways anti-establishment constitutionalists can unite behind actionable items they both agree on.

 

As Daniel notes, it’s heartbreaking watching so many individuals who agree on 90% of the issues, or even 100% of the issues, tear each over apart over the philosophical question of the lesser of two evils.  Daniel dissents from the entire debate by explaining that conservatives shouldn’t be defined by their reluctant acceptance or rejection of Trump.  It’s not worth it, and frankly it won’t make a difference at this point. 

 

What is important, however, is that conservatives of all stripes – who basically agree on the issues and the insufferable nature of the existing GOP –must fight on the issues together and defeat efforts to increase refugees, give away the internet, and pass jailbreak legislation.  We must fight the transgender lobby and stand up for religious liberty.  We must defend North Carolina and fight judicial tyranny.  We must help support all the good conservative candidates running for state office and people like Joe Miller who are challenging the liberal oligarchy for federal office. 

 

As conservatives fight with each other and trade insults about whether an insignificant number of their friends will actually make a difference by staying home or voting for Trump, why not pause the infighting for a few days and donate $30 to a real conservative down the ballot?  Why not flood state and federal offices on individual issues that we can still influence?  And let’s plot a path towards a revitalized political vehicle for our views up and down the ballot, irrespective of the outcome of this election.  Then you can go back to fighting each other.  But at least do something productive while we’re destroying relationships over nothing.   

 

Key quotes

 

“Our republic will not rise or fall on your vote for president alone, but whether you acquiesce to this corrupt system or take your own destiny into your hands.”

 

“A group of 50,000 or so activists will not determine the outcome of an election but they can determine the outcome of a nation.”

 

Show links

 

Watch Levin TV Episode 123 where Mark discusses his personal decision

Conservatives must unite behind North Carolina

Sep 2, 2016

If the primary elections in Florida and Arizona serve as any indication at all, there is no longer a place for conservatives in the Republican Party. The establishment sounded the death knell Tuesday completing their near sweep of the congressional primary elections, beating conservatives in almost every race.

 

How did it happen? Well, “there’s a fatal flaw in our primary process,” argues Daniel Horowitz on this episode of The Conservative Conscience. “If the [establishment] has the money, the media support, and the name recognition … and they run on our issues … I don’t know how you break through that.” Now, Paul Ryan-Kevin McCarthy acolytes have infiltrated the so-called “conservative” Republican party even more. The Republican Party – where liberals run as conservatives just to win elections – nothing more. No wonder NOTHING changes.

 

The party has become so liberal that even the “conservative candidate for VP believes the courts – yes, the courts! – should decide questions of religious liberty when it is attacked by the sexual identity lobby.  Even Bill Clinton and Chuck Schumer held the line on that issue in the ‘90s. 

 

Meanwhile, the do-nothing Republican Congress is gearing up to offer their closing argument before the election, and their major issue is … criminal justice reform. Are you kidding me?! The GOP Congress could’ve chosen to use their power of the purse to blunt any number of treasonous actions by the Obama administration. Let’s go over some: The alliance with terrorist Iran, Obama’s jailbreak, open borders, the internet giveaway, just to name a few.

 

The saving grace of the Republican Party – if all else failed – was always the fact that they supposedly appointed better judges.  Daniel explains why that has become irrelevant because even most Republican appointees accept 60% of the premise of the living and breathing Constitution theory.

 

“We need to recognize the severity of the problem,” Daniel argues. “This party is broken; it will never work for us … it’s that simple.”

 

 

 

Don’t Miss:

 

Last night’s elections demonstrate conservatives have no place in this party

 

The case for reforming primaries

 

What are Republicans planning to make their end-of-the-year focus? Fulfilling Obama’s jailbreak agenda

 

Warning! Congress is preparing to totally SCREW America

 

Mike Pence wants the Courts to determine how much liberty we get with our conscience  

 

GOP appointed judge mandates transgenderism

 

There’s only one full blown originalist on the Supreme Court  

 

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