We kick off this busy week by first discussing why Trump is not really remaking the judiciary, despite some reporting to the contrary. While all his picks have been solid, the courts are so irremediably broken that we need full judicial reform. We go through the latest example of judicial tyranny with sanctuary cities to demonstrate why no Republican president will be able to win over the current judiciary as it is conceived.
However, the most pressing issue is that Iraq has become our Obamacare for foreign policy. We are doubling down on supporting the Iranian-backed government in Baghdad, even though they are now beheading Kurds in Kirkuk. For today’s show, we bring on Jordan Schachtel, CR’s national security correspondent, to discuss the insanely backwards strategy of supporting foe over friend in the Middle East.
WSJ article on Trump remaking judiciary (I disagree)
You might have thought there is not a dime’s worth of difference between the two major political parties. You were wrong. There’s not a penny’s worth of difference.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we go through the budget, criminal justice, and executive staffing decisions to show how Republicans walk the ball into the end-zone for the other side on issue after issue. The people tasked with leading the opposition are the very essence of the problem on those very issues they oversee. Trump is appointing people who support the other side to lead issue portfolios that are so critical to conservatives.
What about the Iran deal? As we explain, even if Trump decertifies the deal, it’s unlikely he will pull out and his broader foreign policy, along with the personnel placed in charge, are continuing Obama’s policies towards Iran.
Republicans could use the general disquiet in the country about rising crime, mass shootings, terrorism, and sanctuary cities to promote a conservative agenda on guns, immigration, and criminal justice. Instead they cede the field to Democrats and allow them to define the narrative. They operate solely in the world Democrats present to them.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we discuss how Democrats get Republicans to turn the winning issue of guns into a loser. We delve through the disturbing history of the NRA pretending to be strong on guns but actually undermining our efforts to pass pro-gun legislation.
The tragic irony is that there are many tragedies on the immigration and criminal justice front that do indeed have redressable public policy angles, yet Republicans won’t use them to promote a conservative agenda. Later in the show, we go through some new developments in criminal justice and early release for violent criminals. Yet, not only are Republicans not using the issue of rising crime to fight these new ideas, they are joining with the left in pushing jailbreak.
Maybe we should just let all the criminals out of jail and put the guns in jail.
This administration and political party is a complete dumpster fire. They are screwing us on Iran, Afghanistan, and broader foreign policy priorities. And nobody is giving voice to what’s important to conservatives on domestic policy either.
But the one saving grace was…Neil Gorsuch!
Except, Gorsuch, as we predicted, is now screwing us on immigration by accepting the core views of the left on judicial review and due process as it relates to deportations. As we explain in great detail, he is violating national sovereignty with his views on immigration and the role of the courts. While this was only at the oral arguments stage, when coupled with Gorsuch’s past writings on the issue, it’s time to toss a red flag on Gorsuch. Immigration is the most important issue in the courts now and we can’t afford to have him be the fifth vote for judicial amnesty.
It’s been almost a year since the great election victory and almost 10 months since Trump was sworn into office. Yet Nancy Pelosi declared that although Democrats lost the election, they have won all the policy fights. For once, she is actually speaking truth.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we delve into why Democrats always win the policy fights. It’s mainly because Republicans adopt their premise on any given issue and only operate within the confines of the Left’s worldview. The entire GOP tax plan is built off the Democrat premise on governance and fairness. We go through the details of the tax plan and how this will be another GOP interception instead of an opportunity to score a touchdown.
We also explore how the courts are codifying the left-wing world view, even when Republicans control the elected branches. With the Supreme Court convening for its October session and with the lower courts continuing to win victories for the left on culture and immigration, it’s as if the election never happened. Without wholesale judicial reform, Democrats will always win even when they lose.
Don’t listen to any of the punditry from johnny-come-lately, thumbsucking pseudo-conservative journalists on why Roy Moore won in Alabama. Here at the Conservative Conscience, we’ve been following Roy Moore long before the special election even became a reality. There’s something much deeper here and by understanding the true significance of the win, we can harness a great opportunity to revitalize a new conservative movement built upon timeless principles.
America has become “a dumping ground for the rest of the world.” So said Donald Trump during the campaign. He was right then, but now he is being slow to follow up on his promises to end this phenomenon.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we discuss the severity of our lax immigration policies. Between endless refugees, asylees, and illegal aliens disappearing into our communities or being let go by sanctuary cities and sanctuary courts, America has become a dumping ground. While we still have some meritorious immigrants, we have too many public charges or criminals that are allowed to remain in the country.
We delve into the deal to take in Australia’s rejected refugees and how it betrays everything Trump campaigned on. We also discuss the revised travel ban and how it is woefully inadequate.
Finally, we frame the importance of the upcoming special election in Alabama.
Let it burn!
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we untangle the latest GOP health care bill for those who are perplexed. There is a way conservatives can secure a positive outcome from this bill, but for very different reasons than those intended by the GOP establishment. Far from fixing the insurance market, this bill will continue the current trajectory and prices will continue to go up while competition will not be able to materialize. But at this point, given that the individual mandate will be repealed and we can evacuate from this system, that might be a good thing! The result might be better than fixing insurance; it might lead to a chain of events that solve the actual health care problem.
In this show, we review the core drivers behind health care inflation and how repealing the individual mandate could open an avenue to use the negative energy from Obamacare against this third-payer system and revitalize direct primary care. This is the discussion the politicians refuse to have, but once we are evacuated from the mandate, the market forces can force this reality.
As we celebrate the 230th anniversary of the Constitution, we are confronted with the jarring reality that are representative republic has disappeared. We live in a judicial autocracy.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we delve into the stolen sovereignty of the American voter at the hands of the unelected courts and how they have breached the constitutional firewall of separation of powers. In a republic, the power must be derived from the people, but in the contemporary practice of our politics, all power resides in the courts or unelected bureaucracies. Then the elected officials also disenfranchise us by lying to get elected and then doing the exact opposite when in office. Trump was elected to reverse this trend but in many respects, he is the ultimate force for disenfranchisement. He feeds us political morphine on twitter while sitting idly when his liberal administration nullifies his campaign promises.
We explore the latest news on immigration, the runaway courts, and how judicial amnesty is the greatest threat to consent-based citizenship. Meanwhile, Trump is bailing out the establishment in Alabama from an impending defeat. We count a number of other ways Trump is hurting, not helping, our effort to shake up Washington.
We may define a republic to be, or at least may bestow that name on, a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure, for a limited period, or during good behavior. It is ESSENTIAL to such a government that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion, or a favored class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans, and claim for their government the honorable title of republic. - James Madison, Federalist #39
Ryan and McConnell handed control of Congress to the Democrats a long time ago. But that is no excuse for Trump to hand over the presidential veto pen and the executive personnel and policies to the Democrats as well.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we explore all the current issues – from the pursuit of amnesty and budget betrayals to our backwards foreign policy – to demonstrate how Republicans are operating solely within the confines of the Democrat premise on every single issue. The Democrat wish is their command. Now with Schumer and Pelosi playing footsies with Trump, conservatives are completely cut out. We face a greater threat of losing the immigration issue than ever before thanks to Trump getting conservatives to support amnesty.
This is why it is insane for the conservative media to give Trump a pass and not pressure him to change his ways. Giving excuses and shielding him from blame will only further incentivize this behavior and ensure that conservatives are disenfranchised.
9/11 is certainly a time to reflect on the sacrifice of the victims of the greatest terror attack on our soil. But it is also a time, particularly after 16 years of policy failures, to reflect on the root public policy narrative of 9/11: the fundamental job of the federal government and the failures to properly execute it.
At its core, the job of the government is to protect the security and interests of the American people first – before any other interest, irrespective of where the truth of those policies takes us. Sadly, the same political correctness that led to 9/11 is still in place, and even worse in some ways. The best way to honor the legacy of Flight 93 and other heroes of 9/11, from a public policy standpoint, is to ensure that the government does everything it can not just to prevent another 9/11 from occurring but to always place the security of the American people above all else.
In this special episode of the Conservative Conscience, we bring in Jordan Schachtel, CR’s national security correspondent, to survey the lay of the land 16 years later. We go through our immigration system, domestic Islamic subversion and backwards foreign policy and military strategy that has left us more vulnerable now than before 9/11. It is all rooted in the fact that our politicians no longer represent our interests. They place political correctness and personal relationships above all else.
It’s time to change course and we offer a list of dos and don’ts for immigration and foreign policy that will re-align our policies with the interests of the American people.
This has been the most brutal week of the year for conservatives. Like the supposed hero turning on the people who elected him, Trump is grounding and pounding conservatives on one issue after another – from budgets, debt, and building the wall, to foreign policy, immigration, and Planned Parenthood. Orwell could not have written a plot or narrative with a greater degree of perfidy at its core.
Between the relentless attack on our culture, sovereignty, security, and society from the courts and Trump now becoming a Democrat, conservatives have no voice in Washington or anywhere in power. We go through the budget betrayal, the significance of the debt ceiling, and the depth of perfidy on perverted priorities regarding immigration. Towards the end of the show, we give an update on the Alabama Senate race and a look at next week. The only hope is to first recognize the truth and slay the false idols we’ve been supporting until now.
We have a bipolar presidency that has ensured Trump is the PINO- president in name only. Three minutes after he says one thing in order to fulfil a campaign promise, he follows up by saying or doing the opposite.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we discuss the late breaking budget betrayal whereby Trump has given Pelosi everything Democrats wanted – and then some. He has given them the debt ceiling, every budget priority, and most insidiously, is tying it to Harvey relief funding. There is more acrimony than ever before in politics, yet the two parties agree on everything when it counts. Trump was elected to change the culture of capitulation, yet he has doubled down on it. We are now incurring the lowest common denominator of the liabilities from both Trump and the GOP congressional leaders. This was evident as well with the immigration announcement and the multiple positions Trump took to undermine our messaging.
While there is a lot of doom and gloom, we must first recognize the severity of the problem and slay the false idols before we rebuild, discover the truth, and return to God.
What you are seeing this week with the clamor by both parties to pander to illegal aliens is the most profound violation of the most foundational tenet of the social compact. The job of government officials is to protect the American people from open borders and the ill effects of illegals, not to focus on illegals first and only.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, you will hear the side of the debate over the so-called “dream” amnesty that you will never get from the political class. What about the ill effects of illegal immigration on Americans and the urgency to address their needs before those of illegal aliens? Not only is it the moral thing to do, it is the sacred responsibility of any elected official, deeply rooted in the social contract.
The political class seems to have forgotten the lessons from California and Arizona and the destruction wrought on this country by illegal aliens. Not only is amnesty not the job of our government, it is the source of the incentives that continue to break our borders. How is it moral to give amnesty before securing the border and cutting off the magnets?
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.—Gouvernour Morris, at the Constitutional Convention
The reason the left is so successful is because they hijack every cultural institution within western democracies and use their incumbent power to engage in civil disobedience by delegitimizing laws, traditions, and common sense policy ideas. The use their stewardship and control over the failed status quo to threaten instability in order to perpetuate the most insane ideas and block common sense morality.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we lay it all on the line – going through immigration, Obamacare, foreign policy, and the courts to show how the left and the fake DC conservative elites have successfully paralyzed any opposition and what we can do about it. They speak to the morality of their immorality and are willing to do and say anything to enshrine their agenda immutably. We need to learn from their conviction and speak to the morality of our ideas and be willing to follow through with them unflinchingly. But in order to do that we need a new party and movement with the intellectual and moral clarity and consistency to enact these ideas. Which ideas and how do we succeed? We touch on this, the emerging judicial emergency with crazy judges, and more!
With every conservative now pushed out of this administration, it is essentially Obama’s third term on most aspects of foreign policy.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we dissect the essence of this administration’s foreign policy and prove that Obama’s dyslexic foreign policy priorities are continuing. We suck heavy resources down the drains of Islamic civil wars while refusing to use soft power where it is more effective. We are helping our enemies with our own military while alienating allies. We are threatening to cut off aid to Sisi in Egypt while continuing aid to Lebanese [Hezbollah] military and to UNRWA. We are doing more for Iran than they could possibly pay us for, yet we are doing it for free and with the lives and resources of our military.
At the same time, Trump is allying with Erdogen and dumping on the Kurds, while promoting the unreliable Afghani government. One could not possibly conjure up a more backwards foreign policy. And as we demonstrate, the generals are just as much a part of the problem, several of whom are now in civilian leadership.
Policy doesn’t fit on a bumper sticker. This is doubly true for Afghanistan. Those who unquestionably support the effort to double-down on the current Afghanistan disaster while saying this is somehow a new strategy are not paying attention to what’s going on in the theater. In this blockbuster episode of the Conservative Conscience, we invite Capt. Jarrin Jackson to discuss the reality on the ground in Afghanistan. Using his war stories as a company commander during the height of the previous surge, he demonstrates why, by definition, what we are likely to do is more dangerous and costly nation building that needlessly risks the lives of our troops in pursuit of a utopian goal.
While the president’s address was clearly aimed at appeasing conservatives by focusing on counter-terrorism and not nation building, the conditions were too ambiguous. And given that the generals and the administration staff implementing this policy are all part of the problem, we are headed for the same results as the 2011 surge.
Jarrin, who is running for Congress, left the military because he was so frustrated about the political and military leadership not putting our interests first, following the Constitution, and having the proper regard for the lives of the troops under their command.
Today’s generals are more political than politicians.” ~ Jarrin Jackson
Steve Bannon, the great solar eclipse, and Flight 93, oh my! We cover it all and you will see how it ties together.
Following the departure of Steve Bannon, there is really nothing left for anyone on the right in this administration – whether you are a constitutionalist or someone who just wants to drain the swamp. Sure, Trump will continue to tantalize us with his rhetoric but there are literally no personnel left in the administration to sustain those views.
Now is the time to unite behind an exciting an innovative platform and set of principles that are built upon our timeless constitutional values, albeit applied in a way that relates to a broad array of the country to confront today’s challenges. We conclude by discussing how to go about starting a new party.
Why is it that we see the rise of a phony alt-right movement and the media obsession with it? Well, those conservatives who are so obsessed with criticizing it are responsible for its rise. The vacuum left by a truly constitutional movement that actually believes in fighting for what it espouses, rather than collecting website clicks and money, would have preempted the rise of such a movement.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we discuss how the conservative “smart set” ignoring Judge Roy Moore is emblematic of what is wrong with them and why the Republican voters turned away from their brand. It’s why some people are unfortunately attracted to some voices that might identify the problems accurately but are headed in the wrong direction. When confronted with a destructive cultural Marxist agenda, the phony conservative movement did nothing to counter it with Godly and constitutional principles. Thus, our side wants a revolution. Some of us want an American revolution, but sadly many will be attracted to a French Revolution because they are so desperate for leadership. Support for a man like Roy Moore offers a true opportunity to stand beyond this false dichotomy of the status quo or a French Revolution, yet these people who say they want something more than Trump refused to stand with him.
"We must be good again before we can be great. And we will never be good again without God." ~ Judge Roy Moore
Once again, we have another tragedy in this country that becomes a political football. Everything, from tragedies and mayhem to sports and weather must become political.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we discuss the solution to reconciliation in this country: localism. Because everything is dealt with on a federal level and because we have such a polarized country, everything has become a flashpoint, even issues or events that would otherwise stand above politics. By restructuring our system of government to federalism we will be able to self-sort and enjoy self-government to each group’s linking in their respective areas while preserving national unity on the issues that need to be dealt with at a federal level, such as combating North Korea.
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected.
The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State. The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the State governments, in times of peace and security. As the former periods will probably bear a small proportion to the latter, the State governments will here enjoy another advantage over the federal government. The more adequate, indeed, the federal powers may be rendered to the national defense, the less frequent will be those scenes of danger which might favor their ascendancy over the governments of the particular States.” ~ James Madison, Federalist 45
No, Mr. President, the 60-vote threshold did not prevent you from supporting conservatives in Alabama, from firing McMaster, from ending the Iran deal, from getting rid of DACA, or from signing bad budgets and debt ceilings. Trump doesn’t need to get rid of the filibuster to stop taking in the refugees or to reject Australia’s refugee deal. The point is there is so much the president can do unilaterally to match his rhetoric and campaign promises with actions, but sometimes he is just his own worst enemy.
In this action-packed episode of the Conservative Conscience, we discuss everything from the Alabama Senate race and McMaster to Trump continuing Obama’s multiple amnesty programs. On issue after issue, Trump can accomplish so much if he just hired personnel that shared his campaign vision.
Finally, we discuss a vision for dealing with North Korea and how it fits into our broader foreign policy and military mistakes. We have wasted so much time, money, hardware, lives, deterrent, and political capital by getting involved in endless sinkholes refereeing Islamic civil wars in the Middle East. This has hurt our deterrent and resolve to use our military for when it is needed most – to combat or deter conventional threats from nation states like China, North Korea, and Iran when they directly threaten our interests. The Islamic Jihad issue (minus Iran) is mainly an immigration, intelligence, counter-terrorism, and values problem, not a military problem. The military needs to be re-oriented to deal with military threats. Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan do not qualify. Further involvement there just hurts our deterrent against China and North Korea, which we will have to confront sooner or later.
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In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we first tackle the importance of firing H.R. McMaster and how Trump is his own worst enemy when it comes to personnel and order in the White House. We also delve into the opportunity we have for a new vision on immigration and health care but how it’s being squandered either by Trump’s distractions or by the rotten Republican leadership.
Finally, we discuss the race of the decade that is right on our doorstep – the Alabama Senate race. Will conservatives take yes for an answer? The stars appear to be aligning for Judge Roy Moore, but conservatives must prepare for a massive smear operation in the runoff. If we can pull this off, it will represent the closest thing to starting a new party. This is a man who is actually everything in practice what we tout in rhetoric.
Solutions, solutions, solutions! The fight for freedom in health care doesn’t have to end with failure to repeal Obamacare. We are joined by Rep. Jim Butler (R-OH), a one-man think tank on health care, who shares with us some of the reforms to health care (not just insurance) he is pushing for in Ohio – reforms that can be replicated on a federal level.
Why should insurance companies and hospitals, which are propped up by every tool of government, be allowed to price fix and not have to send their charges to individuals before a service is rendered? This reform alone would apply market forces to health care and solve much of the problem. The hospital cartel is fighting his law in court because they know it will end the scam of using taxpayer funds to price fix consumers out of the market. They want to continue the venture socialist racket of using the statutory, regulatory, subsidy benefits from the government in order to box out competition and consumer demand.
The media and the political cartel are lying to you about our true history, traditions, values, laws, and priorities on immigration.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we explore our true history of immigration based on my book, Stolen Sovereignty. The left has it exactly backwards. We have NEVER done what we are doing today on immigration. Quite the contrary, what Stephen Miller and Tom Cotton are proposing on immigration is exactly how both parties felt about the issue until recently. We recount the full history of our immigration system and establish a list of principles that can guide us today.
We also address the dustup between White House aide Stephen Miller and CNN’s Jim Acosta over the history and meaning of the Emma Lazarus’s poem on the Statue of Liberty. It’s purpose was the exact opposite of what the left uses it for and the laws and traditions in place at the time it was affixed to the Statue of Liberty are living proof.
Anyone who doesn’t see the need for a new party by now is either not paying attention to the most basic facts on the ground or is not in this field for the right reasons. Now it’s time to explore a path to starting a new party, a party that will not only serve as a home for the conservative base but one that can even convert the growing numbers of disenchanted Democrat voters. In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we begin plotting such a course.
Also, what happens when conservatives actually focus on what’s important and demand action from Trump on our priorities? He actually listens. After we called for him to cut off the bailout for the insurance cartel and for Congress, Trump has immediately turned his focus to that endeavor. Now conservatives must follow through and make sure Trump and those around him actually enact our plan.
Finally, we lament the missed opportunity to argue true holistic health care reform from a position of strength. Ultimately, we need a new party because we can never place in the hearts and minds of people who fundamentally don’t share our values the ability to articulate our views.