The first step to solving a given problem is being honest with yourself about the severity of the problem itself. We can’t become like ‘Baghdad Bob liberals’ and ignore the problems within our comatose movement and pathetic congressional leadership. Nor can we ignore the problems with Trump himself, even as we praise the good aspects of his first month in office.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel goes through some observations of this past week and from the CPAC gathering to demonstrate why too many conservatives have their heads in the sand about some of the challenges we face. We are no longer on the campaign trail. Republicans have control of all branches of government, and although we know many of them, especially in the Senate, are not conservative, that point is lost on the average voter. Voters will blame all conservatives for the ineptitude of Republicans if they fail to enact a relentlessly positive agenda. Railing against the media is therapeutic for many of us, but if that’s all we have to offer, we are headed for a disaster.
It's time for an honest discussion about the future of what this party stands for. We must formulate a hard-hitting agenda (many ideas have already been put forth here at CR), speak to the morality of our views, and channel our passion and outrage to issues of substance in a consistent and intelligent way. Once we do that, it will be much easier to fight the media on our turf rather than on their terms.
Towards the end, Daniel gives Trump some advice for his upcoming address to Congress and how he should present his immigration and health care policies in a way that will place Democrats on defense. Rather than have a false debate between progressive nationalism and failed tepid republicanism, why not actually try real constitutional conservatism for once?
The notion that conservatism is dead and in need of reform is built upon a false premise because we have never tried real conservatism in the modern era with the existing challenges confronting this country. We need a new movement, not new principles. It’s time to build a new movement built upon timeless principles.
Senior Editor, ConservativeReview
Twitter: Daniel Horowitz @ RMConservative
When will the conservative movement wake up and smell the stench from the bench?
The entire media, and by extension, the servile conservative media, is focused on Russia 24/7. But the real problem is that the courts in this country are turning our republic into the Soviet Union. We have several hundred Putins running this country and they are on the federal bench with life tenure, erroneously accorded the status of sole and final arbiter of every political issue.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel lays bare the tyranny of the courts and demonstrates how the judiciary is beyond repair. They might even be surpassing the courts of Sodom and Gomorrah in terms of their moral dyslexia. Just over the past week, the courts have created rights for illegal aliens, a right for Somali jihadis to immigrate, and a right for Planned Parenthood to enjoy taxpayer funding. Yet, property and conscience rights of the individual citizen are allowed to be violated as Christians and Jews are forced to service homosexual weddings with their own livelihood. Courts are also saying states can violate the Second Amendment and are ignoring the Heller decision but they must give driver’s licenses to illegals!
Sadly, so many “conservatives” aren’t conservative anymore. The same moral compass that allowed them to invite a licentious activist to give the keynote speech at CPAC is behind the appalling silence of these organizations as the courts bastardize our values, Constitution, history, and traditions.
“[T]his is a land, not of privileges, but of equal rights. Privileges are granted by European sovereigns to particular classes of individuals, for purposes of general policy; but the general impression here is that privileges granted to one denomination of people, can very seldom be discriminated from erosions of the rights of others.” ~ John Quincy Adams, 1820
“If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction cannot lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.” ~ Calvin Coolidge, 1926
This is not Celebratory Apprentice, a business roundtable or a think tank thumb sucking seminar. This is the future of our civilization at stake. We need leadership in the White House, in Congress, and in the conservative movement (which is nonexistent) to speak with one voice and to speak to the morality, values, and ethos of our just cause the way the left speaks to the morality of their immorality.
In honor of George Washington’s upcoming birthday, this episode of the Conservative Conscience is dedicated to drawing upon his legacy to inspire a new generation of conservative leaders who will rise to the occasion and confront the civilization-destroying challenges of this generation. It is quite evident from conservative leaders and Republican officials that their hearts are not sensitive enough to the severity of the threats against our sovereignty, security, civil society, and system of governance. Daniel lays out a blueprint for a path forward and commits to charting a new course.
“His was the directing spirit without which there would have been no independence, no Union, no Constitution, and no Republic. His ways were the ways of truth. He built for eternity. His influence grows. His stature increases with the increasing years. In wisdom of action, in purity of character, he stands alone. We can not yet estimate him. We can only indicate our reverence for him and thank the Divine Providence which sent him to serve and inspire his fellow men.” ~President Calvin Coolidge, remarks celebrating Washington’s birthday in 1927
“All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external trappings of elevated office. To me there is nothing in it, beyond the lustre which may be reflected from its connection with a power of promoting human felicity.” ~George Washington, letter to Catherine Macaulay Graham, January 9, 1790
Senior Editor, ConservativeReview
Twitter: Daniel Horowitz @ RMConservative
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel rounds up all of this week’s CR content on how the courts are destroying America. Despite the fact that judges have demonstrated they will stop at nothing to enact their social justice agenda through the Constitution, many conservative legal establishment figures are still in love with the courts. They believe they can still win in the courts and make them better simply by appointing better judges.
The reality is that we’ve crossed the point of no return with the courts a long time ago. Anything short of wholesale judicial reform will only raise the prominence of the courts and stifle our ability to save American democracy.
“[T]o the objection that a rejection of a court’s authority would be civil disobedience, the answer is that a court that issues orders without authority engages in an equally dangerous form of civil disobedience.” ~ Robert Bork
Is there any floor to the decadence of judicial supremacy that will finally get “conservatives” to respond with an appropriate degree of outrage and strategy?
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniels observes how so many conservatives are more concerned about Trump’s criticism of judicial tyranny than…the judicial tyranny itself. Moreover, that behavior seems to be embodied by Neil Gorsuch, which is another indicator that he might be more of a John Roberts than a Scalia – a man who is personally and intellectually conservative but has too much respect for the corrupt status quo to actually fight against it.
How dare these people say we need an “independent” judiciary and are “demoralized” by “criticism” of judges when they are not demoralized by the judiciary compromising the independence of states and the other two branches of the federal government. They are practically creating an 11th Commandment, “thou shalt not criticize a judge,” – except that the judges already got rid of the first ten commandments.
This speaks to the broader problem both in the pseudo conservative political and legal movements. They are all on the right side in theory but never in practice when the issue reaches the inflection point.
Daniel also goes through his latest assessment of Trump through the prism of a comatose conservative movement and a Republican Party that’s far to the left of Trump (and Trump is not conservative on many issues). Rather than backing Trump on the courts and immigration and then using that unity to pressure Trump to do the right things on social issues and Obamacare (and also building up clout to stop him from saying off message and harmful things), these thumb suckers criticize him when he does what’s right and lose all their capital to rein him in when it’s needed.
The New England Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to win the Super Bowl in spectacular fashion. Unfortunately, the American patriots are down by a lot more than 25 points to the forces of tyranny, particularly judicial tyranny, and time is running out for our republic.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel explains why judicial tyranny and out-of-control immigration are the most important issues confronting this Republic and how the convergence of those two threaten the very foundation of our sovereignty. The thesis of Stolen Sovereignty and the nightmare of judges giving foreign nationals an affirmative right to immigrate is playing out before our very eyes. The left is trying to use the courts, and the misconception of the power they wield, to ensure that Congress and the president can’t take steps to prevent America from becoming like Europe and overrun by islamists.
Daniel breaks down some of his recent articles and delves into just how bad the opinion of Judge Robart was when he placed a nationwide injunction on what is essentially current law. On many levels, this case proves that the judiciary is beyond repair, will never be fixed through conventional means of appointing “better judges, and must be reformed wholesale by Congress.
In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, Daniel spills his heart out on the state of the courts, what conservatives are looking for, and why Gorsuch, although a solid nominee, still doesn’t inspire full confidence that he is the best we could have done, given GOP control of the Senate. Then again, with a Senate full of RINOs, who could have scuttled the nomination of someone in the mold of Clarence Thomas, could you really blame Trump?
Moreover, the entire process demonstrate why we will never really fix the courts simply by “picking better judges.” “The capacity of a good judge to do good is nowhere near the capacity of a bad judge to harm our constitution, society, sovereignty, and security. Even if we had a Clarence Thomas for every Republican SCOTUS pick and for every lower court pick, an impossibility (they don’t exist), we could never combat the malfeasance of the left. The equivalent on the right of what the left does to advance their malevolent agenda through the courts would be to force people to own guns and to throw homosexuals and transgenders in jail. This is one of the many reasons why we will not fix the judiciary by picking “good judges” alone; we need wholesale judicial reform.
Finally, Daniel praises Trump for staying the course but expresses concern about his enthusiastic embrace of Obama’s discriminatory policy of cutting off government contracts with businesses that don’t promote the transgender agenda. The entire reason why we want to win back the courts is so they don’t promote social transformation without representation. Yet, Trump is now codifying it on his own. While we will continue to defend his courage on immigration, we must demand that social conservatives and even social libertarians are not sidelined by the Marxist cultural warriors.
“What it evidences is the deep and perhaps irremediable corruption of our legal culture’s conception of constitutional interpretation.” ~ Justice Alito
“On the evidence, we must conclude, I think, that this tendency of courts, including the Supreme Court, is the inevitable result of our written Constitution and the power of judicial review. Even in the depths of the Warren Court era some of us thought that the Court’s performance, though profoundly illegitimate, could be brought within the range of the minimally acceptable by logical persuasion or the appointment of more responsible judges, or both. We now know that was an illusion. A Court majority is impervious to arguments about its proper behavior. It seems safe to say that, as our institutional arrangements now stand, the Court can never be made a legitimate element of a basically democratic polity.”
“Republican Presidents have used the nomination process in an effort to change the direction of the Court with almost zero results on the major issues. After twelve years of Presidents Reagan and Bush, each of whom made a determined effort to appoint Justices who would abide by the Constitution as originally understood, we seem farther than ever from a restrained Court.” ~Robert Bork