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.