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Throughout my studies and personal endeavors, I have come to learn a lot about America. I have learned valuable lessons about how I believe this country operates best, and the functions that are desirable for the effective preservation of this great republic. Throughout the country’s history, there have been people dedicated to the preservation of these ideals that I speak of, and there have been many that have been dedicated to their downfall. These set of ideals, also known as conservatism, are responsible for making this country great, and why it has continued to be great to this very day. I consider myself to be a conservative with some libertarian-leaning tendencies, which has put me at odds with some members of the Republican Party. As my favorite sitting Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) recently described himself, “I’m sorta an independent conservative who caucuses with Republicans.” Jonah Goldberg, a writer for National Review, described himself as being, “A conservative (and by default) a Republican.” I believe that conservatives should follow in the molds of these men, or run a great risk to the tainting of conservatism. This is one of three lessons that I would like to share for my fellow conservatives.
Ever since the death of the late and great Justice Antonin Scalia, there has been a battle for the ages over his vacant seat on the bench of the most esteemed court in all the land. On March 16, former President Barack Obama nominated the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Merrick Garland. “He’s a moderate!” The left said in an attempt to justify filling Scalia’s seat with a man of activist judicial interpretation. What a slap in the face that would have been to one of my legal heroes, Antonin Scalia, and what a travesty that would have been for the Supreme Court, and the rule of law. Thankfully, in a shocking turn of events, the Republicans found their backbones and denied Merrick Garland a hearing to become the next Supreme Court associate justice.
In previous articles, I have not been coy about my distaste for the unwavering support President Donald J. Trump has gotten among the “conservative” community. Whether it be self-proclaimed conservatives such as Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.), Sean Hannity or the like, I have seen it as a betrayal to the conservative movement, and conservatism as a whole. Aside from my frustrations from the warping of conservatism to "Trumpism," there has been another group in Congress who have been virtually useless in their fight against the political left. Moderate Republicans are no strangers to the status quo. They talk a big talk during a Democratic administration, but when a Republican is in office, almost nothing gets changed. When something does get changed, it is often minuscule and has some leftist language included. An example of this would be none other than the American Health Care Act (AHCA.) The American Health Care Act, also known as “Obamacare lite,” was the Republicans first attempt at reforming the Affordable Care Act. A pathetic attempt by the moderates, which is problematic, to say the least.
On Sunday, committed partisan Democrats and retirees watched the ceremonial changing of the guard at the District National Convention (DNC). Tom Perez, former secretary of labor and assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and now the biggest sleaze in Democratic politics since the fall of John Podesta, former counselor to former President Barack Obama, was elected to succeed Debbie Wasserman Schultz as chair of the Democratic National Committee. Although this election was not as exciting, or surprising, as the 2016 election, there were many supporters of Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D-5) that were shocked at the 235-200 voting outcome. Ellison was seen as the frontrunner to be the next leader of the Democrats after the fall of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and had racked up many impressive endorsements. Those who rallied behind Ellison included Georgia Rep. John Lewis (D-5), Hawaiian Rep. Tulsi Gubbard (D-2), Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and even Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). It would be a reasonable assumption to think that all of these high-profile endorsements would send a signal that the Democratic Party was ready for a change. It would seem that they were ready for a change away from the Democratic establishment, and a move towards Bernie Sanders’ utopianism. But even these party celebrities couldn’t save Ellison from his troubling past.
With former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hopefully out of the political scene for good, it has seemed that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been auditioning to be Clinton’s heir apparent, and for the role of president of the United States. I have long been a critic of the senior senator from Massachusetts, and I don’t plan on changing that stance just because we have an unintelligible person in the White House. If you have just recently begun to follow Warren’s career, then you either think one of two things. You either believe she is a champion of leftist politics, or you believe her to be a major political annoyance — I prefer the latter, but let us delve into the former. Warren has had a field day with President Donald J. Trump in the White House and so has everyone on the left. Before Trump was even in office, Warren would take to social media at any given chance to deliver a sloppy rebuke of whatever she believed the Republicans or Trump had done. She had gotten away with a lot during these past few months, but Warren was hit with a large dose of reality the other day.
In this present and ever so confusing era of the administration of President Donald J. Trump, we have been exposed to a fair share of ignorant statements and rather offensive rhetoric. We have heard the president mock a disabled reporter, we have heard him claim that a judge does not approve of the border wall because of his race and we have heard him say that journalist Megyn Kelly does not care for him because she is bleeding from her “wherever.” Needless to say, it has been an exhausting couple of months for the left respectively and conservatives who have no desire to offer their support for Trump. I have previously written about my fear that the Republican Party will shift more toward the desires of Trump rather than a coherent defense of conservatism. While my worst fears are slowly becoming reality, there are more people to blame than the president and the cowardice of certain Republican members of Congress. Many political commentators, who were once conservatives themselves, have only exacerbated this rhetoric that has emerged in the Trump era. Commentators such as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and countless more have been blacklisted in my eyes. But the so-called “conservative” commentator, who is truly a danger to the promotion of conservative ideals, is none other than one Tomi Lahren.
Toward the end of a presidency, it is a ceremonial act that a president issues a select number of pardons and issues for clemency. Near the end of former President Barack Obama’s days sitting behind the resolute desk, he issued a pardon for convicted Puerto Rican nationalist, Oscar Lopez Rivera. Rivera was a member of the Puerto Rican independence group called the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), which was responsible for over 120 bombings in the 1970s and 1980s that claimed the lives of six and injured many more. This repugnant act of leniency towards a convicted murderer was overshadowed by the clemency order of Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning and will go largely unnoticed. But this leniency toward domestic terrorists is nothing new to the American political Left. The riots and bombings by Leftist domestic terrorists have almost become normal in our society since the 1960s.
The world is rid of one less tyrannical dictator with the long awaited and deserved death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
The Grand Old Party has come a long way since its founding. Comprised of ex-Whigs and ex-free-soilers, many had come together in their opposition to the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the depravities of slavery. During the term of America’s first Republican president, the party that had just been formed almost saw its end after Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office in March of 1861. With a Civil War looming, it was there where Lincoln laid out the beginning of the Republican platform when he said, “A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people.” It was with great humility and diligence that Lincoln preserved the Union, the country and the Republican Party.
Millennials are lambasted on a day-to-day basis for many futile and arbitrary matters. I have seen articles blaming millennials for the state of the economy, decline in marriage rates, the rise of the Kardashians and even for the vanishing of bar soap.
For most people, the popular saying, “There are two things that are certain in life: Death and taxes,” has never been more true. Living in New Jersey, a state that even has a tax on death itself, has sure put me at an impasse with Trenton’s decision-making abilities.
Throughout the rat race also known as the election of 2016, we sure have seen an interesting cast of characters. During the spring of 2015, I remember saying to myself, “Donald Trump the Republican nominee? I think I have a better chance.”