McCrory May Have Lost in North Carolina, But HB 2 Didn’t

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Frank argued quite persuasively last week that it wasn’t House Bill 2 itself that doomed North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory in his reelection bid, but rather the overwhelming negative publicity dumped on the state by the left-leaning media and corporate-entertainment-sports complex.

But while Democrats and their allies were busy outspending McCrory in the governor’s race by nearly $8 million, Republicans continued to rack up victories in the state legislature. In fact, of the 89 GOP state legislators running for reelection who voted for HB 2, only two lost their seats to Democrats. And the Republican Party as a whole maintained its super-majority control in both chambers, making it very unlikely that HB 2 will be repealed despite Roy Cooper’s victory.

So, to recap: after spending millions of dollars and creating a fake economic crisis in North Carolina, the Left was able — just barely — to unseat Gov. McCrory while still losing seats overall in the state legislature, all but guaranteeing that the object of their hatred, HB 2, won’t be going anywhere. That doesn’t seem like much of a win to me.

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Is Believing There Are Only Two Genders “Antiquated”? This Columnist Thinks So…

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Apparently, if you’re from North Carolina and believe that there are only two genders — male and female, just to clarify — then you’re an “antiquated” bigot who is potentially costing your neighbors jobs and economic opportunity in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

At least, that’s according to Forbes.com columnist Corinne Jurney.

That’s right. If you reject the newest junk science which asserts there are 58 genders (why limit it to just 58?), then you’re the equivalent of racists and segregationists in the 50’s and 60’s.

Of course, this is absurd and untrue.

Beyond the obnoxious assertion that we should give up on reality, truth, and morality simply because corporate America has decided what values and beliefs are tolerable and intolerable (quite interesting especially coming from the left, which has consistently claimed that corporate America is evil in all aspects), it’s laughable that this passes as a compelling argument.

Just look at how confidently Jurney asserts the new gender theory as fact:

The law requires citizens to use the public facility that corresponds with their ‘biological’ gender. This edict aligns with the antiquated idea that gender is a binary construct, inherently marginalizing transgender people. The Justice Department has sued the state to overturn the law.

Jurney actually put the word “biological” in scare quotes, number one.

Number two, she asserts the idea that there are only two genders is “antiquated.”

So the approximately billion-year-old “idea” that men are men and women are women is antiquated because the LGBT lobby says so. Continue Reading

Schadenfreudistic Narcissism in the GOP

scha·den·freu·de ˈSHädənˌfroidə/ noun

  1. pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune

 

nar·cis·sism ˈnärsəˌsizəm/ noun

  1. extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type.

 

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This weekend was a time of great sorrow. Sorrow over the state of our country and the growing adversities which will likely soon confront my children and grandchildren.

Not that I have ever believed Donald Trump is a savior who will address all the problems that have led to our economic and cultural decline. But at least he gave us a shot at slowing down enough to turn the ship around.

At least Trump would give us a few more years before the Supreme Court forced every nun to choose between jail and paying for abortions. At least we might have a few more years before churches and religious schools would have to choose between closing or embracing the secular (pagan) world view on human sexuality. And at least we would have a few more years before the floodgates of taxpayer dollars would be opened to abortionists and Planned Parenthood even more than they already are.

Now, that opportunity seems on the verge of slipping away.

I expected to see many of my friends experiencing the same sorrow. I thought that, even though some of them were #NeverTrump, they would at least be grieved by what a now likely Clinton presidency means for our Constitutional Republic and for our future. Continue Reading

Trump Can Destroy Hillary Tonight By Exposing Her Radical Beliefs on Religious Freedom

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Donald Trump has an incredible opportunity tonight. With momentum on his side, and with critical swing states shifting in his direction, he has the ability to convince millions of undecided voters to support him. The best way he can do that is by exposing Hillary Clinton’s extreme positions.

Voters are generally aware of her corruption and her involvement in dozens of scandals. They understand intuitively that she is not trustworthy. But do they know about her support for radical leftist policies that would make Che Guevara blush?

In a speech in April 2015, Clinton told a feminist audience, “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed” in order to allow for more abortion.

This anti-American idea that “religious beliefs have to be changed” is not new. Like most progressives, Hillary Clinton finds religion to be an annoying pest that gets in the way of promoting progressive orthodoxy. When the Clinton campaign says “Love Trumps Hate” on their bumper stickers, what they really mean is that modern progressive beliefs about gay marriage and gender ideology should trump anything written in a book written thousands of years ago.

That’s their attitude. Faith should submit to political ideology. It’s completely antithetical to what people with sincerely held religious beliefs actually believe — that political principles are born out of faith.

Understandably, given this attitude, Clinton sees the First Amendment — and really, religion itself — as a roadblock to progressive utopia. Continue Reading

Hey, RedState? Quit Viciously Attacking Good Conservatives.

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I have a lot of respect for Leon Wolf and all the folks over at RedState. I really do. But I made the decision months ago to ignore their website — at least until Wednesday, November 9th — when they became so stubbornly committed to the #NeverTrump movement that they chose to support Gary Johnson, a pro-abortion, anti-religious freedom statist who is not remotely conservative.

Yuck.

It’s one thing to oppose Trump on a principled level, which I can understand. Several writers for The Pulse 2016 have been vocally #NeverTrump, including Maggie Gallagher, Michael Lucchese, and others. But attacking people — good people — who are trying to do their best to advance the conservative movement is beyond ridiculous for an ostensibly “conservative” website.

Enough, RedState. Stop it.

Kimberly Ross went on a vicious tirade today against Marjorie Dannenfelser, president at Susan B. Anthony List and a frequent contributor at The Pulse 2016, after news broke that Dannenfelser would be heading up Trump’s pro-life coalition:

In no way is Trump trustworthy on abortion or any other issue. He has shown little natural pro-life inclination since January. The only thing that has changed is he has moved up to the front of the pack.

Dannenfelser and others just don’t want to get left behind.

I truly believe the pro-life platform is a foundation on which to base other conservative ideas. Believing life is precious from conception through old age molds a person’s worldview.

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Hillary Clinton Elevates the Federal Reserve to God-Status

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On Monday, Donald Trump stated what is essentially a fact to anyone who follows financial markets — the Federal Reserve has created a “false economy” that has artificially inflated the stock market.

Via Reuters:

“They’re keeping the rates down so that everything else doesn’t go down,” Trump said in response to a reporter’s request to address a potential rate hike by the Federal Reserve in September. “We have a very false economy,” he said.

“At some point the rates are going to have to change,” Trump, who was campaigning in Ohio on Monday, added. “The only thing that is strong is the artificial stock market,” he said.

This isn’t controversial. The financial media constantly speculate about whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates and how that will impact the markets. It is generally understood that higher interest rates spell trouble for equities — and that would be especially true given the historically overbought status of the stock market.

Hillary Clinton certainly knows this. She’s not stupid. But, whether out of loyalty to Goldman Sachs or out of political expediency, Clinton responded to Trump’s comments by defending the Federal Reserve as an institution that should be above reproach:

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton criticized Republican rival Donald Trump on Tuesday for making comments about the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies, which she said should be off-limits for U.S. presidents and presidential candidates.

“You should not be commenting on Fed actions when you are either running for president or you are president,” Clinton told reporters on her campaign plane.

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Let’s Make A New “Buffett Rule”

In 2012, billionaire liberal Warren Buffett came to the rescue of President Obama by arguing, as a billionaire, for tax increases on the rich. Mr. Buffett proposed what he called “The Buffett Rule”, which would apply a minimum tax rate of 30 percent on individuals who make more than $1,000,000 a year. Mr. Buffett, being the selfless bleeding heart liberal billionaire Wall Street insider that he is, proposed this after being so distraught at the fact that his secretary paid a higher effective tax rate than he did.

How exactly did Warren Buffett get to pay a lower effective tax rate than his secretary? Well, he made most of his income from investments, which do not get taxed at regular income levels for a variety of reasons. But a major contributing factor to his low effective tax rate is the fact that he has made “charitable” donations to radical abortion businesses that masquerade as non-profits – $1.8 billion in donations to the baby killing industrial complex, to be exact.

So how many abortions did Warren Buffett have to pay for in order to pay a lower effective tax rate than his secretary? Well, according to the Guttmacher Institute, the average abortion costs $470. At $1.8 billion – that’s billion with a B, by the way – that is enough to cover 3,829,787 abortions.

President Obama honors Warren Buffett with the Medal of Freedom in 2011.

3,829,787. There are 3,829,787 fewer people on this earth because of Warren Buffett. What a legacy. Continue Reading

What to Expect From Trump’s Major Economic Speech

There is a lot of speculation about what Donald Trump will propose in his economic speech today in Detroit.

But what makes Trump’s speech unique? What separates Trump’s proposals from the past two GOP nominees?

Unlike John McCain or Mitt Romney, Trump’s economic plan will speak primarily to workers and secondarily to businesses.

Since 2013, American Principles Project has argued that the corporate-focused economic message of the GOP is a general election loser. Instead of transparently advocating for businesses and business owners, we have argued that the GOP economic message should center on workers and their families and how to address their immediate economic needs. This should be the priority. Focusing on relief to “job-creators” should be an ancillary issue.

Trump’s entire economic message has focused on workers and families, specifically those that have been hurt by illegal immigration and bad trade deals. While we may disagree on the efficacy of addressing these problems, there should be no doubt regarding the politics of putting working families first — it’s a winner and it’s why Trump has gotten this far.

The New York Times ran a story a few days ago that made the case that “reformocons” were trying to use Trump as a vehicle to turn the GOP into more of a workers party — something Trump has already stated as a goal.

What are they advising him? Instead of handing out big tax breaks to wealthy individuals, why not expand tax cuts and credits to the poor and middle class? Continue Reading

GOP Platform Recap: Conservatives Stand Strong in Cleveland

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The Committee on the Platform for the RNC has finished the final draft of the 2016 platform — to be adopted and voted on by the full convention next week. This current platform is a strong statement of conservative principles that unite the Republican Party together. It is conservative across the board — including on social, fiscal, and national defense issues. It’s also the most pro-life platform that the Republican Party has ever had.

Not only did the platform expand on the party’s support of pro-life policies, it also called out the Democratic Party for their extremism on the issue, namely the fact that they have adapted their original abortion mantra — that abortion should be “Safe, Legal, and Rare” — to instead support abortion policies that allow for abortion to be “anywhere and everywhere, unregulated, and paid for by taxpayers.” This is critical because it points the Republican party in the direction of playing offense instead of defense when it comes to abortion policy in America. It is the radical left that is outside the realm of acceptable public policy when it comes to abortion, not conservatives.

Further, the platform now endorses the First Amendment Defense Act — a bill that would prevent the left from being able to use the federal government to criminalize and invidiously discriminate against same-sex marriage dissenters. The platform delegates also successfully beat back the attempts of a small, organized, but clearly ineffective group of LGBT activists within the party. Continue Reading

Update from Cleveland: The GOP Platform Fight Continues

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I have been actively working at the GOP Committee on the Platform for the past three days now. It has been an interesting experience, and it continues to be so as we finish the last plank of the platform. I wanted to give you all some background and a rundown of what’s been going on here in Cleveland:

What’s the point of the platform?

The GOP platform is a statement of principles that is meant to articulate the Republican vision for the country on matters of public policy. It is broken down into six planks — each of which get their own subcommittee with platform delegates — dealing with the economy, government reform, the Constitution, family and education, national security, and energy. The platform is updated every four years to keep the document relevant and representative of the party as the party grows and changes.

What’s happened so far?

Right now, we have gone through five of the six planks (government reform, economy, family and education, energy, and national security) and are currently going through the Constitution plank. Most of the disagreements have been minor; however, there is an organized, albeit small, group of LGBT activists here to sabotage the GOP platform by removing religious liberty language and inserting radical LGBT viewpoints. All of the efforts by the LGBT faction have been thwarted so far, but we are still in the heat of the fight, especially with the Constitutional section, as it deals the most heavily with religious freedom protections and the illegitimacy of the Obergefell decision that redefined marriage nationally. Continue Reading