Elections have become reactionary and Trump and the GOP are in charge

Elections have become reactionary. In 2008, Barack Obama was elected in part because of the unpopularity of President George W. Bush, on-going wars, and a financial collapse. After two years of policies from a super majority Democratic Congress, voters rallied with the Tea Party and elected a Republican House of Representatives. Eventually, the Republicans won the U.S. Senate and running against a do-nothing corrupt Washington, Donald Trump rallied to beat one of the least popular (insider) candidates in modern political history. Now, a year later, Trump has an approval rating lower than any President in history. With that, Democrats absolutely crushed Republicans in Virginia, New Jersey, New York, and parts of Georgia.

So what does that mean for 2018? A lot can happen in a year, but as of right now, under President Trump and a Republican Congress, little has been accomplished. Trumpism has never been popular and only seemed so because Hillary Clinton was on the ballot in 2016. Democrats are fired up because of the narcissistic President and Republicans continue to be in a no-win situation. As Erick stated this morning, support Trump and you isolate moderates and independents, part from the President and a third of the Republican base disappears. Neither party is popular, but the referendum in 2018 will be against the GOP. Make no mistake, Republicans only gained control because they were the only other choice available when Democrats lost over 1,000 seats under President Obama. Now, under President Trump, people still do not like the status quo and Republicans are in charge.

Additionally, the future remains bleak for the GOP. In the era of Trump, younger voters continue to move toward the Democrats. Look at the stat last night in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The one constant is that time keeps moving forward. Whether it is in 2020 or 2024, eventually Donald Trump will no longer be President. As Brit Hume said last night, Trump is going to be about Trump. He will quickly throw the GOP under the bus if that serves him best. The problem for the GOP is deeper. Republicans can say pay no attention to the President’s rhetoric or tweets, but behind their own curtain, nothing is there. Unless they start showing how their policies will make “America Great Again” they will continue to be a party of the President. Since they bought Trump and Trumpism despite the warnings from many true conseratives, the price for the debt he is causing will be severe and painful.

BREAKING: Corker gives a scathing interview on Trump

This morning the feud between Tennessee Senator Bob Corker and President Donald Trump continued after the President accused Corker of blocking on-going efforts in tax reform.

Of course, Trump did try to endorse Corker and encouraged him to run for reelection multipe times. Corker responded back.

 

Corker, who sits on the powerful Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, along with being the chair and ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, responded with not only a tweet but a scathing interview with CNN’s Manu Raju on Capitol Hill. In the interview, Corker expressed that he would not support the President again like he did in the 2016 campaign. The junior Senator also expressed that the President, “has great difficulty with the truth and that he was not a good role model.”

See the whole exchange below.

McCain Smacks Down Half-Baked Nationalism and Reminds Us Why We Need American Leadership

On Monday evening, Senator John McCain received the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal. After receiving his honor, Senator McCain went into why the world needs strong American leadership and not as he called it, half-baked, spurious nationalism.

“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history,” he said.

The long American servant and war hero went on.

“We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil. We are the custodians of those ideals at home and their champion abroad. We have done great good in the world. That leadership has had its costs but we have become incomparably powerful and wealthy as we did. We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn’t deserve to do so.”

Many times, John McCain has not been as conservative as I wished. But on this occasion, I agree with everything he said. The Bannon nationalism wing is crap. In a time when we desperately need grown-up leadership, Senator McCain reflected that ideal last night. It is easy to tear down, it is a lot harder to actually help build something and move the ball forward.

The world needs strong American leadership. It was America that freed a continent, it was American leadership in President Ronald Reagan, President George H.W. Bush, Secretaries of State George Shultz and James Baker, and many others that ended the Cold War without ever firing a shot. It was Americans that walked on the Moon, and it is America that continues to lead the world in innovation and science. And when a typhoon hits the Philippines, or schoolgirls are kidnapped in Nigeria, or masked men occupy a building in Europe, it is America that the world looks to for help.

As McCain said, “and I’ve seen the good they have done, the lives they freed from tyranny and injustice, the hope they encouraged, the dreams they made achievable. May God bless them. May God bless America, and give us the strength and wisdom, the generosity and compassion, to do our duty for this wondrous land, and for the world that counts on us. With all its suffering and dangers, the world still looks to the example and leadership of America to become, another, better place.”

At One Time, It Was Not All About The President

On Sunday evening, President Donald J. Trump once again showed his frailty with the following tweet.

What bothers me the most about this tweet is despite being the President of the United States, the leader of the Free World, and Commander-in-Chief of the greatest military the world has ever known, President Trump cannot stop being narcissistic. Instead of showcasing the toughness and resolve of the Puerto Rican people, he had to put, “I’ve done.”

The best leadership is doing the right thing, not becasue of self, but because it helps others. Here is an example.

On Nov. 9, 1989, President George H.W. Bush watched as communism was defeated and the Berlin Wall fell. This was no small feat. The world literally changed that day. The man that served with such distinction as a World War II hero, U.S. Congressman, Ambassador to the U.N., chairman of the Republican National Committee, Ambassador to China, Director of the CIA, Vice-President, and President pushed away celebrity and fame and instead remained behind the scenes when the concrete came down.

When urged by his advisors to visit Berlin, Bush refused to celebrate, saying, “what would I do, dance on the wall?” Why, did the President say this? “Looking back,” former Secretary of State James Baker answered this very question,”one of President Bush’s outstanding traits was his humility, and particularly his insistence after the Iron Curtain fell that Americans not gloat about our victory.”

Bush knew he had serious business left. It was not like Gorbachev and leaders in the Kremlin disappeared that day. He knew that in that moment, he actions would later play a key role in maintaining peace. After all, he was also the President of the United States, the leader of the Free World, and Commander-in-Chief of the greatest military the world has ever known.

President Bush understood that when you actually achieve valor, no thanks is necessary. In a different time, the President of the United States was someone humble. Someone you could be proud of. Someone that when victories came, he refused to gloat.

Man, I miss those times.

Please don’t forget about the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

A real crisis is happening in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. After Hurricane Maria devastated the region last week, large populations are still without power or aid.

Puerto Rican officials have stated that it could be up to six months to restore power to the entire island.

“We are U.S. citizens that just a few weeks ago went to the aid of other U.S. citizens even as we’re going through our fiscal downturn and as we were hit by another storm,” said Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló. “Now, we’ve been essentially devastated. Complete destruction of the power infrastructure, severe destruction of the housing infrastructure, food and water are needed. My petition is that we were there once for our brothers and sisters, our other U.S. citizens, now it’s time that U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are taken care of adequately, properly.”

As the Washington Post put it, “the island is hot, isolated, and running out of supplies.” With basic needs gone, hopefully, the Commander and Chief will stop being distracted and starting being proactive with FEMA, the Navy, and U.S. Coast Guard.

In the meantime, we all have a role to play. Step up and donate. We have a list of orginaztions on our website that will help. The funds donated to these organizations go directly to aid.

As Erick posted, pray. Pray for endurance, help, strength, and hope. Pray that the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands receive aid. With most airports and harbors severely damaged, this poses a far greater challenge just getting onto the islands. Also, pray that all of our focus turn toward this humanitarian crisis that truly is life or death.

Boorish and entertaining Clay Travis pondering 2018 Senate race in Tennessee

Outkick The Coverage founder and FoxSports radio host Clay Travis is pondering a run for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee in 2018. Travis, who recently made national headlines last week after an interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin in which he stated the two things that have never let him down was “the First Amendment and boobs.”

Travis spoke about a potential run on his radio show.

“I think I could get elected. There has to be no incumbent and Peyton Manning has to not run. Other than that I think I could beat anyone in the state. If you went and walked around with me at a [University of Tennessee football] tailgate, let’s say next week when they’re playing Georgia next weekend, if I went around with a camera crew … we’d have 100 percent name recognition of people under the age of 50,” Travis said. “It’s positive name recognition … if you walked around with a camera, we’d make the Democrats and Republicans both incredibly nervous. They’d kill to have the recognition in the state. I think I could win as an independent.”

My opinion of Travis running is this.

I do think what Travis said on CNN was wrong. Travis had every right to say what he did on CNN. Thank goodness for the First Amendment. However, just because you have a right does not mean you have the responsibility. Instead of the news being about his comments on Jemele Hill, he became the story. As a Jesus follower, I am also reminded that of what Paul wrote to the church at Philipp, “finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Is what Travis said any of these things? What does this teach young men or boys when it comes to the view of women? All women are to be valued and respected. We don’t use them for our selfish pleasure or self-validation. I would not want someone to speak this way around my wife, sister, or mother.

Also, he claims he would have 100 percent name ID. That is not true. Right now, not everyone knows him in Tennessee. I know this because before writing this article I asked multiple friends where I live in Tennessee if they knew who he was and not a single person had any idea. Maybe some sports fans and the younger college-age crowds would be there, but that is not how you win our state. The largest voting bloc in the Volunteer State is the 50+ group.

Additionally, he voted for Barack Obama twice. Say what you want about the changes in political parties and identities, but Obama is not liked or popular in Tennessee.

Tennessee has always been proud to elect true statesmen to office. People that looked to the future and tried to solve large problems. If Travis runs, he will either be running against or in an open seat currently held by Bob Corker. I have met and spoken with Senator Corker. I also know his staff. Every person I have come across in his office are first-class individuals. They care deeply about the problems facing our nation. They are in fact, grown-ups.

Now in the era of President Donald Trump, we live in an era where unfortunately politics and pop culture continue to morph together. Where celebrity gives you credibility. Personally, I am tired of all cheap talk and this type of politics. While the television pundits and politicians argue about pointless opinions, real issues are not being fixed. We instead get spin, no transparency, and babble that clouds the truth. Can Clay Travis fix this?

I do not question his patriotism. Maybe Travis is also well versed in policies I am not aware of. He does have degrees from George Washington and Vanderbilt. My concern would be this, we have a decline in virtue in America. Does Clay Travis help or hurt this? I guess if he decides to run, time and the voters of Tennessee will answer that question.

Tennessee Governor Haslam to require work for able-bodied food stamp recipients

Earlier this week, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced that all able-bodied food stamp recipients would be required to work at least 20 hours or be approved at a volunteer program or a qualified education/training program to get benefits. The measure goes into effect Feb. 1.

According to the Governor’s office, “the requirements are expected to impact 58,000 of the approximately 1 million Tennesseans getting the grocery buying assistance.”

Under previous Governor Phil Bredesen (D), work requirements were easied in the middle of the 2008 recession.

In addition to this new requirement, Haslam announced that separate plans to pursue fraud, waste, and abuse among individuals receiving public assistance will be focused on soon.

This program is similar to what Maine implemented in 2008. During the first three months after Maine’s new policy went into affect, its ABAWD caseload plummeted by nearly 80 percent.

This is also similar to the result nationally when under President Bill Clinton, the Aid To Families With Dependent Children (AFDC) law was passed in mid-1990s requiring work for welfare recipients.

As a conservative, we hear all the time that we should cut waste, fraud, and abuse. Here is an actual example of that happening.

BREAKING: Romney preparing for a 2018 Senate run if Utah’s Hatch retires

According to Utahpolicy.com., 2012 Republican Presidental nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is planning to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018 if current long-time Senator Orrin Hatch retires after this term.

“Sources close to Romney say the two-time presidential candidate will jump into the 2018 Utah Senate scrum if Hatch opts not to.”

Right now, Hatch has not decided if this will be his final term in office. Hatch, who has served eights terms in the U.S. Senate, has previously stated that a likely decision would come later this fall.

Earlier this year, Hatch told the National Journal that “he would step aside if an “outstanding person” were to run for his position. Someone like Romney.”

A UtahPolicy.com poll shows Romney would do well in a Senate race against Democrat Jenny Wilson. Romney leads Wilson 64-26 percent in that poll.

After losing to President Barack Obama 332-206 in electoral votes, Romney has stayed in the news. An outspoken opponent of President Trump during the 2016 Republican primary, Romney has been proven right on a number of issues.

After losing the race for the White House in 2012, Romney prophecy has been vindicated. In foreign policy, Romney correctly predicted that Russia was America top geopolitical foe. He also correctly predicted the rise of ISIS in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal entitled, The Price of Failed Leadership. Romney’s critique of the slow economic recovery has also panned out, as did his prediction of an implosion of Obamacare.

Many conservatives have seen Romney as squishy or too moderate. I am not one of those. He is not as conservative as I would be on some issues, but he is a serious leader. In the era of Trump, we need serious leaders who are honest and can get agendas passed. A turnaround expert by trade, Mitt Romney has improved almost all the positions he has held. Maybe he can improve the U.S. Senate next.