The Real Russian Story

Since the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, the media has been pushing a narrative that Russia either influenced the election in Trump’s favor or somehow colluded with him or his campaign.

However, there is a much more real, complex, and interesting “Russian Story” which is beginning to bubble to the surface.  The clues have been there for years, and some have begun to see them.

To get a picture of the real “Russian Story,” first consider Russia’s state interests:

  • Secure and maintain access to uranium for civil and military projects.
  • Grow the influence of Russia’s state nuclear company, Rosatom.
  • Protect Russia’s carbon-based fuel exports.  Oil and gas sales make up 16% of Russia’s GDP, 70% of exports, and over half of revenues to the federal budget.
  • Increase Russia’s foreign influence and power

Now, keeping these interests in mind, look back on Russian activities the past ten years or so:

  • Russia began building nuclear reactors in Iran
  • Rosatom (Russia’s state nuclear company) purchased Uranium One, a Canadian mining company, in 2013, securing access to, and control of, additional nuclear material
  • Russia allegedly funds anti-fracking and anti-pipeline groups operating in the United States.  This ensures that the U.S. does not produce more oil and gas and thereby protect’s Russia’s own exports.

Instrumental to these Russian goals and activities was the purchase of Uranium One by Rosatom and the Iran Nuclear Deal in 2015.  As mentioned above, the Uranium One deal helped secure Russian access to uranium.  The Iran deal ensured that the planned Russian building of nuclear reactors in Iran could go ahead, all under the guise of ensuring that Iran does not use nuclear materials for weapons.  In addition, the Obama administration’s blocking of the Keystone XL Pipeline and opposition to coal and fracking served to further Russia’s economic interests (whether intended by the Obama administration or not).  Therefore, in the end, Russia was the real beneficiary of these staples of the Obama administration.

How did the Uranium One deal come to be?  First, since the Uranium One company had mines in the United States, its purchase had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.  This approval came unanimously in 2010.  Among the members of the Committee at the time were Hillary Clinton (then Secretary of State) and Eric Holder (then Attorney General).  It is worth noting as well that Robert Mueller, currently leading the investigation of Russia’s interference of the U.S. election as special counsel, was then the head of the FBI, reporting to Holder.

These circumstances make what has now been revealed more interesting, for there is evidence that prior to the Uranium One deal being approved, the FBI uncovered evidence of Russian meddling, but didn’t report it for years.  According to The Hill:

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States… They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow…

Thus, the Uranium One deal strengthened Russia’s position (it gave it access to 20% of the U.S.’ uranium) and was important enough for Russia to engage in whatever tactics necessary to get it approved.

With access to increased uranium reserves secured, how was Russia to benefit?  One way was to grow another country’s nuclear program, providing equipment and services to do so.  Iran was a convenient place for Russia to do this; it was estranged from the West, embroiled in sanctions, and a traditional ally of Russia.  However, Russia needed international acceptance of Iran’s nuclear program to pull this off.

This necessary acceptance came with the Obama administration’s 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal, which provided international approval of Iran’s civilian nuclear program.  Russia could then continue with its plans to build additional reactors in Iran while supplying engineers, equipment, and uranium for them.  Thus, both the Uranium One deal and the Iran Deal assisted Russia’s long-term goals.

Now, allegations have been made that not only did the FBI know about attempts by Russia to secure the approval of the Uranium One deal, but that they threatened a witness to prevent him from testifying before Congress.

From the Daily Wire:

Victoria Toensing, the attorney for an FBI confidential witness, alleged that the Obama Department of Justice blocked her client from informing Congress that Russian executives told him how they facilitated the Obama administration’s 2010 approval of the Uranium One deal and transferred millions of dollars in Russian nuclear funds to an entity assisting Bill Clinton’s foundation…. Bill Clinton accepted $500,000 in Russian speaking fees in 2010, as The New York Times reported in 2015; Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation.

With all these facts in mind, the conventional narrative that “Russia influenced the U.S. election to help Trump” not only begins to look inane, but also like a useful cover for the actions of the Obama administration and the Clinton State Department in assisting Russia in its commercial enterprises.  And the person investigating the alleged Russian election interference is Robert Mueller, head of the FBI at the time in which the Uranium One deal was approved and during which Russian influence was discovered but not reported.

Menendez Trial Could Bring Good News For Senate Republicans

Sen. Bob Menendez goes to trial in less than three weeks and the stakes could not be higher.

The New Jersey Democrat was indicted almost two and a half years ago on bribery charges. He is accused of exploiting his position as a United States senator to help Dr. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida eye doctor and huge donor to his campaigns.

In return for campaign donations and gifts worth almost one million dollars, Menendez allegedly provided many personal favors to Melgen. Perks included pushing a Medicare policy that would have helped Melgen’s business, supporting a port security deal on his behalf and pushing to obtain visas for his college-aged girlfriends from around the world.

Jury selection begins on Tuesday and opening statements are planned for Sept. 6. The trial is predicted to last for one to two months.

The implications of the trial go far beyond Menendez’s own well-being.

Should Menendez, a liberal Democrat, be removed from office, the governor of New Jersey would appoint a replacement to fill out the remainder of his term. That person, of course, is Chris Christie, a Republican ally of President Donald Trump.

The GOP holds a majority in the Senate chamber, but not a very large majority. Controversial votes, as we’ve all noticed, have come down to the wire many times already during this congressional session.

Without a doubt, the biggest legislative failure of this administration so far was health care reform. By how big a margin did we lose the skinny repeal vote?

One vote.

Replacing just one Democrat in the Senate would have major legislative implications.

Menendez’s term ends in 2018. Is it possible he is forced to resign amid a bribery conviction and Christie replaces him with a Republican who can legislate conservatively for over a year (before New Jersey voters surely elect some other liberal social justice warrior in the mold of Cory Booker)?

This is absolutely possible. But there are complications.

Technically, a bribery conviction (should the jury find him guilty) would not force him out of office. For over the past two years, Menendez has fanatically maintained his innocence. Should he be convicted, he may stay on the job for as long as possible to save face.

The beleaguered Democrat could be ousted by a two-thirds vote from his Senate colleagues. However, it’s hard to imagine 15 Democrats – knowing full well the implications of his dismissal – would choose to kick him out.

Also, Senate Republicans hoping for a new, like-minded colleague are on a time crunch. New Jersey holds gubernatorial elections on off-years. Christie leaves office in January 2018 – that’s not a lot of wiggle room for those hoping to see Menendez kicked out and replaced by the current governor.

Conviction or not, Menendez would probably be game to ride this out until a Democrat has safely replaced the outgoing Christie.

New Jersey is already a deep-blue state. And with Chris Christie’s approval rating at record-setting lows in the Garden State, we can be certain the successor to the governor’s mansion will have a “D” after his name.

It’s very possible Menendez could be ousted in time for a GOP replacement to completely upend the balance of the Senate…

But things would have to happen sooner rather than later.






Randy Brinson: Governor Should Call For Ethics Hearing On Luther Strange

NEW: Following our article last Friday about the Alabama Ethics Commission delaying their hearing on possibly felony campaign finance violations by Senator Luther Strange until the day after his special election on the 15th, one of his opponents – Dr. Randy Brinson – announced a press conference for this afternoon. We streamed it live on our Facebook Page here and here, or you can watch it on Brinson’s page here. The press conference was held on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol.

At today’s press conference, Dr. Brinson called for Governor Kay Ivey to ask the Alabama Ethics Commission to hold their hearing on the report filed by Secretary of State John Merrill as soon as possible, preferably on the originally scheduled date – this Wednesday, August 2nd. The Ethics Commission had a regularly scheduled meeting on that date, but quietly rescheduled it to the 16th with little fanfare. The 16th is the day after the election in which Luther Strange faces 10 opponents in a special election Republican primary. Senator Strange has been dogged by repeated accusations of corruption from many sources since his suspect appointment by now-convicted criminal and former Governor Robert Bentley, after halting the impeachment proceedings against the Governor for over 6 months while he was Attorney General. Brinson, Bentley, Strange, Ivey, and Merrill are all Republicans, as is every other elected statewide official in Alabama. Yesterday, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler posted a snarky tweet directed at the sitting US Senator:

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“The Ethics Committee has a duty to the people of the state of Alabama to rule on this issue before the election,” Brinson said. “…if the Ethics Commission cannot resolve this before the election, then we need to seriously consider postponing this election, or we risk having it voided after the fact.” He continued, “… Luther Strange voters, more than any other, need to know if the man they are voting for will be facing a prison term the day after the election. They need to know if their vote will go to a man who will resign before the runoff.” “…There is a referral from the Secretary of State before the Ethics Commission. It is almost identical to the charges that forced Robert Bentley to resign.”

“As the concerns about Strange are very similar to those against Bentley, a similar outcome is very likely. Should this occur, and Strange choose to withdraw from the campaign, those voters who cast their ballots for him would be effectively disenfranchised.”

Randy Brinson has previously been outspoken about the allegations surrounding Luther Strange that we have covered in detail over the past few months. He has referred to Senator Strange as “Mr. Corruption” on the campaign trail and in press conferences.

After his press conference was concluded, Dr. Brinson walked up the stairs of the State Capitol and down the hall to the office of the Governor, where he personally delivered a written letter requesting her immediate action on the matter. He then delivered an identical letter to Secretary of State John Merrill, and sent a letter by Certified Mail to the office of the Alabama Ethics Commission.

Luther Strange & Robert Bentley

Earlier this year, John Merrill filed a nearly identical complaint against then-Governor Bentley, regarding nearly identical violations of the state’s campaign finance laws. That complaint was heard within 90 days, and was immediately referred over for prosecution. The report in question against Luther Strange was filed almost exactly 90 days from the original meeting scheduled for the 2nd. For a more detailed outline of the potential violations committed by Luther Strange, read our previous article on the matter. After the Ethics Committee’s ruling, Governor Bentley immediately negotiated a plea deal with prosecutors and resigned, pleading guilty to both crimes and agreeing to, among other things, pay hefty fines and never run for office again. According to Brinson, without these actions by Merrill and the Ethics Commission, the Alabama voters would have had to spend “untold thousands” of dollars and weeks of precious legislative time going through a lengthy impeachment process. Brinson is asking that Senator Strange be given the same treatment.

Randy Brinson (website) is currently polling in 4th or 5th place depending on who you listen to. He is a veteran, a business owner, and a doctor. He has been endorsed by Roger Stone and Citizens For Trump. Other candidates include Roy Moore, Mo Brooks, Trip Pittman, Bryan Peeples, Mary Maxwell, and more. If no candidate gets over 50% of the vote, the top two vote getters will advance to a runoff election. The Democratic primary and runoff is being held concurrently.

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It’s Time For The IRS Chief To GO

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

In a move to bring about something that’s long overdue, a group of congressmen have signed a letter to the Trump administration urging the president to immediately terminate IRS chief John Koskinen:

Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., will make the ask. The chairman of the Republican Study Committee has quietly but urgently been circulating a letter inside the GOP conference to build support. He’s now got 50 congressmen signed onto the letter.

While Trump has fleshed out his cabinet, so far, he’s stayed hush about the fate of the IRS chief. And conservatives really want Koskinen’s head. “You have the authority to remove Commissioner Koskinen,” Walker writes to Trump, adding that “we encourage you to dismiss him in the most expedient manner practicable.”

Koskinen, you may recall, was appointed to head up the IRS in the wake of the Lois Lerner scandal, in which the agency targeted conservative groups for extreme scrutiny in order to slow their requests for tax-exempt status.  This essentially crippled their ability to fund raise, and prevented them from mobilizing the same get-out-the-vote efforts that had proven so effective in the 2010 midterms, when Republicans took back the House of Representatives.  If you think that sounds an awful lot like a government agency suppressing votes, you would be correct.  Koskinen’s job was to go in, clean house, and find out what happened.  Well, that didn’t turn out so hot:

  • The IRS failed to search five of six possible sources of electronic media for Lois Lerner’s emails.
  • The only source the agency bothered to search – her hard drive – was destroyed by an industrial strength AMERI-SHRED AMS-750 HD shredder​ after a brief search deemed information unrecoverable. Documentation suggests that more could have been done to recover data.
  • Later, the agency’s ineptness — or corruption — resulted in 24,000 Lerner emails being lost when they were “accidently” destroyed despite the existence of an agency wide preservation order.
  • Koskinen withheld from Congress both the preservation order and destruction of tapes during sworn testimony.
  • Koskinen also failed to disclose details regarding Lois Lerner’s mysteriously destroyed hard drive during testimony.

Kinda makes it look as if Koskinen’s real job was to cover the IRS’s tracks and provide deniability to the Obama administration.  In that endeavor, he appears to have been quite successful.

There was a movement in the House to impeach him, but the GOP leadership shot that down for fear that it might have an adverse effect on the election.  Was that cowardice or smart politics?  Who knows?  But now that the election is over, it’s time to remove a malignant tumor that has been allowed to fester at the IRS for too long.

Koskinen is the very embodiment of the kind of corruption we witnessed throughout the Obama administration.  Firing him would not only be a cleansing act, it would provide another fine example of how the Trump administration is making a hard break with the past eight years.  There is ample evidence to justify his removal and absolutely zero reason to keep him.  Besides, the guy is about as likable a Bond villain.

I’m having a hard time telling the difference

Please, President Trump–fire this man!

Venezuelan Hyperinflation Means Money No Longer Fits Wallets

The crashing Venezuelan economy has put consumers between a rock and a hard place. Shortages have caused prices to increase dramatically while, at the same time, the value of the Venezuelan currency has plummeted. The result is that wallets are no longer large enough to contain the wad of banknotes that are necessary to buy even small, everyday items.

According to the Washington Post, the exchange rate is so bad that the largest Venezuelan banknote, a 100 bolivar bill, is worth only about 5 US cents on the black market, far less than the official exchange rate of 10 bolivars to the dollar. That means that common items are increasingly out of reach for Venezuelans. A pack of cigarettes currently sells for about 2,000 bolivars, the current equivalent of $1 US.  This transaction alone would require the exchange of 20 of the 100 bolivar bills.

The large number of banknotes required for a typical shopping trip makes it difficult to carry enough money in a wallet or purse. Many Venezuelans are increasingly turning to electronic transactions to avoid carrying large amounts of cash. For others, the large quantity of paper money means using larger plastic bags or backpacks to transport their bankroll.

Shortages have caused the price of food to skyrocket even as the money lost its value. As food riots rocked the country in August, CNN reported that staples such as flour, milk and pasta can cost a month’s pay… if you can find them at all.

In Venezuela, there are three ways to buy products. First, there are official government stores where the price is subsidized and kept low. Economic law dictates that artificially low prices cause abnormally high demand. The result is that people flock to the government stores and rapidly clear their shelves. Products disappear quickly even with rationing. Customers at government stores can only shop on certain days of the week. There are long lines and, when you get to the front, there are no guarantees that there will be anything left to buy.

Venezuela also has private stores. Since these stores are not subsidized by the government, prices are higher. Private stores still have to contend with the shortages as well.

“I’ve been waiting in line since 3 a.m. and have only managed to get two tubes of toothpaste, so, I guess I’m going to have to eat toothpaste tonight,” Monica Savaleta, a 19-year-old dancer, told CNN.

There is a third option, the black market. Buying and selling on the black market is illegal and can be dangerous. It is also very expensive compared to the legal stores.

“I make between 12,000 and 15,000 bolivars a month,” Savaleta said. “If I buy from the [black market] bachaqueros, my whole salary is blown on three kilos [6.6 pounds] of rice.”

Business Insider listed several black market prices for common grocery items. Fresh milk is impossible to find, so many used powdered milk which costs $700 US for a 2.2-pound box. A dozen eggs fetch $150 US. A box of pasta costs more than $300 US. Watermelons are $40 US each. A one-pound bag of coffee is $200 US. To put this in perspective, the Venezuelan minimum wage is about 15,000 bolivars per month, about $1,500 US. More than three-quarters of Venezuelans live in poverty according to the Wall Street Journal.

Venezuela’s situation is known as “hyperinflation,” a condition typically defined by economists as monthly inflation of greater than 50 percent. At that level, an item that costs $1 on January 1 would cost $130 a year later. The Venezuelan inflation rate has been estimated at between 720 percent and 2,200 percent.

There have been 55 other cases of hyperinflation, all of them since the onset of the 20th century. The most famous was in the German Weimar Republic in the 1920s that eventually led to the rise of Adolf Hitler. As with many cases of hyperinflation, war and financial mismanagement led to the onset of the Weimar crisis. Germany had financed its war effort with debt, which was compounded after the war with reparations payments to the Allies. The Reichsbank began monetizing the debt, a process by which the central bank issued bonds to cover its debt which were then purchased by the same central bank. Using this process, the government could borrow money without having to repay it. The German government also began printing more marks to finance domestic spending.

In Venezuela, the economic crisis is primarily due to government policy and the oil slump. Former president, Hugo Chavez, a protégé of Fidel Castro, nationalized large swaths of Venezuela’s economy and funded much of the country’s consumption with foreign debt according to The Guardian. When the price of oil crashed, so did Venezuela’s revenues. As a result, Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s successor, was forced to use the country’s gold reserves to service the national debt.

The Maduro government also printed more money, which contributed to the devaluation of the currency. Another basic economic law says that when there is more of something, it is valued less. More bolivars on the market made each individual bolivar less valuable.

Also contributing to the problem is corruption. Transparency International rates Venezuela as the ninth most corrupt country in the world. While ordinary Venezuelans suffer, Maduro and his cronies are doing well. The NY Post noted last spring that an estimated $2 billion has been exported from the country to private banks. The Maduro government is accused of bribery, money laundering, siphoning funds from the state-owned oil company and even drug smuggling.

In 1923, the Weimar hyperinflation ended when the German Reichsbank stopped monetizing the national debt and stopped printing new money. The Reichsbank pegged the value of the Papermark at 4.2 trillion to $1 US according to the Mises Institute. A new currency, the Rentenmark, was introduced with a value of 1 trillion Papermarks to 1 Rentenmark.

At this point, there is no end in sight to the Venezuelan crisis. A resolution will require a change in government policy and may require a change in the government itself. Dissatisfaction and food riots may eventually turn into a revolution or coup against the country’s ruling class. Until reforms are made, the best the government can do to deal with the crisis is to print money in ever larger denominations.

Don’t Be Shocked By Terry McAuliffe’s Crooked Ways

It was announced yesterday afternoon that Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) for accepting shady campaign donations.

Here’s more about it from CNN:

Among the McAuliffe donations that drew the interest of the investigators was $120,000 from a Chinese businessman, Wang Wenliang, through his U.S. businesses. Wang was previously delegate to China’s National People’s Congress, the country’s ceremonial legislature.

Wang also has been a donor to the Clinton foundation, pledging $2 million. He also has been a prolific donor to other causes, including to New York University, Harvard and environmental issues in Florida.
U.S. election law prohibits foreign nationals from donating to federal, state or local elections. Penalties for violations include fines and/or imprisonment.
But Wang holds U.S. permanent resident status, according to a spokeswoman, which would make him a U.S. person under election law and eligible to donate to McAuliffe’s campaign.

McAuliffe took illegal campaign contributions? Color us shocked! (Not really.) Virginia voters were well aware of this guy’s crooked past and shady financial dealings, and yet, our state voted for him.

Controversy follows McAuliffe wherever he goes. Earlier this year, one of the economic deals he touted in Appomattox–in which he gave a Chinese company  $1.4 million to create “hundreds of new jobs”–has yet to materialize. Prior to getting elected in November 2013, McAuliffe’s car company GreenTech was being investigated by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s for “soliciting loans in exchange for “EB-5″ foreign investor US entry visas.” It’s no wonder why the Commonwealth of Virginia, where I reside, saw less than 0.1 percent growth –especially under his tenure as governor.

The former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman and Clinton BFF is a notorious crony capitalist. He’s inclines himself to money like a shark inclines himself to blood. (He even accepted money from the leading GOP candidate during his failed 2009 bid for governor of Virginia.) He prioritized fundraising for the DNC over his family life–leaving his wife and newborn child at the time in the car on one occasion. Without a doubt, McAuliffe’s sleaziness runs deep.

We Virginia voters warned our fellow residents about the dangers of electing Terry McAuliffe. His opponent–the stalwart conservative and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli–was the better choice. Sadly, too many Virginia voters bought the 2013 shutdown rhetoric and rejected Cuccinelli’s platform of reform. (He lost to McAuliffe by less than three percent.)

Due to the Republican-controlled General Assembly, McAuliffe has been largely subdued. However, it hasn’t always prevented him from abusing executive privileges. Most recently, McAuliffe issued an executive order restoring civil and voting rights to an estimated 206,000 felons.

McAuliffe should be held accountable for any and all wrongdoing he has committed as governor and as a private citizen. No one is above the law, let alone a carpetbagger from upstate New York.

In Time of Crisis, Maintain Principles and Have Integrity

The conservative movement is on the brink of extinction if Trump’s ascendancy to the Republican nomination isn’t stopped.

Not only has his so-called rise been caused by discontent with elected officials, it has been caused by the Republican establishment’s refusal to stand on principle. The media is also culpable in creating this Trump monster. Due to all of these factors, Trump is exploiting said discontent among people by acting as a “strongman” against the political system he willingly and actively funded for several decades.

Many good conservatives and regular folks have been swindled by the bloviator billionaire whose flippant actions make him no better than a bizarre Soviet-era Russian market woman conning people into buying stinky fish. Like the market woman, Trump has conned a good portion of Americans (shoppers) into buying his unhinged, non-specific populist talk (stinky fish) that only serves as a detriment to conservatism.

Are we willing to surrender our values for a “strongman” whose crony capitalist ways and amorality are visibly clear?

The most recent example of this involves the troubled publication Breitbart News, which has essentially gone off the rails following Andrew Breitbart’s untimely death. They have essentially dissed their own reporter for the sake of protecting candidate Donald Trump. So much for loyalty.

Last night, fellow young conservatives Ben Shapiro and Michelle Fields resigned from the publication after Trump staffer Corey Lewandowski manhandled Fields and left her bruised. As a result, Fields has been unnecessarily defamed and maligned by the bullies in his campaign. Shapiro came to her defense after the publication threw her to the wolves. Here’s the statement Ben Shapiro issued in wake of this:

“Andrew’s life mission has been betrayed,” Shapiro wrote. “Indeed, Breitbart News, under the chairmanship of Steve Bannon, has put a stake through the heart of Andrew’s legacy. In my opinion, Steve Bannon is a bully, and has sold out Andrew’s mission in order to back another bully, Donald Trump; he has shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda, to the extent that he abandoned and undercut his own reporter, Breitbart News’ Michelle Fields, in order to protect Trump’s bully campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who allegedly assaulted Michelle.”

Shapiro and Fields bowing out of Breitbart suggests principles and integrity still flourish in our movement today. Instead of associating with a publication keen on elevating Trump, they have decided to take their talents elsewhere. (Good for them.) If Trump’s campaign isn’t held accountable for inspiring violence, tarnishing conservatism, or quashing dissent, then we are doomed with him and his brutish ways.

It’s sad to see what the late Andrew Breitbart’s beloved website has devolved into: a media mouthpiece for the Trump campaign.

The philosopher Aesop once opined, “He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own. ”

It’s amazing to see people capitulate to the likes of Trump in the name of political expediency and opportunism. For what, exactly? Temporary fame? The allure of riches? Guaranteed notoriety? Whatever the reason, any embrace of Trump should be shunned and dismissed.

Politics is a dirty enterprise in desperate need of reform from people with good intentions. Too many people are getting burned out by politics as more corruption seeps into our efforts. It’s disconcerting.

There are many good people, however, who remain involved in the conservative movement that should give us continual hope. Look to individuals like Ben Shapiro and Michelle Fields standing on principle and integrity by bowing out of Breitbart. It’s a very commendable move from both of them.

What’s the takeaway from all of this? Don’t sell your soul to Trump or other antagonists seeking to tarnish conservatism. For the sake of the republic, don’t lose your soul or your principles either.