A Conservative Declaration of Independence (From The GOP)

I had the misfortune of reading this statement by Huckabee yesterday:

“Lead, follow or get the heck out of the way. I’m sorry to be so blunt, but he’s the Speaker, that means he’s the leader. Then lead. Lead the members of Congress to support our party. Let’s support the entire ticket. Let’s support every person running for governor, every person running for senator and every person running for Congress, and let’s support our nominee for president. Let’s support our entire ticket, that’s when it works best.”

There’s a big problem with Huckabee’s thought process on what being a leader means (and I can’t even blame him, this is a man that has legitimately considered himself to be a conservative for years, meaning he clearly doesn’t understand the definition of the actual words used in the English language).

That problem is that being a leader doesn’t mean blindly and slavishly following what is popular or falling in line to support someone who is totally and completely unsupportable. The “we were just following party orders” excuse doesn’t work for us and it doesn’t impress us when Republican politicians or talking heads tell us that the party line is more important than conservatism.

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Donald Trump Is Not A Conservative

The word “conservative” may get stretched around and misused by people, but that doesn’t mean that the ideology of conservatism loses any of it’s potency.

I recently wrote a book on the topic of minority conservatives and political outreach. Part of that book was set around outlining what conservatism is, because frankly we can’t expect to do outreach to people if we don’t even know what the hell we are reaching out to them about.

So I’m going to give you a little sneak peak at my book and in doing so show why Donald Trump is, 100% with no wiggle room, not a conservative.

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What Can Journalists Expect Under a Trump Presidency

Based on Trump’s rhetoric and his own campaign staff’s actions (and Trump’s support for them after the fact) we would be facing an extremely hostile environment for journalists under Trump.

A man that is willing to allow his campaign manager to continue to work for him after assaulting a journalist (and reportedly admitting to it and claiming he only did it because he didn’t know she was from a Trump friendly news site, as if her being from National Review or some other MSM network would have made assaulting her okay) clearly has no respect for journalism, though that is something we already knew.

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A Lesbian’s Experience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (via: Elementary Politics)

This was my second year at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference held annually in the Washington D.C. area. Obviously I was a lesbian the firsttime I attended, just as I am now, but this time I was far more open about the topic with other attendees and therefore I thought it would be fascinating (given my recent book release) to write an article about how my sexuality was received at the conference.

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Is Marco Rubio Pulling a Peter Gibbons?

If I had a few days I’d love to drag out the productivity numbers for members of the Freedom Caucus, but since I’m not going to waste that much time, let’s just say they’re less than stellar. Like my Mother’s Morkie who barks a lot but hasn’t done a darn thing to actually heighten her level of protection; additionally, their constant yipping has also become as annoying as her dog. Maybe more. Back to the point, the conservative PACs who function in the wake of their rebel cause have added padding to the wallets of a lot of “grassroots” consulting firms.

So I guess that’s a feather they can shove in their cap.

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Conservatives – Almost as many flavors as Baskin Robbins

But this doesn’t actually solve the inherent question of what is a conservative? There might have been a day we listed off a devotion to certain cardinal virtues, or perhaps listed off things such as a dedication to capitalism, natural rights, limited government, federalism, and deliberate reasoned and careful change…but nowadays there are people who oppose all those things calling themselves REAL conservatives…and they’re not getting laughed out of every building they walk into.

So rather than fight an uphill battle that our brand of “conservative” is the only true conservatism, we’ll deal in reality (a distinctly conservative trait, or at least it used to be) and admit that the word “conservative” no longer has anything resembling one single meaning. And with that comes the need to define all the flavors of “conservative” out there.

Now for this we decided to group conservatives by three main categories, Economic Issues, Foreign Policy and Social Issues (and admit there is another category needed because some of these “conservatives” don’t really care that much about policy).

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