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Brnovich is Running for the U.S. Senate and the Left is Terrified

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There are generally three types of politicians. The first is the AOC type, always saying outrageous things that generate attention by riling up the base, but they never get much accomplished other than raising money for themselves. The second consists of those who get into office and then proceed to compromise with the other side, the John Kasich types. The third group is those who actually get a lot done in line with their principles, usually quietly so they can get more done without being noticed. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is the third type

 

For the first six years he served in that office, he quietly plodded away, forging victories for freedom, the Constitution and conservative principles. But within the past year, the left finally took notice, and now that he is running for U.S. Senate, they have made him a target. The Arizona Republic runs nearly daily attacks on him. It’s become a joke that the editors and reporters there sit around every morning discussing who is going to write the latest hit piece on him and what it will cover.

 

He’s been endorsed by Mark Levin, who told him “You’ve got guts.” Sean Hannity has all but endorsed him, frequently inviting him on his show now that the left has put a target on his back. He has enough name recognition that he can beat Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly, who the MSM has labeled one of the five most vulnerable Democratic senators in Congress.

 

The level of principled work Brnovich has done while in office is staggering. He has four lawsuits already  — yes four, and he’s leading on them —  against the Biden administration over illegal immigration. He defended two of Arizona’s election integrity laws all the way to the Supreme Court and won earlier this year, in Brnovich v. DNC. He took on the Maricopa County Supervisors multiple times in their efforts to thwart a ballot audit of the 2020 election, standing firm behind the Senate Republicans. 

 

He was the first person in the country to sue Biden over his vaccine mandate for businesses of 100 employees or more, and followed up with a letter he wrote with other attorneys general. He and several other attorneys general sued Biden over an executive order regarding the “social cost of carbon,” which essentially sneaks in the Green New Deal without going through Congress. 

 

He’s sued big tech, filed a brief in a lawsuit against Gov. Doug Ducey’s COVID-19 restrictions and issued an opinion stating that churches have the right to remain open during COVID-19. He testified at an IRS hearing in support of a rule that Trump eventually adopted, prohibiting the IRS from possessing nonprofit donor information. 

 

He filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court supporting David Daleiden, who is being wrongfully prosecuted for exposing Planned Parenthood. He filed another one with the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, defending Mississippi’s 15-week ban on abortion, going further than many did, calling to overturn Roe v. Wade

 

He led an amicus curiae brief with other attorneys general at the Supreme Court in the case New York Rifle and Pistol v. Corlette, which challenges New York’s law that only allows gun ownership for good cause. Gun experts say this case could be bigger than District of Columbia v. Heller.  He led a successful amicus curiae brief at the Ninth Circuit opposing California’s ban on high-capacity magazines. He submitted two comments opposing Biden’s ATF rules that go after ghost guns and make it more difficult for the handicapped to obtain braces to use with guns. 

 

He sued the Biden administration over a requirement in The American Rescue Plan Act which prohibits states from lowering taxes for four years. He led an amicus curiae brief at the Supreme Court supporting Americans for Prosperity, which successfully got a California statute requiring disclosure of the identities of donors who give more than $5,000 to a charity struck down. 

Along with other attorneys general, he sued Biden over a move to extend federal antidiscrimination laws to transgenders, which affects which bathrooms they use and sports they participate in.

 

Locally, he threatened to sue the City of Tucson over its vaccine mandate and so they dropped it. He sued ASU over giving a sweetheart deal to a hotel so it could avoid paying property taxes. He filed an amicus curiae brief in a successful lawsuit filed by The Goldwater Institute against the city of Peoria over violating the Arizona Constitution’s gift clause by giving handouts to a private university.

 

There is a long list of items he is defending, such as Arizona’s new law banning aborting babies solely because they have disabilities. He’s defended in court Arizona’s ban on critical race theory and mandatory masks in schools, He defended Arizona’s law banning the investment of taxpayer dollars in companies that boycott Israel, and filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Arkansas’s similar law. 

 

Brnovich is up against two billionaires trying to buy the election in the primary. One is Fortune 500 CEO Jim Lamon, who has no record to speak of. He’s come under criticism for accepting COVID-19 relief funds, although after being publicly outed he returned them. 

 

Out-of-state Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel is funding one of his employees, Blake Masters, $10 million to run. Masters, who also has no record in politics, has attempted to depict Brnovich with the unfounded claim of not being aligned with Trump enough, but Thiel is also funding never Trumper (until he started running) J.D. Vance for Senate in Ohio with $10 million. $10 million is the most money ever contributed by someone to a Senate race. 

 

Brnovich isn’t getting endorsements from police and firefighter unions because he used to head up the Goldwater Institute’s Center for Constitutional Governance, which frequently sued unions. But Republicans know his record, and a recent poll showed him double digits ahead of his opponents. Democrats are terrified, because this is an actual conservative with a record, not just RINO talk.

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



 
 
 

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Will Democrats Do What They Must?

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On a warm August evening in 1974, President Richard M. Nixon said from the Oval Office that he was resigning, becoming the first president to do so. He confessed that he no longer had “a strong enough political base in the Congress” to finish his term.

Sen. Barry Goldwater, Ariz., the 1964 GOP presidential nominee, was a respected conservative leader in a Senate whose Republican ranks were less conservative than now. In a May 1973 interview with Time magazine, Goldwater had given an early warning, “If it can be proved that he (Nixon) lied, resignation would have to be considered. It would be quick. Everything would be over, ended. It wouldn’t drag out like impeachment.”

At a regular Senate Republican Conference lunch on august 6 of 1974, Goldwater had fumed: “There are only so many lies you can take, and now there has been one too many. Nixon should get his ass out of the White House today!” When he went to see President Nixon, Goldwater confided, “There’s not more than 15 senators for you.” After that showdown, the curtain on President Nixon’s presidency came down three days later.

In this challenging time in our history when President Biden’s competency is under serious question, will Democrat leaders have the courage to do the same? With this report, more Democrats and Independents will be less inclined to vote for Biden. That may very well impact the future of many Democrat politicians whose own election could be impacted if their voting base stays home. After his Wednesday night address, the evidence that Biden is in trouble is plainly obvious.

President Biden’s poll numbers are now at an all time low. The shocking Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Hur report suggests that Biden should not be indicted because Biden is “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” that a jury would be unlikely to convict. The Special Counsel also noted that Biden “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen;” he noted that such actions “present serious risks to national security.” It is clearly a risk for Biden to remain in office.

When President Biden addressed the country after the report was disclosed, he asserted that his memory was fine, and the report confirms that he was not indicted and did nothing wrong. His comments to the press questions were combative and defensive. He took no personal responsibility, blaming his staff for the faulty storage of classified documents. His message was strident and clear-Trump is guilty, and I did nothing wrong.

If he is not competent to stand trial for his actions, how can he be confident enough to remain president? It’s time for a private confrontation by Democrat leadership. If Biden does not listen, it is time to exercise the 25th amendment option to remove him from office.

It is not easy to use that 25th Amendment option. It is even more difficult with only 9 months before a critical national election. Waiting until the Democrat Convention in August leaves little time to right the ship and promote a replacement candidate.

Democrats, do your job to clean out your own house. President Biden is not competent to meet the challenges of our time. Do it now or pay the price in November. As Republicans, we hope you let Biden remain your candidate, but that is selfish. President Biden is our current leader and his decisions impact all of us and a world in turmoil. This isn’t about politics. We can’t afford even eleven more months of a mentally incompetent President.

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Getting Beyond our Convenient Political Narratives

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There is only one movie up for Oscars that I have any interest in seeing win, “American Fiction.” This movie has the guts to call out all liberal media, book publishers, and Hollywood producers who have made it clear that the only narratives they will allow to be seen support their woke worldview.

In “American Fiction,” an author snubbed by publishers because his novels are not “black” enough decides to play a joke on the publishing industry by changing his identity to a fugitive who writes in graphic terms about what it’s “supposed to be” like to be a “black” in America. The book fits the liberal narrative and earns the author an offer of $750,000, a new movie contract, and award consideration. He’s disgusted by the liberal bias but plays along only to see a disturbing reality play out. The truth is that it pays to support liberal narratives.

Most of the Oscar nominations and comments at the ceremony prove a left-wing bias every year. That’s why fewer and fewer conservatives even watch. Where is the consideration for popular movies like “Sound of Freedom” or “Boys in the Boat?” They don’t fit the Left narratives that “nothing bad comes across an open border” or “nothing good comes out of America.”

It’s true that we all tend to fall victim to “selective scanning.” It’s tempting to search for information sources that reinforce what we want to believe. Both sides of the divide tend to say the same thing—“If you knew the ‘facts,’ you would know the ‘truth,’ ‘OK, my truth!’” Both sides of any divide have a narrative with “facts” and “expert opinion” to back their position.

There are numerous examples of well-defended narratives that keep America divided:

The COVID Vaccines are good for you vs. The COVID Vaccines have the potential to do more harm than good (You can find some research and anecdotal evidence that vaccines work and similar evidence that some people have died or developed serious illnesses).

Climate Change will result in man’s destructive vs. Climate Change has multiple causes, and we can do little to change (Clearly, there is evidence of man doing damage to the environment, and there is evidence that there have been extended warm and cold periods throughout earth’s existence with or without man).

Entitlement Programs are essential to help those who can’t help themselves. Entitlement Programs foster government dependency and prevent self-sufficiency (It’s true that people need help, but it is best provided by a distant government bureaucracy or by family, friends, and local charities who can access needs and provide focused assistance and support).

Undocumented Aliens should receive government assistance and have a path to citizenship; Illegal Aliens have committed crimes and should be deported (There is evidence that some who have crossed the open border have committed terrible crimes, but it’s also true that some have been good workers with strong family values).

Both leading candidates for the 2024 Presidential election are loved and hated. They have counter-narratives depending on your side of the divide.

The left’s Trump narrative is predictable. Once elected, President Trump will be a “dictator,” “seek revenge,” “be fatal to the American experiment,” “a felon,” and “a threat to democracy.” In Short, the left’s message is simple, “Trump is dangerous for America and should be in jail.”

The right’s narrative couldn’t be more different. President Trump will “restore America,” “ensure our freedoms,” “destroy the deep state,” and “defend the Constitution.” In short, “Trump’s been victimized by politicized accusations and will save the America we love if he can just be elected.” Both can find statements from Trump’s speeches and past actions to attempt to justify their claims.

To the right, President Biden is “senile,” a “bumbling idiot,” “too old,” “an un-American traitor,” “a ‘big guy” crook,” and “dangerous to the future of America and should be impeached and in jail.” To the left, Biden has “helped keep America open to immigrants,” “helped prevent a climate calamity,” “provides necessary benefits for minorities,” “makes the rich pay their fair share,” and “is the only person in the way of a rightwing dictatorship.” Both views can find ammunition to support their claims.

Notice that neither side likes you to watch a whole speech. They want you to see just the clips and evidence that reinforce their own narratives about the candidate. Welcome to soundbite politics!

The 2024 election is too important for our future to be left with biased narratives about two candidates. It is not just the President that you elect; it is the people and the policies they bring with them that will determine the course for America’s future.

Instead of limiting yourself to biased narratives, there is much to consider in making an informed decision on who to elect. Both candidates have a record to look at. What are their major accomplishments? Do you support what they did as President? Now, look to the future. Join those who are demanding that both parties lay out their Contract with America. What are the top five promises and priorities for each party?

Let’s get beyond the name-calling and demand that they come before the people to debate the issues that matter most. Both these candidates are more than the narratives we have created. Let’s hear from them directly and then vote. To do less is not responsible citizenship and is detrimental to the future of our amazing country.

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