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The New Self-defeating Strategy of Labeling Any Republican Opponent a RINO

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A disturbing new way of campaigning has popped up on the Republican side, labeling other Republican candidates you oppose “RINOs” when they haven’t earned the credentials. Because much of politics comes down to money these days, billionaires are buying elected offices, shoving genuine conservatives out of the way with these false labels. Anyone with money can slap the “America First” label on themselves and label a conservative who’s worked in the trenches, or a new one who is loudly standing up for core conservative principles like election integrity that most don’t dare to, a RINO. 

 

The problem becomes worse when these dishonest or fake candidates get into the general election races. Their dishonesty and inexperience gets exposed, and they end up costing the GOP a seat by losing. And the ones who actually are able to win the general election cannot be trusted. 

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It’s pretty easy to figure out who real RINOs are. They have low ratings from conservative groups like the American Conservative Union (which rates state legislators now as well), they have a history of supporting or voting with Democrats, they bash solid conservatives such as Donald Trump, they claim there is no election fraud, etc. 

 

This new field of candidates backed by big money is taking advantage of and abusing this common criticism by greatly expanding the definition, which renders the term meaningless. They blast conservatives with solid records as “swamp creatures” and pull up obscure incidents from the pasts of newcomers daring to speak out on election fraud and other controversial issues.

 

It’s become quite controversial due to seeping into Trump’s endorsements. For the most part, Trump’s endorsements have correctly picked the solid conservative in primary races. But there have been a few races where things have gone on behind the scenes and most conservatives would agree he chose the wrong person. 

 

The late conservative  leader and writer William F. Buckley Jr.  came up with the Buckley Rule, which states that in political races, conservatives should support the most electable conservative. Some of Trump’s endorsements have not followed this rule — although to his credit, occasionally he’s withdrawn endorsements after seeing his candidates perform poorly in their races. 

 

Two of his questionable endorsements came as the result of lobbying from California tech billionaire Peter Thiel. Thiel convinced Trump to endorse JD Vance in the Senate race in Ohio, over the solid conservative Josh Mandel. Vance accused Mandel, a former Ohio Treasurer who is backed by Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, of being a RINO. But in 2016, Vance said about Trump, “I can’t stomach Trump. I think that he’s noxious and is leading the white working class to a very dark place.” He labeled himself a Never Trumper and worried the former president could be “America’s Hitler.” Vance ultimately won the primary race. 

 

The other Thiel-backed candidate is running for U.S. Senate in Arizona, in another “Twilight Zone” race. This brand-new “Richie Rich” candidate, who has done nothing but live off of Thiel’s money for his career, has finagled Trump’s endorsement and constantly bashes the solid conservative in the race as a RINO. Blake Masters, who opponents refer to as “Fake Blake,” has no history as a conservative and a long record as a radical Libertarian, who once convinced a friend to become pro-choice on abortion. But due to millions from Thiel including the coveted Trump endorsement, he has been able to make proactive, solid conservative Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich falsely look weak. 

 

His millions have infiltrated conservative media, social media, and other outlets to portray Brnovich as do-nothing  when it comes to election fraud, when nothing could be further from the truth. An offhand remark Brnovich made about a day after the 2020 election where he said he hadn’t personally seen any fraud yet has been stretched into saying Brnovich didn’t believe there was fraud at all. 

 

In reality, Brnovich has fought the fraud harder than anyone, walking a very fine line between getting the left-leaning judicial system to recognize it versus getting disbarred — he’s barely made it through 12 bar complaints filed against him and his staff from Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. The reckless things Masters says are very likely to get him disbarred — and The Week says he doesn’t even believe there was fraud 

 

Polls show Brnovich scores at least five points better than Masters against Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in the general election. Masters has said so many offensive things — and still continues to do so — that Kelly will destroy him in the general election. 

 

Another bizarre race in Arizona is the GOP gubernatorial primary, which is between a clear RINO, Karrin Taylor Robson, and a clear conservative who is endorsed by Trump, Kari Lake. Lake has had a meteoric rise in the race, due to her brilliance, years of experience with media as a news anchor for years and unflinching stance on issues like election fraud that many Republicans are scared to champion. 

 

But Robson, who is largely funded by her wealthy husband, claims status as the conservative in the race, constantly pointing to a couple of small donations Lake made to Barack Obama and John Kerry in the early 2010s when she was briefly a Democrat. 

 

The reality is Robson’s record is horrible — and it was when she was a Republican. While serving as a regent for ASU, she voted against a bill that the Arizona Legislature was considering – which is now law – banning abortions for fetal abnormalities like Down syndrome. She voted to give illegal immigrants subsidized tuition at Arizona universities, lower than American citizens in other states pay. Brnovich sued the universities over this and forced them to stop the practice.  She worked as a paid lobbyist for the leftist, open-borders Chicanos por la Causa in 2018. And her endorsements look like a who’s who of RINOs, she doesn’t even try to hide them. 

 

There is supposed to be a red wave this year. But will the billionaires who have changed the meaning of RINO to include anyone but them ruin it for us? 

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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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The left is going to hit you with a hammer, but don’t be the one to give them the hammer!

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The left applies pressure to the right in order to get them to make mistakes. What is happening right now in America is a travesty in the left is using every single thing they can to cause more and more pressure on the right with the hopes that they will make this mistake that can be used against him. PolitiCrossing founder Chris Widener tells you exactly what this mistake is and how you can avoid making it. Remember, the left is going to hit you with a hammer, but don’t be the one to give them the hammer!

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Unraveling the Democrats’ “Contract with America”

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As we race towards the November mid-terms, we search for a clear differentiation between the parties vying for our support. Having lost control of the White House, the Senate, and the House, the Republicans have promised to supply a new Contract with America.

On Sept. 27, 1994, on the Capitol steps in Washington, D.C., Newt Gingrich shepherded members of the Republican minority to announce a “Contract with America” outlining legislation to be enacted by the House of Representatives within the first 100 days of the 104th Congress. They won big. It’s time for Republicans to come forward with a similar contract.

The Democrats are known to promise whatever they think will keep them in power. Many of their talking points need no evidence; they are accepted as undeniable truths by our left-leaning news media. You can’t defeat your political opponent until you know what they stand for. In an effort to begin isolating many of their key priorities, what follows could be the Democrat Party’s Contract with America and my brief commentary on why those priorities are bad for this country we love:

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Increased gun controls are vital because guns kill people. With growing incidence of mass murders and gun violence, we support doing more to limit citizens from purchasing and using guns. (Commentary: Criminals never follow gun laws. Citizens need the Second Amendment to support their right to bear arms.)

Women have the right to an abortion. With the U.S. Supreme Court reversing Roe vs. Wade, Democrats support a federal law securing a woman’s right to an abortion. (Commentary: The life of an unborn fetus has value and restrictions on when or if an abortion is allowed should be left to the states.)

Tax increases to support government programs must be paid by the rich who don’t pay their fair share. To fund the necessary programs designed to help those less fortunate still recovering from the COVID pandemic, the most successful Americans will be required to shoulder the cost. (Commentary: The rich already pay the vast majority of federal and state income taxes with the bottom fifty percent paying nothing. Adding new entitlements creates more government dependence rather than promoting the American value of self-reliance.)

Because of police abuse and racial biases, spend less on law enforcement officers and more on mental health workers to deal with the true “reasons” for crime. In a world of white privilege, systemic racism, and unequal incarceration of minority citizens, defunding abusive law enforcement practices and increasing mental health services must be considered a priority. (Commentary: At a time citizens are more fearful of becoming victims of crime, we need more law enforcement officers and DAs who will fully prosecute all criminals of any race.)

Support Election reforms which expand the access and days for voting and limit ID requirements that negatively impact minority voting. Forcing voters to show an ID and sign their ballots is just another form of voter suppression. (Commentary: Trust in election results is at an all-time low. As has always been the case, citizens should have to vote on the designated election day and proper ID should be required to prove citizenship.)

Because of the threat of Adverse climate change, end America’s dependence on fossil fuels and develop and fund green energy alternatives. No matter what the cost to citizens today, the reality of global warming requires changes now that restrict our dependence on oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy. (Commentary: Even if eventually it may be necessary, the reliable technology and resources needed for green energy alternatives are not adequate at this time and fossil fuels and nuclear energy should be used to meet our current energy needs. Instead of buying oil and coal from others, we should be 100% energy independent and capitalize on our own cheaper resources.)

Completing the Southern border wall is racially insensitive and unnecessary at a time we need more workers and must remain a refuse for those seeking freedom and opportunity. We will provide temporary status documents, transportation to a place to live, and eventual hope for a path to citizenship. (Commentary: Maintaining border security is job one for every country. Legal immigration should be encouraged and expanded as needed, but the border wall should be completed in order to limit illegal immigration, the flow of illegal drugs, and easy access to gangs and terrorists.)

Dismantle the conservative strangle-hold on the U.S. Supreme Court. Whether by expanding the number of justices, impeachment, or passing mandatory retirement for justices, we will secure a Supreme Court that is not bound by the antiquated Constitution but will meet the needs of this generation. (Commentary: The Supreme Court must remain independent of political manipulation, keeping the Constitution as the sole source of reference for whether a law can be enforced at the state or federal level.)

Convict President Donald Trump of some crime that will limit his ability to run for office in 2024. President Trump did such damage to our country and initiated insurrection on January 6th. As a result, he cannot be allowed to even run for President again. (Commentary: The unprecedented raid on Mar-a-Lago has already established their fishing expedition. Whether Donald Trump is the standard bearer for the Republican Party in 2024 should be up to the people and not a result of trumped-up charges or judicial fiat.)

Have I been fair? Have I let anything out? We could add military unpreparedness, diplomatic failures, minimum wage, student loan relief, as the list is endless. I wonder if liberals even know what the Left-leaning elites in their party have done to hijack their party? Hopefully, this column will help inform them of what they actually stand for and what their leaders plan to continue to do to America.

My fear is that, just as in the last election, most Democrats who voted against anything Trump, will do the same in the mid-terms against any from the party of the “deplorables.” After all, the one-sided mainstream media makes all conservatives look as bad as possible. Maybe it’s time liberals look in the mirror at their own party. Look at what they have done in two years and what lies ahead if they are given more time to have their way. Here’s hoping that many do before November.

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