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The Right Needs to Start Thinking in Terms of Chess Moves and Less Defense Mode

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After the stunning presidential election loss, the right is going to have to change its tactics. The left was able to shut down our efforts to investigate election fraud by labeling them dangerous conspiracy theories. Obviously, the first thing that needs to change is how elections are held. Republican controlled state legislatures need to tighten up election rules and regulations. Honest conservatives need to run for state and county offices overseeing elections. 

 

But the second, more complex factor is how we deal with the left’s attacks shutting us down and destroying our credibility. Because the left dominates the MSM, Big Tech, education, the legal system and Wall Street, and because we adhere to Judeo-Christian ethics, we have to work much harder and smarter than they do. We can no longer just sit around and complain about how unfair it is that they use Saul Alinsky’s tactics against us, such as lying, because it’s not getting us anywhere.

 

The left has made a lot of traction in recent years by labeling our exposure of their criminal and unethical behavior as wild conspiracy theories. They operate in the dark more than we do because their ideas are so unpopular they have to sneak them through using sleazy tactics. So naturally we are always uncovering evidence of them. I don’t know hardly anyone on our side who is fascinated by conspiracy theories, most conservatives tend to be very logical and fact oriented — often to our detriment because we are less inclined to get involved in the arts and Hollywood.  

 

The left lumps in any genuine criticism we have of their underhanded behavior with conspiracy theories that have gotten people into trouble. The Sandy Hook shooting is a common one, that supposedly children didn’t really die, they were only child actors. Provocateur Alex Jones was deplatformed across the internet for discussing it, and currently has two lawsuits pending against him. Now it is true that 20 years ago, people could speculate about conspiracy theories and weren’t banned or sued. Well times have changed. Do we want to go down defending Jones, or do we want to distinguish our genuine questions about the election from his difficult to prove rants? We need to pick and choose our battles wisely, and until the deplatforming of Jones can clearly be shown to be a violation of free speech (so far Big Tech has the upper hand, getting away with their actions as private companies), we are wasting time on the wrong fights. 

 

I realize the left keeps moving the goalposts; first they deplatformed people who are way out there like Jones, now they’re targeting regular vocal conservatives, next they’re going to target anyone who admitted they voted for Trump. The MSM is going to continue blocking our messaging, and Big Tech is gradually kicking us off their platforms, so we need to start ramping up our own platforms at all levels of the internet, as I wrote about last week. 

 

But right now they have figured out how to rig elections by quashing our objections as conspiracy theories. They’ve been able to get away with crimes by ironically convincing people that the accusations are so serious they can’t be credible. 

 

It’s imperative that we defeat this labeling. When they accuse us of being conspiracy theorists, we need to be prepared with a list of things the left claimed were conspiracies that turned out to be accurate. Peter Strozk and his lover Lisa Page’s text messages revealed they were trying to stop Trump from winning the 2016 election. Strozk and Page changed Michael Flynn’s FD-302 interview answers to make him look guilty of conspiring with Russia. Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing that the NSA was spying on Americans. Hillary Clinton ran a personal server out of her home where she conducted business as secretary of state using a private email address, and destroyed highly classified emails. None of these facts are disputed, the evidence was overwhelming. Ask the left if they want their own concerns dismissed as conspiracy theories. Watergate started out as a conspiracy theory. Should that have been ignored because it was just too incredulous? 

 

The left comes up with harebrained schemes all the time. It’s overdue to start labeling them as conspiracy theories; put them on the defensive wasting time trying to refute the label. It won’t be easy for us, you can’t just come up with this kind of thing off the top of your head. The left has well-paid politicos sitting around in think tanks poring hours of time into this type of opposition research. Our side tends to rely on volunteer bloggers. Once we decide one of their criticisms is a conspiracy, we have to be ready to defend our argument with a list of evidence, including analogies to real conspiracies. Otherwise they will defeat us with Saul Alinsky’s Rule #3, “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” 

 

Trump did better than most Republican leaders putting the Democrats on the defensive. He gave his opponents negative labels, like calling Biden “Sleepy Joe.” Those tactics work if clever and not overdone. Calling Kamala Harris “Kamala Ho,” for example, is beneath us and not effective. Flood the news with articles pointing out their negatives well in advance. An article speculating “Is Joe Biden avoiding public appearances due to depression over having dishonestly won?” featuring psychologists is an example. The MSM bombarded us with articles claiming Trump was depressed, so why is Biden off the hook? It became painfully clear he was skipping a lot of public appearances leading up to the election. 

 

Our side needs to stop allowing RINOs a free pass when they cave and assert it’s because of their “principles.” They have none, the answer is always follow the money. We need to call them out every time and figure out what happened behind the scenes. 

 

A pundit on Newsmax last week complained that we need to get back to discussing policies, not people. Unfortunately, the left isn’t going to make it that simple. Two Alinsky methods they have perfected are #12, “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it,” and Rule #5, “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” The more top conservatives they take down, the easier it is to associate others with the victim and destroy them too. Preemptively taking down the left’s leaders isn’t as hard as it looks, because their side is so prone to lying and lacks ethics. There’s been a barrage already during the first two weeks of the Biden administration. 

 

Along with that we need to start themes and repeat them constantly. CNN was recently caught removing its COVID-19 death counter during broadcasts now that Biden is president. Our side is terrible at selecting key themes and hammering them. The coordination that occurs on the left among its factions is incredible, most recently revealed in a Time article that came out last week. I’ve been in politics for years; in campaigns, working for elected officials and as a journalist, and I’ve never been on a list coordinating talking points on the right. 

 

Stop wasting time down rabbit holes hoping drastic things are happening to change our country. Unless a respectable conservative news source like Newsmax has vetted a rumor, it could have easily been placed there by the left in order to make us look nutty and waste our time. Instead, look at what the left is hyping up on the Drudge Report and figure out how to turn it around on them. 

 

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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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Make Universities Accountable for Predatory Student Loan Abuse

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The Biden administration is still talking about delivering on the President’s promise to relieve student loan debt for many Americans. There is continuing discussion on how much debt should be forgiven, how to pay for it, and whether it is fair to all those who have diligently and painfully worked to already pay off their own student loans. After all, if you’re going to eliminate student debt to buy votes, why just limit it to student debt?

Unfortunately for Biden, according to numerous sources including National Review, the executive branch has no generalized power to forgive any amount of student debt. Even Nancy Pelosi confirmed simply that “the president can’t do it. That’s not even a discussion.” The Department of Education came to the same verdict, determining that the executive branch “does not have the statutory authority to cancel, compromise, discharge, or forgive, on a blanket or mass basis, principal balances of student loans, and/or to materially modify the repayment amounts or terms thereof.”

Of course, even if he had the authority, forgiving student debt doesn’t make the debt go away. Reality has a way of breaking into such “freeloading” dreams. It’s pay me now, or somebody else pay me later. But why should some future taxpayer pay off anyone else’s student debt?

Whatever happened to wise warnings of “student beware.” When you get an education and agree to pay the tuition, you ought to realize that you must at some point pay for that education. You signed on the bottom line. Face your real-world responsibilities. Hopefully, you picked a degree major that will ensure a career capable of paying off your loans. Students clearly have some responsibility, but what about the universities that took advantage of the money coming from those loans?

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After all, there is ample evidence that student tuitions exploded far faster than inflation when government funds became readily available for student loans. Complaints of excessive tuition increases by students trapped in their programs tended to be met with a less than caring response—pound sand!

Since 2008, the tuition cost or a four-year college degree has increased nearly 25%. In that same period, student debt has doubled, increasing by 107%. 2015 study found that a dollar of subsidized student loans results in a published tuition increase of 58 cents at a typical university, An NBER paper suggests that changes to federal student loans are more than sufficient to explain tuition increases at private nonprofit colleges. And a 2014 study found that for-profit colleges eligible for federal student aid charged tuition 78% higher than that of similar but aid-ineligible institutions.

In short, there is no doubt that tuition was rising faster than the inflation level. Evidence has been clear for decades. In 1987, Secretary of Education William J. Bennett argued that “increases in financial aid in recent years have enabled colleges and universities to raise their tuition, confident that Federal loan subsidies would help cushion the increase.”

Bennett pointed out in 1987 that federal student aid had risen 57 percent since 1980, while inflation had been 26 percent. A 2020 analysis by the Congressional Budget Office brought the numbers up to date: “Between 1995 and 2017, the balance of outstanding federal student loan debt increased more than sevenfold, from $187 billion to $1.4 trillion (in 2017 dollars).” What is the lesson? The more federal aid to students is available colleges raise tuition more. Salaries rise and bureaucracies expand. There are more courses, more dorms, dining halls, lavish recreational centers, and more money for endowments.

Far too many students find that once they begin their education, their schools raise the tuition at such a high rate that their debt explodes. The university builds their endowment, and the “trapped” student is compelled to finish what they started at a cost they did not expect to have to pay. In such a situation, should not the university be responsible for any increased cost above the increase in cost of living during the same time? It’s time for universities to take responsibility for their share of student debt.

The universities that benefited from these loans should have a part in footing the bill. That means universities that raked in millions to inflate endowments should be holding the bag for those who can’t afford to pay their loans. With universities holding hundreds of billions of dollars in tax-free endowments, any government program to relieve student debt should be completely dependent on taxing those university endowments.

It’s time to counter the Democrats’ vote-buying scheme by making lasting changes to the student loan process. That means putting universities on the hook for their predatory behavior. That will go much further than a temporary payoff that does nothing to solve what is causing the problem.

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Tucker: Why are they so angry?

There’s no Constitutional requirement to have respect for anybody in the US government. In fact, in a free country you are encouraged to disagree. You are a citizen, you have that inherent right. But, no more.

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Tucker gives an extended list of several people who were arrested or had their homes raided, without explanation, for no crime. Highlights include:

“Why have a political debate when you can just arrest people who disagree with you? And that has happened, far below the media radar since the day Joe Biden was elected, and tonight we want to show you … a litany, a list of Americans who have been arrested, detained by federal law enforcement on the orders of the Biden administration, not because they committed recognizable crimes but because they disagreed with the political aims of the Biden administration.”

“Ooh, Trumps a fascist, remember that? Did Trump’s DOJ raid the homes of a lot of journalists who embarrassed his children? No, you don’t remember that, because it didn’t happen. But Joe Biden’s justice department has done that, and then they kept going.”

“We don’t arrest people for ignoring congressional subpoenas, especially when they cite executive privilege, a principal that has a long history in American history, so no, we’ve never done that, but we can do it now because it was ‘an insurrection’, an insurrection that wasn’t armed, wasn’t planned, it didn’t actually insurrect anything, but it was still an insurrection. Now you’re beginning to see why it’s been so important from the very first day for the media to describe what happened on January 6 not as a riot, but as an insurrection, because if it’s an insurrection, they can violate your civil rights.”

“So, a decade ago the Obama administration was caught sending automatic weapons to Mexican drug cartels and Congress wanted to know more about this. Eric Holder, then the attorney general, had a key role in this, ‘operation fast and furious’, you may remember it. So, they subpoena’d him, and he ignored the subpoena, and the media applauded, he was taking a noble position. But when Steve Bannon or Peter Navarro tried to do something like that, they went to jail. Again, we had this exact same thing happen in public ten years ago. A federal judge ruled that Holder’s privilege claim was not legitimate, and he was still never arrested, but the rules have changed. Why is that?”

“There’s no Constitutional requirement to have respect for anybody in the US government. In fact, in a free country you are encouraged to disagree. You are a citizen, you have that inherent right. But, no more. The media think you should be sent to jail if you show disrespect, and so of course, with no media to push back against unconstitutional overreach, the justice department kept going.”

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