Public policy analyst and conservative author Oren Cass announced today that he would be establishing American Compass, a thinktank with a focus on populist economics that is set to open in May.
“Delighted to announce the formation of American Compass, whose mission is to restore an economic consensus that emphasizes the importance of family, community, and industry to the nation’s liberty and prosperity,” Cass wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
While Cass may act like he wants to offer an “America First” vision for conservatism, his history of writings at National Review indicate that he is another Never Trumper attempting to reinvent himself in order to grift or co-opt the movement Trump is responsible for creating.
“Keeping any distance in the public mind between conservatism and Trumpism — not just checking his executive power, but continually repudiating his demagoguery and standing beside its targets — will require a Herculean effort in the coming years. Perhaps it will be impossible. But we should try, most importantly because it is the right thing to do,” Cass wrote in an article just days after Trump was elected President.
“Conservatives cannot afford to have their long-standing agenda become indistinguishable from the noxious elements of Trumpism… But to be viable (or deserving of respect) in the long term, Republicans will have to sustain that coalition independent of the antidemocratic and intolerant aspects that Trump leveraged. Some will smirk that this is impossible and guts the core appeal of Trumpism, but if that’s true, then we’ll have to ensure its gutting anyway,” he added.
In a previous op/ed, Cass lauded Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) as the paragon of virtue while denigrating Trump’s brand of politics and insulting his fans.
“The real difference is that Romney held himself each day to the highest standards of decency and felt keenly the burdens of leadership, while Trump is an entertainer committed to delivering whatever irrational blather of insults, threats, and lies will earn the most retweets,” Cass wrote.
“The Trump phenomenon does not deserve elevation to the level of some reasonable response, needed movement, or well-earned comeuppance. It is best regarded as some combination of nihilistic joke and authoritarian fantasy,” he added.
In his latest screed laying out the philosophical basis for his new thinktank, Cass never mentions Trump, or even Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, even once. He instead name drops Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as the model for his brand of conservatism.
“The problems animating America’s resurgent populism are very real. They will be solved neither by the ideological alignments that governed us into the crisis nor by that populism itself, which has demonstrated no ability to formulate or implement a coherent response,” he wrote.
Cass’ new project will create a “coherent response” to mounting societal problems that fits neatly within the parameters of globalism and politics-as-usual. Similar to National Review editor Rich Lowry with his book “The Case for Nationalism,” Cass is another establishment Republican attempting to make himself relevant in a political landscape that has passed him by.
Third Witness Claims Bill Clinton Visited Jeffrey Epstein’s Infamous “Pedophile Island”
Doug Band is a former Clinton White House aide.
A longtime Bill Clinton aide has revealed the 42nd President visited Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous “pedophile island” of Little St. James in the Virgin Islands, becoming the third witness to claim he had traveled to the island.
Doug Band started as an aide in the Clinton White House in 1995, going on to serve as a post-presidency advisor to Bill Clinton until 2012. He indicated to Vanity Fair in a story released Wednesday that Clinton had visited Little St. James in January 2003, noting he declined to travel with the former President on the trip. Band eventually ended his relationship with the Clintons, citing connections to Epstein as a cause. “I don’t want anything to do with that world,” stated the former political operative to Vanity Fair.
Band goes on to speak of a relationship between charged Epstein “madame” Ghislane Maxwell and the Clintons, revealing that Chelsea Clinton invited Maxwell to her wedding in New York in 2010. Epstein had been convicted of soliciting a minor for prostitution in 2008.
A third witness has stepped forward with claims that Bill Clinton visited Jeffrey Epstein's infamous "pedophile island." pic.twitter.com/2dCXP0WJzy
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) December 2, 2020
Two other witnesses formerly associated with Epstein himself claim to have seen Bill Clinton personally on the island. These incude Virginia Giuffre, a woman who was trafficked and abused by Epstein as a minor, and Steve Scully, who worked as Epstein’s handyman for the island.
“Bill Clinton has been on that island. I saw Bill Clinton sitting with Jeffrey on the living room porch,” stated Scully in a May Netflix documentary. Scully would later resign from Epstein’s employment, citing his knowledge of the sex crimes the pedophile billionaire was engaging in on the island. None of the witnesses that claim Clinton visited the island say they’ve seen him engaging in sexual activity.
Clinton has consistently denied that he ever visited the island, where Epstein engaged in prolific sexual abuse of minors and trafficked women. He reportedly provided travel documents to Vanity Fair that didn’t detail a trip to the island around the same timeframe. However, three credible witnesses- two with connections to Epstein and one with connections to Clinton himself- all claim that he did in fact travel to Little St. James.
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