A mass exodus from the Republican Party is underway, with many establishment-favorite legislators quitting the ranks of Congress in what they are framing as a protest against their party’s populist figurehead.
While most Republicans see this as evidence that President Donald Trump is living up to his mandate of draining the swamp, the fake news smear merchants at the Washington Post frame this as proof that Trump is losing control over the GOP.
The Bezos-run lobbying rag published an article this weekend gushing over the quitters who have abandoned ship:
The vast turnover is a reminder of just how much Trump has remade the GOP — and of the purge of those who dare to oppose him. Former congressman Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) lost his June 2018 primary after challenging Trump; he’s now a Republican presidential candidate. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.), the only Republican to accuse Trump of impeachable acts, quit the GOP in July citing the “partisan death spiral.” His political future is uncertain…
Most of the departing Republicans publicly cite family as the reason for leaving. But behind the scenes, Republicans say the trend highlights a greater pessimism about the direction of the party under Trump — and their ability to win back the House next year.
The president has doubled down on an all-base strategy for his reelection campaign, making some Republicans ask whether Trump has put his own political future ahead of the long-term viability of the party of Abraham Lincoln.
While the fake news wants to put these quitters on a pedestal, these former lawmakers are not likely to bow out with grace and dignity. There is a great chance they will become lobbyists based on their connections made in the Washington D.C. swamp. There are several examples of anti-Trump lawmakers who bowed out during the previous session already doing as much.
Former Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Lamar Smith (R-TX) retired last year and immediately became lobbyists for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a top international legal firm. Former Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) announced the formation of her own lobbying firm before she even left Congress in 2019.
Still, departing lawmakers have the nerve to paint themselves as heroes for cutting and running from public service. They lament the fact that the Republican Party is not pandering enough to diversity, and refusing to play nice with Democrats who are sending the country down the road to socialism and despair.
“The electorate is changing . . . and if you’re not staying up to date, and if you’re not talking to people who are going to be future voters, then you’re going to have a problem at the ballot box,” former CIA officer and departing Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) recently said in an interview. “It’s women in the suburbs, minorities and young people — those are going to be the key groups and key voters in 2020.”
“Fewer than 12,500 people have ever done this. Congress has the opportunity to do incredible things for this country. I worked hard to be here. I love what it stands for. But I can’t afflict that trade-off, that sacrifice on [my son], when in fact all we’re sacrificing is just time because . . . we’re not solving the nation’s problems here,” departing Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI) said.
It will only be a matter of time before this election cycle’s quitter class ends up in lobbying positions as well. The Republican Party will be stronger without them, as they can be replaced by more nationalist, pro-Trump lawmakers.
Democrat Black Farmers Bill Would Give Away $8 Billion of Land Yearly in Reparations Program
South Africa-style land redistribution?
Democrat Senators are touting new legislation that would purchase national farmland and give it away to Black Americans for free.
Democrats Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren are sponsoring the the Justice for Black Farmers Act, which seems likely to be the most wide-ranging affirmative action program ever enacted if it’s signed into law. It’s not inaccurate to call the bill a reparations program.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 24, 2020
The law establishes preferences for Black Americans within Department of Agriculture policy. Blacks would be granted free land purchased by the federal government, in total increments that appear to add up to $8 billion a year.
An undersecretary of a USDA “Equitable Land Access Service” would be entrusted with purchasing(using taxpayer funds) and redistributing land. The reparation bill appropriates for a massive 20,000 grants annually over ten years, adding up to a total redistribution package of $80 billion.
The under-secretary would be commissioned to “(1) purchase from willing sellers, at a price not greater than fair market value, available agricultural land in the United States; and (2) subject to section 205, convey grants of that land to eligible Black individuals at no cost to the eligible Black individuals.”
If the bill redistributes 160 acres per grant, it would ultimately end up transferring 1.6% of the total land in the continental United States for free.
Democrats cite a decline in the numbers of black farmers since the 1920’s as an impetus for the bill, pointing out that there were 1 million black farmers in 1920 and 50,000 today. Such logic ignores that the number of American farmers broadly has declined sharply as the United States transitioned to an industrial economy, and that millions of Black Americans who worked under poor conditions as sharecroppers in the American South have long since moved to northern cities.
The bill is somewhat similar to South African racial land redistribution policies, which differ primarily in that they forcibly nationalized land owned by Afrikaner farmers and redistributed them to South African Blacks. South Africa’s land reforms in the name of “equity” have proven to generally be a failure, with novel farmers unable to utilize the land they’ve been gifted in a manner beneficial to society. South Africa has transitioned from a bountiful agricultural society known as the “bread basket of Africa” to a net food importer, with experts pointing to arbitrary land redistribution as a factor in doing so.
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