Josh Hawley further cemented his America First status at a panel with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, where he decried the U.S. government’s endless wars.
Participating in the Center for a New American Security’s (CNAS) 2019 National Security Conference, Hawley laid out his vision for an America First foreign policy.
The Senator from Missouri recognizes that Americans are growing tired of the never-ending wars in the Middle East.
He commented on Americans’ reluctance to continue supporting more wars:
They’re not going to support these endless wars in the Middle East, they’re just not. I mean the American people they look at what we’re doing in Afghanistan, they look at what we’re doing in Syria & they say ‘why are we there again exactly?
Sen. @HawleyMO: "They're not going to support these endless wars in the Middle East, they're just not. I mean the American people they look at what we're doing in Afghanistan, they look at what we're doing in Syria & they say 'why are we there again exactly?'"
This guy gets it. pic.twitter.com/gHO8zXxksh
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) June 16, 2019
Instead, he signals that China poses the biggest threat to American security due to its emphasis on cyberwarfare and unprecedented tech censorship schemes. Hawley has made a name for himself in the America First community for his efforts in confronting Big Tech and championing Middle American values.
Along with Congressman Matt Gaetz, Hawley is part of the new wing of America First elected officials that are making waves in the modern-day Republican Party.
As more Americans begin to question the neoconservative status quo of yesteryear, elected officials like Josh Hawley will be well-positioned to become leaders of a new Middle American conservatism. This brand of conservativism centers around a foreign policy restraint of restraint and is skeptical of legacy interest groups that control business and politics in America.
Ohio Republican Rob Portman Announces that He Won’t Be Seeking Re-Election
America first nationalists must capitalize on this opening in the senate.
On January 25, 2021, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2022. The 2022 election cycle will be a critical mid-term cycle which will determine what course the Republican Party will take in the wake of Trump’s defeat.
According to a report at The Epoch Times, Portman cited “partisan gridlock in Congress and political polarization” as his main reasons for leaving the Senate.
“I feel fortunate to have been entrusted by the people of Ohio to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Today, I am announcing that I have made a decision not to run again in 2022,” Portman said in a statement.
The Republican senator continued, “I don’t think any Senate office has been more successful in getting things done, but honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy, and that has contributed to my decision.”
In Portman’s view, the United States has become “increasingly polarized where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground.” Portman also contended that “This is not a new phenomenon, of course, but a problem that has gotten worse over the past few decades.” He concluded by stating that “This is a tough time to be in public service.”
Portman accompanies his colleagues Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and North Carolina Senator Richard Burr in retiring from office. Portman’s presence won’t be missed. He voted for the Iraq War and even betrayed President Trump by voting against his national emergency declaration at the border. To add insult to injury, Portman has routinely talked smack about President Trump behind his back.
2022 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Republicans with numerous seats in play. With regards to open seats, there will be unique opportunities for America First nationalists to shine in. Ohio is ground zero for the emerging populist realignment taking place in America. Once a state that could go either way during a given election cycle, Ohio is now a safe Republican state.
America First nationalists should milk this opening for what it’s worth and place a staunch nationalist to run for the open GOP seat in 2022. This will be the first midterm where populists can begin purging the party of neocons and other establishment types.
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