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Kiver: Three things Capitol Hill Republicans can do to end war on conservative media

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The mainstream media has been waging a war on conservatives for the better part of the decade, but the intensity is now at an all-time high with the election of President Donald J. Trump.

Today, the message of limited government is being silenced on television, targeted through taxation, and even the subject of attack from so-called independent government agencies.

This consumer access problem may be snowballing, but that is not to say Capitol Hill conservatives are not strong enough to roll it back.

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Conservatives outside of Washington have a right to be frustrated. The Republican Party controls both the executive and legislative branches, but with the liberal stranglehold on the mainstream media, the hapless Republicans hold all the cards and still fold.

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Here are three essential steps Capitol Hill conservatives can take to rebalance leftwing domination of our mass communications grid.

1. End the government created broadcast monopolies

 Why are there an overwhelming number of liberal television outlets but only one major conservative source? It is not just a matter of having public demand – after all, self-identified Republicans outnumber Democrats by an 11-point margin – it is also a question of who has the most money and best rapport with powerful, unelected bureaucrats.

The reason cable news is dominated by just a few behemoths is that no one can establish a new broadcast organization without federal approval and the payment of sizeable dues to Uncle Sam. Many would assume that puts – you guessed it – liberals – in a better position for success.

The left also maintains its media empire due to regulatory schemes, including ceilings on a number of stations broadcasters can control and restrictions on television stations’ sharing of advertising revenue.

Thankfully, today is a more promising time than ever for reform. Ajit Pai, Trump’s like-minded Federal Communications Commission head, has already spent some time removing red tape, allowing right-leaning companies like Sinclair Broadcasting Group to expand.

However, Congress and the White House should pressure him to go even further and make leveling the broadcasting playing field a hallmark of his tenure at the commission.

2. Kill the proposed advertising tax

 The rise of the Internet has certainly helped conservatives cut through the several decades’ old media cartel to reach their audience with fewer disruptions – however, resurrecting an old tax idea in Congress has the potential to change that.

As part of the upcoming 2017 tax reform proposal, some in Congress are reportedly looking at adopting old provisions from a 2014 tax reform blueprint championed by former congressman David L. Camp, then-chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

In his blueprint, the Michigan Republican proposed an advertising tax. This levy changes advertising from being a normal, 100 percent deductible annual business expense to one that is only 50 percent deductible, with the remaining 50 percent amortized over 10 years.

If passed, this provision will be a disaster for the right-leaning media. Conservatives receive their news from online news sites, blogs, and other internet platforms at a disproportionate rate than liberals.

At the same time, the party of limited government also dominates the radio talk show circuit – another industry heavily dependent on advertising. While this tax will do little damage to The New York Times or The Washington Post, it will likely serve a hard blow to some of the Reaganesque print and broadcast outlets that cannot afford to wait ten years to receive their money back. As such, Congress and the “Big Six” tax reform panel should squish the idea while it still can.

3. De-politicize the Federal Election Commission

Apparently, even independent agencies are after the conservative message.

In what many consider an effort to reduce the power of conservative media, Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat FEC commissioner, has spearheaded an inquisition into the ad revenue sources for news sites like the Drudge Report.

Weintraub alleges her goal is to crack down on possible foreign influencers in the 2017 presidential election.

Translation: She wants to use the Russia hysteria in the political arena as an excuse to launch her own series of purges and show trials right-leaning news outlets.

Trump already took steps to mitigate partisan interest peddling at the commission this month. He recently nominated Republican Trey Trainor to fill one of the vacancies. Once Trainor is confirmed, and Republican Matthew Petersen leaves for his judgeship, the Republicans will hold their 3-1.

With conservatives dominating the FEC, there is likely nothing to worry about for the time being. However, the second we go back to a deadlocked commission, as is intended, we will almost certainly see more liberal decision-making – whether there are more case studies in having a stricter set of rules for Fox News than CNN or progressive commissioners unilaterally expanding the jurisdiction of the FEC to hurt Trump.

Conclusion

Fending off the war on the conservative media may be an uphill battle, but conservatives have faced and overcome hard tough odds before.

Washington bureaucrats can temporarily limit free speech and free markets – sure – but no one can kill ideas and strong political movements with a regulatory wand. Passion wins battles, and conservatives have plenty of it, along with complete control of Washington.

Now is not the time for Capitol Hill conservatives to give up. The time to win this fight is now.

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Rand Paul Warns Third Party Will Rise if Republican Senators Vote with Democrats to Convict President Trump

The GOP is crumbling.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is warning that at least one-third of GOP senators will revolt and leave the party if Republicans join Democrats to convict the president.

This would potentially create the most viable third party in recent political history if Republican leadership is foolish enough to go down this path. Even though he refused to oppose the vote steal last week, Paul claims he and many of his colleagues intend to leave the party forever if the Senate goes through with impeachment.

“I didn’t agree with the fight that happened last week. I voted against over-turning the election,” Paul said while appearing on FOX News on Friday night. “But at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion. If Republicans go along with it, it will destroy the party. A third of the Republicans will leave the party.”

“A third of the Republicans will leave the party,” Paul added. “This isn’t about, anymore, about the Electoral College, it’s about the future of the party, and whether you’re going to ostracize and excommunicate President Trump from the party. Well, guess what? Millions of his fans will leave as well.”

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Paul made these responses after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) publicly flirted with the idea of voting to convict President Trump.

“I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” McConnell said.

Paul is putting McConnell and the rest of the GOP leadership on notice. This is the line in the sand as far as he is concerned.

“They will destroy the Republican Party. If leadership is complicit with an impeachment or if leadership votes for an impeachment, they will destroy the party,” Paul said. 

“Like I say, I have opposed President Trump when I thought he was wrong, I’ve been for him when he was right. We did a lot of good things throughout the Trump presidency, and impeachment is purely a partisan thing,” he added.

The full segment with Paul and host Laura Ingraham can be seen here:

Big League Politics has reported on the division within the GOP since 10 Republican turncoats in the House join Democrats to impeach Trump for a second time:

Liz Cheney, daughter of Dick, was one of ten GOP House members to vote “yes” on President Donald Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment. Then when some were calling on Cheney to resign over her disgraceful vote, Dan Crenshaw, who voted against impeachment, quickly came to her defense and announced his “full support” for her.

“Let’s get some truth on the record: @Liz_Cheney has a hell of a lot more backbone than most, & is a principled leader with a fierce intellect,” Crenshaw tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “She will continue to be a much needed leader in the conference, with my full support.”

“We can disagree without tearing each other apart,” he added…

Cheney’s vote comes as no surprise. Big League Politics reported on her recent statement in support of Trump’s second impeachment, part of which read: “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. I will vote to impeach the President.” For this CNN laughably called her the “conscience of Republicans.”

The realignment that is happening within the conservative movement might result in the destruction of the Republican Party. President Trump may ultimately destroy the GOP swamp.

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