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Apr 1, 2023·edited Apr 1, 2023Liked by John Hawkins

There are some hard to hear truths in your essay, and possibly some wishful thinking as well. My state's contribution to conservatism was the principled but unwilling to actually fight Paul Ryan, and the ready to fight, but not so polished businessman turned Senator Ron Johnson. I'm afraid that the media, woke corporations, leftist indoctrination centers masquerading as schools, and the deep state weaponizing the government have so stacked the deck that conservatives can no longer win the presidency. Trump fooled the media, who thought he was a light weight clown, then viciously attacked him after he won and had some successes. How many "barrels of ink" (now terabytes of misinformation) have the media used to smear him? With Trump being indicted, by a hard Left NY state prosecutor, the rule of law is gone now, and the US is just another banana republic. We were too soft, too indulgent, and now the monsters are loose and in charge. What major city would you feel safe living in?

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The average grass-roots conservative doesn't have the 🔥 in the belly to wage a successful battle against the ideological left. We're not crazy enough or so bereft of anything other than ideology to become rabid, frothing at the mouth political opponents. One reason so many conservatives have idealized Trump is because he does have that fire, even though he's a destructive wild-fire in many ways, and hurts us more than he helps. Trump isn't going to save us. We have to save ourselves by refusing to be afraid to be called names, shunned or ridiculed when we stand up for our country and ourselves. Are we ninnies or are we warriors? If, en masse, we refused to pay income taxes by walking away from our jobs, how long would it take to drain the swamp and rid the White House of its infestation of vermin? 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Apr 1, 2023Liked by John Hawkins

Good points. Like John said, Trump needs to put a sock in it sometimes, but he was tough enough to take the heat and often did the right things. He really f-ed up with the wall, for which Ann Coulter will never forgive him. That was my big issue, too. He did give us a much better SCOTUS and I bless him for that. With the weaponization of the government, I'm not sure how to fight back en masse, I imagine those degenerates would be more than happy to simply jail us, and take all our stuff and give it to people who would never work hard enough to earn it.

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Agree with your points. And continuing to applaud himself for his spectacular job of creating the jab with record-breaking speed - I just don't know how he can't see, or be persuaded to see, how bad he makes himself look. Could it be he thinks by flogging that horse he's ingratiating himself with those who still believe the jab really saves lives? Could he really have ever completed the wall, considering he had the entirety of the swamp working against him, as he did with everything he tried to do. l'm amazed he was able to accomplish anything considering the opposition he was up against. That's why I'm dubious that he can win a 3rd 😉 term, or if he does, truly drain the swamp. The swamp creatures will kill him before they let that happen, don't you think?

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Apr 2, 2023·edited Apr 2, 2023

Yes, I believe they would. As far as the jab goes, well, we were here through that panic. The pressure to do something!- anything! was enormous, and Trump caved to the opinions of the media, medical policy people, and their acknowleged expert leader, Fauci. I knew Fauci was untrustworthy after he lied about HIV being just as dangerous for hetero as for homosexuals back in the 1980's. Of course I yelled at my TV when Trump agreed to the lockdowns and quarantine of healthy people. "SCIENCTIFIC CONCENSUS" is god to many folks, so data and analysis is just rejected noise. Now with the ludicrous NY state indictment, Trump might be the nominee again no matter who we'd like instead.

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I've recently concluded that the focus of MOST of us should be local, not national. City, county (DEFINITELY this level - you wouldn't believe just how much money the county commissioners control!), and regional/state.

Spend some time reading the more local news, and attend the local meetings - NOT to carp at them, but as an observer. Share your notes about what you hear with others, in emails. Encourage them to do the same for OTHER meetings. Over time, you will build up a more knowledgeable citizenry.

It's a SLOOOOOW process - YEARS, not weeks or months.

You won't get the 'excited high' of Trump's rallies - that's the point. The EXCITED will not, generally, return to their normal life after the rally with the determination to work in their community. We want worker bees at the local level, who can/will work with others without acrimony to improve their communities.

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