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Who would you like to meet in Heaven?

Papa von Higgenbotham and I were recently talking about death, and I asked him who would he look forward to meeting in Heaven? I was curious if he would talk about departed family members or perhaps more historical figures. It was neither. Instead, he answered: “You know, Ruben… there are billions of dead who have died and gone to Heaven. What are the chances that I would even run into anyone I know, much less someone famous?” This is a perspective I’ve never heard. Who thinks of Heaven as a busy city with hustle and bustle, where the only…

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There’s no such thing as federal money

For some, this is a reminder. For others, this may be a revelation. The only money government has is our money. We are coerced into giving it to them. If they decide they want more of our money, they take it. If they want to make commitments that tie up our money in perpetuity, like the current debt, they do it. Then they spend our money on whatever they decide. They don’t seek our permission (though one might argue our vote is our permission). Most of us don’t pay enough attention to how our money is getting spent. We…

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Inspiration conference

Whether through public schools, popular culture, social media memes, or even the news, our children are constantly told they it can’t be done. Every time they turn around, someone is telling them they’re victims. They’re being oppressed. There are people who want to keep them down. They can’t do it without someone’s help. (Or they can’t do it at all.) Our politicians continue to tell our children how horrible America is. How horrible we are. That someone is always being attacked, insulted, or held down. Of course, those who tell us how horrible everything is and how unfairly so…

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CPAC: Marketing? What marketing?

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is happening this weekend in Florida, and as usual, it’s a who’s who of Republicans and conservatives. Even Donald Trump will be speaking. As I was regretting my inability to attend, I was looking at the conference session agenda, and not at all surprised to learn that there was not one session on marketing. Not. One. I guess, you could argue for two possibilities: Front Porch Politics: How to talk about issues without starting a back alley brawl, featuring Scott Presler (who’s out there doing the hard work and making things happen) Red…

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Conservatism: a movement without a leader

President Trump did more for marketing the conservative movement in four years than the Republican Party has done in the last 50 years. And he didn’t even know he was doing it. To my knowledge, President Trump has never considered himself a leader of the conservative movement. Based on listening to hundreds of hours of his speeches, I’m not really sure he even understands the philosophy. More specifically, I think his actions are rooted in conservatism, and I think the things he talks about are conservative points of view, but he does it with a lack of awareness that…

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Targeted legislation: a conservative cause

President Trump opened the country’s collective eyes to many sights and ideas they had not seen prior. There are more people who understand how the political establishment fixes the game and how little they’re interested in truly helping or making a difference. They’re not trying to get results. They’re trying to keep the problems alive so they can continue on in office working to solve them. With the great conservative awakening, the worst marketing department in the history of marketing, otherwise known as the Republican Party, needs to define, understand, and aggressively articulate the tenets and goals of the…

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Keystone: trickle-down economics lesson

The Keystone Pipeline: yet another opportunity missed for conservative marketing. Conservatives have been right, and even mildly aggressive, in pointing out the 11,000 jobs destroyed with the stroke of Joe Biden’s pen when he signed the executive order to suspend the pipeline construction. But they missed the much bigger lesson. Despite what some say or believe, the fact is that “trickle-down economics” isn’t just a theory, or even something to be argued. Trickle-down economics is just a phrase to describe the natural order of life. It’s indisputable: when you pull one economic lever, like taxation, people will react accordingly,…

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The irony of the “fascist” definition

Democrats have always labeled conservatives as “fascists.” There’s nothing new there. I mean, they are the Party of Projection, after all. And conservatives have always been irritated by the complete misrepresentation of the word. By any definition of the word, fascism runs completely counter to the small government, individual freedom, capitalist style of government conservatives have been advocating for decades. Here are some definitions: “…stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition” – Merriam Webster “…they had many characteristics in common, including extreme militaristic nationalism, contempt…

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Conservatism’s greatest marketing challenge

Conservatives are the worst marketers on the planet. I don’t think anyone would debate that. Thus, they’ve got a lot of messaging and marketing challenges ahead of them if they’re going to save this Republic. Among the challenges is: Convincing the public they’re not racist, homophobic, sexist, bigots Convincing Trump supporters that conservatism and MAGA are one-in-the-same Convincing conservatives that this time, they can really take over the GOP Articulating what they really stand for, aggressively and credibly, to the public Defining Democrats to the general public so people can see them for the socialist fascists they really are…

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Conservatives and the anti-mean movement

The entire anti-racist movement sweeping leftist and academic circles (but I repeat myself) is, ironically, racist. It makes everything about the color of one’s skin. It assumes issues of race are one-size-fits-all, and that everyone who shares the same physical characteristic is, in all other ways, also the same. In truth, even the black community is not aligned on what racism is, how much there is, and what the solutions are. In the face of this onslaught, conservatives will predictably try and defend themselves, trying to convince their accusers that they’re not racist. Of course, the more they protest,…

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