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Move Over Squad, Here Comes the Pride of the Senate

AMAC Exclusive – By Seamus Brennan

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For decades, in the eyes of many conservatives, establishment Republican candidates and officeholders have remained steadfastly beholden to their own political fortunes and outdated dogmas at the expense of the needs and values of the Americans they have claimed to represent. But with the rise of the Tea Party—and later the ascendancy of President Donald Trump’s America First agenda—that all started to change. Among the most notable Republicans who have bucked this establishment are Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Rand Paul (R-KY). These senators, and others like them, represent a GOP grounded in courage, principle, and public service—all attributes that conservatives are hopeful their party will embrace in 2022.

Since he was elected to the Senate in 2018, Josh Hawley has consistently stood on the front lines of some of the most contentious cultural and political disputes of the last several years and has repeatedly made clear that he understands the stakes of the present moment. “For years the politics of both left and right have been informed by a political consensus that reflects the interests not of the American middle, but of a powerful upper class and their cosmopolitan priorities,” Hawley remarked at the 2019 National Conservatism Conference.

Hawley’s chief legislative priority throughout his time in the Senate has been breaking up Big Tech giants. In Hawley’s view, these Big Tech behemoths have been granted permission by “Washington politicians” to “censor political opinions they don’t agree with and shut out competitors who offer consumers an alternative to the status quo.”

Hawley has also been forthright about his disappointment with ostensibly conservative members of the Supreme Court when they fail to abide by the constitutional principles they vowed to uphold. Following the Court’s controversial Bostock v. Clayton County decision, for instance, in which the Court bizarrely held that “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” were protected classes under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (even though the law itself made no mention of such characteristics), Hawley took to the Senate floor to denounce the decision as “the end of the conservative legal movement”—signaling a significant break with other Republican members who instead opted to remain silent on the matter.

Hawley’s colleague Tom Cotton, who has served as the junior senator from Arkansas since 2014, has similarly been a fierce advocate for a more assertive Republican Party that knows how to effectively take the offensive. “We’re the party of the common man, the worker, the farmer, the cop on the beat,” Cotton recently said at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. “Unlike Democrats, we remember the forgotten man.”

During the riot-filled summer of 2020, when so-called “moderate” Republicans like Senator Mitt Romney of Utah were seen proudly linking arms and marching with supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement (which had played a role in tormenting America’s cities with looting and arson for weeks on end), Cotton took to the pages of the New York Times to publish a strongly-worded op-ed calling for a restoration of law and order. In the op-ed, Cotton called for “send[ing] in the troops,” even if “many politicians prefer to wring their hands while the country burns.”

Predictably, the op-ed earned Cotton an endless flood of vitriol from the political left and the media class: as a result of the left’s uproar, the Times eventually added an editors’ note at the front of the article, which claimed the piece “should not have been published.”

Some longer-serving members of the Senate have also become forceful leaders of the modern conservative movement in recent years. Ron Johnson, the senior senator from Wisconsin, and Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky—both of whom have served since 2011—have been strong Republican voices against draconian COVID-19 mandates and Dr. Anthony Fauci’s domineering role in the federal government’s COVID response.

Johnson was among the first in Congress to demand answers on the origins of COVID. He was consequently dismissed by the New York Times as a “foremost amplifier of conspiracy theories and disinformation” for suggesting the virus originated in a Chinese lab—even though, of course, such “conspiracy theories and disinformation” have since turned out to be not only plausible, but likely. Rare was the Republican who backed Senator Johnson, even once it became clear that China was hiding something about the origins of the virus. The Wisconsin Republican has established himself as a fighter—less flashy than some of his colleagues, but one who has earned the respect and gratitude of conservatives everywhere.

Similar to Johnson’s courage on COVID, Rand Paul—himself a licensed physician—introduced legislation to repeal Washington, D.C.’s vaccine mandates and has repeatedly clashed with Fauci during committee hearings, indicating loudly and clearly that he will not kowtow to, in his words, the “unscientific” and capricious rules promulgated by Fauci and other unelected medical bureaucrats. Johnson and Paul have also taken the lead on holding Biden accountable by launching investigations into the Biden family’s foreign connections and being some of the most vocal opponents of the administration’s progressive agenda.

Ultimately, Republicans like Senators Hawley, Cotton, Johnson, and Paul are slowly but successfully leading the Senate out of the establishment mold that has for too long hindered the party’s ability to effectively represent its constituents. And so far, a handful of promising Republican candidates for Congress like Blake Masters (Arizona), J.D. Vance (Ohio), and Joe Kent (Washington) have embraced this model of conservatism. If recent polling of these candidates and others like them is any indication, it may soon be that an America First platform is the rule, rather than the exception, for elected Republicans.


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Ginny
5 months ago

ivoter.com has great info on the history of candidates

Becky
5 months ago

Before pulling that voting lever, do your research. Read their writings. Determine what their party is, so we never get another fug like barack who came out of Chicago’s Communist Party.
VOTE SMARTER
Vote conservative.

Miranda
5 months ago

Sure admire their courage. This November, we need to be very careful to vote for our representatives who really have the energy to fight for the America we all loved. The RINOS need to retire.

Lee S McQuillen
5 months ago

We definitely need more like these men! It’s about time our Senators and Representatives stood up for our country and the normal American citizen and legal resident!

Garye
5 months ago

Lee- imagine that, a few good representatives understand why they’re there!
We need more. In 2022 and 2024 ALL the marxist democrats, the whole party,and ALL rinos, EVERYONE not doing the work of We the People – MUST GO!

Clark Kent
5 months ago

And every day should be sunny and I should win money too! But that won’t happen either.

Rich
5 months ago

There are many junior politicians (many are women) that are leading the charge toward freedom in our government and have the courage to take a stand. Unfortunately, the socialists and the media continue their attacks to demonize and destroy them. After November, things will change as many socialist democrats will be sent packing. The swamp must be continuously drained. NO politician should be voted in for life. There is hope! At least for now.

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Rich – any hope relies in Our ability to TOTALLY remove ALL marxist democrats and rinos from Washington.
2022 and 2024 are the beginning but their DEFEAT and REMOVAL must be OVERWHELMING to send a message that We will NEVER tolerate their hate and destruction of OUR COUNTRY!
NO assaults on Citizebs,Freedom,Our Constitution, Our history OR ANY God given Rights!
THROW THESE LOSERS OUT

Clark Kent
5 months ago
Reply to  Garye

Have you considered there has been ZERO progress in ensuring free, fair and honest elections nationwide since 2020? WAKE UP!

Tom
5 months ago

1-5-17 was the REAL insurrection

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Absolutely

Luke
5 months ago

These guys won’t change a thing. DNC is every bit like CCP (Chinese Communist China). They care NOTHING for life unless it benefits them personally. They have become inherently evil. Cheating has become an integral part of how they exist. They’ll do ANYTHING to win: kill, cheat, steal. . .ANYTHING to destroy what’s good and right. Meanwhile, conservatives will continue to function by the rules of the Constitution. DNC and CCP have used, (and will continue to use) that very character to defeat every conservative value until all that’s left are two classes of people: wealthy/privileged and poor. The American taxpayer needs to learn what poverty actually is because it’s just around the bend. Joe Biden doesn’t know where he is most of the time but this is exactly the kind of America people like Nancy Pelosi want.

Rich
5 months ago
Reply to  Luke

We will know in November if you are right.

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Let’s make sure , THROW THEM OUT!

Richard Addeo
5 months ago

With regard to working for their constituents,how much work did the Dems do for their constituents during the (2) impeachments, the Mueller investigation, the Kavanaugh hearings and now the “Jan.6th commission” when they spent every waking minute researching and executing these sham charades?

Tom
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard Addeo

The real insurrection was on 1-5-2017

Rich
5 months ago
Reply to  Tom

The democrats are the party of hate and deception and all things for their own good. The masters of the blame game.

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  Rich

the democrats are anti American marxists!

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard Addeo

They did NOTHING but waste taxpayers time and money!
DON’T FORGET, DON’T FORGIVE, THROW THEM OUT!

Duane
5 months ago

The run of the mill politician today have bestowed unto themselves authority, power and control over free individual’s LIVES that they DO NOT have. Most of these immoral freaks are more concerned about our genitals and sexual orientation that what’s virtues and noble!

Diane
5 months ago

I notice all of those are males. They deserve the accolade you have bestowed. However, Marjorie Taylor Greene has also distinguished herself in the short time she had been in office. I would add her to the list.

Garye
5 months ago

America First should ALWAYS be the major factor in any laws or policies.
EVERYONE in Washington works FOR the Legal Citizens of Our Country!
Nothing takes precedence over that!

Tommy
5 months ago

Good read

Donna
5 months ago

Hurrah for these guys! It’s about time…God bless and protect them.

Patricia
5 months ago

Candidates running …J.D. Vance second choice. Josh Mandel 1st. Choice. Please, Ohio people…DO NOT vote for Renacci….Heritage had him at D when he was in Congress. I tried asking him a question at local Fair and he treated me with disdain…think he rather not deal with women!! Just informing facts here.Wish we had more Republicans who stood with great senators like Hawley and Rand for example. Start researching before you vote. Watching debates, yes, can be boring, but sure are telling!!!!!!!

Lloyd
5 months ago

I have a unique idea! What if the voters started voting for candidates based on their fruit instead of “promises “? “You will know them by the fruit they bare”. How many times have you heard someone say” I like what they are saying “ only find after they were elected it was hot air? Don’t know if voters will ever learn. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge “.

Kay
5 months ago

Republicans stand firm together, don’t let the communist democrat party spread you and start internal fighting. You can win mid terms IF you stand as a party for the people

Susan Nickel
5 months ago
Reply to  Kay

We will conquer the Democrats. Let us all work together.

Rich
5 months ago
Reply to  Susan Nickel

All the Republicans need to do to win is remind the voters of the FACTS. Don’t chase the lies and deception of the socialists. There are just too many facts of what this “administration” has done to ignore. Of course the deception will be intense.

Lee S McQuillen
5 months ago
Reply to  Rich

They also should give plans for the future that are realistic and what this country actually needs, not the politicians. Fine to talk about what has been but also need to talk about what they plan going forward – and then do those things!

Richard H Minetti
5 months ago

Its about time the Republicans began to fight back!

Richard Addeo
5 months ago

And fight back with the same vigor and energy that the Dems have, even if it means stooping to the same evil, vile, deceptive levels that they do! We must be relentless in our attacks and investigations against them, while exposing the one-sided national media that support them!

Rich
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard Addeo

No, if we choose deception and cheating, the socialists will find and use it against us unlike anything we could do to them. The “game” is a one way street. Not fair but true. We must use facts that even the fact checkers can’t deny.

Lee S McQuillen
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard Addeo

I agree with the relentless attacks on what they have done and investigations and exposure. but not the evil that they perpetrate.

BLP
5 months ago

We elected great people with integrity in Virginia last election. No one thought the republicans could do it. Now we have Glenn Youngkin, Winsome Sears,

Harry
5 months ago

Totally agree with the stance on these four Senators. They never waver from their, our beliefs. It’s just common sense because they stay firm and fight!

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  Harry

That’s EXACTLY what America needs and deserves!
If any of them are not America First , THROW THEM OUT

Bruce Kielty
5 months ago

Isn’t it time that patriots drop the designation CONSERVATIVE from their branding? True so-called conservatives embrace the RADICAL belief that the government serves the people, not visa versa. On the other hand, Democrats embrace the brand PROGRESSIVE, a much more positive sounding term, indicating someone who is enlightened. CONSERVATIVE, in my opinion, is a negative term signifying someone woefully out-of-style and out-of-touch. Perception is vital to the message being delivered for public consumption.

Larry Mauck
5 months ago
Reply to  Bruce Kielty

To me, Conservative means standing for the founding principles as expressed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Progressive means standing for the principles of Marxism.

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  Larry Mauck

Let’s call them the marxist democrat party, because that’s what they are.
Anti American, anti freedom, anti Citizens that they work FOR !

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  Bruce Kielty

The entire government and ALL the representatives DO serve the Citizens of America.
We pay them!

Richard Addeo
5 months ago
Reply to  Bruce Kielty

Sorry Bruce but you’re a little mixed up; conservatism is not being old fashioned and outdated, but followers of the greatest piece of legislation ever, the Constitution! Whereas the progressives are the radicals that want to change laws, lifestyles and cultures to fit their own selfish needs! America’s
constitution, it’s amendments and the Bill of Rights afforded so many rights to all and even protected us against a tyrannical government while protecting government from itself. It was a genius piece of work never seen before or after by any nation, and was the reason America is the greatest republic in the world. It’s your progressive friends that seek to change these liberties in the name of progress that have caused the mass dissention that we face today while eliminating history, culture and morality in the process!

Phillip Ridenour
5 months ago

I’m happy that the author of the above article put the names of some worthy Republicans out there for us to be proud of. I keep getting texts, emails and advertising in the mail asking me to support the Republicans, but I remember how they stabbed Donald Trump (and by extension the American people) in the back and completely squandered the opportunity to make America better. I see McConnell cozying up to the Chinese. I see Collins, Murkowski and Romney for the RINOs they are. And it disgusts me. A once proud, righteous party has lost its way and caters to the elites. But a few have the integrity and the courage to stand up for the Constitution and the people and I am glad to see those honorable people recognized.

Patricia
5 months ago

Agree!

Garye
5 months ago

Right Phillip, we stand with true Conservatives, NOT Rinos!
Rinos, they’re democrats too.

Richard Addeo
5 months ago

Thank you Philip for calling it exactly the way it is! I was a 50 year Democrat, a 10 year Independent, and most recently a 10 year Republican who now cares to be proudly called a Conservative?

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