Caveat Emptor, Republicans

Posted on March 5, 2019 by Robert Ringer


Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Van Jones appears at CPAC for an exchange of ideas with American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp.  To put it mildly, I was pleasantly surprised by both his words and demeanor.  The Radical Left must have been throwing hammers and sickles at their TV sets when Jones suddenly confessed, “My mind has been changed.  My heart has been changed.  My understanding of what we [Democrats and Republicans] can do together has been changed.”

Whoa!  My first thought was, “I hope Jones owns a bulletproof vest.”  Being civil to enemies of the Radical Left is a crime punishable by disinvitation to Democratic cocktail parties and fundraising events.  It also opens one up to career-ending Twitter storms.  And, of course, no more rubbing shoulders with left-wing celebrities.

I don’t know if Van Jones can overcome years of Radical Left brain disorientation enough to make the long journey to the liberty side of the ideological spectrum — as did Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, and, more recently, Candace Owens — but I guess stranger things  have happened.

However, even if Van Jones were to make a safe leap to intellectual freedom, he’s just one person.  Converting massive numbers of leftists to the right side of the ideological spectrum is a gargantuan task that happens at a glacial pace.  The reason it takes so long is because the conversion from left to right is really a conversion from irrationality to rationality, and if a person has been irrational most of his life, morphing into a rational human being is about as easy as converting copper into gold.

How do you get an irrational person to grasp the fact that collectivism, big government, and repression of speech with which you disagree are immoral?  How do you teach an irrational person that victimization creates dependency and poverty, encourages tribalism, scorns individual success, and cheers the ongoing failure of government welfare programs?

The only hope is for Republicans, as feckless as they may be, to first of all stay in power, and Democrats are well aware of that.  Which is why they are now laying the groundwork to circumvent the electoral college with something called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

It’s an outrageous proposal that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, but is now gaining momentum.  No less than 12 states and the District of Columbia (of course) have joined the march to further usurp the Constitution.  John Roberts must be having a judicial orgasm in the privacy of his chambers.  It’s yet another attempt by the Dirty Dems to ignore the Constitution and get their way by hook or by crook — usually by crook.

Proponents of the measure to abolish the electoral college insist that the defeats of Al Gore and Horrible Hillary, both of whom technically won the popular vote, were results the Founding Fathers never intended when they ensconced Article 2, Section 1 in the Constitution.  But nothing could be further from the truth.  On the contrary, these results — Hillary’s defeat, in particular — are precisely why the electoral college was created.

To repeat what I said about this in my article “Are the Polls Wrong Again?” back in August of 2017:

When Horrible Hillary got 4 million more votes than Trump in California, what it actually meant was:  ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  It’s much like baseball, a game in which a ten-run win is worth no more than a one-run win.  Thus, whether you win by one vote or 4 million votes in California, you still get the same number of electoral votes — 55.  In other words, just about all of those 4 million excess votes Hillary captured were wasted.

The Founding Fathers were prescient, indeed, in that they seem to have anticipated the emergence of a rogue state like California when they determined that elections should be decided by the electoral college.  As the Dirty Dems discovered in 2016, people in Wyoming, Kansas, Texas, et al have no interest in being controlled by the social justice champions who run California, New York, Illinois, or any of the other blue states whose leaders are obsessed with racism, LGBT rights, nonexistent global warming, and redistribution-of-wealth schemes, and it’s the electoral college that protects them from such tyranny.

In simple terms, if the electoral college is circumvented, the entire population of the United States would be ruled by the most radical, anti-American, mentally unstable citizens (and non-citizens!) in the country.  Are Republicans never going to learn how to communicate a simple truth like this to the masses?

Any casual student of history knows that majority rule is a euphemism for tyranny of the majority.  Let’s be honest here:  What the Dirty Dems really want is to do away with elections altogether and install a left-wing dictatorship that would allow them to call all the shots and, yes, imprison those who disagree with their radical-left agenda.  Any professed conservative or libertarian who does not believe this is naïve to an extreme.

That said, while I hate to rely on Republicans to fight for my freedom, the reality is that there aren’t any other realistic options.  Right now, it’s really the 32 members of the House Freedom Caucus who are standing firm against the forces of tyranny, but the rest of the Republican congresspeople cannot be counted on.

So, what do we do about this dilemma?  In my view, since we can’t convert Democrats fast enough to stem the tide of Radical Left authoritarianism, the best place to start is to terminate as many RINOs as possible and replace them with team players who can be counted on to always vote with Republicans.  Specifically, the pursuit of that objective should begin by primarying the worst of the bad apples — shameless miscreants like Romney, Rubio, Murkowski, Collins, et al.  (PLEASE spare me bringing up Susan Collins’ “heroic” speech during the Kavanaugh hearings, as my digestive system can’t handle it.)

What a sad and stupid thing it was for Republicans, through no efforts of their own, to finally be freed of John McCain’s predictable no vote on crucial issues, only to turn right around and saddle itself with the most venomous establishment politician on the planet, Malevolent Mitt.  I realize that President Trump was trying to humor Romney into behaving when he endorsed him, but Romney also realized what he was doing and it obviously made him hate Trump all the more.

What Trump should have done instead was actively campaign for Mike Kennedy, a conservative Republican who challenged Romney in the Utah primary, and I said so at the time.  Romney’s actions since his election could not have been any more destructive had Trump campaigned against him.  This kind of Republican naiveté and timidity has to stop if the Dirty Dems are to be kept away from the levers of power.

Even Rand Paul, who I personally like, has to be made to understand that voting on principle is nice and all that, but principle is out the window when you’re at war.  The enemy loves it when Republicans act like principled Boy Scouts and join forces with the Dirty Dems.  Lenin would have been proud of such useful idiots.

Again, Republicans can’t afford to sit around and wait for a Van Jones — or a hundred Van Joneses — to see the light and convert.  The enemy is not only insidious and evil, it’s also insane and desperate — so insane and so desperate that it is fully prepared to go scorched earth if that’s what it takes to gain solid control of all three branches of government.  Always remember that Rule No. 1 in the Democrat playbook is to simply ignore all existing rules and laws.

Caveat emptor, Republicans — and do be sure to keep your powder dry.

Robert Ringer

Robert Ringer is an American icon whose unique insights into life have helped millions of readers worldwide. He is also the author of two New York Times #1 bestselling books, both of which have been listed by The New York Times among the 15 best-selling motivational books of all time.

80 responses to “Caveat Emptor, Republicans”

  1. lee says:

    All that you said about Democrats.You are really describing Republicans.

  2. lee says:

    Now I understand why you say you can't rely, on Republicans to fight for your freedom.

    • Rick G says:

      I hope you are not relying on Problem Child AOC or Mad Scientist Uncle Bernie for your "freedom". Hell, Problem Child AOC now wants to abolish all steaks, hamburgers, and cheeseburgers. This meddlesome busy-body says people are not eating right and we must do something about it. I say it is none of her damn business what people eat and she needs to butt out and mind her own business! I might stop into Micky D's this afternoon for a Quarter Pounder Extra Value Meal just to drive that b*tch aka. the Dancing Ho crazy. Lent will soon begin, so I'll be also wolfing down lots of their Fillet-o-Fish. Can't wait! Talking about Problem Child, after attending a parade this week in New York, she ditched her MetroCard for the subway and hopped into a gas-guzzling SUV and sped home. What a hypocrite! And Mad Scientist Bernie is now saying the Green New Disaster doesn't go far enough! What? There goes our freedom!

      • Rick G says:

        And I just now did. It was delicious, AOC.

      • lee says:

        Since heart disease, is one of the major problems.Here in the United States.Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.Is concerned for your health.God forbid that you get a stroke or heart attack.Since you don't want to participate in a government program.That will help you with your medical bills.You will probably go bankrupt.Even if you have private insurance.

        • Jean says:

          Bullcrap. She's concerned about controlling people and destroying entire industries. As for government health care, you should look at the stats coming out of the UK. According to the NIH, anyone who relies ONLY on their government system has a life expectancy 10 YEARS LOWER than that of people who buy out of the system. Ditto for Canada – at least their citizens with money can cross the border and come HERE for treatment (they are keeping hospitals in Michigan alive!)

          Heart disease IS a problem – among those who use EBT cards – along with obesity and type 2 diabetes. It's funny that when you don't pay for your food OR your health care, you don't take very much care of your body either. Just as those who are in subsidized housing trash their residences, not even bothering to take out the trash or pick up after their kids or animals. The so-called War on Poverty has been an abject failure – not only has poverty won, but the lowest common denominator seems to have dragged down far too many to their level.

          • Rick G says:

            You got that right, Jean!

          • Rick G says:

            The only thing I disagree with above is "bullcrap". How about the Spanish term for it, "caca del toro"? Everything else is 100% perfect! Lols!!!

          • lee says:

            Heart Disease, kills about 610,000 people in the United States.Each year,1 in 4 deaths.More than any other disease.According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And no I don't like to say the words that Rick G. Say all the time.I don't even say the words that Trump said.At APAC in front of millions of people.Including children.

        • Rick G says:

          LMAO big time! Problem Child AOC doesn't even know who I am. Even if she did, she doesn't give two Sh*ts and a half about anybody but herself. Lee, you are so naive.

        • Kevin Padfield says:

          Except that there was recently a picture of AOC and her Chief of Staff chowing down on a (you guessed it) hamburger. I want to eat what I damn well want and if AOC or any other simpleton doesn't like it they can move to North Korea where they won't have to worry about eating meat. Lets she her criticize Kim once she gets there the way she does Trump and see what happens to her.

        • Scott says:

          The elitist brat AOC isn't in the slightest bit concerned about Rick or mine or any citizen's health. That's a pure power-driven political play on her behalf. Most of the liberal women I know are fat+overweight, by the way, but have no problem dictating what healthy men should do with their bodies. They should set an examples with themselves, first, instead of forcing what they think is good for other people down our throats.

          • lee says:

            Congresswoman Alexander Ocasio Cortez.Said, to fight climate change.And address the problem of factory farming.Maybe we should it less Hamburgers.Which any Doctor, will tell us we should do.No she is not going to abolish hamburgers.You can eat all the hamburgers you want.Especially you Rick G.A large Hamburger with large french fries and a large non diet soda.

  3. TheLookOut says:

    Great article Robert. Could Van Jones be a wolf in sheep's clothing?

    • Rick G says:

      What do you think? It doesn't take a degree in Rocket Science to figure that one out!

      • Rick G says:

        He needs to drop out of school after spending decades of being a career student working on that elusive degree Then, he needs to move out of his parent's basement, cut his hair, get some new threads, re-read Looking Out for Number One and this time adopt these concepts into a usable, workable, personal philosophy, and get out there and find out what the real world is really like and how to survive in it. Just like I had to. Then, and only then we might begin to see a ray of hope for change.

        • lee says:

          You need to throw away, all those books you've read.With all that damaging propaganda.That is damaging your mind.And think for yourself.So you can understand the world we live in.

          • Jean says:

            And you should try reading one, and go for at least one original thought! It would do you some good.

          • Rick G says:

            Lols! I love you, Jean! No way I am throwing out of any of RJR's books, articles, etc. Robert Ringer has made it better for me to live life and understand the world I live in.

          • lee says:

            Always having someone else make it better for you.That is someone else's understanding not your's.

          • lee says:

            Tell me your original thought.

    • Jean says:

      I wouldn't trust him as far as I can throw him. He's been allied to the Bill Ayers / Obama team for too long.

  4. ROTT says:

    He said that you could not be converted from irrational to rational thinking , Lee. He was correct.

    • Rick G says:

      Excellent point, nice, precise, and to the point!

    • lee says:

      He also said.That he could not rely on Republicans to work on his freedom.I would like to know who and where he is being held captive.So we can figure out a way to free him.

      • Rick G says:

        In a Communist death camp for being any enemy of the state. Read ypur history.

        • Rick G says:

          In a Communist death camp for being an enemy of the state. Just read your history. The people were always promised a worker's paradise, but ended up with poverty, death, and misery everywhere it has been tried. Wake up!

  5. Rick G says:

    The Radic-Libs will stop at nothing to seize power and establish a Commie dictatorship in this country. Nothing! They not only want to abolish the Electoral College, they want to expand the number of Supreme Court justices, to no specific number, but to any number that will enable them to seize power and establish a permanent Radic-Comm dictatorial rule. And that is a start. What next? Abolition of presidential elections in favor of Politibureau appointees? Lifetime presidential appointments? There is no stopping these raving maniacs of dictatorial greed at anything. The extra excess popular vote in California in 2016 was mainly illegals and unregistered voters which put Horrible Hillary over the top there. A California driver's license is all that qualifies you to vote, regardless of whether or not you are actually registered to vote. Had it been votes to put Trump over the top there instead, the Radic-Comms would have screamed their heads off! The Founding Fathers wanted to insure that the smaller populations in the more rural states would have a bigger voice and not be continually overshadowed by the big cities every election. Hence, the Electoral College. And rightly so. Another power-grabbing action by the Radic-Comms is open borders and letting in a tsunami of illegals in their hope of getting them registered Democratic, the Dirty, Radic-Lib kind, of course! When Hussein Nobama was in office holding America hostage, the Radic-Comms were running media ads in Mexico that said, "Come to America. We have free healthcare and food stamps"! What happened to the Calexit movement? California should be sawed off the west coast and allowed to drift on out to sea, or to just slide into the Pacific and sink. About time to treat the sharks to a grand feast of Radic-Comms. California is so far left that it is in danger of falling off the edge of the earth! They certainly qualify as an independent Commie country all to their very own!

  6. Scott says:

    The Civil War was fought over the central question of, "where does ultimate power reside – the federal government, the states, the individual?" That question has never been resolved, consequently the political battle rages on. This tug of war is relatively safe and benign as long as everyone follows the rules i.e., the US Constitution. When one, both or all sides begin to circumvent the rules, that's when the fireworks begin. It starts with lawsuits among and between the factions and gets really dangerous when one or more of those factions, when in power, suspend the rules (think suspension of habeus corpus). Let's pray for a political outcome of this mess.

    • lee says:

      That will be resolved.When the Democrats are in the white house.

    • Scott theczech says:

      I described the "birth defect" of the United States above, namely ultimate power. This so called birth defect can be but a blemish if properly understood and everyone plays by the commonly accepted rules. This defect is best understood in the triangular tug-of-war among the federal government, state & local government, and the individual. Many of us believe that among these three factions, the individual is sovereign and that the other two entities are created for the individual's (not the collective's) bidding and benefit. But alas, the poor individual is at a great disadvantage universally because collective power the world over just can't resist the urge to suppress and subjugate the individual.

  7. Rick G says:

    I am a strict dyed-in-the-wool constitutionalist. So, no touching my Constitution, please. Off limits. If ever an 11th Commandment were ever added by the Almighty, it has to be, "Thou shalt not touch the US Constitution."

    Make no mistake folks, Van Jones is, has been, and probably always will be a Commie. In spite of what he says, thinks, or does, he is just that, nothing else! He is just missing some nuts, bolts, and screws along the way. Case closed.

    • lee says:

      Donald Trump loves. Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin.Your confusing Van Jones, with Donald Trump.

      • Jean says:

        And your confusing delusions with facts. Learn the difference.

        • Rick G says:

          Lee is just like Problem Child AOC. Completely confused and off the tracks.He needs to quit drinking the poison Kool-Aid that Mad Scientist Bernie Sanders is forcing him to drink. It's getting his brains all out of whack and short circuiting his cerebral neurons.

          Lee, I surely can tell a black man from a white man. And Trump loves women, not men! I'm tell you, bro, you need to quit spending all those wasted years in school as a professional student, and move out of your parent's basement, and get out into the real world and learn what the real everyday world is really like. Facing reality will be your best teacher, not those whacky professors.

          • lee says:

            Donald Trump.Has always said that Kim Jong Un, loves him and he loves Kim Jong Un. And whenever he meets with Vladimir Putin.They all ways go and hide somewhere by themselves in a room.

          • lee says:

            Donald Trump.Has always said that Kim Jong Un loves him.And He loves Kim Jong Un.And whenever he meets with Vladimir Putin.They always go and hide in some room.By themselves.

        • Paradox says:

          And you're both confusing "your" with "you're",,,

  8. Rick G says:

    This reply is in response to ROTT below.

  9. truthseeker says:

    History and documented discussions concerning the electoral college were part of every course on the US Constitution. It appears the progressives have succeeded in eliminating education on America and changed it into their own version. I am never surprised bu anything the demwits try. Remember Stalin said the if you tell people a lie long and often enough it will become truth. Everyday we see this in out mainstream socialist media!

    • lee says:

      Stalin said That if you tell a lie long enough.It becomes truth.That reminds me of Trump.

  10. kauai_mike says:

    Van Jones is all about self preservation. He smells 2020 taking the Dems down and he wants in on the gravy train.

  11. FedUp says:

    Enlightening. Very difficult conveying rational ideas to irrational minds. Especially with dishonest politicians pushing and promoting victimhood and promising to provide free everything for everybody. In the real world, personal responsibility and capitalism will serve your own best interests better than some big government “socialist program”. That’s what I think, and, one reason we have an electoral college instead of popular vote system of government.

  12. larajf says:

    I was shocked that Rand Paul voted against Trump using an executive order. Sadly, I think you're correct in that he votes on his principles (which tend to be good) rather than thinking long term as to what's best for the nation.

    • Rick G says:

      I voted for Rand Paul here in Kentucky when he ran for the US Senate. He wants open borders, because he claims to be a libertarian. Always has. I think his time has come for a replacement. You think?

  13. larajf says:

    Ok, Lee, what's your comment going to be for me :-)

    • lee says:

      His dad told him to vote, against the executive order. Telling him that is what's best for the nation.

      • larajf says:

        Hi Lee. As usual, I disagree. We are tribalistic and need our borders and nationalism. People want to come here to become Americans. If we have open borders, what makes us great is diminished and all the boats are stuck on the bottom of the sand instead of being lifted together.

  14. Rick G says:

    I can see this more and more everyday. History does repeat itaelf.

  15. Rick G says:

    Lee likes that term. He uses it a lot.

  16. larajf says:

    Sad but true….Most libertarians I know do NOT believe in open borders.

  17. FedUp says:

    News flash: Nadler (D-NY) “demands” documents fro 81 entities, individuals, relatives and associates of Trump. Let’s see…how does that work? Nadler gets to sit on his fat butt and spend (taxpayer money?) unlimited $$$ in the ongoing coup attempt, while individuals get to defend themselves (into bankruptcy?) while the “lawyers” get wealthy off of both sides. Note, there has been no apparent crime, just the unlimited search for one. I would like to see Robert expound further on. ”legalman” as he did in his earlier books. It’s a good idea too have a “legal system” but it has become badly abused, and politicized. Democrats seem to think laws only apply against their political opponents. They ignore laws they don’t like with impunity. This whole Russia Collusion thing is the sorriest spectacle in the history of the DOJ, FBI, and Congress. A waste of time and money…well maybe not for the lawyers who are raking in the $$$.

  18. RealitySeeker says:

    " How do you teach an irrational person"?

    You don't, because they're literally crazy. Bill Whittle explains a key fact about Socialists, and what I've been saying for decades:

    The above video is a must watch for anybody who wants to learn that collectivists are literally mentally ill, and not just useful idiots.