I know it’s coming sometime today. The Republican Establishment attack machine, which is desperate to take down Senator Chris McDaniel, will use some of MCD’s tweets from yesterday to score points against him. And it will be at my expense. Well … so be it.
First and foremost, MCD is my creation and my project. I didn’t create it to sell ads and make money but only to promote Senator McDaniel and his political career. We do have several contributors and those writers do have access to the website and social media accounts, but I am the editor-in-chief. So, yes, the buck stops with me. Those tweets were mine and mine alone. They had nothing to do with Senator Chris McDaniel. In fact, he called me last night and, in his kind way, told me to pipe down.
But, before I do, let me set the record straight with the truth of the matter:
Yesterday, the Roger Wicker campaign released two new attack ads aimed at Senator McDaniel. I found the ads to be pathetic, distasteful, and uncalled for. And, yes, they made me quite angry. McDaniel has already switched races, although he had not officially taken his name out of contention, an action he took on Wednesday. But Wicker’s despicable “stink tank” saw fit to continue to smear him. And I’m not sure as to the real reason why. Could it be to lift Cindy Hyde-Smith’s floundering candidacy? That in itself is pathetic!
But one motive is clear: take out McDaniel. And those ads were negative personal attacks – “Chris McDaniel is a phony” and “Chris McDaniel is all talk.” Those titles say it all.
We now know that one of those featured in the ads is an actress, one has never met McDaniel, and one, well, as far as I’m concerned, is Judas Iscariot, but that’s another story for another day.
Senator Chris McDaniel, though, has run an honorable campaign. He has not released any ads that have personally attacked Roger Wicker or Cindy Hyde-Smith. He’s certainly not publicly called them “phony,” which, of course, they are, or any other derogatory name. But he won’t do that. He will question their records and their commitment to conservatism, but not trash them personally.
When Senator McDaniel made his decision to switch races, I immediately ceased all research, articles, and social media posts against Roger Wicker. I told our team to turn their focus on Phil Bryant’s appointee to succeed Thad Cochran. I cared not a bit about the Wicker race. It was a non-issue for us at that moment. I felt that we had made a gracious move.
But Roger Wicker has shown himself to be a man with no graciousness and with no moral qualms about continuing to attack McDaniel, which I thought way out of bounds. So, yesterday, I decided to restart the war against Wicker. If he was going to continue to attack Chris McDaniel, I would attack him.
In a hasty tweet I wrote: “@msdemocrats @richardboyanton @dbaria We’re ready to help you take down @rogerwicker! Time for him to go! You’re welcome to all our research! #mssen #RememberMississippi”
And I must admit the first part of the tweet certainly could have been better stated. But consider the next part: “You’re welcome to all our research.” I meant what is on our site now and what is to come later. I’m not going to pull the Wicker pieces down and we now have more in the works. Those published pieces will stay on our site. But I’m not going to endorse the Democrats, send them any information, or help them in any way, yet they are free to use anything they can FROM THE SITE in the fall campaign. That’s all I meant by that tweet.
Of course, Governor Phil Bryant, who is angry with me for blowing up his phones over the Cochran vacancy, wrote a snarky reply: “As it was written long ago: And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” This from a man who just appointed a Democrat to the US Senate (talk about hypocrisy!), so he has absolutely no credibility to say anything to me!
In recent weeks, many McDaniel Conservatives across Mississippi have contacted me and I have seen many others on social media with posts announcing that they will “never” vote for Roger Wicker. And they shouldn’t. Given the way he has treated Chris McDaniel, and the fact that he’s not a conservative, no self-respecting conservative should cast their ballot for him. Personally, I’d rather be publicly burned at the stake!
So, yesterday, in what I’m sure is a tweet the Establishment won’t discuss, I called for anti-Wicker conservatives to vote for Richard Boyanton in the Republican primary for US Senate and, if Wicker is the nominee, to vote for Danny Bedwell, the Libertarian candidate, in the fall. At least we do know Bedwell believes in liberty and limited government. Perhaps if the Democrats can bash Wicker, then Bedwell’s chances are only improved by it.
Now, to those who will say I support David Baria or another Democratic candidate, do I really want a Democrat in the US Senate? Of course not. My larger point was a simple one: Even if we had one, at least I know what Democrats want to do in Washington. With Establishment Republicans, we can’t be so sure! Why? Because there is little difference between a Democrat and an Establishment Republican.
Consider. Over the last 30 years, Republicans have controlled the federal government longer than the Democrats and yet things continue to go in the wrong direction. When Kamala Harris of California (40) has a higher Liberty Score than Roger Wicker (32), you can see how far off the cliff we have driven!
So, as a historian, allow me to use history to explain my thinking.
Even though I’m no fan of Abraham Lincoln, I do admire one of his letters, written in 1855, where he was discussing the new Know Nothing Party:
As a nation, we began by declaring that “all men are created equal.” We now practically read it “all men are created equal, except negroes.” Soon, it will read “all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.” When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy. (Emphasis mine)
What was Lincoln saying here? He was criticizing the hypocrisy with which we apply the principles of the Declaration of Independence. In Russia they don’t lie and say they love liberty when they don’t. Their tyranny is pure. But in America, he was pointing out, we lie and profess to believe things which we clearly do not! Our actions do NOT match our words! In that regard, at that time, he was certainly right.
Is the Republican Party of today any different? Their pretense, or trick, of loving liberty, smaller government, returning power to the people and the states, and so on, does not comport with reality. They do NOT uphold those ideals. The latest omnibus spending bill is proof of that!
The GOP platform is the shiny new object they wave in front of movement conservatives to secure our votes, but when we reach out for it, they yank it away. And we seem to fall for it every time.
My point was much like Lincoln’s. At least I know what the Democrats believe. They have a platform and work to enact it when they are in power. They don’t always get everything they want but they do strive for it and they do get most of it enacted. You must admire them for that, at least. They are serious about what they believe – more government, less freedom.
But Republicans are not. Our platform is filled with the base alloy of hypocrisy. Republican actions do NOT match the party’s platform. It’s not even close. It has become a “Party of Liars.” Perhaps that should be my next book!
So I was not calling for a Democrat to win the US Senate seat but, again, if they can weaken Wicker to make room for a true liberty-loving candidate, then so be it. My sole objective is true constitutional government and the expansion of freedom, to finally have what Thomas Jefferson called an “empire of liberty.” But to do it, the Establishment MUST fall, one way or another.
Finally, allow me to get a little personal.
I consider Chris McDaniel one of my very best friends on earth. Actually, in truth, he’s family to me. I love him like a brother. As the Bible says of Christ’s relationship to us, I aim to be “a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” And I’m going to defend him to my last dying breath!! And I mean that very literally!
But make no mistake about it: I’m not in this fight to get anything out of it personally. I’m not seeking favors from anyone, and certainly not from anyone in the government. I care not how many books I sell, but only to use Remember Mississippi to help promote Chris McDaniel’s candidacy for the US Senate, where I think he would make a superb statesman for Mississippi.
I’m fighting alongside Chris McDaniel for a better country for future generations. I have no children of my own but the future to me is still very important. BUT the minute I become a hindrance to that objective, I’ll gladly lay down my political pen, walk away, and never look back! All Chris has to do is say the word.
Personally, this is far larger, and far more important, than me or any one man! I back Chris McDaniel, not just because of our long friendship, but because I believe him to be the true conservative we need in Washington.
We in the true conservative movement are working for something greater than ourselves. And Chris McDaniel knows that as well as anyone. Our mission is too important to be concerned with selfish endeavors. That is something I will never consider. And if the price of victory over the Establishment is the tarnishing of my name, I’ll gladly pay it!
So let us soldier on! And may God bless our efforts!