Why do Republicans continue to play nice while Democrats fight tooth and nail to win? It's time to take a deeper look into the GOP's weak strategies and how they're leaving voters stuck in a cycle of getting nowhere. In this episode, we break down the Democrats' ability to show up as a unified block, while the Republicans seem disorganized and uncoordinated - and how this might be the key to understanding why the GOP can't seem to gain any traction. We also confront the question: will voters finally hold politicians accountable for their lack of courage and action?
Join us as we explore how to focus on the emotions of the voter rather than just policies, and stand united in our goal to defeat the Democrats and save our country.
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Hey everyone, i am sick and tired of weak Republicans and weak Republican strategies. I'm tired of the Democrats fighting tooth and nail and the Republicans being all bark and no bite. Yes, there's some good ones out there, but the reality is is that many politicians on the right will back their donors more than they'll back the voters, and that's wrong. Today, we dive deeper into this issue and we get real about what needs to change. Be sure to share this podcast with your family and friends. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook. At Benarmenta, texas. You can also find out more about my story at Benarmentacom. How many of you in the last few months have heard the term Banana Republic? How many of you have heard that in reference to the indictments of President Trump? It's really not a fair comparison On face value. A Banana Republic is a political science term and it's used to describe a country that is really unstable economically and politically, and politically it's usually a country that's prone to a dictatorship, or yeah, and like we often think of it when it comes to rebellions and revolutions. At the end of the day, what the Democrats are doing is not really a sign of instability. It's not really a sign that our country is weak, although it does make our country weaker Every time they come up with these ridiculous attacks. Rather, the indictment of Trump, the weaponization of the Justice Department against the chief political adversary of the incumbent president. It's strategic, it's calculated, but it's overwhelmingly wrong. And this is what the left is so good at doing. The Democrats they're fighters. They fight so hard, they change the rules of the game And they're unified. They show up like it doesn't matter what branch of government, they're all aligned. I mean unwavering, the Nancy Pelosi's of the world, the Sheila Jackson Lee's at the local level, the mayors in Philadelphia, detroit, houston, the DA's, the presidency. They are 100% unified and aligned all the time, on every single issue. Unwavering, unwavering period. All the while the Republicans stand around looking like buffoons, disorganized, uncoordinated. The Democrats are giving the Republicans a political wedgie Every issue, all the time, because they show up as a unified block And the Republicans don't. What the GOP establishment does is they play nice. They play nice out of fear that they won't be accepted at the next Met Gala or at the Correspondents' Dinner. Idiots And I mean that Idiot establishment Republicans, who care nothing about the advancement of conservative policies. They only really care about the preservation of their own elitist power grab. That's it. It's what they do. Here's Keith Oberman, who is hard left, hard left, but he is expressing an attitude that I believe most, if not all, democrats believe.Keith Olbermann:
Democrats kick Trump while he's down. The most conservative CNN commentator says the documents show Trump put US service members in jeopardy. 38% of Republicans agree Trump put the national security at risk. Bill Barr, jonathan Turley, governor Sununu and the National Review are condemning Trump and the Democrats. They are saying nothing. Biden has deliberately chosen to no comment it. The DNC asked House Democrats to say nothing. terrified that to be politicians standing up for truth and honesty and Americanism and against Trump means you've politicized all that. Then thinking their offstage solemn reticence will somehow shame the Republicans. Trump is the worst criminal in US history and we elected you to rid us of him. Proclaim that he's down, kick him and sing the goddamn national anthem while you do it.Ben Armenta:
Kick Trump while he's down. Look, i know some very nice liberals, people who carpool my kids or watch our house while we're out of town. I know some nice liberals who have, you know, on the far extreme and absolutely jacked up view of the world and the country that we live in. And they, just like 99.99% of all Democrats, they believe exactly the same as Keith Oberman. They all do They want to kick Trump while he's down, smash his teeth and, in turn, destroy you and destroy your faith and your family. The question we need to wrestle with today isn't why would they do that? I mean because they do it, because they're winning. The question we need to wrestle with today isn't about whether or not the GOP should do the same back to the Dems, and why they don't. And I think we know why It's because the Democrats lack, or not the Democrats, the Republicans lack the courage to do it. The real question, the catalyst for meaningful, sweeping, positive conservative change in this country, is why won't Republicans vote out the spineless establishment GOP clown, gop clowns, that's it. Why won't they? Why won't the voters go to the polls and look at all of the weak conservatives I'm using conservatives and air quotes Why won't they go there and vote them out, and the Republican voters are like hamsters on the wheel, spinning around and around and around and around and around and around and getting nowhere. Why don't they just step off and stop the madness? Will voters this next election cycle? will they hold the congressmen and congresswomen accountable for their weak attempt at a debt deal? Will voters hold state legislators responsible for not prioritizing legislation based on the party platform approved by the people? As Trump continues to gain steam in the Republican primary because he will He will be the 30-point lead and he will continue to gain steam. The more that other people jump into this race or into that race, the more they are just cannibalizing each other, and he's going to gain steam More and more. Rhinos will undoubtedly line up against him. They will. The numbers will come out Now. Look, i'm not opposed to a good, old-fashioned contested primary, but what I am opposed to is when someone comes out on the other end of that primary. They are contested, hardened, seasoned and ready to crush the Democrats And our own side, those other candidates and the voters say I don't think so. Will you hold them accountable? Will you hold the never-Trumpers or the never-Dysantis or whomever? Will you hold the people who are masquerading around as conservatives, who really aren't? Are you going to hold them accountable? Will the voters hold them accountable at the polls? Look, i know our listeners will. But again, that isn't the problem. The problem is never with the engaged voters, the voters who pay attention to the issues, the voters who pay attention to how their elected officials serve them or don't serve them. Those aren't the problem. The problem are the uninformed voters. So let's just talk for a minute about how most people vote, not who they cast their vote for, but the influences that cause them to vote the way that they do. In any given election cycle, the number one factor which causes a person to vote one way or another is I want to take a guess it's most often based on their happiness, their overall level of satisfaction in life. That's it. That's the number one reason why a voter votes for one candidate or another, whether or not they feel that that candidate is going to maintain or build or grow the happiness that that person, that individual or their family is experiencing. Think about it If you are super stoked about your life and how things are going, you're typically going to want to maintain the status quo. Let's just keep on doing what we're doing. If it ain't broke, why fix it? Conversely, if you're really annoyed about something let's say cost of groceries or the lack of parental involvement in kids schools, whatever it is you're going to vote with a disruptor mindset. You're going to go to the polls and you're going to say it's time to try something new. I mean, none of this is crazy. This is just all about tapping into the right emotions of the voter. Most voters don't vote on policies. The candidates who are running for races most often even at the local level, but definitely at the federal level the candidates that run based on policies. They don't make good leaders. They make excellent people to sit on the cabinet or be the guy behind the guy to help solve some of the complicated behind the scenes issues, but they're not really the strategic thinkers and they're certainly not those that are going to motivate and build momentum in the party. They just don't bring that level of connection with the voter. So the most important question remains as we head into the final 18 months before the next real major election cycle, which is 2024, but we're running now. People on all sides are declaring for races, and I've seen it at a local, state, federal level. They're all coming out of the woodwork. So the most important question is will the candidates find the single issue that not only fires up the base but also unifies the party and some of the fringe voters as well? Will the issue be so clear, so concise, so pervasive that voters, regardless of how informed they are, how tuned in they are, will they be able to figure out whether or not this candidate is an actual conservative, whether or not they're going to stand behind it? Will the issue be so foundational that it will serve as the litmus test for where our party is going and whether or not they're going to be able to help carry on that torch? Now, before you say to yourself, look, there's no way. Anything like that is possible, let me remind you of a few examples. It can be done. In 2016, donald Trump's first campaign. I mean, he talked about all kinds of things, right, he talked about overturning Obamacare. He talked about energy independence, he talked about cutting regulations, but there was one overwhelming coalescing issue, one major landmark issue, and it was centered around safety Carrying the wall, crime in our streets, reducing illegal immigration, getting MS-13 out of our neighborhoods and defeating ISIS. Donald Trump discovered that that one single issue would be the wind in the sails, not just for him but also for the party. Eventually, many of the other candidates down the ballot, they realized it as well. People were dissatisfied by the lack of protection and safety and security that their government was providing them and their families at all levels state, local, federal. What about parental rights? in West Virginia? a couple years back, same thing happened. So it's possible, but it's extremely hard to pull off. It's extremely hard to find that one single issue to fully anchor on up and down the ballot, not just as a candidate, but as a full, complete party. The reason this is a very significant concern it should be a concern for you and for everybody else in this party is because the Democrats, they, have their issue figured out. See, it doesn't matter what they say, it does not matter if the voter is white, black, asian, young, old, rich, poor. When it comes to voting, they are all motivated by one single factor and this factor brings them great joy and great happiness And it is the ultimate motivator for anything and everything the Democrat voter is focused on and it's beating the Republicans. That's it. That's all they care about. They will go as crazy or as bizarre as necessary to beat the Republicans. They do not hold back. Whatever it takes to beat the Republicans, they do. I promise you you could go. I bet if you lined up 10 Republicans right now and I'm not talking the super hard right folks, but just across section of Republicans and you asked them, would they consider voting for a Democrat. This is I've got no science behind this, it's just my experience. But if you line them up and ask them, i bet you get at least three out of those 10. That would say absolutely. I'd consider it. If you lined up 10 Democrats, i bet you would get one or zero of them. That would say that It's like college rivalries and sports. Michigan can lose every game of the year, but if they beat Ohio State in football they are happy. It's all that matters. The demise of the other side is their primary motivator. The Democrats love to run up the score. In the meantime we got clowns like Paul Ryan on Sunday morning talk shows clamoring on about the national debt. You know what has never gotten a Republican a single vote ever Policy ideas on the national debt issue. The Democrats want to beat Republicans so badly that they elected John Federman, a mentally incapacitated and ill-equipped individual to the United States Senate, according to him, answer a softball question about Elon Musk taking over Twitter.Keith Olbermann:
What is your message to him as he takes over this giant megaphone that is Twitter?John Fetterman:
No, i just am really just about just saying that I just want to make sure that we use your enormous power to just make sure that we don't have a platform where we push those kinds of theories, and I'm just grateful for the opportunity to just say that, given that we have this opportunity, just using the platform to really be about a force of good.Ben Armenta:
What a hot mess. But let's just give him the benefit of the doubt just for a second. That was an off the cuff response in an interview. What about an actual planned speech, one in which he literally was there to introduce the president of the United States?John Fetterman:
Mr President, a little over a year ago, the president and I were standing right next to each other at a collapsed bridge in Western Pennsylvania a bridge that I drove over just a night before with my young son And he showed up with just hours, hours after that bridge collapsed there, and he promised to make sure that any resources that they needed and any help and support, and guess what? And guess what. That bridge was rebuilt less than a year well, well in front of time. And now I'm standing next to the president again, next to a collapsed bridge here, and he is here to commit to work with the governor and the delegation to make sure that we get this fixed quick, fast as well too. This is a president that is committed to infrastructure And then, on top of that, the jewel kind of a law of the inflation bill that is going to make sure that there's going to be bridges all across like this, all across the America getting rebuilt. It's a pleasure to be here. Seriously, it's cringe-worthy.Ben Armenta:
I can barely take it. There is not logical, reasonable, respectable explanation for why the Democrats would elect people like Joe Biden or baby-killing representatives or degenerate fools like Federmann. No reasonable answer or response other than they want to beat you And they can put anybody forward and their voters get aligned to it. Their greatest joy is to defeat the Republicans. Their greatest joy is coming together and crushing the souls of conservatives. What Keith Oberman said is not their inside voice. Crushing you is why they do what they do. I'm not certain Republicans have the backbone or the stomach to do this. In Texas we have Democrat chairmanship in the state house, a state house in which we control the speaker and have the majority. They impeached Ken Paxton, the hardest conservative fighting attorney general in the nation. We are a party filled with manipulative politicians and weak, uninformed voters. We just are. How bad do you want to win and save our nation? Are you willing to support ballot harvesting where it's legal? Are you willing to donate to legal teams? file some lawsuits in the middle of elections to sue the Democrats? I think that would be good. Are you willing to vote straight ticket GOP, regardless of who's on the ballot? Are you one of those that will vote for anybody but not Trump. I can tell you, the fastest way to lose our country is not to vote for the Republican nominee. Are you willing to support candidates who run attack ads? Are you willing to find people to volunteer as election judges? Are you willing to start calling Democrats by what they are Lying, manipulative commies? Because if you're not willing to do those things, we're not going to win. We're not going to win. If anybody tells you the path to winning back our country and growing the conservative movement is by fighting by the rules, they're probably a Democrat. How satisfied are you with the government spying on you? How satisfied are you with property taxes, income taxes, the size of our government? How satisfied are you that the Democrats have weaponized the government machine against their political opponents like Donald Trump? How satisfied are you with how much money is going to Ukraine, after six billion in accounting errors from the Pentagon is going to be sent over to them? What about our relationship with China, russia? What about our allies, who don't even respect us?Rush Limbaugh:
If I had to make a point, if I had to try to find a way to convince people of one thing the Democrats are never going to have to convince you of anything, they're just going to do it. If you disagree with them having a 13 seat Supreme Court too bad they're just going to do it. They're going to have the votes and they're going to do it. They're not going to persuade you. This is what we're missing. This is not retail politics, as it's always been. The Democrats are going to have to persuade anybody, since they get states in Puerto Rico and Washington DC now. They have to persuade people now because they've only got 50 seats in the Senate, power sharing with Mitch McConnell and so forth. But I'm talking. Their long term plan is to not need to persuade anybody. Do not doubt me. That is the core of their belief. That is the core of their agenda To no longer have to persuade anybody that they will have such vote power, such majority power. They won't have to persuade a damn fool of anything.Ben Armenta:
The Democrats don't care about your beliefs. Don't start caring about theirs. Are you better off today than you were in 2016 and 2017? Probably not. I'm not, my family's not. Are you happy or you pissed off? Because if you are, if you are at your breaking point, like I am, if you're ready for a change and you're willing to create the change you want and do anything possible to ensure the Democrats lose, if you have a winner's mentality, we have a chance. We have a chance. We have a chance to mobilize the volunteers. We have a chance to put the right candidates up on that ballot. We have a chance to primary the Republicans who really aren't conservative and get them out of office. If you don't have that winner's mentality all of us then we've got to go find one. You've got to go find one real quick, because nothing will change until the metric that matters most to us, the issue that matters most to us, the motivating factor that matters most to us, is beating the Democrats. Thank you so much for listening. As always, you can email me your thoughts to ben at benermentacom. We must come together with one single goal in mind beating the Democrats. That's it. We will not win elections if we focus only on policies. We must focus on kitchen table issues and we must focus on the emotions of the voter. We have to channel our energy in solidarity towards destroying the Democrats, and if we do that, and if we keep our faith at the center of everything we do, we have a puncher's chance at saving this country. Until next time, thank you again and God bless.