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Rand Paul

If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.

— Winston Churchill

First you win the argument, then you win the vote.

— Margaret Thatcher

One word that sums up a takeaway from these two excellent quotes – Pushback. The tired old Republican establishment doesn’t get this concept because they are listening to the political consultant class. Fortunately there are some elected Republicans in the 113th Congress who do get it. We are deluding ourselves if we think that somehow we can call or write to the establishment politicians and get them to change their ways. It’s not gonna happen. The hard but necessary challenge is to recruit more conservatives to run for the House and Senate and kick the Old Guard out to pasture. It takes a lot of time and effort, but there already has been some victories. We now have 6 conservative senators and 43 conservative representatives in their 40’s that have a brain. The conservative senators are the more impressive because they have a bigger microphone than the representatives.

You can’t win the argument unless you fight and challenge the premises of your political opponents. It’s capitulation to accept the left’s narrative that more laws, government bureaucracies, and regulatory controls are needed. Sen. Rand Paul recently wrote a piece with pushback on this premise.

“Limited government” doesn’t mean no government. It means $2.6 trillion worth of government—the amount of revenue we currently bring in. Over the past number of years, Americans have had to learn to live within their means. Government must do the same and Republicans should be the party that shows how it can be done.

It seems at times that members of the general public understand pushback better than our elected members to Congress, but it was heartwarming to see 12 of the 16 Republicans who voted with the left in the Senate to proceed to creating more gun laws come out and vote against the gun law amendments. Listed below are all of the Republican senators who are in their 40’s. Not all of the Republican representatives in their 40’s are listed because some by their votes have failed to be sufficiently conservative.

US Senators

Rand Paul KY
Tim Scott SC
Ted Cruz TX
Mike Lee UT
Marco Rubio FL
Kelly Ayotte NH

US Representatives

Steve Southerland FL-2
Ron DeSantis FL-6
Tom Rooney FL-17
Trey Radel FL-19
Rob Woodall GA-7
Austin Scott GA-8
Doug Collins GA-9
Tom Graves GA-14
Marlin Stutzman IN-3
Todd Rokita IN-4
Luke Messer IN-6
Todd Young IN-9
Renee Ellmers NC-2
Richard Hudson NC-8
Patrick McHenry NC-10
George Holding NC-13
Jeff Duncan SC-3
Trey Gowdy SC-4
Mick Mulvaney SC-5
Jim Bridenstine OK-1
Markwayne Mullin OK-2
James Lankford OK-5
Tim Huelskamp KS-1
Kevin Yoder KS-3
Tim Griffin AR-3
Tom Cotton AR-4
David Valadao CA-21
Duncan D. Hunter CA-50
Thomas Massie KY-4
Andy Barr KY-6
Bill Huizenga MI-2
Justin Amash MI-3
Scott DesJarlais TN-4
Stephen Fincher TN-8
Paul Ryan WI-1
Sean Duffy WI-7
Cory Gardner CO-4
Raúl Labrador ID-1
Randy Hultgren IL-14
Steve Scalise LA-1
Jim Jordan OH-4
Jason Chaffetz UT-3
Robert Hurt VA-5

Cross-posted at Unified Patriots

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I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.

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