At age 25, Congressman-elect Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) will be the youngest person in Congress, making a name for himself before he was even elected back in November, having trounced a candidate backed by President Donald Trump in a conservative North Carolina district. Now, he wants a “new Republican Party,” Fox News reports.
Never having the backing of the establishment, he was able to win nonetheless, thanks in part to his different messaging and his yearning for a change to the status quo.
“My election was really a referendum on the establishment,” Cawthorn told Fox News in a recent interview. “They’re really sending me up here to fight against that.”
This lack of backing from the establishment has given the incoming congressman a sense of freedom, being beholden to only his constituents.
“I don’t owe anybody except the constituents of my district my victory,” Cawthorn said. “And so because of that, I’ll serve them no matter what. And I think that’s how it should be.”
Cawthorn feels that the Republican Party has trouble with young people and that the party needs to change course to change the view many young voters have that the party is “angry and just says ‘no.'”
“There is a generational time bomb going off in the Republican Party and that’s because they have failed to connect with this new generation,” Cawthorn said. “They’ve failed to iterate the fact that we are the party of freedom.”
The nascent politician wants to “brand a new Republican Party” that is bold and inspirational. The GOP can no longer be the party of “no” and skirting around important but controversial issues like health care and the environment, he says. Rather, Republicans should be “thought leaders” on solutions.
Republicans also have been too preoccupied with social issues and should become libertarian on personal affairs, Cawthorn says. The exception, however, should be abortion, which requires “very loud” opposition, he adds.
“I really want the Republican Party to be bolder,” Cawthorn said. “I want us to be a big tent party that says I don’t care if you’re gay. I don’t care what your religion is. As long as you believe in freedom and believe in our founding principles, you’re welcome in our party.”
“I really want our party defined as the Freedom Party,” he added.
Cawthorn will replace the 31-year-old Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) as the youngest member of the House of Representatives. Similar to her, he’s challenged the status quo of his own party and wants to see changes made.
Despite saying the two couldn’t be further apart on political issues, Cawthorn respects what Ocasio-Cortez accomplished.
“I have not met her yet,” he told Fox News, “but if I ever do, I’d definitely shake her hand and say, ‘Thank you for setting the example that you can be in your 20s and still make a difference in your country.'”
In particular, Cawthorn has his sights on the political party structure, specifically the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC), which assists incumbent Republican representatives in winning reelection. Cawthorn says the existence of the NRCC is one reason why “great patriots” can transform into “establishment pawns.”
“I think a lot of people are lazy, and they’re not good at fundraising, and they have to rely on these big-dollar donors to give to the NRCC and then the NRCC will come in and fund your reelection and win your race for you,” Cawthorn said. “Because of that, they’re at their beck and call.”
Cawthorn is a supporter of congressional term limits and dislikes the House committee assignment process that compensates Republican lawmakers who show loyalty to the party leadership. For this soon-to-be legislator, it’s going to take fresh faces arriving in the nation’s capital to say: “That’s wrong, we need to fix that.”
Want more details about this story? Read the full original Fox News report here.
You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.
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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village
Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.
But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.
Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19
The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.
Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China
The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”
Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World
The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”
In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.
While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.
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