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A Letter to Working Class Democrats

I wrote an article a few days ago in which I appealed to conservative leaders in many fields to come together and form a 3rd political party to represent those of us not being represented In Congress.  To look at it on the surface one Eagle Changing Things I Cannotg Acceptmight think I was talking to Republicans and Independents primarily, but they are only a portion of the audience I want to reach.  I am truly perplexed by people who will vote for Democrat candidates when the party stands against everything you say you believe in and value.

During the hey-day of the TEA Party movement in the 2009/2010 election cycle you were right there with Republicans, Independents, and Libertarians; telling the federal government you have had enough of their big spending, “sit down and shut-up peasant” attitude.  You were a part of the 67% of We the People who assembled peacefully and voiced our desires as to how OUR EMPLOYEES should conduct OUR BUSINESS.

You are a Catholic, a Methodist, a Baptist, an Evangelical, a Lutheran, etc. who believes in God, believes in the salvation of Jesus Christ, believes in the freedom and responsibility to conduct your lives accordingly. You are an agnostic, Wiccan, pagan, etc. who are “religious” polar opposites of Christians.  You want to worship whatever orBible n Flag Picture whoever you wish, in peace.

You are a homosexual, bi-sexual, cross-dresser, etc. who wants to live your life as you want to live it. You aren’t the one out creating publicity stunts to get attention.  You are the one who just wants to live your life in private and mind your own business, and have others mind their own business.  Your skin has any one of a variety of tints but your blood is always red.  You live by the “Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

You are a union member who is forced to pay dues to a small group of people who control the job market.  This is called extortion and is illegal when not conducted by government and their henchmen.  You are a secretary, salesman, or customer service person at a store somewhere.  You want to live your life, have a job, and raise your children; and to be free to eat what you want; to go where you want, when you want, without government controlling every aspect of your life.  You want to be free to express your values and faith openly.

You are people who believe in the values instituted by our founding fathers, understand what they believed, know what they established, and desire to pass those values and beliefs on to your children and grandchildren.  You believe in the George WashingtonBill of Rights as stated in the Constitution; that those rights are “God given” and do not come from the benevolence of government. You are part of the 67% of We the People who make up the TEA Party.  I know you have courage, I have seen it.

The Democrat Party favors the confiscation of firearms, do you?    The party believes in open borders and clamping down on law abiding citizens in favor of people who break the law, do you?  The party elites believe only they are intelligent enough to know what you can eat, how you can spend your money, and on and on and on. Do you believe you are intelligent enough to make decisions on how and where to spend your money, feed your kids, spend your leisure time?  The party doesn’t believe it but I do.  I know you are intelligent, I have seen it.

Both political parties have joined forces to thwart the TEA Party mindset, not just the organizations but those who make up the rank and file.  You are a threat to a dictatorship being implemented by allies on both sides of the political aisle.    You are a veteran who has served your country with honor and dignity.  You are a part of those being declared “enemies of the state” or “potential domestic terrorist”.  You and I, the grassroots element of America, are being pushed out of everything, by both political parties, in favor of a central government control system that threatens all of us equally.

We are in this together, you and I, the common man/woman who desires the freedom to make our own choices in life.  You and I are much alike.  We have the same basic beliefs, as did our founders.  They had many differences, slavery being one of them.  Some were Christian, some atheists, some essentially agnostic; but they managed to forge a great nation.  We have many differences but we have much more in common.  If our founders could come together and find aConstitution way to establish the United States of America why can we not come together and do it again?  And when I say “come together” I mean unite behind the Constitution and the men and women who built this grand nation.

I address this to the rank and file Democrat voter but not you alone.  Every bit of this applies to Republicans, Independents, and Libertarians.  We must come together based on the values we share, the values we know are essential to the future of America as a Republic.

You are part of the 67% of We the People who stood up in 2009 and said, “We have had enough of this”.  It is time to stand up again.  I tried to make a difference from within the Republican Party and found out it is hopeless.  Even people at the county level are dug in with the liberal party establishment.  The “party first” mentality must end if we are to save our nation for future generations.

It is time for a new generation of founding fathers, and the foot soldier who made it possible.  Everyone remembers George Washington but who remembers the common people in the days leading up to and through the Revolution?  Eagle- America Deserves BetterYou and I are the foot soldiers Washington depended on to succeed.  We are the people who banded together to throw off the bonds of tyranny and establish the greatest nation to ever exist.  WE are those who will not be known in perpetuity but we are the ones who must make the future.

You and I, WE THE PEOPLE, are the ones ultimately responsible for the future.  I know you have the courage, I have seen it.  I know you have the intelligence, I have seen it.  I know you are patriots, I have seen it. You picked up your own trash at rallies and were polite to policemen, and other officials, and each other. You treat others with kindness, consideration, respect, and friendship.   You have the same values and desires for your nation as I do.   Do you have the willingness to step up again as you did in 2009 and be part of a new movement to restore the United States of America?

I have offered a solution to our political party problems.  Some will say “it can’t be done”, “we don’t have enough time”, “I don’t like that group”, etc.  I say it can be done and it is up to us to do it.  Let us come together to restore liberty and limited government as designed by our founders. We are no less courageous, no less intelligent, and are no less capable than were those 237 years ago.  The question is: “are we as determined to live free as our founders were”?

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.

Bob Russell

Claremore, Oklahoma

February, 27, 2013

Former Dem Artur Davis Appeals to Indies and Mod Dems

By limiting coverage of the Conventions on television most of America sees only a few prime time speakers. It’s too bad, because there are many good convention speeches that aren’t covered.

One great example was seen Tuesday when former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis was welcomed to the Republican National Convention. While his crossover affiliation to the GOP has been a news story it has not been widely covered by the media.

The following is Davis’ speech to the RNC crowd which was really directed to those Independent and Moderate Democrats who are now feeling that the Hope and Change for which they voted in 2008 was not what they expected. The speech was enthusiastically applauded by conventioneers but  may appeal to others who haven’t spent this week glued to C-Span live coverage.

This particular video comes via Fox News. You can also share the C-Span clip for those who might better appreciate a more non-biased source: Artur Davis at RNC. It’s less than ten minutes and may convince some to come out and vote Republican in 2012.

 

 

Center Forward Aims to Fill Centrist Void in Washington

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Leading public policy organization, the Blue Dog Research Forum (BDRF), is changing its name to Center Forward.  The name change is a reflection of the forum’s commitment to addressing the mainstream principles of independent-minded Americans.

Center Forward is the leading public policy organization aimed at debating and elevating the priorities of the vast percentage of Americans who consider themselves centrist.

“This change represents the natural growth of the Blue Dog Research Forum,” said former Rep. Bud Cramer, the group’s chairman. “If you’re a centrist in America today, there’s no group or organization adequately representing your views and values. We aim to fill that space.”

Center Forward will still espouse the values that led to the establishment of the Blue Dog Research Forum, and will welcome new ideas from individuals who have not previously participated in BDRF activities.

“At the end of the day, Center Forward’s values aren’t Democratic values, and they aren’t Republican values – they’re American values,” Cramer said. “What we want to do is help drive discussions and debates that involve the concerns of those who don’t sit on the far left or the far right.”

According to recent research by USA Today the number of voters identifying themselves as Republican or Democrat continues to decline, while the number of voters identifying themselves as independent continues to rise.  National polling also indicates that voters prefer that their political leaders work together to solve problems.  In a recent Gallup survey, 80% of voters said President Obama should work to pass legislation that Democrats and Republicans can agree on.

Center Forward is pleased to have the support of centrist leaders from both parties like Democrat Erskine Bowles and Republican Mike Castle.

Bowles stated, “Center Forward will make a valuable contribution to the debate in Washington by encouraging policymakers and all citizens to put politics aside, pull together, not pull apart, and work together on common sense solutions to the challenges facing our nation.  We need organizations such as Center Forward to support policymakers who are willing to work to overcome partisan differences to reach principled compromises on the issues facing our nation. Dealing with our debt and other challenges will require broad, bipartisan agreement based on shared sacrifices and leaders who will place the national interest ahead of partisan interests.  I look forward to working with Center Forward to build upon and amplify the work of members of both parties in the House and Senate and others to build support for a common sense, responsible fiscal plan.”

And Mike Castle said, “I’m happy to hear the Blue Dog Research Forum is growing into this new entity, Center Forward.  The ability for the two major parties to work together and govern in the best interest of America has been diminished over the years.  This is an opportunity for centrists from all sides to work together to reduce the extreme partisanship in Washington and become more reflective of the American people.”

For the past two years, the BDRF has hosted a series of forums and programs through which academic experts, Members of Congress, not-for-profit representatives, trade associations, corporations and unions have participated in thoughtful discussion of urgent federal issues relative to the fiscal well-being of the nation.

Center Forward will build on the BDRF’s success by approaching the national debate with a common-sense perspective by focusing on and identifying positive, evidence-based solutions and opinions regarding current federal issues.

Center Forward hopes to lead a thoughtful national discussion, in a space where no conversations are currently occurring, for the benefit of the nation as a whole.

“People are being very clear: They want less partisanship, and more cooperation,” Cramer said. “We intend to be their voice on the issues that matter to them.”

These are Not the Charts Obama is Looking For

Both Gallup and Rasmussen have completed surveys that show that the President is losing his bid for re-election with so many groups, so many ways and oh so quickly.

Gallup has the President sliding to just 38% approval, his worst showing ever in the Gallup survey. When looked at as a trend, the imagery worsens.

Rasmussen Reports also summed up their daily results saying, “This is the lowest Approval Index rating yet measured for President Obama. The previous low was -24 reached yesterday and also in September 2010. Additionally, the level of Strong Approval matches the lowest yet recorded.”

When digging into the numbers, the picture does not improve. To win an election in America, you have to win the swing vote. Obama hasn’t only lost the middle, has become the polarizing figure he railed against when he stood George W. Bush up as a straw man to beat in the 2008 election.

What should be especially of concern to the Obama campaign, is how even his attempts to buy votes is being rebuked. On August 18th, Obama’s Department of Homeland Security was directed to halt all deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants who are attending school, have family in the military or are primarily responsible for other family members’ care, and allow them to apply for work permits. Obama had failed to deliver the highly unpopular DREAM act and may have been hoping to buy-off the Hispanic community with a the gift of not enforcing current law. How did that community react? Unfavorably.

Presidential job approval is an important barometer, but with the entirety of the main stream media declaring the Republican field “weak”, certainly this won’t hurt his chances for another four years in the White House.. or will it?

Even Ron Paul, largely thought to be a fringe candidate, is only a few points under Obama in the polls and within the survey’s margin of error. Obama is in trouble whether he admits it or not.

Attack after mudslinging attack isn’t working, the president’s policies are failing and a string of broken promises may be coming home to roost.