I was listening to Rush Limbaugh (Wednesday Dec. 17, 2013) and he had a very interesting call from a woman relating to a survey Limbaugh discussed about men not arguing with or disagreeing with their wife. The survey found that when men never challenged the wife’s decisions the marriage got worse instead of getting better as is the common belief. The caller made the point that men who never stand up for their opinions and beliefs don’t get respect from women.
I am not trying to quote her but rather describe the impression conveyed to me as a listener. She made a point that I have made many times. I don’t know who she was or where she was from but she sounded like a plain everyday American citizen. The interesting thing is that she applied this survey to politics in a way that is practical and makes sense, and goes beyond gender in the analogy. She said that women respect Democrats, even when they don’t agree with them or like them, because they stand up for what they believe in, right or wrong.
I have written many times about my attitude towards Democrats and Republicans. I have a respect for Dingy Harry Reid that Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, John McCain, or any other “moderate” Republican, will NEVER see come their way. I despise everything Reid stands for, and would like to see him go to prison for the rest of his life for the corruption and the violations of the rights of We the People, and the Constitution. He has continually ignored the very Constitution he swore an oath to protect and defend. But Reid is fighting for the tyranny he believes in, and regardless of whether I like his beliefs or not, I respect him for being willing to fight.
Okay, so now you know I don’t care much for Harry Reid. The caller, like me, has no respect for the Republican Party because they are seen as wimps, and can never be depended on to stand up for us against bullies. The constant “bi-partisanship” is not politically attractive to the average woman, or man, in America. No woman wants to be bullied by a man, but no woman wants a man who will let others bully her either, or for that matter let her bully him. Same goes for citizens and politicians.
The TEA Party, as defiled as it is, has a 67% following among American citizens. We the People, the 67% TEA Party We the People, swept Republicans to record setting election results in 2010. This woman caller seemed to be under the TEA Party banner philosophically. The “body guards” (Republican Party) we hired in 2010, the ones who told us they would protect us cower in the corner while the Democrat bullies pound us into submission. What good are they? And now they are joining in with the bullies to pummel the Constitution and We the People.
Sarah Palin identifies with both men and women because she is rightly seen as one of us. She is a fighter, a combatant in the war being waged for liberty. When I see a “Joan of Arc” being attacked by those I send to defend her I am not inclined to ever trust them again. I voted for Republicans in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Now I hear them call me the enemy and a roadblock to “progress”!!!!! The body guard has decided to join in with the bully and hope they get a small piece of the spoils. And they can be sure they won’t be attacked by the bullies if they cower and passively go along with the bullying.
There are those men and women who stand up for us in the realm of politics. Men and women in Congress like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert, Jim Bridenstine, Michelle Bachman, Marsha Blackburn, etc. ARE standing up for the Constitution and freedom of choice of citizens. Not only are these “dedicated body guards” seriously outnumbered by Democrat bullies, they now find themselves being stabbed in the back by those other “body guards” who promised to stand with them against the bullies. The average American citizen wants security but not the kind of “security” we are getting out of those we send to “administer” our government functions. We the People don’t want to be protected from ourselves. We want to be protected from the bullies running a tyrannical government.
I don’t pay a bodyguard to join the bully and help him terrorize me. We the People “hired” the Republican Party in 2010 to protect us from the bullies in the Democrat Party. What do we see in 2013?? The Republican Party establishment, led by Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, Reince Preibus, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, John Cornyn, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Peter King, etc. ad nauseum; attack those who are doing what we pay them to do. These “RINO” Republicans have joined in on the bullying we “hired” them to stop.
Ted Cruz and those who stand with him are doing the job we paid them to do. This caller to Limbaugh made the point that those standing against the Democrat bullies are the ones she admires and respects. I was able to identify with her about three sentences into her call. She first talked about the personal relationship a woman wants with a man and then made a political comparison. I am not a woman but I understand basic human nature. I don’t want “friends” who will turn on me when I need them and I don’t want political “representatives” who will turn on me because that is the easiest and most profitable path for them.
People who give me the “if you don’t blindly vote for Republicans you are voting for Democrats” line are wasting their time. I will vote only for those who will be the bodyguard I pay them to be and no one else, regardless of party. The days of me voting for Republicans because they aren’t Democrats are over. I really don’t see any benefit to vote for them. When they aren’t cowering in fear they are joining in on the bullying, and that isn’t something I am going to vote to continue!!!!!
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.
There is going to be a big fight in Texas. The Battleground Texas group is trying to make inroads into the state, in hopes of turning Texas either purple or blue.
They think the best strategy is ‘get out the vote’ campaigns. Executive Director Jenn Brown told “The Dallas Morning News” she thought Texas is a “nonvoting state,” then claimed Texas wasn’t “innately conservative.” She attributes her belief to the low voter turnout in the 2012 election, and election results that show a mere 18-percent of the voting population voted for Governor Rick Perry in 2010. Her comments drew an unexpected response from Texas blogger/journalist Scott Braddock who said Texas was “innately libertarian.”
Texas does have a very broad belief in freedom, and also in avoiding bureaucracy and a massive welfare state. It’s not just rhetoric by Perry or others in power across the state; Texans have enjoyed rebelling against the “establishment” and striking back at what they saw as government intrusion.
The obvious example is the 2012 U.S. Senate race. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst was seen as the odds-on favorite: he had the backing of the state party and pretty much everyone else in the Texas political machine. Ted Cruz had a small coalition of people who supported him. He was the upstart who talked up his libertarian leanings, speaking about actually obeying the U.S. Constitution, and seeking to keep the federal government out of Texans’ lives. One of the chief reasons why “The Dallas Morning News” and “Houston Chronicle” supported Dewhurst was his coalition building. While that is attractive in state politics, U.S. Senators are supposed to represent the interests of their states. Cruz understood this; Dewhurst didn’t. “The Dallas Morning News” even supported Democrat Paul Sadler over Cruz in the 2012 General Election because he’d bring money to Texas, while Cruz would only do so if it involved “roads, freeways and ports.” You know, Constitutional reasons.
Obviously Texans rejected both Dewhurst and Sadler by sending Cruz to DC, but it shows how the state wants the federal government to leave them alone. They’re not interested in having DC determine what Texans do. That’s rather libertarian.
But Texans’ desire to keep the government from taking over their lives isn’t just aimed at DC. They’ve also pushed back against attempts by the state government from doing it.
The best example may be the Trans-Texas Corridor. In short, Perry was hoping to create a “super-highway” which would span from the southern border all the way to the Red River. Perry praised it as something which would help shippers, reduce pollution, and fix roads. He promised the tolls would keep taxes from having to be raised and that it would “improve the interstate concept.”
Texans revolted. They spent hours upon hours pointing out the eminent domain issues, loss of tax revenue, how the proposal was too much like California’s Route 91, and just how poorly it was designed. The push-back was so fierce, not only did the Trans-Texas Corridor die; but Perry ended up signing stronger laws against eminent domain in 2011.
The same can be said about the current fight in the state Legislature over transportation funding. Perry, Dewhurst and other Republicans were hoping to get a constitutional amendment passed which would have diverted oil and gas production tax money (meant for the Rainy Day Fund) for transportation, instead. Some House and Senate members revolted against the plan over concerns as to whether there was a “floor” provision in the bill. That would have meant if the Rainy Day Fund reached some designated floor, 100% of oil and gas production tax money would start going into it again. Killing the bill was probably the right move because it’s a bad bill and, as with most taxes, the money runs out at some point.
There’s more to be said about Texas’ libertarian streak. “Texas Monthy’s” Erica Grieder even wrote a book pointing out how low taxes and low services helped Texas. In a column to “The Dallas Morning News” she wrote, “Texans don’t expect that much from the state,” and she’s absolutely right. Many people who grew up in Texas don’t expect that. The help ends up coming from either cities or the community in a crisis. There are parts of Texas which are struggling, like the Rio Grande Valley, but there are charities and non-profits trying to help where they can.
Battleground Texas wants to change that by getting more Democrats elected and changing how the state operates. They want Texas to be the next Colorado, which would be horrific.
The good news is, it’s a fight which opposition groups aren’t taking lying down. FreedomWorks plans on $8-million in spending to fight Battleground Texas, and state Attorney General Greg Abbott calls the group “far more dangerous” than North Korea. U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s campaign manager also said Battleground Texas is a “real threat in the years to come.”
Hopefully other freedom-loving groups, and the Texas Republican Party, will actually pay attention.
Twitter is probably one of the best ways to make connections with people across the globe, but it’s hard to have a serious political conversation at 140 characters. Despite this limitation, politicians are using a Twitter Town Hall as a way to get their message across and interact with voters. It’s not a bad strategy, but depends on how it’s used and what questions get answered.
For most politicians it’s easier to answer questions from supporters. For one, it helps them expound on their agenda. It also allows them to see positive messages they can play off of. Best examples are probably President Obama’s #my2k town hall in 2012 and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine’s #AskTim town hall on July 16th and 17th. Simple questions, simple answers. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s #Randchat town hall with Reason had more positive questions than negative. But some of Paul’s answers were against the standard Republican answer and helped establish his libertarianism even more. Plus Paul actually talked policy, which not everyone is willing to do.
One of the more entertaining town halls was one given by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Abbott is running for governor and used the #AskAbbott event to differentiate himself from Governor Rick Perry, especially on how contracts get handed out. He did a good job, but the best part was probably his willingness to take questions from Democrats, when they crashed the party. It’s not something politicians normally do, probably because they know the opposition isn’t going to be happy, regardless of the answers.
But Abbott was willing to play along, especially when Battleground Texas, an organization run by former Obama campaign members, stepped in. They first asked Abbott if he could speak Spanish, which didn’t get an answer. They decided to ask another one which, this time, Abbott answered.
.@BGTX--Mi esposa es Latina. Y podré comunicarme con todos los votantes. #AskAbbott
Quick translation: Battleground Texas asked if Abbott could talk to the Latin community. Abbott said, in Spanish, his wife is Latina and he will be able to communicate to all voters. It’s a great response and pretty much shut Battleground Texas up for the night. But it shows how politicians on Twitter can respond without it disintegrating into a shouting match. It also shows a willingness to engage with people who don’t agree. Some questions aren’t worth answering because they’re either too snarky, too stupid or require an answer that’s far too nuanced for 140 characters. The nuanced answers are best for a one-on-one conversation or a column or a radio interview. But that’s Twitter.
There’s a big difference between what Abbott did and what politicians normally do. He talked to opponents without beating them over the head. Not everyone was happy, but that’s politics. It certainly beats the same ol’ questions and the same ol’ answers. If anyone still cares about that.
Almost forgotten within the whirlwind of last week’s columns and news stories covering the Obama Administration’s scandals was a piece from The New York Times discussing the “onset of woes” he’s had to deal with. Various aides told The Times on, and off, the record how the President is doing all he can to make sure his second term agenda gets accomplished. They also mentioned how Obama is frustrated and “exasperated “with Washington, something which isn’t new to anyone who’s watched one of his news conferences.
The most telling comment in the piece is how Obama has talked about “going Bulworth” and just saying what he actually thinks. This is a reference to the Warren Beatty/Halle Berry film about a California senator who decides to tell everyone what he believes, no matter the consequences. The New York Post has taken it to mean Obama wants to come out and admit he’s a socialist, which the Bulworth character is. This could be true, but it also reveals a problem with our political system.
Politicians have a problem with being 100-percent honest. Big surprise, but a David Axelrod quote following the Bulworth revelation is even more telling. Axelrod told The Times, “But the reality is that while you want to be truthful, you want to be straightforward, you also want to be practical about whatever you’re saying.”
It’s not that politicians can’t tell the truth, it’s that they don’t think the public wants to know the truth.
The sad part is…they’re probably right.
More people would rather be told that things are “going to be okay,” instead of hearing the horrific reality of the situation.
The 2012 election is a perfect example of this. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were vilified for discussing the nation’s $16-trillion in debt. Columnists like Paul Krugman claimed the nation’s debt isn’t an issue, while Obama told David Letterman “we don’t have to worry about it short term.” Letterman asked only one follow up but that shouldn’t be surprising. He’s not Jake Tapper.
When Romney spoke his mind in the “infamous” 47-percent quote, he was said to “not represent all Americans” and to have “written off half the nation.” Obama, again, told Letterman about how he wanted to represent the “entire country,” but didn’t talk the substance of Romney’s quote, why he may have said it or the context.
Guaranteed: more people saw Obama make those comments than any of Romney’s speeches on the debt.
However, it’s not just Romney who was vilified. Ron Paul was called a “dangerous man” for some of his positions. A look at the jokes the late night talk show hosts said about Paul, shows they saw him more as a “crazy uncle” and not a real candidate. Now, Paul is a horrible messenger from time to time (see his Chris Kyle tweet and his September 11th comment) but he’s at least willing to speak his mind and tell the truth. Something refreshing in politics.
As much as people claim to want the truth, the reality is much different. The truth hurts and people prefer “flowers and sunshine” to reality. There’s a difference between pointing out problems and solutions, and just telling people it will be okay. This is why politicians use double-speak and seem distance. A majority of people don’t want reality.
There is a way for conservatives and libertarians to break through this. Outreach. Real outreach, not the failed attempt of Project ORCA by Romney’s team during 2012. Get out in the community and be with people. See what they experience. Explain to them how freedom and liberty is important and show them how it can make their lives better. Support what Deneen Borelli and Wayne Dupree are doing in the Black community and what “True the Vote” is trying to do with the Hispanic community. Talk to friends. Engage them.
And keep politicians accountable. It’s not always pragmatic to change one’s mind. Sometimes it’s simply political. Get them to explain why they do what they do. Get them to tell the truth.
It’s the only way to prove Axelrod and his ilk wrong.
And to make sure Bulworth isn’t “just” a movie but reality.
(Richmond, VA) – “The IRS Exempt Organizations unit has violated the sacred constitutional rights of some 75 Tea Party and Patriot groups that had applied for tax-exempt status between 2009 and 2012,” said Mark Daugherty, Chairman, Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation. “The Tea Party rejects the apology by Lois Lerner, Director, Exempt Organizations, for her department’s confirmed discrimination and illegal treatment against groups that have the words ‘Tea Party’ or ‘Patriots’ in their name,” declared Mr. Daugherty.
The Constitutional violations include.
1. First Amendment: The rights of free speech. Viewpoint discrimination.
2. Fourth Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.
3. Fourteenth Amendment: Equal protection of the law.
Mark Daugherty said, “This egregious behavior requires a full top-to-bottom investigation by the Inspector General of the operations and practices of the IRS Exempt Organizations unit. “Furthermore, The IRS agents, supervisors, and senior executives should be held accountable for their illegal actions.”
The Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation notes the abusive and overtly political behavior by the IRS during the Clinton administration when critics of President Clinton were subjected to tax audits.* “This cycle of IRS abuse and illegal behavior must be stopped,” said Mark Daugherty.
The Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation thanks the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) for advocating on behalf of 27 tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status, including tea party groups in Virginia.
“Several Tea Party groups in northern Virginia were discouraged from seeking tax-exempt status due to the chilling effects of the enhanced investigations by the IRS,” said Mark Daugherty. “In addition, the Shenandoah Valley Tea Party Patriots spent 26 months working through the tortuous tax-exempt process, and spent 235 hours to compile a 10-pound report measuring seven inches thick, to comply with a second-round of IRS information requests.”
Ron Wilcox, lead organizer of the Northern Va Tea Party, said, “We were discouraged from applying for tax exempt status because we knew the IRS was targeting the tea party groups for ‘special examination’ and ‘enforcement’.”
“The tea party groups targeted should also be reimbursed for the extra time and expense forced upon them in attempting to comply with these illegal, threatening mandates handed down against them by the IRS,” states Mr. Daugherty.
The Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation is a coalition of 46 independent Tea Party and patriot groups that stand for fiscal responsibility, constitutionally-limited government, and free market principles.
I received this message in an e-mail from The TEA Party Express and was appalled at what I read.
First Tea Party Victory of the 2014 Cycle
Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee, congratulates Mark Sanford on his election victory tonight.
Sanford, a Republican, defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch by a 54 percent to 45 percent margin in the 1st Congressional District race to replace Tim Scott.
Thanks to your commitment to elect fiscal conservatives and your generous support, Mark Sanford was victorious in defeating liberal Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in yesterday’s special election
Yesterday, a grassroots issue-based campaign upset the national Democratic campaign machine. Voters saw past the personal attacks and elected a Tea Party candidate who is willing to stand up for fiscal responsibility and limited government. Mark Sanford was once rated number one by the National Taxpayers’ Union for his efforts to reduce spending and the national debt, and we are confident that he will bring that same conservative leadership back to Washington, D.C.
The Tea Party movement continues to fuel election upsets, while political talking heads continue to try and reject the strength of our message. With $17 trillion in debt, the Obamacare train wreck, and anemic economic growth, Americans are looking to elect leaders that are willing to swim against the current. Mark Sanford’s proven record of standing up for the taxpayer and reducing the size, cost, and intrusiveness of the federal government represent the conservative qualities voters are looking for in candidates.
This is both a victory for Mark Sanford and Tea Party grassroots activists in South Carolina’s first Congressional District. We are now looking to carry this momentum into the 2014 election cycle.
I thought this sounded odd and did some checking to make sure my instinct was on target. This is the same Mark Sanford who, as governor of South Carolina, essentially embezzled money from the taxpayers of his state to carry on an illicit affair with some Argentinian beauty. The fact that she is young enough to be his daughter is beside the point.
Sanford intentionally used state assets to travel to South America to carry on this affair. Regardless of how this is spun, he stole from WE the People. He paid a fine and reimbursed the state to buy off an ethics investigation, but only did so after getting caught and to just make it all go away. Oh, he apologized in his best Jimmy Swaggart “Ah have sinnnnnned!!!” song and dance tear party, paid a fine, reimbursed the state for PART of the money and all of a sudden everything is fine. NO, everything isn’t fine!!!!!!
I especially like the sentence about Sanford “standing up for the taxpayer and reducing the size, cost, and intrusiveness of the federal government”. The man is an adulterer who embezzled public funds to carry on the affair and only when he got caught did he “do the right thing”. Included in the message was a picture of Amy Kremer and Sanford.
I have a question for Ms. Kremer and the others who are so high on Sanford. What the hell are you people thinking????? Just who and what are you representing??? Isn’t embezzlement a crime?? I thought it was a felony. Shouldn’t that disqualify Sanford from public office??? This man has trampled on every value I thought the TEA Party stands for. I would like to hear Amy Kremer’s definitions of honesty, integrity, and morality.
The question of forgiving him for having an affair isn’t my business; that is for his wife and children to deal with. To forgive him for stealing funds from hard working taxpayers to fund such a thing is fine also, to a point, after punishment for his crime. I have no problem forgiving him for bad judgment but see no reason to put him right back into a position of trust and honor instead of a prison cell where I would be if I had stolen the same money. I wonder of Sanford’s wife trusts him as much as Amy Kremer does.
I saw a comment on one of the social network sites I belong to that if I am looking for a saint to run then to name one and the poster would support him/her. A SAINT?????? Mark Sanford is a far cry from a saint. This old worn out intimidation tactic of “he who is without sin cast the first stone” from supposed Christian conservatives in the Republican Party is as lame as the race card from the liberals. The man committed a crime against the trust of We the People. He used the public treasury as his personal piggy bank. No, Sanford is not anywhere near sainthood!!!
Do we no longer stand behind the values we claim to live by when it becomes politically expedient to throw them by the way side? So, “Mark Sanford is not as bad as his opponent” is the standard we are looking for now??? We should forgive him for all of his “bad decisions”, promote him, and give him our trust again??? I don’t think so!!!
Isn’t irrelevance and forgiveness the ploy the Democrat Party is doing right now in the Benghazi hearings circus, and formerly in the Fast & Furious “investigation”? Isn’t this the same rhetoric we got about Clinton and Lewinsky?? Isn’t this the same rhetoric we got on the Charles Rangel tax evasion, the Tim Geithner tax evasion???? Isn’t this the same attitude that we saw over the Ted Kennedy Chappaquiddick incident???? Bless his heart; he said he was sorry, awwwwwwwwwww!!!!!
The TEA Party Express group, self-touted as being the largest of all the TEA groups, has now apparently bought into the ruling class political establishment attitude that “he might be a criminal but he is our criminal”. Are we no better than the Democrats; people who will do anything, tell any lie, break any law, destroy any moral value, cheat on anything that helps their cause??
How is our nation to return to our founding principles if those of us looking to get there throw those very principles away like this? Is defeating Democrats, who are a virtual mirror of the Republican establishment, so important that we will vote for an embezzler and adulterer because he “isn’t quite as bad” as the Democrat candidate? Oh, he cried and said he was sorry!!! Really???? Is this the best America can do??
I can’t go along with this surrender of values. If I toss everything that is important to me in the trash can to win an election what have I won? How would I have made this nation better by voting for a person as “flawed” as Sanford? He can’t apologize enough, can’t pay enough fines, and can’t promise enough for me to accept that he should not be in prison for his crime of embezzlement instead of sitting in the seat of government. He should never be allowed to hold any public office, EVER!!!!
If this is the standard now upheld by the majority of WE the People I have little hope for ever getting back to the honor and prestige America once held. We cannot restore America as “a shining city on a hill” by continually lowering our standards to keep just ahead of those who are joyfully descending into Hell. If a man who has no better moral and ethical standards than Mark Sanford is the standard bearer for the TEA Party Express and the conservative movement in America then our nation is lost. This is like jumping on the back of the bus and trying to claw our way to the front while the bus careens over the cliff of destruction. We cannot stop a perpetual slide into an abyss of partisan political games, and the loss of all moral political standards, by jumping on the back of the bus. Our only hope to stop the slide is to oppose it not help it.
I have seen the different groups in the TEA Party family all working independently, or so it seems to me, on projects that are all very important. I know that one of the draws of the TEA Party is independence but the time has come that all of you must unite to fight the common enemy, an out of control government. Both political parties are unresponsive to the citizens and only getting worse. There are good conservatives in Congress but they are being beaten down one at a time by a machine that destroys anyone who refuses to bow to the “party loyalty first” crowd and their behind-the-scenes handlers.
The Republican Party “leadership” is in league with the most radical Democrats who have ever been in power. We are on the verge of losing our freedom because we continue to support those who have turned their backs on us time and again. Republicans have lied to us so many times I have lost track of the number. They have “investigated” time and gain yet have given us nothing but hand-wringing and excuses for the evil deeds of politicians of both parties. It is time to take drastic measures.
There are good men and women in Congress fighting for We the People but they need us behind them in a united front. TEA Party minded people make up much of the party but the Republican Party establishment is moving more towards pandering mode and ignoring us.
After the 2010 mid-term elections John Boehner, who sat in the Speaker’s chair because of us, said the TEA Party played a very minor role in the record setting landslide elections at the federal, state, and local levels. After the “moderate candidate” disaster in 2012 the same John Boehner blamed the TEA Party for the losses. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, among others, continually attack those who speak for us, and the McConnell/Boehner “quick, run up the white flag we will fight another day” way of doing things is unacceptable yet we accept it. We are the enemy to them, not their allies. They use us like Democrats use the welfare state. We can do better.
I wrote a blog article that I hope the leadership of all of these different organizations will read. Conservative America has the numbers in population to make a wholesale change. All we need is leadership; people who will set their egos aside and lead us to where our founders intended us to be, using the system they designed. As I wrote, you have the people with you. We have in the past and continue to show we are here. There are prominent conservatives in the media, the political realm, and Hollywood who have immense fortunes that could help fund a political party, and there are many good, conservative legislators to govern.
Many wealthy founding fathers died penniless but they had forged the greatest nation ever established. We don’t have to begin from scratch to build a nation; all we have to do is once again live by their design. How much better could we honor those who have died to establish and preserve this Republic?
We the People are ready, we are willing, and we are able. All we need is for those of you organizing things, and those with the financial means to finance it, to get together and forge the type of future envisioned by our founders so many years ago. It can be done and you can do it, with the support of the 67% of We the People who call themselves TEA Party folks.
I mentioned this in passing to Steve Eichler of TEA Party.Org . His response was “a TEA Party Congress? Interesting”. I like the sound of a TEA Party Congress. It represents the vision and the work of our founders. We have allowed our nation to come under the control of despots who see themselves as ruling rather than governing. The only way to change it is to garner the support of the 67% who identify with the TEA Party and focus it on an Independent party.
The demographics say that 40% of people identify as Republicans, 40% as Democrats, and 20% as Independents. Even with my lowly high school education I can figure out that no two of the groups can make up 67%. That means TEA Party people must come from all three demographic groups. I know that there are enough disaffected Democrat voters to give us the support we need to stop the tyranny being foisted upon us by both political parties.
Divided we are a minority in both parties but united we can overcome both parties and stop the evil despotism that is destroying the very fabric of our nation. We the People need your help to accomplish this goal. Without leadership there is no hope for liberty to survive. With leadership we can once again make the United States of America the greatest nation on earth.
God granted us a great nation that has fallen away from his way; and with that falling away has come decline, despair, and tyranny. Together we can bring our nation back to the principles of God that are the basis of our past success as a nation. I don’t speak of a theological nation but rather a restoration of the values established by the founders. The question is; Can you do it? Will you do it? Can all of you, will all off you, join forces to defeat the tyranny that is tearing our nation apart and destroying the futures of our children and grandchildren?
I am with you, and you will find the majority of We the People will follow you if you will unite and truly lead as our founders led. Duty, Honor, Country, “with a firm reliance on Divine Providence” is the answer to our national and personal woes. I pledge to you my support, my loyalty to your cause as long as it is the cause of constitutional liberty, my sacred honor, and my life. I have no fortune to pledge but I pledge what I can offer if you will accept the mantle of leadership and work to restore the nation so many have died to establish and preserve.
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.
My wife and I recently sent separate e-mails to Sen. Tom Coburn asking him to join Rand Paul’s filibuster of Harry Reid’s latest gun control scheme. We sent messages on the same day, she from her office and me from our home. Neither of us knew about the other until that evening when we sat down for dinner and discussed the day’s events. The responses we received were a day apart, hers on April 9th and mine on April 10th.
I don’t know why we were surprised when we compared the responses but we were. We both received the form letter some aide undoubtedly wrote to make it sound like Sen. Coburn actually believes in the 2nd Amendment and the rights of We the People. I have included the response I received and have my wife’s available if anyone desires to contest that they are the same. I also know of two other people who received the same letter.
Letter from Sen. Tom Coburn in response to a request that he join the filibuster started by Sen. Rand Paul:
Dear Mr. Russell,
Thank you for taking the time to write me to express your opinion and concerns about the various gun control proposals. I am encouraged so many Oklahomans are making their voices heard. I have received an overwhelming number of letters, and in order to respond in a timely manner, I am writing a response that encompasses my entire position. If you have additional questions or concerns, please write me again.
I want to be clear: I remain committed to defending and protecting our Constitution; namely the Second Amendment. I have long protected the rights of law-abiding citizens to own guns. I am opposed to a ban on assault rifles and I oppose limiting magazines. I will not vote for any bill that limits the gun rights of law abiding citizens. While I support a debate in the Senate on gun related issues—including reaffirming these rights and forcing gun-control advocates to have their votes on record and be held accountable for their votes—I will not only support, but lead a filibuster to prevent the passage of any bill that limits the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
The news reports are correct that I have been involved in discussions to write legislation improving the existing background checks to enable private citizens to check a database and ensure the person they seek to sell their gun to is legally allowed to own a firearm. I believe it is good public policy to make sure that those who are mentally-ill or a felon (both are already prohibited from owning a gun), do not have access to a weapon. However, I oppose record keeping and will not agree to legislation that expands record keeping to private sales.
The concern I am hearing over and over is not just about people maintaining their right to own firearms—it is a concern about how to preserve liberty. When our Constitution was adopted, we had just won a war fought largely by Minute Men and localized, or unofficial, militias (Sons of Liberty, etc). The first shots fired at Concord were, in part, to preserve a local supply of firearms that the British sought to confiscate. Our founders believed very strongly that the individual right to bear arms would preserve the independence and freedom won in 1781, just as they had enabled our founders to win the revolutionary war. They feared tyranny and centralized power—which is why our Constitution was established. In addition to the checks created by balancing power between a legislature and executive—and checked by a judiciary—the Bill of Rights sought to limit the federal government and clearly stated that those powers not enumerated in the Constitution and delegated to the federal government would remain with the states and the people (the 9th and 10th Amendments).
Yet, our federal government regularly legislates on matters that belong to the states and the people. Our freedoms are being gradually encroached and choked by ever-increasing regulations, laws, agencies, and overspending. This concerns me greatly and I fight daily to rein in the size, scope and spending of our federal government. I believe the greatest threat to our Republic is apathy as our overindulgent federal government, through indebtedness, spends the money of future generations. James Madison, the architect of our Constitution, said something similar in 1788 in a speech in Virginia when he said, “Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
I am aware of this and I work to push back on all attacks to our Constitution, including those to our Second Amendment. Congress must be careful not to legislate in a way that makes criminals out of law-abiding, gun-owning citizens.
Thank you for being involved and allowing me these last eight years to fight to protect our Constitution. I daily think about the sacrifices of past generations and I am grateful. In these last four years, as I finish out my second term, I remain committed to protecting your Second Amendment rights and working to limit our federal government and reduce federal spending.
Tom A. Coburn, M.D.
United States Senator
That isn’t a response, it’s a press release. And just what is there to debate about the 2nd Amendment? I thought it was quite obvious what the founders intended. They intended for citizens to have the means to defend themselves, first and foremost, against a tyrannical government. This mental health scam is just a way of abolishing the right to own firearms, thereby rendering We the People defenseless against a dictatorship. Keep guns out of the hands of criminals??? How did prohibition work out, Senator?? How is Chicago working out??? Try enforcing the laws on the books now before passing more. See how that works out. But your answer is to surrender here and fight ”next time”. What “next time”???? Which “next time”? When????????
I have always supported Sen. Coburn because I thought he was a true American patriot who cared deeply about his country and the God-given rights listed in the Constitution. Coburn just voted to allow a simple majority of Democrats to gut the 2nd Amendment, and nullify the 4th and 5th Amendments; and is telling constituents he supports our right to possess firearms.
This is double-talk if I ever saw double-talk!! And who decides who is mentally ill or not, Diane Feinstein??? Was I wrong all these years or has Coburn just decided that my liberty isn’t worth his effort since he is retiring from Congress at the end of this term? Frankly, I don’t know what to think about him!! Gun control, Amnesty, where does Coburn really stand up for America??
It is very apparent that Sen. Coburn, along with the bulk of the Republican Party and every member of the Democrat Party, has betrayed We the People. They have also betrayed the oath of office they swore, to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America”. That oath apparently is no longer valid in their minds. They twist its meaning to justify their treachery as they have assumed the mantle of dictators with the power of life and death over the citizens they consider to be no more than subjects. You know, kind of like King George!!!
Members of both political parties have gone beyond violating their oaths of office and have reached the point of treason. It is painfully obvious they have no intention of governing, taking the position that their esteemed positions give them the “right” to rule over We the People as if we are cattle to be herded at their whim. When I see the outright arrogance and corruption that pervades government, both political parties and at all levels, it is impossible to come to the conclusion that liberty as established by our founding fathers is the driving force of politicians. Power, prestige in the media, and personal wealth is all they seek. The Constitution and the rights of citizens get in the way of their goal of total control of the nation.
Members of both political parties run to the microphones and cameras of their media lapdogs to proclaim their dedication to freedom while doing everything they can to destroy that freedom. And the lapdog media, desiring favor from those same ruling politicians, report what they are told to report, and spin as they are told to spin.
This isn’t a Democrat vs. Republican power play; it is a political ruling class vs. We the People power play and We the People are losing. DHS is arming itself to the teeth with billions of rounds of hollow point ammunition, the kind that cannot be used in war; thousands of full automatic rifles, the true “assault rifle”; thousands of armored vehicles called MRAP’s, the mine-proof type used in war by our military; and DHS agents run practice operations with local law enforcement, using machine gun firing helicopters over our cities. What is all this armament of a “domestic security force” to be used for??? Care to take a guess???? Maybe they are going to start rounding up all the illegal aliens!!!!!!
Sen. Diane Feinstein tells us that ALL veterans are mentally ill, dangerously unstable, and should be banned from owning firearms. In New York and California local law enforcement is already confiscating guns from those they see as a threat to their dictatorship. How about that one Sen. Coburn??? Some states are racing to see who can pass the stiffest gun control legislation. Never mind the 2nd , 4th, and 5th Amendments!!!! They have DHS to back them up.
The Veteran’s Administration is now used as a conduit for imprisoning men and women who served their country honorably and now only desire to have the medical treatment promised to them for their service. They have put their lives in danger for the freedom of others, protecting the very scumbag politicians that now seek to have them committed to asylums without due process; and to confiscate their guns without any reason other than politicians see them as a threat to their tyranny.
Is this the vision of America seen by our founding fathers; that veterans are now a threat to the very liberty the founders fought and died for? Are veterans a threat to society because they shared that vision and were willing to risk their lives to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States of America”? Is this how the experiment in freedom is to end?
And what of those who berate me and call me a “paranoid fear monger” because I see what is happening and call attention to tyranny? “It can’t happen here”???? It is happening here, right now, and politicians in both political parties no longer hide behind fancy words and deception. They come right out and state their intentions to disarm the entire populace, except for the criminals, of course. New York governor Andrew Cuomo recently pronounced that “you don’t need 10 rounds to kill a deah”!! Hey there Andy, the 2nd Amendment isn’t about killing a “deah”, it is about keeping people like you in your place. It is about protecting We the People from tyranny, from Nazi or Soviet style dictatorships that enslave and murder their people. Politicians are supposed to be “public servants”, not rulers, but look where we are today.
I hope I live long enough to see these politicians and their bureaucrat minions, charged, arrested, tried, convicted, and imprisoned for treason. If We the People lose the war we are in right now it will be generations, if ever, before liberty will be restored. Not one step backwards, Senator!!!
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.
Have you really thought about that? Here’s how he did it.
There are more stories about this than I have toothpicks and we owned a restaurant. (Trust me, you end up with a lot of toothpicks after closing a restaurant.) I have a much different take on things but first “the facts:”
“No worries America”
When you think about it – I mean really think about it – can you even imagine having the desires (plural), let alone the time and energy of what’s left in a 24-hour day, to think of all the places you could go or of all of the friends you could take or could you find enough hours in what’s left of that day to spend $585,000 for a one night stay – even in Paris with an entire security entourage? And just who’s running our country without this brain child of gluttony at the helm?
Rush Limbaugh hit this nail on the head: People like this self-serving hooligan could not and would not (because they could not) do such things with their own money. They couldn’t afford to, even on their Congressional pay and perks. OUR money is paying for this amoral gluttony and whether you are a Liberal or Conservative, if you aren’t mad as hell about this waste and excess then there’s something seriously wrong with you – get out of here. Now.
Biden did spend an evening in Paris in early February, but there are no details in the document about whether this contract is accurate or what the final hotel bill came to. A standard room in the hotel costs about $475 a night, and the royal two-bedroom suite runs about $3,900 a night.The Weekly Standard also points to another government contract for Biden’s London hotel stay in early February. The contract, to the Hyatt Regency London, totaled $459,339. An associated document with that contract said it was for 136 rooms for 893 room nights.
It can cost in the neighborhood of $500,000 a night — and that’s just for the hotel.Biden’s one-day visit to Paris on Feb. 4 required more than 100 rooms at the five-star Hotel InterContinental Paris Le Grand.
The lodging cost taxpayers $585,000.50, according to federal contracting records that emerged Friday.
When Mr Biden and his hefty entourage stayed in Paris for an evening in early February and it cost $585,000.50 for that single night. The Vice President likely rented out more than 100 rooms in the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand, though they must not have gotten a group discount rate.
The documentation for this contract is not as detailed as the London one, so the cost per room is not available. However, just like his London hotel, the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand is a five star hotel. Again, security concerns prevent these type of contracts from being open to bidding, but if the government was able to do some comparison shopping, the Hotel Intercontinental has a special offer, “Find a lower price elsewhere and your first night is free.” The Vice President stayed in Paris for one night.
Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, spent three days traveling Germany, London and Paris in February.They stayed at the five-star Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand then spent $459,388.65 at the Hyatt Regency London the next day, also according to the Weekly Standard:
If you want to know how Biden did this against all reasonable human odds, you’re in the right place … Go here.
This is no joke. That’s the only reason I don’t parody this lamebrain administration’s unconscionable thuggary-theft of taxpayer money more. You need to read this linked article and make time for its video. Until then this will only get worse. GOP Old Guard Republicans are no better. They’re lovin’ it just as much. All on the backs of our labors (or entitlement program cut, whatever your case may be – it DOES effect you). Stop it or stop whining.
Contact your legislator today. Tell them to stop this gross spending as they deprive taxpayers who’re paying their overly extravagant bills. If not you, who? We could function better without a government than with this one. Pick your poison. I’ll take my chances with YOU any day.
The situation in our nation today takes me back many years to the early days of a sit-com called “The Beverly Hillbillies”. I remember the Clampetts hooking up with “Honest John” Shafer, played by long time comedian Phil Silvers. “Honest John” sold them every monument in Washington, D C (De Cesspool). Those “dumb ole’ Clampetts” just kept giving “Honest John” Shafer checks made out to “C.A.S.H.” If you grew up with the Clampetts, Milburn Drysdale, and Jane Hathaway you will understand. Congress and the ruling elite are “Honest John” Shafer and We the People are the Clampetts. We are being conned by experts who make it their lifelong career to scam us into giving them everything we have while thinking they are taking care of us and “looking out for our best interests”.
Senator Tom Coburn (R-Ok) has come out with what he calls “Back in Black: A Deficit Reduction Plan”. In this plan Coburn points out numerous places where millions of our tax dollars are wasted. But who else in Congress has looked at his plan? What leadership, in either party, has paid one second of attention to it? They ignore it because Coburn’s plan will actually benefit the “Clampetts” to the detriment of “Honest John Shafer”!!
This is our problem, America. We have a plan to cut $9 trillion dollars without cutting back on anything that is necessary for life in America to improve. We sit here and watch Obama, then Boehner, then Reid, then McConnell, then Pelosi, then the usual Idiot Corp of the government bureaucracy stroll out to tell We the People how much we are going to suffer. They are even worried about the Island of Guam tipping over. Oh, wait, that was last time. This time Maxine Waters said we were going to lose 170 million of the 140 million jobs currently in the United States. Again I quote the Aflac duck:” HUH?????????”
So, I am wondering why, when Sen. Coburn has this long list of waste items that can be cut, that none of these cuts ever get made? Why doesn’t either political party make even the most minor of efforts to remove this wasteful spending? Why is it that every time we come to this point, as we do on a regular basis, it is always the same things being cut, always the things that are going to cause the most pain to the lives of We the People? Why are we giving billions of dollars to Egypt in the form of Abrams tanks and F-16 Falcon fighter/bombers? Why are we giving arms and money to the Syrian ”rebels”, actually Al Qaeda, when that money could stop the closure of airports, daycare centers, free medical clinics, etc.? Compassion for the poor??
And, what about the billions being given to the United Nations? What about the foreign aid to Saudi Arabia? Saudi Arabia???? Don’t they make trillions every year selling us oil at preposterous rates???? These things can’t be cut but we can cut money going to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, soldiers and sailors serving their nation in far off lands? Come on America, don’t tell me you still buy this crap from these party oriented confidence men!!!!
Ladies and Gentlemen of America, you are being conned by people who only care about themselves; their power, their prestige, and how they are going to continue to rule us. Our nation is being bled dry; financially, morally, and Constitutionally by people in both political parties who care nothing about We the People, the Constitution, and the future of our Republic.
Barack Obama continues to fly around the nation at great expense. Nothing is too grand for “der leader”!!! No one in Congress, other than Rand Paul and Tom Coburn, has cut any money out of their office budgets to turn back to We the People. No one in “leadership” has done anything to actually lead by example. Michelle Obama sticks her nose into anything and everything like she is royalty. We daily hear all the horror stories about how America is going to suffer; yet we spend $1.4 BILLION per year to keep “The Jeffersons” in the White House, not to mention their numerous Five-Star resort vacation trips and separate planes for the family dog!!! Don’t tell me we can’t cut expenses without hurting the citizens!!!
Sen. Coburn has the answers to many of our problems right there in his “black book” but no one in the leadership of either political party will allow any of it to come up for consideration. Why does this go on if they are as concerned as they all say they are about the well-being of American citizens? Well, I guess the political class does have an answer, more government; more of what caused the problems in the first place.
This is a Republican Party problem; this is a Democrat Party problem; this is a political opportunism problem. Political opportunists in both parties are pitting We the People against one another. The political ruling class has joined forces to frighten and intimidate citizens into acquiescing to their agenda of continued tighter control of our lives.
I wrote a few days ago about the need for a political party to represent the 67% of We the People who identify as TEA Party conservatives. Neither political party has shown any desire to actually fix the problems our nation faces. It is more about pointing fingers and placing blame so nothing ever gets fixed. There are good people in Washington but they are outnumbered terribly. They need us as much as we need them. We are a team!!!
There is a light at the end of the tunnel still. I am proud of and encouraged by my fellow Americans who are stepping up now. The sheriffs and police chiefs who have pledged to refuse to disarm citizens are a breath of freedom. We need a wholesale change of perspective, to one based on The Constitution. I see it beginning at the county level with these sheriffs and their constituents. We can take this unity to Washington if we will band together in mutual protection, and support those people in Congress who will speak out for us. This is a call to action for YOU. Contact your Senator, your Congressman, and demand they get on board with this.
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.
It seems someone in Washington is beginning to listen to We the People. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-PA), a Ways and Means Committee member, sent a letter to Secretary of State John “Lurch” Kerry telling him they want to speak with the thirty or so “invisible” Americans present in Benghazi the night of the attack on the consulate. Kerry will refuse and Republican “leadership” will sandbag this until it gets overridden by a new “crisis”, if We the People let them. It is up to us to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
I urge everyone who reads this to get on their members of Congress and demand this be looked at and looked at seriously. I wrote about this a few weeks go asking what happened and why these “investigating” committees weren’t talking to anyone who was actually on site at the time of the attack. All we got was a song and dance cover-up from Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton; a “where was Elmo, er Barry?” moment from “outraged Republicans”; and an “oh, well, we asked” conclusion from Republicans in the end, as is “modus operendi” in government. Fast & Furious comes to mind!!!
Neither party leadership wants the truth to come out, on this or any other “investigation” they do. Gunrunning to our enemies is a serious matter and could possibly be at the root of this whole affair. Again, Fast & Furious comes to mind!! The other “conspiracy theory” out there is that Stephens was to be kidnapped and traded for the “blind sheik”, Omar Abdel Rahman, being held as the mastermind of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. Either, neither, something else???? We don’t know and likely will never know if the political establishment gets their way. In politics it seems the “one hand (D) washes the other hand (R)” method of “finding the truth” has never been more fashionable. They come out with “clean hands” and We the People lose a little more ground in the battle for liberty, the soul of America.
We the People need to get behind these two men. They have shown the courage and integrity to step up and do what they pledged to do in Congress. We need to contact our own members of Congress and demand that they sign on to this and refuse to accept any more of the typical “Teaberry Shuffle” from the “leadership” of both political parties. This article will be the second time my congressman hears about this issue from me.
This is how we get our government back. As leaders step out of the shadows we get behind them and let them know We the People have their backs because Boehner and the other RINO’s, along with all Democrats, will be looking to stab them in the back as quickly and lethally as possible. Boehner will look to make an example of them as he has done in the past, or simply ignore the matter.
We cannot allow any more patriots in Congress to be trampled underfoot by the corruption that pervades Washington D C (De Cesspool). Boehner punished Tim Huelskamp, Justin Amash and several others for having the temerity to stand with We the People instead of the party establishment. These people are the ones we need if we are to survive as a Republic. When they stand up against the tyranny that is political party establishment politics they are standing up for US. This is what so many of us demand; so when our demands are met we must respond with favorable fervor towards those who stand up for us.
TEA Party conservative voters, the 67% of We the People from 2009/2010, have put enough members in Congress to be able to overcome Boehner and his RINO henchmen on any issue. Those TEA Party people registered as Democrats need to do the same with their member of Congress. I know they tend to ignore us but now is the time to put more pressure on all of them. Let all of them, in both political parties, feel the heat of primary challenges if they refuse to change the way they are dong things.
Write, call, or fax your congressman and senators. Be polite but firm and insist they stop hiding behind party politics, and represent you the way they promised while campaigning, and uphold the Constitution as they swore an oath to do. At the 2013 freshman orientation for Republicans John Boehner essentially told them that if they were there to represent their districts the door was in the back of the room but if they were there to “take care of business” then they could stay.
We the People cannot allow this to continue. Burning phone, fax, and e-mail lines in Washington is the most effective way to accomplish this task right now. My delegation members hear from me on a regular basis, sometimes with praise and other times “without” praise.
The 2nd Amendment issue is front and center right now and is proof of what We the People can do if we will stand with elected officials who stand up for us. The “coming together” of local law enforcement and civilian patriots is extremely encouraging and an example of how we take our government back from those who have perverted the meaning and design of our founding fathers.
The typical Republican in Congress is a lily livered shill of the NWO globalists and will not honor their oath of office, and essentially no better than the Marxist Democrats. We need to get behind those who will actually represent We the People and insure that they are not trampled under the foot of jack-booted thugs in both political parties. Those who show the courage to speak out against the “leadership” of either party need, and more importantly DESERVE, the support of all citizens. They are the true patriots in Washington!!!
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.
Great conservatives like Marco Rubio, Mike Lee and Rand Paul can only be topped with a Senate majority. If so, it won’t be with Senator DeMint as he moves to the Heritage Foundation. The true fight in engaging Washington and politics in general is from the outside.
…you cannot change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside. That's how I got elected. That's how the biggest accomplishments like healthcare got done was because we mobilized the American people to speak out.
Universities indoctrinate thousands of liberals annually, these indoctrinated students are painfully brought back to reality through life experiences. Some never leave their theoretical world, only to validate their flawed concepts. As universities place these misguided in powerful positions, our society begins to deteriorate.
Media and Hollywood reinforce these false concepts with keenly worded polls and convenient news to push political agendas. Bob Costa's choose gun control over Jovan Belchers' fractured family? How convenient a Small Arms treaty is awaiting ratification rather than the destruction of unwedded parents, raising a child in a dysfunctional home. You have the perfect contributions of Hollywood when you throw in cinematography, a famous actor and a great storyline.
Community organizations and unions drive similar messages. Life's hard lessons are the fault of greedy bankers loaning money to the poor or business owners providing jobs rather than bad legislation. In 2010, union workers made up 11.4% of the workforce; now only 7%. Unions see private businesses fall apart because they bargain for more power, squeezing every last profit out until no business has anything to fall back on. Community organizations (also referred to as Non Governmental Organizations) such as the Sierra Club, PETA or ACORN advocate for the distressed. If negotiating or the problem was solved, community organizations and unions would no longer need to exist.
Universities, unions, community organizations and media use groupthink, authority and compartmentalization to whip mobs into frenzies so they maintain their political power. These outside agencies influence our political system through subversion and power. They use individual actions to justify their broad, collective advocacy or propaganda.
In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
Our Constitutional Republic was created to protect individual rights from the frenzied mobs. As they lobby the collective, the repercussion destroys the individual and any opposition. Change to Washington must come from the outside. Instead of solving problems on there own, these groups demand Washington and local governments intervene through legislation.
The true power struggle is no longer in Washington DC, we must realize the front lines are in our community. Our reality and way of life is threatened as long as universities, unions, community organizations and media maintain power through manipulation and coercion. This is why Jim DeMint made a fabulous move in moving his fight to the outside.
It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions…There are men, in all ages…who mean to govern well; but they mean to govern. They promise to be kind masters; but they mean to be masters…
So, now that Obama has been re-elected it seems the entire Republican Party Establishment, including the talking heads, are showing their real agenda and their lack of honor once again. How many members of Congress have now reneged on their pledge to not raise taxes? Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Rep. Peter King have been prominent among those of the GOP (Globalist Oligarchy Party) to join Speaker John Boehner and his chief henchman Eric Cantor in running up the white flag. At the same time they are sneering at the very people who have supported them based on their promises to cut spending and lower taxes on everyone, thereby avoiding the “Fiscal Cliff” in the first place.
I have screamed at the top of my lungs about who and what the Republican Establishment stands for and what their true intentions entail. George H. W. Bush turned on We the People and reneged on his promises of “no new taxes”. Then George W. Bush, the “compassionate conservative”, broke every promise he made to get elected and then re-elected. “Four more years to complete the program” is not a new tactic by the Obama Crime Syndicate. Karl “Marx” Rove used the very same tactic as effectively as did David Axelrod.
Republicans have marched leftward, along with Democrats, in creating the “fiscal cliff” they promised to prevent if we voted for them in 2010. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Ok, has the answer but Republican Party leaders ignore him. Coburn, DeMint, and Rand Paul are as despised and hated by the Party insiders as are We the People. We are told they have to give in on every promise they made in those past elections to save the nation. The political parties and their propaganda outlets once again tell us that the solution to our fiscal and moral dilemmas are more of the same policies both parties have followed for the past 25 years , the policies that got us here.
For the last two years Republicans have done nothing but whine about “we only have control of one-half of one-third of government” while they reneged on every promise they made to get elected in 2010. And what did they do when they had total control of the government in the past? The “Patriot” Act, TSA, “No Child Left Behind” and the rest of the niceties Bush left us are still with us, supported by the same Republicans who always promise to cut the size of government to get elected and then promptly expand the government footprint in our lives. How long will it take for enough people to demand they do what they promised us they would do? Oh, wait, didn’t we do this once before? The TEA Party comprised 67% of We the People who swept Republicans into office in record numbers nationally, statewide, and locally in 2010. Three million less voted for Republicans in 2012 than did in 2008. Something like eight million less voted for Democrats. That is a sad commentary on the satisfaction and confidence producing citizens have in their government.
And as to the Democrats, what did they have to say about 67% of We the People and our opinions as to how our nation should be managed? They called us racist, sexist, Islamophobic, homophobic, Nazi terrorists. In the last two years I have not seen Democrats moderate their views of We the People, and the Republicans who dismissed us in 2010 are now blaming us for the mess our country is in. I said in 2009 that if Boehner and McConnell were in charge of the Republican Party nothing would change for the better. I wish I had been wrong but I based my opinions on their past records and the way they minced words to avoid taking a stand without an escape clause.
I am with Herman Cain on his call for a third political party. We don’t have much time to take our nation back, and with “representation” like this it won’t happen. We the People need Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Lloyd Marcus, Sen. Jim DeMint, Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Louis Gohmert, Rep. Michele Bachman, Tim Cox of GOOOH, Matt Kibbe of Freedom Works, and others to band together and lead a conservative movement that will truly represent the 67% that make up the TEA Party. If these leaders join forces officially to create a political party I believe the conservatives in this nation will show the same vigor we saw in 2009.
The reason Romney lost, like McCain in 2008, is that they don’t represent the 67% who are trying very hard to support the Republican Party. Boehner, McConnell, Graham, McCain, Chambliss, King, and many others are not now and never will be conservative. If Peggy Noonan, Bill Kristol, and their ilk are conservative I am ten feet tall. The TEA Party majority made a huge difference in the 2010 mid-term elections but found our voices ignored once the election was over. Politicians and media talking heads who are allegedly on the side of We the People now call us radicals for standing on The Constitution of the United States of America. Hmmm, haven’t I seen this movie before?
If the right people will band together for the good of the nation they will find support among the citizens. The 67% aren’t dead, they are frustrated by liars who make promises to get elected and immediately turn on them like they are the enemy. If those I mentioned can show they truly have the best interests of the citizens as their priority they can be a force in 2014, if our Republic can survive that long. We need people of honor and character who have the courage to back up their words with action. We don’t need any more of what the Republican Party Establishment is doing now, nor do we need the increase in pandering to the moochers and looters being offered by them for the future. I believe it is fruitless to try to change the Republican Party. They have gone the way of the Democrat Party. Republicans seem to be intent on competing with the Democrat Party for the votes of those with their hands out, and disparage those who make this nation thrive. Keeping poor people poor and dependent on government seems to be the plan of both political parties.
If the results of the 2010 election, the actions of Republicans since, and the results of the 2012 elections are not enough to show everyone where Conservatives stand in the eyes of the Republican Party Establishment I don’t know what will accomplish that. The left turns of this nation have to stop and 67% of We the People are looking for leadership, someone to truly represent our views and our standards. We need a group of patriots who will step up, band together, and offer conservatives a political party that we can believe in. I firmly believe they will draw strong support from registered voters of both political parties. There are a lot of disenfranchised Democrats in America who aren’t being represented any better by their party. We may not have enough time to save our Republic but we certainly aren’t going to save it continuing on the path we are on now. A third political party has become our only option to reverse course and save a nation for future generations.
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.
Well, we lost. Mitt Romney didn’t win comfortably. BUT, Republicans maintained control of the House of Representatives. In one of the most ignominious highlights of the night, the GOP lost two senate seats – increasing the Democratic majority by two. The current makeup is 55 Democrats to 45 Republicans. In a milestone for the ladies, 20% of the U.S. Senate will be represented by women. However, the night ended a bit like 2004 in reverse.
While the notions of GOP turnout seemed assured, it was rarely monitored, and turnout for the youth (and voter turnout in general) was unexpectedly high. To no one’s surprise, young voters broke for the president (60-36), but represented a larger share of the electorate than four years ago. Romney’s lead amongst independents wasn’t enough to overcome the Latino vote, which he lost to Obama miserably 72%-23%. Lastly, Romney wasn’t able to cut into the gender gap quite as effectively as he wanted to, with the president winning women, overall, by eleven points. However, it’s with unmarried women that Romney had a fatal disadvantage with, as they broke for Obama 67% to 31%.
On states, betting on Pennsylvania proved to another catastrophic play. We haven’t won the Keystone State in almost a quarter century, and it may be time to part company completely. Concerning Wisconsin, the state may have swung right on recent elections, but perhaps the ‘fairness voters’ – voters who may not agree with Walker’s policies, but are appalled that unions would want to revoke an election result – turned out to vote for the president this time. In Ohio and Virginia, Romney’s failure to execute the war on coal narrative sooner, and formulating a response to the Bain ads, contributed to his defeat.
Without a doubt, the Bain ads – the Obama campaign’s first official salvo in their ‘Kill Romney’ strategy – released right after Mitt unofficially clinched the Republican nomination resonated with Buckeye residents, and shame on the Governor’s communications team, who were on the defensive for most of the election cycle. In short, like with Goldwater in ’64, the Obama campaign was able to define Romney – before Romney could define himself. It’s another costly misfire.
However, I truly feel that Mitt Romney ran a good campaign, and did the best he could’ve with what he had regarding resources. It’s hard to be successful when you don’t have a Karl Rove, James Carville, or David Plouffe on your side. It also hurt that he couldn’t run on health care, since Romneycare served as the blue print for one of the most egregious affronts to the constitution since the Alien and Sedition Acts of the Adams administration.
Yet, if you looked at the field from the beginning, It was either going to be Mitt Romney or Rick Perry fighting for the nomination. Newt and Cain treated this serious event in American politics with the maturity of eight year olds at a lemonade stand – with the lemonade being books. For many Americans, Michele Bachmann failed the threshold question of any presidential candidate, which is do I trust this person with nuclear weapons? Disgraced former Pennsylvanian Senator Rick Santorum failed the conservative test, in my opinion, by voting for Medicare Part D, which added $ 7 trillion to the unfunded liability of the program. That’s 20% of the entire unfunded liability, which we now have to deal with before the fiscal cliff. He voted for Sonia Sotomayor for circuit judge. Santo voted against National Right to Work, Food Stamp reform, a flat tax, and Medicaid reform. He voted for internet taxes, the unionization of FedEx (twice), and No Child Left Behind. He took that one for the team.
Rick Perry, my choice for president, flamed out in one of the most epic derailments we’ve probably seen in a long time. Jon Huntsman was too moderate. Ron Paul was well, Ron Paul. So, we were left with Mitt Romney. Sometimes the pickings of the field aren’t too stellar, and we have to deal with that.
Again, I don’t blame Romney for the loss. Yes, Obama’s record of economic pain, which he has inflicted without mercy on the American people, is long, but his political team, along with the media, were able to spin it just enough to trivialize the fallout. As Ralph Reed, Founder and former Executive Director for the Faith and Freedom Coalition, said at CPAC 2012 last February – we’re about to face “the meanest, toughest, most vicious political team we’ve ever faced.” He was right, and we paid dearly for it.
Given Obama’s record, and Republicans’ inability to defeat him, it begs the question if the GOP should have any business being in American politics. Yes, they still do, but renovations need to be made. We need to do better with women – cough nix the rape talk cough cough – hispanics, and younger voters. The hispanic vote ruined the California GOP back in 1994 when Prop. 187 established a citizenship screening process and barred illegals from using state services was construed as ‘anti-immigrant.’ It was really protecting the territorial integrity of the United States, a core function of a nation in the international system, but that’s a different debate. Regardless, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back, and California Republicans have been in the bunker ever since.
We need to find ways to protect our sovereign soil, but in a way that doesn’t come off as nativist. Hispanics are hard-workers, religious, and pro-traditional marriage. Or, at least, that’s what was the conventional wisdom at the time. Heather MacDonald posted on National Review yesterday that:
a March 2011 poll by Moore Information found that Republican economic policies were a stronger turn-off for Hispanic voters in California than Republican positions on illegal immigration. Twenty-nine percent of Hispanic voters were suspicious of the Republican party on class-warfare grounds — “it favors only the rich”; “Republicans are selfish and out for themselves”; “Republicans don’t represent the average person”– compared with 7 percent who objected to Republican immigration stances.
I spoke last year with John Echeveste, founder of the oldest Latino marketing firm in southern California, about Hispanic politics. “What Republicans mean by ‘family values’ and what Hispanics mean are two completely different things,” he said. “We are a very compassionate people, we care about other people and understand that government has a role to play in helping people.”
So, despite Mitt’s shaky conservative credentials, without a doubt, he’s the most hard-lined presidential candidate on immigration we’ve had in the past ten years – and that didn’t hurt him with these voters. Bain, on the other hand, probably didn’t help.
Nevertheless, I’m not saying we should be for amnesty. We shouldn’t be. Amnesty is unfair and unethical – as is the president’s Dream Act light, which requires illegals to bribe the government $465 from doing it’s job enforcing federal law. However, what 2012 should show all conservatives is that our coalition, which to Paul Krugman’s chagrin truly represents the ‘Real America,’ is static. It’s more rural, blue collar, and white. That’s not enough to win elections. We need to improve outreach with minorities and venture back into the cities, or places where the people are, to make these contests competitive again. George W. Bush won 44% of the Latino vote in 2004, with increased majorities in the House and Senate. It’s not impossible. But it’ll be very difficult trying to chip away at the government’s “role in helping people,” which in Democrat speak for getting these people so dependent on us as possible, so they’re a lock when Election Day arrives.
Concerning the ladies, we need to exert a little more discretion when we talk about rape. While the Democratic National Convention could’ve been Abortion Fest 2012,the senate races in this cycle should have been more appropriately called Rape Fest. It’s odd that we even have to mention this, and some blame the Tea Party for these mishaps. I don’t. The Tea Party is the heart and soul of the Republican Party. As George Will once noted, they’re the best thing to happen in American politics since the Goldwater insurgency. Republicans would not be where they are now without the Tea Party, but that does not mean we should accept every one of their primary victors as serious candidates.
As Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel wrote in The Daily Caller yesterday:
The tea party believes the GOP establishment is ideologically corrupt. They’re right. But replacing the current leadership with obviously unqualified buffoons is no remedy. Republicans have lost at least five winnable Senate races in the last two cycles because they fielded candidates whose only real qualification was being anti-establishment. Many will argue the GOP can only win going forward with more liberal candidates. That’s not true. But the genuine conservatives they find will have to come with political skills, policy smarts and impressive resumes in order to get elected.
The sad truth is that even if the Republican Party did all this — sent its current leaders home and stopped nominating losers — it still wouldn’t be enough. The country is changing too fast. Most people have the sense that America is different demographically from what it was 20 years ago. But unless they’ve been reading the latest census data, they have no real idea. The changes are that profound. They’re also permanent and likely to accelerate. In order to remain competitive outside Utah, the GOP will have to win new voters, and soon.
That’s the Republican reformation plan, Stage B. They may get there. First they’ll have to tackle the basics, like finding fresh leadership and candidates who aren’t embarrassing.
That will take some serious vetting. Furthermore, we’re Republicans. We’re pro-life, and the American people know that about our movement. In elections centered on the economy, you can easily pivot away from such issues. Sadly, some of our fellow party members couldn’t help themselves, they shot their mouths off, and got trounced. There is much intra-party work to do – and it starts now.
Meanwhile, a divided America exists and the government we elected is representative of that partisanship. Michael Barone wrote also wrote in National Review that Americans on the right, and the others of the left, are no longer becoming culturally cohesive.
Ronald Reagan, speaking the language of the old, universal popular culture, could appeal to both Americas. His successors, not so much. Barack Obama, after an auspicious start, has failed to do so.
As a result, there are going to be many Americans profoundly unhappy with the result of this election, whichever way it goes. Those on the losing side will be especially angry with those whose candidate won.
Americans have faced this before. This has been a culturally diverse land from its colonial beginnings. The mid-20th-century cultural cohesiveness was the exception, not the rule.
We used to get along by leaving each other alone. The Founders established a limited government, neutral on religion, allowing states, localities, and voluntary associations to do much of society’s work. Even that didn’t always work: We had a Civil War.
An enlarged federal government didn’t divide mid-20th-century Americans, except on civil-rights issues. Otherwise, there was general agreement about the values government should foster.
Now the two Americas disagree, sharply. Government decisions enthuse one and enrage the other. The election may be over, but the two Americas are still not on speaking terms.
It’s sort of like this exchange between President Bartlet and Governor Ritchie.
Right now, Obama is in a good position to increases taxes, which will happen when Obamacare’s fully implemented in 2014, nominate SCOTUS appointments, which threaten to curtail our constitutional rights, and to continue this destructive surge in government spending that only shackles people to the will of the state through dependency. It’s up to House Republicans to obstruct Democratic plans, and put forward a deluge of alternatives of their own. Granted, we won’t be able to filibuster Supreme Court appointments, but this president’s agenda, and that of the Democrats, is inherently dangerous to the socioeconomic fabric of the country and we must fight them all the way. Concerning the fiscal cliff, maybe compromise can be reached. Yet, we should also remember that compromise is how we got Medicare Part D, No Child Left Behind, and the first round of federal stimulus under the Bush administration. Policies that attributed to the near collapse of the conservative movement in this country.
I’m pessimistic that a deal will be reached. This president’s ego would bust the marble in the Capitol dome – and he exuded poor presidential leadership as described in Bob Woodward’s new book The Price of Politics. Yet, Mr. Will again reminds us that throughout the course of American history there is not a single thing that the American people wanted intensely and protractedly that they did not eventually get from the federal government.