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Help Wanted: Conservative Statesmen

The Tea Party is getting larger and stronger all the time. It is now a force to be reckoned with in Congress, in state legislatures across the fruited plain, and in the daily news cycle. Yet it lacks one thing. One thing that if present would take it from a force to be reckoned with to an irresistible force. What the Tea Party lacks is the one thing the Founding Fathers had in abundance. And what is that? Statesmen. People like Samuel Adams and Patrick Henry were integral to the American Revolution and the establishment of the Constitution. The Tea Party lacks the latter-day equivalents of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and James Madison. Politicians the Tea Party has aplenty. Statesmen, though, are sorely lacking.

Using the Tea Parties analogy to the American Founding, I think you can fairly compare people like Palin and Bachmann to Henry and Sam Adams. That isn’t enough though. We need people like Paul Ryan, and yes, Chris Christie (even if I am not completely sold on him). People who are sensible and pragmatic and educated and experienced. If we want real change, I think the founding of our country is a good model to look at. Hopefully, we can avoid a physical revolution. I believe the founders died so we wouldn’t have to go there. But they do provide a good model for getting things back on the right track. We should look at the whole model. If things had ended in Boston Harbor, we would still be a protectorate of the United Kingdom right now. That isn’t good enough. – ALRMCoug

In response to ALARMCoug’s blog post, HighHorse came back with this bit of analysis concerning the Tea Party:

There is no Samuel Adams on the scene in America today. The centrist Republican establishment sees to it that a modern day Samuel Adams or Thomas Jefferson will not get anywhere in America.

Your example is interesting because Samuel Adams, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were known radicals even in that day. The Tea Party of today is radical as were those guys mentioned. We can expect a watered down version that will never create real change in our country. Moderates will see to it that the true radicals never have representation.

It isn’t just bloggers that recognize the need for leaders of our nation who possess the qualities found in such abundance among those who brought forth the United States of America. Academics see it as well:

The raising up of that constellation of “wise” Founding Fathers to produce America’s remarkable Constitution, whose rights and protection belong to “every man,” was not a random thing…. One historian called our Founding Fathers “the most remarkable generation of public men in the history of the United States or perhaps of any other nation” (Arthur M. Schlesinger, The Birth of the Nation [1968], 245). Another historian added, “It would be invaluable if we could know what produced this burst of talent from a base of only two and a half million inhabitants” (Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam [1984], 18). – Neal A. Maxwell

Furthermore, the Founding Fathers recognized for themselves the remarkable nature of the founding of this nation. Describing the drafting of the U.S. Constitution. In a 1788 letter to Lafayette, he said:

“It appears to me, then, little short of a miracle, that the delegates from so many different states (which states you know are also different from each other in their manners, circumstances, and prejudices) should unite in forming a system of national Government, so little liable to well-founded objections.” 3

It was a miracle. Consider the setting.

The thirteen colonies and three and one-half million Americans who had won independence from the British crown a few years earlier were badly divided on many fundamental issues. Some thought the colonies should reaffiliate with the British crown. Among the majority who favored continued independence, the most divisive issue was whether the United States should have a strong central government to replace the weak “league of friendship” established by the Articles of Confederation. Under the Confederation of 1781, there was no executive or judicial authority, and the national Congress had no power to tax or to regulate commerce. The thirteen states retained all their sovereignty, and the national government could do nothing without their approval. The Articles of Confederation could not be amended without the unanimous approval of all the states, and every effort to strengthen this loose confederation had failed.

Congress could not even protect itself. In July 1783, an armed mob of former Revolutionary War soldiers seeking back wages threatened to take Congress hostage at its meeting in Philadelphia. When Pennsylvania declined to provide militia to protect them, the congressmen fled. Thereafter Congress was a laughingstock, wandering from city to city.

Unless America could adopt a central government with sufficient authority to function as a nation, the thirteen states would remain a group of insignificant, feuding little nations united by nothing more than geography and forever vulnerable to the impositions of aggressive foreign powers. No wonder the first purpose stated in the preamble of the new United States Constitution was “to form a more perfect union.”

The Constitution had its origin in a resolution by which the relatively powerless Congress called delegates to a convention to discuss amendments to the Articles of Confederation. This convention was promoted by James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, two farsighted young statesmen still in their thirties, who favored a strong national government. They persuaded a reluctant George Washington to attend and then used his influence in a letter-writing campaign to encourage participation by all the states. The convention was held in Philadelphia, whose population of a little over 40,000 made it the largest city in the thirteen states.

As the delegates assembled, there were ominous signs of disunity. It was not until eleven days after the scheduled beginning of the convention that enough states were represented to form a quorum. New Hampshire’s delegation arrived more than two months late because the state had not provided them travel money. No delegates ever came from Rhode Island.

Economically and politically, the country was alarmingly weak. The states were in a paralyzing depression. Everyone was in debt. The national treasury was empty. Inflation was rampant. The various currencies were nearly worthless. The trade deficit was staggering. Rebelling against their inclusion in New York State, prominent citizens of Vermont had already entered into negotiations to rejoin the British crown. In the western territory, Kentucky leaders were speaking openly about turning from the union and forming alliances with the Old World.

Instead of reacting timidly because of disunity and weakness, the delegates boldly ignored the terms of their invitation to amend the Articles of Confederation and instead set out to write an entirely new constitution. They were conscious of their place in history. For millennia the world’s people had been ruled by kings or tyrants. Now a group of colonies had won independence from a king and their representatives had the unique opportunity of establishing a constitutional government Abraham Lincoln would later describe as “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

The delegates faced staggering obstacles. The leaders in the thirteen states were deeply divided on the extent to which the states would cede any power to a national government. If there was to be a strong central government, there were seemingly irresolvable differences on how to allocate the ingredients of national power between large and small states. As to the nature of the national executive, some wanted to copy the British parliamentary system. At least one delegate even favored the adoption of a monarchy. Divisions over slavery could well have prevented any agreement on other issues. There were 600,000 black slaves in the thirteen states, and slavery was essential in the view of some delegates and repulsive to many others.

Deeming secrecy essential to the success of their venture, the delegates spent over three months in secret sessions, faithfully observing their agreement that no one would speak outside the meeting room on the progress of their work. They were fearful that if their debates were reported to the people before the entire document was ready for submission, the opposition would unite to kill the effort before it was born. This type of proceeding would obviously be impossible today. There is irony in the fact that a constitution which protects the people’s “right to know” was written under a set of ground rules that its present beneficiaries would not tolerate.

It took the delegates seven weeks of debate to resolve the question of how the large and small states would be represented in the national congress. The Great Compromise provided a senate with equal representation for each state, and a lower house in which representation was apportioned according to the whole population of free persons in the state, plus three-fifths of the slaves. The vote on this pivotal issue was five states in favor and four against; other states did not vote, either because no delegates were present or because their delegation was divided. Upon that fragile base, the delegates went forward to consider other issues, including the nature of the executive and judicial branches, and whether the document should include a bill of rights.

It is remarkable that the delegates were able to put aside their narrow sectional loyalties to agree on a strong central government. Timely events were persuasive of the need: the delegates’ memories of the national humiliation when Congress was chased out of Philadelphia by a mob, the recent challenge of Shay’s rebellion against Massachusetts farm foreclosures, and the frightening prospect that northern and western areas would be drawn back into the orbit of European power.

The success of the convention was attributable in large part to the remarkable intelligence, wisdom, and unselfishness of the delegates. As James Madison wrote in the preface to his notes on the Constitutional Convention:

“There never was an assembly of men, charged with a great and arduous trust, who were more pure in their motives, or more exclusively or anxiously devoted to the object committed to them.” – Dallin H. Oaks

The Tea Party has its heroes to be sure:

  • Chris Christie is a fiscal genius who is reclaiming the State of New Jersey from the leftist teachers union in that state.
  • Governor Scott Walker made history as he disemboweled the public employee unions in Wisconsin.
  • Justice David Prosser of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court beat back a socialist candidate in dramatic fashion.
  • Sarah Palin is a continual thorn in Barack Obama’s side with her instantly classic Facebook posts.
  • Rush Limbaugh bedevils the progressives so much that he is their inspiration to attempt to take away our Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press.
  • Paul Ryan’s deficit reduction bill is so powerful that the socialists are compelled to lie about it in order to try to convince independent voters that it is evil. And we all know that the independents are the block of voters who decide elections in this country.
  • Donald Trump has revived the argument about Obama’s missing birth certificate. Stay tuned, this issue isn’t over yet!
  • Michele Bachmann is such a powerful conservative voice that she has a real shot at the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

But still, the Tea Party is missing its statesmen. We are talking about leaders of the stature of Winston Churchill, Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi, Benjamin Disraeli, and yes, Benjamin Franklin. Where are the leaders for our time? Surely we can do better than the RINO Jon Huntsman. Do we really think that Tim Pawlenty is in the same league as James Madison? Does the thought of Mitt Romney as president inspire comparisons to John Adams? Barack Obama Lite is not what this country needs. Obama is not less-filling and he sure doesn’t taste great, either.

The Tea Party needs leaders of unabashed conservatism. The Tea Party needs leaders with the courage of their convictions. The Tea Party needs leaders who respect the Constitution and who are willing to fight in defense of that inspired document of freedom. The Tea Party seeks God-fearing leaders who recognize that the State is subservient to Him who land this is. The Tea Party needs a charismatic, humble, yet strong leader who exudes confidence in the defense of liberty. The Tea Party needs the second coming of the Founding Fathers.

If Obama is to be defeated in the 2012 elections then the Tea Party must produce a leader who can rally the conservative troops. A divided conservative base will lose the election. An energized conservative base will sweep Obama into the ash heap of history. Let us pray we find our statesman before it is too late.

 

T-Paw: “I’m Running for President”, Sort of

Tim PawlentyFormer Minnesota Governor, Tim Pawlenty (R) announced on Tuesday night on CNN’s “Pierce Morgan Tonight” that he is indeed running for President.

I’m not putting my hat in the ring rhetorically or ultimately for vice president. I’m focused on running for president.

After his appearance and speeches at the 2011 CPAC, it is no great surprise to those paying close attention to the GOP nomination process.

Tim Pawlenty did also say that he would make a full formal announcement later when further pressed by Pierce Morgan. AFP also reported that his Campaign quickly watered down the announcement telling CNN that Mr. Pawlenty didn’t officially, really .. really announce that he’s running for President.

The implications for officially announcing the run is a host of complicated regulatory requirements around reporting and fund raising. It would appear that T-Paw is running, but is not really really running .. yet.

Liberal Strategy, Perception v. Reality and the 2012 Election [Podcast]

The religious right, gun owners, libertarians and fiscal conservatives of all types are being demonized. Not crushed outright, but marginalized to the point that they might just check out in 2012.

The liberal main-stream media is either purposefully or naively assisting the progressive agenda.  One-by-one, character blemishing is being used not to destroy Conservative candidates, but to simply tarnish them just enough to affect the election.  How do they do it?  How can you counter it? Will you do your part to return this great nation to it’s proper heading? This short podcast will explain their strategy and hopefully share what every good American must do to take our country back in 2012.

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Click HERE to listen to the podcast – “Perception” as a stream

 

GOP Presidental Contenders: It’s the Marketing, Stupid!

When Brigham Young entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 he raised himself up from the bed of the wagon he was riding in and, weakened by a bad case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, stared out at the desolate landscape before him. He then uttered those famous words “This is the Place,” settling once and for all the question of where the Mormons would settle.

Heber C. Kimball, Brigham Young, and Wilford Woodruff statues at the This Is The Place monument in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The joke goes that historians got the words right but that they failed to accurately record Young’s inflection of those words. Supposedly what Young actually said while gazing upon the bleak wilderness stretching out beneath his viewpoint at the mouth of Emigration Canyon was really “THIS is the place?”  We can certainly commiserate with how Young felt as we stare at the field of GOP candidates for the presidential race in 2012. THESE are the candidates? Yup, these are the candidates. And they represent a pretty bleak field from which to choose a challenger to the Communist-In-Chief.

Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole won the Republication nomination for President of the United States in 1996. Dole has all the charisma of a desiccated turnip at a freeze-drying festival. He should have changed his name to Bob “Dull.” Dull never quite figured out that presidential politics is all about marketing. And he was the presidential equivalent of a can of Spam® while his opponent, Mister Charisma himself, Bill Clinton, was spiral-sliced and glazed to perfection. Substance didn’t matter. Marketing and style were the name of the game and Dull was just that – Dull. The presidential election wasn’t even close as Clinton rode the triangulation wave to victory. Any political analyst worth his salt could see the Dull disaster coming at conservatives like a runaway freight train the moment it became clear that Dull was going to be the GOP nominee. So why didn’t Dull see the same thing that everyone else saw regarding his chances to win the presidency? It is really quite simple. Dull’s ego, vanity, and obsession with the acquisition of power clouded his judgment and assessment of his own foibles. He cared more about himself and winning the GOP nomination than he did about his country. Dull couldn’t win. He didn’t stand a chance. Everybody knew it but Dull. And, unfortunately, it appears we have come full circle. The leading GOP challengers to Barack Obama possess personalities and shortcomings that are reminiscent of the days of Bob Dull. Isn’t there viable candidate out there that “gets it?” Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

Jon Huntsman Jr.

“Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter. -Ism’s in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, “I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.” Good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus. I’d still have to bum rides off people.” – Ferris Bueller

RINOism thy name art Jon Huntsman. Huntsman is the son of billionaire Jon M. Huntsman. The elder Huntsman once authored a book titled “Winners Never Cheat: Everyday Values We Learned as Children (But May Have Forgotten).” Sorry to tell you this, Jon Sr., but your son, Jon Jr. has managed to forget.

Jon Huntsman Jr.

What did Jon Huntsman, Jr. forget, you ask? Simple, he forgot conservatism. Huntsman has mastered the art of pandering to his inner liberal. He maintains a sterling record in fiscal matters but has a nasty habit of straying from conservative principles. For example Jennifer Rubin, a conservative columnist with the Washington Post, once stated her opinion that “Huntsman isn’t, and never has been, a rock-solid conservative.” Ed Kilgore of the New Republic said that Huntsman holds “progressive stances on climate change, immigration, civil unions for gay couples, and education.” And let us not forget Huntsman’s warm embrace of Obama’s stimulus debacle. Huntsman publicly supports gay civil unions. And Huntsman, while Governor of Utah, signed up with the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative, which is nothing more than a regional cap-and-trade system.

When it comes to personality Huntsman takes the cake. He is nothing but an opportunist and the public has him pegged. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Huntsman makes it obvious by his demeanor that he is an opportunistic elitist. He had no qualms about abandoning his job as Governor of Utah when the opportunity arose to become U.S. Ambassador to China under the Obama Administration. He obviously figured that he would use Obama just like Obama was using him. Huntsman didn’t shirk at all from being tainted as a conservative traitor by joining the Obama Administration. Well, now he has to live with it. Huntsman used the ambassadorship to polish his foreign policy credentials – something he clearly lacked and just as clearly needed if he was going to run for president.

Like Obama, Huntsman couldn’t buy a clue even if Vanna White beat him over the head with it. If Huntsman does indeed declare himself a presidential candidate he will stake out the RINO territory and screw the conservatives in the GOP. Next thing you know he’ll be telling the conservative wing of the GOP “Don’t worry, I’ll use a condom.” Like Arlen Specter, Huntsman has the tendency to proclaim himself a Republican as long as it suits his purposes. His pandering to liberalism betrays that claim. The last thing conservatives need as a nominee is Al Gore Lite. He may be less filling but he still doesn’t taste great.

Mitt Romney

“Oh, he’s very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads – they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude.” – Grace

Romney doesn’t have to cultivate an image of being a righteous dude…He IS a righteous dude.

Mitt Romney

He also is a standoffish, Harvard elitist that craves the presidency more than life itself. He has spent the past couple of years laying low and quietly putting his team back together. He evidently has also spent some time with an image consultant. Notice how he now dresses down (for a Harvard guy) with open shirt collars? But his problem is the same as Huntsman’s. How do you make an über rich elitist popular with the working class? Show him shopping at Wal-Mart? Check! Hobnobbing with the vast unwashed masses while sporting a new pair of skinny jeans straight off the rack at the Gap? Check! Check! Prowling around the NASCAR pits at Daytona? Check! Check! Check!

The problem is that this newfound populist image is just marketing fluff and we all remember how it turned out for Bob Dull. In other words, Romney’s carefully and professionally crafted image is fake. It isn’t the real Mitt Romney. And fake doesn’t cut it. As the garage attendant said to Cameron, “You guys got nothing to worry about, I am a professional.” To which Cameron replied, “A professional what?” Bingo! That’s Romney’s problem in a nutshell. He is a professional, but what kind of a professional is he?

A lament heard across this conservative land is a cry for real statesmen, not for more politicians. Where are the true leaders of America? Poland got a gem in Lech Walesa. Why can’t America produce someone like that? England had Winston Churchill and we got Barry Soetero. Obama happens. Nancy Pelosi should never have happened. Barney’s Frank used to happen. Joe Biden never happened. And Mitt Romney never will happen. Romney’s magical mystery tour is over. He’s well-known. He’s got RomneyCare hanging over his head. His conservative credentials are suspect because of RomneyCare.

Martin Luther King once said “I have a dream.” Mitt Romney wouldn’t be far off the mark if he were to retort “I have a scheme.” Romney may very well pull off a masterpiece in winning the GOP nomination. But Romney’s natural stiffness and standoffishness isn’t going to contrast well with the well-preened charisma of Captain Kickass. Romney would be in the fight of his life against Obama. And I don’t like his chances in that kind of a fight. There is one Republican that could out-charisma Obama, and it ain’t Romney!

Sarah Palin

Palin is a double-edged sword. The merciless attacks from the left have achieved their purpose, but at a cost. Palin is now hated by many independents who haven’t stopped to think for themselves but have mindlessly input the Palin hate into their brains.

Sarah Palin

And that’s a problem because the independents represent the great center of American politics. How the independents vote decides elections. On the other hand those widespread attacks have given Palin name-recognition that the other candidates can only dream about. The personal attacks have solidified the support for Palin within the conservative wing of the GOP. The left has done the marketing job for Palin. You either love her or hate her. Will she run? It depends on what her internal polls are telling her. If she still has what she considers to be a large enough percentage of the independents on her side it is a good bet she will get into the race.

Palin would represent a formidable challenge to Obama. Obama faces his own marketing challenge if he criticizes her directly. You don’t attack women in American society. It is a taboo. So what would Obama do? Simple, he would use his vast network of surrogates to attack her – all the while appearing to be above the fray. Compounding Obama’s problem in facing Palin is that Palin doesn’t lay down and take hits without firing salvos right back at her attackers. Just ask David Letterman about that side of Sarah Palin.

Palin possesses both the charisma and the intellect to flay Obama alive in a debate. Expect Obama to minimize debates with Palin if it indeed comes down to a general election fight between these two. It would be an interesting battle between Obama and Palin. Think the media juggernaut that is socialist/progressive politics versus Palin’s Facebook account. Wow!

Newt Gingrich

Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you’d have a diamond. – Ferris Bueller

Oh, Newt! Your potential is so great and your squandering of your conservative credentials is even greater. I mean, you supported Dede Scozzafava? You sure squandered your legacy by supporting an unabashed liberal with close ties to both organized labor and ACORN.

What is so sad about the Gingrich situation is that he has the charisma and quick intellect that could literally crush Obama in a debate. But Gingrich has some serious personal image problems to deal with. He got scozzafaved. Kind of like getting Jimmered in basketball this year.

Tim Pawlenty

[singing] When Cameron was in Egypt’s land…let my Cameron go!” – Cameron

If you are yearning for a Jewish Evangelical Christian lawyer who was raised as a Roman Catholic then Tim Pawlenty is your man. It must be rather confusing in the Pawlenty household at Christmas time but at least we aren’t left holding his stocking. There is nothing really wrong with Pawlenty. He is a conservative who brought some sense back to Minnesota in the wake left by Jesse Ventura.

The downside to Pawlenty is the same old familiar refrain. It’s all about the marketing, stupid! I mean, really…who, outside of Minnesota, has really ever even heard of Pawlenty? That’s right, he’s a nobody! Think Bob Dull redux. Can he win the nomination? Certainly. Can he beat Obama in the general election? Not a chance.

Chris Christie

“Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero.” – Cameron

Christie has charisma dripping out of every pore in his body. He is blessed with a wickedly pointed and sarcastic wit that could drive Obama nuts. Imagine Christie and Obama in a debate. Who wins? Yup, Christie would wipe the floor with Obama’s overgrown ears. Obama would talk his usual nonsense and Christie would slap him upside the head. Who needs primetime TV when you’ve got Christie cutting Obama down to size? I see a pattern forming…Eric the Great. Ivan the Terrible. Obama the Failure.
The only problem is that Christie has taken himself out of the race, declaring that he is not ready to be president.

Governor Chris Christie

Christie shot himself in the foot with that comment. Now if he decides to run the Obama campaign machine will go into high gear and we will be deluged with campaign ads in which we would endlessly hear Christie declare himself to be unprepared for the job of president. What a shame. Can Christie be rehabilitated? Certainly, but it is going to take a lot of public relations work to straighten out the mess Christie created with that comment.

Conclusion

“I did not achieve this position in life by having some snot-nosed punk leave my cheese out in the wind.” – Ed Rooney

Okay, I’m not feeling so dismal about the GOP field of potential presidential candidates as I was when I wrote the lead paragraph. Both Palin and Christie would be fun to watch going up against the Obama machine. Romney may be a stiff-necked elitist but at least he could match Obama dollar for dollar, as could Huntsman. Gingrich’s sharp tongue would be going full blast at Obama’s expense. I know I’ve left out several other potential GOP candidates such as Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee, Haley Barbour, and Mitch Daniels. But I don’t think any of those men stand much of a chance of winning the nomination. Ron Paul has been typecast by the left as a loon. Huckabee would find himself in a fight with an energized Mitt Romney who has financial resources at his disposal that would leave Huckabee in the dust. Daniels and Barbour just don’t seem to have the name recognition to make a serious run at the GOP nomination. Remember, it is all about marketing. Just ask Bob Dull.

My problem is what it has always been. I look at the potential candidates and think to myself “Are these the best leaders our country can produce?” And my answer is always the same – No! For example, I think Jon Huntsman, Jr. is an opportunistic free-loading elitist who has leveraged his family fame and wealth into a political career. What would he have ever achieved without his daddy’s name and pocketbook? Yup. Nothing. He is a product of his bank account and his lineage. In fact, if it was his father who was running instead of him, I would be on the Huntsman bandwagon. Jon Huntsman Sr. is one of America’s greatest men. He is vastly superior to his son. Jon Huntsman Sr. is a self-made man. Jon Huntsman Jr. is nothing more than a carnival huckster out to make you believe he is something special. I’m not buying Huntsman and neither should you.

Romney is more of a mystery to me. I get the feeling that he is much more conservative than Jon Huntsman Jr. But I still have a niggling doubt about Romney concerning his commitment to socially conservative positions on the issues of the day. Romney has flip-flopped in the past – most notably concerning his position on abortion. I prefer a leader who stands firm on principle – bless you, Ronald Reagan! I despise politicians who shift with the political winds, ever seeking safe ideological harbors in the face of the moral storms that buffet our nation. I’m not convinced Romney would stand firm on the conservative side of major issues. Why? Because I’m not convinced that Romney deeply believes in his heart that conservatism is the rock upon which his principles are anchored. Romney flip-flops and that does not impress me.

Palin leaves me in no doubt that she is a conservative. But she has been ripped a new one by the MSM. Has the smear campaign run by the leftists ruined her chances in the Republican primary race? Possibly, but we will never know for sure unless she tosses her hat into the ring. Regardless, the constant attacks on Palin seem to point to the fact that the left is genuinely afraid of her. You sure don’t see Haley Barbour getting the same treatment. The left has perceived a rising star in Palin and has set out to destroy her. I’d support Palin whole-heartedly if I thought she could win. I’m still undecided.

Tim Pawlenty and Newt Gingrich don’t have much chance of winning in my book. Pawlenty doesn’t have the name recognition or the charisma to captivate the nation. Gingrich has squandered his good name at the altar of Dede Scozzafava. What an error! What was he thinking?

So I am left with Chris Christie. The Governor of New Jersey would be a formidable opponent to Obama. I think Christie could win it all. But he has laid down the law that he isn’t running. Bueller?… Bueller?… Bueller?

So all I can conclude at this point in time is that we are going to have to wait a bit longer for a real leader to emerge. Hopefully, it will be one of those named above. But if it is a stealth candidate who rises up like the Phoenix from the ashes of those who have been ordained the front-runners then so much the better. But whomever it is, they better remain faithful to conservatism. Appeasement doesn’t work. Moving to the center doesn’t work. RINOism is a losing strategy. We need a president that stands for truth. We need a president who champions fiscal discipline. We need a president with a backbone. Who is it going to be? I don’t know and I don’t care. The name is irrelevant to me. What matters is conservatism.

Right now we have a president who walks softly and carries a wet noodle. We’ve learned from Obama that voting “Present” means never having to say you are sorry. So this is what leadership from a Nobel Peace Prize winner looks like? Crime is merely liberal politics without the excuses. Obama has no excuses left. He is a miserable failure.

Let’s hope a conservative candidate emerges that captivates America and sweeps the filth that is the Obama Administration far out to sea. Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

 

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Teaparty Holds First National Conference in Phoenix

A coalition of representatives from some 3300 Teaparty and other activist groups held their first ever National Conference on Friday, Feb 26th in Phoenix, Arizona. Among the  noted speakers were Tim Pawlenty and Ron Paul. What is also noteworthy, were the missing Republicans, most of which had the weekend off .

Invitations were sent out and pretty much ignored, and this shows us just how the Old Guard GOP big spenders are afraid to face the real issues of today and the Teaparty members who stand for limited government. This was a missed opportunity for Republicans to make amends for their involvement in the big spending habits of the past decade that could very well haunt them in 2012.

The people want answers and accountability, plus they would like to see some politicians admit their past mistakes, and make the pledge to get on the side of restoring fiscal sanity back into our government today. At CPAC 11 this year we saw Senator Orin Hatch step up to the plate and answer the question of why he voted for the first bailout package. It was an evidently painful experience for him, but it also showed a willingness to accept responsibility for his actions just by being there. My respect for Mr. Hatch went up a bit right there. As far as my respect for all the GOP elitists who chose to ignore the TeaParty base on Friday? That is an unacceptable show of cowardice and lack of true responsibility and accountability in this Independent voter’s eyes.

Former Governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty had the guts to take the stage Friday and was very well accepted. While holding up a copy of the U. S. Constitution, Mr. Pawlenty spoke of his long list of vetoes as Governor and even the partial shutdown of the Minnesota State Government at one point. He described today’s Federal Government as a “royal traingle of greed,”  which was formed by a rapidly growing government, powerful Unions and bailed out businesses. The tri-fecta of fiscal insanity that is bankrupting America today.

Ron Paul also spoke at the TeaParty National conference on Friday. He said the following about Teapartiers: ” “It’s a well-defined, loose group. They’re well-defined that they know what they’re unhappy about, but it’s loose in the sense that it’s a grassroots, bottom up organization,” Paul said.  I couldn’t agree more with that statement there, well said Sir.  Take a close look at the picture included in this article. Those are true Patriots, who also helped form the Government of the United States. Every single of them is carrying a sword, that says they will defend America with their lives and many of them did just that. They gave their lives for our freedom and liberty, just like our soldiers are doing today acrossthe globe. We are once again facing an internal war within our own country today. We need every Patriot we can muster to stand up to the big government Liberals hell bent on Socializing America into a third rate country. The TeaPartydidn’t ask the Republicans to show up with a sword strapped onto their belt and actually put their lives in danger last Friday. On the contrary, all they were wanting was a showing  of respect for their grassroots movement that turned the tide in the 2010 elections and maybe  someone who would prove to them that they would join the battle against big government spending today.

And the GOP pulled a no-show for the most part. Not a single Republican Senator or Congressman showed up. Not a single sitting Republican Governor attended. Not a single representative of the RNC attended.  2012 just got  a whole lot more interesting, as far as the GOP  side of the elections are concerned. Don’t say you folks weren’t warned.

So far there has been a lack of complete information on just who attended this conference. If I missed any Republicans who got up the courage to attend, let me know please.

Tim Pawlenty : A Presidential Candidate’s Profile

Tim Pawlenty - Republican Candidate for President 2012
Tim PawlentyTimothy James “Tim”  Pawlenty is a former Governor of Minnesota and by all appearances is taking a shot at the U.S. Presidency in the 2012 election. But after CPAC 2011, many were left wondering, just who is Tim Pawlenty?

Tim Pawlenty Demographics

Of Polish and German heritage, Gov. Pawlenty was one of five siblings growing up near the stockyards of South St. Paul, Minnesota.

Tim put his Law degree to use in his early career by becoming a labor law attorney at the firm of Rider Bentley. TimPawlenty.com holds a conflicting report that he started his legal career as a criminal attorney.

After his early law practice, Tim ventured into the software-as-a-service company, Wizmo as a Vice President.

Political Career

In 1988, Pawlenty was appointed to the Eagan, MN city planning Commission by then mayor Vic Ellison. One year later he was elected to the City Council.

Pawlenty was elected as a Minnesota state Representative (district 38B) in 1992 and served six consecutive terms in that position. In 1998 he was selected to be the House Majority Leader when Republicans took control that year.

Pawlenty ran for an was elected Governor of Minnesota in 2002. His path to the Governor’s seat was not a straight one. When party leaders made it clear that they favored Brian Sullivan for the State’s lead executive, Pawlenty changed tacks to a U.S. Senate bid. V.P. Dick Cheney asked him to not run so that Norm Coleman could run without GOP nomination opposition. This reset Pawlenty to the goal of becoming Governor which he achieved and was re-elected in 2006.

Policy Stances

Taxation

In his 2010 State of the State address, Gov. Pawlenty made clear his view on individual and corporate taxation.

Minnesota’s business tax climate is the 8th worst in the nation. That means 42 other states have a competitive edge on Minnesota.

Abortion

Pawlenty named pro-life attorney Eric Magnuson as the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. His pro-life record also includes campaign promise to institute a 24 hours waiting period on abortions.

Energy

The Governor’s energy policy seems to line up with the “all of the above” line. In a 2008 CNN Late Edition interview with Wolf Blitzer, made the case for domestic drilling in ANWR and tax incentives for renewable energy research.

Q: What do you think about the Saudis increased oil production?

A: Well, it’s relatively good news. We have a supply and demand problem, so the more supply we can get into the market, the better. But we also need to realize we can’t just continue to rely on that approach for our future.

Q: But what about the addiction to imported oil?

A: Well, we have to diversify and Americanize our energy supply. Pres. Bush made the case for going ahead and drilling in ANWR. Listen to the president.

Q: But what do you do about the addiction to imported oil?

A: Well, we have to diversify and Americanize our energy supply. But we need to do it in a way that’s environmentally sensitive and friendly

Governor Pawlenty earned a score of 66% from CATO on it’s Fiscal Policy Report Card, in 2010.

Pawlenty signed a law in 2005 that would raise the minimum mandated mixture of gasoline and ethanol to 20%.

Healthcare

Pawlenty said, “The individual mandate in Obamacare is a page right out of the Jimmy Carter playbook. The left simply doesn’t understand. The individual mandate reflects completely backwards thinking. They, the bureaucrats, don’t tell us what to do. We, the people, tell the government what to do!”

Immigration

Pawlenty said, “If you have a country that’s based on the rule of law and the rule of law gets knowingly cast aside and we allow illegal behavior to continue then the rule of law is diminished and one of the cornerstones of our country gets eroded in a pretty pronounced way..”

According to OnTheIssues.com. Pawlenty required the electronic verification of immigration status for state employment.

Second Amendment

According to a National Review post, Tim Pawlenty signed into law “one of the best concealed-carry laws in t he nation” and was rated an “A” or very pro-gun by the NRA.

Skeletons in the Closet

In 2008, Governor Pawlenty pardoned sex offender, Jeremy Giefer who was later indicted for sexually abusing another girl from when she was 9 until she was 16. Much of the abuse in this second case occurred before Geifer’s first incarceration, but he continued it once he was pardoned.

The pardon was originally issued by a 3-member panel that included Pawlenty and was given only because Giefer later married the girl he had been convicted of having sex with when she was underage.

Pawlenty appointed Jon Grunseth’s former wife Vicky Tigwell to the MSP airport board. Pawlenty had been a campaign advisor for Mr. Grunseth’s 1990 losing bid for Minnesota governor.

2012 Presidential Bid

On Jan 13,2011 at a speech at the National Press Club, Pawlenty said he was considering a run, had not yet made his decision.

Gov. Pawlenty’s style has been called “wonky” but consistent.  Time/CNN put it nicely:

Pawlenty’s problem is that few voters outside of Minnesota know about him, and even fewer Republican activists find themselves bedazzled by his mild-mannered Midwestern charms. Despite numerous visits to Iowa and New Hampshire and a heavily promoted publicity jaunt for his book Courage to Stand, Pawlenty lacks the visibility of some of his opponents, including Palin and Romney. Fewer than 40% of Americans recognized his name in a January Gallup poll, and only 13% held a favorable view of the Republican.

At CPAC 2011, he gave a fiery, hard-line Conservative speech that seemed out-of-character and may be the best indicator yet that he’s going to make the run.

Tim Pawlenty’s CPAC speech:

Here’s some video of Gov. Pawlenty at a CPAC blogger sit-down.

See the profiles of other potential 2012 GOP Candidates

CPAC 2011 Rocks on Day 2

Many big name conservative stars hit the stage for day 2 at the Conservative political Action Conference of 2011. With the rowdy applause and cheering reminiscent of a 70’s rock concert, the enthusiasm was pumped up to incredible levels by a wide variety of solid, hard-hitting, Patriotic speeches. While the messages contained the basic conservative Teaparty theme of smaller, more accountable government, less taxes and regulation, with a return to our Constitutional principles, we learned that these messages could be expressed in an amazingly wide variety of ways.

Day 2 saw the emergence of  idiotic attention seekers such as a Sarah Palin look alike and the asinine antics of an appearance of Jimmy McMillan of the Rent is Too Damn High Party.  CBS was even foolish enough to headline it “Jimmy McMillan Takes CPAC by Storm.” I will not link to the  CBS attack piece on all things conservative by one Brian Montopoli, as it is nothing short of childish liberal rubbish and not even close to real journalism. This does show how low CBS will go today in promoting the Obama-led Liberal trashing of America. Just when I thought they couldn’t get any lower in the respect department, they did.

Once again we saw hecklers seeking their 15 seconds of fame when Senator Orin Hatch was decent enough to answer questions. While one person asked the question of why Hatch voted for the wall street bailouts, the crowd rudely screamed and would hardly let Hatch even answer the question. Again, these people are an embarrassment to all conservatives across the nation, not to mention the fuel they will add to the Liberal attack pieces sure to point out their childish antics. If we want our reps to answer questions to get an insight of why they did something, this is no way to go about it. Plus, this will also make them hesitant to take the stage next year. It got so bad at one point that the panel’s moderator had to step in  and express his disgust with these people who seemed more intent on scolding and screaming at  Senator Hatch, then letting him explain his position at the time of his vote for the bailouts. He apologized for it, yet they continued to act more like SEIU thugs than conservatives or teapartiers.

Day 2 at CPAC was launched by another Presidential hopeful in 2012, Mitt Romney. While his speech did contain an all encompassing rally against the Liberal big government of today, he seems to have skirted the Obamacare debate all together. Many consider him unelectable due to his creation of the failed Romneycare of Massachusetts. Compared to the rest of the firey speeches to come on Friday, Romney’s speech was pretty much forgotten an hour after it was given.

Rep. Tom Price (GA) took the stage at 11;15. Mr. Price said that there was an energy at this year’s CPAC that he didn’t remember being their last year. Most of that energy was good. Mr. Price mentioned the nasty heckling that Cheney, Rumsfeld and Hatch endured in stating, “That’s part of CPAC, isn’t it?”  Why can’t we all just get along may have been a more appropriate question there. Mr. Price addressed the gay conservative group GOProud being at CPAC  as the more conservatives the better. Rep Prices speech seemed to be well-written, with a theme he summed up with a quote from Samuel Adams. ”  It doesn’t take a majority to prevail – but an irate and tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” With statements like that Rep Price has certainly aligned himself with the grassroots Teaparty of America.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN) used her time at CPAC to concentrate on the FCC and their attempt at regulating the internet with no Congressional participation. While her speech detailed the need to stop the FCC,  she largely ignored the many pressing issues the 112th Congress is facing today, such as raising the debt ceiling, Obmacare repeal, Patriot act extensions etc. While I enjoyed her speech, my research showed her to have voted for many Liberal big gov’t policies such as increased foreign aid, increased UN payments, and pretty much increased spending across the board. No wonder she ignored the issues that have led to 14 trillion in debt today. She has voted to increase that debt at every turn. Do you hear me Teaparty members and conservatives from Tennessee? How did this big spending, big government RINO get invited to the CPAC ?

At noon on Friday they gave out an award for the Conservative blogger of the year. It went to Mr. Javier Manjarres of  The Shark Tank, which happens to be here in my Florida and to which get daily updates from. I have to be honest here, in stating that I know of no less than 30 more qualified conservative bloggers who were more deserving of this award, IMO. Who voted for this ?

Next to speak on Friday at CPAC 2011 was Sen. John Barrasso (WY) who also happens to be a doctor. His main topic was Obamacare and he addressed it’s failures and unconstitutionality very well. Sen. Barrasso gave us a Doctors perspective as to why Obamacare must be repealed, filled with many real life examples of the coming danger to America’s healthcare system that Obamacare will bring. Of note, Barrasso said the new House Republican majority had “kept its promise” to voters by advancing a repeal of the healthcare law. “Now it’s the Senate’s turn,” he said.  In my opinion, this is one Senator who might make a good President if he chose to run.

Next to speak was my pick for President in 2012, Sen. John Thune. (SD)  In his low-key speaking style, Sen Thune took a big swipe at the Obama administration and big government Liberals with the statement of, “”President Obama likes to talk about winning the future, but someone ought to tell him: You can’t win the prosperity of tomorrow if you’re mortgaging it to pay for the big government programs of today.”  That sums it up very well, in my opinion. No one candidate will be perfect in 2012, yet i will put Sen. Thune’s record of staunch conservative principals against any other candidate mentioned today.

Later on , former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty also received a rousing ovation when he took the stage. Take note that at this time it was reported that many Ron Paul supporters had entered, and I addressed some of their rude behavior in my Day 1 report here at CDN.  Pawlenty captured the audience with personal stories of his life and growing up in St Paul in a blue collar family that endured many hardships, including losing his mother while a teenager. He summed it all up in saying, “”At a young age, I saw up close the face of loss, the face of hardship, the face of losing a job and I saw in the mirror something else: the face of a very uncertain future,” he said. “I know Americans are feeling that way today. I know that feeling ? I’ve lived it.” Mr. Pawlenty certainly has to be appealing to grassroots conservative voters disgusted with out elitist, out of touch government of today.

Next up came Libertarian and former presidential candidate, Rep.. Ron Paul (TX). While most conservative Americans can agree with many parts of Ron Paul’s libertarian values, we all know he is as Donald Trump stated, “unelectable.” Maybe that was at the heart of the Paul supporters rudeness at CPAC this year. I have admired Paul’s firey speeches for many years and he usually makes a solid presentation of his views of how America should be. While he did that again this year, there was also something else evident in his speech: He either has some serious health issues or he appears to becoming mentally unstable at times, or both. Watch his speech and judge for yourself.  I mean no disrespect to Mr. Paul and his many years of serving our country here, but when we see signs of instability in someone,  especially a member of our government or congress, its high time we speak up and make arrangements to have them removed for the good of the country.

After Ron Paul’s speech came what I viewed as the best speech of the CPAC so far, from Texas Governor Rick Perry. It was very emotional, yet delivered in a way that  has to vault him to the top of possible 2012 presidential candidates, should he chose to run. This was an amazing conservative shout-out to all Americans opposed to the Liberal mess of a government we have today. Gov. Perry threw the crowd a curve-ball when he asked them to pull out their phones and text “FED UP” to the number he gave them. A return text from the number asks supporters to visit www.NoGovernmentBailouts.com, which features a petition to stop the “pervasive embrace of bailouts.”  A smooth move by Gov. Perry to get more people involved in stopping  the big gov’t expansion we see today. Gov. Perry closed his speech with the statement,  “We can restore this nation to its preeminence in the world. There is no other greater cause in our time.” Well said Governor, now about 2012………

Herman Cain, former Godfathers Pizza CEO, a Teaparty favorite and potential presidential candidate in 2012 was up next, and he fired up the crowd with his hard-hitting unique style of telling it like it is. The crowd roared when Mr. Cain said, “the American Dream is under attack,” and that “stupid people are ruining America.” As they say, sometimes the truth hurts people, and Herman certainly put a hurting on the ignorants running our country into the ground up in DC today. I love this guy’s attitude and approach towards the need  for real tough conservatism today. Cain’s speech included a swipe at liberals playing the racist card saying,  “They call me racist too just because I disagree with a President who happens to be black,” he continued. He told the crowd: “You are not racists — you are patriots.” Mr Cain concluded, to a standing ovation: “The United States of America will not become the United States of Europe.” This man is the exact opposite of Barack Obama. He is a successful businessman, not a career rabble rousing community organizer who needs to play the race card to hide his incompetence as Obama has shown to be. Mr. Cain believes in the U. S constitution, which Obama skirts and ignores at every chance he gets today. Mr. Cain relishes the chance to talk and answer questions about the direction our country is headed and possible solutions. Barack Husein Obama hides like a Tyrant and avoids the very people he is supposed to serve when they demand answers for his blatant Anti-American policies . Yes sir, Herman Cain is the Anti-Obama. He will definitely make the primaries in 2012 very interesting to say the least. I would love to see a debate, moderated by a Teaparty member with no pre-set questions between Herman and every single one of the RINO pretenders in 2012.

CPAC 2011 was certainly rocking on Friday!   Saturday should be very interesting with Andrew Breitbart, Haley Barbour, David Horowitz, John Bolton, Jonah Goldberg, Ann Coulter, and Lt Col. Allen West among the speakers scheduled.

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