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MCDANIEL: How conservatives will overcome the establishment and reform our party and nation

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Much has been made about the present divide in the Republican Party. Mississippi is no stranger to the controversy. My U.S. Senate race against Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in 2014 exposed deep divisions within the party, both state and national.

Incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran had to rely upon thousands of liberal Democrats to win a Republican primary. In so doing, his campaign resorted to dirty, underhanded, and sleazy tactics that have been well-documented.

Not only did his campaign play the “race card” while openly encouraging liberals to cross-over and participate to the GOP primary, he openly campaigned like a Democrat — pushing for more big government, massive federal subsidies, pork-barrel spending, and increased food stamp participation. In what’s perhaps the most conservative state in the republic, he expressly repudiated the Republican platform for the state and country to see.

Though indefensible, it was a victory for the political class, lobbyists, D.C. insiders and corporate elites who see the federal government as little more than a banking institution for the big business special interest lobby. They, along with assorted establishment groupies led by Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), celebrated their pyrrhic victory, justifying their actions by slandering conservatives as somehow radical, extreme or unelectable.

Betrayed again by the D.C. machine, conservative frustration with the party establishment reached a record high.  More than a year later, the anger is still very real. Conservatives are convinced the GOP’s leadership has openly abandoned the party’s conservative foundation.

But to fully comprehend why this is happening, we have to understand the background story. Central to the divide is how people, particularly the mainstream press, attempt to define the combatants.

Take my race, for instance. I have been a Republican since 1984, and have never been a member of a TEA Party group.  Nevertheless, during my run for U.S. Senate in 2014, most attempted to improperly frame the ongoing GOP fight as TEA Party vs. The GOP Establishment. But nothing could be further from the truth.

What we are seeing, instead, is an ongoing struggle between true conservatives and moderate insiders — who presently control the GOP establishment — within the party structure.

On one side of the debate stands the thoughts of Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater (constitutional conservatives).  On other side of the “fracture” is the moderate idealism of Nelson Rockefeller and Mitt Romney (establishment insiders).

Constitutional conservatives seeks structural reform, smaller government, constitutional balance and the maximum in individual liberty consistent with social order.  The moderate establishment camp lauds the value of compromise, while fighting to preserve the status quo, so long as corporate welfare, favoritism to their donors and the growth of government suits their financial and personal needs.

Perhaps no one has expressed the divide as well as Redstate.com, an online news and opinion website for conservatives. In describing a recent poll for the 2016 GOP nomination for President, it declared: “Jeb Bush and John Kasich are tied. They are also fighting for the same demographic slice: moderate-to-liberal, high income voters. This is not surprising given their message of “hey, that status quo is working pretty good for me.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ben Carson and Donald Trump are fighting to win the support of Ronald Reagan’s conservative coalition — a union of blue collar libertarians, economic, pro-defense, and social conservatives.  Interestingly, these are the very people who have abandoned the establishment because they no longer believe that Republicans adhere to conservative principles.

Put simply, one side distrusts government and policies of centralization; the other simply seeks to control the D.C. machine, even if it means sacrificing principles. Conservatives claim liberty and Constitutional government as our combined end game; the other side desires power at any cost.

Although we’ve lived under the same tent for years, tension between the groups is rising, and some in the establishment camp have resorted to hostile tactics. Both Cruz and Trump, for example, have recently been slandered. And what was done in Mississippi last year was despicable.

Contrary to the attempts to brand conservatives, there is nothing radical or racist about our thoughts, ideals or policies. Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan were voices for our government philosophy, which is rooted in Jeffersonian liberty and the heritage of Western Civilization. It represents a consensus of reason operating within tradition, and it recognizes its origin as the 1787 Constitutional Convention.

Instead of allowing the establishment to define us, please consider the true conscience of a Goldwater/Reagan conservative:

  • We believe that political solutions should be sensitive to the whole human being – mind, body and soul – conceding that the problems affecting society are the result of the complexity of human life and therefore cannot be quickly or efficiently rectified by government action, schemes of forced social improvement or similar one-size-fits-all approaches.
  • We value self-government, believing that local governments are preferred because they are closest to the people and, therefore, the most responsive.  Consistent with this idea, we believe states should retain all powers given to them by the Founders which ensures a system of state autonomy where state and local governments act as “laboratories” for democracy — a system where policies are created and tested pursuant to the Constitution’s 10th Amendment.  This not only ensures social and fiscal experimentation, but also a balance of power between the central authority and the states, whereby individual liberty is preserved for future generations.
  • Refusing to ignore the spiritual side of individuals, we hope to maintain a high moral tone in society, insisting that truths exist and are necessary for people to responsibly self-govern their own affairs.  We trust in God, as He is our foundation.
  • Our philosophy is characterized by respect for inherited institutions, in which individuals develop character by voluntarily cooperating with others in local associations designed to further the common good without government interference.
  • Living within our means is a way of life for us, so we expect our government to do the same.  We request the courtesy to earn a living, but do not desire the government to provide for our necessities.  Work is always preferred to welfare.
  • Before we look for government to save us from every perceived crises, we would rather depend on ourselves, our families and friends. Hero worship is not our norm, as we are not easily charmed by smooth-talking politicians desiring a cult of personality.
  • It has been said that governments only expand because they do not trust the independent, free judgments of the people. But we understand that any movement whose main promise is a relief from personal responsibility is immoral in its effect, however lofty its good intentions.
  • The acceptance of personal responsibility begins with the admission of a simple truth:  government is not our ultimate protector and cannot be all things to all people; liberty is the result of individuals learning to rule themselves.
  • We admire complexities, embracing blessed variations and stubborn particularities.  Unlike liberalism, it is not our desire to override the wills of people and reform them into one master plan.  The establishment seek to use the power of government to dominate others; we do not and would never.
  • Since independence is a cornerstone of our philosophy, we believe people and corporations should accept the consequences of their actions, although failure or unhappiness may be the eventual result. Government bailouts offend our notions of justice and fairness.
  • The rule of law matters to us; words have meaning. We consider the words and phrases of the Constitution to be sincere, and not subject to whimsical change by the dictates of a federal judge. It has set down for all to see the fundamental American principle that there are certain rights held by every individual which no government and no majority, however powerful, can deny.
  • We reject philosophies rooted in collectivism, particularly when coerced by the power of the state.  Consequently, we reject racism, sexism and other forms of identity politics. We see men and women as individuals and judge them respectively.  We seek to empower the individual and his voluntary associations, not as collective groups, but as an American citizen entitled to dignity and respect.
  • We likewise reject any system where the wealthy and well-connected are allowed disproportionate access to our governments.  Each American citizen, regardless of wealth or power, should have an equal voice and right to petition the halls of power without the corrupting influences of political favoritism, cronyism and nepotism.

And yet, conservatives do not presume to have all the answers, because they are not ours to give.

The collective knowledge of humanity, driven along by complex experiences good and bad, are far better teachers than any one movement, person or government could ever be. It was President Reagan who reminded us that his strength as a “great communicator” was always rooted in his communication of great things that came from the heart of a remarkable republic – our collective experiences, wisdom, and beliefs in the principles that have guided us for more than two centuries.

Perhaps there is no better description of our camp than an unyielding desire simply to be left alone. America’s greatness is derived from its free citizens, not the coercion of its government.

There is nothing radical about common sense, balanced budgets and the rule of law.

And if you wish to gain our support, be honest with us, then trust us to govern ourselves.

As we embark on an uncertain future, conservatives are confident in our principles and beliefs. But we are tired of politicians and disgusted by the lies and perpetual inaction on the part of so-called Republicans.

After my race against Thad Cochran last year, it took time for me to process the betrayal — not simply to me, but to the Republican platform and conservative ideas to which I had professed by loyalty and dedication.  As part of my evaluation, the divide in our party became more apparent than ever before.

But also, my resolve was strengthened.

It became apparent that we conservatives are being targeted for marginalization by many within the party’s leadership.

Consequently, we must change our mindset by developing the spirit of reformers.

What does that mean?

Well, in 1902, William George Jordan published The Power of Truth. In it, he wrote, “Anyone can plant radishes; it takes courage to plant acorns and wait for the oaks. Learn to look not merely at the clouds, but through them to the sun shining behind them. When things look darkest, grasp your weapon firmer and fight harder. There is always more progress than you can perceive through your senses, and it is really only the outcome of the battle that counts.”

“And when it is all over and the victory is yours, and the smoke clears away, and the smell of the powder is dissipated, and you bury the relationships that died because they could not stand the strain, and you nurse back the wounded and faint-hearted who loyally stood by you, even when doubting, then the hard years of fighting will seem but a dream. You will stand brave, heartened, strengthened by the struggle, re-created to a new, better, and stronger life by a noble battle, nobly waged, in a noble cause. And the price will then seem to you  . . . nothing.”

Perhaps, instead of conservatives, we are now simply reformers, pilgrims in an unholy land.

In any event, make no mistake, reform is coming.

This is our party. This is our republic. And despite the establishment’s money and power, we will fight to regain our rightful place.

As it was last year, so it is today: Now is the time.


Republican Party Debate in the Buckeye State

Republican presidential candidates take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Republican presidential candidates take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The state of Ohio and the house of Lebron James was home to the first Republican Party presidential debate on Thursday evening and things didn’t take long to heat up.

In the prime time debate at 9 p.m. EST, things started off with moderators Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly, and Bret Baier asking the candidates who would not pledge to support the eventual nominee and not run an independent campaign. Real Estate mogul Donald Trump was the only candidate to raise his hand and say that he could not say at this time that he would support the nominee or run as an Independent.

Social media was buzzing after this and the debate had just begun. The stage was set and candidates were ready to go. Ten candidates were invited to this debate due to their average poll numbers leading up to the night and they were; Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, Dr. Ben Carson, and John Kasich.

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There was also an earlier “Happy Hour” debate at 5 p.m. EST with the other seven candidates who didn’t make it into the top ten of the prime time event. They were Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, Jim Gilmore, and George Pataki. Many have stated that former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina won this debate easily as her stock will surely rise because of her performance.

In the prime time debate, there were several jabs thrown at each other due to the questions from Fox News moderators, but this was expected. Hard-hitting questions to the candidates on positions they took or support they have given. Many people were upset at the way Fox News went after front-runner Donald Trump, but again this is expected when you are the leading Republican Party candidate.

There were also folks chirping about the way the questions were framed as they seemed to pull certain candidates into their own personal squabble as occurred with Chris Christie and Rand Paul. Paul also went back and forth with Donald Trump, but seemed to come across as agitated and annoyed. This was not a good night for the Senator from Kentucky as Trump duly noted.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz had very solid nights with both giving great responses to the questions thrown their way. Cruz seemed to have been lost in the large shuffle for a bit, but when he had the opportunity he didn’t hold back. He delivered the same hard-hitting truth bombs his grassroots supporters have come to love as he went after the “Washington Cartel”. Rubio delivered some wonderful remarks, including his dig at Hillary Clinton with the paycheck to paycheck comment. Rubio and Cruz had the best nights of the field.

Dr. Ben Carson also had a solid night despite having less time and fewer questions. His response on race relations was great and gave a wonderful closing statement as well. It appeared he just needed more time to get into the swing of things, but his remark about brain surgery and Washington, DC was one of the highlights of the night.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was another lost in the shuffle, but delivered some great responses when he had the opportunity, but it appears his time may have passed him.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush did not seem to be on his “A” game as he came across the most nervous of the bunch, but did not necessarily flop as he played it safe most of the evening getting along with all of his colleagues.

Ohio Governor and hometown boy John Kasich had a good night as he had the opportunity to show what he brings to the table being the last one to get in the race. What he lacks in charisma and popularity, he demonstrated his ability to mix it up on the prime time stage and showed that he isn’t going anywhere.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had an average night as he tried to pivot back to Hillary Clinton, but often fell short on his allotted time. Overall, Walker did what he needed to do to remain in the hunt.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie got into it with both Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee on national security and entitlement reform, but he stuck to his guns and stayed true to who he is. Just not sure people are buying his brand. He did seemed to rattle Rand Paul’s cage a bit though, which added to the entertainment of the night. Paul’s eye rolling at the New Jersey Governor was priceless.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul came to battle ready to go, but he got the least amount of time with just over four minutes of time compared to Trump’s 11 minutes. He often engaged in a way that made him look angry and annoyed. He was able to classify himself as a “different type of Republican” and had a decent closing statement. Unfortunately for Paul, it wasn’t a filibuster kind of night, but his eye-rolling which was his highlight of the evening.

Front-runner Donald Trump seemed to have the worst night out of this bunch. His responses lacked any specifics and he often dodged questions thrown his way. He also mixed it up with moderator and popular Fox News host Megyn Kelly over his comments regarding women. Trump is a great addition to the field because he is keeping folks on their toes and bringing to light some good topics, but he flopped on the big stage in prime time. Time will tell if voters continue to enjoy his brand of harsh, tell it like it is, politician buying, who cares when I became a conservative persona. Until then, he will enjoy his spot on top of the polls.

The next scheduled Republican debate will be September 16 and will air on CNN.

Winners:

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker, Ben Carson.

Losers:

Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham.


STAUFF: Changing the Republican Party from within

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“The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.” (President George Washington’s Farewell Address to the Nation, 1796)

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I’ve had a chance to have Daniel Schultz on my radio show several times. Daniel Schultz has an organization called the Precinct Project. He’s a republican precinct committeeman in the state of Arizona.  He has impressed upon me the importance of the “how” when it comes to changing the GOP. In the last couple of years we’ve seen many national tea party and grassroots groups emerge from Tea Party Express, FreedomWorks and countless others.  Have these groups moved the needle?  They’ve definitely changed the debate, but how successful have they’ve been able to “throw the bums out”?

Daniel Schultz joined me at about 1 hour and 25 minutes in.

I decided it was high time I figure out how to join my local Republican party and work to change it.  Locally here in Appling County Georgia, Pat Tippett who’s been an active conservative political player here in Georgia for the past 20 years let me know she was running for the chairman of her Republican Party.  I decided to figure out how to become a part of it.  I found out where the County GOP was having their convention in Appling County.  I attended and expressed interest in becoming a part of it.  I signed up to become a delegate for Georgia’s 12th District convention that is held in April every year and I signed up to become a delegate for the State Convention which is held in Athens in May.  They also gave me the role of secretary which officially makes me an officer for my county GOP.

You have heard many times that there is a war for the heart and soul for the GOP.  Sometimes you hear that so many times it kind of glazes over you.  After attending the District and State convention I felt I lived it.  When I attended the District convention in Springfield, Ga. we spent the majority of the time passing resolutions dealing with stopping Common Core, the need for a Religious Liberty Bill in Georgia and a strong message to the Governor that he can’t appoint the School Board and the State Superintendent; they must be elected.  During this process at the district convention, it’s very easy to detect who the liberals in our district are.  There’s a sizeable group that were mostly opposed to all these resolutions. We had enough conservative votes to pass it.  I noticed there’s several empty slots at this convention. There are whole counties not present. There are several open seats everywhere that could be filled. It tells me that whoever decides to organize to fill these seats has the ability to win. If conservatives organize they win.  If the liberals organize they win. It really is potentially up in the air. When it gets close to presidential election time you will see a concerted effort from the Establishment to stack the deck for what they want. Nobody knows the Republican Party with all their rules and procedures better then the GOP establishment. You know who doesn’t know the party rules as well?  The grassroots conservatives.

Attending the state convention was very eye opening.  There’s growing tension between the party leadership and the grassroots.  The grassroots are tired of the GOP not being held accountable on taxes, standing up for religious liberty, and shoving Common Core down are throats.  The party leadership always quickly shifts the conversation to “beating the democrats”.  If we are going to beat the democrats how do we do that with weak Republican policies and the same policies that democrats support?  There was a huge vote for the position of State Chairman. Sitting State Chair John Padgett was challenged by Alex Johnson. Alex Johnson lost.

Padgett, an Athens businessman, defeated Atlanta attorney Alex Johnson by a 807-612 vote in a bid for another two-year term as state GOP chairman. That’s a 57 percent tally for Padgett, just slightly less than the 60 percent total he earned against Johnson in the final ballot in 2013.

The vote came after an aborted attempt to tap the nominating committee’s slate of leaders – led by Padgett and other establishment types – without a debate. That was shot down after an outburst of criticism from grassroots organizers who called it parliamentary trickery.

Padgett helped direct last year’s 2014 GOP sweep but faces criticism over his fundraising ability and two pending lawsuits. The 69-year-old had the support of most of the party’s establishment, including former Rep. Jack Kingston, who hailed him as an ace fundraiser.

There are seats to be filled.  There is work to be done to change the GOP.  How many Tea Party rallies will make that happen by the way?


Kentucky Conservatives have BVS

You can tell who the Kentucky Conservative voters are this year by their ten mile stare and their bent over posture. They’re suffering from BVS or “Battered Voter Syndrome” and they may need a 12 step program to break free of it.

In this year’s Kentucky Senate race, the Republican Party is playing on Conservatives fears that they absolutely don’t want Alison Lundergan Grimes, Barack Obama’s surrogate, as their Senator. The GOP is threatening voters that if they don’t vote for Mitch McConnell, Grimes will become our Senator and the world will end. This election boils down to voting for McConnell, not because he has earned our vote, or that he would be any different than Harry Reid, but that he simply isn’t Alison Grimes.

Never mind that replacing Harry Reid with Mitch McConnell would simply be trading one tyrant for another. Never mind that Mitch McConnell and the GOP haven’t articulated a credible, detailed plan to undo the damage caused by the past six years of liberal governance. Never mind that Senator McConnell and the Republican leadership have spent the past four years openly attacking their own Conservative base. Never mind that Mitch McConnell gave $65,000 to run ads in Mississippi that called the Conservative base and Chris McDaniel racists and told the black community that we wanted to take away their voting rights. Never mind that Mitch McConnell and other establishment GOP incumbents have received campaign support to the tune of $50 million dollars this cycle to get themselves re-elected, so that they can help Obama pass amnesty. Never mind that Senator McConnell refuses to hold open town hall meetings to hear from Constituents, but grants audiences and influence to those corporations who are willing to pour millions into his campaign. We are supposed to look beyond this and thank our lucky stars that Mitch McConnell isn’t Alison Grimes and that alone should be enough to make us want to vote for him.

The Republicans are trying to convince the conservative voters that if they vote for Senator McConnell, somehow the attacks on the base will stop and he will love them again. The same empty promises an abusive spouse makes after they’ve abused their partner and they’re trying to avoid going to jail.

The only way that a chronically battered spouse can break the cycle of abuse is to send the abuser to jail. The only way the Conservative voters in Kentucky can break the chronic cycle of abuse by Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party of Kentucky is for Senator McConnell to lose his job, thus breaking his hold on the state party and the Conservative base.

While I’m not advocating for anyone in the Conservative base to actually vote for Mrs. Grimes, I am asking Conservatives in Kentucky to think long and hard before they pull the lever for Senator McConnell. When an arrogant career politician like Mitch McConnell refuses to hold open and unscripted town hall meetings to hear from his constituents, doesn’t listen to his constituents, and then automatically EXPECTS our vote, it’s time to show him some tough love and NOT send him back to Washington.

If we don’t have the courage to stand up to an abusive politician who doesn’t deserve our vote, we can only expect more of the same abuse. Don’t vote for McConnell out of fear or because he isn’t Alison Grimes. McConnell has done nothing to deserve your vote and everything to not deserve it. Don’t allow McConnell and the GOP to strip you of your right to vote for a politician who has earned and deserves it. This year, please consider sending a strong and clear message to Mitch McConnell and the GOP. Don’t vote for either McConnell or Grimes. After 36 years of McConnell, its time to break the cycle of abuse.

Don’t be a battered voter.

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Brett Gaspard: The job of Party Chairman

Brett GaspardServing as County Chairman of one of the largest and most influential local Republican Party organizations in the Commonwealth can at times be daunting. The job comes without any pay, but includes all the headaches associated with someone expected to referee a family feud.

Figuratively speaking, there is a giant target painted on your back. Some folks demand that you remain neutral. Others want you to pick a horse and support the so called best candidate. Still more think that the party apparatus should be used only to support incumbents. Most of all, let’s not forget the variety of specific personality conflicts that demand your attention.

Plainly, anyone involved in politics – or for that matter anyone with an opinion – realizes that a local party chairman cannot please all of the people all of the time, let alone please some of the people some of the time. The perception of neutrality is one thing; the reality is another.

For those who view political parties as organizations merely devoted to electing their nominees, they must first acknowledge and cope with an often contentious primary race, especially in areas heavily controlled by a single caucus. These early contests frequently pit candidates against one another who have wildly different viewpoints about governance. In many cases their values and principles are very similar, but their strategies and interpretation of issues are vastly different.

Whatever the public perception that exists, the reality of course is that the political party machine highly favors incumbents, making the traditional principle of competition upon which our great nation was founded dangerously marginalized. Therefore, it seems the toughest challenge we all face is working to ensure the broadest possible exchange of ideas among candidates.

Indeed, the rules of our Grand Old Party clearly articulate that we are a party of opportunity for all and favoritism for none. Furthermore, it is the purpose of our universal rules to encourage the broadest possible access and participation in Republican activities to every member. Beyond this, the only obligation that exists is strictly imposed on candidates, who must sign a pledge upon registering for office stating their solemn oath to uphold the principles of the party platform.

Contrary to popular understanding, most state and local GOP officers are elected to office much like their public counterparts, without pay, and consequently have significant freedom to pursue that level of leadership for which their respective roles and talents allow. Sadly, many officers become trapped in a paradigm that silences their voices due to a perceived need for objectivity.

The notion of objectivity on the issues, however, is completely opposite of what we should come to expect from our party leaders. Instead, we should embolden them to courageously stand for the values and principles outlined in our party platform, even to the extent of holding candidates and elected officials accountable to their solemn oath, and especially to the Constitution.

Admittedly, taking bold stances to hold others accountable and to ensure inclusive debate is not always the best way to make friends, but the legitimacy and success of our efforts demands that we prevent politics from degenerating into popularity contests and personal loyalty oaths. In the end, while each of us will ultimately support candidates with whom we most closely align, our greatest efforts should always be placed on educating each other and our neighbors on the issues, on defending our values and principles, and on preserving liberty for the sake of our children.


Massive Historic GOP Landslide is Coming

The GOP is about to win another historic landslide- similar to the one I predicted publicly in 2010. Back then, I predicted the GOP would win over 60 Congressional seats. The experts said I was crazy. I wasn’t. The GOP won 63 seats.

Another historic tidal wave is coming in November. Democrats will be wiped out. It’s all breaking wrong for Obama and the Democrats.

How bad is it breaking? The government just last week announced fantastic economic news- 244,000 jobs created in the month of September. No one cares. In the latest CNBC poll- after hearing that news- American’s confidence in Obama’s economic policies dropped to all-time lows of 24%.

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Considering Obama has the unwavering support of blacks and almost perfect support of other minorities (Latinos, gays, single mothers, etc) that means Obama’s support among the rest of America must be near Z-E-R-O. Outside of black voters, Obama has the least support of any President in U.S. history.

The reasons why are simple. Even the greatest salesmen in political history eventually wears out his welcome when the consumers try the product and it’s a rip-off. At that point, no one believes a word you say. At that point, no amount of poetry, propaganda or fancy salesmanship can save the deal. All credibility is gone.

America is a mess. The borders are wide open. Illegal immigration is out of control. Illegal children are being sent to schools across this country- thereby risking the spread of diseases such as TB or the deadly childhood illness Enterovirus.

Then there’s Ebola. Obama’s response to Ebola has been disastrous. He has done nothing to secure the border with Mexico. He has refused to ban incoming flights from African countries where Ebola is raging. And sending over 3000 U.S. troops into harms way into that same “Ebola hot zone” is reckless and fruitless. Thousands of soldiers could become exposed and bring Ebola home to America.

Then there’s terrorism and ISIS. A new CBS poll shows voters give the GOP a 21-point advantage over Democrats on the issue of terrorism. Worse, a plurality of voters say Obama’s policies has made the country less safe.

Of course there’s nothing that hits home more than the economy. Voters finally understand that there is no “recovery”- no matter how many times Obama and his socialist cabal claim it to be true. Voters know there are no jobs, no matter what the jobs report claims. All they have to do is look around. No amount of propaganda can change what they see with their own eyes.

Want proof? The government’s own JOLT report came out on Tuesday. It says that monthly hiring has plummeted. Dropped off a cliff.

It was down 294,000 positions last month- that’s the worst drop since 2010…and the third worst number since the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008.

So now I ask you…how could there be good news about jobs created…at the same time the government’s own report shows a severe halt to hiring? Somebody’s cooking the books folks. How can there be jobs if there’s no hiring?

But I’ve saved the most important reason for a GOP landslide for last- Obamacare.

Last week was the one year anniversary of Obamacare. It’s a date that will live in infamy. It’s no longer a theory. It’s reality. Middle class America knows first hand what a failure and disaster it is. Meaning Obama’s lies are rendered meaningless.

Millions of Americans have lost their health insurance. Millions more have seen massive unaffordable increases. Millions more have seen their jobs cut from full-time to part-time. Funny how none of these facts have made it into the mainstream media.

Take this author and small businessman for example. My family’s health insurance has gone from $500 per month to $1,700 per month thanks to Obamacare. But my fun was just beginning. Because the tripling of my rates wasn’t the worst part. In July my family received a notice from Aetna that our insurance was being cancelled. The reason? Because of the mandates of Obamacare, Aetna can no longer afford to insure my family for $1,700 per month.

What will the new rate be? $2000 per month? $2500 per month? Will they charge me $30,000 per year (before taxes) to provide health coverage for a family that has never experienced a major illness?

The lives of average middle class Americans are being ruined by Obamacare. Since the average income in America is about $50,000 per year, how will anyone afford $20,000 or $25,000 or $30,000 insurance bills? You think people are panicking across America? You’re damn right they are. 

But the disaster of Obamacare is about more than dramatic rate increases. It’s about the destruction of full-time jobs. Obamacare has turned America into a nation of part-time jobs.

Into the fray – enter WalMart. America’s biggest employer just announced they are ending healthcare benefits for part-time employees. WalMart employees over 1.3 million Americans.

Obamacare is a tragedy for middle class Americans. Like the title of my new book, it is “The Murder of the Middle Class.” The lives of millions of middle class Americans- many of them independent voters, or blue dog Democrats- have been damaged badly. They are angry and they will take it out on Obama and the Democratic Party this November.

A historic landslide is forming. My prediction is that most every close race will break the way of the GOP in the closing days. Republicans will take control of the Senate and expand their advantage in the House by as much as a double digit seat increase (once thought impossible).

If Obama thinks the news about ISIS, Ebola and the economy is bad, wait until he sees the headlines the day after the election.


The Republican Party must learn how to recruit the youth and minorities

There is a problem with the youth culture in this country. There is also a problem with the Republican Party. They actually have very similar issues. The youth don’t understand certain words and Republicans cannot comprehend how to reach the youth. This needs to be addressed not only to unite, but to grow the Republican Party. Minorities and the youth in this country are also similar in that the GOP fails to capitalize on grabbing their attention. For years, many people in both categories have thought that Republicans were against the youth and people of color. This couldn’t be further from the truth, but the GOP does a very poor job at reaching either of these. What is next then? What does the GOP truly need to do in order to change the mindsets of many misled Americans? Lead them in the right direction of course. Easier said than done.

Younger Americans today, don’t quite understand nor are they interested in many key words that Republicans or conservatives tend to use. Conservative is one of them. It’s like the word Republican itself as well, where these words have been thought of as negative almost subconsciously. Liberals have done a great job in this regard. For years they have shouted louder to the youth and minorities on what they think conservatives or Republicans stand for. The frustrating part as a conservative is that Republicans fail to defend themselves. This has to change. There are a few fresh faces that are helping change this in Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and even Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. The GOP can learn from these guys.

There are certainly more words that come to mind like liberty, prosperity, and independence, but it’s not that they don’t always understand these terms, it’s simply they aren’t attracted by hearing them. Sad yes, but the Democrats realize this and they take full advantage of it. It is time Republicans caught up to this.

We live in a society today where many young Americans are more interested in pop culture activities than politics. They prefer comedies, music, movies, reality television, video games, and social media. This is our culture believe it or not. Liberals were first to the punch in reaching the youth using these particular outlets. These things are what interest young men and women. Republicans must use pop culture to help spread their message. Social media has changed the way many live their lives, but it has also helped change politics. The Republican Party has to start doing a much better job at reaching younger Americans and minorities. They have to start today, not tomorrow. Most of us are tired of hearing politicians talk about how they will help bring change once elected, but then they fall right in line with the rest of Washington once they take office. Americans are not buying that any longer and we are holding them accountable. Enough is enough.

So, listen up GOP! More doing and less talking. Get out there and spread your message. Make a difference. Setup shops in Black communities, local colleges and universities, and be part of the change. You have to start explaining your history better and defending your principles. Start talking to the youth with respect. Show them you not only care what they want, but that you are truly in this fight with them. This is what they want to hear. If they are watching YouTube videos, comical skits, and listening to pop music, then utilize those resources. Just reach them! Start talking more on liberal shows. Go on their comedy programs or create your own. You don’t have to change your principles, but you do need to change your messenger.

There are a few new patriots in town that go by the names of Ted Cruz, Trey Gowdy, and Mike Lee just to name a few. Even Chris McDaniel down in Mississippi, who put up with a lot and risked a great deal by taking on establishment Republican Thad Cochran for US Senate. These new faces will bring a much needed spark to help promote conservative values.

If you would like to help or become part of change, then join your local political club. Learn about the Republican Party and the true history and be sure to educate and inspire others. Start attending local Republican Party meetings and speak out to let them know your voice will be heard. If a group does not currently exist at your college or university, then create one. There is so much you can do if you just make the choice to get involved.

The GOP has a lot of work to do, but listening to those of us working hard in the grassroots is a great way to start. It’s not only about adapting, evolving, and changing, it’s about America.

This is a crosspost from Examiner.com.


You are Just a Vote – New video out by Free at Last PAC

Louisiana state Senator Elbert Guillory, the former Democrat turned Republican has a fantastic new video out with bold criticism about Democratic senator Mary Landrieu’s record of failed promises. The video is released by his Free at Last PAC. If you aren’t familiar with why Elbert Guillory switched parties back in 2013, you can watch that video here. Guillory has a heart for changing the problems within Louisiana with a deep burden for the black community. His passion and sincerity is what makes his message in this video so powerful.

Our Jails are filled with young black men, who should be at home, being fathers. Meanwhile Mary Landrieu lives in a two million dollar mansion, on Capitol Hill.

You are just a vote. Nothing less and nothing more. For her, you are just a means to an end,  so that she remains in power.

Sound harsh? It’s the truth, no holds barred. Enough with the usual flowery speeches career politicians recycle each election season. The American people are sick of platitudes from politicians. We want the truth!

Republican Retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness is running for the US Senate against Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu in November. This video is so compelling it can really impact this important election and help Rob Maness win. There’s one problem; The voters who need to watch this message aren’t reading ANM News. They aren’t listening to the Mark Levin show, who recently featured this video ad on his radio program. What can you do about that? For starters, please share this video everywhere online. If you live in Louisiana, show it to friends, and help us spread Senator Guillory’s message.

The Louisiana Senate election is on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014.

Hey Republicans, Read This — A Millennial Wrote It

We Millennials understand that there are a lot of well-meaning people out there from the Boomer generation–and even some of the older Gen Xers–who really want to connect to our generation in a political sense. They talk emphatically about reaching the Millennial demographic. “If only we could just educate them on the issues,” they say. “If only we could get them to understand how much the government takes out of their paychecks,” they say. Despite the innumerable “if onlys” they employ, they just can’t seem to get why Millennials are non-responsive.

Well, guess what. I’m here to help. I’ve come up with 9 great things one should NOT say to Millennials, and I give reasons why these phrases are toxic. These are all things I’ve heard–a lot. (I’m not kidding–I’m really wondering if there’s a book out there that tells Boomers to use these lines with my generation.) If there’s one thing Boomers are good at, it’s saying the wrong thing to Millennials. It’s time to put an end to that. 

Top 9 Things NOT to Say to Millennials 

1.) You need to put in your time first.

As far as I grew up learning, the Republican Party is not a union–yet it’s run like one. From our perspective, we feel an enormous sense of urgency to correct this path we’re on–otherwise, we’re on the hook for financial ruin. Telling us to put in our time is asking us to sit back and do nothing while the country burns. While none of us are old enough to remember JFK’s nod to Dante, we inherently subscribe to his words: “The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.” We don’t have time for party-imposed neutrality. We can’t wait until we’re John McCain’s age to finally accomplish something. We’ll be bankrupt long before then. To tell us that we need to put in our time first–that’s a surefire way to get us to tune you out.

2.) Let the people who have been around awhile take care of this.

Wait, what? You mean, the people who voted in the politicians who have made our lives worse are telling us they can fix this problem? You really want us to believe that you can get that done? Can you see how this is a hard sell?

Being “around awhile” doesn’t automatically create a generation of Confusciouses (Confusci?). Just because you’ve seen a lot, it doesn’t mean you understand what you’re looking at. Judging by the way things are going, I’d say we’ve got more than enough evidence that shows longevity in politics doesn’t preclude one from ignorance.

3.) You need to know your place.

You pine for our participation. You promise the world if only we’d come–and then you drop this bomb. Here’s the problem–when you tell us we need to know our place, we hear that you only want us around as indentured servants. You’ve got to come to grips with the fact that most of us are professionals–working adults. Telling us we need to relive our tween years is such a turn-off. Stop it, please!

4.) Maybe you should focus your attention elsewhere.

Your generation (the Boomers) perfected passive-aggressive interactions. Why won’t you be honest with us? Just tell us “We don’t want you here. We want you exactly where we put you. We want you to do what we say.” It would at least save us the trouble of getting angry enough that we’ll lose sleep over plotting our comeback.

To tell us to focus elsewhere, too, is to imply we haven’t thought out what we’re attempting to do. Trust me, from an upbringing with enormous pressure to achieve perfection, most of us have obsessed over where to focus our attention. Don’t tell us where we need to focus–we already know.

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5.) Have you considered the consequences of what you’re doing?

No, we haven’t. Our generation is actually predisposed to willy-nilly decision-making. (In case you didn’t pick it up, that’s sarcasm in text.)

We were raised on stories of heroism about our Founding Fathers. They rebelled against the spiteful British, knowing well enough that their demise was just around the corner. The consequence of death wasn’t a thought–creating a haven of liberty for their posterity was. That being said, we ask you this–have YOU considered the consequences of us NOT acting? Are we to sit by passively as our country becomes more divided, our money is spent, and our country heads towards the same fate as the Roman Empire?

Instead of assuming we haven’t thought about what will happen when we act, why don’t you consider that we may be like our Founding Fathers. The consequences YOU fear–the very fear that moved YOU to inaction–those don’t scare us. We’re more scared about our future if we don’t act. So yes, condescending person–we have considered our actions. And we’re proud of what we’re doing.

6.) You don’t have enough experience.

Experience in what? Running up debt in numbers that basically no one can fathom? Experience in saying yes to men who have been there for too long and no to people who are willing to work for principle? Experience in stripping liberties from all political sides? Experience in navigating a political scene and having little to no “street smarts?” If that’s the experience you want, keep it.

Experience in the way Republicans use it screams “old dude.” We’re not interested in following the ways of McCain in order to appease an archaic hierarchy of political movement. There’s no time for that. Perhaps the mindset needs to be “we have the experience, so let’s mentor the ones with the drive, the creativity, the stamina, and the will to serve” in lieu of pandering to a system that appears to care nothing about the people who truly drive this country.

7.) We just need to educate them.

No, actually, you don’t. We believed you when you said we needed to be educated. We believed you when you said that getting a Bachelor’s degree would earn us a higher starting pay. We believed you when you said that getting a Master’s degree would elevate us into management. We tried your way of education, and we don’t buy it.

Oh, wait, you meant in terms of understanding the Founding Fathers? That’s ok–you’ve done a bang-up job modeling what they had in mind for our country.

In all seriousness, that phrase is heavy with condescension. We pick up on that stuff, you know. Again, you were the ones who put us in this mess–now you’re expecting to educate us on our way out? That’s not how this is going to work. We’re not an inferior class that needs to be addressed as such. Many of us are working adults (especially the Republicans). Treat us as such. That’s the best way to get a conversation started. Remember, talk with us, not at us!

8.) What makes you think you’re qualified?

This is yet another example of an unbelievably condescending attitude. When you say this, we hear “Oh, look at this kid–he thinks he can hang with us. Hey, guys, over here. Look at this cute animal–he thinks he deserves a shot! Ok, everyone back to work. We’ve got to get McCain elected!”

Look, we’ve seen the crew that got us to where we are politically. We can tell you for sure that we can’t base political qualification on what has been done previously, because that’s been a complete disaster. (Don’t believe me? One word–Obama.) At some point, you’re going to have to come to terms with the fact that you’re getting older and we’re going to HAVE to take the lead. Would you rather the leaders come from the Dark Side and Darth Vader (and no, that’s not a racial reference), where they’ve been running the game for many years now? Or would you rather the leaders come from the Jedis? I’d rather have a Luke Skywalker liberating the Empire than a Lena Dunham. Luke was a young guy who was the only hope to save the Force. Thirty years later, he’s one of the best Jedis to exist. Be the Yoda…not the Vader. See us for what we can do, not what you think we’ve needed to do.

9.) We need you to knock on doors.

Ok, I’ll knock on doors…with you. You catch that? WITH YOU. We want to be inspired. If you’re going to insist on taking the lead, then we’re going to insist that you lead. We want to see that you’re willing to get dirty. We want to see that you’re willing to put in the hard work. We want to know that you have the stamina and willpower to do what’s necessary to stand on principle. To expect us to do your work for you because you ”put in your time” or because you somehow feel more important than us is foolish. If you have that attitude and find kids who are willing to do your grunt work, guess what–we’ll eat them alive. We’re sick of the hierarchy that has proven to be a disaster. We want to see something new out of you.

If by now you’ve been able to contain your anger and keep your grumbling to a minimum, you’re off to a good start. There’s hope for you connecting to Millennials. If you can avoid using these phrases with the Millennials you find, the odds are good that you’ll be able to catch the ear of one. Once you get their attention, you’re going to need to know what to say. Be sure to keep an eye on the next part–Top Nine Things to Say to Millennials. This will help you to not only connect to them, but build a coalition that’s so desperately needed to snuff out the Democrats.


It’s Time to Throw a Block for Clint Didier

With all of the nonsense surrounding the NFL and the Washington Redskins lately, there is one story with a direct link to both that deserves some attention. Former Washington Redskin, Clint Didier, is seeking a new title, “Washington Congressman.” He is running for the seat in the 4th district of Washington state against “moderate” Dan Newhouse. It is one of the few congressional races in the country that does not involve a Democrat, as both Didier and Newhouse are running as Republicans.

Last week, I was privileged to join a conference call with Clint Didier and learn more about his positions and the challenges he and many other conservative candidates are facing from the establishment GOP and their “hired guns” like Karl Rove. Anyone who will not tow their line is a target, and Didier is definitely on their radar.

Clint Didier grew up on a farm near Eltopia, Washington. Anyone who knows anything about farm life knows it is hard, physical work. It is also a way of life that teaches stewardship and perseverance.

Clint Didier would go on to play tight end with the Washington Redskins, after being told that he did not have what it takes to play professional football. He would collect two Super Bowl rings and wrap up his career with the Green Bay Packers before retiring from the NFL in 1990.

After football, Clint Didier returned to farming in Washington with his wife and family, and he also created his own excavating business. As a farmer and a business owner, Didier has been directly impacted by big government. He is a strict Constitutionalist and he espouses the conservative philosophy that so many in the Republican rank and file want to send to DC, which is why the GOP is sending out their goons. They know Didier won’t carry their water…but Dan Newhouse will.

During the call, Didier, who is a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment, contended that Newhouse approves of allowing a judge to determine if someone is mentally fit to own a gun. Upon doing further research, I came across a debate between four of the WA-4 candidates that took place before the August primary whittled the race down to two. Not only did it confirm Didier’s contention (at the 12:05 mark), but it raised some alarm bells in other areas as well.

Newhouse says that, if you have been determined to have mental issues by a judge, your right to own a firearm should be restricted. While that might seem like a sensible policy on the face of it, what happens if the government, under either party, uses the judiciary to declare conservatives, libertarians or self-described Tea Party activists mentally unfit? The Feds have already placed various “right wing” groups on the Terrorist Watch List and used the IRS to target private citizens who have conservative leanings.

The candidates were also asked whether they would support a more progressive tax structure to address “income inequality.” Clint Didier said “If God can live on 10%, I believe our government should be able to live on 10%” (16:42). While Dan Newhouse said that the tax code needs to be simplified (15:05), he also said “We need to make sure that everyone pays something, according to their ability.” Perhaps Mr. Newhouse would agree with Karl Marx who said, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” This is the guy that the GOP supports? While addressing the tax code, Didier noted that the number of agencies within the federal government has ballooned from 100 in 1960, to over 1300 today. Big government advocacy is no longer exclusive to the Democrats, and the establishment GOP knows that Clint Didier wants to shrink the size of this massive behemoth. That cannot be tolerated by those who profit from the system.

The power players in the GOP are expected to throw all of their resources behind Dan Newhouse because he is the perceived “yes man” for the Republican establishment. Clint Didier knows he has a hard fight ahead, but he has seen hard fights before. During the call, I asked him who could be compared to Karl Rove, in terms of his opponents on the football field. He said that Lawrence Taylor was always a formidable foe, but we all agreed that Rove was not worthy of a Taylor comparison, as Didier pointed out that Rove has not been an effective “architect” at all for the Republican Party. He may have successfully engineered the re-election of George W. Bush, but his failures were also instrumental in the Democratic takeover of the House and Senate in 2006, and his influence within the Party has driven a wedge between moderates and conservatives at a time when the GOP cannot afford to spare a single vote.

Recall what happened in the Mississippi runoff between Chris McDaniel and Senator Thad Cochran. The Republican elites, including Karl Rove, were so desperate to prop up Cochran, a senile old fossil who has held office for more than 35 years, that they were willing to smear conservatives as racists and buy Democrat votes to push him over the top. It was a move that could very well cost the GOP that seat if the conservative base remains angry enough to stay home in November.

John LaRosa, who is the co-founder of FourTier Strategies, LLC, and who hosted the conference call, is also a long time football fan. He had a great line when he said, “Karl Rove is an architect like Garo Yepremian was a quarterback” (for those saying “Garo Who?”, click here to watch him stink it up against the Redskins). As of February of this year, donations to Rove’s fundraising machine have literally dried up. If Rove had been an actual architect, his buildings would have been condemned by now.

To be a successful tight end in the NFL, as Clint Didier clearly was, you not only have to catch the ball and make yards after the catch, but you also need to throw some good blocks for your teammates. We need Didier to advance the Constitutional principles down the field, but we also need him to throw a few crack-back blocks on bad policy. Obstructing legislation that further increases our debt or impedes our liberty will help the conservative ground game across the nation.

But before any of this happens, Clint needs to make the roster. That’s where “We The People” come in. Let’s draft Clint Didier, support him, make him a starter, and help him rip a gaping hole in the establishment Republicans’ Party line.

Visit Clint Didier’s website, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.


ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL

Virginia Congressional Races – Part 1

Election 2014My original intent has been to write a series of stories to profile the candidates in the 5th, 6th, & 7th districts of Virginia. After several attempts to reach nine different candidates across three districts through press offices, communications directors, and candidates personally. Nearly all I found was a lot of quiet. The 5th district proved to be tough to just find out who the democratic challenger was. I contacted the state Democratic Party Press Secretary, Ashley Bauman. I asked several questions about the races in these three districts. She knew that filing deadlines were fast approaching and couldn’t tell me who the candidates would be. She knew of a 7th district candidate named Mike Dickinson but couldn’t say who would be running in the 5th & 6th districts. The 6th district’s presumptive candidate, Bruce Elder, dropped out of the race due to a skin cancer diagnosis. To her credit, she did have Ben Hudson, a former Lt Col in the Army, and candidate in the 5th district, to get in touch with me. At this time he has agreed to an interview but has not returned any answers to my questions, despite repeated requests. The sitting congressman, Republican Robert Hurt, has not responded despite several emails and calls to his Communications Director Caroline Califf. In the 6th district, Congressman Goodlatte’s office has refused my request for an interview and one primary challenger who had declared at the time of the request, Paul Bevington has returned his answers. Politically this was an understandable move for Congressman Goodlatte as his primary opponents have little chance and he is running practically unopposed. I expect them to be more open with to interviews after the Republican primary on March 27th.

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That leaves us with the 7th district. That district is currently represented by House Majority Leader, Rep. Eric Cantor. While I wouldn’t call this district the most competitive this is the district with the most competition. Rep. Cantor has two primary challengers with Pete Greenwald, another military retiree and College Economist Dave Brat. There is a Libertarian, James Carr and a Democrat who is gaining notoriety, Mike Dickinson. You may have seen Mr. Dickinson on a recent episode of Hannity. It was widely reported that the appearance on Hannity did not go well for Mr. Dickinson. I had the refreshing opportunity to speak at length with Rep. Cantor’s Press Secretary Megan Whittemore. I was pleased that such a high ranking member of congress’ staff would speak with me for 40 minutes on the phone and agree to return answers to my questions. I am certain that this type of response is why Rep. Cantor’s competitors have been so open to the request for interviews. The only one I am waiting on is the answers I have been promised from the campaign manager for Mr. Brat.

Now, while this website leans pretty conservative, ok I mean VERY CONSERVATIVE, I have promised all of these candidates three things. One, there will be no “softballing” questions, there are background and platform questions but the real questions will not let anyone off easy. Two, I’ll only edit for brevity and not edit their message from their campaigns. Three, I’m offering them ‘right of refusal’, if they think I haven’t been fair in my editing, I won’t publish it. These are profiles for the most part, voters should decide who they like not bloggers. While I plan to let people know, as I have done in this story already, if they refuse to answer or if they don’t get back to me, I am not going to endorse any candidate or their message. I’ll let them speak to you and let you decide.

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So, how do you write a series about nine candidates when you can only get responses from five? Well, the best you can do is write the info you have. The 5th District has two candidates, two term congressman Robert Hurt and retired Army Lt Col Ben Hudson. The 6th has six term congressman Bob Goodlatte, who is head of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, and primary challenger and school teacher, Paul Bevington. The 7th District has Republicans – House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, retired Navy Commander Pete Greenwald and College Economist Dave Brat. Libertarian candidate and Healthcare Business Manager James Carr and Democratic candidate, self-described, restaurant and bar manager Mike Dickinson. I would be remiss in saying that two of the sitting congressman hold pretty high leadership positions in the current congress. In a time when many Republicans are railing against party establishment, incumbents like these are still difficult to unseat. In every Republican primary challenge in the house or senate since 2010 there has been only one candidate (Tea Party or otherwise) who has beaten an incumbent for the nomination. That was when the disastrous Richard Murdock (and his ‘children of rape are a blessing’ campaign) beat Indiana Senator Dick Lugar. He lost in the general to Democrat Joe Donnelly.

In the questions submitted to them the candidates have stated that they’ve done everything from teach at colleges, been janitors & cooks, managed rock bands, managed bars, led soldiers, taught at elementary schools, and been defense contractors. Most have no record of elected service but most have done some work for government at one time or another. In researching bios, published or unpublished, one candidate has been either a CEO or a Lobbyist for the adult entertainment industry, based on when they were asked the question, one has served governors on economic advisory boards, and several give little or no reference to what experience qualifies them to hold public office. One candidate’s website is so benign that they don’t describe whether they are a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or Independent anywhere on the site.

What do you make of the races such as these? Is it business as usual? Is it politics or some refreshingly honest candidate that makes us dream of ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’? Is there a party machine to grind out some cookie cutter congressman or do we have a good and noble public servant doing the best they can to serve their constituency? Is this set to be a partisan affair or another party bloodbath where the candidates come out of a primary so battered, bruised, and broke that they have nothing left for the general election? I intend to offer the most honest and forthright profiles of candidates in their own words as much as I possibly can. Somewhere I’ve heard the mantra “We report, you decide”, well I’ll be doing my best to leave it to you. Stay tuned to find out.


I’m Young, African American, Female and … Republican!

Chelsi P. Henry

Republican National Committee Rising Star honoree Chelsi P. Henry
Courtesy of CHELSI P. HENRY

I’m often asked, “When did you become a Republican?” And my answer is the same every time: “I’ve always been one!”

My mother gave birth to me when she was 16 years old, and we received government assistance during the first few years of my life. When I was growing up, she taught me the importance of making a budget and living by it. In our home I learned the importance of having a plan and delaying gratification for the things I wanted or thought I deserved. It meant generic brands instead of name brands and buying what I needed, rather than what I may have wanted. It meant living more conservatively.

Although she had me at a young age and knew there would be struggles ahead, my mother chose life. For that I am forever grateful to her.

Given my background, I may be what some would view as an unlikely Republican. But I firmly believe in the ability of conservative principles and values to empower people to live better lives.

I am humbled to be able to honor my mother, having been selected for recognition as one of the newest “Rising Stars” of the Republican Party. The Rising Star initiative is a strong, concerted effort by our party to engage and listen to the next generation of leadership. And it’s clear to me, in this new role, that the Republican National Committee is listening to new voices that often make up the young, silent majority.

We believe in keeping more money in our own pockets so that we can afford the things we need, especially when times are hard. We believe in a less intrusive government that doesn’t get in the way of us living out our dreams. We believe in entrepreneurship and innovation. We also believe in protecting the lives of the unborn. And when those babies grow into young children, we believe in providing them with the best education possible—and that parents, not government, should make those choices for their children.

And because the future of our country depends upon it, we believe that the voices of young people need to be heard, not just in future elections but in the important debates concerning these and many other issues.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is lighting a path for young voters of all demographics, and his leadership is a clarion call to young African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, college students and women. He has brought us to the table. He believes in our ideas, and he is providing the resources for successful outcomes in future elections.

He, and I, believe that the future of the Republican Party is filled with Rising Stars.

This is a guest post by Chelsi P. Henry, a RNC Rising Star and an environmental-policy adviser. She was the youngest elected woman in Jacksonville, Fla.’s history, serving for three years as supervisor of Soil and Water Conservation District Group 5. Follow Chelsi on Twitter and check out her site at chelsiphenry.com.


What Would Breitbart Do?

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Are you a Republican? A Democrat? An Independent? Regardless of your party affiliation, you have to be sick and tired of how politicians in Washington continue to act. I certainly am. I’m also sick and tired of how the media handles the actions of certain so-called leaders. It always seems that as long as you have a “D” by your name, then you are either misunderstood or just looking out for the middle-class. If an “R” exists, then you most certainly are misleading Americans and want to cripple the middle-class with your constant desire for jobs and personal responsibility. My frustration remains with the Republican Party leaders who continue to play into these traps. Too often you’ll see the GOP on different liberal media outlets on the ropes, but they stay there instead of knuckling up!

andrew-breitbartThe liberal media and the Obama Administration realize there seems to be a void left where nobody will call them out on things. This is where I miss the late Andrew Breitbart. Some certainly disagreed with him or the measures in which he used, but rest assured the man was heard. Loud and clear too. The liberal media still acted in their same hypocritical, Democrat supporting ways, but they were called out for it. I don’t mean on certain networks where those with opposing viewpoints failed to tune in, but on the front-lines. They were called out to their faces on shows, at rallies, and at protesting events. This is what we are lacking at the moment. The Obama Administration knows this. The sad thing is the GOP fails to have a backbone. Just ask, what would Breitbart do?

“Anyone that’s willing to stand next to me to fight the Progressive Left, I will be in that bunker. And if you’re not in that bunker because you’re not satisfied with this candidate, more than shame on you: you’re on the other side.”           – Andrew Breitbart

The GOP continues to allow the liberal media and Democrats to falsely accuse them of many things, but most importantly they fail to defend their party history. I am sick and tired of conservatives being ignored by the GOP, but I am really fuming at the good ole boys lack of messaging. Many of these old timers think they can just ignore the youth in the conservative movement, but they are being put on notice. They work for us! If they cannot accurately defend the principles in which they were elected, then come 2014 they will be joining the unemployed. Hopefully this occurs in Kentucky with Mitch McConnell. If you’re looking for a better candidate and true conservative, then be sure to support Matt Bevin for U.S. Senate.

Conservatives are tired of taking it on the chin, but we are really tired of having our own leaders back-pedal and squirm away from a fight. We are at war ladies and gentlemen and it is time we fight fire with fire! The Democrats have the liberal media as their lap-dog. It is time the Republicans start listening to conservatives and stop working on re-elections alone. It’s about we the people. It’s about America. It’s about saving this great nation from an epic collapse. I ask again, what would Breitbart do?

“Everything has changed. Everything has changed in the last few years. Conservatives used to take it and we’re not taking it anymore”

America needs great leadership, not community organizers. The problem we have at the moment is we have a failure in the White House and others who just can’t lead. We need more people to start thinking with common sense, but more importantly we need voices that are not afraid of what the liberal media will say about them. Again, the GOP allows liberals to continue getting away with lies after lies on what has actually occurred in America. Start standing up for the accomplishments of your party. Start speaking with conviction. Start defending the principles that will actually help get this great nation back to where we need to be. Start doing and stop talking. We need more Andrew Breitbarts today on the front-lines, in the grass-roots, and in a media capacity. What would Breitbart do? He would simply fight back. That we must do. Fight for what we believe in. Fight for what is right for America. Fight because we are not taking it anymore, but fight for those who can’t or for those who choose not to fight. We must unite the right. We cannot give up. We can never give up. War!


Flip the Narrative

ralphFrom John LaRosa:

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Karl Rove and the RNC could learn a lot from Emerson. Actually, we all could…but I digress.

Ever since John McCain ran arguably the worst Presidential campaign in U.S. history, “establishment” pundits, talking heads and GOP officials have been tripping over themselves trying to figure out what went wrong. Almost invariably, their conclusion has been that the Party is not liberal enough. They see polls and voter data, which are essentially snapshots in time, then recommend tactical measures from there.

On the surface, this approach seems to make some sense. In politics, as in business, it’s important to know the competitive landscape and identify target audiences. That’s why the Left spends billions on data mining, market research and even psychological profiling. It’s also why George Soros and Barack Obama, through their “non-political” 501c4 organizations, a co-opted media and a completely corrupted Leftist educational system, spend time, resources and political capital to define “reality” for us. Their goal is quite simple: frame the debate and control the narrative.

It’s well past time to change that debate and flip that narrative.

Simply put, we need to expose and reject false liberal premises at every turn. It doesn’t matter if these premises are being promoted by socialists like Soros or “RINOs” like McCain. It’s got to stop…before it’s too late. Sadly, I’m not so sure that GOP consultants and power brokers want to step outside their comfort level and advocate leadership and education over pandering and acquiescence. Many Beltway insiders have made very good livings off of the status quo and, much to the detriment of their Party and the nation, they are not likely to give up their collective treasure chest without a fight.

I contend that, contrary to common “consultant wisdom”, even “Blue State” voters are not looking for a Democratic alternative to Democrats. “We the People”, regardless of Party affiliation, are looking for integrity, competence, respect and character. We are looking for candidates in whom we can believe, who stand for something other than election winning. That’s, in part, why “Hope and Change” gained so much traction…it seemed bigger than the candidate. (Of course, any informed non-socialist with an ounce of gray matter now knows that this was nothing more than an empty slogan that was all about election winning.)

For me, part of the appeal of folks like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Trey Gowdy, Rand Paul (and many others) is that they appear to stand for something. That “something” transcends their own job security, and it touches both hearts and minds; which is why they are being brutally demonized by fearful Leftists in both Parties. Those who benefit from a flawed system will always work to preserve it. They will never “take point” in the battlefield of ideas because they value their personal interests over those of the nation.

If the GOP chooses to keep serving up pandering, unprincipled, “big government” politicians, it will continue to lose. After all, the Democrats have cornered that market already. If it wants to provide sensible, conservative, constitutional, pro-growth “solutions” that benefit “the 100%”, I’m here to help. So is Thomas Sowell, Milton Friedman and Walter Williams. So too are Bill Whittle, Mark Steyn and Alfonzo Rachel.

This is not rocket science. Figure out what you’re selling, then believe in your product and be prepared to explain why it’s in everyone’s best interest to buy it. We’ve tried walking down the political path of least resistance more than once–and it has led us nowhere. Let’s take a cue from Emerson and blaze a new trail.

(H/T:  John LaRosa of JSL ConsultingFourTier Strategies)


Women for Mitch Press Conference

 

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On Friday,  Senator Mitch McConnell kicked off his  “Women for Mitch” coalition in Louisville, Kentucky. The event began like any typical political event but quickly turned into a once in a lifetime kind of event. A side of Mitch that I believe few have seen was showcased at this event. The oppositions campaign would love nothing more than for Mitch to be billed as what they term “anti-woman”. However, it was very clear to the women in this room that Senator McConnell has a heart for mothers and women in general. Women from all 120 counties in Kentucky have signed on to join this coalition.

Speaking at this event, Former U.S Labor Secretary Elaine Chao was quick to defend her husband’s record on issues facing women. A few of the issues she commented on were pushing to increase funding for breast cancer research and mobile health clinics, flexible work schedule legislation for mothers, and the problem of sexual assault on woman soldiers. “I have spent my life breaking through glass ceilings, and I’ve done it with Mitch by my side supporting me 1,000 percent”, she stated.

The event was held at Century Mortgage Co., so it was only fitting that owner Monica Bohn get up and tell her story. Monica started Century Mortgage with her husband who passed away in 2010 and left her to run the business. Her story told how in one of her most trying times Mitch stood with her. She went to him to help stop or change the Dodd-Frank Act, in a time when her personal life and business were falling apart because of the recession. From this relationship, a continued relationship with the Senate has been possible for Century Mortgage. Another notable business leader Allison Ball, an attorney from Prestonsburg, spoke about her feelings toward the “tepid reaction” to the current sexual harassment against state Representative John Arnold. Most notably calling out Alison Grimes for her lack of response to a man that works in the same building as her, while she bills herself as the only choice for women in Kentucky. She also called attention to the fact the Senator McConnell called for former Senator Bob Packwood to be removed from the senate when accused of similar charges.

The most moving moments of the press conference were the speeches of Dr. Noelle Hunter, a professor from Morehead, and Laura Sequeira, McConnell’s campaign finance director. Although these women are professionals, their stories spoke of more personal struggles. Noelle Hunter spoke first discussing her daughter’s abduction to Mali, Africa. She stated that Mitch has stood by her every step of the way. While she was in Mali petitioning the government, Senator McConnell was petitioning the senate and United States government on her behalf. While she was speaking, a somber feeling came over the room and there were very few dry eyes. The feeling continued when Laura Sequeira spoke about her 4 year-old’s cancer diagnosis. She received a phone call from the Senator in which he told her “stay home, focus on what’s important…I’ve got your back”. By the end of her speech, there were no dry eyes in the room. Seeing Senator McConnell and his wife get choked up was an interesting experience for me. Many believe that politicians don’t have a heart but I witnessed a moment where Mitch was just an ordinary caring father. The skeptic in many people would believe this event was staged to showcase the softer side of Senator McConnell that might appeal to women. However, standing in that room seeing him cry with and embrace both women showed me that these women’s issues mean more than votes to Mitch.

The last speech of the press conference was made by Senator McConnell himself. He got up and spoke candidly about two of the most important women in his life, the first being his mother and the second being his wife. McConnell discussed his childhood battle with Polio, which he has remained mostly silent on in the past. “I’ve always felt that the discipline that my mother demonstrated…taught me a very early lesson that, if you work hard, you’re likely to be able to overcome the obstacles,” states McConnell. He went on to express that the voters need to choose the person they see best representing them and Kentucky into the future.

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Alison Lundergan Grimes was armed and ready to launch her attack against Mitch’s move to persuade women voters. Blasting Mitch by stating “Simply saying “I’m married to a woman” doesn’t speak loud enough. Senator McConnell’s actions over the course of 28 years show how he has failed to stand up for women”. While Grimes would love for Kentucky women to fall for the fact that this event could very well have been a well orchestrated attempt to gain women voters, anyone who attended this event or has researched Mitch’s record can see that Mitch truly cares about women and Kentuckians.


The Bigger Picture Says We Need Mitch McConnell

MitchAs a conservative grassroots guy, I realize this may not sit well with many of my fellow activists, but we actually need Mitch McConnell to win in 2014. Yes, I really said that. The Republican Senator from Kentucky and Senate Minority Leader is up against a primary challenger in Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman and Senate Candidate. If he makes it past this primary, which he is likely going to, he would then go on to face Democratic challenger and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Kentucky is where one of the most anticipated Senate races of 2014 will occur. Negative campaign ads and political battles have begun in the Bluegrass State, but now people must start to see the bigger picture.

First, many people have often considered  and labeled Mitch McConnell a “RINO” (Republican-In-Name-Only) because they think he hasn’t done enough to stop the Obama agenda. They claim he often sides with the Democratic Party. They look at him being this guy who has lost his edge or only interested in himself. Allow me to address some of these concerns and explain why we need Mitch McConnell.

Senator McConnell has been the most conservative Senate Minority Leader we’ve ever had. His opponents claim that his 30 years in Congress is too much and this has caused him to stop caring about the people. I say this gives us someone with 30 years of experience in one particular field and understands extensively how the political process works. Many of us are extremely passionate and very much involved with politics, but at times we may not fully be aware of the why and why-nots of a person’s voting mentality in any given situation. When a business is dealt with two potential employee candidates with very similar backgrounds, but one has much more experience, we usually understand the reasons behind the hiring decision. It’s about experience on so many levels though, not just charisma or likeability, but having the comprehension skills and thorough understanding of an entire process. In this case, the political process and comprehending the end result from a certain piece of legislation or a specific action. Mitch McConnell gets this. He has been there and fought for Republicans every step of the way. Something the media has failed to tell you. He has fought for Kentuckians and fought for jobs. He has been a thorn in President Obama’s side that quite frankly, we need for many different reasons.

GOPpicnicMcConnell’s primary challenger Matt Bevin attended the Campbell County Jim Bunning GOP Picnic in Kentucky a couple of weeks ago and I was able to have an extensive discussion with him. We spoke in length about many different topics and I was able to get a clear picture of who he was as a person. He is a great communicator, family man, informed, and passionate about wanting to persuade Kentuckians to vote for him over Senator McConnell. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with him and he’s a guy you’d definitely want to sit and have a beer with no doubt, but he failed to differentiate himself from McConnell. He mentioned that he wasn’t looking to make politics a career choice, but he did say that McConnell could not defeat Alison Grimes. He was very confident about that. He believed that he was the better choice and would work hard over the next nine months to convince myself and others why we should vote for him. He just didn’t convince me how he is different or that he could stand any chance against Grimes and her Democratic Army of Obama friends. I went on and explained to him that we as a Republican Party needed to look at the bigger picture and what’s truly at stake, which is control of the US Senate. We need to win the Senate and we have a great opportunity to do so, but we need to get behind Mitch McConnell to help make that happen. He humbly disagreed.

Listen up fellow grassroots activists, pride is a wonderful thing and a much needed quality to have, but at times it can cloud our judgment. Sending a message by how you vote is a way to get things done indeed, but being able to take a step back and comprehend the process of everything can really put things into perspective. A perspective that can lead to a winning formula if understood properly. Let’s face it, we have lost recently and there are some major issues that need addressed, but we must have control of the House and Senate to take care of them. What I am saying is that we need to vote for Mitch McConnell in 2014 for many reasons, but we also need to realize the importance of controlling the House and Senate. This will have huge implications on what can get accomplished and will start to make things clearer on why previous decisions were made. Mitch McConnell is the best choice to beat Alison Grimes and our focus should be to win the United States Senate.

This brings me to why many people may be holding off on supporting McConnell at the moment, which is his refusal to sign onto the letter drafted by Senator Mike Lee (R – Utah) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R – NC) to defund Obamacare through a continuing resolution. Several Republican Senators have signed it, which states they refuse to fund any part of Obamacare. This is an issue that McConnell must get behind. He has to make a stand and do something before it’s too late. He has been one of the biggest and strongest supporters of repealing Obamacare, so now he needs to back that up and defund this mess with his fellow Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul. This is a crucial moment for McConnell because many see this as our last chance to do something about the ACA. On October 1st, 2013 millions of Americans will be enrolled in the Obamacare exchanges. Government funding through the Continuing Resolution (CR) will expire on September 30th. We can do something about this law before it’s too late, but it will take action. We need leadership and we need for McConnell to show his by getting behind this effort from Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Mark Meadows. Kentuckians are counting on him. Americans are counting on him.

McConnellMitch McConnell has been on the front lines from the very beginning and all throughout the entire process of this Obamacare madness. He has openly supported the repeal of it from day one and still feels the same way, but he also understands the consequences that will come from trying to defund it. The media and President Obama will continue placing the blame on Republicans for wanting to shut down the government even though we know that won’t actually be accurate. This bill is different because unlike all of the other “imaginary” repeal bills, the Senate must pick up this one because it has funding attached to it. They will see that this bill includes funding for the entire government, except for Obamacare, which can be done. If President Obama and Harry Reid decide not to fund the government at that point, then that will be on them and not Republicans.

Mitch McConnell has also received criticism for obstructing the Congressional process in the eyes of Democrats and laying down for Obama in the eyes of some Republicans. It can’t go both ways. When you are against something enough and realize how bad it will be for the country, then you fight tooth and nail to stop it. Something he needs to do with the defunding Obamacare mess. When you’re in the fight, you also comprehend how to reach your goals by looking at the overall picture due to your current options. McConnell has navigated through the tangling webs of political power as he has battled it out with Harry Reid and Democrats, but has shown bi-partisanship when necessary. He has also fought extremely hard to stop many of the President’s horrible policy ideas. He has been a leader in Kentucky and the US Senate for decades. We need his courage, strength, and experience to stand against the Obama machine because without his stances on issues, we would be much worse off right about now.

McConnell has stood against much of what the Obama Administration has presented because it simply has made no sense for America. This is why some people think he has been an obstructionist. We should recognize his tenacity and backbone to actually stand up against the Obama agenda on many occasions. He has used his extensive knowledge of Senate procedure to slow down Obama’s destruction and actually help defeat certain aspects of it. This has been very difficult with Democrats controlling both the Senate and the White House. There is a strong reason why the President and the Democrats have been focused on going after McConnell in 2014 more so than John McCain or Lindsey Graham. Simply put, he is their biggest threat. Yes, he is the Republican Party leader, but rest assured they know how much he has stood in their way of “moving forward”. The Kentucky Senator doesn’t get the credit he rightfully deserves. He is a calculating tactician who is politically savvy enough to hold the fort down until control is again in the hands of Republicans.

Simply put, we cannot allow for Harry Reid to control the Senate any longer and we certainly cannot afford to give President Obama any more power in his last two crucial years. He does not want to be a lame-duck President, which is why he’s campaigning so hard to get his Democratic stooges elected in 2014. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. It’s no secret he unconstitutionally delayed the employer mandate and many other parts of Obamacare until after the mid-term elections. If the law were as great as he’s always claimed it to be, he’d want it implemented right away for everyone. We know that this is definitely not the case. He did it for a specific reason. He knows just as his union supporters know that Obamacare is a jobs killer. His message is simple, to blame the Republican Party for obstructing and not getting anything done. We know he has not and will not accept any responsibilities for his failures, but let us be responsible and do what we must in order to control the House and Senate. Take a look at the bigger picture and you’ll see that we need Mitch McConnell. Rand Paul sees this. Kentuckians must see this. We’ll just see if he listens and changes his tune about defunding Obamacare, which will certainly play a key role in the 2014 elections. So yes we need Mitch, but Mitch really needs us.


Travis Angry: “I Am a Republican”

Travis Angry tells his story on how he went from a high school drop out and living on the streets for more than 11 years to finally finding himself by enlisting in the United States Army. It was there where he found the discipline he needed to truly become a responsible and successful man. With the new discipline combined with his faith he was able to dig down deep and face life head-on. Life can be difficult as we all know, but with the courage, tenacity, and strength to stand up against the constant barrage of negativity, we can truly overcome our fears and our obstacles. Travis is a perfect example of this. His strength, determination, courage, and perseverance show what being an American is all about. He is a fighter, a man of character, and a survivor, but more importantly he is an American.

The decision Travis made 23 years ago to drop out of high school affected himself and his family a great deal, so he knew after roaming the streets without any hope or sense of direction he had to make some changes. Faith has a lot to do with the decisions we make, but combined with our actions and mistakes can help lead us to a better place. Travis made the changes necessary for him to get his life back and make him a better man.

He also would find where his political views align after doing much research and soul searching. He found that after looking at the Republican Party’s values and principles that his equates with the values they have. He knew then that he was indeed a Republican. He became a more responsible individual and his faith allowed him to push through adversity and succeed. He took responsibility for his own actions and started to think for himself. He lived a life like many Americans do today, but he made the changes he needed to in order to better himself and open up doors of opportunity.

“I make my decisions based upon my values and who I am.”

travisangry2Travis served over in Iraq while in the US Army, but when he came home he was diagnosed with cancer. He became even closer with his faith during this time, but never quit and never threw in the towel. It was because of his faith and his strength that allowed him to overcome this and become the man and father he is today. He is a college graduate, a veteran, a single father of two, a motivational speaker, and a new author of the book titled, “CHANGE If I Can, You Can”. Be sure to purchase his new book, which is currently available for pre-order and download from his site. His book is currently being considered for film by faith based from movie producer David Nixon.

“Once my values equated with the Republican Party values, then that’s when I knew I had become an official Republican and it was great.”

Travis Angry is an example of what being an American is all about. The struggles he has faced along his journey in life are similar to others, but it’s his determination, strength, and courage that have allowed him to succeed. His story is full of setbacks and years of being lost, but once he became closer to his faith and his values, that’s when things started to make sense. Being a Republican means many things, but being an American is everything. Travis took responsibility for his own actions and didn’t expect others to do it for him. He didn’t go on in life waiting for handouts to come and he certainly did not give up because things were not going his way. He fought, grew up, became responsible, received some discipline, and became a man. He was already an American. It was after all this and knowing what it takes to succeed in life, he became a Republican.

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Mitch McConnell’s New Kentucky Opponent

grimesFive-term Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell now has a Democratic opponent for the upcoming 2014 election and it is not the Hollywood favorite Ashley Judd, but Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Who is Alison you may be wondering? Well, she is a 34 year old Lexington attorney and the daughter of former state Democratic Party chairman Jerry Lundergan. She won her bid for Secretary of State back in 2011 with 61% of the vote.

Alison announced on Monday afternoon that she will challenge the Republican Senate leader and says, “Kentucky deserves a change.” Well the change that America has received from the person and political party that she has sided and agreed with certainly is not the direction or change that Kentucky needs.

The Democrats zeroed in on Alison as the best choice to topple incumbent McConnell as she cruised to victory in 2011 in the conservative Bluegrass after taking advantage of a huge fundraising network.

Mitch McConnell may have recently been viewed as the most unpopular Senator in the country, but this is about what’s best for Kentucky not a popularity contest. We see how that has worked out with our current White House resident. The main point to make here is that Alison Grimes is not right for Kentucky and the state does not need her liberal agenda with a war on coal and love for government run healthcare representing them in Washington. According to Breitbart, She has taken money from the lawyers’ lobby, as well as the tobacco lobby, and banking and gas interests. She has also refused to condemn the illegal recording of McConnell’s office by Progress Kentucky executives.

“I agree with thousands of Kentuckians that Kentucky is tired of 28 years of obstruction, that Kentucky is tired of someone who has voted against raising the minimum wage while all the while quadrupling his own net worth,” Grimes told reporters.

McConnell, meanwhile, released a statement saying he looks forward to “a respectful exchange of ideas” with Grimes, whom he described as President Barack Obama’s Kentucky candidate.

2014 will prove to be huge for this country and could be one of the nation’s marquee Senate match-ups. McConnell’s seat is one of 14 that Republicans are defending next year, while Democrats try to hold onto 21. Grimes is known as Obama’s cheerleader in Kentucky, but McConnell has definitely seen better days as far as polling numbers. Now, Grimes does have her work cut out and a long road to oust the five-term Senator, but it’ll be up to Kentuckians to figure out who they trust to represent their values in Washington.


Why Did Louisiana State Rep Change to GOP?

eguilloryRecently, Louisiana State Rep Elbert Guillory switched to the Republican Party for many reasons, but watch this incredible video that explains why he is a Republican. This is what many of us in the conservative movement have been preaching about for years, but far too often Republican politicians back away from their history or fail to even address it. They continue to allow Democrats to get away with lying, misleading, and distorting the facts on the history of both political parties.

Watch the video below for this very powerful message. Many more Republicans need to follow and defend their history and stand up for their values with such passion.


Michelle Bachmann Not Running in 2014

michellebachmannMinnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann says that after serious consideration, she will not be running for re-election in 2014. She will be ending her tenure as the representative from Minnesota’s sixth congressional district after four terms. She claims her decision was not influenced by concerns that she would not be re-elected, or by recent inquiries into her 2012 presidential campaign. In a video released, she says, “I will continue to work overtime for the next 18 months in Congress defending the same constitutional conservative values we have worked so hard on together.”

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Michelle Bachmann was a Tea Party favorite and former Republican Presidential candidate in 2012, but more importantly, she’s a Mother, Wife, and a good Christian woman who loves America. Her decision to not run simply to just hold public office is a great one for many reasons. Love her or hate her, she understands that term limits are a step in the right direction.

Being conservative is great and it continues one to hold onto the support of their constituents, but the longer one stays in office the more their conservatism is subject to decay. Career politicians or many of those who stay in Congress for decades often give into special interest groups or fail to hold the same values they had coming into office. Bachmann says that, in her opinion, if presidents can only serve eight years that length of time is sufficient for her to serve in Congress. She has done her service as a Congresswoman and she feels that it’s the right time to move on. Many maybe upset that she is not running again because it opens the seat up, but she is doing what is right for her at this time and we must respect that decision.


Conservatism vs. Liberalism

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There are many political issues that dominate the mass media airwaves these days.  But are they the correct issues?  The media drastically influences how most citizens vote, especially young or first time voters who often times just don’t get the facts.  Currently, we’re dealing with a complete mess of cover-ups from our nation’s Capital ranging from the ongoing Benghazi hearings to the IRS specifically targeting conservative groups in an effort to hinder Republican voter turn-outs.  However, Fox News seems to be the only network with any integrity and willing to tackle these issues on a daily basis.  This behavior of avoiding the tough issues by the other major networks is extremely appalling to me, especially after watching these same networks absolutely slam President George W. Bush for far less over and over again during his tenure.  It simply just doesn’t add up and I continue to ask myself, why does Barack Obama continue to get a free pass?  Well, let’s take a closer look at conservatives versus liberals, the true meaning and core beliefs of each party without media biased.

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Obviously, Republican conservatives will generally take one stance on political issues while Democratic liberals will take the opposite one.  One of the most popular issues is taxes and the constant debate of whether to raise or lower taxes of individuals, major corporations and LLC’s.  This is one battle that you can be sure will never end as we conservatives do not believe in raising taxes.  In fact, it is our conservative belief that lowering taxes directly helps stimulate the economy simply by putting more money in your pocket to spend.  Liberals actually believe that raising taxes will somehow improve the “average American’s life”.  For a numbers guy like myself, I not only know this to be untrue, I find it completely laughable.

Government‘s general involvement in the day-to-day lives of American citizens is another hot button issue at the moment.  As United States citizens, we’ve never been more intruded on by the government than we currently are in every way, shape and form.  We can’t go to an Airport, Wal-Mart, a Shopping Mall, a School Building, a Hospital or even drive through a toll booth without being filmed today.  It really doesn’t matter where you go, it can’t be avoided.  The next time you’re withdrawing twenty bucks from an ATM or grabbing a sandwich at a McDonald’s, smile because you’re on camera.  Although many of these places may be privately owned and operated, don’t let that fool you, the government will still have direct and immediate access to that footage promptly after they stomp their feet.  Basically, conservatives believe that the government should step back and keep involvement in peoples’ lives to an absolute minimum.  Liberals believe that government should actually guide the people by way of more laws and regulations.

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One of the biggest political issues that the two parties have opposite viewpoints on is the “right to keep and bear arms“.  I refuse to use their term “gun control”, because creating new laws on an inanimate object does not address the real issue, the person holding that gun!  When a person drinks and drives, then kills an innocent by-stander, do we blame the vehicle?  Absolutely not.  The driver is held accountable for his or her actions and the vehicle is never discussed as a “weapon” even though it did deliver the fatal blow.  So why is it so drastically different when it comes to firearms?  Simply because it’s part of the Bill of Rights and liberals need something to challenge?  We have to remember that the Bill of Rights was not designed to protect us from each other, but to protect us from government tyranny.  The second amendment gives us the great right to keep and bear arms and liberals are simply going to have to learn to live with that.

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The last major issue I’d like to discuss is that of Entitlements.  This may be the biggest political issue we face today largely due to the economic crisis our country has been facing for many years now.  These funding programs are meant to aid low-income families or individuals and liberals seem to think the answer to this mounting problem is actually increasing federal funding for these government assisted programs.  Obviously, conservatives believe there should be less government spending across the board and specifically on programs such as these.  I understand that everyone needs a little help once in a while, but what we’re seeing now is an epidemic and a serious problem.  What i’m talking about is generation-to-generation entitlement expectancy.  When a mother gives birth to a child and is completely reliant on the government, then 18 years later when that same child becomes an adult, the mother is still on the same exact government assistance program, that is a problem.  What other life does that child know?  What motivation does that child have to work hard for a living when they have watched their mother do nothing for 18 years except walk to the mailbox?  What kind of example is that to set as a mother?  These are tough questions and it may sound harsh, but it’s reality people.  Unless we wake up as a nation and elect the right officials, we will keep flushing our tax-dollars down the federal spending toilet.


GOP- future looks bright

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Although we’re struggling day-by-day just to get through this nightmare that is the Barack Obama experiment, the future of our great country does have a positive outlook.  Many young, vibrant Patriotic Republicans have given us reason to look forward to a better tomorrow.  As United States citizens, we all deserve a better country than the one we are living in today.  We deserve a country with limited Government, less spending and flourishing employment. I understand 2016 is still many years away, however conservatives throughout cannot help but look ahead to potential Presidential Candidates.  So let’s take a look shall we?

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Let’s first start with Ted Cruz, which personally is my favorite at this point.  Cruz is currently a Senator from the state of Texas.  Cruz was Solicitor General of Texas from 2003-2008, the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, the youngest Solicitor General in the United States and held the longest tenure in Texas history.  Senator Cruz served as Domestic Policy Adviser to President  George W. Bush on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign.   Cruz is endorsed by both the Tea Party movement and the Republican Liberty Caucus.  This combination makes Cruz a very viable candidate for the party as well as terrifying Democrats to the point all they can do is ridicule this fine Senator.  Ted Cruz is a no-nonsense Constitutionalist Conservative who will stand up for our rights, we the people.

Rand Paul

Rand Paul is a Senator from the state of Kentucky and the son of former congressman Ron Paul of Texas.  Rand Paul founded Kentucky Taxpayers United, of which he is still chairman.  As a supporter of the Tea Party movement, Paul has been vocal in advocating term limits, a balanced budget amendment and the  Read the Bills Act, in addition to widespread reduction of federal spending and taxation.  Paul may be most famous for leading an epic filibuster to block voting on the nomination of John Brennan as the Director of the CIA, questioning Barack Obama and his administration’s use of drones within the United States.  Paul held the floor for 12 hours and 52 minutes.

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Marco Rubio is a Senator from the state of Florida who previously served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives from 2007-2009.  Rubio, who is the son of Cuban immigrants, has been widely criticized for his position on immigration reform and his reform proposal in January 2013.  However, Rubio was still selected to give the Republican response to President Barack Obama‘s 2013 State of the Union Address.

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Chris Christie is Governor of New Jersey, a position he has held since 2010 and the first Republican to win that seat in 12 years.  President George W. Bush appointed Christie as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey in 2002 where he served until 2008.  Christie has been surrounded by political controversy during his tenure, most notably criticizing Congress for delaying federal funding for Hurricane Sandy Relief.

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Mike Lee is a Senator from the state of Utah.  Lee‘s father Rex was founding Dean of BYU’s Law School and former Solicitor General of the United States during the Reagan Administration.  Senator Lee had been a constitutional lawyer leading up to his Senate victory in 2010.

As we all know, Presidential candidates do not run alone on the ticket.  For every Batman, there is a Robin.  It is essential that the nominee choose wisely when making a decision for a running mate.  It’s highly unlikely that two of these fine men I have mentioned will run together as we saw in 2012 when Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan when many thought he would choose Marco Rubio.  With that said, I would simply like to recognize a couple of very passionate and Patriotic Republicans who could potentially fill that position.

Trey Gowdy

Trey Gowdy is a United States Representative for South Carolina‘s 4th congressional district, a position he has held since 2011.  Before his election to Congress, Gowdy was Solicitor District Attorney for the State’s Seventh Judicial Circuit.  From 1994-2000, Gowdy was a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s office in South Carolina.  Gowdy has developed a reputation as a tough questioner and frequently speaks on the floor of the House on issues ranging from Fast and Furious to the Benghazi hearings.

Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn is a United States Representative for Tennessee‘s 7th congressional district, serving since 2003.  Blackburn first won elected office in 1998, when she was elected to the Tennessee State Senate.  She lead efforts to prevent the passage of additional state income tax and for this was referred to as a hero in her home state.  Unlike most female Representatives, Blackburn prefers to be called “Congressman Blackburn“.  She also served as a senior adviser to Mitt Romney on his 2012 presidential campaign.  Blackburn is highly intelligent, very confident and extremely well spoken.  She is a total rock star and a true Patriot in my opinion.  I know it’s pretty far-fetched, but I would like nothing more than a Cruz-Blackburn ticket in 2016.  We are three and half years away and everyone has their favorites, but I don’t think America would regret having these two Patriots represent us when it’s all said and done.