Archive for January, 2012
Can’t say I’m surprised.
It’s Chris Dudley all over again. The Republican Establishment in Oregon, like their national counterparts, consistently run under the delusion that the most “moderate,” milquetoast candidate which least offends the Left is the most “electable.”
Then they lose…and inevitably blame the conservative base that held their noses and voted for yet another candidate that did his best to distance himself from them.
Rob Cornilles was NOT a conservative by any stretch of the imagination. He was the establishment’s pick. When Tea Partiers offered their help, they were rebuffed by a campaign intent on appearing “bipartisan.” Still, longsuffering conservatives showed up to work the phone banks and cast their votes, knowing full well that their candidate didn’t truly represent their values.
Republican congressional candidate Rob Cornilles has been working overtime to portray himself as a bipartisan figure in the special election race for the 1st Congressional District — where a Republican hasn’t won since 1972.
In an appearance Wednesday before The Oregonian’s editorial board, Cornilles pursued that theme by handing out frequent plaudits to Oregon’s senior senator, Democrat Ron Wyden.Cornilles said Wyden has “been like my best buddy” in recent weeks by taking such steps as reaching out to Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., to collaborate on a Medicare plan and by championing the benefits of free-trade pacts in a speech at the Oregon Leadership Summit.
While he was at it, Cornilles also praised Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., for championing natural resource industries and for not being afraid to take on President Obama when he thinks he is wrong. Cornilles said he thinks he could also work with Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., who is someone with a “reasonable attitude.”
Cornilles said he regards Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon’s sole Republican member of Congress, as “almost a mentor.” But Cornilles explained how he once told Walden he and fellow GOP leaders were wrong to try to repeal the new federal health care law, saying it was a wasted exercise. Republicans would be better off trying to improve it, he said.
Walden, Cornilles related, “just smiled and said, ‘Well, you’re in a different district.’”
Democratic congressional candidate Suzanne Bonamici, in a separate appearance before the editorial board, sort of picked up on Walden’s point.
She dismissed Cornilles’ talk as just an attempt to ingratiate himself with the Democratic leaning voters of the district.
“I know my opponent is trying to distance himself from his party because he understands he would have to do that to win,” said Bonamici.
Rob Cornilles and the Oregon GOP refused to take a stand and make the argument for conservative values, and they have no one to blame but themselves that voters found their “progressive lite” platform uninspiring. They shot for the “moderate” center and lost the base. When will Republicans ever learn?
Polls consistently show that the majority of Americans consider themselves to be conservative. Then how is it that our nation seems on a nearly irreversible trajectory towards Leftism? Quite simply, despite the recent rise of the Tea Party, most of the “silent majority” still remains detached from the fight.
Political activism is difficult for conservatives, who naturally gravitate towards a “live and let live,” “if we don’t bother them, they won’t bother us” mentality. We prefer to make a difference through ministries and charities, not government mandates. We tend to view government as power-hungry and obnoxious, not as a benevolent savior. We see politics as dirty and distasteful, not as the path to Utopia.
The problem is, we are up against an ideology which views the Almighty State as the solution for almost any problem, and political activism is how they practice their religion. In his book Liberty and Tyranny, Mark Levin calls them Statists, because their goal is ultimately to put the state in the place of God in people’s lives.
Statists go to activist training the way that we go to Bible studies: to learn how to put their faith into practice. They volunteer for phone banks, signature gathering, petitioning, lobbying and protesting the way that we volunteer for ministries and local charities: to make a difference and change the world. They run for office the way that conservatives join the clergy: to help shepherd the flock in the right direction.
While Statists are naturally attracted to positions of power over their fellow men, true conservatives rarely run for political office, preferring to “live and let live.” On the rare occasion when they do, it’s often out of reluctant desperation: because they’re sick of the fact that they can no longer ignore government intrusion in their life, and nobody else seems to be stepping up to the plate.
It’s not uncommon for conservative candidates to be completely unprepared and shocked by the disgusting tactics wielded against them – tactics they themselves would never think of using or stoop to. They’ll find themselves smeared and slandered and their supporters intimidated as they come against a well-oiled machine of Leftist activists seemingly coming out of the woodwork from every direction.
If a conservative candidate manages to survive the onslaught, they’ll often find themselves as the lone conservative on a school board or city council full of dedicated liberals. Even worse: the liberal politicians’ supporters show up religiously for every meeting and session, while most conservatives in the community are at home, usually unaware that there even is a meeting that night (except on the rare occasion when a media-highlighted issue is under consideration).
After a few years of fighting what seems to be a losing battle against overwhelming odds with little support from their oblivious conservative base, many candidates will simply bow out in frustration.
While the conservative electorate is focusing on work, family, and everyday life between elections, Statists are laying the groundwork to win the next battle, the same way that athletes stay in shape for the next game.
When election time comes, conservatives show up to vote as our civic duty, but the Statists have well-trained activists ready to get out the vote, drum up media attention and destroy the opposition.
When the election is over or a hard-fought battle is won, conservatives are relieved to go back to our daily lives and blissfully ignore the dirty world of politics until the next cycle of negative ads pop up on TV again. Statists, meanwhile, are learning from what worked and didn’t work, and adjusting their game plan to win the next round.
As distasteful as it may be, as much as it may go against our nature, it’s time for conservatives to realize that our “live and let live” approach to political involvement will eventually seal our defeat. In the world of sports, the team that is most conditioned, trained and prepared will win, while the team that prefers to spend most of its time off the field will lose. The same applies to the world of politics.
Conservatives, our nation is under assault. Not just during election cycles, but every day. We can’t afford to ride the bench any longer.
This is a good step in the right direction.
Unfortunately, it’s temporary, pending an investigation into Planned Parenthood’s corruption. If PP is cleared, Komen will immediately reinstate the grants, even though PP still doesn’t offer comprehensive cancer screenings such as mammograms.
Will Komen now prove that they TRULY care about saving women’s lives by giving them ALL the facts regardless of politics: namely, that abortion is a major risk factor for breast cancer? And will they start directing women to clinics that actually provide TRUE cancer screenings, such as mammograms?
After years of protests and criticism from pro-life advocates, the biggest breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has announced it is halting further grants and donations to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
Figures from August directly from the Komen for the Cure foundation show 18 affiliates of the breast cancer charity gave a total of more than $569,000 to the Planned Parenthood abortion business in 2010. That was down from the $731,303 Komen officials publicly confirmed in October 2010, when they acknowledged that 20 of the 122 Komen affiliates gave to Planned Parenthood during the 2009 fiscal year.
Now, Komen says it is halting all grants due to the impending investigation in Congress of the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Its new guidelines prevent it from funding any group under congressional investigation.
The policy makes it so no further Planned Parenthood grants will be given unless the investigation results in Planned Parenthood’s favor.
According to Fox News, Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun said “the cutoff results from the charity’s newly adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. According to Komen, this applies to Planned Parenthood because it’s the focus of an inquiry launched by Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., seeking to determine whether public money was improperly spent on abortions.”
We received an email a while ago that said “Komen HQ has received 2,000 email condemning their move to defund PP. In support, they have received only 64. [You may contact] Komen at email@example.com and tell them thanks for defunding Planned Parenthood. they are coming under severe attack.”
Be sure to thank Komen for having the courage to suspend funding to Planned Parenthood abortion mills!
Here is the e-mail I sent them:
Thank you, Komen, for having the courage to do the right thing and suspend funding to Planned Parenthood pending an investigation into their corrupt practices.
I have not been able to support your organization since I heard several years ago that you were providing grants to an organization that does not provide comprehensive cancer screenings (no mammograms), and in fact INCREASES women’s breast cancer risk through abortion procedures, without fully informing their clients.
Will Komen now prove that they TRULY care about saving women’s lives by educating them with ALL the facts regardless of politics? Namely, that abortion is a proven risk factor for breast cancer? If so, I would gladly support your organization once again.
Thank you again. This is a good step in the right direction, and I hope you will make it permanent.
This past week the gloves came off in the Republican primary, as the “Establishment” leadership realized that Newt Gingrich was actually a real threat to Mitt Romney’s “inevitable” candidacy. They’ve come out with guns blazing, determined to destroy his momentum. But in the process, they are alienating and making enemies of the grassroots conservatives who support him – particularly Tea Partiers.
In the end, many of them will still vote for whoever the Republican nominee is, just to get Obama out of the White House. But after that, all bets will be off. Many will abandon the GOP altogether, fed up with a party that claims to represent conservative values but ends up caving or advancing the progressive agenda at every point. This could be the final straw that causes an irreparable split.
The GOP Establishment is in for an ugly surprise no matter who eventually clinches the nomination and possibly, the White House. The Tea Party is not going to just roll over and go away because an “R” is now in charge. It will continue to hold their feet to the fire, even more so than Obama.
Three columnists at American Thinker have captured the problem completely.
Mitt Romney is the establishment’s man. Never mind that Romney has never done anything conservative. Never mind that it is leaking out that he probably won’t get rid of ObamaCare, the issue that gave Republicans the House in 2010. Never mind that his biggest qualification is that he is a businessman. So is George Soros. Pretty much the same kind of business, too. Woe on to anyone who is a threat to the status quo that challenges him, though. They will be attacked with a fervor never unleashed on a Democratic opponent.
Joseph M. Koenig reminds us that this rebellion by the grassroots against the GOP’s anointed nominee isn’t really about Newt:
GOP voters are sending a clarion call to the party establishment, but it seems GOP leaders are not getting the message. The statement being sent to the GOP elite isn’t about Newt, and it goes beyond even Romney. It is about a deep dissatisfaction that has been building for years within the Republican rank and file.
With the proclamations of Bob Dole and others against Newt Gingrich recently, it is clear the GOP establishment fears a Gingrich nomination. In truth, however, it is the GOP establishment’s own ineffectual leadership that led to the recent surge of the former Speaker of the House. [...]
In election after election, and on issue after issue, the Republican base has felt increasingly frustrated and disappointed by their party’s leadership, who have consistently underperformed, buckled under media and opposition pressure, and squandered any mandate provided them by the American people.
With a candidate like Newt, who brings with him loads of personal and political baggage, such reactions as those seen in the debates reveal sentiments that run much deeper, and that have been building far longer than any one campaign season. The Republican rank and file have been sending messages to their party leaders for years, but without avail. The GOP has touted itself as the party of fiscal responsibility and smaller government, but for too many years, their supporters have seen government and spending continue to spiral out of control, even when they put Republicans in charge.
In 2006, Republicans were sent a resounding rebuke, losing both the Senate and the House after 12 years of controlling majorities. After defeating an uninspiring establishment GOP candidate in the 2008 election, President Obama promptly showed the disaffected Republican voters what real spending was like, making the ousted Republicans look downright miserly.
Realizing just how much worse things could be under liberal Democrat control, the American people rose up. The Tea Party was born. In 2010, frustrated Tea Partiers sent Republicans back to congress in an attempt to stop the profligate spending. The mandate could hardly have been clearer. Even Obama admitted to taking a shellacking.
While it is true Republicans control only one chamber of one branch of the federal government, the change the American people sent them to Washington to effect has not happened. The frustration that led Tea Partiers to demonstrate in public squares and dominate town halls around the country has not been alleviated. The debt limit battle was lost, the economy continues to stagnate, and the GOP establishment is once again pushing a candidate that fails to inspire hope that he can actually make real change happen in Washington.
Unlike many of the Occupy Wall Street movement protestors, the Tea Party conservatives had businesses to run, and jobs to return to, but the frustration and anger they felt is still very real. They are tired of sending people to Washington, Republicans claiming to be the party of fiscal responsibility, only to see things continue to get worse.
The majority of the American people, but in particular those who identify themselves as conservative, are overwhelmingly aware of the true nature of the nation’s problems and the crossroad the country is facing in 2012. The grassroots rebellion that is the Tea Party movement was the first manifestation of this awareness. Despite the success of the Tea Party working within the Republican Party in the 2010 mid-term elections, most of the Republican elites downplayed their success and fell-in with the mainstream media and the Democrats in their well-worn and gratuitous aspersions against those in fly-over country.
The rank and file members of the Party and conservatives throughout the country are now keenly aware of the opinion the Establishment has of them, as well as what has been going on behind the curtains in Washington. The current Republican nominating process has further exposed the true nature of the Establishment and their self-centered concerns.
The machinations utilized in the past (with the exception of Ronald Reagan who was not the Establishment’s choice) to maneuver the primary voters into choosing the previously anointed Mitt Romney has now come out in the open as the awakened silent majority is no longer willing to be fooled or taken for granted.
There are six primary methods of eliminating potential challengers with the tacit cooperation of the mainstream media, and they have been in full display this primary season. They are to portray unacceptable candidates as:
- hypocrites in sexual matters (Herman Cain); or
- unstable (Michelle Bachmann); or
- ignorant and incoherent (Rick Perry); or
- a religious fanatic (Rick Santorum); or
- just plain weird and from another planet (Ron Paul); or
- dangerous and unelectable (Newt Gingrich).
Sarah Palin would have been placed in all of those boxes had she decided to run, as well as anyone else deemed not acceptable to the elites.
However, the collective and coordinated vitriol and false or misleading accusations against Newt Gingrich by virtually all in the Establishment, led by the so-called conservative media, is unprecedented. Twice he has arisen, after being vilified and shunted aside, to challenge Mitt Romney and perhaps win the nomination; but the fact that he has been successful in fighting for conservative ideals but in an unorthodox and often contentious, and at times unreliable, fashion has the Establishment in near hysterics. All the other challengers were easily eliminated or made irrelevant, as they did not have the money or experience of knowing how the game is played, but Newt refused to just slink away. Never has the Republican Establishment trained its guns on any one candidate in such an unbridled and unrestrained way.
Perhaps Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum or Ron Paul are not the right candidates to face Barack Obama, but that decision should be up to the voters. While it maybe the role of the conservative pundit class to proffer their opinions of the various candidates, it is not the role of the overall Establishment to so marginalize candidates that there appears to be only one viable alternative.
The Establishment could not have made a more strategic blunder. They will, in all likelihood, succeed in securing the nomination for Mitt Romney, but the damage they have inflicted upon themselves is approaching irreversible. The public now sees the length to which the Establishment will go to make certain their hand-picked candidate is chosen regardless of the dire circumstances facing the nation.
This is a fight for the heart and soul of the Republican party – whether the people get to decide who best represents them, or whether the ruling class will impose their nominee at any cost.
It may very well split the party apart.
No matter who the Republican nominee is, I will hold my nose and vote for him as a lesser evil to Obama…and then spend the next four years excoriating his every move, just like Obama.
If the Republican Establishment thinks the Tea Party is going to just roll over and go away because an “R” is in the White House, they have an ugly surprise coming. We are loyal to the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited constitutional government – not to party or politician.
We are taking over the GOP from the grassroots level on up. Time is short for the current Establishment leadership. They may win this battle, but they WILL lose the war.
Ben Domenech writes at Ricochet about his conversation with a grassroots Tea Party activist who has become disillusioned with a party that insists on pushing “progressive” candidates in spite of clear opposition from their conservative base:
Last week, Mollie raised an interesting point about what a Mitt Romney nomination means for the Republican Party. In the comments, I shared my concern concerning the lean-Republican independents who make up much of the Tea Party, and who prior to 2009 were mostly inactive in politics beyond regularly voting.
The Tea Party is a collection of people who felt compelled to transition from citizens to activists in favor of limited government and fiscal restraint. Many sacrifice time away from family, work, and life in a desperate attempt to save the nation they love, from their perspective. My concern is that the Tea Party will recoil from supporting a Republican Party that is headed by John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Mitt Romney.
I spoke with one such Tea Partier, Rebecca from Florida, over the weekend. She’s a retired detective turned young stay-at-home mom, who labels herself a “generic Tea Partier.” What she had to say was fascinating and illuminating, and it should concern just about every smart Republican. She was gracious enough to let me publicize her thoughts here at Ricochet.
Here’s what she had to share:
“I became politically engaged after the 2008 election,” Rebecca told me. “I used to only vote in Presidential elections and local elections that were of interest to me. In January of 2008 I saw Barack Obama give a speech and I was really wowed. He is quite a gifted speaker.” She admits that she “liked what he was saying, but some things were just a little off.”
She started listening to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck again, wanting to hear what this Obama fellow was really about. But beyond that, she didn’t engage in activism – she just showed up to vote for McCain, despite what she considered his “progressivism.”
“Obama got elected. Then Obamacare was rammed through. I was appalled. I couldn’t believe the shady way such important legislation was passed,” Rebecca said. “I have some like-minded mommy friends and I got together with them. I joined our local 9/12 Project, and As A Mom and the TEA Party of Tampa Bay.”
Via email and Twitter, Rebecca started sharing information, organizing, paying more attention to what was happening. She took early retirement in 2010 to stay home with her son (Benjamin – a great name, am I right?), and gave birth to another young son (Jameson) last May.
“You see, I now have *much* more to think about in regards to the future of our country,” Rebecca said, and happily so. She redoubled her efforts, achieving a level of engagement in politics she’d never had before, and as you all know, Florida’s Senate race was ground zero for this movement.
“Casting my vote for Marco Rubio in the primary and then again in the general gave me this amazing feeling of accomplishment,” Rebecca said. “I felt like we had done it. First, when he beat Crist for the Republican nod. When he won the seat, I felt like I had finally been able to cast a vote for someone I *believed* in, instead of just choosing the least worst one.”
“2010 was a real turning point for me. I watched the midterm election results as we won the House with some good, solid conservatives and I felt so proud and accomplished. I felt like we – the TEA Party, my mommy friends, ME – we had made a difference,” Rebecca said. “We were helping to put our country back on the right path, and return to the ideals of our founders.”
“Then came 2011,” Rebecca says, and her mood clouds. “It felt like every time I turned around, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell were selling us out, hanging our Tea Party freshmen out to dry, and doing it for no apparent reason.”
She’s unsure why this is. “Are they idiots, or just the worst chess/poker players ever? Every time they have an opportunity to limit government, reduce taxes, etc. they blow it.”
And all the while, President Obama is able to “look like he’s trying, he’s really trying, but the ‘Republican Controlled Congress’ keeps getting in the way. The debt ceiling increases. The lack of a budget. The 30-odd House passed bills that Harry Reid won’t allow a vote on.” Indeed, Rebecca is so infuriated with the Congress’ inability to carry their message or push back, she thinks a third party might be needed.
“I almost feel as though there needs to be a new party, a truly conservative party, that really represents us. Sometimes I feel like the GOP is more interested in protecting their jobs than in promoting conservative ideals. At least, that’s what Boehner and McConnell make me think,” Rebecca said. “Why can’t we have a party full of Rubios – candidates who believe in American exceptionalism and limited government, and do so unapologetically? Why do we have to have so many squishes?”
The Republican presidential stakes kicked in, and Rebecca engaged. Her hopes rise with Rick Perry’s entrance, but then “he gets hammered for stupid things, and drops.” She thought about Herman Cain, “but his lack of campaign management was disconcerting.” She never really thought Bachmann would make it to Florida, and says “Erick Erickson has educated me too much to cast a vote for Rick Santorum.” She considers Ron Paul’s views right on a number of accounts, but thinks his foreign policy is “crazy.”
“So here I am, supporting Newt Gingrich,” Rebecca says. “I’m not in love with Newt, but I trust him more to stay true to conservative ideals. The guy pushed Clinton right, for goodness sake. I only trust Mitt to stay true to himself.”
So, Rebecca, about Mitt: why not Romney this time?
“I don’t trust him, and I don’t think he can win. He is utterly unaware of how offensive his disconnect with the average American is. He drops $10K bets like it’s nothing. He thinks $342,000 isn’t very much to make in a year,” Rebecca said. “I don’t begrudge him his wealth – he worked for it and earned it and that is admirable. But I hate his lack of awareness of how super-wealthy he is. His flip-flops are legendary.”
“Oh, and he invented Obamacare.”
“I see a Romney nomination causing Tea Partiers like me to tune out. We are already disheartened by the congressional leadership. Romney will be the final nail in the coffin. He is completely uninspiring, and is everything we have been working so hard to defeat within the GOP,” Rebecca said. “Don’t even get me started on that Bain Capital picture. Ugh. There is no way he can win. And I don’t want to have to defend him while he tries.”
“When both party machines and many in the media are trying to crucify Newt Gingrich for bucking the tide and bucking the establishment, that tells you something. And I say, you know, you have to rage against the machine at this point in order to defend our republic and save what is good and secure and prosperous about our nation,” Sarah Palin said on FOX News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine” program.
“We need somebody who is engaged in sudden and relentless reform and isn’t afraid to shake up that establishment. So, if for no other reason, rage against the machine, vote for Newt; annoy a liberal, vote Newt. Keep this vetting process going, keep the debate going. As more debate happens, Judge, we’ll hear more from Newt and the other candidates who will oppose his position, as he claims he’s not part of the establishment, let’s hear more about it,” Palin said on Saturday evening.
Rick Santorum opposed TARP.
He didn’t cave when Chicken Littles in Washington invoked a manufactured crisis in 2008. He didn’t follow the pro-bailout GOP crowd — including Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich — and he didn’t have to obfuscate or rationalize his position then or now, like Rick Perry and Herman Cain did. He also opposed the auto bailout, Freddie and Fannie bailout, and porkulus bills.
Santorum opposed individual health care mandates — clearly and forcefully — as far back as his 1994 U.S. Senate run. He has launched the most cogent, forceful fusillade against both Romney and Gingrich for their muddied, pro-individual health care mandate waters.
He voted against cap and trade in 2003, voted yes to drilling in ANWR, and unlike Romney and Gingrich, Santorum has never dabbled with eco-radicals like John Holdren, Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi. He hasn’t written any“Contracts with the Earth.”
Santorum is strong on border security, national security, and defense. Mitt the Flip-Flopper and Open Borders-Pandering Newt have been far less trustworthy on immigration enforcement.
He won Iowa through hard work and competent campaign management. Santorum has improved in every GOP debate and gave his strongest performance last week in Florida, wherein he both dismantled Romneycare and popped the Newt bubble by directly challenging the front-runners’ character and candor without resorting to their petty tactics.
He rose above the fray by sticking to issues.
Most commendably, he refused to join Gingrich and Perry in indulging in the contemptible Occupier rhetoric against Romney. Character and honor matter. Santorum has it.
Of course, Santorum is not perfect. As I’ve said all along, every election cycle is a Pageant of the Imperfects. He lost his Senate re-election bid in 2006, an abysmal year for conservatives. He was a go-along, get-along Big Government Republican in the Bush era. He supported No Child Left Behind, the prescription drug benefit entitlement, steel tariffs, and earmarks and outraged us movement conservatives by endorsing RINO Arlen Specter over stalwart conservative Pat Toomey.
I have no illusions about Rick Santorum. I wish he were as rock-solid on core economic issues as Ron Paul.
And I wish Ron Paul was not the far-out, Alex Jones-panderer on foreign policy, defense, and national security that he is.
This is the crucial election which will determine whether we begin to restore our constitutional republic, or make the permanent shift into a European-style socialist welfare state.
When this is over, will you be able to look back and tell your children that you did everything in your power to preserve their liberty while you had the chance?
With the 2012 elections right around the corner, it’s essential that every able-bodied person join the fight to save our country. Aside from casting a vote on election day, most Americans have never been involved in the political process. In what I believe is the most crucial elections of our lifetime (and likely the make or break point for our country), I would encourage each and every one of you to get involved in some way. Figuring out the best way to get involved or finding out how you can make a difference may seem overwhelming and difficult. Thankfully, we’re not alone in the fight. There are several organizations devoted to providing a launching pad for regular Americans with no clue where to jump in the political process.
Following his speech, I was able to chat with Mr. Shafer about American Majority and grassroots training.
Red: What is American Majority and what do you do?
“American Majority started in January 2008 and has trained nearly 20,000 individuals and have had about 600 events across 44 states. We’re trying to build a farmteam of Conservatives, mainly at the state and local level. We help grassroots organizations, Tea Parties, non-partisan Conservative groups maximize their impact.
In politics there’s a learning curve and if we want to try to save the country, we need to try to shorten that learning curve because sometimes it’s longer than we can afford. Our goal is to shorten that learning curve, to help take activitsts from the moment they decide they want to get off their couch and decide they want to do something and make it possible for them to step up as quickly as possible and make a difference.”
Red: Why is working in grassroots so important to affecting change?
“Ultimately, that’s how David beats Goliath. We’re outgunned when it comes to money, we’re outgunned when it comes to name ID and when it comes to institutional support. Every one of those we’re outgunned, in most cases 10 to 1. We want to compete with passion and compete with willing to work, because that’s something other people don’t have. You can see this when you look at big campaigns. Incumbents rely on money, name ID and advtertising, whereas the insurgent guys are out there pounding the pavement, knocking on doors and leveraging grassroots support. That’s how we beat these guys. We’re trying to train people so they can get out there and fight because we have to win and we have to win now.”
Red: Can you talk about some of the resources you have available?
“Americanmajority.org has guides, presentations, podcasts, training manuals and video tutorials covering social media and a variety of other topics and all the resources are free. We’re trying to create as many resources as we can.”
Red: What would you say to someone who feels compelled to get involved in the political process and feels compelled to help save our country but has no idea where to start or how to do that?
“First, don’t assume you have to start at a national level because it’s one of the biggest ways to get turned off. People need to focus on doing something and it may be something small. It may be going to talk to your neighbor or updating your facebook status, having conversation, reading a blog and commenting on it. Starting small is a great way to find where you’re best fitted. Each of us has to find what we’re best at. If someone has a question about what they should try, I’d be more than happy to talk to them about it. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I’m more than happy to answer any questions and do whatever I can to help.”
American Majority hosts training sessions nation-wide, so be sure to check out their website for upcoming events. Remember, no matter how small, every little bit counts. America needs all the help she can get.
Leftist “tolerance” on display. These people have zero respect for anything or anyone who dares to think differently than them.
God help them if they ever come near any of my daughters.
Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street movement threw condoms on Catholic schoolgirls, refused to allow a Catholic priest to give a closing prayer, and shouted down a pro-life speaker at a Rhode Island right to life rally on Thursday, according to its organizer. The event marked the third time protesters associated with the movement have disrupted a pro-life meeting in a week.
About two-dozen members of Occupy Providence hiked from Burnside Park to the 39th Annual Pro-Life State House Rally organized by the Rhode Island State Right to Life Committee on Thursday.
The pro-life organization’s executive director, Barth E. Bracy, told LifeSiteNews.com that, near the end of the rally, the Occupiers “strategically fanned out with military precision.”
That’s when they “started showering condoms down on some of the girls from a Catholic high school.”
They gathered around speakers at the podium, shouting them down or otherwise jostling them and members of the audience.
Bracy, who finished only a quarter of his keynote address before being drowned out by chants and catcalls, said the Occupiers – who carried a large sign reading “Occupy Providence” and wore distinguishing arm bands – physically bumped several people. “They’re touching you. They’re swarming you,” he said.
The Providence chapter openly planned its actions on its Facebook page, Bracy said.
Bracy said he was disappointed when he tried to ask a man from the national Occupy Wall Street movement, who identified himself as “Dallas,” what opposing the right to life had to do with economics.
“You can’t have a reasoned conversation with these people,” he said, “They simply try to taunt you. They’re smug, snarky, arrogant. You won’t get a straight answer.”
Dallas told Bracy he was on a 13-city national tour to teach Saul Alinsky tactics to local organizers.
“Their actions have made it loud and clear, whatever else they are, they are pro-abortion – and they are willing to attack the pro-life movement,” Bracy told LifeSiteNews.
Members of the Occupy movement, which putatively focuses on economic and financial issues, have begun aggressively demonstrating against those who advocate for the rights of the unborn.
Approximately 15 protesters from Occupy D.C. disrupted the March for Life Youth Rally in the nation’s capital last Saturday evening.
Last Monday, they disrupted a prayer service for the unborn in front of the Supreme Court.
“What they did yesterday was clearly the most outrageous and egregious thing they’ve done so far,” Bracy said on Friday. “I don’t know if this is a sign of what’s to come from them, but I think it’s important Catholics and pro-lifers know who these people are.”
However, such outrageous and offensive tactics may prove counterproductive for the pro-abortion movement. “They couldn’t have done us a bigger favor,” Bracy said. “We’re more popular with the legislators than we’ve ever been, because they’re absolutely appalled at their behavior.”
That’s $945,000 of National Debt just for OUR FAMILY alone. It would take over18 YEARS of paying our ENTIRE ANNUAL SALARY just to pay off our share.
STOP SELLING US AND OUR CHILDREN INTO DEBT SLAVERY!!!
Forget President Obama’s speech on Tuesday night, the current state of our union can be summed up in just two words: We’re broke.
The president devoted just 189 words to the deficit and our growing national debt, but the fact is that once again this year we will borrow 32 cents out of every dollar we spend. Overall, our national debt now tops $15.2 trillion (with Congress raising the debt ceiling to $16.4 trillion last week). And that doesn’t count the unfunded liabilities of Social Security and Medicare. Throw those in, and our total indebtedness exceeds $120 trillion.
That means that if one counts only the official national debt, every man, woman and child in America owes $48,700. Include the unfunded liabilities of Social Security and Medicare, and every one of us is in debt to the tune of $189,000.
Or look at it another way. One can’t pick up a newspaper these days without reading a story about the debt crisis in Europe. France, for example, just had its credit rating downgraded. Yet, measured as a percentage of GDP (the value of all goods and services produced in a country over a year), our budget deficit is roughly a quarter larger than France’s. In fact, among European countries, only Greece and Ireland have larger deficits this year than we do.
The debt figures paint an even grimmer picture. If one includes all the unfunded liabilities of pension and health-care systems, Greece’s total debt equals 875% of its GDP. France, the next-most insolvent country in Europe, owes 570% of GDP. The United States, however, now owes 885% of GDP, more than any other industrialized country.
We have been able to avoid disaster so far only because, as the world’s preferential currency, other countries have been willing to lend us money cheaply. But that is not going to continue forever. And if our creditors begin to hike interest rates, we will be facing the same economic consequences facing so much of Europe today.
“There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal.” ~ F. A. Hayek
What was it everybody used to say about the United States? Look at what’s happening over there and you will see our future. Whatever Americans are doing now, we will be catching up with them in another 10 years or so. In popular culture or political rhetoric, America led the fashion and we tagged along behind.
Well, so much for that. Barack Obama is now putting the United States squarely a decade behind Britain. Listening to the President’s State of the Union message last week was like a surreal visit to our own recent past: there were, almost word for word, all those interminable Gordon Brown Budgets that preached “fairness” while listing endless new ways in which central government would intervene in every form of economic activity.
Later, in a television interview, Mr Obama described his programme of using higher taxes on the wealthy to bankroll new government spending as “a recipe for a fair, sound approach to deficit reduction and rebuilding this country”. To which we who come from the future can only shout, “No‑o-o, go back! Don’t come down this road!”
The United States is a country that was invented to allow people to be free of domination or persecution by the state. Its constitution and political institutions are specifically designed to prevent the federal government from oppressing the rights, or undermining the sense of responsibility, of the individual citizen. If it ceases to stand by that principle, then it will suffer a catastrophic loss of purpose and identity – as well as making a quite remarkably stupid and unnecessary mistake.
“Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else…how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.” ~ Frédéric Bastiat
Number of cops injured by Tea Partiers: zero. Number of arrests, bean bag rounds, and tear gas canisters needed to keep Tea Partiers under control: zero.
For three years, the Tea Party has proven that Americans can have their voices heard without violent confrontations with police, property damage, or breaking the law. Perhaps the “peaceful” Occupiers could benefit from following the example of those the Democrats and media have falsely smeared as “terrorists” and “right-wing extremists.”
These people don’t represent “the 99%” of anyone I know. Most Americans actually believe in the rule of law, respecting property and the flag.
OAKLAND, Calif. – Riot police fought running skirmishes with anti-Wall Street protesters on Saturday, firing tear gas and bean bag projectiles and arresting more than 200 people in clashes that injured three officers and at least one demonstrator.
Three police officers and one protester were injured during the clashes, the city said, without detailing their conditions. Internet broadcasts by activists showed several demonstrators being treated by paramedics or loaded into ambulances.
The scuffles erupted in the afternoon as activists from the Occupy movement sought to take over a shuttered downtown convention center, sparking cat-and-mouse battles that lasted well into the night in a city that has seen tensions between police and protesters boil over repeatedly.
“Occupy Oakland has got to stop using Oakland as its playground,” Mayor Jean Quan, who has come under criticism for the city’s handling of the Occupy movement, said at a late evening press conference.
“Once again, a violent splinter group of the Occupy movement is engaging in violent actions against Oakland,” she said, speaking as officers in riot gear were still lined up against demonstrators in downtown intersections.
Not to be left out, Occupy Portland was out blocking traffic last night in “solidarity” with Oakland. This is going to get worse when the weather warms up. All across the country they’re being trained in Alinsky-style tactics and are planning Greek-style riots this summer.
In Portland, they have a plan to dress up protesters as “Occubears” to face off with the police. Their goal is to get footage of cops using force against cuddly stuffed animals. They know how to craft a deceptive narrative for the media to lap up and smear their opponents with.
This just in: the Elite Ruling Class have commissioned a study to prove that they’re smarter than you, so you stupid little serfs should accept your inferior place and stop believing you can run your own lives! “Intelligent” people know that the path to prosperity is mountains of debt and reckless spending of other people’s forcibly confiscated money, dontcha know?
Oh, yeah, and if you’re resistant to their Utopian experiments, you’re a racist. Of course.
Yahoo! News, which recently entered into a partnership with ABC News, somehow thought it fit to use its “Destination 2012″ site for the 2012 election to highlight a new study that found a purported link between conservatism and low intelligence. The headline for the story by LiveScience.com’s Stephanie Pappas exclaimed, “Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice.”
Pappas wasted little time to note that apparently, “low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found.” She cited the study’s lead researcher, Gordon Hodson of Brock University in Ontario, Canada, who claimed that “those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice, Hodson wrote.”
The writer buried a further explanation from Hodson 11 paragraphs later, who tried to give a more nuanced look at his findings:
Hodson was quick to note that the despite the link found between low intelligence and social conservatism, the researchers aren’t implying that all liberals are brilliant and all conservatives stupid. The research is a study of averages over large groups, he said.
“There are multiple examples of very bright conservatives and not-so-bright liberals, and many examples of very principled conservatives and very intolerant liberals,” Hodson said.
However, just two paragraphs later, Pappas upped the ante again with another quote from the lead researcher, and included slanted terminology in her explanation of a second study:
Nonetheless, there is reason to believe that strict right-wing ideology might appeal to those who have trouble grasping the complexity of the world.
“Socially conservative ideologies tend to offer structure and order,” Hodson [picture at right] said, explaining why these beliefs might draw those with low intelligence. “Unfortunately, many of these features can also contribute to prejudice.”
Unfrigginbelieveable, how these nut jobs will use any excuse imaginable to play the race card.
The liberal freak-out over a picture of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, pointing at President Obama continues, with Jesse Jackson and others calling the confrontation racist.
Making matters worse, some liberals are using the incident as an excuse to call for violence against Gov. Brewer.
“Next time Jan Brewer sticks her finger in President’s face, the Secret Service should break it & drop her. #edshow #p2,” tweeted a Massachusetts resident going by the name “chaplinlives.” According to Newsbusters’ Jack Coleman, the ultra left wing MSNBC chose to scroll the tweet during Wednesday’s edition of the Ed Show. [...]
Naturally, liberal pundits are using the episode to continue the smear that anyone who disagrees with Obama or who does not grovel at his feet and worship him as “god of all things” is a racist.