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Pelosi; The Gift To Republicans That Keeps On Giving

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With the decision of Nancy Pelosi to maintain her role as leader of House Democrats, the 2010 midterms elections continue to produce good news for Republicans.

The move is quite frankly a foolishly detrimental one for her Party, a political entity which the American electorate adamantly rejected and which resulted in a record number of Republican victories from the local and state level, to the federal level in the House and Senate. Many of these victories were won in campaigns that made Nancy Pelosi the main issue. Nearly every Republican running for the House, publicly and loudly pointed out to their audiences that the very first vote that their liberal opponent had cast during the last Congress, was for Nancy Pelosi to become their leader. In many debate’s Republican challengers asked “will you or will you not vote for Nancy Pelosi as your leader”? To this, in order to save their reelection chances, quite a few had to answer “no”. Unfortunately for them though, the fact that they once did vote for her, didn’t save many of these candidates. But with approval ratings in the 20’s, it is no surprise that Nancy Pelosi was of no help to any Democrat.

That is why her desire to continue being the face of House Democrats is a bit surprising.

Obviously, the soon to be former Speaker is thinking more about herself than her Party. If she was sincere about wanting what is best for Democrats and what will best help promote the liberal agenda, she would have stepped aside and allowed a new face to be placed on the Democrat Party, a face that was not as disliked and as much of a drag on her Party and its policies.

Of course it has yet to be seen if Nancy will be successful in her bid to be elected Minority Leader. Some Democrats that did squeak by in the 2010 elections, have promised their constituents that they would not vote for Pelosi. In order for that to happen, there must be an alternative candidate to support over her. So who may be so bold as to come forward and offer themselves as that alternative? Well Alabama’s Bobby Bright could be one. He was the first to officially come out in October and declare that he would not support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker. But in August of 2010, after Bright publicly joked that Democrat’s chances in the midterm elections might be better if Pelosi would “get sick and die“, Democrats may not feel too confident in Bright’s ability to say the right things as their leader.

A more realistic challenger may be Heath Shuler, one of the most conservative Democrats in the House. On Thursday, Shuler stated that if Pelosi does actually move to run for Minority Leader, he will challenge her. This should not be news. All through ought Shuler’s very tough reelection effort, he campaigned among his constituents by promising that if Democrats held the House, he would challenge Pelosi for the job of Speaker.

While Shuler is to date, the House Democrat to be most dramatic in his opposition to Pelosi, many others such as Kentucky’s John Yarmuth and Oklahoma’s David Boren are just some of the remaining moderate and conservative Democrats, who still exist in Congress and are also registering their opposition to Pelosi.

But Nancy Pelosi would not have announced the decision to seek her place as Minority Leader unless she had gotten a sense of approval, done a head count of her caucus and concluded that a majority of her colleagues would support her for the job.

This would indicate that the new Democrat minority in the House, is most definitely out of synch with the American people. While most Americans vehemently disapprove of her, the liberal dominated Democrat caucus approves of her. This only demonstrates that the new House minority is going to be an even more radically liberal body than it was this past session. After losing many Blue Dogs and moderates, it is only natural for the liberal establishment to become even more dominant than it was. But this is not good. It is not what the people wanted when they registered their objections to the current ways of the Democrat Party by electing a record number of more conservative Republicans to office.

This is a point which Rep. Shuler consistently brings up when he sates “I can go recruit moderate members to run in swing districts,” and then points out; “In that situation, I could do it better than she could, and that’s what it’s going to take. It’s going to take moderate candidates to win back those seats.

But if Pelosi does prevail, which is more than likely, the problem with her staying as one of the faces of the Party is the fact that Democrats will continue to be represented by another prominent member of their Party which is not too popular out of his home state.

The failure by Republicans to defeat Harry Reid in Nevada means that he will continue to be the face and voice of Democrats in the Senate.

This means that after a midterm elections which rejected the Obama, Reid, Pelosi agenda, Democrats are still going to be led by the architects of that agenda. This will not exactly help create the perception that Democrats have gotten the message that voters sent them on November 2nd.

This situation provides Republicans with an invaluable advantage, an advantage that Democrats could deny them if Nancy Pelosi realized that for the sake of the issues that she believes in, she should pass the baton to a new Democrat leader, one who does not carry the baggage that she does and one that doesn’t symbolize the failed status quo policies that voters just rejected. But when it comes to Democrats, I guess the lesson to be learned here is that you really can’t teach old dogs new tricks. Thankfully though, the American people apparently won’t let themselves be tricked again.

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This Halloween, The Ghost of Elections Future Appears

Bookmark and Share   I’m not much for Halloween. I never really was. Even as a child I felt kind of silly getting into costumes and I was even more uncomfortable going door to door trick or treating. I was uneasy knocking on doors and asking for things. As I grew up, that unease relaxed as I no longer felt the need to humor adults by doing it and showing some sort of glee for the Halloween tradition.

Not long after that though, I found myself almost liking going door to door, but by that time it was for far better reason than candy. It was for votes. When it came to getting petition signatures or getting out the vote, although I still wasn’t completely comfortable, I felt more confident with what to me was a greater purpose for bothering people than just asking for candy corn or Milky Way bars.

But as I grew older, I found myself amid my college crowd of friends and grown ups who were not wandering the streets in search of candy, but were still into the whole Halloween costume concept. Conforming to society based upon a certain degree of peer pressure which created a desire to not be the dork totally left out of the social scene during October’s last weekend, I again succumbed to the season traditional. But this time, as an adult, gone were the Planet of the Apes masks or Werewolf costumes. Being of a political mind, I normally resorted to what came natural to me ………. political oriented costumes.

One year, when I was a leader within a county Young Republican organization, my home state of New York was running a most horribly embarrassing candidate for Governor. He was a multimillionaire, originally from Canada, and his name was Pierre Rinfret. Pierre was a joke. He was abrasive, ignorant, agenda-less and just an all around mistake that was inflicted upon Party regulars by Party elders. In many ways, he was a lot like current New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Palladino. That year, angry and embarrassed by my Party’s decision, I ran a write-in campaign for governor which gave people a choice to write-in the name of my local Republican state senator instead of voting for Mario Cuomo or Rinfret. Then, the weekend before the election, came the YR’s Halloween Party. The costume I chose to don was my standard work attire and accessories …… a suit and tie and my attaché case. But in addition to that was a curly haired rainbow wig, a clown nose and a name tag that read “Pierre Rinfret – Bozo the Candidate”.

Since then I continued to try and avoid Halloween as much as possible, especially the costume thing. But whenever it was unavoidable, I chose to craft a costume of a political nature. The last time I could not avoid the festivities, I found a red velvet, …… make that imitation velvet, ….. ladies devil costume, got cheap, low healed, red ladies shoes, contoured the outfit with imitation breasts, and then bought a Hillary Clinton mask which I proceeded to alter with the addition of horns to its scalp. The heals were tough to pull off but the bitchy attitude and point I wanted to make were easy.

Now, as another Halloween approaches, I find myself faced with possibly being unable to get out of Halloween this year too. To be honest, as usual I really don’t want to go through the hassle of making an ass out of myself and looking like a fool, but apparently far too many of us adults like the practice. So if I absolutely can’t get out of this year’s particular commitment, once again, being consumed by the all important elections of 2010, which are just three days away, I have decided to go as the “Ghost of Elections Future”.

For this I will wear a simple, but macabre, grim reaper-like black robe and hood that hide as much of the face as possible and in both arms I will carry a tombstone …….. cheap Styrofoam tombstones that you can still find in any toy or party store. On these synthetic stones, I will imprint two names. One will bear the name “Reid” and the other will read “Pelosi”.

Now I know some of you will consider this ‘politically incorrect’ and see it as a breach of sensitivities. Some of the more liberal among us will accuse me of suggesting that Pelosi and Reid be killed. To be clear, that would be ‘dead’ wrong. I wish not for anyone other than Osama bin Laden, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and mebers of Al Qaeda and the Taliban to die. I wish no Democrats any ill will and to those who would try to claim my costume does convey such a sentiment regarding Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, I will say, get over yourselves and get real. It is a joke which does not suggest their deaths but represents the end of their political reign of ridiculousness in Washington. I will also remind them that as supporters of Pelosi and Reid, I would expect that they of all people should know a joke when they see it. After all, Pelosi and Reid are two of the biggest jokes we have seen in decades and after two years in complete control of government, this Halloween, it is easy to see that they were no “treat”, because with them in charge, we were all tricked.

So if you see the “Ghost of Elections Future” at this Saturday night’s biggest Halloween bashes, instead of getting insulted, just take it as a reminder of things to come and start getting ready for the scariest of all days for Democrats this year ………Election Day.

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The 2010 Midterm Elections Will Be Worse For Dems Than Expected

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Bookmark and Share    This November is going to be quite a dramatic reversal of fortunes for Democrats and while some on the left are trying to claim that the Republican hopes for retaking the House are unwarranted and deny that we are in a wave election, there is actually no realistic basis for such claims. The surging force behind Republicans in 2010 is undeniable.   As indicated by Gallup, the Republican Party is polling incredibly well among voters on a number of factors including  party identification, voter preferences among independents, and even candidate preferences, and the G.O.P. has also retaken the lead on the generic ballot.

Furthermore; Republicans are now either comparable with, or surpassing Democrats on everything from voter enthusiasm and an increased online presence, to fundraising and a growing number of boots on the ground, grass root volunteers. For one of the first times in recent history, young Republican voters are expected to turn out in larger numbers than young Democrat voters. College Republicans have even jumped to a point in popularity and fundraising that is allowing them to go national with ads and target several key states on 2010.

When it comes to the large gap in internet presence and fundraising that existed between the left and right in 2008, in 2010 the trend has totally reversed. The first signs of this became evident 11 months ago when Scott Brown raised nearly $10 million online in all of 18 days. Now, we have seen other examples of internet success in such candidates as Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell who raised more than $1 million online in the 24 hours after their primary wins. All of this is a sign of two things. The G.O.P. has finally gained parity with the Democrats in the use of the internet and that the collective strength of the G.O.P.‘s grassroots is becoming increasingly more important than any strengths of particular candidates or their campaigns.

All of this points to a shifting of the political earththat is far greater than we saw in 1994.

Rarely has a political Party comeback as quickly as the Republican Party is poised to do this November. Normally, it takes much more than two years to bounce back from the type of  losses that they suffered first in 2006 and then again in 2008.

It is accurate to say though, that the climb back to power for the G.O.P. is based less on the voters goodwill towards Republicans and more on the ill will that they have come to feel towards Democrats. Which leads me to wonder about something.

 Between 2006 and 2010, neither Party seemed to be held in any great esteem, yet why was there not any great move to finally create that perennially promised, almighty, and perfect third Party that we always hear dissatisfied voters talk about?

Although there has so far been a strong ripple of anti-incumbent sentiment out there,  we did not see the rise of that much hoped for third Party alternative. We did however see a powerful anti-big government movement infiltrate the process and greatly influence the field of Republicans running in 2010.

I believe that this is all largely due to the efforts of the Democrat Party more than the Republican Party.

The Party in power has overreached the mandate they thought they had in 2008. They even misread their significant wins in 2008 and assumed that the nation was actually desirous of an aggressive big government agenda. But in fact, they weren’t. The reason for the 2008 victory, led by the top of Democrat ticket with Barack Obama, was a phenomenon similar to the one that is giving rise to the Republican resurgence of 2010. Voters were voting against the Party in power.

This is what happens when voters are dissatisfied. They seek change……..the very same theme that candidate Obama successfully banked on in ’08.

Another key to the Democrat victories of 2008 was the excitement over the novelty of the historic chance to elect the nation’s first partially black President.  And last but not least was the fact that the G.O.P. ran a weak nominee at the top ticket who failed to energize the base and failed to prove that republicanism under him, would be any different from the republicanism seen under G.W. Bush and the existing Republican leadership in Congress.

So change was born. But as we have come to see, the change that Democrats have run with, is not the change that Americans are satisfied with. As a result, the political pendulum is now swinging back in the opposite direction. But it is swinging with a vengeance. Between incredible Democrat overreach, and an explosion of exaggerated government growth, spending and deficit increases, Democrats have polarized the electorate far more than did the Republicans who after a few years in power, slowly but surely forgot their commitment to limited government and less spending.

But it is clear now that most Americans believe in the basic Republican ideology of less government, less taxes and less spending. That is why rather than seeing a surge for third Party candidacies, you have seen a rush towards cleaning out the Republican Party of those whom have drifted away from those principles and failed to stand up for them responsibly and consistently.

We are now seeing one of those rare occasions when a large majority of voters are actually pushing an ideology more than a candidate. That is what the TEA Party movement is all about. They are pushing a cause more than Party politics and as such they are helping to return the G.O.P. back to its true conservative roots by ridding it of so-called RINO’s.

But if the G.O.P. is to continue its rise back to power into 2012 and beyond, they will have to prove to the voters that some lessons have been learned. 

Given that President Obama will still be President on the morning after November 2, 2010, and that the Senate will likely still be in Democrat control, albeit with a new Majority Leader, the G.O.P. House will have to hold firm in rejecting any compromises that err on the side of increased spending, and increased government overreach.

This will prompt charges of being obstructionists and cries that attempt to describe Republicans as the “Party of no” by those on the left, but it is important to remember that those initiating such remarks are not likely to ever support Republicans anyway. But if the G.O.P. aggressively offers solid alternatives while rejecting the President’s, and the Senate’s big government, liberal agenda, people will maintain faith in the new face of the G.O.P. and that ‘Party of no” description will continue to fall on deaf ears.

When the G.O.P takes back the House, they will have to prove that they are actually ready to fight for the values that are providing them with the momentum that they currently have behind them. This will especially be the case in matters of spending and the budget, since the House, more so then the Senate controls the purse strings of the federal government.  If they flinch, and if they fail to keep their noses clean and deliver on their promised commitments, their will be little enthusiasm from the grassroots to maintain the level of support that they are currently placing behind the G.O.P..

Republicans will also have to remember a few things. First they must make sure that each issue is connected to government’s role in the everyday lives of Americans. They need to consistently demonstrate how big government is expanding its control over our personal lives but at the sake of properly dealing with its actual responsibilities such as providing a secure border and finally developing comprehensive immigration reform or balancing the federal  budget. And they must keep each of these messages simple. The same way Ronald Reagan did in both 1980 and 1984, as demonstrated in the following 1984 Reagan campaign campaign ad:

 

Keeping it simple brings it home and in 1984 Reagan brought it home with a sweep of 49 states to Mondale’s 1.

But before we get to presidential politics as it pertains to 2012, we have to establish the point from which the G.O.P. will start from after 2o10.  At the moment it looks like Republicans could far surpass the expectations of many in both the House and the Senate .

Based upon the circumstances that exist today and my own estimation of how things will play out in the individual landscapes of several hotly contested states, I see the senate tied at with 50 Republicans and the 48 Democrats plus the two left leaning Independents who caucus with the Democrats.  This includes Retaining seats in Alaska, Arizona, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho,Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah while picking up seats in;

  • Arkansas   (John Boozman over Blanche Lincoln)
  • Colorado    (Ken Buck over Mike Bennet)
  • Illinois       (Mark Kirk over Alexi Giannoulias)
  • Indiana      (Dan Coats over Brad Ellsworth)
  • Nevada       (Susan Angle over Harry Reid)
  • North Dakota    (John Hoeven over Tracy Potter)
  • Pennsylvania     (Pat Toomey over Joe Sestak)
  • Washington     (Dino Rossi over Patty Murray)
  • Wisconsin      (Ron Johnson over Russ Feingold)

However; there are several possibilities which increase the likelihood of a Republican takeover of the Senate.

Any one of three races could keep Joe Biden from breaking any tie vote.  Delaware, West Virginia and/or California could very easily go Republican. 

With the surprise win by a rather large margin of Christine O’Donnell over heavily favored Mike Castle, it is not of the question to believe that under the existing anti-left atmosphere and prevailing momentum,  O’Donnell could pull off another surprise and take the seat away from the media annointed frontrunner Chris Coons.  But even more possible than a Republican upset in delaware are the possible ones that are in the making inCalifornia and surprisingly, West Virginia.

In West Virginia, popular Democrat incumbent Governor Joe Mancin was originally seen as a shoo-in. He is one of those truly rare relative moderate Democrats and as a long serving Governor of the state he has done well by its voters and bonded with them extensively. Especially after a string of mining disasters that hit this coal mining state pretty hard and very personally. But it would seem that winds of disenchantment with anything relating to Democrats are blowing so strongly against them that even Mancin’s personal relationship with voters is being severely curtailed when it comes to sending him to Washington, D.C.. For that reason, his Republican opponent John Raese went from nearly 33% at the end of July to 48% at the end of September while during that same time period, the popular Mancin went from 54% to 46% where he currently stands 2% behind underdog Raese.

The race is sure to be close and right now it can easily go either way but I believe the Republicans can pull this one off and at the moment I believe they will squeak it out.

In California, I can’t underestimate Barbara Boxer.

In her last race for the Senate, back in 2004, she beat her Republican opponent by 20% and became the holder of the record for the most popular votes in a statewide contested election in California. But this time around, things are not so easy and she wont be breaking any records with her popular vote this time around.

She currently has a disapproval rating higher than her approval rating, one of the largest newspapers in the state has refused to endorse because they believe that after 18 years in the Senate she has failed to distinguish herself in any meaningful way and that they see no reason to believe that she will do with another 6 years in office.

But this is California, a state that President Obama won by 24% or more than 3.2 million votes. But in addition to that, something else that could work in Boxer’s favor this time around is a statewide proposition to legalize marijuana. That ballot question could draw many Democrats who otherwise were not interested in voting this time around, to the polls and while there, they just might push the button for Boxer.

For her part though. Republican Carly Fiorina is holding her own, has all the money she needs to keep pushing her message and pulling out her vote and at the moment, while she is behind Boxer, by less than 6 percent, Boxer is still under the 50% mark, a place that no incumbent should be in this close to the election.

Anyone of these three seats could easily break for the Republican and give control of the Senate back to the G.O.P. and the possibility of this happening increases each day that we get closer to Election Day. But even if neither Delaware, California or West Virginia fail to Republicans, with a 50/50 split it is quite conceivable that any one of handful of Democrats could switch Parties or in the case of Independent Joe Lieberman, decide to causcus with the Republicans instead of the Democrats.

On the House side, Republican victories are even more lopsided than they are in the Senate.

In the House of Representatives Republicans could possibly end up with the largest number of seats they have held since 1946 when the GOP won 246 seats. Currently it looks like the G.O.P. can actually win at least 62 seats, thereby breaking the House down to 241 Republicans and 194 Democrats. This projection is much higher than most estimates being publicly announced which, for the most part range in the 40’s. But my projection still falls below that of Patrick Ruffini a reputable and leading G.O.P. strategist who has been in the trenches for quite some time now. Ruffiini believes that the figure will certainly be somewhere over 50 seats but believes a 70 seat gain is not out of the question.

No matter what, the results of the midterm elections will produce profound changes in the direction of policy and at the very least change the pace of the Obama agenda .

But there remains an aspect of the 2010 midterm elections which is being overshadowed by the anticipated turnover in Congress and it could have an more even more important long term effect on politics.

That is the 37 gubernatorial elections being held throughout the nation. Of them Republicans are expected to pick up at least 8 new statehouses bringing them from 23 where they are currently at, to 31, leaving Democrats with Governors in only 19 states.

That number is profoundly important because in 2011 the once every decade census data is poured over by the states and with they draw the new the state legislative a congressional districts lines from which Americans will elect their representatives for the decade to come. Having Governors in 31 states, will give the G.O.P. an advantage in drawing districts that it will be easier to elect Republicans in.

But in addition to that, Governors can play a crucial role in presidential elections.

There ability to coordinate their states for national candidates is invaluable and having that advantage over Democrats in almost a dozen states, will give whomever the Republican presidential nominee is a leg up over President Obama in 2012. Of course if 2010 proves to be as devastating for Democrats as it is looking, President Obama may not be the Democrat nominee. I feel that if Democrat losses are as profound as they are shaping up to be, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will resign her post and in time declare that she will offer a primary challenge to President Obama in order to save the Democratic Party and the nation from him.

Of course it only takes one world event to turn things around and in politics 5 weeks is an eternity. But if things continue going as they are right now, Democrats are going to descend into the political wilderness for years to come and President Obama is going to be a one term President who Republican can thank for bringing them back to power and whom Democrats will blame for squandering their opportunity to maintain control of Washington for years to come. 

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Republicans Can’t Let Voters Forget the Other Issues in 2010

Bookmark and Share    The economy is not the only issue Republicans must raise as we embark on the closing weeks of the 2010 midterm elections.

While it is the most important issue of the day, we would be remiss to ignore that which will be important to people tomorrow. President Obama is aware of the many pitfalls that he and his Party have created and they hope to keep some seats by intentionally allowing issues other than the economy to stay on the back burner and out of everyone’s view.

For instance, not long ago President Obama’s Justice Department under the inept leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder, was suppose to hand down a decision on whether or not the 9/11 five which included Khalid Sheik Mohammed, would be tried in New York City courtroom, a different federal court or in a military tribunal, the forum appropriate for such a trial of enemy combatants.

For weeks the issue raged on. New Yorkers protested against the trial being held in NYC and pundits and voters clamored about in rage over how the Obama Administartion was trying to prosecute the War on Terror. But the Obama Administration decided to run out the clock at least until the halftime buzzer went off. They have refused to make a decision and instead have joyfully allowed other issues to push it off the front page until the midterm elections are over..

The same situation exists surrounding the prison at Guantanamo Bay, a prison that President Obama promised to close down three years ago.

Furthermore; as the economy continues to frustrate people and throw many into poverty, the issue of immigration is once again losing some of the punch that it packed just a few weeks ago. Aside from a last ditch effort to entice the minority community to vote for Harry Reid with his “Dream Act”, the Obama Administration itself will not act on immigration issues during these closing weeks of the 2010 elections. They hope that voter anger the Administrations handling of illegal immigration will wind down and that people will forget how Democrats gave a standing ovation to the President of Mexico when he came to America and denounced the state of Arizona during a joint session of Congress.

President Obama and Democrats hope that you will forget about Obamacare as much as possible. That is why you will see no Steven Spielberg-like commercials produced that have inspirational music playing over scenes of Democrats triumphantly passing a government takeover of healthcare and 1/6 of the economy.

Right now Democrats are facing the fact that the economy is killing them and they are doing their best to stop the hemorrhaging based on that issue alone. But they would not be able to handle other issues that they have affected over the past few years too.

They could not withstand commercials that show the people of Arizona being sued for prosecuting immigration laws, while illegal immigrants run across the American border. They would not be able to effectively respond to ads that demonstrate how terrorists are being granted rights that they do not have by risking the lives of the people whom we are suppose to be protecting.

The opinion that social, legal and moral issues should not be a part of the existing debate in the closing weeks of this campaign season is dangerous. All of these issues are intertwined with the economy and the positions of Democrats and the Administration of President Obama. They all have a common denominator, they are all examples of freedom being taken away.

So while the G.O.P. should not lose focus on the economy, they would be doing us wrong by not explaining that the economic war on free enterprise that the President’s policies have created, are just one example of the many policies which demonstrate how out of touch Democrats are.

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Democrats Exploit Gays on the Issue of DADT

Bookmark and Share  I regret the fact that the U.S. Senate saw fit to deny gay men and women the right to serve in the U.S military openly and honestly.

The defense of our nation is a most noble cause, one which should command great respect for those whom choose to take up that cause, with great sacrifice of and risk to themselves . Among other things such as time with family and friends and the creature comforts of home, military service requires that you give up some, some, of your individuality and even some of your freedoms, all in order to dedicate yourself to a unique code of conduct that is designed to enhance survival of ones self and their fellow service members. But amid all these sacrifices, a soldier should not have to sacrifice who they are and live under the added pressure of fear that they will be found out to be gay.

The necessary sacrifices that our men and women who serve in the armed forces make, are done so with a sense of responsibility to this nation and all that represents. That representation includes equality, something which clearly does not exist in the military. Yet the blood that a gay person sheds for their nation is just as red as the next person, and the pain and anguish suffered on the field of battle is just as intense for a homosexual as it is for a heterosexual.

But for some reason the military and many elected officials refuse to acknowledge these facts. Instead they choose to treat gays in the military as second class citizens.

This is not acceptable. It is not the type of treatment and respect that someone who serves our nation deserves.

Much of the opposition to gays in the military stems from the premise that homosexuals will create discomfort upon fellow troops and threaten unit cohesiveness. Proponents of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that Republicans refused to repeal, claim that the existence of openly homosexual service members can lead to apprehension and resentment in units, and ultimately threaten military readiness and morale.

Opponents like myself claim that if a man or woman is brave enough to face down the enemy in combat, they should have the courage to stand in defense of this nation by the side of a fellow American who just happens to be gay.

Military service has little to do with sexual activity. In fact, sexual activity is shunned and not allowed on bases while serving on active duty. That fact should be enough to alleviate any concerns about homosexuality. But in addition to that, the DADT compromise is not working. Even former President Clinton, the architect of the 1993 compromise, has admitted that the policy is “out of whack” and “Isn’t working as it should”. Since DADT was enacted, discharges of gay and lesbian troops have increased by 67 %. Much of this has had to do with voluntary declarations of homosexuality, as an increasing number of homosexuals in the military have begin to challenge the policy by openly declaring their sexual preference. And some of the high average also has to do with sinister motives which allow rivalries to turn into accusations made by fellow soldiers who take advantage of the DADT policy by using it to make false charges.

Then there is the fact that our armed forces face recruitment shortages, and by discharging homosexual service members in large numbers, they are losing men and women who are ready to serve our nation.

None of this is helping our nation’s cause.

For that reason, I regret the filibuster which would have overturned Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.. And while I know that my Party, the Republican Party, is being described as the leaders of the filibuster against DADT, there are several corrections that need to be made.

The vote to end the filibuster including, several Democrat votes such as Pryor and Lincoln. It is also important to understand the real reason behind the filibuster. which was not based solely on DADT. Much of it was based on the fact that Democrats played a political game. Harry Reid decided to attach repeal of DADT and his immigration proposal called the Dream Act to a defense authorization bill.

For their part, before Republicans could debate the merits of either bill, they argued that neither bill had anything to do with a vote on defense appropriations. And they were right.

If Democrats were at all sincere about their supposed efforts on behalf of the gay community, they would have made the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell a standalone bill that would have been debated on its own merits. Instead Democrats under, Harry Reid, decided once again to exploit gay men and women by turning DADT into a wedge issue in the upcoming midterm elections. Rather than actually stand behind repealing DADT, Democrats simply created a scenario that forced the GOP to mount a filibuster more against process than any issue. In turn the Democrat plan is to motivate gays to come out in November and vote against Republicans for what they will describe as a vote against homosexual rights.

Hopefully the homosexual community will have the intelligence to understand that while they may not have benefited from Republican action on the issue of DADT, they were actually used by Democrats who decided to exploit their political naivety and sacrifice gay rights in the military for electoral power in November.

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O’Donnell Over Castle Hits The Establishment Hard

Bookmark and Share    Christine O’Donnell’s win in Delaware has got to be the most remarkable event of the 2010 midterm election to date.  

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It is certainly one of the most pivitol events to date.  And it actually could be the determining factor that costs Republicans the majority in the U.S. Senate.  That is not something to celebrate, but what is worth celebrating is the ideological integrity of the next generation of Republicans that hold office in the G.O.P. 

It is clear that the establishment of both major Parties, but especially the Republican Party, are no longer satisfying voters.  But unlike Democrats who renominated scandal plagued Charlie Ragel in New York, Republicans are  proving to be the true Party of change after nominating conservative Christine O’Donnell over liberal RINO Mike Castle.  And while Republican are abandoning the establishment, voters have not abandoned the core beliefs of the Republican Party.  They have simply abandoned  the stewards of the Party who between 2000 and 2008, strayed away from the principles that differentiates Republicans from Democrats . Republican voters still believe in lower taxes, limited government, personal and economic freeedom and personal responsibility.   They have just lolst faith in the G.O.P. establishment.   That is why we are seeing several historic political phenomenons take  place in 2010.   

One of them is that for the first time since the 1930’s, Republican turnout in the midterm primary elections is far exceeding that of the turnout in Democrat primary races.  A similiar imbalance in voting patterns between Democrats and Republicans were seen in the 2008 presidential primaries when Democrats were fired up and enthusiastic about their candidates.  Now, two years later, and the Democrat vote is supressed by a lack of enthusiasm, wherereas; Republicans are motivated by two things, anger and enthusiasm, two emotions that are making Republicans turn out in droves with two stated purposes.  One to throw out the  Republican establishment and, two, to put an end to reckless spending and tha nanny state that is controlling and ruining our lives. 

Part of this phenomenom is another surprising trend.  

While the Republican establishment continues to run with rich, white men, the new generation of more conservative Republicans is electing a litany of anti-establishment candidates who are women and minorities. 

In South Carolina there is the American Indian women who, TEA Party patriots helped to make the Republican nominee for Governor.  In Nevada TEA Party backed candidate Sharon Angle won the nod to run against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican women were nominated for the U.S. Senate in California, and Connecticut, not to mention the nomination of Republican Meg Whitman for Governor of California and now  conservative Christine O’Donnell for the senate in Delaware. 

 Then there are the Republican African-American nominees.  

 At least 32 Republican African-Americans have been running for Congress this year , the biggest surge since Reconstruction, and of them, at least 5 have excellent chances of winning.  Most notable is TEA Party backed Tim Scott, who after  defeating one of the biggest names in South Carolina politics,  Paul Thurmond, son of the late Strom Thurmond, is now on track to become the first black Republican in Congress since 2003 — and the first from the deep South since Reconstruction. 

His was a victory for conservative Republican insurgents and just another sign of the out with the old and in with new trend in politics today, a trend that is scaring the beeejeezus out of Democrats.

O’Donnell’s 6% victory over former Governor and 12 term Congressman  Mike Castle was merely further proof that change is in the air.  As a result, the standard talking points out of Democrats will be that that radicals have hijacked the G.O.P..   And even the establishment  of the G.O.P. will lament over the loss of candidates like Bill Bennet in Utah and now Castle.  They will complain that voters have failed to nominate the most electable candidates.  But both sides will be unable to counter the most important point which is that voters are doing something that neither the Democrat or Republican are doing……creating not only the change that we need, but the the change we want.

If there is a lesson to be learned here, it is this. Voters want clear choices, not Republicans that vote like Democrats or Democrats that sound like Republicans but vote like liberals. 

 

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Dismissing the Tea Party & Mischaracterizing the Revolution

Bookmark and Share    There is nothing new about people’s dissatisfaction with government. It is almost as old as civilization itself. Throughout the world’s history, a form of the term ‘revolution’ has seeped into almost all societies of most every nation. Revolution is a natural result of the people’s dissatisfaction with their living conditions and the prospects of their future. Even if the angst that produces a society’s revolt does not quite reach the level of revolution, the words uprising, riot, or strike, often come in to play.

To one degree of severity or another, these are all simply the governed demonstrating their dissatisfaction with the ruling class. It is natural. But today in America, the word “revolution” has seen a revival of sorts. For the political right the word is one with positive connotations that represents the desire to bring about a shift in the current policy direction that the government taking us in. For those on the political left, the word revolution has negative connotations. It means a retreat from the policies that they prefer. But political savvy has the left taking things a step further.

Liberals are trying to do all they can to take the right’s use of the word “revolution” out of context and portray conservative’s desire for political revolution as one of physically violent change. Any honest observer and sincere activist understands, and deep down, knows, that such an interpretation is at the very least disingenuous and ultimately a blatant lie.

This is coming from someone who is a Republican dissatisfied with the leadership of his own Party and who joined in protest with those who call themselves part of the Tea Party movement. Having on several occasions, joined with crowds of Tea Party patriots in Washington ranging from as many as nearly a million to as few as 10,000, I can honestly tell you that participants in these events were among the most civil, thoughtful and nonviolent citizens our nation has to offer. I have never before been in the midst of hundreds of thousands of strangers who could allow a woman to leave her purse lying on a lawn, unmolested by the endless array of perfect strangers who gathered together in one place from all corners of the nation. These are people who understand and value honesty and civility. Integrity means something to them and they respect the rights of others as well as be among the first to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Recent reports studying the makeup of those who are part of the Tea Party movement, indicate that, contrary to liberal descriptions, they are better educated and have median to above average incomes. This is a stark contrast from the poor, uneducated, redneck, hicks that liberals and their media outlets make tea partiers out to be.

But the liberal mischaracterizations go well beyond that. They have joined together in an attempt to dismiss these people as irrational right wingers, hell bent on toppling government by any means possible. Democrats have taken it upon themselves to incorporate any violence against government into the roots of Tea Party or conservative activity. Nothing can be further from the truth but this does not stop the liberal propaganda mill from rolling out its attempt to discount the undeniable dissatisfaction that a large portion of our society has with the liberal led government of Democrats Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and President Obama.

Ironically, this politically motivated liberal description of the current right of center movement taking root in our nation is one that the left itself needs to answer to far more than the conservative entities that they accuse of violence.

A look at recent American history from the sixties to the eighties and even the current decade, is strewn with predominantly liberal based acts of political violence. From university riots and campus sit-ins to violence coordinated and sponsored by groups like the Black Panthers to the FALN, the Weather Underground, along with the antics of liberal affiliates like Code Pink, PETA, the Animal Liberation Front, and the hippy fests of liberals and anarchists who riot in any and every city where a G-8 summit is held, radical liberal elements have been the preeminent purveyors of widespread acts of violence in the name of political activity that our nation has known over the last 50 years.

More recently, there have been well documented cases of liberal leaning union thugs who have staged and even started violence at Tea Party events. In one case a teacher was found using Board of Education computers to send out messages urging fellow liberals to infiltrate Tea Party gatherings and produce inflammatory sights and sounds. And just a few days ago, in Louisiana, Allee Bautsch, chief campaign fundraiser for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and her boyfriend Joe Brown were brutally beaten after leaving a fundraising event for the Governor in New Orleans French Quarter. Police confirm nothing as of yet, but while Alle lies in the hospital with a leg that has been broken in 5 places, there are reports that the couple were targeted because of their conservative political affiliation. One report even claims that the couple was attacked after the youths involved yelled “Let’s get them, they have Palin pins on”.

From bombings and riots to kidnappings and assassination plots, liberal radicals have written the book on political violence.

Of course, a fair observation would be that none of these ad hoc entities are representative of the Democrat Party or the liberal political ideology. They are just the acts of violent fiends with no decency, respect or understanding of how civil discourse need not involve hate and violence. It could just possibly be that the reprehensible responsibility for violence in the name of politics is seen as actually being carried out by radical elements that may align themselves to an ideology but that no ideology legitimately aligns itself with. That logic would eliminate the ludicrous attempts at discounting the validity of either sides beliefs because of the out of bounds behgavior of a few.

Which brings us back to the propaganda of today.

Democrats from Nancy Pelosi, Bawney Fwanks, Harry Reid, Charlie Rangle and the countless others who are playing this blame game and trying to write off a movement that is so angry that they are striving for peaceful revolution, would be wise to not be so quick to dismiss and belittle the Tea Party movement.

The mere fact that enough angry voters have brought the thought of political revolution in America to the forefront is a cause for serious consideration.

For as much as the left despised all eight years of George Bush’s presidency, the concept of revolution was never part of the national debate. Change, yes, buy revolution no. Why is that?

First of all, despite all the noise from riotous anti-Bush protestors who largely demonstrated against the issues of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, their numbers were not as great as those dissatisfied by the intended permanent transformation of American domestic policy that the electorate is presented with by the Obama Administration.

The domestic policy direction of President Obama is such a drastic departure from previously held interpretations of the American Constitution that tens of millions of Americans have begun to feel that the constitutional foundation of government is being undermined. Nothing makes people strive to keep something more than when they are confronted with losing it and such is the case with the Constitution of these United States under the current Administration.

From the sleights of hand in the legislative process and the countless appointments of unelected and unaccountable czars and the federal governments control and ownership of General Motors, takeover of healthcare and socialist designs on control of vast aspects of the American economy, to a White House that once asked citizens to report opinions that opposed President Obama to fishy@whitehouse.gov, Americans have seen shades of freedoms lost.

The changes and proposed changes of President Obama and his liberal-Democrat Party are so extreme that millions of once inattentive Americans have been shaken to the point of seeing an America that is quite different from the one that the U.S. Constitution intended and are accustomed to. It has forced many to stop taking things for granted. Even the U.S. Constitution.

Part of the existing problem is not change itself but rather the type, number and extent of change that this Administration is attempting to deliver. Many have come to believe that Democrats are doing exactly what White House chief of staff Rham Emanuel once described as the Democrat’s desire to never miss an opportunity to take advantage of a crisis. They view such things as the passage of “urgent” legislation that have not been read as examples of that philosophy and they do not trust these actions.

Combine that and the continued lack of employment and economic growth, with a perceived arrogance of what is often described as the liberal elite who feel they know what is best for the people, despite what the people want, and you have a lack of faith in our leaders and a lack of trust in the direction they are taking us in.

Such a lack of confidence is not new but the seemingly endless amount of drastic reforms to every aspect of traditional life in America has created such a profoundly dramatic lack of faith and confidence that now, more than ever, the word “revolution” is becoming increasingly popular in the lexicon of contemporary American politics. And the popularity of the word’s use can not be credited to Republicans. The G.O.P. has lost too much trust to be the inspiration behind the average citizens to desire for political revolution.

The credit, or blame for all the talk of revolution falls solely upon the liberals in control and President Obama.

And they would be wise to not dismiss those who they inspired to peacefully revolt, as violent and dangerous radicals without merit. That type of disrespect and insincerity will only strengthen the opposition to the change President Obama seeks to institute.

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Harry Reid Claims 36,000 Jobs Lost To Be “Really Good”

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“Today is a big day in America. Only, only 36,000 people lost their jobs today, which is really good”.

Those were the words spoken today by Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and they were about as inappropriate as asking the question…….So everything else aside Mrs. Lincoln, how’d ya like the play?

These were not off the cuff remarks, these were the words softly but proudly spoken by the Democrat leading the U.S. Senate and they were carefully stated on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

In other words, Harry Reid really meant it when he called the loss of only 36,000 jobs a really big day for America. And he meant it in a positive way.

This is why Democrats are seen as out of touch.

Only to them can a loss of 36,000 jobs be reason to celebrate. Democrats are on the verge of being kicked in the teeth by the American electorate because of the type of logic that they use and because of the arrogance which allows them to believe that the American people will buy it.

What possible logic can lead to the celebration of continued loss.? Did Harry Reid use this same type of logic when only one a two soldiers were killed in the line of battle at the height of hostilities in Afghanistan and Iraq? Would Harry Reid ever come out and say, hey today is a big day in America because we only saw the loss of two American who were defending our cause? If he did, men dressed in white and carrying nets, would have had to take him away.

Did Harry Reid ever come and say today is a big day in America, only 112,000 families lost their homes last month?

What loss is ever good unless it is the loss something that is harmful or hurtful?

Harry Reid’s statement to the nation from the senate floor claiming that only losing 36,000 jobs was a good thing is the epitome of liberal spin and attempts to try and seem like their big government, spend our way to prosperity philosophy is making a difference for the better. And it is an offensive attempt at that. In fact, it is not just offensive, it is an outright lie.

Of the “only” 36,000 jobs that Democrats admit to having been lost, how many of those people and their families are celebrating this “big day in America”?

And of those 36,000 people who no longer have a job, how many of them are encouraged by the truth behind liberal lies. The truth which actually shows the national unemployment rate to be more around 16.5% than the 9.7% that they claim we actually have and that they also claim is a very good number? Because when you add in those without jobs that the government is no longer counting and those who have given up looking for jobs altogether, 16.5% is the realistic number.

Harry Reid’s declaring that today is a big day in America, because we lost only 36,000 jobs, is like a crime victim saying that he feels like partying because his assailants only got away with his life savings and one arm instead of two.

Statements like that which Harry Reid made today, on the floor of the U.S. Senate, are a blatant demonstration of how out of touch, unrealistic and desperate Democrats have become. It is also why Harry Reid will be rejected by voters even in his home state, where right now, he slated to see a double digit loss in his reelection bid.

It is also why the American people are absolutely convinced that nothing the current liberal regime or its Democrat Party says, can be believed or trusted. For if only losing 36,000 jobs is hat Democrats call good news for America, I don’t dare want to know how bad things must get before they admit to a bad day for America.

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The State of The Republican Party

Bookmark and Share   The state of the Republican Party is questionable but promising.

After a slew of victories at the end of ‘09, including the gain of County Executives, council seats, and  Republican Governors in New Jersey and Virginia, combined with the pick up of a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts at the beginning of 2010, the G.O.P. is alive and well. But the successes seen recently have largely come not because voters perceive the Republican Party to be superior. Much of our success was due more to the perception that the Democrat Party is inferior.

Since President Obama took office one year ago, Americans have seen him increase the national debt by $1.693 trillion, try to tax the air that we breathe with a Cap-and-Trade measure, attempt to have government takeover healthcare, initiate hundred of billions of dollars in spending to stimulate the economy and create jobs, break promises for missile defense systems, dither on his commitment to the war in Afghanistan, try to close down Guantanamo Bay, force foreign terrorists to be tried in civilian courts rather than military tribunal and bow down to foreign leaders.

Along the way Americans also got to see President Obama call police officers stupid, expand the size of government, appoint an endless array of unelected and unaccountable czars, participate in 28 fundraisers for Democrats that raised almost $28 million for political coffers, campaign for Democrats in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts, screw up security measures in the Transportation Security Authority, take more trips to foreign nations in his first year in office than any other U.S. President and we have listened to him apologize for America on foreign soil.

As for the rest of his Party, Americans watched Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid pass legislation under the cover of darkness and Democrat Senators and Congressman vote on legislation they never read. We also watched a process that was suppose to be bi-partisan and transparent, turn into one of the most partisan and clandestine operating governments in American history, seen pork barrel spending increase and lawmakers take hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to vote for healthcare reforms that most Americans do not want.

Nothing embodied all that infuriated us more than the Democrat led attempt to have government takeover healthcare. That process contained examples of all of the above. It also hangs above Democrats like a sword of Damocles and represents the precise wrong direction Americans see our nation going in.

The result of all this liberal leadership has been an increase in unemployment as well as spending and our debt, lawmakers who are seemingly irresponsive to the wishes of the people and believe they are above the law, and a nation that has more doubt about our nation’s future than confidence in its future.

 So it should come as no surprise that voters are angry.

That anger has been to the detriment of Democrats, while Republicans were the beneficiaries of it. republicans are not the ones in control of government. They are the ones that Democrats have, up to now, chose to shut out. So it is only natural for voters to give credit where credit is due…….right in the laps of liberals.

But as we move ahead, the G.O.P. must not rebuild its majority simply because they aren’t Democrats. Such a rise to power would ultimately be short lived.

In the existing political atmosphere, the opportunities that exists for the Republican Party are golden. People are not pleased with the direction liberals are taking them in. Nationwide, Tea Party organizations have demonstrated loudly and are organizing rapidly. Their goal is to get government off their back. They do not want the government making their healthcare decisions and determining when and where they can receive it. They do not want government in the business of business. They do not want G.M. to stand for Government Motors. They don’t want their children’s futures sold out from under them with endless spending or with pieces of overreaching legislation that are over 2,000 pages long and have not been read but are passed because a majority of lawmakers took bribes for their reelection bids.

These Tea Party patriots are not pro-Republican. They hold the G.O.P. accountable for going along with Democrats and for not reducing debt under George Bush. They are not fans of the G.O.P. . For them, simply being not as bad as liberals does not make Republicans deserving of praise and support.

 And they’re right.

That is why we must reinvent our commitment to the principles of our Party and the founding principles of our nation.

As a Party we must bring forth a concrete foundation to run on. A foundation that addresses all that has voters up in arms. We must also not fear that commitment sounding “too strong”. No matter how Republicans address our nation’s problems, liberals will call the G.O.P. “extreme”. But we must remember that our purpose is not to sound like Democrats or to please liberals. Our purpose is to solve problems and be true to the most sacred American document in existence………………the American Constitution.

Americans of every stripe and party affiliation have become acutely aware of the unconstitutional legislative conduct that our process has been advancing. Many Americans are aware of the federal governments overreaching and excesses. They see how states rights are trampled. They are also aware of how our government seems to reward mediocrity and punish success. So now is the time for the Republican Party to come before the nation with a pledge. It is a pledge to recommit ourselves to the Constitution. This pledge must outline several areas of focus in which all candidates will commit to and collectively fight for, as a Party and as individual legislators.

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The Pledge of Commitment

We, the people, commit ourselves to the non-negotiable demands of human dignity,…… — Equal JusticeFreedom of SpeechLimited Government PowerPrivate Property RightsReligious Tolerance and — Respect for women, life and the Rule of Law.

We are committed to a legislative process that does not propose or pass any legislative agenda or initiative that is of questionable constitutional integrity or inequitable, overreaching or excessive.

For these reasons, we dedicate ourselves and our Party to reigning in the excesses of federal spending and unjust control. As such we are committed to the following 10 initiatives and goals.

  • All proposed bills, amendments and spending measures must contain the section of the Constitution that provides the constitutional basis for its consideration and passage.
  • The 2.8% Congressional pay raise that the Democrat led Congress passed in 2009 will be repealed and Congress will then subsequently reduce their salaries by an additional 15%.
  • Link the salaries of federal legislators to the economy they manipulate.
  • Institute a four year federal hiring freeze on all non-essential emergency managemnet security, defense and medical related operations .
  • Reduce the federal payroll by eliminating non-essential, emergency management, security, defense and medical positions through attrition.
  • Obliterate the existing arcane, oppressive loophole ridden, unfair tax code and adopt a one-rate, Flat Tax Reform Act that does not ask any one American to pay a greater percentage than any other American. One rate for one America.
  • Dismantle the Departments of Commerce, Energy, Education and Housing and Urban Development.
  • Make healthcare and health insurance more accessible and more affordable by reducing the healthcare bureaucracy and improving the existing free market based healthcare system, expanding portability and adopting tort reforms.
  • Make no apologies for our defense of freedom and prosecute enemy combatants in military tribunals, not civilian courts.
  • Secure our borders and repair our broken immigration and immigration enforcement laws.

With these legislative goals, we hereby commit ourselves to restoring constitutional integrity to the federal government and seek to be more responsible stewards of the offices the people elect us to.

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This Pledge of Commitment is a reform minded agenda that curbs the excesses of government, respects states rights and personal freedoms and demonstrates our desire to have a government that lives within its means and allows the people the means to achieve personal prosperity.

It is time that we accept the fact that the founding principles of yesterday were responsible for our nations strength in the past and are key to our nation’s and Party’s success in the future.

As the next year unfolds, with primaries and political debates, the next leaders of our Party will emerge. Currently, we are in transition. With many highly competitive Republican primaries taking place, slowly the new guard is replacing the old guard and the next generation of conservative leaders will slowly but surely emerge.

Until that time, with no leading figure, with no one face to represent us, it is important that all Republicans take this Pledge of Commitment. Without one great messenger to represent us, it is imperative that we act on the 10 goals outlined, together as one. Unity in our pledge is imperative to our ability to distinguish ourselves from Democrats as we move forward.

We are now just months away from the 2010 midterm elections. Currently, we have the chance for big gains. But these gains will only be realized if we stand for something and be more than naysayers. Our Pledge of Commitment represents very specific measures that indicate a new and clear direction for our nation. With this new direction, if we are united, the ripples that were set in motion by the perfect storm that swept a Republican into the United States Senate from Massachusetts, can be turned into waves that can sweep Republicans into office from New York to California.

As it stands now, of the 37 senate contests being held this November, 19 are occupied by Republicans and 18 by Democrats. If the G.O.P. can get on message and demonstrate how and why we are different from Democrats and why voters should have faith in us, our Party is on track to keeping all 19 Republican seats in our column.   At the same time, we are on track to take 7 seats away from Democrats……Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Nevada, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania.

If strong opponents emerge in Washington State and New York, Democrat Patty Murray’s seat could be in jeopardy as well as Kirsten Gillibrand’s seat in New York.  That would be 9 seats, for a total of 50. That’s  not enough to break a tie with Vice President Joe Biden as the President of the Senate, but add to that former Democrat but now current Independent Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut who has recently stated his possible willingness to become a Republican, and that would bring us to 51 Republican seats and control.

Another race that could come into play is California.

51 or 52 seats are unlikely though.

New York is becoming increasingly in play as Harold Ford, Jr. starts beating Giilibrand up,  but is not there yet.  republican susan molinari needs to enter the race.   Washington is probably out of reach, the California race is currently static, and Joe Lieberman won‘t switch until he  absolutely sure that  whatever move he makes assures him of being in hichever Party maintains majority status.

But a lock on picking up seven seats from Democrats is becoming very real. That would reduce liberal’s influence significantly and bring the balance of power much closer with 52 Democrats and 48 Republicans.

In the House, things are even more unstable for Democrats.

With 256 seats held by Democrats and 178 by Republicans (Democrat Rep. Robert Wexler’s Florida seat is vacant but sure to stay in Democrat hands) the G.O.P is looking like it will pick up a minimum of 27 seats which would bring a more balanced 205 Republicans to 230 Democrats. If all the stars were aligned in our favor and we successfully nationalized our campaigns, I see another 13 seats that could be in play. Remarkably, that would change the make up of the House and produce 218 Republican seats to 217 Democrat seats.

Taking control of either branch of Congress is not likely but it is possible. Whether that is achieved or not will depend on how strongly we unite as a Party and convince voters that we are devoted to our Pledge of Commitment. If we can convince voters of our sincere desires to take a more equitable, honest, transparent, and constitutional approach to governance, than even if we don’t take majority control of Congress, we will have made significant gains and put a stop to the partisan dictatorship that is currently reigning supreme in Washington, D.C. .

In addition to a strong, united campaign based on our Pledge of Commitment, strategic and logistical influences will be essential.

As we move ahead our Party must

  • Unite and get better organized, especially in the area of networking
  • Hammer home our anti-establishment, anti government sentiment and undying commitment to freedom and prosperity.
  • Add an emotional component to every issue.
  • Create new funding channels, including large numbers of small financial donations.
  • Use technology to organize activists, increase transparency, register voters, and change minds
  • Invite ideas from the public and develop a way to identify, develop and publicize the best ones.
  • Turn talk radio listeners into donors and activists and provide them with constructive and productive ways to help local candidates and national causes.
  • Tap into anti-government constituencies ( i.e.: Libertarians and Tea Partiers)
  • Poke fun at the Administrations promised “change” and their calls for transparency in government. Mock the “hope” the President was to bring.
  • Day and night, night and day, reinforce Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid as the faces and leaders of the Liberal Party.
  • Exploit all Democrat weaknesses.
  • Develop clear messages and have policy makers become message makers.
  • Create media markets and operating systems to inspire, generate and direct activism.
  • Work closely with all grassroots organizations.
  • Relentlessly exploit the weaknesses of key Democrat leaders.
  • Put new blood forward and present new ideas. Let voters know that old guard Republicans are on their way out.

The task at hand is daunting.

It took us years to find ourselves in minority status and it will take some time to get back to majority status. But Democrats are helping to measure the amount of time our journey takes in months rather than years.

The one thing in Democrats favor is the timing in which voter anger has been realized.

In 1994, when Republicans took control of both branches of Congress for the first time in four decades, the anti-incumbent sentiments were not fully understood until after the mid-term, when Democrat heads rolled. President Obama however, has the fortune of learning about voter dissatisfaction, almost a year before his mid-term elections.

The fact that the President has gone a full week without having a single major speech about healthcare indicates that he finally understands that people are not happy with his agenda and the way things are going. Further evidence of this new found understanding is his sudden attempts to sound fiscally responsible by trying to enforce a very limited spending freeze. On that, liberals are annoyed by the number of pet projects that would be killed by that move and conservatives are screaming about how too little and too late the President’s concerns with spending are. It’s like a fat man claiming to be on a diet because he drank a can of Slim Fast after a six course, 20,000 calorie meal.

But President Obama will surely begin to shift his focus. Since the voters spoke in Massachusetts he has begun to relentlessly attack any and all unpopular institutions, such as banks. It will be our job to remind voters why he has suddenly changed his agenda and what he changes it from while he still holds on to the hope of passing a massive government takeover of healthcare and some of the greatest transfers of power and wealth in the history of mankind. We must remind voters that President Obama and loyal liberal Democrats promised to “fundamentally change America” and then we must demonstrate that those fundamental changes were to the application of the U.S. Constitution which made us the greatest nation in the world………at least until he tried to make his fundamental changes.

Clearly the state of the Republican Party is promising. Many Republican leaders have learned from their past mistakes. Many who did not, are being flushed out through the primary process while others are retiring. Democrats are imploding and voters are open to viable alternatives. So the future is promising. What is questionable though is our ability to convincingly become that viable alternative and our willingness to roll up our sleeves and do what needs to be done to take advantage of the promising future that lies ahead.

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Arlen Specter’s Spectacle Stirs Sexist Sentiments

Bookmark and Share     Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter is losing it.

I don’t know if it’s his age, the Party switching, the stress of being a Democrat these days, the primary challenge to his nomination for his U.S. Senate seat, the strain of the tough challenge from Republican Pat Toomey that he will face if he does win the nomination or a combination of all the above, but Specter is losing it.

As a panelist on a talk radio program dealing with the state of political affairs in America, Arlen became frustrated. He was being pressed by another panelist, Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota.

As you will hear in the clip, Bachmann aggressively addresses Senator Specter’s statements. At one point the Senator tries to characterize Bachmann’s response to a question by claiming she did not answer it. When the Congresswoman addresses the charge, grumpy ol’ Specter tells her to not interrupt him. Nothing necessarily wrong with that. But then, after Specter repeats his claim that she did not respond to the question, as Bachmann reiterates the fact that she did, Specter again tells her to not interrupt but also says to her   “I‘ll treat you like a lady, so act like one”.

As the same line of debate continues, Specter again tells Bachmann to “act like a lady”.

Now I am not one to defend political correctness. I believe in respect and respectful characterizations and dialogue but I do not believe in the proliferation of P.C. liberalism that makes it an offense to be honest and deny that people who are overweight are heavy or fat, or that people with no brains are stupid or not smart. I reject the notion that terrorists must be called, as Reuters did after 9/11,  freedom fighters.

I am of the opinion that to a certain degree, political correctness assisted in making 9/11 possible and that it hinders efforts to combat future 9/11’s.

So I do not defend political correctness. However, Arlen Specter’s remarks were not just an example of some act of political insensitivity. It was simply arrogant, sexist and belittling.

A father may tell his 8 year old daughter to “act like a lady” while she is at the dinner table, but how many men or for that matter women, could get away with saying that to their spouse or co-worker? I know that if my father ever told my mother to “act like a lady”, if he didn’t immediately get a cup of coffee thrown at him, he would have had to think twice about drinking any cup of coffee she might have prepared for him.

The phrase and its use by the biggest political opportunist, this side of the Mississippi, was incredibly insulting and Specter’s repeated use of the phrase, at times, came across as though Michele Bachmann, a woman, was suppose to just sit there and be lectured to by Specter, a man.

Perhaps there is a generational gap and perhaps old Arlen didn’t mean his demand for Bachmann to be a lady as a way of telling the opposite sex to know their place among men. Perhaps. But if that is so, than Arlen Specter simply proved that he is out of touch. And does Pennsylvania or America really need another out of touch politician? Do we not have a President and ruling liberal party that is already out of touch , as proven by the voter backlash seen in Massachusetts?

In addition to this situation being another reason why Specter need not be elected to the US Senate, the episode also gives rise to the total lack of sincerity and the ever present double standard of Specter’s party affiliation, the liberal based Democrat machine. Had Dick Cheney ever told Nancy Pelosi to “act like a lady”, the deafening crescendo of voices calling for his resignation, or immediate forced removal from office, would have been so prevalent, that even the earthquake in Haiti would have been pushed off the front pages. But a male Democrat aims that same remark to a Republican woman and there is not a whimper from the left or the feminazi leadership that would be trying to castrate Dick Cheney and have his gonads hang from their ears like earrings as a sign of some feminist victory.

So what does this recent little tete-a-tete teach us?

First of all, Arlen Specter is a loser.

He is a bitter, confused, out of touch, party hopper who was a Democrat, became a Republican and then when he thought being a Democrat would offer him a better chance at reelection, went back to being a Democrat. Specter has no ideological center or loyalty and after three decades in the U.S. Senate, he has overstayed his welcome.

Although Specter has done some good over a political career that spans almost 50 years, it is a shame to see him cap it off on such a low note. But those low notes are his and his alone. If he were smart, he would cut his losses now. Apparently though, Specter is not very smart. Like many politicians, Specter’s need to retain power, clouds his judgment.

Telling Rep. Bachmann to essentially shut up and listen to him may not in and of itself , be enough to disqualify Specter from reelection but it does not help. In the past, I have given Specter some credit for his legal skills. They were the same skills that helped insure Justice Clarence Thomas’ appointment to the Supreme Court in the 90’s. But Specter has shown little of those skills since then. He has not influenced the Democrat Party that he now calls home and he has not been a particularly strong voice on anything during the last six years.

So it is time to go.

The incident also reconfirms that Democrats are hypocrites with a double standard that runs so deep, it undermines all they claim to stand for. Had Specter’s remark been made by any conservative to a liberal like, say …..Barbara “Call Me Senator” Boxer,  all hell would have broken loose. But as usual, liberals show their inherrent hypocrisy.  With them, sexism is fair game when it comes to Sarah Palin, but not when it come to Hillary Clinton

Liberals are just born hypocrites.  If you don’t believe me, look no further than the politically incorrect incident prior to Specter’s spectacle with Michele Bachmann. In that,  Democrat Majority Leader Harry “Soon To Be Out Of Office” Reid , credited the President’s viability as a candidate to his being  a light skinned black man man who can turn his Negro dialect on and off based on the crowds he appears before. Can you imagine how Democrats would have reacted to that if Republican Senator-elect Scott Brown said that?  Do you think a simple apology from him would have sufficed?

Not in a million years.

For her part, Congresswoman Bachmann characterized Specter’s attitude and words as “patronizing” and “sexist”

She also stated the following;

“But what was really stunning, again, about that whole interchange is it’s emblematic of what the message the voters sent on Tuesday evening. The voters repudiated the arrogance that’s come out of the Democrat Party.”

“And what I heard yesterday on the radio with Senator Specter was more of that arrogance. They haven’t sobered up yet as to the reality that the people are in charge, not this very liberal majority.”

To that, I say, thank you Congresswoman Bachmann.   You are so right and not only are you a lady, you’re a terrific one.  Unlike Arlen Specter who is no credt to his gender or his party, you make Republicans…….men and women…… proud!

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