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Steele Withdraws from Reelection for RNC Chairman on 4th Ballot

Who Will Be the Next Republican Chair?Bookmark and Share   Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Steele has pulled out of his bid reelection to a second term as chairman. The move indicates that he knew he could garner enough delegates to win.

The process that elects a Republican National Committee Chairman usually consists of multiple counts until one candidate has a clear majority and in hammering that majority together, an intense deal making machine goes in to work. For his part in that process, after the fourth round of balloting Steele withdrew from the contest and threw his support behind Maria Cino. What deal was made, no one knows, but if Cino can hold on to all of Steele’s votes, she would be able to win on the fifth ballot

After the fourth ballot, the count stood at; Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Preibus had 58 votes to Former Deputy RNC Chairman Maria Cino’s 29, Michael Steele’s 28, former RNC Co-Chairman Ann Wagner’s 28 and Former Michigan Republican Chairman Saul Anuzis’ 24.

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THE LEGALIZED EMPLOYEE INTIMIDATION ACT

Bookmark and Share    I have held no punches when it comes to declaring my skepticism over our nations continued march in a socialist economic direction and some will argue that the march began not under President Obama but under President Bush when he proposed the first of the recent economic bailout packages. I for one will not defend the non-military related spending practices of President Bush, so I certainly wont defend President Obama against his overspending formulas and I certainly will not endorse any path to expedite our transition to socialism. But what of fascism?

336695336v3_350x350_frontIt is a rhetorical question.

I feel few Americans support fascist intentions. Yet the question is quite relevant when it comes to the current administration and contemporary liberal Democrats.

These are the people promoting something called the Employment Free Choice Act, or Card Check. Passage of Card Check would eliminate the right to vote for or against joining a union through a private ballot. The measure would also undermine the right to freely negotiate contracts.

Passage of Card Check will be a repression of opposition. It will help to produce a vote for unionizing that could be driven by intimidation. That is not democracy. It is fascism. Yet it has become clear that big labor, President Obama and his liberal congressional allies are forging ahead with this power grab.

In a closed-door meeting this past week, President Obama told over 100 top union officials that “we will pass the Employee Free Choice Act.” 

The move is an attack on our democratic values and will inflict a destructive impact on our economy.

Proof of that is best demonstrated by the damage inflicted on heavily unionized northern interests in Americas auto industry.

Government controls and liberal unionization has decimated the industry and turned it into one that can only survive with taxpayer funding. That is a drastic contrast from profitable auto maker in the southern U.S. who are not held hostage to unions. That part of the auto sector survives with profits, not deficits.

Despite these facts, Democrats are anxious to see the “Legalized Employee Intimidation Act” get passed.

They are the political beneficiaries of unions and by forcing more industries to unionize Democrats are increasing the wealth of financial contributions that unions donate to them.

What is startling though is the blatant disregard for democracy that Democrats are demonstrating here. They are willing to deny our fundamental right to vote privately and without coercion and they are willing to deny employers and employees the right to negotiate freely.

Fascism is defined as a movement that favors centralized control of private enterprise, extreme nationalism and repression of opposition. Under that definition one can easily see how we can be viewed as moving in that direction. Our government is controlling more and more of the private sector. Our government is nationalizing more and more of our interests and now they are tampering with the principles of the democratic voting rights.

It is time to put the breaks on government actions that will harm our economy anymore than it has already done and it is time to put an end to measures that take us further away from the original intentions of our intended republic.

Join me in signing a petition that asks the “U.S. Congress to ensure that every worker has the right to a secret ballot when deciding whether to organize a union, as well as the right to ratify the contract terms of their employment, rather than be forced to accept a contract through binding arbitration.” Visit the link  here to sign the petition and pass it on. 

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Jesus and a Union Guy

 

Two managers and a union worker were fishing on a lake one day, when Jesus walked across the water and joined them in the boat.

When the three astonished men had settled down enough to speak, the first guy asked humbly, “Jesus, I’ve suffered from back pain ever since I took shrapnel in the Vietnam war…could you help me?”

Of course, my son“, Jesus said, and when he touched the man’s back, he felt relief for the first time in years.

The second man, who wore very thick glasses and had a hard time reading and driving, asked if Jesus could do anything about his eyesight.

Jesus smiled, removed the man’s glasses and tossed them in the lake.

When they hit the water, the man’s eyes cleared and he could see everything distinctly.

When Jesus turned to heal the union worker, the guy put his hands up and cried defensively, “Don’t touch me! I’m on long term disability.”

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POLITICS 24/7 ENDORSES KEN BLACKWELL FOR REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIR

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Bookmark and Share      On Friday Republican national committee members will be electing a new chairman of the Republican National Committee. There are six people running for the job and for that they should all be commended. There are not many people who would be willing to take on the responsibility of bringing our badly beaten party back to life but some people care enough to risk their reputations and sacrifice their time for the causes that they believe in.

Such is the case with Ken Blackewell, Saul Anuzis, Mike Steele, Katon Dawson, Chip Saltsman and incumbent chairman Mike Duncan.

All of these men bring some good ideas to the table, some more than others.

Mike Duncan, the incumbent probably has the toughest case to present for reelecting him. Since he took over after Republicans lost congress in 2006, we only lost more. That cannot all be blamed on him. Republican elected officials did not perform the way the should, so blame lies where blame stems from but Duncan still has not presented a case that portrays him as a superior choice.

Chip Saltsman, the former Tennessee G.O.P. Chair and former Mike Huckabee campaign manager should not be running.

After Saltsman sent out copies of the “Barack The Magic Negro” CD as Christmas gifts to voting members of the national committee, whether he realized it or not, he disqualified himself. I for one do not want someone who is obviously so insensitive and unaware of the ramifications of his actions to chair the R.N.C.

As for the rest, well they are all good.

I like Mike Steele and wish he won his Senate seat in Maryland. He has the type of thinking that we need in Congress.

However, I do not know if he has what it takes to rebuild the party. In that area I favored Michigan’s Republican state Chairman, Saul Anuzis.

Anuzis is down to earth and into the grassroots. As the chair of Michigan’s Republican party he has been keeping things competitive and he is on top of the technology that we need to implement nationally.

KEN BLACKWELL

KEN BLACKWELL

However Ohio’s former Secretary of State, Ken Blackwell is who I have decided to support.

He not only believes that the grassroots should shape policy direction, he believes that the grassroots should lead the way and he wants to make the state and local parties true shareholders in our national effort. Sort of a bottom up strategy.

I believe in that strategy.

I believe that instead of Republican officials coming before the people and trying to tell us what is best for us, we should have the ability to tell them what is best for us and then they should run that way and with our message, lead in that direction.

Calling his plan to rebuild the party a “Conservative Resurgence Plan” Blackwell states “We will bring our party back by clearly articulating conservative principles, inspiring our base, decentralizing authority, and building technical and precinct–level organizational capacity to facilitate a conservative resurgence across the country for the GOP.”

I wont say that says it all but it does sum up what we need to do pretty well.

In addition to endorsing a plan for our future that was created by grass root Republicans at REBUILDthePARTY.com, Blackwell enhancing that plan with his own by increased and innovative uses of the internet as well as other person to person forums. Primarily, his plan consists of the following 10 points.

  • We must have an RNC Chairman who has credibility with the public and the media in order to articulate our principles, values, and ideas in the absence of a Republican President, Speaker, and Majority Leader.
  • We must have a leader who understands that the Republican Party’s conservative principles and values are both fundamentally correct and in line with the belief systems of the American electorate.
  • We must be able to translate our principles and values into ideas with 21st Century solutions that make sense to a family sitting around the dinner table.
  • We must inspire a new generation of conservatives into our party by drawing contrasts with Democrats regarding these principles, values, and ideas.
  • We must invest heavily in strong state and local party organizations so that our party has the capacity to organize the electorate and recruit new volunteers and donors. This includes providing seed money to party organizations that lack startup resources and providing speakers to all state party organizations.
  • We must have the technological infrastructure in place to harness the grassroots energy that will be created when the public turns against the liberal democrats in Washington.
  • We must have regional strategies and specific plans for each region and state. We must invest resources in redeveloping our party organizations in the Northeast, never take the South for granted, win over the Reagan Democrats in the Midwest, and compete for Hispanic and Asian-American votes in the West.
  • We must make a serious effort to be competitive with African Americans and other minorities across the country. 
  • We must take a stand against corruption, Republican or Democrat. We can no longer be critical of Democrats while turning a blind eye to scandals and corruption amongst our own.
  • The 2010 midterm elections and the resulting battles over redistricting will shape the future of both political parties. We must “win” the redistricting

Each and every point is not only valid but essential to success. But knowing that these are things we must do is not enough. Knowing how to implement them through an election is important and as a highly successful, former secretary of State, Ken Blackwell knows just how to do that.

 His experience as a Secretary State and chief arbitrator in state elections is invaluable to our future.

So when all is said and done, my support goes to Ken Blackwell.

I believe he is the man best suited for the job of bringing Republicans back with a vengeance and a “Conservative Resurgence”.

For the details of Blackwells plan go to:

http://kenblackwell.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/blackwell_rnc_resurgence.pdf

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GOVERNOR TAKES QUESTIONS – Submit Yours

Governor Corzine will be taking your questions live on Thursday, January 22 at 8 PM

Governor Corzine will be taking your questions live on Thursday, January 22 at 8 PM

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On Thursday, February 22, Governor Jon Corzine will be a guest of respected New Jersey journalist Steve Adubato on his weekly show, Caucus: New Jersey . They will be taking questions for the Governor from the general public and answering them live, on the air.

Questions need to be submitted before hand, by clicking here or you can do so by through the link below:

http://www.nj.com/mailforms/askcorzine/

There you can ask the Governor any question that is on your mind and we at POLITICS 24/7 believe that it is an opportunity which everyone, especially Republicans, need to take advantage of.

Republicans should be creative and think along the lines of the campaign manager of their favorite Republican candidate for Governor. Set your question up in such a way that allows the Governor to walk right into the line of thinking that you can effectively hit him on.

Ask questions about the Governor’s decimation of the business environment, his lack of ethics, his tax increases and revenue shortfalls, his inability to reform government and why he is so partisan that he and his Democrat friends in the senate and assembly reject proposals for reform that Republicans propose?

One question which I have submitted is:

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New Jersey's Steve Adubato

“In your State of the State address, you warned of tough times ahead and you promised to reduce spending. You even said that municipalities will have to do more with less from the state. Yet after that promise, you promised to pay for the expansion pre-school educations for all. How do you make up for the budget deficit by spending less when at the same time you promise to spend more?”

Another question I asked goes like this:

“Shortly after you first took office, you raised taxes by almost $2 billion and now, at the end of your first term, we are faced with a shortfall of $2.1 billion. I am sure that, as a veteran of wall street, you can admit that that is not they type of business management that would be considered acceptable, so how do you defend these circumstances under your administration?”

There are plenty of questions that need to be asked. Not just by Republicans who already know that we need to get rid of Corzine but by all New Jersey citizens who want to improve life in the Garden State.

Of course, not every question submitted will be asked, the program is only an hour. On top of that, there is the some doubt regarding who actually picks the questions that will be asked. If Steve Adubato, I am sure the forum will be fair and that some of the tougher questions will be selected for the Governor to answer.

So take a chance.

You never know which question might produce an earth shifting answer
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Who would have thought that a plumber from Ohio would become famous, write a book and be asked to run for Congress simply because he asked a question. A question which wound up consuming the last few weeks of the Presidential election.

A simple question during the qestioning of a President produced an impeachment after that President was found to have lied in his answer to one of those questions.

So you never know what the results could be. If you have the right question you may just become a part of recorded history. You could be responsible for changing events as opposed to our Governor who is constantly changed by events.

Give it a shot, submit your question to Caucus: New Jersey. And just in case it is not selected on their program, share it here, in the comments section, and let us know what you are wondering about?

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MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON?

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Chesley Sullenberger III, crash landed US Airway flight into Hudson River in New York

Chesley Sullenberger III, crash landed US Airway flight into Hudson River in New York

This afternoon, one such event occurred in New York’s Hudson River.

Three minutes after taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport  in  Queens U.S. Airways Flight 1549  lost power probably due to a number of Canadian geese getting sucked into one or more of its engines. Within a split second the Captain of the plane tried to head for New Jersey but it was obvious to him that the aircraft could not make it.

The plane was losing power and altitude, The lives of 5 crew members and approximately 150 passengers hung in the balance as the plane hung over the densely populated New York city metropolitan area.

Almost immediately Captain Chesley Sullenberger decided to use the Hudson River as his landing strip.

The quick decision proved to be the best possible one.

Without risking the lives of any citizens below his craft, Captain Sullenberger tried to save the lives of the more than 150 people in his care and in what officials and experienced aviators can only describe as the type of picture perfect landing that one hopes for under the best of condition, Sullenberger glided the powerless aircraft down towards the Hudson’s icy waters and skimmed its surface until the plane came to a sudden stop, in one piece and floating.

The impact was still terrifically rough but it could have been much rougher had the angle of descent been slightly off.

Had the plane not hit the surface of the water properly, it could have easily been torn apart. Had it hit the river surface in any way less then perfect, its cargo hold doors and landing gear bays could have been comprised and allowed water to quickly rush into the plane and cause it to sink much quicker than it did, thereby subjecting passengers to subfreezing water and limiting their chances for rapid rescue.

Some might say that the Captain and the passengers were lucky, very lucky. As for me I believe that the passengers were lucky. Lucky to have Chesley Sullenberger as the Captain of their doomed flight.

What Captain Sullenberger did, did not involve luck. It took experience, commitment, judgment, confidence, talent, bravery, nerves of steel and presence of mind. A lesser person could have panicked. They could have frozen and allowed gravity to bring the plane down upon crowded neighborhoods as children made their way home from school.

Had Captain Sullenberger not been the man that he is, many more than the over 150 passengers on flight 1549 could have died. Hundreds more could have perished.

Of course the flight crew of flight 1549 were not alone in their heroism.

New York has dealt with calamity on a scale that few other cities have ever seen. As a result New york city is prepared for challenging, unexpected events and so the city’s emergency service workers ran into action before the plane hit the water. Alerted to the emergency when the plane first lost power, police, firemen, paramedics were in the ready and hospitals on both sides of the Hudson were put on alert. Ambulances rushed to the shores alongside of the planes resting place. Ferry boats darted toward the floating aircraft and as they floated along side the slowly sinking plane, passengers boarded the boats and were whisked to safety.

All of those involved are heroes but today our hats go off to captain Chesley Sullenberger.  Even before finally exiting the plane hinmself, whith the frigid water rising around him, Sullenberger went up and down the jet’s aisle to make sure that no one was still aboard.

Had it not been for him, the new year would not be getting out of its first 15 days without a tragic and dramatic loss of many lives.

New York’s Governor David Paterson called the event a “miracle on the Hudson”. I say the miracle is named Chesley Sullenberger and tonight there are many people thanking God for the miracle that Sullenberger performed.

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JERSEY GOP IN A FEEDING FRENZY IN THE WAKE OF CORZINE’S DISMAL PERFORMANCE

Bookmark and Share    It would seem that Jon Corzine’s recent State of the State address successfully brought New Jerseyans together.
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NJGOP Chairman Tom Wilson

Together the editorial boards of nearly all the newspapers in New Jersey have concluded that Jon Corzine is a failure and the voters of New Jersey are debating whether or not Corzine’s job performance rates worse than one term Governor Jim Florio

The disastrous results produced by Corzine’s last three years in office were punctuated by his utterly empty State of the State address. It was an  address that had many words but little meaning.

Like a shark smelling blood in the water, New Jersey State Republican Chairman Tom Wilson sent out a message to voters.

It reads as follows:

“Tuesday, Governor Corzine gave his state of the state address and proved he still doesn’t get it. He’s still trying to spend his way out of every problem. Corzine doesn’t get that government spending IS the problem!  Read the Editorials published about the speech

When even the liberal editorial writers are saying it, you know it’s time for a change!

Republicans are poised for a major win this November. Late last week, a new public poll revealed that no one has ever sought re-election to the Governor’s office with worse public approval ratings than Jon Corzine. Voters actually think Corzine is doing a worse job than Jim Florio – the last one term Governor who got thrown out for abusing the taxpayers!
 
I’m working with our legislative and party leaders throughout the state to develop and deploy a grassroots plan to harness the winds of change that are blowing through Trenton. We’re going to launch the most comprehensive, coordinated, and technologically efficient effort to engage the over-taxed people of New Jersey in a campaign for real change. Our plan will help candidates from the local to the state level reach out to the right voters and deliver our collective message of lower taxes, less spending, and new leadership. We’re finalizing our plans now and expect to launch it by mid-February. So stay tuned! 
 
I hope we can count on you to be part of that effort and that is why I am calling on you to make an IMMEDIATE online contribution of 25, $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 today to help make certain we meet this all-important goal.
 
Together we can change New Jersey by reigning in government and provide real reform and real relief. But politics is a team sport and everyone on the team has to help if the team is going to win.
 
Will you make a special online contribution to our New Jersey Republican State Committee today? The Democrats have raised our property taxes, income taxes, sales tax and, literally, 100 other taxes. We’ve got to stop them before they bankrupt New Jersey.
 
Together we can end their reign of error. 
 
Tom Wilson”
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The Chairman is right. The people of New Jersey are over-taxed and the state is on the wrong path. Tom Wilson is also right to take advantage of the opportunity that Corzine and the Democrat led legislature have given us. People need to know that their will be an alternative to the continuation of the corrosive Corzine administration and the work leading up to providing people with that alternative begins today.

Jon Corzine simply helped speeding up that process with his sad state of the state message.

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ASK THE CANDIDATES FOR REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN A QUESTION

antrebuild_logoVery soon, state Republican leaders will be electing a national chairman for the party.

The next leader of the G.O.P. will be facing a daunting task. They will be shepherding a party that has been losing power since 2006 when we lost control of the house of representatives and the senate.

This past election saw us not only fall deeper into minority status in both chambers of Congress, but we lost the last piece of power in federal government that we had since 2006,…the presidency.

There are many things that need to be done to put Republicans back on track and although I contend that much of our success depends on the Republicans we elected to serve and how well they do their legislative jobs, forward momentum can be created with the right person leading the political aspect of the party.

Currently running for the nomination are Katon Dawson of South Carolina, Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, incumbent National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan, Mike Huckabee’s former campaign manager Chip Saltsman of Tennessee, former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Mike Steele and Michigan’s state party Chairman Saul Anuzis.

The race is pretty intense so far and all of the candidates are working hard to sway enough votes in their favor to become the next national committee chairman. In fact many of them have been active on a grassroots Republican site called Rebuild The Party.

Rebuildtheparty.com has been discussing how to do just as its name suggest….rebuild the party. And they do so with us, the voters and activists who are angry at both the way our party has been handling itself and the direction that Washington, D.C. is taking us in.

Now in a joint venture with YouTube, Rebuild The Party is holding their own open debate for the potential RNC Chairmen.

Through January 19th at 11:59 pm eastern standard time, participants can submit their own written question on the Rebuild the Party forum platform or a video questions on YouTube and then embed that question on the Rebuild The Party forum platform.

Participants in Rebuild The Party can then vote on the questions they feel are most important and need to be answered by the candidates. Subsequently, the 10 most highly rated video questions will be answered by each of the candidates, also through their own video submitted to youtube and embedded in the Rebuild The Party forum platform.

In addition to those 10 questions, the candidates may answer any other questions that they would like but the 10 questions with the most votes are musts.

So far there are questions ranging from what will you do to attract young voters to what will you do to elect more Secretaries of States who can manipulate election results as the Democrats set out to do a few years ago?

What’s your question?

Here in New Jersey, our state party leaders have already declared their support for Michigan’s Republican State Chairman, Saul Anuzis but do you have a question that might just bring forth an answer from the candidates that could change their minds?

For Republicans, the election of our next national chairman is probably the single most important decision we can make until the presidential election of 2012. It is a decision that can either help us elect a Republican President in 2012 or drastically impede our chances of doing so.

So now is your chance. If you have strong sentiments about the direction that you think our party needs to go in, now is the time to ask the people who want the responsibility to lead us, if they intend to go in that direction.

antrbtpjpeg2To be a part of the debate you have to first sign in to Rebuild the Party at  http://www.rebuildtheparty.com/

 

Then you can go to  http://forum.rebuildtheparty.com/

There you will find the place to submit your question and more details.

The election for Republican National committee Chairman is January 30th so get to work today and help make tomorrow better than yesterday. Ask your question and shape events instead of just watching events.

Until then, take the poll and let us know wo you want o see become RNC Chairman:

Poll will close at 11:59 eastern standard time on Monday, January 26, 2009

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WHY RONALD REAGAN MADE SUCH A GREAT PRESIDENT

    • ‘Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.’
    • ‘The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
    • ‘The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.’
    • ‘Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.’
    • ‘I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.’
    • ‘The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.’
    • ‘Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.’
    • ‘The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.’
    • ‘It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.’
    • ‘Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.’
    • ‘Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.’
    • ‘No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.’
    • ‘If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.’

    Submitted by Bill, Ardmore, Pa.

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IS ‘BARACK THE MAGIC NEGRO” AN APPROPRIATE CAMPAIGN PROMO?

I have remained quiet in the shaping race to elect a new Republican National Committee Chairman. I have been waiting to see what each candidate brings to the table. I want to hear about how they intend to reach out and involve the grassroots of the G.O.P. and how they intend to spread the Republican message and increase the chances for good Republicans to win elections again.

 The current field of declared candidates include incumbent national committee chairman Mike Duncan, Saul Anuzis of Michigan, Maryland’s former Lt. Gov. and the current chairman of GOPac, Michael Steele, South Carolina Republican Chairman Katon Dawson, Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and former Tennessee Republican Chairman and campaign to manager to Mike Huckabee, Chip Saltsman.

The only names on that list which I have had negative impressions of were Duncan and Saltsman.

Mike Duncan has had his chance to boost the fortunes of our party. Admittedly, during his tenure as chairman, he had a tough situation to deal with. The tide was not going our way so I do not blame Mike Duncan for our defeats at the poll, but I also cannot credit him for cutting our losses. Under his leadership, I did not see any enhanced outreach, defining of our message or cohesive strategy for republicans to tap into.

As for Chip Saltsman, I saw nothing outstanding about him. As the campaign manager for Mike Huckabee’s presidential primary effort, there was no evidence of unique, innovative strategies nor were there any operational advantages gained by his management of Huckabee. Furthermore, as the former chairman of the Tennessee G.O.P., Saltsman simply inherited a strong Republican party and presided over it as a mere caretaker.

All of this allowed me to see that there was no reason to choose Saltsman over any of the other candidates for the job.

However, recent events have allowed me to see that there is good reason not to choose Saltsman for Chairman.

As Christmas approached the wannabe Republican leader sent a 41 track cd that was created by Paul Shanklin, a conservative satirists and friend of his, to Republican committee members whose votes will elect a new Chairman for the Republican National Committee.

Entitled, “We Hate The U.S.A.”, the CD pokes fun at liberals and liberal thinking. One of the tracks on this musical giveaway chided liberal followers with spirited lyrics that claimed Caucasians who felt guilty about the treatment of African Americans tried to ease that guilt by supporting Barack Obama. The disturbing ditty was called “Barack the Magic Negro” and it was sung to the tune of “Puff The Magic Dragon”.

Now, I am not going to get into the reasons behind why one voted for or against President-elect Obama, nor will I joke about it. For me, the reasons behind those votes, either way, are too serious for me to joke about. But that is me and anyone who knows me, knows that I take politics too serious. So although I can’t find humor in someone supporting a move toward socialism, I can accept someone else finding it funny, in a dark sort of way.

What I do not respect is someone who tries to be a leader and lacks the judgment to properly lead us.

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CHIP SALTSMAN

The ignorance Chip Saltsman displayed by giving out this CD is astonishing. It indicates a blatant lack of judgment and skill.

Instead of showing himself to be savvy and having the ability to overcome wrongly held perceptions about Republicans, Chip Saltsman went out of his way to open Republicans up to accusations of racist tendencies.

 Now you may be able to find some humor in the “Barack the Magic Negro” tune. You can argue that some people voted for Obama because they felt that it was time for an African American to be elected and in doing so they may have ignored what he would do as President. You may debate the validity of such thinking but what a responsible leader cannot do is bring up the topic in such a way that is seen as irresponsible and in a way that can allow others to call Republicans racists.

 The actions of Chip Saltsman have demonstrated that he is the last person Republicans need to lead our rebuilding effort. We do not need a Republican chairman whose judgment divides Americans before we even begin to disagree on issues. We need a leader who can maintain our principles and unite people behind our agenda . An agenda that cannot be seen to have racial overtones.

I do not know if Chip Saltsman is a biggot or not. Up until now I have had no reason to believe that he is. Unforunately, his recent taste in Christmas gifts designed at getting him enough votes to become Chairman of the R.N.C. has made we wonder if he is though.

Does the song in question offer any racist sentiments?

Judge for yourself.

For the purpose of full disclosure and clarification of whether Saltsman demonstrated poor judgment, here are the lyrics from that controversial tune…….

“Barack the Magic Negro lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times they called him that
cause he’s not authentic like me.

Yeah the guy from the L.A. paper
said he made guilty whites feel good
they’ll vote for him and not for me
cause hes not from da hood.

See, real black men like snoop dogg
or me or Farrakhan
have talked the talk and walked the walk
not come and laid and won (not sure about this line).

Barack the Magic Negro lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times they called him that
cause he’s not authentic like me
cause hes black but not authentically.

Barack the Magic Negro lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times they called him that
cause he’s not authentic like me
cause hes black but not authentically.

Some say Barack’s articulate
and bright and new and clean
the media sure love this guy
a white interloper’s dream.

But when you vote for president
watch out and don’t be fooled
don’t vote the magic negro in
cause…

(background singing the first 3 lines, while the singer is saying)

Cause I wont have nothing after all these years of sacrifice and I wont get justice this is about justice this is about justice, buffet, I don’t have no buffet there wont be any church contributions there’ll be no cash in the collection plate, no cash money, no walkin’ around money…”

 

Personally, I do find the song inappropriate. I do not support blatantly, disrespectful intentions that help exacerbate tensions. With that view, I am disgusted by Chip Saltsman’s attempt to promote himself among Republicans by offering a gift that utilizes this song.

You may claim, that I am wrong for reproducing the lyrics in this post. If so I disagree. Unlike Saltsman, I do not offer it up as a fun gift. I offer it up as an example of intolerable conduct. I also display it so that others can understand why I am calling upon Chip Saltsman to withdraw his name from consideration for chairman of the R.N.C..

Just as troublesome as having to question whether or not Saltsman has racist tendencies, is the obvious lack of judgment which allowed the question to be raised. Even if he is not a racist, he has shown us that he does not have the capacity to help deflect such accusations from being leveled at the Republican party.

As I look forward to rebuilding our party, Saltsman is not someone who we can look forward to rebuilding it with.

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Having chosen English as the preferred language in the EEC, the European Parliament has commissioned a feasibility study in ways of improving efficiency in communications between Government departments. European officials have often pointed out that English spelling is unnecessarily difficult – for example, cough, plough, rough, through and thorough. What is clearly needed is a phased program of changes to iron out these anomalies. A committee staff from the top level of participating nations would, of course, administer the program. In the first year, for example, the committee would suggest using ‘s’ instead of the soft ‘c’. Sertainly, sivil servants in all sities would resieve this news with joy. Then the hard ‘c’ could be replaced by ‘k’ sinse both letters are pronounsed alike. Not only would this klear up konfusion in the minds of klerikal workers, but typewriters kould be made with one less letter. There would be growing enthusiasm when in the sekond year, it kould be announsed that the troublesome ‘ph’ would henseforth be written as ‘f’. 

This would make words like ‘fotograf’ twenty per sent shorter in print. 

In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reash the stage where more komplikated shanges are possible. Governments would enkourage the removal of double letters which have always been a deterent to akurate speling. We would al agre that the horible mes of silent ‘e’s in the languag is disgrasful. Therefor we kould drop thes and kontinu to read and writ as though nothing had hapend. By this tim it would be four years sins the skem began and peopl would be reseptive to steps sutsh as replasing ‘th’ by ‘z’. Perhaps zen ze funktion of ‘w’ kould be taken on by ‘v’, vitsh is, after al, half a ‘w’. Shortly after zis, ze unesesary ‘o’ kould be dropd from words kontaining ‘ou’. Similar arguments vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters. 

Kontinuing zis proses yer after yer, ve vud eventuli hav a reli sensibl riten styl. After tventi yers zer vud be no mor trubls, difikultis and evrivun vud fin it ezi tu understand ech ozer. Ze drems of ze Guvermnt vud finali hav kum tru.

 

 

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RACE TO LEAD GOP’S FUTURE SHAPING UP

As the McCain led defeat of Republicans sets in, high hopes rise. As the race for President ended, the battle for the GOP’s future has begun.

Several days ago, I disclosed the likely contenders for Republican National Committee Chairman and some of those mentioned are beginning to fire their first shots.

antanuzislogon1One of those touted to want the job, Michigan Republican State Committee Chairman Saul Anuzis, has fired up a web site for the job .

A name that I did not list among the seven most mentioned contenders was former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. I for one, don’t think that Newt has a desire to reenter the political fray. I know and appreciate that he is completely involved in the ideological fight and the battle of ideas that he relishes in the more realistic world of the free, private sector. But I do not anticipate his willingness to actually get back into the political arena.

Would his return be welcomed? That’s not a question for Democrats. They picked the leader of their party when Barack Obama became President-Elect Barack Obama. It is a question for Republicans to answer.

As a Republican myself, I would welcome Newt‘s involvement. He is an asset. He knows politics and he knows the issues. He also puts the party, as well as the nation, before himself. He demonstrated that when after Republicans lost some seats in the House of Representatives back in the late 90’s, he offered his resignation as speaker. He did so because the media made him more important than the issues he was dealing with. He felt that he was such a lightening rod, that his continued role would take away from the issues we had to deal with.

Years later, now that he is not involved in the legislative post he once held, the party leadership role might be just right for him, as well as the GOP.

Of course, the left will begin every campaign that they run in 2010 and beyond, with the name “Newt Gingrich”. They will continue the demonization process of Gingrich and the GOP as they try to put an angelic face on themselves. But, will that have a bearing on the effective direction that Newt could put the party on?

The public image that Democrats will try to create for Republicans with Newt Gingrich’s face as the RNC chairman, would have an impact on initial public perception. But would the negative impact of anti-Newt, liberal propaganda outweigh the positive effect of Gingrich’s leadership for the party?

In the long term, probably not, but this, I can’t I can’t be sure of.

I do know Newt Gingrich understands what the GOP stands for and he knows how to shape the arguments and messages that we need. He is also capable of employing the right people to help the RNC articulate that message. Additionally, he helps reaffirm the base when it comes to where the party is going. Newt represents the conservative political thinking that many feel the party has strayed from……a straying away that coincided with the decline of Republican political preeminence since his departure from the congressional stage. He could also create great cause for many disaffected libertarians to join the Republican ranks.

Right now the party needs direction. Not just organizational direction in setting a strategic plan for future elections but also direction of purpose. We need to make that which differentiates us from Democrats clear. Over the past 5 or 6 years the lines of difference have been blurred. For one thing we had an incumbent Republican President who was about as fiscally conservative as Imelda Marcos in a shoe store. For another thing, we had Republican elected officials who allowed Democrats to get the upper hand when it comes to rhetoric denouncing the wars we are in. Many Republicans backed away from their public defense of our war efforts, fearful that too many voters were questioning it’s worthiness.  The sad fact being that too many elected officials allow themselves to be fearful of perceptions and unconcerned with their convictions.  Too many lack the cojones to use their convictions and stand up to wrongly held public perceptions.  That however, is not a fault possessed by Newt Gingrich

So we need someone who can help distinguish the differences between us and Democrats.
Newt could do for us if he chose to. He could actually energize the forces and he has proven to be capable of organizing national campaigns that promote the application of conservative legislative principles.

It’s difficult to make a decision when you do not yet know all your options, so although I am inclined to embrace Newt Gingrich’s wisdom, innovation capabilities and sense of ideological conviction, I reserve my own final conclusion until I know who else is wanting the job of Chairman. I refer to the word “wanting” because there are groups seeking to recruit some names. I do not want someone who has to be convinced that they should be the chairman of the RNC. I want someone who wants it and wants it for all the right reasons. Someone who wants to do the hard work and wants to fight for our cause.

I admire some of the names out there. People like former Maryland Lt. Governor Mike Steele of GOPAC.

I agree with him on most all issues and I appreciate the messages that he uses in trying to bring the point home. Of course being African-American, if Steele is selected to be chairman, the loony, left, libs will say that his being black was the only reason we picked him, but you know what?……I really don’t care what inconsequential, liberal, loudmouths think. They will be fighting the titular leader of their party, President-Elect Obama, as they try to force him to lead from the left instead of the middle. So they have their own battle to wage. This one is between us republicans……”No Liberals Allowed”….thank you.

In any event I have no objection to Mike Steele for the spot. He is a good, loud voice but based on abilities between him and Newt, I lean towards Newt.
In either case, both of these guys, as pointed out in the Washington Times, have not gone public with their desires. They seem to be wrangling behind the scenes and hoping to create a public yearning for their expertise that makes them humbly answer some sort of call to duty. If Gingrich continues to be coy and Mike Steele makes it clear that he wants the job, he’s got my support.

Two of my favorite choices would be Mitt Romneywho has almost as much of the ideological qualities and articulation abilities that Newt Gingrich has, but without the image problem and baggage. Former Maryland Governor Bob Erhlich is also a talented favorite of mine who has the ability to help us reclaim our ideological strengths. However, neither of these two have indicated the desire to be the new chairman and as for Romney, I would rather see him gear up for a run for President in 2012 then get bogged down in partisan politics. Right now, him and Sarah Palin need to convince me which will best qualified for our presidential nomination, so both should remain focused on that.

In regards to one of those who have made their RNC leadership intentions clear, Michigan Republican State Committee Chairman Saul Anuzis has potential but so does South Carolina Republican Chair Katon Dawson Chairman and Florida’s GOP Chairman Jim Greer. But I do commend Anuzis for naot playing any games and making his intentions clear. Unlike him, Dawson has been using the slogan “Renew, Reform, Restore,” in a survey that he has mailed out to a few hundred national committee members, the members who will elect the new chairman. Greer has been on the phones and testing the water.

All of these people have produced positive Republican results in their states. Of course though, Florida and South Carolina have fairly positive atmospheres for conservative oriented causes and campaigns. Saul Anuzis is relatively successful in a state that is not quite as open and friendly to Republicans as his counterparts in the South. To me, that shows that Saul Anuzis has plenty of grit and the type of underdog tenacity that the GOP needs nationally.

All of this speculation and conjecture is nice but there exists a very crucial question that we, as a party, must answer before we select someone to lead our party. What direction do we want the party to go in? Knowing the direction we want to go in could help us decide which leader is best suited to lead us in that direction.

Part of the answer to that question lies not in the race for RNC Chairman. It lies in the Republican leadership of the house and senate.

If our elected Republicans in congress, the guys on the front line of the ideological battle in government, elect the status quo to house and senate minority leadership, than we can write off any hopes for increasing political power in the near term.

People like Eric Cantor of Virginia need to win election as the Republican whip and I for one would like to Indiana’s Mike Pence assume overall leadership of the house.

On the Senate side, South Dakota’s John Thune is a favorite of mine. He has solid credentials and great vision. Unfortunately, the senate is an institution that offers less opportunities to young guns. Seniority rules there.

The logistics of the fact that US senators are elected from an entire state causes individual senators to be less cutting edge and more moderate than their counterparts in the house, who get elected from a segment of the electorate in their home state, that may have more extreme views than do the entirety of a state. But the legislative leadership that republicans have in congress will have a lot to do with the effectiveness of whoever is chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Our leaders in the house and senate must be leading legislative efforts that are in sync with the direction and message that the party is taking. If we, as a party, are preaching spend less, drill more, reduce government intrusiveness and fight harder, it won’t be believed if congressional Republicans are approving Democrat budgets that are full of increased social welfare and government programs, limiting our abilities to exploit natural resources and accepting retreat on any front in the war on terror.

We need legislative leaders who are of the mind of those who were a part of the ‘94 Republican revolution (which was orchestrated, sponsored and led by Newt Gingrich) that took congressional control away from the liberal party. If our congressional Republicans were of that same thinking now, half the battle would be over.  Mike Pence, Eric Cantor and John Thune are just exceptional examples of that thinking and are the type of legislative leadership we need.

Ultimately, as for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. I would like to see a power sharing effort that involves Gingrich, Steele, Dawson, Anuzis and Romney.

Together I would like to see them hammer out the road map. Then let Gingrich shape the debate, Mike Steele deliver the message, Katon Dawson and Saul Anuzis organize the ground game and Romney raise the money. Is this likely?………Nope. But it could be ideal.

For now I would be inclined to give Dawson, Anuzis and Steele the inside track and hope that if any one of those three get the job, they will reach out and work with the team that I would like to see work together.

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Don’t say this to a cop

The top 20 things not to say to a cop when he pulls you over.

20. I can’t reach my license unless you hold my beer.

19. Sorry officer, I didn’t realize my radar detector wasn’t plugged in.

18. Aren’t you the guy from the villiage people?

17. Hey, you must have been doing 125 to keep up with me, good job.

16. I thought you had to be in relatively good physical shape to be a police officer.

15. I was going to be a cop, but I decided to finish high school instead.

14. Bad cop. No donut.

13. You’re not going to check the trunk, are you?

12. Gee, that gut sure doesn’t inspire confidence.

11. Didn’t I see you get your butt kicked on cops?

10. Is it true that people become cops because they are too dumb to work at McDonalds?

9. I pay your salary

8. So uh, you on the take or what?

7. Gee officer, that’s terrific. The last officer only gave me a warning.

6. Do you know why you pulled me over? Okay, just so one of us does.

5. I was trying to keep up with traffic. Yes, I know there is no other cars around, that’s how far they are ahead of me.

4. What do you mean have I been drinking? You are the trained specialist.

3. Well, when I reached down to pick up my bag of crack, my gun fell off of my lap and got lodged between the brake and the gas pedal, forcing me to speed out of control.

2. Hey, is that a 9mm? That’s nothing compared to this 44 magnum.

1. Hey, can you give me another one of those full cavity searches?

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THE NEXT 2 YEARS COULD BE CRITICAL FOR REPUBLICANS

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The GOP is literally at a make or break point that could a establish a fait accompli   

As we enter into the closing year of the new millennium’s first decade, the approaching official national census process is where some, if not a large portion of the battle for our political future will take place.

After the census has been taken in 2010, every legislative district from which we elect council members in local and city governments to state legislators and members of congress will be redrawn based upon the population shifts determined by the census.

This means that once those figures have been established, during 2010, state legislatures will spend the following year redrawing new legislative districts.

Despite laws that try to regulate how legislative maps can be drawn and try to eliminate gerrymandering, redistricting is primarily a political process that is left up to the political party or parties with majority control at the time that redistricting occurs. That said, the powers that be use their majority status to creatively draw new legislative districts that favor their party. A handful of states have separatecommissions that draw the district lines.  Some of those grant veto to the states governors and some don’t.  But regardless, even those commissions, involved in those 6 or states, contain a degree of politcal leanings.

In either event, by using a range of election results from over the last 8 years or so, party leaders establish where their favorable votes come from. Using that as their basis, they draw districts that contain a plurality of population centers that favor their party.

This allows the majority political party to substantially consolidate power by creating new election districts that are likely to send more of their kind to their county seats and state capitols as well as those who we send to congress.

Regardless of the laws that are designed to take political influence out of the redistricting process and despite the various state redistricting commissions that are set up to oversee the process, it is an entirely political process. You must understand that the politicians create the new districts maps themselves or appoint the redistricting commissions regulating the process. Even when the courts have to step in, it remains a political process…….Who appoints the judges that make the rulings on this type of stuff?…..The politicians. So no matter what, it is a fact that the redistricting process is a political process. To pretend it isn’t, is a demonstration of naiveté that should prohibit one from even discussing politics. The only arguable point may be the varying degree of politicization that the process holds for one state or another.

Keeping that in mind, in one sense the census will, or could benefit, Republicans on the national level.  Having the majority in various state legislatures is key though. 

Areas such as the Northeast will see a decreased sizes in population. That will result in several Northeastern states losing congressional seats. The region has practically no congressional Republicans left. Connecticut’s Chris Shays was one of the last few holdouts and his overreaching attempts to appeal to  Democrat by essentially voting like a Democrat didn’t hack it. Republicans did not like his trying to be a liberal and liberals did not find him liberal enough so he’s out.

But the loss of seats through redistricting in the Northeast, where Republicans don’t have many seats, will favor Republicans where they are still strong….the South and West.

The census will show a strong increase in Southern population and so will the West. That means the representation lost in places like New Jersey and New York will be added to places like Florida and California, where the increased population will get increased representation. Except for California that bodes well for Republicans, but not in and of itself.

The party in power of each individual state legislature will ultimately determine the final redistricting maps. The party in charge at the time will create new districts that favor themselves and increases their own pluralities in their state capitol. They will do the same with their own states congressional delegation to washington, DC, as they draw congressional districts that favor their party as well.

So that means, if, for example, New Jersey has A Democrat Governor and a Democrat majority in the state senate and the state assembly, which they do now, Democrats will make their existing state legislative districts more favorable to electing Democrats. They will also draw congressional districts that are inclined to do the same. In fact, with the possible loss of one seat due to relatively decreased population growth, the Democrat dominated state legislature would probably emaciate one of the rare congressional districts that Republicans have held, forever, in Northern New Jersey. In the recent 2008 election, incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Fergusson retired and his seat was won by a Republican state senator named Leonard Lance. After redistricting, he and his seat will probably be gerrymandered out of existence.

This all points to the following .

  • The GOP Must Act Quickly

We need to select a Republican National Chairman who has a vision of inclusiveness and a passionate command of the issues and ideological fervor that is rooted in the conservative foundation that has always been the basis of our most productive legislative sessions and our most successful election cycles. That person must also have the capacity for exceptional organizational development and cutting edge thinking that can exploit the internet and the grassroots. The new chairman must also be willing to act quickly and accept the fact that we need to prepare for the redistricting process that begins in 2010.  Any loss of time leading up to 2010 will wreak havoc on our prospects for the decade to follow. (Newt…..are you reading this?)

  • A Bottom Up Strategy

The new Republican National Committee Chairman must immediately focus on and direct all resources to local and state legislative elections. This may sound out of place for the “national” committee, however, by the time the end of 2010 rolls around, it is the state level which will strongly effect our national prospects in the redistricting process that occurs at the start of the next decade.  By electing more officials on the bottom of the ballot, in stste elections, we will be better able to effect races further up the ballot.

By spending the next two years establishing strong candidates to run strong campaigns for state senate and assembly seats, we will increase control of the state legislative bodies that are ultimately responsible for the redistricting that they will undertake after the 2010 census results. With that power and opportunity we will be able to draw new congressional districts that are favorable for increasing Republican pluralities in the newly drawn seats that will be up for grabs in 2012.

Without control of the redistricting process Democrats will have the opportunity to gerrymander more Republicans out of office and make it even harder to get elected into office . That will only make the decade to come more difficult for us to increase our state legislative and congressional prospects.

The new chairman of the RNC, whoever it may be, better be willing to utilize the little time we have between now and then wisely. The once every decade redistricting process that the new chairman should prepare us for could have more of an effect on GOP prospects and our regaining majority status in congress than any of the elections that will follow

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GOOD ANSWERS

I guess I would have voted with the majority if it was a close vote. But I agree with the arguments the minority made.
–President Bill Clinton, on the 1991 Gulf War resolution

“I’m not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president.”
–Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents

I haven’t committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.
–David Dinkins, New York City Mayor, answering accusations that he failed to pay his taxes.

Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.
–Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower

The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It’s only the people who make them unsafe.
–Frank Rizzo, ex-police chief and mayor of Philadelphia

I have lied in good faith.
— Bernard Tapie, French politician accused of fixing a soccar match involving the team he owned, when his sworn alibi fell apart in court.

I don’t need bodyguards.
–Jimmy Hoffa, labor leader

Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.
–Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC

The police are not here to create disorder. They’re here to preserve disorder.”
–Former Chicago mayor Daley during the infamous 1968 Democratic Party convention

China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.
–Former French President Charles de Gaulle

 

 

 

 

 

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