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98 YEARS AGO TODAY, RONALD REAGAN WAS BORN

antreaganBookmark and ShareOn this day, 98 years ago, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born.

From the beginning days of his life and throughout his Hollywood career  no one would have imagined Ronald Reagan to be a future President. But fate is much like the American spirit.  It is surprising.

Our spirit is endless and it is the thing stories are made of. Our great American spirit keeps us going and keeps us moving forward despite any and all obstacles.

The American spirit was what gave birth to Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

Down and out economically, with double digit inflation and unemployment rates, our nation was in the doldrums. Domestically our financial situation was dire and in an ever declining downward spiral..

Internationally we were in the midst of a Cold War game riddled with Soviet deceit and imperialism. Cuba was in the midst of the Marielle boat lift and Castro was casting tens of thousands of his island nation’s  worst criminals and criminally insane citizenry to our shores.

In the Middle East, fellow American citizens were held hostage as Islamic extremists took control of oil rich Iran and overran our embassy.

We were a people struggling to stay above water while losing jobs, losing money and losing our ability to secure freedom and defend it from communism. We were in disarray and each time we tried to pull ourselves out of the misery index we were in, things got worse. Unemployment would rise a bit more, production would go down and taxes would go up. It seemed hopeless and then on April 24th, 1980 we woke up to the horrific news of a botched attempt at getting our hostages out of Iraq.

In a covert operation, above the sands of the Middle East , helicopters being used in the rescue mission crashed, wounding four American servicemen and killing eight. The mission was aborted and it seemed that America was doomed to depression and failure.

As the year progressed, so did the election for President.  A weak and tarnished President Carter even found himself in a rare challenge for re-nomination by his own Democrat party.

Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy tried to take Carter to task but by the time the Democrat’s national convention took place, it was clear that President Carter would be running for election as their standard bearer.

Republicans had their own race and in it was Ronald Reagan.

Four years earlier Ronald Reagan gave another sitting President a run for the nomination when he challenged President Gerald Ford for the Republican presidential nomination.  Although it started off competitive, Ford did prevail but it set the stage for Ronald Reagan in 1980.

Although George Herbert Walker Bush initially took the wind out of Ronald Reagan’s sails, Reagan ultimately captured the G.O.P. nomination.

Along the way he also captured the attention and imagination of the nation.

At a time when we were down and seemingly out, Ronald Reagan spoke of an America that stood up for itself and stood up to our enemies. He spoke about an America that was once the greatest force for freedom the world ever knew but was now relegated to being held hostage to the whims of the rest of the world and vulnerable to an expansion of communism.

He spoke as to how it should and could be different. He made Americans realize that our people were not doomed, we were simply held back. Held back by of all things, government. Our government, a government consumed by misguided thinking, and a misguided philosophy.

Through debates and speeches and the poor results of Jimmy Carter’s liberal leadership, Ronald Reagan convinced people that they were not the problem, their government was. He convinced them that it was our government’s lack of will to stand up to Soviet aggression which was responsibile for its spread into places like Afghanistan.

He convinced people that it was government’s demonstrated lack of backbone which made our citizens susceptible to Mid East hostage taking.

Throughout the campaign Ronald Reagan allowed people to see that it was our governments overregulation of us antreagan-campwhich killed job markets, reduced income, raised prices, denied effective educations to our children and perpetuated policies of urban decay. He made people understand that it was government which was in our way and that with government out of the way, the American people, and our inherent entrepreneurial spirit, would lift us out of the days of malaise and into a better America, a more secure America, an America that we all knew we could be.

At a time when our spirits were down, like a cheerleader doing cartwheels with the band blaring and the crowd cheering , Ronald Reagan lifted our spirits and out of the lifting of our spirits was born his presidency.

On Election Day Jimmy Carter won the District of Columbia, and the states of Minnesota, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland and Hawaii.  His homestate of Georgia, which he once governed, even turned its back on Carter

Ronald Reagan won the 45 remaining states in the union including the state he once governed, California.

With 489 electoral votes, to Jimmy Carter‘s 49 electoral votes, Ronald Wilson Reagan became the 4oth President of the United States and so began the “Reagan Era” With its beginning came an immediate sense that things were going to get better.

As I watched President-Elect Reagan raise his right hand to take the oath of office, the television network had placed a ticking clock on the lower right hand of the screen. As Reagan began to utter the words to his oath of office, the clock ticked away and just after Reagan was sworn in as President, the clock passed 12 P.M. and it was official. Our Americans hostages were out of Iranian airspace and beginning their journey home. The fear of what a forceful President might do to those involved in holding our citizens hostage was enough to end the standoff.

444 days after having their freedom taken away, it was restored and just like those hostages, America was about to embark upon a journey that would rekindle our spirits, raise our hopes and restore our standing in the world.

It was not easy. Liberals chastised Ronald Reagan every step of the way. They called him a war monger and said he was old and out of touch. They even equated him to the devil.

Some claimed that he was the devil.

They said that his name, Ronald Wilson Reagan, was proof , because just like the numbers representing the devil, 6 6 6, each of the three monikers used in Reagan’s full name were comprised of 6 letters.

The outlandish charges, and innuendoes never dampened the spirit of Reagan.

In regards to criticism of his age, he replied “Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.”

When it came to his aggressive stance against the Soviet Union and the arms build up that he stood for, Reagan said “Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.”

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President Reagan signing the historic Tax Reform Act of 1986 with members of Congress and White House staff present on the south lawn. 10/22/86

Time and time again Reagan knew what to say, how to say it and when to say it.

When his message didn’t persuade Congress his way, he took his case to the people, won them over and called them into action to win their representatives over.

When Reagan took to the airwaves his message created a political army of active citizens who in turn influenced their representatives. It was a process that crossed party lines and even involved Democrat voters. The tens of millions of Democrats involved in this political army became known as Reagan Democrats and Reagan Democrats were everywhere from New York to Michigan and Florida to Texas, Minnesota, California and everywhere in between.

As the Reagan revolution took hold, our economy steadied and grew, inflation dropped, our military was rebuilt, our influence increased and our spirit was restored.  America became a hopeful place once again.

It was not immune from darkness but we knew that no matter what came our way, we could endure and that our best days were still ahead of us.

We also knew that we could not just simply expect everything to come up roses.

Ronald Reagan made us understand that we had to stand up to aggression and that we could not sit idly by and let the enemies of freedom run amuck.  Nor could we let the Soviet Union’s actions go unanswered.

It wasn’t always easy.

In 1983 America deployed peace keeping forces to help stabilize a war torn Lebanon.

After being expelled fromantreaganleb Jordan, members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization took refuge there. What ensued was a constant clash of Christian and Muslim militias.

In 1982 Israel tried to eliminate the PLO and invaded Lebanon to take them on. A cease fire was eventually agreed to and part of that agreement included a peace keeping force involving Italy, France Great Britain and the United States.

For our involvement, today section 59 of Arlington National Cemetery  is lined with 21 of the bodies of the 241 U.S. service members who were killed in their barracks by a suicide bomber.

On the 23rd day of October, 1983 we shed the blood of some of America’s first victims of middle east terrorism.

It was a day that would never be forgotten by the administration and it set in motion a posture that would not allow terrorist action against America to go unanswered.

In 1986 ,after a terrorist bomb in a Berlin nightclub killed two American soldiers was traced back to Libya, President Reagan ordered the bombing of Libya’s capital, Tripoli and the Libyan city of Benghazi.

On the Soviet front, President Reagan brought communism to it’s knees.

His aggressive arms build up forced the “evil empire” into escalating the Cold War to a level that they could not sustain. While this tit for tat game raged on, a rapid succession of deaths at the Kremlin saw the Soviets first lose long serving Communist leader Leonid Breznev in 1982.

Then, two years later Yuri Andropov suddenly died.

Less than one year after Andrpov dropped off, his successor, Constantine Chernenko kicked the bucket.

Following Chernenko’s demise, the old guard decided to turn to someone from a younger generation. Someone who might be able to hold on to life and office for more than a matter of months.

antreagan-gorbyThey turned to Mikhail Gorbachev.

Gorbachev knew his nation could no longer sustain itself by trying to keep up with Ronald Reagan’s arms build up. So he began to enter into meaningful negotiations, which along with Gorbachev’s national reforms of perestroika and glasnost, led to an end of Cold War hostilities and ultimately the collapse of the Soviet Union as we once knew it.

Through it all Ronald Reagan reinvigorated America, put it back on track, spared us from a possible apocalyptic clash between superpowers and helped bring about the end of the Cold War and defeat the evil empire .

But his legacy goes beyond victory over a nemesis. His legacy included a rethinking of the way nations had to confront war.

During his second term Reagan made a request that would revolutionize our approach to nuclear threats. It also was a major factor in the Soviet”s inability to keep pace with the U.S. in the Cold war.

He said “I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.”

That statement led to SDI, the strategic defense initiative. Some came to ridicule it by calling it star wars because, at the time, it seemed unrealistic to shoot down missiles before they hit us.

Back then, it may have seemed unrealistic but what once was Ronald Reagan’s thought, is quickly becoming today’s reality.

President Reagan speaking at a White House ceremony for Medical Students from St. George's School of Medicine in Grenada on south lawn. 11/7/83.

President Reagan speaking at a White House ceremony for Medical Students from St. George's School of Medicine in Grenada on south lawn. 11/7/83.

There were several other enduring aspects to the Reagan years.

For instance the Reagan Doctrine.

That ideological policy eliminated the isolationist thinking which prohibited the United States from taking an active roll in eliminating communism.  As we did in Grenada, under Reagan.  

He understood that we need to challenge our enemies before our enemies become too strong for us to stop.

That is a lesson we learned back then but seem to have a problem accepting today.

There were more long lasting, positive effects such as Reagan’s military build up which gave us the ability to properly defend ourselves and to deter aggression aimed at us. But the greatest legacy of Ronald Reagan is probably the lesson he taught us when he made it clear that the American people were not the problem, government was the problem.

He once said “Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”

antreagan-berlinReagan knew that government had a purpose, and he knew that a government that goes beyond its purpose is a government that is destined to fail its people. And although he did restore our faith in government and the presidency after Jimmy Carter, he helped to restore our faith in something even more important than that, ourselves and our great American spirit.

From his surviving an assasin’s bullets to his speech calling for Mr. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” at the foot of the Berlin Wall, Ronald Reagan was a true world leader and he was ours.  He was an American original and he has helped to keep America strong in so many different ways.

His ability to  restore America to its greatness and to leave us with a blueprint for future success is a gift almost as great as freedom itself and just as a fine wine improves with age, so too will his legacy as history unfolds.

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“Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

~Ronald Reagan

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CHRISTIE MAKES IT OFFICIAL

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Chris Christie  made it official on Wednesday. He stated that he “enthusiastically” seeks the office of Governor of New Jersey.

That makes it official and it seemingly completes the Republican field in the race for the Republican nomination for Governor.

Chris Christie is seen by some as a knight in shining armor of sorts.

As one of the most corrupt states in the nation, being the former U.S. attorney  for New Jersey, Chris Christie was quite busy. Many of his prosecutions, over the past eight years, involved political corruption. So many that it made Washington, D.C. look more like a sleepy town in Utah than the cauldron of corruption that it is.

With 132 convictions and zero acquittals, Christie was a success at his job. While Trenton politicians were double dipping and ripping off constituents, Chris Christie was cleaning their messes up.

So it is only logical that Chris Christie run a campaign that highlights the restoration of  faith in government. We need a restoration of faith in the process, a process that New Jersey politician have been abusing and using to increase the size of their own pockets at the expense of taxpayers.

As one who has rooted out wrongdoing, Chris Christie understands how politicians corrupt the process. He knows the type of advantages that they try to take and that knowledge will help to make Christie an effective reformer. He knows what needs to be changed in order to limit the opportunity for political corruption. He also understands the need for transparency in government.

In his announcement he called this election “a moment of challenge and opportunity” and indeed it is.

The challenge for Christie will be convincing people that not only is he the “good government candidate” but that he is the small and effective government candidate.

I do not think any of the other three candidates running against Christie will challenge Christie’s crime busting credentials but they will challenge his ability to reform government and the extent to which he will reform it.

That is where a great deal of the momentum in this campaign will lie.

New Jersey has seen some of the nation’s highest taxes in most every category possible. For it, we have only accumulated debt. And with that debt there has been no improvements of services or education. There has been no great leaps in transportation capabilities or the quality of life we have. All we have seen is an increase in the size and scope of government.

In addition to that we have seen state mandates such as the mandatory low income housing units that municipalities will be required to construct under the orders of the Council on Affordable Housing.

Reform of government is needed.

Right now, under Democrat rule, all we have is a burdensome bureaucracy that raises taxes and uses those raised taxes to legislate new social engineering programs. And through it all, people and businesses are fleeing New Jersey.

The hemorrhaging must stop but not only do we need a tourniquet, we need a transfusion. We need more than a band aid, we need a totally different approach.

So Chris Christie can only run so far on a campaign against the “culture of corruption .”  He must show us that he is a candidate for change.

In his announcement for Governor, one of the most interesting things I heard from Christie was his promise that he “will not worry about a second term.”

That is a good start. One should not worry about reelection before they have won an election. But I do like the message he intended to send with that statement.

New Jersey needs a leader who is more concerned about their state’s citizens than their next election. We need someone who, despite the sticks and stones that may be thrown at them by legislators, they are willing to stand up to them at any cost, even if it means making any number of them opponents.

Christie promises to “restore trust and faith in the idea that government can work”. He now has the opportunity to convince us that he is the man to do that. But he cannot do so as a one issue candidate.

Corruption is only part of our problem. The other part of the problem is an out of control govenrment and innefectual legislature.

Christie promises to spend every day from now till the June primaries  and beyond, defining his positions on the issues.

I look forward to that.

It has taken him quite some time for him to get to this point so I can only assume that he is fully prepared and I know that I am ready to be won over by the right Republican.

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The Manager of a small business that employs 80 people, resigned himself to the fact that Barrack Obama is our President, and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way.

To compensate for the tax increases he figured his customers will have to see a price increase of about 8%, but due to the dismal state of our economy he can’t increase prices right now, so he decided that he has to lay off 7 of his employees instead.

This problem was really eating at him because he sees his employees as family and he just didn’t know how to choose who will have to go.

So this is what he did…

He walked through the company parking lot and found 7 Obama ‘08 bumper stickers on his employees’ cars, and decided that those employees would be the first to be laid off.

Says the small business owner………”I can’t think of a more fair way to approach this problem. These folks wanted change, so I gave it to them.”

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STATE SENATOR TRIES TO PULL THE WOOL OVER OUR EYES

STATE SENATOR NICK "I don't want to run for office so much" SCUTARI

STATE SENATOR NICK "I don't want to run for office so often" SCUTARI

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Right now New Jersey state senators run for two consecutive four year terms followed by a two year term. That two year term is designed to compensate for newly created district lines every ten years.

 But recently State Senator Nicholas Scutari has proposed that the senate terms be lengthened to 5 year terms.

Scutari claims that the move would help to take some money out of politics by requiring state senators to have to pander to special interests a little less.

The claim is one of the most ludicrous excuses for unethical conduct since Jim McGreevey tried to blame his political shenanigans on his being a “gay-American”.

I must admit that Scutari has guts. He actually had the guts to tell people that instead of trying to change the negative aspects of politics,he wants to  institutionalize them and reward the negative aspects by giving politicians longer terms in office. Instead of trying to elect people who do not pander to politics, accept political pandering and give the panderers a longer amount of time in office.

I called that guts but what it actually is is nerve.

It takes a lot of nerve for someone to come out and say “hey it costs me a lot of money to run for reelection and I don’t think I should have to pander for money from the people and ask them if I am doing a good job so often. So extend the length of time in my term”.

Nicholas Scutari truly is political scum.

As a a state senator he has been one of only three legislators to serve while under a subpoena during a federal investigation for accepting state budget grants that provided personal benefits.  The questionable conduct of Scutari stems from the fact that his wife works for a non-profit organization that has received state funds.

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Not only does this guy get a taxpayer funded salary for his legislative schemes, he also gets paid by taxpayers as a municipal prosecutor for the town of Linden in his senate district.  So Scuatari lives off of the people he legislates.  So much so, that he has been investigated.   Yet his primary concern is how expensive it is for him to run for reelection.  If that is the case he should do us a favor and not seek reelection. He is obviously overly concerned by that and not half as concerned as he should be with how expensive it has become for his constituents to live in New Jersey.

Furthermore; if money and costs are his concern, when it comes to elections, how about offering incentives for municipalities to hold elections on what we call Election Day.  At times it would seem as though everyday is Election Day in New Jersey.

Be it municipal elections, for council or fire inspectors or school boards, the proliferation of different days of voting for different offices costs a great deal of money. It costs money to pay election workers and to move voting booths around. It costs money to print and mail ballots and to maintain the added manpower that an election requires.

Why not use the day set aside for elections to hold elections?

Instead of incurring costs for four or five different elections, incur one cost for one Election Day or at least fewer Election Days?

Such a move would also help to increase turnout for those scarcely voted on school board elections or lesser offices.

That is a money saving option worth looking at. But as for Scutari’s proposal. I can only offer a one finger salute and it is not a thumbs up.

If there is a change in the length of any state legislative term it should be a shortening of senate terms to every two years, not an increase in the term of office.

In New Jersey there is no reason for state senators to have a longer term than assembly members. Unlike places like New York, New Jersey State Senators have the same district as their counterparts in the assembly. In New York there are fewer state senators then assemblymen because their senate districts are twice the size of assembly districts. Here there is no difference. It is not as though New Jersey state senators have more ground to cover or constituents to address. They run in the same district as the assembly members do and they answer to the same number of constituents.

There is absolutely no need for state senators to have a five year term in office.

In Virginia, the Governor only has a two year term and I don’t think a New Jersey state senator needs more than twice as long a time in office than a Governor needs, in order to accomplish some good.

What Scutari neglected to mention was that the five year term in office would only help to make state senators less responsive to the needs of their districts and allow them more time to pander to special interests and raise even more money for their less frequent elections.

I do give Scutari some credit.

Even though it is very early in the year, he has already won the prize for the best legislative scheme put forth in Trenton this year.

Thank goodness for people like Senator Jennifer Beck who, although she is an incumbent state senator, she opposes this scam and she does so quite vocally. She does not support this blatant attempt to consolidate power and limit the will of the people. She has also proposed legislative reforms to prohibit people like Scutari from abusing the system.  One such bill of Beck’s was just unanimously passed by the senate state government committee.  The bill will not allow government officials to collect health care benefits from more than one publicly financed health insurance plan.

Hopefully there are enough legislators who think that way and will be able to put this proposal out of its misery. And hopefully the people of Scutari’s district will realize that they have a sneaky, little, schemer representing them and when the time comes, hopefully they will say “not only do we not want you to have a five year term, we don’t even want you to have another single term in office”.

In the mean time I have just one suggestion for Nick Scutari………………………..
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A high-priced call girl brings a customer to her fancy apartment. He admires the fancy furnishings and the art and asks how she was able to amass such splendor. She replies that those really were her father’s, that he was a politician for forty years.

He said, “How come you didn’t follow in his footsteps instead of choosing this way of life?”

She sighed and said, “Oh, just lucky I guess. Besides, I had my moral standards to uphold.”

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NOT ALL OF THE ESTABLISMENT IS BEHIND CHRISTIE

Bookmark and Share    Former Assembly Republican leader Paul DiGaetano will be endorsing Steve Lonegan for the Republican nomination for Governor.
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The announcement is to take place on Wednesday, February 4th and although it may not change the race to any drastic degree, it is significant.

As a former assemblyman and leader of the assembly, Paul DiGaetano has been there and done that. He has been a part of the establishment and he has fought the establishment. He knows where the bodies are buried and who buried them and he knows what it takes to be a Governor.

DiGaetano ran against Lonegan for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2005 yet the past rivalry has apparently not left DiGaetano with any ill will. Instead , the formal rivals will be joining forces.

Although he does not currently hold elected office, DiGaetano‘s endorsement is significant.

While much of the New Jersey Republican establishment is lining up behind Christie, much like they did with Rudy Giuliani for president, the more established names that Lonegan has on his side, the better.

Right now, it is easy to come out and declare your support for Chris Christie. He has some name I.D. and an established reputation for crime busting. He looks like a winner but he is still untested and a clean slate as far as where he stands on the issues. The groundswell of establishment support for Christie before he even made his candidacy official has been embarrassing and could be detrimental to our chances of winning in November.

POLITICS 24/7 has consistently suggested that we allow the candidates for the Republican nomination for Governor to earn the nomination and to state their cases and prove who will be best to carry our banner in November.

Yet despite the unknown issue positions of former federal prosecutor Chris Christie, incumbent Republican elected officials are rushing to endorse him.

Chris Christie just might be the right man for the job. I don’t know. What I do know is that I have heard a lot more about Steve Lonegan’s positions on the issues and I know a lot more about his thinking than I do about Christie’s.

So all things considered, even though it may be early to endorse any candidate for the nomination, I can easily understand why someone would come out to endorse Steve Lonegan at this point in the game.

Lonegan has made it clear that he is a candidate of change. A candidate who will get government back on track and back to basics. He has also made it clear that he is not afraid of the conservative label and conservative solutions to our problems.

Chris Christie has yet to let us know if he stands for change and he has yet to demonstrate whether or not he intends to water down a conservative approach to government.

So we can understand Paul DiGaetano’s early endorsement of Steve Lonegan for Governor.

Lonegan is not a blank slate and he has already put forth a plan that people can get behind. Christie has a long way to go before the same can be said of him.

The DiGaetano endorsement of Lonegan is a surprise and it could be the beginning of an upset in the making.

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In 2008, New Jersey Republican county chairs and elected officials began lining up behind the candidacy of Rudy Giuliani for President. That helped to essentially make our earlier than normal presidential primary inconsequential. Their solid support for Rudy, combined with the high cost of running statewide in New Jersey and the winner take all delegate rules that they created, made New Jersey a state that would not have been worth the time and investment of any of the other candidates.

It just so happened that the establishments early support for Rudy didn’t matter anyway. By the time the New Jersey presidential primary rolled around, Rudy was out of the race.

Perhaps the Republican establishment should learn a lesson from that little experience and let the candidates work for our support rather than have us kiss their rings and give away the ranch.

Perhaps they should take a lesson from Paul DiGaetano and give their support to someone who has been giving us a reason to support him.

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DASH DASCHLE’S DUPLICITY

Bookmark and Share     When Tom Daschle served as the Democrats senate leader he was not very cooperative when it came to presidential appointments. In fact in 2004 Daschle prevented up-and-down votes on ten of President Bush’s nominees to federal courts of appeals.
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Back then Tom Daschle believed that there were issues and factors that surpassed the judgment of the President and that President’s constitutionally guaranteed right to appoint individuals to positions that they saw fit.

Little more than four years later Tom Daschle now believes that the President has the right to appoint him to a position despite ethical breaches.

Tom Daschle is,was, and will always be a liberal and as such he always possesses a level of hypocrisy that is astounding.

In 2004 he felt that because the Presidents judicial appointments were conservative, the President should be denied them. Daschle simply disagreed with the President. Those ten judges did not conduct any moral, ethical or legal breaches of conduct or activity. They just weren’t liberal. So for that Daschle, held up the courts and denied the President his judicial appointments.

Now in 2009 Tom Daschle wants us to ignore his own unethical conduct and allow him to be appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services simply because the President wants him.

For his part President Obama wants us to accept his appointment of Tom Daschle to the HHS position because he believes that Tom Daschle is the best person for the job.

Never mind that President Obama made a big deal about constructing the most open, honest and ethical administration in history. Never mind the fact that President Obama stated that he wants his administration to be above reproach.

None of that is suppose to matter when it comes to giving President Obama a stamp of approval. Regardless of his supposedly pristine approach to government we should overlook the ethical breaches of those who he wants to work with.

Despite the fact that Tom Daschle collected over two hundred thousand dollars from the very health care industry that he wants to reform, we should simply approve of the move and give Tom Daschle a thumbs up.

We should approve of President Obama’s choice of Tom Dascle for HHS Secretary despite the fact that he is a tax cheat who claims that he simply saw the year or more of the use of a car and chauffer as an ordinary gift from a friend.

We are to believe that a one hundred and forty thousand dollar gift from a political patron was normal and that it really has no bearing on anything.

Well you know what?. I don’t buy it.

I do not believe that a man who has been given two hundred thousand dollars by an industry can effectively reform and police that industry for the American people.

I do not believe that a man who neglects to pay taxes on services amounting to one hundred and forty thousand dollars demonstrates the ethical sincerity that we need in government.

Tell me, do you think the taxes on that “gift” would have ever been paid had Tom Daschle not been thrust back into the spotlight?

No. He promises to pay the taxes due on those services because he was going to get caught.

As for President Obama, well I have been giving him the benefit of the doubt. He is my President and he has one heck of job to do. He has only been in office for a matter of weeks and he deserves to at least get his footing before anyone tries to knock him off balance. So I have shied away from any harsh criticism, but the inherent hypocrisy of liberal thinking is building to a crescendo and I can not sit idly by and say, sure go ahead, do what you want, ethics do not matter.

The Obama administration is not off to a good start.

The most ethical administration in history didn’t even take office before one cabinet member-designate , New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, had to withdraw his nomination as Commerce Secretary because he is being investigated for selling legislative favors in turn for substantial campaign donations.

Right there it became obvious that the Obama vetting process was faulty.

But then, during confirmation hearings, it became clear that Obama’s choice for Secretary of the Treasury was a tax cheat. That appointment claimed that he didn’t understand the tax code.

Now that’s encouraging, isn’t it. The man in charge of our treasury doesn’t even understand the tax codes he will rule over. Yet despite his lack of familiarity with his job and his ethical breaches, the senate overlooked it all because President Obama felt he was the best man for the job.

Now this.

Tom Daschle takes money from the industry he will monitor and neglects to pay his taxes.

Is this anyway to gain our confidence in this administration or its sincerity?

Is this anyway for the most ethical administration in history to begin?

I for one do not accept the ethical breaches and illegal conduct of these individuals. I believe that the Obama administration better start saying what it means. Either they are above reproach or they are not.

Right now they are not.

Right now they are making so many exceptions to their own rules of conduct that they cannot be believed.

The only thing that would anger me more than what the Obama administration is doing to ethics would be for any Republican to vote in the affirmative when it comes to confirming Tom Daschle’s nomination.

Any Republican that can approve of Daschle is simply playing the game and voting for Tom Daschle because he is a former member of their exclusive club….the senate.

Republicans need to be the loyal opposition here. They need to keep President Obama to his word and realize that Tom Daschle is far from meeting the standards set by the President.

And if that isn’t enough I have ten other reasons for denying President Obama his first choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Those ten reasons are the ten judges, whose appointments to the bench, Tom Daschle denied, simply because he didn’t like them.

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NASA was celebrating, they had just made the scientific breakthrough of a lifetime.

As they were uncorking a bottle of champagne, the head scientist at NASA, asked everyone to be quiet as he had received a congratulatory phone call from the President of the United States.

He picked up a special red phone, and spoke into it.

Mr. President,” he said, grinning broadly, “after fifteen years of hard research costing billions of dollars, we have finally found intelligent life on Mars.”

He listened for a second, and his smile gradually disappeared, replaced by a frown.

He said, “But that’s impossible … we could never do it. … yes Mr. President,” and hung up the phone. He addressed the crowd of scientists staring at him curiously.

“I have some bad news,” he said, “the President said that now that we’ve found intelligent life on Mars … he wants us to try to find it in Congress.”

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MIKE STEELE TO THE RESCUE

antsteele_rnc_blog_fwa_20090130173241Bookmark and Share     Congratulations to Maryland’s former Lieutenant Governor Mike Steele.

On Friday on the sixth ballot, after a long, hard and well fought fight, he captured enough votes to become the next Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Although, I endorsed Ohio’s Ken Blackwell for the position, there was nothing that made me object to Mike Steele.

 Since he held office in Maryland, I have been an admirer and fan of his work. For a long time now he has been an articulate defender of Republican ideology who also calls it like he sees it. He had no problem pointing out Republican wrongdoing.

So not only do I not have a problem with Steele, I am excited by his stewardship of our party.

The only reason I preferred Blackwell to Steele was the fact that Blackwell was Ohio’s Secretary of State and as a former Secretary of State I felt that his knowledge with the running of elections could give us an edge in election operations.

That aside, Steele is just as good as Blackwell and in some ways may be even better.  One example is Steele as a speaker.  In that area Mike Steele is a great communicator who has the ability to appeal to our better senses.

With Steele at the helm, our partyhas a good chance to rebuild.  And rebuilding is what we must do.

So I am not only pleased with the RNC election results, I am pumped by Steele’s victory and all that he brings to the table.

Mike Steele is a very likeable guy and an accomplished one too.  Born on Andrews Air Force Base, Mike Steele grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. where he was also active in educational extracurricular activities, In high school he was elected student council president and won a scholarship to Baltimore’s John Hopkins University.

Upon graduation from College he became a seminarian and entered Villanova’s Augustinian Friars Seminary. After a year of teaching economics and world history he left the seminary to pursue a career in law.

That path drew him into politics where he eventually served as the Prince George’s Republican County chairman in Maryland. Along the way, in 1995 he was named Maryland State Republican Man of the Year and in 2000 he became the Maryland Republican State Chairman, the first African-American to serve as a Republican State Chairman.

In 2003 Steele was elected Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor and in 2006 he nearly became a United states senator from Maryland but in a bad year for Republicans, Steele lost in what he made a highly competitive and very close race.

It is Mike Steele’s varied background that has helped to shape him into the well rounded, sound thinking man that he is. He has a feel for what the people want and need and he understands what Republicans need to do.

In the immediate future Steele intends to start the Republican rebuilding process with efforts on three fronts. One will be the special election to fill the vacated seat of New York Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand who replaced Hilary Clinton in the United States senate. The other two efforts are the elections of Governors in New Jersey and Virginia.

Each of these efforts are quite important and not just policy wise. They are important psychologically. After having “hope” used against Republicans in the past election cycle, victories in these places will go a long way in boosting the spirits and hopes of Republicans nationally and I believe that Mike Steele can help us do it.

I believe the best modern day Republican Chairman that the party had was Lee Atwater back in the late 80’s and early in 1990.

Atwater was in touch, in tune innovative, crafty and open to new ideas and new approaches to voters. He also knew what message to run with and how to run with it.

Mike Steele has the potential to meet or exceed the good work of Lee Atwater.

He has indicated that he intends to insure, that one of the most important players in the process, the grassroots, play a crucial role and he has even endorsed a grass root created plan for the party:

That plan is as follows:

The Internet: Our #1 Priority in the Next Four Years

Winning the technology war with the Democrats must be the RNC’s number one priority in the next four years.

The challenge is daunting, but if we adopt a strongly anti-Washington message and charge hard against Obama and the Democrats, we will energize our grassroots base. Among other benefits, this will create real demand for new ways to organize and route around existing power structures that favor the Democrats. And, you will soon discover, online organizing is by far the most efficient way to transform our party structures to be able to compete against what is likely to be a $1 billion Obama reelection campaign in 2012.

Our near loss in the 2000 election sparked the 72 Hour program, after a brutal realization that we were being out-hustled in GOTV activities in the final days. Our partial success in the 2000 election didn’t blind us to the need for change, and our eyes must be wide open now. Barack Obama and the Democrats’ ability to build their entire fundraising, GOTV, and communications machine from the Internet is the #1 existential challenge to our existing party model.

Change is never easy, but as in the post-2000 period, it begins with tough love and a focus on what must be done at the local level.

What’s Wrong — And How to Fix It

  • Recruit 5 million new Republican online activists. Even a compelling message won’t go anywhere if we have no one to communicate it to. The next Chairman must undertake a crash program to grow the RNC’s email file organically — no spam and no “e-pending” from voter files. This will likely require a two-pronged strategy — 1) engaging grassroots Republicans directly in the fight against the Obama agenda, with creative grassroots actions that make Republicans want to stand together with members of their party, and 2) integrating e-mail signups into everything we do at the grassroots level, ensuring that everyone who goes to an event and or is contacted by a volunteer is given the opportunity to join our network.This goal seems daunting, but it forces us to think creatively about creating the sharpest, most compelling messages that will make people want to join us by the millions. If Newt Gingrich and T. Boone Pickens could each build an army of 1.4 million activists around energy, and Barack Obama could recruit 3 million to receive his VP selection by text message, then we know this is possible. If anything, given where the Internet will be in 2 or 4 years, we are low-balling the potential to create a new Republican online army.

 

  • Hold campaigns and local parties accountable. As important as it is that we invest in new technology at the national level, we must remember that the RNC’s primary objective is to win races state by state and district by district, not build up its own brand.To pursue this essential mission, individual campaigns must be held accountable for the number of emails they collect and the money they raise online. As much high-level attention must be paid to candidates’ online strategy as with the number of voter contacts made into a particular district or if the right media strategist is working the race. We must end a sense of dependence on the RNC at all levels — in which the RNC simply turns over its lists — and set goals that the campaigns must find creative and aggressive ways to meet:In target 2010 Congressional races, we recommend setting a standard of at least 5,000 in-district online activists recruited, and a minimum of $100,000 raised online.In target 2010 Senate races, we recommend a standard of 7,500 in-district online activists recruited and $150,000 raised online for each Congressional district.

 

  • A more open technology ecosystem. As tempting as it is to believe that there is a silver bullet to solve all our technology problems, this is very rarely the case. The technology gap will not be solved by funding multimillion dollar white elephants, but by unleashing free market competition among trusted entrepreneurs and volunteers who want to help the party. The RNC should open its technology ecosystem so that trusted partners can develop on top of GOP.com and Voter Vault. We must build a corps of outside technology volunteers who compete to write applications that actually improve party operations — and invest in the best ones. We must look beyond conventional political approaches to the Web, learning from technology hubs like Silicon Valley, and being unafraid to be the first in politics to adopt the changes in technology that are revolutionizing the consumer market.

Changing the Way We Run the Party

Everywhere we look, we see ordinary Americans using the connective power of the Internet to organize and take control of party politics. Look at what happened in our own primary with Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee coming out of nowhere largely with the help of the Internet, winning surprising political and fundraising victories. Before the Internet, Barack Obama would never have defeated Hillary Clinton to become the Democratic nominee and the next President.

The power of traditional connections is being replaced by the power of mass connectedness. Politics is taking place on a grander stage than ever before, with millions, and not just tens of thousands — participating directly in the process. Millions of people can not only vote, but they can organize with each other across geographic boundaries to build political power in real time. Their sheer scale allows them to rapidly outflank traditional power brokers in a way that simply wasn’t possible before.

The Republican Party can no longer survive in a modern era if we resist this new reality. With our power in Washington waning, our grassroots are the source of our greatest strength — not a problem to be managed. To revitalize ourselves, we must invite the crowd back in and tap their energy and creativity.

This isn’t just about the Internet — it’s about recognizing that in a people-powered era, with the power of technology-empowered grassroots movements on the rise — everything about the way we mobilize voters changes. Campaign plans that called for a few hundred or thousand volunteers making phone calls in the final days are hopelessly quaint and limiting in an era when millions of people want to feel connected and involved 24/7.

What’s Wrong — And How to Fix It

  • Rebuilding Our Grassroots Infrastructure. The fabric of the Republican Party at the local level is rending. We saw it this spring when a small and energized base of Ron Paul supporters succeeded in taking over many local party organizations.The reality is that this happened because our existing local party institutions are not all they could be. The Republican Party must be a civic institution again, with a volunteer base that is active year-round and is given real responsibility beyond showing up at a phone bank. In this last election, it should have been possible for volunteer leaders to organize their precinct or neighborhood for McCain, tasking them with knocking on doors, distributing signs, and most crucially, recruiting other volunteers to build the party exponentially. Instead, virtually all volunteer activity was channeled towards driving casual phone contacts, not personal neighbor-to-neighbor door knocks.Our technology should give Republican activists the ability to connect with fellow activists at the precinct level. We must encourage the growth of standalone volunteer communities, giving them the tools to organize themselves online, with the official party taking a step back and not trying to control them. We can’t anyway.Initially, the most important mode of contact will be volunteer-to-volunteer. It is only once we have built this army — one small group at a time — that we’ll be ready to go out in the field and talk to our voters. In the last campaign, the Republican Party banked on its strong get-out-the-vote (GOTV) operation, but even the strongest turnout operation could not have overcome the Democrats’ stronger recruitment, registration and persuasion efforts in the early phases of the cycle.

 

  • Time for a new fundraising model. The ability to raise startup capital precedes virtually everything else on a campaign. But those of us who worked the 2008 campaigns saw how everything — including political travel and grassroots outreach — was subsumed to maintain an aggressive high-dollar events schedule.Contrast this with the new President-elect. In addition to doing high-dollar events early on, he held rallies in major cities and required an e-mail address to attend. The 20,000 e-mail addresses collected at each of these events probably produced hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions down the line, not to mention countless hours of volunteer time. By the end of the campaign, Obama didn’t have to do events, because he could raise virtually unlimited sums from a network of millions that his campaign continued to grow at every opportunity. The campaigns of the future will be infinitely scalable, blurring the lines between fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and message, and require more resources than traditional sources can possibly raise.This means kick starting a generational transition to the new fundraising model. Right now, we cannot compete with the Democrats’ scalable online fundraising machine and if this is not corrected our party will face a long-term financial deficit. A big part of this will be growing a millions-strong network of supporters and giving them something to rally around. Moreover, our candidate recruitment should focus less on a candidate’s ability to collect $2,300 checks or to self-fund than on the strength of their message — which will ultimately attract more small and high dollar donors online and off. Traditional fundraising is still important, but in modern campaigns, it’s more like startup venture capital money than a long-term cash cow. We must change the culture of how we fundraise. The end goal of this effort must be clear: put our 2012 Presidential nominee in a position to raise over 50% of their money from the Internet.

 

  • A 25,000-strong Nationwide Campaign Force. It isn’t just our candidate recruitment that’s wanting. We must replenish our pool of trained campaign workers who know how to win races from school board to the Senate, and who know how to integrate new media into their field and communications efforts.To do this, we propose that the next RNC Chair make it a priority to train 25,000 high-level activists by 2012. A few thousand of these will go on to run races. The rest will form the nexus of a permanent volunteer corps that keeps the Republican Party strong and relevant in local communities. And this training must occur in all 50 states and over the Internet, and not just in Washington, D.C.

 

  • Reorganizing the RNC. In order to accomplish these goals, the RNC’s organizational structure will need to change. It is not enough to have a dedicated eCampaign division if other departments fail to use the Internet to transform how they do business in this new environment. The Internet should pervade everything the RNC does, and leadership on this front must come directly from the Chairman’s Office.

Recruiting a New Generation of Candidates

Thus far, we’ve talked about building a better rocket to launch our party into orbit. But we are mindful of the fact that our candidates are the rocket fuel that gets us there. Without inspiring candidates with clear messages to rally around, all the strategies and tactics in the world will be for naught.

What’s Wrong — And How to Fix It

  • The 435 district strategy. By 2012, the Republican Party will field candidates in all 435 Congressional districts in America, from inner city Philadelphia to suburban Dallas, and our leaders must be held accountable for progress towards this goal. With an 80 plus vote margin separating Democrats from Republicans in the House, it’s time to widen the playing field, not narrow it. While our targeting has gotten narrower, honing in on a class of seats we feel entitled to because they lean Republican, Democrats have been stealing traditionally 60-40 Republican seats right and left. It’s time to return the favor.What’s more, it won’t be good enough to run perfunctory races in safe seats. 2008 showed us that every seat — Republican or Democrat — is potentially a target. If you aren’t seriously challenged this time, chances are you’ll be challenged the next time, or the time after that. Incumbents who don’t prepare for this reality will find themselves scrambling to catch up when the inevitable happens. That means that our party needs to set a new standard that campaigns will be professional and fully staffed in each and every seat.

 

  • But don’t stop at Congress. Building our bench and waging aggressive challenges doesn’t stop at Congress. State party chairs must also be held accountable for progress towards filing in 100% of state legislative races, with funding tied to progress towards this goal. The state houses are our bench, providing future leadership not just in Congress but in governorships and other statewide offices. They will also drive the 2010-12 redistricting cycle. The RNC must play a constructive role in recruiting and training candidates from the state house on up — and not just at the federal level. Just as Major League Baseball could not function without a vibrant minor league ecosystem, we must get back to basics and grow and nurture our party where it works best — closest to the people.

 

  • A “40 Under 40” initiative. Undoing the damage to our party’s brand among America’s youth will take more than new slogans and hip spokespeople. It will mean making young voters the face of the Republican Party, and not just another target group with its own bulleted list of “outreach” talking points. To that end, the next Chairman should commit to a simple goal: working towards a Republican Party where at least 40% of our challenger and open seat candidates for Congress are under 40. Such a party will send a signal to all Americans that the GOP is once again the party of the future.
       

Afterword: The Politics of Us

Obama’s victory could be a blessing in disguise for conservatives. Why? Because Obama’s winning strategy was built on the back of an inherently conservative idea: that we the people, acting together outside of government, can accomplish great things. Or, in the words of the overused slogan, “Yes We Can.”

The irony here is that Obama as President would act in ways that contradict the bottom-up culture that fueled his campaign. In the campaign, it was “Yes We Can.” In the White House, it will be “Yes, Government Can.” Obama’s top-down government control of the health care and the economy will give conservatives an opening to once again recapture the mantle of distributed citizen activism.

Obama campaigned against the establishment, and now he is the establishment.

Consider these contrasts. Like the Internet, free markets are distributed and allow good ideas to rise from the bottom up. The bureaucracies that Obama prefers are inherently top-down and stifling.

And yet Democrats have been allowed to get away with the notion that their success online is fueled by a “bottom-up” culture while Republicans are “top-down.” Ironic — given that Democrats want top-down government control of your life, while Republicans believe in dynamic markets and a strong civil society.

Some people believe our problems are mostly strategic and tactical. Others believe they are policy driven. It strikes us that there is a unifying solution to both, and that is to empower the individual, trust the people.

Just as Republicans must trust individuals and families with their own money, we must trust the volunteers who walk into our headquarters and train them to take responsibility for entire neighborhoods. We must trust the online grassroots who want to take action on our behalf, and who need a decentralized, peer-to-peer volunteer community supported by our campaigns to really be successful. That will require giving up some control — more control than our traditional institutions are used to giving up — in exchange for an exponentially larger and more effective volunteer/donor/activist ecosystem.

Obama tapped the Internet successfully because he made it about “you” and “us” not “me” and “I.” You were invited in. You were a key part of his campaign/movement. Your help was truly appreciated. Republican candidates need to grow more comfortable talking in these terms and focus less on being inaccessible objects of hero worship (the “me/I” strategy).

Because of the Internet, “us” becomes a force more powerful than any in politics. The ability to donate or volunteer instantaneously online gives the millions of “us” more leverage than even the most connected group of insiders. Only “us” will be powerful enough to fund the first $1 billion Presidential candidate. By embracing the Politics of Us, the Republican Party can rediscover its roots as the party of individual liberty and build a truly modern political army.

Aside from endorsing this plan, Mike Steele has his own plans to add to it and through it all Steele will provide a voice of leadership that will be appreciated.

As a commentator on political stories, Steele has been quite convincing when it comes to our true Republican positions on the issues. Over the past two years news outlets have turned to mike for his opinions and always willing, ready and able, Mike presented the republican case quite well.

That is something we need.

We need someone who can properly convey our message and Mike Steele can do that.

So we wish him luck and look forward to working with him as we rebuild and reinvigorate the grand old party in the months to come.

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Late one night a mugger wearing a ski mask jumped into a path of a well-dressed man and stuck a gun in his ribs

give me your money,” he demanded.

Indignant, the affluent man replied,

you can’t do this – I am a United States congressman!”

In that case,” replied the mugger, “give me MY money.”

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REJECTED SUPERBOWL AD REALLY MAKES YOU THINK TWICE

antabortionBookmark and Share    There are many topics I would like to discuss today.

Republicans have a new political leader.

Our government has increased our debt and used the cover of economic crisis to rob us blind by allocating hundreds of billions of dollars to things that will do anything but stimulate and improve the economy.

Somalia continues to become a stronghold of and safe haven for terrorism and with little experience President Barack Obama faces many dire challenges for our nation.

Yet today I choose to discuss something a little less complicated.

Life.

Yeah, if only life was was less complicated, but as we know, it is not.

Neither is the question of when life begins.

Personally, as a man, I know one thing.  I will never be in the position that a woman will be in. My body will never be the shelter for a life. That is a fact that has constantly made me leery of staking a position on abortion.

I am not God and I do not for a moment think that I have all the answers so I will not tell you that life begins at conception. I will not tell a woman what she can do to her own body, yet I am still uncertain about whether it is right to abort a life at any stage.

I do know that I am glad that I shall not have the responsibility to make that decision on my own.

I can’t help but feel that if I were a woman and I had an abortion, I might always carry a sense of guilt around with me. I can’t help but wonder if I would be wracked by the guilt of thinking that I possibly snuffed out a human life.

I don’t know. I just don’t know.

What I do know is, that when in doubt, I personally feel I would rather err on the side of life than death.  One is more final than the other and one offers more hope and promise than the other.

I have always felt that way and I often think about it. I often wonder if I were a legislator, and I had the responsibility to place a vote on the issue, what would I do?

Would I go with my conscience and err on the side of life by prohibiting abortion?

Would I pull an Obama and vote “not present” or maybe, as a representative, I would just vote the will of the majority of the people that I was representing.

I wish I were confident to say which way I would vote, but as of now, I am not sure.

However I recently came across this commercial.

NBC refuses to air it during the Superbowl, which the organization behind the ad tried to buy time for.

NBC calls the advertisement too political. 

Right or wrong, the ad is powerful and their refusal to air it will probablty give it more attention than they wanted.

I ask you to take a look at it.

If you have any sense of compassion, like me, than you might just be brought closer to a decision……like me.

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The word politics is actually a Latin derivative.

It comes from two words……..

Poly meaning many…….

…..and Ticks meaning blood sucking insects.

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COLEMAN vs. FRANKEN and LIBERALS vs. LOGIC

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So Minnesota is the only state in the union to be without two U.S. Senators at this point in time.

At least relatively.

There is always New Jersey and West Virginia. They have Frank Lautenberg and Robert Byrd respectively.

Those two are brain dead and since their fragile minds and bodies are barely warm, their senate seats are hardly hot and you could argue that New Jersey and West Virginia have only person serving them in the United States Senate.

But as for actually having an elected person serving them, in Minnesota, nearly three months after Election Day, one of their senate seats is still in doubt and goes without a certified winner.

Incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman was originally declared the winner but after weeks of a tedious recount, his opponent, comedian and devout liberal Al Franken found many more votes for himself and disqualified many of Coleman’s votes. This brought Franken up to a lead of little more than nearly 225 votes.

Senator Norm Coleman

Senator Norm Coleman

Many of these Franken votes were found days after the election and some of them were even counted twice. In one case involving a heavily democratic precinct, 100 votes were found. They were all for Al Franken and they were all cast on November 3rd.

The election was held on November 4th.

But who cares. I mean they were all for Franken so why not just assume that they were legitimate votes.

Oddly, during this recount process, while some votes were being counted twice for Franken, other votes were not being counted even once for Coleman.

It is one of the reasons why the election is currently in the courts as we read this.

Attorneys for Senator Norm Coleman are trying to insure that over 4,000 absentee ballots are allowed to be included in the vote tally. For innocuous reasons these ballots were not including in subsequent counts.

One blind man who signed his name on the wrong line appeared in court and swore to the fact that he did sign the ballot and that he voted for Norm Coleman.  He also asked that his vote be counted.

The attorney’s for Coleman are also arguing the fact that the recount process must accept one set of standards for the entire state.

Al Franken

Al Franken

The current election results in the Coleman versus Franken race were arrived at by using less stringent standards in heavily Democratic districts and applying higher standards in Republican districts. Such a random application of standards allows the same absentee ballot that had a signature in the wrong place to be counted for Franken but not for Coleman.

It is a similar argument that was debated during the presidential election crisis of 2000.

There, Al Gore wanted different rules applied to ballots counted in heavily Democratic Counties than were used in heavily Republican counties. But they even went a step further. The Gore people only wanted the ballots in the heavily Democratic districts recounted. They started to freak out when recounts in Republican counties were giving George W. Bush an even larger plurality than he originally had. So they said ,oh now, hold on, we only want the votes in heavily democatic counties like Dade counted.  Despite liberal attempts to make double standards legal, we all know how it ended and since then, every single independent recount conducted has shown Bush to have won Florida.

So if you want to use facts, who really tried to steal that election?

But back to Minnesota. Here, although there is less attention being given to the criminal liberal conduct, the same thing is happening here that happened in Florida eight years ago.

Liberal logic is hoping that the courts will rule that double standards are a good thing and that they can pick and choose which votes can count and which votes can’t count based on where thay vote came from or who the vote was for.

Its like counting votes the same way ACORN registers voters.  Republican ballots or registrations get thrown out.

But as usual, liberals are crying out for fairness and equality but what is fair and what is equal?

Is it fair to say that what disqualifies one vote in the north does not disqualify the same type of vote in the south?

Is it fair to say that Republicans must be held to a higher standard than Democrats?

No, it is not, but today’s Democrats are liberals and liberal logic is hypocritical.

So the case goes on and Minnesota continues to join West Virginia and New Jersey as the only states in the nation with only one senator representing them in the United States Senate.

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For those of you who do not find the liberal recount tactics acceptable and who want to see  Senator Norm Coleman  continue his work in the  United States Senate,  please take a moment to make a donation to his campaign.

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George Soros

The court battle that the liberals are fighting is quite costly and being heavily funded by billionaire, liberal lion George Soros.

 So any amount of financial support you can spare would go along way in fighting back and allowing Norm Coleman to continue to stand up for what is right.

To make a donation  click here to go to  http://www.colemanforsenate.com/splash

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A woman married three times walked into a bridal shop one day …

… and told the sales clerk that she was looking for a wedding gown for her fourth wedding.

“Of course, madam,” replied the sales clerk, “exactly what type and color dress are you looking for?”

The bride to be said: “A long frilly white dress with a veil.”

The sales clerk hesitated a bit, then said, “Please don’t take this the wrong way, but gowns of that nature are considered more appropriate for brides who are being married the first time – for those who are a bit more innocent, if you know what I mean? Perhaps ivory or sky blue would be nice?”

Well,” replied the customer, a little peeved at the clerk’s directness, “I can assure you that a white gown would be quite appropriate. Believe it or not, despite all my marriages, I remain as innocent as a first-time bride.

You see, my first husband was so excited about our wedding, he died as we were checking into our hotel.

My second husband and I got into such a terrible fight in the limo on our way to our honeymoon that we had that wedding annulled immediately and never spoke to each other again.”

What about your third husband?” asked the sales clerk.

That one was a Democrat,” said the woman, “and every night for four years, he just sat on the edge of the bed and told me how good it was going to be, but nothing ever happened.”

Submitted by Dick, Williamsport, Md.

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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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WAS KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND A GOOD CHOICE BY NEW YORK GOVERNOR DAVID PATERSON?

U.S. Senator Kirsten Giilibrand

U.S. Senator Kirsten Giilibrand

 
Bookmark and Share    When it was first announced that New York Governor David Paterson was appointing Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to replace Secretary of State Hillary Roddam Clinton in the U.S. Senate, many of you may have been saying Kirsten who? And with good reason.She is little known to most living outside of the upstate New York region and has only served one full term in Congress after defeating incumbent Republican Congressman John Sweeney.

Gillibrand’s Congressional district is a fairly conservative oriented district, especially when it comes to fiscal issues and getting elected in her district is an intricate process that involves a great deal of bridge building.

You see, the 20th Congressional district takes in parts of 10 different New York counties spanning the Adirondacks, Catskills and Hudson Valley. Winning in her district takes a great deal of deal making.

It involves a lot of ring kissing in the rough and tumble world of New York politics.

To win in the 20th district you need to get your parties nomination and in this case that involves the county

Gillibrands Congressional District Covered Parts of  Columbia, Dutchess, Delaware, Essex, Greene, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties

Gillibrand's Congressional District Covered Parts of Columbia, Dutchess, Delaware, Essex, Greene, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties

chairmen and county committees of not one or two, but ten different counties. That’s a lot of favors to commit to.

So the fact that Gillibrand was able to win her party’s nomination for anything in the 20th district says volumes about her political savvy. Which is probably one reason why Paterson picker Gillibrand to replace Hillary.

Paterson is going to need a great deal of political savvy to win election to governor in his own right. Which leads us to another reason why Paterson may have appointed Gillibrand to the U.S. Senate.

Kirsten Gillabrand’s selection may have been one of the first steps in Patersons reelection effort, an effort that he will need plenty of help in.

Gillibrand happens to be pretty conservative for a modern day Democrat, which is one reason why Paterson has been catching a lot of flack for picking her. One liberal columnist predicts that both Paterson and Gillibrand will be kicked out of office in the next election.

In the case of David Paterson, I find that funny.

Paterson the son of well known Manhattan liberal State Senator, Basil Paterson, is the epitome of the liberal ideology who was born and raised in a liberal political family. As a politician he is a pro-quota, pro-abortion, pro-spending, pro-tax, pro illegal immigrant, anti school voucher, liberal. He is as liberal as they come, yet because he selected Gillibrand, liberal activists want him out.

Well the joke is on them.

He’s theirs and he is there to stay. He is staying mainly due to the fact that he appointed Kirsten Gillibrand.

New York Governor David Paterson

New York Governor David Paterson

The appointment of Gillibrand was a deal. It was a deal that would help take , of all things, pressure from conservatives off of Paterson.

Not conservative thinking people but New York Conservative Party members.

You see New York’s Conservative party is not really a political party. It is a patronageorganization.

They endorse candidates based upon how many jobs they can get for the endorsement. If the Democrat can offer more than the Republican than the Democrat gets the endorsement.

New York Conservative party officials come across principled especially on the issue of abortion. But when it comes to jobs they abandon their abortion stance quicker then the time it takes for a terrorist on a suicide mission to blow themselves up.

That is why there are so many Democrats who run with the Conservative endorsement. Many of them are pro-choice Democrats and many of them have at least 3 or 4 Conservatives on their payroll.

Kirsten Gillibrand did not have the Conservative party endorsement last time around, but expect her to have it when she runs for re-election as a senator.

Although she is pro-abortion, she has a great deal of conservative positions including on the issue of the right to bear arms. On fiscal matters, as a congresswoman she is more conservative than many Republicans. She voted against the last few bailout programs proposed. So there is room for cover for Conservative party members in their potential support for her but if that is the case, be sure to also look at her payroll and the conservative party members that will be on it.

As for Paterson, he most likely got a handshake and a promise from Conservative party officials who in turn for appointing Gillibrand to the senate, promise two things..

  1. Not to cross endorse the Republican nominee for Governor and
  2. To run only token opposition against Paterson on the Conservative party line.

That could help split the Republican vote and give Paterson some breathing room in his reelection effort and allows him to appeal to his now peeved liberal base.

Such a deal works well for Paterson. By appointing the congresswoman whose district garnered support from 10 different counties, Paterson probably ended up better than if he appointed Andrew Cuomo.

I mean after all, Andrew Cuomo was not going to get all that far against Paterson, the state’s first African- American Governor.

Andrew Cuomo already opposed the states first black candidate for Governor, Carl McCall, who once won the nomination but lost the elecetion to Republican Governor George Pataki.

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani

For Andrew Cuomo to oppose a sitting Governor who happens to also be black, would be suicidal.

So Paterson is in a good position despite the bad state of affairs in New York and his bad decisions as governor.

The only real threat that could present itself is if Rudy Giuliani were to run. But if he was to run, the conservative split, set in motion by the Gillabrand appointment, has already helped to make it that much tougher for Rudy to beat Paterson and the same would hold true if he ran against Gillibrand for the U.S. Senate.

Conservatives hate Rudy Giuliani. He refuses to play ball with them and so they refused to endorse any of the three times that he ran for Mayor of New York City and if he runs for Governor, they are more than likely to find themselves running against him again.

So the bottom line is that the Gillibrand appointment was not a stupid one.

It was a smart choice. It was a choice that gained Paterson some respect from voters because of his bucking the establishment and not picking any heir apparent. It also did not anger moderate voters who would have held some animosity for Paterson for picking some leftwing radical.

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Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the Governor’s Mansion…

…in Springfield, Illinois; One from Chicago, another from Tennessee, & a third from Kentucky. They all go with to examine the fence.

The Tennessee contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil.

“Well”, he says, “I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”

The Kentucky contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, ‘I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me.’

The Chicago contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to and whispers, ‘$2,700.’

The Governor is incredulous and whispers back, ‘You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?’

The Chicago contractor whispers back, ‘$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire that guy from Kentucky to fix the fence.’

‘Done!’ replies . And that my friends, is how it all works in Illinois politics!!!Submitted by Bill, Ardmore, Pa.

 

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