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Sean Bielat vs. Barney Frank: A Race Between Right & Wrong

Bookmark and Share    Brewing in Massachusetts is a battle of symbolically epic proportions. In one corner sit’s the energetic Sean Bielart. In the other corner sit’s the slovenly Barney Frank. Perhaps here in the 4th Congressional District of Massachusetts, lies a election contest that epitomizes the differences between Democrats and Republicans more so than any other single race in America.

Bielat and Frank are diametrically opposed on just about every major issue that confronts America today. But in many ways, the Bielat-Frank battle is more than just a race between the left and the right. It is a race between right and wrong.

On the right side is a candidate who believes in a limited government that practices fiscal responsibility, sustainable job growth, states rights, reasonable debate and rational discussion. On the wrong side sit’s a candidate that practices, endorses and promotes endless and reckless spending, the growth of unsustainable government jobs, federal intrusion and obnoxious discourse that includes personal arrogance and sarcastic name calling.

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In the right is Major Sean Bielat, a first time candidate, private businessman and Marine who believes in focusing on economic growth and fiscal responsibility, peace through strength and in a return to Constitutional values and citizen-legislators.

In the wrong is 15 term, entrenched Congressman Barney Frank, a career politician who went from the state legislature to the House of Representatives where he has spent nearly three decades recklessly spending our nation into oblivion, ignoring the dangers of his own legislation and legislative leadership, cutting backroom deals, belittling his constituents and colleagues with name calling, and trying to avoid the public scrutiny of the political scandals that he has been at the center of.

Now it can admittedly be argued whether or not government spending is right or wrong, or whether any position on any specific issue is right or wrong or liberal or conservative. But the assertion that Maj. Bielat is right and Congressman Frank is wrong, is based on much more than ideology. It is based on character, the Constitution and even experience.

While Rep. Frank has experience in only elected office, Maj. Bielat has experience in public service through the military and as Chairman of the NATO Industrial Armaments Group, a team that he led in studying the potential for use of advanced reconnaissance technology in urban warfare. Bielat has experience as a management consultant and as a program manager for iRobot Corporation where he led a $100 million, 100 person business that provides life-saving defense robots used to destroy roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Maj. Bielat also has experience as a businessman and independent consultant who has helped clients and companies build market strategies that increase sales, production, and job growth.

While Barney Frank has well over 35 years of experience in government, Sean Bielat has decades of experience in the real world, the world that is effected by actions government takes and the decisions that aloof, Washington insiders and political powerbrokers like Frank make.

But right and wrong in Massachusetts’ 4th C.D. election is not solely based on experience, even though for many Bielat’s real life experience is much more refreshing than Frank’s experience as a Beltway liberal and Washington insider. Right and wrong here is also determined by the character of the men in question and the respect they show to the positions they hold and the people they serve.

In his service, Maj. Bielat has an unblemished record of serving the public in the Marines, honorably. And in the private sector, he has respectfully worked with and for the clients that he served.

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For his part, Congressman Frank has infamously responded to his constituents and colleagues with name calling and a  flippant air of arrogance which reflects his delusional sense of superiority over those who elect him and those who he serves with. And beyond his lack of respect for the people, is an even greater demonstration of arrogance and a mentality that exhibits Frank’s knack for believing that he is above the law and need not live by the laws he has a hand in establishing.

During his three decades as a Beltway insider, Frank has admitted to having paid Stephen L. Gobie, a male prostitute, for sex and subsequently hiring Gobie as his personal assistant, all while Gobie ran a prostitution ring out of Frank’s D.C. townhouse.

There were other legal troubles such as a brush with the House banking scandal in the early 90’s and the most recent ethical breach to have been discovered was one that involved his conflict of interest with his position as Chairman of the House Banking Committee and his long-term romantic relationship with Herb Moses, a Director with Fannie Mae. Fannie Mae happens to be under the jurisdiction of the banking committee and as Barney Frank’s boyfriend was pushing to have the federal government relax lending restrictions for unqualified recipients, Congressman Frank was rejecting calls to investigate the practices of Fannie Mae and to tighten lending restrictions.

Since then, it has become painfully obvious that the lack of action regarding just how far Fannie Mae could go in lending money to unqualified homebuyers, helped put Fannie Mae at the epicenter of the financial meltdown that has thrown the U.S. economy into disarray.

It doesn’t take a genius to see that by having as his boyfriend, a top exec at a firm that stands to gain from the laws that you are in the forefront of, is a conflict of interest. But few conflicts of interest result in the downfall of a world economy.

Barney Frank’s refusal to take appropriate action on the practices of Fannie Mae, something which Republicans warned of the need for in 2006, makes Frank one of the few people directly responsible for the banking crisis that tightened up the flow of money and resulted in one of the most sluggish economies in decades.

These are just some of the reasons why the race for Congress in Massachusetts 4th C.D. has become a race between right wrong and more than one between left and right.

Sean Bielat is in every way, shape and form the antithesis of Barney Frank.

While Frank spends, Bielat wants to save. While Frank talks down to voters, Bielat talks with voters and while Bielat understands the need to abide by the law, Frank believes he is above the law. Understanding that only gives rise to one question ……..  how long can the people of Massachusetts tolerate Frank? Frank’s efforts do not simply effect the people of one district in Massachusetts. His work is effecting the entire nation. His efforts have helped to give birth to rising deficits, greater debt, less consumer confidence, more unemployment and a loss of trust in the collective decisions that Congress makes.

What will it take to finally reject the politics of patronage and pranks? What will it take for voters to say that after thirty years, Barney Frank is too entrenched in the politics of Party and personal privilege to represent the true needs of the people who he is so far removed from?

Now more than ever is the time to retire the professional politics of Barney Frank. It’s time for a citizen legislator to take his place and represent the needs of the people, not the needs of his self and of his Party.

If there was ever a time and place for someone like Barney Frank to be issued his pink slip, it is now and in Massachusetts.

Ten months ago, like the warnings of Paul Revere during his legendary ride, voters of Massachusetts sent Democrats a message. At the time it was just a signal, a signal sent up into the air when Massachusetts chose to have Republican Scott Brown succeed liberal lion Ted Kennedy in the United States Senate. Since then that Republican ripple has turned into a total Republican romp that is turning this years election map “Brown”.  But the romp won’t be complete if the very same people who started the Republican revival, reward Barney Frank with another term in office. The statement for change will not be fully made if Barney Frank is allowed to continue the politics of his past into the policy making process of our future.

To ask for lightning to strike the same place twice is a lofty goal but given the dramatically disrespectful, disgraceful and despicable product of thirty years of scandals and mistakes, not only is asking for lightning to strike the same place appropriate, it is worthy of us planting mile high lightning rods and flying from their peaks, kites with keys attached to their tethers.

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For that reason, it is incumbent on those who are fed up with the way things are going in America, to focus their attention on one of the members of Congress whom best represents all that we hate about politics. Aside from Nancy Pelosi, that person is Barney Frank, a man who symbolizes all that is wrong with federal government and all that we want to change in American politics.

That is why I am asking that you take the time to assist the effort to defeat Frank. Take the time to donate whatever you can spare to the campaign of Maj. Sean Bietlat.  Send him a note of encouragement and do your part in insuring that this November, change is truly served by ridding our halls of government of those whom pollute the political atmosphere, corrode the halls of government and throw America deeper into debt and the hands of socialism. Show your support for real change. Show your support for Maj. Bietlat and your dissatisfaction with Barney Frank.

As for those of you who believe that it will be impossible to unseat Frank, under normal circumstances I would agree. The voter registration for the four counties contained in the 4th C.D. (as of October 2008), had the numbers at  at a total enrollment of , 2,072,793 with  751,174 registered Democrats, 206,326 registered Republicans, and 860,140 Unenrolled. With figures like that, it is easy to see why Frank usually has an easy reelection. It helps explain how in 2008, when President Obama had long coattails, Frank won with 68% of the total vote.

But 2010 presents us with a situation that is far from normal. Nothing is “usual” this year. This year Republicans are likely to win more seats in the House than they have had since 1946. I believe that the G.O.P will pick up as many as at least 62 seats in the House and are likely to pick up 10 seats in the senate. This would mark one of the quickest comebacks of a Party in our history. Less than two years ago, Democrats were discussing the death of the G.O.P.. Liberals were suggesting that Republicans were going the way of the Whigs. And at the time, it may in fact have seemed like that. But since then, Democrats have taken the optimism of the American people and turned it into hatred. Hatred for the system, the process and the establishment running the system. That is why we have seen the birth of the TEA Party, and record numbers of incumbents lose their bids for renomination. It was also the reason that blue Massachusetts went Brown for Scott Brown when it came to replacing Ted Kennedy in the Senate.

And in that election, just ten months ago, despite the overwhelming plurality of Democrats in Frank’s congressional district, Scott Brown beat his Democrat opponent Martha Coakley by more than 1,700 votes.

Combine that with a national trend for change that involves anti-establishment, anti-incumbent and anti-Democrat sentiments and the fact that Sean Bielat, a virtual unkown, has shrunk Frank’s lead in the polls to 10%, a difference that is closer than Frank has seen in most any of his races, and what you have is the possibility of pulling off what at one time seemed impossible.

That is why now more than ever, hope for ridding ourselves of Barney Frank must be kept alive and the enthusiasm to defeat him must be kicked into high gear.   But even if the effort behind Bielat falls short this time around, remember this.  Defeating Barney Frank could require a two step process, a process that requires us in 2010 to make it known that defeating Frank is not impossible and in 2012, when even more voters turnout to vote, actually doing it and replacing Frank with Bielat.

But whether we get rid of Barney Frank now or later, it’s up to you to begin the process.  Donate to Maj. Bielat’s campaign for commonsense and a constitutional citizen legislature.  As Bielat notes;

 Barney Frank can raise huge amounts of money, much of it from special interests looking for his help. Competing with Barney will be a David and Goliath struggle, but we can do it with your help”.  

Just think of how much more refreshing and functional government would be without Barney Frank looking down on you and think of just how much you will regret not having helped retire him after seeing how close Maj. Bielat comesthe dream of sending Frank home can come true.   With your help, that dream can become reality. Without your help, it will remain a goal out of our reach.

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Intentional Incompetence Disenfranchises Military Voters

Bookmark and Share    It was recently disclosed that New York State had not mailed out absentee ballots to its 320,000 military servicemen and women and overseas voters. The failure to do so puts New York in clear violation of the MOVE Act. But New York is not the only state denying our service members the right to vote. A number of Democrat leaning counties in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Indiana, New Mexico, and Nevada have also failed to comply with the MOVE Act which requires states send out their military and overseas ballots 45 days prior to elections.

The situation reveals a number of political injustices that strike a direct blow at democracy in America and highlight the entrenched abuse and indifference that has become commonplace in politics. Disenfranchising voters is one of the most egregious acts of any democracy and it is especially damning when the very men and women who are at this very moment risking life and limb as they fight the American cause on foreign fields of battle, are the ones being effected. These are the people who are defending democracy, yet they are the same ones being denied the opportunity to participate in one of its most intrinsic rituals.

The situation becomes even more offensive once you understand that the reason for this denial of the most basic right to vote, stems from a mix of both intentional and incompetent political decisions. The total collapse of the system as it pertains to guaranteeing that our military’s vote be counted, is something that can not be ignored. In fact it is just the opposite——–it must be actively defended.

Yet states like New York, have failed to insure that its active duty military members have a say in their government.

It would be bad enough if that was just the result of incompetence. If that were the case, it would be tragic and another example of just how inefficient government is. But if incompetence on the part of local and state election agencies was the only problem here, the situation could be none the more intolerable, but at least believable. However, if incompetence alone was the reason that states failed to send military ballots out in a timely manner, why then was it not caught by the federal Department of Justice?

The DOJ has entire divisions which are charged with insuring that our laws, including election laws are adhered to. They have entire divisions which are suppose to be monitoring the process and insuring that things like the MOVE Act are being abided by.

Yet here we are, little more than 20 days away from Election Day 2010 and many states are still in violation of the MOVE Act.

Are we actually expected to believe that incompetence on every level of government ranging from county, state and federal agencies was the sole reason for the complete breakdown of the system that would allow our military to have their ballots counted? Or could it be that intentional oversights of a partisan nature chose to allow timelines and deadlines to pass so that military ballots would quietly be ignored and left out of the final certified results of some of the more close elections that are being held?

It is no secret that military ballots usually break in favor of Republicans. That factor could have figured in to the violation of the MOVE Act by several Democrat led states and counties. In a state like New York, while statewide races like those of it two senate elections and its gubernatorial race, military ballots are not likely to sway the results towards the G.O.P.. But in New York, there are several close races for the House which could be determined by a handful of votes.

The same is the case in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Indiana, New Mexico, and Nevada.  And in Connecticut and Nevada, like many House races in those states, the statewide race between Linda McMahon and Democrat Richard Blumenthal and Sharon Angle and Harry Reid is close enough to be decided by a few extra votes………maybe by military votes……..the military votes that will now not be counted in the final results.

Perhaps that is why the Obama Justice Department failed to detect any problems. Perhaps that is also why the DOJ still has not filed a suit that would help correct this clear violation of federal voting rights.

It is quite hard to believe that so many different levels of government which are controlled by Democrats all simply became incapable of doing their job at the same time, involving the same group of voters. It is also hard to believe that Democrats have not said a peep about this most horrendous violation of American citizenship.

Instead of actually insuring that government works, people like President Obama have been trying to accuse those out of government of sabotaging America. Instead of a war time President showing some anger over the nerve that there are those whom would deny our warriors their right to vote, President Obama is trying to accuse the United States Chamber of Commerce of laundering foreign money to sabotage his policies. But what of his Administrations willingness to let the mandate of the people be sabotaged by intentional incompetence? Instead of trying to heat up racial tensions and accuse Republicans of wanting African-Americans to stay home on November 2nd, why isn’t the Commander-in Chief trying to insure that his troops are guaranteed a voice in the way our nation is governed and by whom it is governed?

But the cover-up goes even deeper than the political regimes that are temporarily and very tentatively controlling government. The left leaning, drive-by media is also participating. The field of journalism, both broadcast and print journalism is one that is suppose to be noble. According to the Society of Professional Journalists;

“….public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility.”

Yet today we are in a news cycle and mentality that is more focused on whether or not Christine O’Donnell is an actual, true to life, cauldron stirring witch, but few headlines blare the bold headlines which contain the words “Government Disenfranchises Military Voters and Does Nothing About It”.

The media is just as guilty a participant in the game of political driven, intentional incompetence as those who are responsible for it in government. The media could take a stand that states, be this done by Republicans or Democrats, it is wrong, intolerable and in need of an immediate resolution that guarantees the votes of our fighting men and women are counted before any votes are certified by any local, state or federal boards of elections.

As Americans, unless we all take a stand and do something, each one of us are just as complicit in this tragic injustice as are those responsible for allowing it to happen and those unwilling to give it the coverage and importance that it deserves. We must all send a note to our representatives and a letter-to-the-editor to our media outlets and our local weekly and major daily newspapers. We must all let it be known that we find it unforgivable that our government is willing to have our men and women take a bullet for democracy but refuses to take their votes into consideration when it concerns our democracy.

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Presidential Seal Falls As Fast As President Obama’s Poll Numbers

Bookmark and Share     You just can’t create better symbolism than this,  but amid a midterm election season that is about see Democrats drop like flies and is seeing faith in President Obama and his policies drop like a ton of bricks, while delivering a speech at the Carnegie Mellon Auditorium in Washington for Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women Summit” , the Great Seal of the President of the United States which adorns every podium that all Presidents speak from, fell off and crashed to the ground in a raucous clatter.  

For his part, President Obama did handle the situation quite well, especially given how there were no words on his teleprompter to dictate to him how to handle the impromptu interruption.  As the Great Seal fell off in mid sentence, President Obama  uttered an “oops” as he leaned over, looked on the ground at the fallen seal and stated, “That’s alright.  All of you know who I am”.  The President then quipped about how although it was alright, he was sure someone on staff was sweating bullets over the mishap.

The incident though brings to mind the often touted Murphy’s Law which describes the 2010 midterms for Democrats perfectly as it claims that anything that can possibly go wrong, does.  

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O’Donnell Ad Makes Democrats Look Like The Nut Jobs Here

Bookmark and Share   With  simple and subtle melodic notes of a piano, a gentle tilt of the head and a soft, soothing voice that utters the words “I’m you”, Christine O’Donnell makes the left look like fools and turns the hate filled rhetoric, smear campaign tactics and wild chargesof Democrats into the seemingly irrational acts of madmen desperate to win an election at any cost.

That is essentially what Christine O’Donnell’s does in just 30 short seconds with her new camapign ad.

With a sedate background of gently glowing light , O’Donnell looks directly into the camera and delivers a punch to the gut of the liberal campaign against  her as she softly, slowly and sweetly  states;

“I’m not a witch,” “I’m nothing you’ve heard. I’m you.

None of us are perfect, but none of us can be happy with what we see all around us, politicians who think spending, trading favors and backroom deals are the ways to stay in office.

I’ll go to Washington and do what you’d do.

I’m Christine O’Donnell, and I approve this message.

I’m you.”

The ad is an ingeniously simple way to counter the inundation of national, liberal, venom that is being spat into the small state of Delaware as Democrats desperately seek to maintain their majority in the Senate as they give up the hope of mainting the majority in the House.

The content, timing and strategy of the ad, should make Democrats rethink their previously held belief that now that Mike Castle isn’t the Republican nominee, they will maintain Joe Biden’s long held slot in the Senate. afterall.  The new O’Donnell does everything that it should and takes advantage of every characteristic  and quality that O’Donnell has but the Democrat candidate lacks.

O’Donnell comes off in this ad as the type of sweet girl whom you would want to defend, not attack.  That in turn makes the fact that Democrats who are forcing this cherubic like figure to deny that she is a witch, an offensive and obsurd notion that could only be made by people who are even more irrational than they try to claim O’Donnell is.

Then with the tables turned and Democrats looking like the lunatics, O’Donnel carries the voter off with her into a world of commonsense that strikes directly at the heart of the anti-establishment, anti-business as usual sentiment that is stirring a backlash against the Democrat majorities that control the federal government and are wreaking havoc with the nation.

In thirty seconds, not only does this add deflect the wild descriptions of O’Donnell away from her, it turns the table and makes her opponents look like the irrational extremists and then it wraps things up by going a step further and makes voters relate to her in a way that has them believing that she is one of them while the irrational Democrats are the ones against them.

But one of the most important things about this ad is the timing.

By  putting it out early, I am convinced that G.O.P. will not make the mistakes that they have with other campaigns when they allowed the opposition to define them.  The timing of this “Im With You” ad shows me that they are getting out there early to define Christine O’Donnel before the left has the chance to do it for them.  Now, if O’Donnell can keep turning the tables and keep convincing voters that she is one of them, all she will need to do is shock everyone with a command of the issues that will make voters say, ‘Hey, this girl is sharp”.  Once that happens, a majority of just enough Delawarians may find O’Donnell just the right breath of freshair that they want to send to Washington and blow the political polution away with.

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Big Differences Between Socialist Rallies and Conservative Protests

Bookmark and Share    This past weekend the left held what was considered a reactionary rally in Washington D.C. that was viewed by many as a response to the more than year long trend of TEA Party rallies which were held throughout the nation and seem to be culminating in a Election Day that will ignite the establishment of a conservative rebirth of sorts. The entity behind the rally was actually an umbrella group of left wing organizations and radical socialist affiliations combined with the leadership of many big unions, most notably, the SEIU and NEA.

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The speakers were a grab bag of obscure self described revolutionaries and Democrat loyalists of the most liberal persuasion. They included people such as New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, NAACP President Ben Jealous, the Rev. Al Sharpton, MSNBC commentator Ed Schultz, Rev. Jesse Jackson, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, rapper Black Ice, NEA President Randy Weingarten, Urban League President Marc Morial, United Auto Workers chief Bob King and president of the Service Employees International Union, Mary Kay Henry.

National Mall After the Liberal One Nation Working Together Rally

In a strange hypocritical twist though, Democrats did not accuse the thousands of people who joined their rally by taking busses paid for by unions and liberal entities behind the Democrat Party, of being “astroturfers”. For some reason, the union paid and organized energy of the left is real, but the independent efforts of conservative thinking people are described by Democrats as fake .

For months the left has tried to define the TEA movement as a Republican attempt to exaggerate disenchantment with Democrat policies. But the vast majority of the hundreds of thousands that attended last year‘s, 9/12 rally in D.C. were not paid for by the money of the big union CEO’s, or national liberal propaganda machines. Those who attended the 9/12 rally from places like San Diego, California and Helena, Montana or Clearwater Florida and Roanoake, Virginia, packed their own cars or paid for their own bus tickets with the money they earned.

But the hypocrisy of the left aside, there were several important differences between the character and ideological thinking of the TEA movement and liberal activists.

While the professional politically organized One Nation Working Together rally heard speaker after speaker call upon the federal government to answer all our problems, the citizen organized rallies of the TEA movement heard speaker after speaker discuss the need for accountability, personal responsibility, and for the federal government to stop causing all our problems.

The different approaches help highlight my reason for equating today’s liberal dominated Democrat Party with socialism, a political system that would have production and distribution controlled by the government in the name of the people but without actually being done by the people. And few events helped prove my point more than the one Nation Working Together, big union gathering we saw this past weekend.

In many ways, the event and its participants celebrated and promoted one thing—–socialism. And not just indirectly. As evidence in the video below, it was proudly and blatantly promoted in blunt, straightforward language. But aside from the extreme ideological differences in the crowds of the One Nation rally and the TEA Party protests, were the size of the crowds and the character of those in attendance.

Despite the union paid busses and organized drive of The One Nation Working Together get out the vote rally, all of the TEA protests in D.C. since 9/12 of last year, produced incredibly larger numbers than did the One Nation event. This exemplifies the enthusiasm gap that exists between the left and right as we approach Election Day. But another telling detail was the condition that the left wing One Nation rally and the conservative TEA protests left the respective locations of their events when they were done.

In the case of the much larger TEA events, it has actually been said that when the crowds at each one of their events left, the locations they gathered at were left cleaner than they were before the TEA activists arrived. Not so for the liberal rally though. After their small group of dedicated socialists left the Mall, it was strewn with litter ranging from hate filled pamphlets calling for socialist revolution, to hand written signs blaming the President of two years ago for the Obama economy of today.  (See below)

The difference here measures the mindset of the two different groups. The conservative based TEA activists who want less government control, took it upon themselves to be clean and clean up after themselves. The union based liberal establishment which is demanding that government do more and control more of our lives, disrespectfully discarded their waste on the ground of wherever they stood and left it behind to be cleaned up by ‘government‘. But what these callous, careless and thoughtless group of paid, hypocritical hacks neglected to realize was that the mess they were leaving for the government to clean up was actually being done so by their fellow workers of America and unionized public service workers.

The situation exemplifies the thinking behind each ideology. One ideology seeks to be respectful and decent as they act responsibly. The other side acts with irresponsible disregard for others and a despicably disrespectful . One side, the conservative side, cleans up, while the other side, the liberal side, leaves a mess behind. For me, the symbolism is a powerful reference to not only how divergent the Democrat and Republican ideologies are, but of which one offers a better model for success in America.

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The 2010 Midterm Elections Will Be Worse For Dems Than Expected

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In California, I can’t underestimate Barbara Boxer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Democrats Did More Than Destroy The Economy

Bookmark and Share    With a few weeks left before the 2010 midterm elections, it is important for American voters to remember who is on their side. To do that, it is important to point out that Democrats are not simply destroying our economy with their “War on Free Enterprise, but on many other issues such as that of illegal immigration and our border.

Instead of discouraging illegal immigration, they have actual proposed what they call a Dream Act, a policy and program that would actually encourage illegal immigration.

Instead of cracking down on Sanctuary Cities that provide cover and a safe havens for illegal immigrants, Democrats have decalred a “War Against Arizona which attempts to sue the people of Arizona and isolate them with boycotts.

The following ad demonstrates just whose side Democrats are on when it comes to the American border.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The G.O.P.’s Last Chance & The Republican Pledge To America

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A New Contract

Bookmark and Share    Congressional Republicans have finally adopted a message to stand behind in this November’s mid-term elections and beyond.  I personally believe it lacks the type of specific legislation action that Americans can truly wrap their heads around.  But the Pledge To America is strong and with the use of  somewhat broad strokes, hopefully it is a pledge that will not be lost on deaf ears, for as a whole, the Republican Party has failed to live up to the principles of the ideology that differentiate them from today’s liberal-Democrats. 

That failure has given rise to the TEA Party movement.

Now with Republicans seemingly having finally understood why they lost control of Congress and the White House, they have drafted a pledge that directly fulfills the desires of the TEA movemnet.

Many months ago, I proposed a  pledge which outlined specific legislative goals, I called it the Pledge of Committment.  I felt it was neccessary then to rally behind a set of goals that would help nationalize the election and turn the wrongly defined “Party of No” into the Party that has a mission and that stands for something more than more government.  The pledge the G.O.P. has settled upon now is late in the game but it is a solid one, one that conveys a sense of understanding by Republicans, unde4rstanding of what the people want.

Now the only question is, will the G.O.P. live up to the committment?  Will they remain as unwavering in their pledge as the TEA Party members who helped give rise to that pledge?  Will Republicans remain unwavering in the face of a President whom opposes all that the people want?  Only time will tell, but this is probably the last time Republicans will have a chance like this again, so they better not blow it.

The pledge is powerful and it strikes the emotional and constitutional chords that a vast majority agree with, but if the collective actions of Republicans who hold office betray these powerful words over the next two years and prove that these words are hollow political points, than Republicans will be lost in the wilderness for decades to come.

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The Republican Pledge To America

America is more than a country.

America is an idea – an idea that free people can govern themselves, that government’s powers are derived from the consent of the governed, that each of us is endowed by their Creator with the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. America is the belief that any man or woman can – given economic, political, and religious liberty – advance themselves, their families, and the common good.

America is an inspiration to those who yearn to be free and have the ability and the dignity to determine their own destiny.

Whenever the agenda of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to institute a new governing agenda and set a different course.

These first principles were proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, enshrined in the Constitution, and have endured through hard sacrifice and commitment by generations of Americans. In a self-governing society, the only bulwark against the power of the state is the consent of the governed, and regarding the policies of the current government, the governed do not consent.

An unchecked executive, a compliant legislature, and an overreaching judiciary have combined to thwart the will of the people and overturn their votes and their values, striking down long-standing laws and institutions and scorning the deepest beliefs of the American people.

An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many.

Rising joblessness, crushing debt, and a polarizing political environment are fraying the bonds among our people and blurring our sense of national purpose. Like free peoples of the past, our citizens refuse to accommodate a government that believes it can replace the will of the people with its own. The American people are speaking out, demanding that we realign our country’s compass with its founding principles and apply those principles to solve our common problems for the common good. The need for urgent action to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be overstated. With this document, we pledge to dedicate ourselves to the task of reconnecting our highest aspirations to the permanent truths of our founding by keeping faith with the values our nation was founded on, the principles we stand for, and the priorities of our people. This is our Pledge to America.

We pledge to honor the Constitution as constructed by its framers and honor the original intent of those precepts that have been consistently ignored – particularly the Tenth Amendment, which grants that all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

We pledge to advance policies that promote greater liberty, wider opportunity, a robust defense, and national economic prosperity. We pledge to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values.

We pledge to make government more transparent in its actions, careful in its stewardship, and honest in its dealings.

We pledge to uphold the purpose and promise of a better America, knowing that to whom much is given, much is expected and that the blessings of our liberty buoy the hopes of mankind.

We make this pledge bearing true faith and allegiance to the people we represent, and we invite fellow citizens and patriots to join us in forming a new governing agenda for America.

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Democrats Exploit Gays on the Issue of DADT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

None of this is helping our nation’s cause.

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

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

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

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

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

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