Montana’s lone U.S. House member, Steve Daines, is serving his first term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. And there is absolutely no doubt that Daines will soon declare his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Max Baucus.
When Daines ran for the U.S. House seat in 2012, he had no political voting record, as he had not yet been elected to public office. He ran–as most Republicans do–as a “conservative.” His campaign slogan was “More Jobs–Less Government.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? Politicians’ slogans always sound good. Well, now Steve Daines has a voting record; and, so far, that record is only more of the same.
In the first place, if a politician (at any level) does not comprehend the existence of the so-called New World Order and the propensity of government to construct a police state, he or she is totally incapable of defending our liberties. In the second place, if the politician does not have a basic understanding of, and a commitment to, the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and U.S. Constitution, he or she is incapable of defending our liberties. And in the next place, unless the politician is truly honest, selfless, and without personal ambition, he or she is incapable of defending our liberties. I suppose we should also add the necessity of a politician having no skeletons in his or her closet that the enemies of freedom could use to intimidate and manipulate them with. That’s a tall order; I know. But it is exactly the lack of these qualities that has brought our country to the brink of ruin.
I’m a Bible-believing Christian first, a conservative second and, sometimes, with rapidly dwindling frequency, a Republican third (but only when the Grand Old Party is behaving itself).
Although the GOP’s RINO establishment still controls its legislative reins, I’m mildly encouraged by some recent developments at the Republican National Committee (RNC) level. It seems that under the leadership of Chairman Reince Priebus, the party is moving – at least to some degree – back toward its historical conservative platform moorings.
It’s a popular refrain among “moderate” Republicans and libertine libertarians that the GOP “must give up the fight on ‘social issues’” (i.e., gun rights, religious freedom, protecting life and defending legitimate marriage and the natural family).
Wonder of wonders – congress, the house at least, passed a budget that the Democrat controlled Senate will probably pass. That fact tells us pretty much all we need to know about the bi-partisan deal. Paul Ryan, along with John Boehner and company are crowing loudly about how this deal will remove the threat of a government shutdown over budget issues for the next two years.
The continuing resolutions came up far too frequently for the liking of those more concerned with the continuation of the ever expanding government juggernaut than the direction in which it is headed. The recent “shutdown” frightened the Republican establishment and angered the donkeys. Democrats were angry that their beloved bureaucracies were hobbled without a functioning budget. Many Republicans were scared silly that people would blame them for missing out on essential government services. On the other hand, it may be they were also afraid that people would realize that not all these services are quite that essential. Whatever the reason, both parties worked, dare I say conspired, to be sure they could continue to rule over us.
What did we the people get from the deal? We got a budget that fully funds ObamaKare. Spending continues to increase. There are no tax cuts. We are told there is a net decrease in the deficit. Unfortunately that takes place years down the road… which means it will never happen. Of course, the Democrats say they didn’t get everything they wanted. When one has an insatiable appetite for frittering away the taxpayer money, one never gets everything they want. Republicans have put the kibosh on the likes of Ted Cruz – recently identified by as Rasmussen Poll as the world’s third most influential person – not Boehner, not McConnell, not Cantor. Cruz made them look bad, and ineffective as he stood firm during the recent shutdown. Perhaps they think they have neutered him and his fellow patriots by this ploy.
Over the past two days, House Speaker, John Boehner ripped the conservative branch of his party for not supporting efforts to work with the free spending Democrats. He basically complained that people who believed in the constitution and stood against the every expanding and intruding national government were making it difficult to work with the President. It would seem that Speaker Boehner has been around the bureaucratic cesspool inside the beltway for far too long and he values the smooth and continuous operation of the mechanism of government over the proper and constitutional operation of government.
He, and his right hand man, Eric Cantor, have become part of the system they were elected to bring under control. They talk about the evils of ObamaKare and other machinations of Valarie Jarrett and Zeke Emanuel, but appear to be more than comfortable coexisting with the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid… even the Obama regime. The Obama regime that hates his party and treats him like a door mat. If you see him on television with shoe prints on his shirt or pasts, it’s probably that he has just met with the President or Harry Reid.
Boehner has shown us the Obama regime no longer has a viable opposition party. The Republican Party under his leadership has become little more than a speed bump on the road to destruction… and that is exactly how he is treated. He is seen as a minor inconvenience by the progressive government – and by Americans who are paying attention.
There is a prophetic verse of Scripture that records the conquering Messiah as being asked about the wounds that are in his hands. He responds, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” (Zechariah 13:6 KJV) Indeed. It wasn’t the Romans that were fixated with killing Christ; it was the Lord’s own brethren. “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” (John 1:11 KJV) In like manner, our nation is quickly losing its liberties and Natural rights, not because of our enemies, but because of our so-called friends and brothers.
Edmund Burke summarized it beautifully: “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” And, for the most part, that is what good men are doing today: nothing!
As regular readers of this column know, I am passionate in my defense of the Natural right of self-defense. I firmly believe that the only thing standing between us and tyranny is the right of the people to keep and bear arms. The freedom of speech, the right to assemble and redress government, the right to be secure in our own homes, the right to a trial by jury, the freedom of worship, etc., all depend on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. When the people of America surrender this right, all of the other rights will quickly disappear.
Furthermore, Daniel Webster was absolutely right when he said, “Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.” Amen!
Is Chris Christie ready to face America’s immoral entitlement system?
Republican establishment front-runner Chris Christie’s landslide victory in New Jersey’s gubernatorial election on Tuesday could not have come at a better time for Christie supporters.
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s just-released book on the 2012 presidential election, Double Down, documents in a rather unflattering way Mitt Romney’s decision not to select Christie as his vice-presidential running mate. Romney’s team found Christie too large, too loud, and, for many a campaign event, too late. Most troubling for some in the Romney camp was the feeling that there were too many skeletons in Christie’s lobbying closet. One high-level staffer posited, “If Christie had been in the nomination fight against us, we would have destroyed him.”
Halperin and Heilemann report that Romney had two principal criteria in vetting potential running mates: that “they be qualified and immediately perceived as qualified to be Commander in Chief, and that there be nothing in their background that could become a distraction for the campaign.” Christie’s past was a distraction.
But Christie seems to have lost on style points more than anything else, given the marked contrast between his person and persona and those of the athletic, deliberate, altar-boyish Paul Ryan that Romney chose to take to the presidential prom.
The battle within the Republican Party these days seems to be breaking down between those who believe they can work with the Democrats and those who are working to stop the party in power from destroying our country. Years ago, this was the way Washington once worked. Democrats – old style Democrats – were patriots who loved their country. They just wanted the government to do more for the people than the GOP.
It could be argued that such is not the case today. The Obama regime is taking our country in a completely different direction that we have taken in the past. The people who make the nation work have a greatly different idea of the way the world functions. Then we have the Republican leadership and many of their followers who believe the party is the salvation of the nation. This may be almost as foolish those who look to Obama and the Democrat Party to take care of their wants and needs.
American patriots, tea partiers and the like, understand the damage this socialization is doing to our economy and our people. It is difficult to comprehend how anyone could consider cooperating with their disastrous schemes is a workable plan for restoring prosperity and freedom. It is a plan for increasing unemployment, destroying what is left of the health insurance industry and putting our health care system under the iron fist of uncaring bureaucrats.
There has been a lot of talk about the concept of a third party. The Libertarian Party has been vying for that position for many years. While they have some very good limited government principles, there are a few ideas that just won’t make it in the real world. It’s not the purpose of this article to discuss the virtues and vices of that party. However, if they ever rise above the role of spoiler in close elections, that would make them a viable fourth party.
The currently active third party is a branch of the Republican Party. You can say the party establishment is represented by the term, or the conservatives struggling under their “big tent”. It doesn’t matter. The point is that there are two distinct groups of people attempting to function under one banner. This disparity of views works fine for the Democrats who make no pretense of standing on any kind of principle, but does not go well for a party where some cling to real principles and others try to cling to power.
We see this nationally where the old timers in the Senate are horrified that some of their newer members are actually taking actions against some of the government overreaches. Members of this august body have given their lip service to this action for years. It is true, Tea Partiers have primaried entrenched legislators, sometimes successfully. However now, the Republican Party is talking of sending primary opposition to some of their own, like Mike Lee and Justin Amash to name a few.
[Editors note: This article first appeared several years ago. However, in view of recent events, it should give us something to consider as we attempt to understand why things are the way they are. We shall dig a little deeper as we search for appropriate solutions to the issues presented.]
Newspapers, along with TV anchors and infobabes love to tell stories of dissension within the ranks of the Republican Party. They enjoy pouring fuel on any kind of sparks, trying to fan them into a blaze that negates the effectiveness of any non-Democrat politician. The problem is that there is some basis for the stories about factions within the Grand Old Party.
To those outside, the differences may appear to be simple personality conflicts or random loyalty fights. The fact is it goes much deeper than that. There are really two distinct groups within the party. When things are going well, it’s hard to tell one from the other. However the recent electoral failures have deepened these differences and peeled back the veneer of smiling faces.
The first type is the structural Republican. With these, it is a tradition and they may have been in the party all their lives. They feel a kind of proprietary interest in it. They would vote for anyone as long as they have an R by their name on the ballot and will continue to support them no matter how far they stray from party orthodoxy. Because of their party orientation, these are usually the people who show up at party functions and usually run for party offices.
The surprising honesty from the generally disingenuous political class gave insight to some and proof to others of the true masters of the beltway bandits making laws in our land. Of course, there was the usual hew and cry from the inflated egos being upstaged by rookie Senator Ted Cruz. The vicious attacks from the Republican leadership and consulting class did not come as a surprise as this upstart from Texas neither conferred with them, nor took their advice, before launching out in an effort to bring congressional action into alignment with the will of the American people.
Of course this illustrates the complete disregard of the constituent welfare we have come to expect over the years. There has to be a reason for this conversion from the role of public servants to national masters – even as members of the minority party.
Various congressmen and senators alluded to this but one Republican fundraiser made it very clear that the big dollar donors don’t like this kind of disruptive activity in Washington. The passion of the Texas senator scares and angers them. Cruz activity is making it difficult for her to pry donations from these moneyed aristocrats. These are people who are effected minimally by negative congressional action, or if they are, they find ways to gain exceptions or exemptions. Yet many are the beneficiaries of a practice called crony capitalism. There WILL be some who benefit from the implementation of ObamaKare, no matter what their party affiliation… and it won’t be the American people.
Well, here we go again: the warmongers in Washington, D.C., are about to attack another Middle Eastern country.
Ben Shapiro summarized the lunacy of Obama’s war with Syria pretty well in a recent Breitbart.com report. The title of the report is: RUSH TO WAR; BOEHNER, PELOSI, CANTOR, BACK OBAMA ON SYRIA. The report begins saying, “In an incredible display of bipartisan blindness, leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties have now declared their support for President Obama’s proposal for action against Syria. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) stated on Tuesday, ‘I’m going to support the president’s call for action. I believe my colleagues should support this call for action.’
“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons ‘cannot be ignored.’ She added, ‘Humanity drew the red line, not President Obama.’ She stated, in a moment of almost unbearable irony, that the UN was acting far too slowly, and should not hold up action. She then invoked the foreign policy wisdom of her 5-year-old grandson to support the potential strike: ‘My five-year-old grandson, as I was leaving San Francisco yesterday, he said to me, Mimi, my name, Mimi, war with Syria, are you yes war with Syria, no, war with Syria. And he’s five years old. We’re not talking about war; we’re talking about action. Yes war with Syria, no with war in Syria. I said, “Well, what do you think?” He said, “I think no war.” I said, “Well, I generally agree with that but you know, they have killed hundreds of children, they’ve killed hundreds of children there.” And he said, five years old, “Were these children in the United States?” And I said, “No, but they’re children wherever they are.”
“House Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) also came out in support of Congressional authorization to use force in Syria: ‘I intend to vote to provide the President of the United States the option to use military force in Syria. While the authorizing language will likely change, the underlying reality will not. America has a compelling national security interest to prevent and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction, especially by a terrorist state such as Syria, and to prevent further instability in a region of vital interest to the United States.’”
Up in Massachusetts, a “courageous” couple who choose to be known only as John and Jane Doe are suing to have the words “under God” removed from Pledge of Allegiance as recited in the states public schools… or at least ban it from the public schools. Since the “establishment clause” of our constitution has been shot down multiple times as reasons for dispensing with its recitation, they have taken using the Massachusetts Constitution and its “equal protection” section.
This is a new approach – similar to the one used to force the homosexual marriage issue in the very same state. Equal protection is something pretty much all of us want to see for everyone. For instance we believe Christian students should be permitted to have Bible studies in the same public schools that have provided facilities to Muslim students for their prayers several times a day. However, such is generally not the case.
It is interesting that equal protection tends to only be applied to the benefit of those who use the concept to destroy the good that has created the greatest country on the face of the earth. They are using our freedoms against us, just as radical Muslims are using our tolerance, liberty and laws against us.
After then-Congressman Joe Scarborough convinced me to endorse the neocon Bob Dole for President back in 1996, I vowed to myself that I would never vote for “the lesser of two evils” again. I haven’t; and I won’t.
Almost anytime one hears someone talking about voting for the lesser of two evils, it always means voting for a Republican instead of a third party or independent candidate. The argument is always the same: he or she (the third party candidate) cannot win. Therefore, voting for someone you presume cannot win is “wasting” your vote. I used to believe that, too, but no more.
One could even make the argument that voting for an unprincipled neocon Republican is actually voting for the greater evil, not the lesser. It seems we lose far more liberties under Republican administrations than under Democrat ones. That does not mean that Democrat presidents care more for the Constitution and limited government than Republican presidents. It simply means when Republicans occupy the White House, rank and file conservatives and freedomists go fast asleep. I mean deep sleep. I mean extended hibernation. The two administrations of G.W. Bush are prime examples.
It’s difficult to know what to make of our political world. We have the Democrats doing what Democrats do to take from the productive Americans and give to their loyal followers… sort of like Robin Hood in reverse. Traditionally the Republicans have been the loyal opposition. Loyal to the country and opposed to the Dems destructive policies. However, lately things have not been so clear, and it is disturbing to consider why.
We have a majority of Americans making known they want no part of ObamaKare. We have the people clamoring for answers as to why nothing was done to save the four who died in Benghazi. We have an out of control Internal Revenue Service that targets the political enemies of the president. These stories are just the tip of the scandalous goings on in the District of Columbia. Yet, the Republican leadership, other than making a few verbal swipes, does little to stem the tide of dishonesty and destruction sweeping our nation.
Many of us have been disappointed for years at the lack of resolve in the Republican leadership as they roll over on issues like legalizing the illegal immigrants who are helping to overwhelm our welfare systems and flooding our job markets. This has often been attributed to a belief that our elected representatives don’t really subscribe to the conservative principles they preach on the campaign trail.
This may or may not be the case, as recent reports have shown that there is something more important to many than their personal convictions. There is a Machiavellian view that great principles don’t mean anything unless one can get into a position to implement them. We are told that “money is the mothers milk of politics”. This is particularly true in this day of massively expensive media wars. There are so many voters to reach, and mass media seems to be the logical way to do the job.
This is aggravated by the fact that the political consultants are essentially advertising agencies… and the more they spend, the more they make. The electoral system is skewed toward the big dollar contributors who can facilitate this sort of campaign. It’s nothing new, although, like much that has been happening lately, the negative parts of our political system have just increased geometrically to the detriment of the American citizens.
By now many people have seen the video of Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory explaining why he left the Democrat Party. He explains it better than I ever could, so I recommend playing the video if you have not done so already. He is an honest and courageous patriot.
We many not always agree with everything the man has said or did in the past, but through genuine soul searching, he arrived at the conclusion the Democrats were not really working for the benefit of his fellow black Americans. He saw how government programs were designed to trap them into a cycle of dependency that carried over from generation to generation. He saw, like Frederick Douglas and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., that true freedom and prosperity for his brethren came, not from special programs, but from a free society where everyone is able to move themselves up in the world rather than wait for the, never coming, government assistance.
This past weekend, Virginia Republicans made a historical choice in selecting E.W. Jackson as their candidate to run for Lieutenant Governor this fall. For those not familiar with politics in the Old Dominion, this is something critics would say is most unusual. But then, as they say, no one ever erected a statue to critics.
To those people, the fact that Jackson is a former Marine and graduate of Harvard Law School, is overshadowed by the fact that he is a black man. They got all excited when Doug Wilder was elected Governor… he, himself said it was the time when “hell froze over”. But, when such a man is nominated by Republicans, the move is viewed with cynicism and his racial credentials are questioned.
Spending a few days on one of the Florida Keys, it is easy to find oneself operating on island time. Island time is an approach to life that lets the rest of the world go by as you enjoy whatever it is you are doing at the time. It can be sitting on the beach, strolling down an avenue featuring all sorts of interesting shops or enjoying seafood at a waterfront restaurant. Often you can go for hours and have no concept of what the time is… or even care.
It’s great therapy for us task oriented, type A personalities. We can get ourselves so wound up tight with schedules and commitments that we are constantly chasing after the urgent and neglecting the important things in life. We often know there are more important things we should be doing, but they have to wait until this project or that activity are completed… then other non-priorities intrude to keep us from what we believe we really should be doing.
Sometimes just sitting on the beach helps put things into perspective. How many things in our lives that we believe just have to be done, don’t really matter at all. Getting away from the pressure and demands helps keep things in perspective.
It’s hard to believe we have a two party system in our country any more. Sixteen Republican Senators went over to the dark side and joined the Democrats in shooting down the filibuster of Harry Reid’s unconstitutional gun control legislation. Some of them are ones who call themselves conservatives. Others have shown us many times over that did not have the capacity to stand firm when the going got tough. We had high hopes for some of these people who were more than happy to have the support of the real grass roots conservatives as they defeated honest Democrat opponents.
As Democrats, they are honest in that they admit to their progressive tendencies… definitely not regarding their plans to enslave their fellow Americans. It is bad enough that we have a President whose speaking of the truth is purely accidental, but then we have people we elected to oppose his destructive agenda, roll over into the position of accomplices to his deceptive schemes, what are we to do?
The Dems must be laughing themselves silly that a little pressure and a little propaganda would turn the opposition into spineless jelly fish unworthy of the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan. We elect the Republicans to take us in a different direction than the progressive Democrats. Then we find they facilitate the very assaults on our rights we put them in office to stop.
As we watch the news… on any of the channels… we are witnessing the death of the two party system. Hardcore libertarians have been proclaiming this for years, but their standard is that anyone who doesn’t swallow their entire program – the good and the questionable – hook, line and sinker is an enemy of the people.
This time, we have the leadership of the Republican Party rolling over and playing dead in the face of the most destructive, divisive and dishonest administration in the history of our great land. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has surrendered in the fight to stop ObamaKare from destroying our health care system. House Speaker, John Boehner, declared on national television that he “absolutely” trusts Obama. His right hand puppet, Eric Cantor, is standing by his side, spreading word of the futility of fighting the President.
One has to wonder what happened to people we had hoped would stand with us in our quest to retain our freedom. Were they just lying to us as they posed as our protectors? Were they sincere, but found they had no stomach for the fight? Were they victims of the “Chicago way”… threatening harm to our representatives or their families if they continued their resistance.
Back in the good old das when I was growing up, and Illinois had a Senator that did not despise his country. Everett McKinley Dirsken understood the difference that once existed between the Republican and Democrat parties. That difference still exists, in a large part, among the people who live in the real world. Unfortunately, the difference is not so pronounced inside the beltway.
Even well meaning Republicans have been seduced by the trappings of power and the desire to keep it. It seems as if the entire political spectrum has slid to the left with many Republicans becoming more like Democrats and Democrats becoming outright big government socialists.
Recently read an editorial on how the “Evil” Republicans are pulling schemes and tricks to disenfranchise the Democrats through redistricting that would be humorous if it were not so obvious that writer was serious. Ever the masters of hypocrisy, the Democrats are screaming the injustice of the redistricting, acting as though they – pure as the driven snow – would Never do such a thing. Even referencing the Republicans as racist because it was done on the MLK Jr. holiday and the inauguration (one Dem senator left, leaving the door open for the vote).
While I prefer to avoid this kind of action, it must be done periodically to insure that the opposition knows that you will. I am pleased that the Republicans have finally gotten enough backbone to do back to the Democrats what they have been doing for over 100 years. Ever the party of “we don’t stoop to their unfair practices” and always sucker punched because of it, they finally manned up and made a statement that they are willing to play hardball with the postulate purveyors of chicanery.
And what is the Democrats reaction? “I’m shocked, shocked at such behavior”! They might be shocked because they did not expect them to have the steel to do it, but not at the action. They only believe it is wrong when someone does it to them, but is okay for them to do to others.
Looking back to Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address, is instructive in several ways. On one hand, we see that there was a truly honorable man in a position of power, and that the country prospered as he lead the way.
On the other, we can see how far our nation has fallen by placing a man in power who shares little of the values of our fortieth president… or the people who actually make this country work. Watch it and weep, or watch it and be inspired.
Many people, Ronald Reagan fans like myself, tend to look at Republicans who fail to live up the the Gipper’s standards as RINOs. That is Republicans In Name Only. These are the idealists within the party who would like to believe the majority of those who call themselves Republicans think the same way. Unfortunately, I am not sure this is the case.
Recently NJ Governor, Chris Cristy and former RNC head, Michael Steele, joined New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg in criticizing the NRA for the practical suggestion to put armed defenders in the public schools around the country. They have been called RINOs for this breech of mental acuity.
The misdeeds of these two are just the latest in a long line of deviations from conservative orthodoxy. Lindsey Graham, sometimes sounds like our idea of a good Republican, but we don’t have to wait very long to see the principles this man relies on in the Senate are as easy to grasp as a hand full of jello. In 2008, the GOP nominated a man who typifies all the qualities the term RINO confers. Some think Mitt Romney fit the bill as well.
With Christmas on the way, it may be instructive to look back at the time surrounding the birth and life of Christ. “In the days of Ceasar Augustus” there were two religious/political factions that ruled Israel – with the consent of the Roman Empire that really controlled the region. They were the Pharisees and Sadducees.
The gospels tell us that Pharisees accepted and taught the entire Old Testament – the law and the prophets. They were dominant among the people who also believed in angels, resurrection and miracles. The Sadducees, on the other hand, held only to the first five books to be valid – the law of Moses. They believed in nothing supernatural… no resurrection, no angelic visitations. Because of this, they taught that any reward for virtue came during this lifetime. This meant they valued position and wealth as signs of God’s blessing, and saw poverty as a sign of God’s disfavor.
So, what did this mean 2000 years ago? Consider that when Paul was brought to trial before the Sanhedrin, the judicial body composed of members from both parties, his defense was that he was on trial because he believed in the reality of the resurrection. This threw the entire process into chaos as the Pharisees sprung to his defense and order was destroyed. It was natural for these two groups that had diametrically opposed views to be at each others throats when critical decisions came before them.
John Boehner has learned the lessons of the Chicago politics far to well for the good of his party or the good of our country. The problem with elevating people, even some good, well meaning people, is that they can easily dessert the principles and people who brought them to power – all in the name of retaining some control over the process, or, worse yet, just to remain part of the power brokers club.
I heard Boehner tell his story a few years ago. He seems to be a likable fellow who rose much further in the world than he ever thought he would go. In some ways, I could say the same thing about Jimmy Carter, and we all know how that turned out. Boehner’s recent actions show us the path he has chosen.
Committee assignments for the up coming session of congress show Tim Huelskamp (KS) and Justin Amash (MI) are gond from the House Budget Committee while Walter Jones (NC) and David Schweikert (AZ) have been booted from the House Financial Services Committee. Both committees, essential to the Boehner’s surrender to Barack Hussein Obama on the class warfare battlefield. All four are tea party favorites who have, among other things, stood up against Republican surrender in the past. They are they type of people we need in government – they stood on principle rather than voting to make an easier path for leaders going in the wrong direction.
There have been all kinds of explanations offered for the most recent Republican electoral failure. Most involve a declaration something like “don’t blame me… it’s those other guys.” For some, there is an element of truth… but only an element. For all their supposed intellectual prowess, those who have risen to the peak of the party are completely missing the boat. This failure is even more devastating to their fortunes than some of the uninspiring, moderate positions and candidates endorsed by the Republican elites.
Even the Russians have noticed that Obama’s base is composed of economic and cultural illiterates. If this is so, what drives them and how are they reached? It is instructive to consider the thoughts of a single mother who was interviewed prior to the election. She was voting for Obama because he “cared about her”. She didn’t know too much about politics, but she liked that he was getting her free health care. His class warfare message found a home in her mind. He was against the rich and for the poor.
Of course she didn’t know much about what was really going on, but somehow Barack Obama reached her on an emotional level. Then there was the woman celebrating the 2008 election because she was going to get help with her mortgage and other bills with the president’s stash of Obama money. Of course there was no reality to her fantasy, yet, it controlled her actions. For her, it was reality. The people who vote for Democrats generally do so on an emotional level based on their hopes and desires, rather than basing their decisions on what they see.
A week after the election that set our country further into a death spiral, we see the Reince Priebus, RNC Chairman is finally stirring to action. Allen West, valient congressman from Florida, is fighting a courageous battle against voter fraud in St. Lucie County. Now, it is reported that Priebus is coming to his side. Far from being a cause for celebration this is just something that should have been done days ago.
While Democrats had cadres of lawyers standing by to secure their their ill-gotten victory, the timid Republicans seem to be incapable of more than being slapped around by the nefarious opposition. When the Bible talks about turning the other cheek, it is for us individually, and in no way is an excuse to shrink back from the pursuit of justice.
St. Lucie County is just one of many localities with voting results that defy logic and are far from passing the smell test. During the partial recount that has been pursued up to this point, it seems that 1,100 votes have somehow disappeared, and others keep shifting. Counting votes should be a straight forward proposition, but it seems that any precinct with Democrats running the show yields results that have little relationship with reality. Some list more votes than voters in the area and others seem to registered no votes at all for the Republican candidate.
There has been a lot spoken and written about the future of the Republican Party after the disastrous defeat of Mitt Romney and several Senate candidates in, what should have been, a slam dunk election victory. As the saying goes, the GOP “snatched defeat from the jaws of victory”. The finger pointing began almost as soon as the bogus vote counting was finished.
As usual, the liberal wing of the party, that prefers to call itself “moderate” is blaming the too conservative members of the party for chasing away independent voters. They conveniently forget the defeat of Scott Brown to proven prevaricator, Elizabeth Warren. It just goes to how you can’t out-liberal a liberal in a liberal state.
For people who are constantly carping on the need for a “big tent” party, we saw a shameful intolerance of Ron Paul supporters and FreedomWorks at the RNC convention – two groups that would have helped create a big tent. However, for them, these were not their kind of people and the tent should be expanded in the other direction.
If you are a Christian worried about voting for someone whose faith you do not understand, check out what David Jeremiah has to say. Dr. Jeremiah is a respected preacher who has spread the word for decades and does not take his calling lightly.
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