In light of last night’s election results in Mississippi, there is one question every conservative should be asking: how much longer can a party survive when its leadership is inexorably against the ethos of its base?
While Democrats harness their base supporters to advance the party’s liberal agenda, the Republican establishment works to undermine and disenfranchise its own base the minute they have pocketed their support in the general election. Now, after actively campaigning for Democrat votes in order to win against conservative Chris McDaniel in Mississippi, the GOP establishment has reached a new low in their treachery against those who embody the heart and soul of the party.
Based on the preliminary election results, it appears that the well-oiled campaign by the NRSC and Haley Barbour to turn out Democrat votes was more than enough to make the difference in last night’s primary. With roughly 60,000 more votes cast in the runoff than the primary, and an unprecedented surge in Democrat counties and precincts, it is almost certain that Chris McDaniel won the GOP vote while losing overall by about 6,400 votes.
Campaigning openly for Democrat votes in a GOP primary using issues and arguments contrary to the party platform is one thing. But the fact that they played the race card and ran mailers and robo calls in African American areas accusing their own party of being racist is downright despicable.
Hence, the NRSC and the GOP establishment essentially marshalled Democrat support to beat conservative voters in order to reelect an ineffective incumbent who is barely lucid and will very possibly never serve out his term.
Ironically, the establishment treachery on the campaign trail in Mississippi is merely a reflection of what they do in Washington. The GOP-controlled House has whipped Democrat votes to undermine and disenfranchise the GOP majority on numerous occasions over the past few years. Senate Republican leaders stood shoulder to shoulder with their Democrat colleagues and denounced conservative supporters of defunding Obamacare both on the Senate floor and in the media. They have clearly grown comfortable allying with their fellow career politicians in the Democrat Party than with those who in their own party who want government to work for the people again.
Throughout the primary season, GOP elites have accused the conservative base of helping Democrats by challenging Republicans in primaries. The reality is that we are challenging these people precisely because they work in tandem with Democrat and empower them in growing government. Yet, despite the acerbic differences and acrimony, the conservative base had always soldiered on and supported the Republican establishment candidate in the general election. Conservative were quick to do so with Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.
Now, the establishment has openly and unabashedly empowered Democrats to disenfranchise Republican voters in Mississippi by running on a platform of big government and playing the race card.
They may have the ability to continue fighting their base in the short-run, but no party can be at war with its base forever and succeed. It’s unclear whether the Republican Party will remain viable in the long term. But either way, these people will eventually be left without a home. At some point the base will either reassert itself or start a new party, and Democrats will not be there to help them in a general election. Live by the Democrats; die by the Democrats.
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By Isabel Matos
“Sarah said God bless you. She wrote it,” I pointed to the picture, he leaned over, looked straight into my eyes and said: “She is a.m.a.z.i.n.g.” That was the brief exchange not caught on camera. It was the “moment”. His words were deliberate, genuine and unequivocal. He admires Sarah. The noise in the room, the glare of the lights, the chatter and commotion disappeared just for that moment. All of it. Gone. Frozen in time. It was awesome. He carefully chose where to sign his name, too, and did not ruin the little “treasure” which had traveled from Texas to Alaska, from Wasilla to Miami. What more can one ask?
Now on to politics. Why it’s a no-brainer for Ted Cruz to run for president.
Ted Cruz should run for President for several reasons. He generates excitement and hope. He can energize crowds and engage voters in this effort. It’s not just about electing him. Decency oozes out of him. He gets a bit flustered being off-stage (that could just be a logistical problem by organizers) but people are drawn to him. Sarah is very comfortable off stage and in a crowd. She takes her time but Ted also is comfortable enough and has star power just like she does. He’s professorial but not stuffy. He explains things in a way that people understand without feeling lectured to. I could listen to him for hours. Other adjectives come to mind: he is civil, respectful and statesmanlike. He elevates the discourse and connects with Republican voters as well as the base. He merges them. His message is not a trap even though there is some pandering. I have a solid impression people like him. His Reagan-inspired oratory is uplifting and optimistic. Did I mention he connects with Establishment voters? That is the key here. He is connecting with voters who left the party because the party left them. In our neck of the woods, it means winning over Rubio Republicans.
Ted Cruz would raise his profile and get more recognition by running for president, increasing the value of his endorsements. His support of Sarah Palin for President would only help her because of that endorsement value. His style is anti-establishment but not to the point of turning off voters or making them feel there is too much change. Too much change makes establishment voters nervous. He is definitely not GOPe but a Palin/Cruz ticket would be a good merger without compromising the grassroots cause. It’s a new day in America, and people are ready for a woman president, but those old male fogies and jealous Republican wives still have an issue with it and it’s too much of a risk.
This ticket would be exciting, attractive and filled with vision and promise. Ted is not threatened by strong women like GOPe cry babies (it is true!) He would bring out the best in her presidential run because he understands what she’s about yet would still be mindful of the (Rino) faction that needs to be dealt with, a faction he has dealt with for the last two years in D.C. The two have obvious respect for one another. He may not have executive experience like she does, but no matter what Ted does we will all be better served by it. Sarah is my first and has been my only choice for the presidency since 2012. It would be a shame to dismiss Ted Cruz as a presidential nominee who would help her revive the party of Ronald Reagan which so many have always been in support of.
There is hope with a team like Sarah and Ted. It is almost too exciting to think about. We can be secure again under the leadership of these two courageous and centered individuals. They will help restore our greatness and bring the power of the people back to the city on a hill to make it shine even brighter than before.
Family, Politics and the Scandal of Corruption That Binds Them: Should Those Ties Compromise Rand in 2016?
by Isabel Matos
I hate working in a vacuum when preparing a video or a lengthy article sometimes because it can take hours away from interacting with people; but I actually enjoyed putting this clip (and article) together because my mission and obsession is to expose GOP corruption and deception. I think you will like it.
In this story we have an entrenched five-term Establishment politician with the second-most powerful position in the Senate (Minority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell) grasping to retain his power one more term to maybe be Majority Leader (an ironic scenario given it would be made possible by Tea Party support of the same Conservatives he is trying to defeat). We have a Junior Senator (Rand Paul) compromising his own Tea Party principles as he vies for that position or a higher one down the road that will secure a place for him to lead in some leading capacity (as he will never be president). Because the Junior Senator comes from the same state as the elder status-quo he has to play the game and run everything he does past the Establishment we are ALL trying to take on. And last (for the sake of this article, there are more) we have a family member, confidant and campaign manager -Jesse Benton- who they have in common. Benton is not the only bad guy in this political drama which also happens to be a family affair. Benton is married to Rand Paul’s niece (or Ron Paul’s granddaughter). Their corruption, however, is putting our country at risk and possibly why Sarah didn’t get near this race directly. The entrenchment is as thick as the bonds that tie their family.
Jesse Benton was a top campaign aide during Rand Paul’s 2010 Senate bid and became campaign manager after a staff shake up. He served as communications director in 2008 and then campaign manager in 2012 for each one of Ron Paul’s Presidential bids. Mitch McConnell hired him to be his reelection 2014 campaign manager as part of his commitment to running a presidential campaign in Kentucky, which he announced in a prepared statement on September 13, 2012:
[a campaign] starts with a presidential manager. Jesse is literally the best in the business at building and organizing conservative grassroots movements and I’m thrilled he’s chosen to return to Kentucky to lead my campaign.
The merger was a no-brainer: McConnell would use Paul to help him garner the Tea Party vote (albeit dishonestly and deceivingly). In turn, Paul would have a very powerful “ally” and access to huge amounts of money for being a loyal “ally”.
Benton’s move from the Paul camp to McConnell’s left some conservative activists scratching their heads because of the two senators’ divergent political philosophies. But since Paul arrived in the Senate, the gentlemen from Kentucky have nurtured a symbiotic partnership that gives Paul establishment credibility while shoring up McConnell’s bona fides among the Tea Party base f.
On February 18th a complaint was filed with the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee regarding a payoff for an endorsement for Ron Paul in the Iowa caucuses. In the complaint Pete Waldron, former campaign staffer for Michele Bachmann alleged that the Paul campaign, “its operatives, and third parties conspired to pay a bribe” to Sorenson “to betray” Bachmann and publicly endorse Ron Paul. The names of those involved are listed here; among them Jesse Benton and Dimitri Kasari.
On December 28th, 2011.. Iowa State Senator and Campaign Chairman for Michele Bachmann for President, Kent Sorenson resigned from Bachmann’s campaign during the 2012 Iowa Caucuses and endorsed 12-term congressman Ron Paul instead.
While this event did not significantly affect the outcome of the election, Sorenson’s endorsement of Congressman Paul is drawing heavy scrutiny after e-mail conversations and memos released exposed a financial proposal of over $200,000 for Sorenson’s defection from the Bachman campaign.
The results of the January 3rd Iowa caucuses were too close to call – the closest in its history. It appeared that Mitt Romney had won at first, but after the results were released on January 19th, it was Rick Santorum who had beat him by a small margin, missing out on all the attention and PR Romney got for it. Ron Paul came in third place. Michele Bachmann came in sixth and dropped out of the race.
The credible allegations in the complaint resulted in Kent Sorenson resigning from office as Senator in October of 2013. Sorenson admitted receiving payments from, among others, Ron Paul’s deputy campaign adviser, Dimitri Kesari. The federal probe continues it seems. FBI raids reveal connections to the case. Computers have been removed from Sorenson’s house and a grand jury investigation is ongoing.
The FEC assigned a MUR (“Matter Under Review”) number, which indicates a formal inquiry will begin. It has not fazed Benton who is not answering questions about the bribe, or Paul who has tapped him to be his 2016 campaign manager.
Rand Paul’s political adviser, Doug Stafford was managing a consultant involved in bribery payments to Sorenson. His name: Dimitri Kesari. Stafford is Executive Director of Redirecting America (in a) New Direction (RandPac) and is busy ramping-up a political infrastructure “for the 2016 presidential hopeful.”
Jesse Benton joining Stafford makes sense given his comments in a secretly recorded conversation provided to OpenSecrets Blog and other outlets saying that he had accepted the job as McConnell’s campaign manager for the purpose of bolstering Rand Paul’s prospects in 2016.
Jesse Benton has a record of unethical conduct. His ties with so-called conservative organizations like “Americans for Tax Reform” (founded by Grover Norquist, known GOP infiltrator) and the ACU (also known to be infiltrated by GOP enemies Norquist and Suhail Khan) should also be noted. In a simple search:
Who is Jesse Benton? Jesse Benton is a political consultant and libertarian activist know for working with conservative and libertarian organizations like Americans for Tax Reform, the Liberty Coalition, and the American Conservative Union. Benton is strongly associated with the Paul family, serving as a high-ranking staffer for both Ron Paul and Rand Paul.
Those two associations alone would explain many of the stances Paul has taken on issues clearly not supported by the Tea Party, base of the GOP and movement he supposedly represents and is the leader of. He is using them for his political gain and in the process is guilty of confusing and depriving voters of the truth about who he really is.. A fake friend of Conservatives which makes him… a RHino.
Kent Sorenson and Ron Paul (Updated)
1) Mitch McConnell Beating the Tea Party: We are Going to Crush Them Everywhere:
2) Rand Paul Reacts to Mitch McConnell’s Plan to ‘Crush’ the Tea Party:
3) Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager: “I’m Holding My Nose”:
4) FEC Will Examine Allegations Against Ron Paul Campaign
5) Bribery Scandal Compromises Rand Paul 2016
6) New Investigation Into Ron Paul and Sorenson Payoff
7) Leading Republicans Move to Stamp Out Challenges from Right
8) Mitch McConnell Hires Ron Paul’s Campaign Manager
9) Ron Paul Campaign Accused of Trying to Buy Iowa Endorsements (The Emails)
10) Head of Paul’s 50-State Operation is Accused of Earlier Questionable Work
by Isabel Matos
What a difference a year makes! I hardly talk about Marco Rubio anymore. That’s because he had a really bad year last year and Sarah made an example of him after being caught in a lie where he told a Spanish-speaking audience legalization first, then secure the border. That summer he voted for the Senate’s Bill S.744 and lost support among all the Conservatives I know. He also lost friends locally, which takes a lot, given their enthusiasm for him when he first won the Senate.
The picture of JayZ and his wife, Beyonce, who ended up going to Cuba in April last year, staying in a hotel overlooking the picturesque Havana harbor must have been embarrassing because he had quoted JayZ as a poet during Rand Paul’s filibuster, “It was all good a week ago. What a difference seven days makes.”
JayZ’s trip was offensive – a horrible and painful reminder of the tyranny and slavery on the island that Cubans still seek to escape from. He and Beyonce visited areas off-limits to most Cubans living on the island. They ignored reality and are hypocrites for justifying their visa to be at a cultural seminar with students of music.
It showed a lack of respect and just plain ignorance – no conscience for those living under conditions that will not change any time soon. Anyone who says that easing the embargo will help Cuba just does not understand what is going on.
Beyonce also offended Cuban-Americans just prior to this trip after being photographed with a Castro youth group dedicated to revolution like Che Guevara. What to expect from someone who got paid $1 million to dance for Libyan Dictator Khaddafi (now dead). Even ignorance does not cut as deep as indifference to others’ suffering.
So, getting back to #ThrowbackThursday. This post was fun to put together. It took a long time to make a compilation of the TOP TEN izzlovesfox1 clips. I followed-up on each headline to keep telling the story to refresh the page on my (our collective) political journey, because…
NEW IS NEWS BUT STORIES ARE FOREVER.
The TOP TEN clips include tapes I made about Marco Rubio (with updates), Rhinos (with an update), Headlines from March (with updates), CPAC Infiltrators, Rand Paul (with updates), Deportation, Amnesty (with updates), and the top three clips at the end. There is a little humor, some serious and lots of tough love for those who STILL DON’T GET that it is not up to us to answer to politicians. It is up to them to earn our trust, respect and confidence, especially AFTER they are elected, not just during a campaign when they promise the world.
Are voters more aware that their party is against them? That was my stated goal last year; unfortunately, it is hard to convey to some who do not care to see THE TRUTH about the politicians they cheer on.
Rand Paul made huge headlines 2013, but they were all for his personal enrichment and campaign. Rand Paul may be a fighter, but he’s fighting for the wrong things. His attempt to make this party One Big Happy Family should be enough to make anyone nervous. He invited Chris Christie to a beer summit, his manager signed on with American Crossroads last year (while he was filibustering to protect the rights of Americans from drone attacks, which he reversed his position on 30 days later) and he has repeatedly insisted the party has to “evolve and adapt” if it is to survive. Some of his remarks border on veiled criticism of and disingenuous support of the Conservative base.
Rand Paul is on a path to political suicide like Rubio was last year if continues on this path of a softening our party (Charmin anyone?) and taking the Tea Party for granted. Why is he making a mistake? Because he hasn’t sold Conservatism to those he has been pandering to. He has been sloppy on policies to (try) to gain votes from all sides.
Rand Paul has asked Ted Nugent to apologize to the President, criticized Ted Cruz for distorting Reagan’s foreign policy, endorsed Mitch McConnell, the list goes on. I’ve heard from people who were at CPAC that his presence on stage is nothing like Sarah’s. He is not electric at all. He doesn’t stand tall (his “presence” on stage and physically). He is a not-so-exciting speaker who doesn’t show command as much as delivery of platitudes we hear all the time. He does not have the star power like so many try to portray him as having. Add to that he doesn’t keep his stance on any issue consistently and you’ve got a garden-variety politician, a RINO insider. His talk is all Bush Mush lately.
Ryan, bless his heart Sarah says.. Is making the news for things he should have never done in 2009 when he was FOR Tarp when his budget plans were still a joke. What I remember most was his palling around with a known terrorist advocate and communist agitator, Luis V. Gutierrez. Ryan is clearly out of touch. That’s evident in his so-called outreach out to communities he would love to pander to. He has been a RINO and is next-in-line to Boehner.
It’s easy to see Jeb as being obscure as always, not outshining anyone except for saying stupid things. Even though Hispanics give birth to more children, he said “Hispanics are more fertile”. He also said Ted Cruz does not have solutions. (Well.. that’s because it’s UP to PEOPLE not POLITICIANS, Jeb, to come up with them!) Jeb’s sense of relevance is distorted. He also said breaking the laws to provide for one’s family as an illegal alien is an act of love.
Like a shadow or black cloud in our party we can’t get rid of, he’s either lurking in the background pushing others to do his dirty work for him. He announces he does not get his name in polls to sound like he doesn’t want to be president, but in reality it’s because the results of those polls are so negative he wouldn’t want them public). He can only have a glowing story about him probably by someone who has been paid directly or indirectly to do so. The fact is he IS going to fundraisers with billionaires like Shelon Adelson and it is to launch a non-campaign campaign. His father built the GOP machine as we know it, so he feels he’s entitled to being the next Bush presidential nominee.
Jeb does not make sense when he talks, which is why McCain probably said he is the smartest man he knows. Really. Saying stupid things or stupid comments are the only thing he is good at. Remember he said he would govern like Lyndon B. Johnson (that was last year before CPAC) if he had the chance. He is a royal pain in our side.
My message: RUN, JEB, RUN! Bring it. Get it out of your system. Immigration Reform is a huge fail. It was in 1986. Nothing’s changed. Keep talking. To those who think their DUTY to support you: You’re just like lying dogs.
Let’s see what the GOP gaffes are in store for us this year. I thought Thad Cochran’s comment about not knowing what the Tea Party was about was a real humdinger, but typical GOPe will always manage to find new ways to dig their grave a little deeper each time. Reince Priebus did so when he didn’t mention Sarah …wait. That was this year.
It was all good a year ago.. not!
By Isabel Matos
I Just Want My Dumb Life Back! That’s what the title of this article was…
Remember when we all had a dumb life where we just worked a little and could save money right away. Spend it. Enjoy good movies. Dine at nice restaurants. Travel? Play games on Facebook instead of using it to fight our government?
Well, I’m fighting for that dumb life back. I don’t know about you. It’s been great getting to know so many you, the finest people I’ve ever met, but I’m really irritated so much time has to be spent away from these simple pleasures that a great economy allows under responsible leadership. Instead, we are forced to be watch dogs for politicians and the vile creatures who own them who we are competing against. Our so-called leaders are acting worse than spoiled children who don’t understand what honesty, self-restraint and American principles are. We are not just citizens anymore, but the adults in the room that is our country.
Our GOPe has sold us out. I resent them for not doing their job as much as I love doing this one without pay. But make no mistake. This is not what a free society is about. We are supposed to NOT WORRY about our government or its officials as really free citizens. Keep an eye on them from time to time? Yes. Lose sleep over their shenanigans that undermine and diminish our quality of life? No.
I’m trying to keep things in perspective. Please don’t get me wrong. There is nothing more important than fighting for this cause, but I want my Dumb Life back. I’ve wanted it back since I started this process, back in 2011 when I selfishly posted comments to see if Sarah Palin would be encouraged to run for President. We all wanted “sudden and relentless reform” and the mantra was Run Sarah Run. I think I used that term once and realized immediately it was not going to be as easy as asking her to do so. The entrenched corruption of our GOPe – the Bushes, Rove, Fox to an extent, and the left would not suddenly be changed. So, no. Snapping our fingers and cheering all we could was not going to do a thing to change these matters which would take longer than over- night to fix, let alone by one person who magically would make them all go away.
Sigh. More work for us.
But that is maybe what God intended for us at this time.. sacrifice and service. And like new parents who have a child who had to let go of their freedom (and life) to make the life of their children better, we are forced to be better. I have from the start considered this an obligation, not a venue for making friends or having fun (although it has been both to an awesome degree!). I think it’s normal to not want to make this a 24/7 deal. I hope it doesn’t shock anyone, but freedom, to me, does not mean not being given a choice. Are we really free?
Here are some Random Clips from 2013 that I put together. I am using them to remind myself of the fun (and work) I’ve done, and in a way an attempt to tell a story about what I have seen happen. News is news. Stories are forever. It is disheartening GOP voters STILL do not understand that our establishment is against us, or don’t try to detect phonies who lie to them. Maybe a story will help.
The compilations include updates on last year’s headlines to show in part I was on the right track, and to encourage others to get on the right track as well, their way. I’m not here to tell anyone (who am I to do so?) what to do. The clips are long, so do as you wish as far as viewing it all at once or in spurts, or not at all.
Mock me, love me (yes), say I’m negative, or throw tomatoes. Say “whatever” and tune me out. It doesn’t matter because I’m a patriot on a mission and I will post again soon to say what I feel needs to be shared, sincerely hoping you appreciate and (even) enjoy what I’ve done. Your thoughts, opinions and reaction are extremely and radically welcome so I can do better in the future, as long as it doesn’t mean I have to be “nicer” with the “leaders” I intend to help expose.
It’s not been nice knowing you. It’s been AWESOME!
Thanks for all you’ve done to inspire me. Thank you Sarah. Ted. And so many patriots who work tirelessly and without complaint behind and on the scenes. So many are involved in local politics, too, and that is great! Game on, loaded bears!
Palin Blasts GOP in Breitbart Exclusive: GOP High Roller Machine Can’t Win Elections With Their Cash Anymore
EXCLUSIVE–Palin Rips ‘GOP High Roller Machine': ‘Their Money Can’t Buy Elections Anymore’
5 Oct 2013, 8:24 AM PDT. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin blasted the Republican establishment’s contempt for and destructive behavior toward the Tea Party during the current budget showdown with the Obama administration.
Palin told Breitbart News that these establishment financiers cannot relate to the average American worker and are throwing a “fit” because Wall Street knows they are in a whole new ballgame where their influence is diminishing.
Palin was responding to an article by David Freilander in Thursday’s Daily Beast in which prominent Republican establishment financiers showed disdain for the conservative grassroots while being unable to identify exactly what a “precinct captain” is.
Palin, who started her political career on the local level as an outsider before eventually challenging the GOP establishment in Alaska to become governor, said that the “GOP high roller machine can’t win elections with their cash anymore.”
“If they could, all the money they threw at Romney would have paid off,” Palin said, referring to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s inability to galvanize the blue-collar conservative base during the 2012 presidential election. “It’s the average American – the grassroots Tea Party patriot with enthusiasm and boots on the ground – who wins elections”:
So I say call these guys out and expose the fact that they no longer control any conservative movement because they’re not the voice of the people. See, some of these Wall Street guys basically want to use the GOP for three things: They want low taxes for themselves; they want lots of cheap foreign labor (aka blanket amnesty); and they want to be safe (though most won’t send their own kids to fight our wars, they don’t want anyone blowing up buildings in Manhattan; so they’re all for sending our sons and daughters to whatever foreign hell hole beckons to make sure the bad guys stay off our soil).
Palin, the avatar of the Tea Party movement whom the Republican establishment has tried to eviscerate and whose endorsement former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint (R) said had the most influence in Republican primaries, was not finished excoriating the establishment financiers who were berating the Tea Party:
Ask yourself if most of them really care about America’s industrial base or can even relate to the American worker and our values. The particular fat cats who are so often used as anonymous sources to trash the grassroots see this latest Tea Party effort to keep essential government open as just a distraction. They’re throwing a bit of a fit because this is a whole new, needed ballgame where their money can’t buy elections anymore.
According to a Daily Beast report, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, met with top GOP donors for lunch last month at Le Cirque, a fancy restaurant on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.
The donors, described as “a youngish collection of financial industry types and lawyers” and “banker types who occupy the upper reaches of Wall Street’s towers” were frustrated at what they saw as conservative recalcitrance on the budget and could not understand why Republican politicians had to listen to their constituents and the grassroots who sent them to Washington. Walden told them, “Listen … we have to do this because of the Tea Party. If we don’t, these guys are going to get primaried and they are going to lose their primary.”
The financiers, though, may not have understood what Walden was talking about because they were oblivious to former Democrat and House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s axiom that “all politics is local.” Most of the moneymen in the room reportedly did not even know what a “precinct captain” was, according to the Daily Beast:
Walden asked how many of those seated around the table were precinct captains. These were money men, though, not the types to spend night after night knocking on doors and slipping palm cards into mailboxes.
“A lot of the people there didn’t even know what a precinct captain was,” said one attendee.
Not a single hand went up.
“I hear this complaint all the time,” Walden said. “But no one gets involved at the local level. The Tea Party gets involved at the local level.”
During his 21-hour speech on the Senate floor in support of defunding Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has said he would not be in the U.S. Senate had it not been for Palin’s endorsement during the 2012 Texas Republican primary, said that the ruling class in Washington, D.C. was not listening to the people. He said his purpose was to “#MakeDCListen.”
Precinct captains symbolize politics at the local level; they epitomize the country’s democratic ideals. These “precinct captains” and millions like them knock on doors, make phone calls, put up signs, give small-dollar donations through direct mail and the internet, volunteer on election day, recruit volunteers, and persuade neighbors to vote for candidates. Often, they do this in their spare time, often after five or six days of work and while raising families in flyover country far from the political, financial, and entertainment epicenters on the coasts. On the Republican side, they stand for conservative causes through thick and thin.
The financial elite and the political establishment, though, often treat these grassroots voters the way Democrats have been accused of treating African American voters–using them for their votes during election season and running as far away from them as possible once they come to Washington. The Daily Beast writes that “a number of GOP donors are wondering if it is time for a little outside counter-pressure to sap the Tea Party of some of its energy,” to “stand up and not be afraid of the Tea Party.”
The conservatives these donors so disdain revolted in part because of the big-government domestic policies of former President George W. Bush last decade, especially No Child Left Behind and the TARP bailouts during the 2008 financial crisis caused by the reckless behavior from the industries that employ these donors on Wall Street.
These independent-minded Americans are supporting the third-party of “good guys” that Palin recently referenced in speaking of senators like Cruz and Mike Lee (R-UT). They see that the so-called Bipartisan Establishment Party, or “BEP,” really did not differ that much from Democrats when it came to growing the size of government and supporting policies like comprehensive immigration reform that benefit themselves and their cronies while harming working class Americans.
Because politicians on both sides have colluded to make Washington the wealthiest Boomtown in the country, veteran Washington Post congressional reporter Paul Kane was actually befuddled, as Breitbart News reported, that a politician like Cruz would not be co-opted by the permanent political class.
Cruz told him that every day in the Senate he tries to remember “to whom I am accountable; and it is not elected officials in Washington.” He also said, “with all respect,” it is not the mainstream media either.
“The people to whom I believe I am accountable are the men and women in Texas… who knocked on doors, who made phone calls, who stood up and said ‘Please, help turn this country around,'” Cruz told him.
Kane commented on Twitter that he found it “interesting” that Cruz “views people ‘who knocked on doors, made phone calls’ for him as who he answers to.” They would be the same precinct captains that the establishment donors at the fundraisers were not even aware of.
In a landmark 2011 speech in Indianola, Iowa, Palin blistered Washington’s crony capitalism and permanent political class when she put down her marker to fight against the bipartisan political establishment. She was ahead of the curve. Americans in 2012 viscerally reacted to a Boomtown expose that exposed the racket that went on in Washington during the last decade in which the permanent political class extracted wealth from the rest of the country and spread it around to themselves and their cronies.
The permanent political class cannot control the political process, thanks in large part to the rise of technology and new media, which Palin saw before nearly everyone else when she took to Twitter and Facebook in 2009 to confront the mainstream media’s distortions, make news, and challenge President Barack Obama. She was resoundingly mocked by the mainstream media and these establishment donors who are unaware of what precinct captains do then, but Twitter and Facebook have been ingrained in everyday political discourse six years after Palin, “the great CommuniTweeter,” first tweeted.
Technology not only allows grassroots conservatives like Palin to get their message across without the mainstream media’s filter and become a “force multiplier,” it also helps them topple candidates financially backed by the establishment. In a moment of candor, former Republican Mississippi governor and legendary moneyman Haley Barbour, who is said to have purchased the bullhorn Newt Gingrich used to take back the House for Republicans in 1994, said Palin would be able to raise enough money to “burn a wet mule” (translation: tons).
That is why the establishment disdains Palin and Cruz, who do not need them for support because they enjoy the approval of the grassroots. Palin’s credentials as a corruption fighting political outsider, free market populist, and champion of “the little guy” against the powerful ruling class have made her a beloved figure among the grassroots. Ted Cruz is now earning that same respect by holding firm to the conservative principles that got him elected and not seeing the proverbial Washington cesspool as a jacuzzi. Recently, over 100,000 people turned out for a tele-town hall with Cruz, whom Republican primary voters now see as their leader in Congress.
Cruz mentioned a “paradigm shift” is occurring in which the grassroots is rising up and challenging the ruling class and, in many cases, making the permanent political establishment irrelevant. So when establishment donors indicated to the Daily Beast that they did not want to give checks to the National Republican Congressional Committee, they may just be unknowingly doing Republican candidates a favor.
In this new era, establishment money now buys candidates more scorn than love in Republican primaries, and candidates backed by the political establishment are instantly distrusted by the conservative grassroots.
For instance, after spending over $100 million in the 2012 election cycle without having anything to show for it, groups like Karl Rove’s American Crossroads have been losing influence.
And the same can be said for the establishment’s influence on issues like comprehensive immigration reform. Despite millions of dollars spent to advance amnesty by the groups associated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and FWD.us, the political group founded by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, immigration reform advocates like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who wrote the Senate’s immigration bill along with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and six others, have conceded they are losing the public opinion battle.
Commenting to the Daily Beast, Bobbie Kilberg, a prominent establishment Republican fundraiser, said, “This may be a turning point” for the establishment to combat the Tea Party. She said establishment Republicans may say, “Enough already.”
Kilberg was describing what she hoped would happen with the moneyed establishment, but the Tea Party has already said “enough already” to the Republican establishment whose preferred “pale pastel” candidates can never differentiate themselves from Democrats and end up losing election after election. Yet, the Republican establishment–on and off the record–continue to disparage politicians like Palin and Cruz who make more people want to be precinct captains at the local level and help build movements and foundations conservatives can use to win national elections.
Palin told Breitbart News that “the day the GOP machine abandons the grassroots patriot – the heart and soul of the party who actually gets people elected – is the day the GOP elephant is extinct.”
“This keeps up and I’m not sticking around to watch it happen,” Palin said.
This is NOT to ignore support for those who stand in solidarity against on-line censorship, but to continue SHOUTING: YOU WILL NOT SHUT ME UP, FACEBOOK!!!! This is my freedom. It is my first amendment right. You do not give or take away rights, only God above does.
This nation is one nation UNDER HIM, NOT ALLAH, who seeks to destroy and end our Christian-Judeo way of life. Down with the infiltrators. Down with political correctness. Down with those who want to stop us from pledging allegiance to a flag that represents freedom for all in this Republic which belongs to us, not just a political class or an oppressive world governing power. Down with the United Nations! And “Yes” to freedom fighters all around the globe!
The ten commandments and the Bill of Rights are all we need to live freely and wealthy. There is nothing wrong with making money, but there is something wrong with those who claim they fight for “social justice” only to seek and stay in power. Commies use divisiveness and fear to keep us feeling hopeless and oppressed. What they preach is not what they practice. It is not sincere. Look at how lavishly our president lives. Does he distribute his wealth? No. He’s a consummate hypocrite. There are some who believe in the ideals of communism and even live by them. This power maggot we call POTUS doesn’t.
Pray for less government. Pray for more civility among those fighting for less government. Pray for less mass appeal to lowest common denominators.. race and class envy. No one except real victims of crime or combat should consider themselves victims. For shame on Republicans who insinuate we are racists for wanting to enforce our laws and curb government waste and spending.
It’s bad enough the left panders. The GOP does it behind our backs. They are so ashamed about Amnesty they have to use other terms to fool us, and lie to our faces about not being able to secure the border. For shame on those who do not protect our sovereignty by passing Amnesty to make a small personal fortune, or because of some misguided notion that we can win Hispanics with this issue. Shame on those who will NOT help DEFUND Obamacare. Cowardly Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, McArthy, McCain, and Rubio: your job is to protect us, not reaching across the aisle to sell us out or by corrupting yourselves. Priebus: You were touting your horn about winning a debate issue. You picked a battle to fight not a war, like the lightweight that you are. I don’t care what film is made about her, the bottom line is: The GOP has not convicted Hillary for Benghazi.
BOEHNER, you are an enemy of freedom and the people! No other politician has squandered more time since the power you were given in 2010. You have not only not led, you have hated on the those who have made your position possible. You have punished fiscal Conservatives and alienated candidates who were elected to effect real change. You have shirked your duties as Speaker of the House, a house that Sarah Palin built for you with her hard work and optimism at a time when NO one thought Obama could be defeated. She had the foresight. Not you. Not Bush. Not Romney. Not Paul.
For shame, traitor! RESIGN!
Thank you to all in DC who try fight the antagonism as shown by this most traitorous and treacherous Speaker who is against We the People and who relinquishes all power on a daily basis to our enemy. Thank the Lord for blessing us with a few good men and one steadfast, reliable and particularly incredible woman who continues to lead us without title. Amen.
If you have read some of my articles, you will have seen parts of this before, but the word needs to get out, and I am hoping with a video we will keep the conversation alive through a different venue. Our GOP is pandering for votes behind our backs. If they were proud of what they were doing, they would be talking about it every day or posting it all over their Facebook walls. It’s bad enough that Fox News continues to ignore the subject. Amnesty is the GOP’s ObamaCare and needs to be part of the conversation. I will have some updates on this, but good news is hard to find because Rino work in sneaky ways.
One of the issues that bothered me was the Steve King accusations. Steve King was talking about having Town Halls to talk about Amnesty, and the subject has just about disappeared. Luckily, everything Cantor and Boehner threw at him (smears) didn’t stick. He was right about young illegals smuggling drugs, but that didn’t stop Boehner from threatening to remove him from committees. These are delays and setbacks put in our way to stop us, by none other than our frenemy Boehner who will stop at nothing to antagonize Conservatives in the House. Paul Ryan has also mentioned at his town meeting in Racine which included illegals, that the vote might be delayed until October, which is fine with me, as long as there is transparency in the process.
Arguing With an Idiot: Mark Levin and Heather MacDonald Dismantle Jeb Bush’s Immigration Talking Points
Mark Levin was Ed Meese’s Chief of Staff within Ronald Reagan’s administration. Recently he offered having a debate on “Immigration Reform” (we all know it’s Amnesty!) with Heather Mac Donald and Ed Meese. Even though the debate was not held, I hope some of the answers she provides help you argue against Amnesty with your Representatives. (I know it’s against all hope, but we must call them!) Heather Lynn Mac Donald, of the Manhattan Institute, is an expert on Immigration Reform. She was on Mark’s show to rebut what Jeb Bush had said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition, on June 22nd. She and Mark both dismantle the ignorant comments Jeb made.
Jeb Bush says..
“The only way that we can rebuild the demographic pyramid is to fix a broken immigration system to allow for people to come, to learn English, to play by our rules, to embrace our values, and to pursue their dreams in our country with a vengeance to create more opportunities for all of us. This is a conservative idea. And if we do this, we will rebuild our country in a way that will allow us to grow. If we don’t do it, we will be in decline because the productivity of this country is dependent upon young people that are equipped to work hard.”
Heather: I particularly love the “playing by our rules“. They come here by not playing by our rules The most amazing thing about this amnesty bill will allow people with criminal records and with a number of arrests and misdemeanor convictions to get amnesty, people Karl Rove refers to of strong, proven moral character. So we have an utter attack on the Rule of Law. What no one is talking about is that we already have already discredited enforcement.
Every immigration hearing at this point has protestors in the back with signs saying no more deportation. Even if we give them this amnesty, the next day, a border agent or someone from ICE who ensures this country, finds someone here illegally, deportation is not going to happen.
That other comment is absurd. Nothing in this bill requires the actual acquisition of English. It’s merely an intent to lure the crowd. What we’re already seeing absent in the group of another 30 million immigrants in the future of this bill, is an utter failure of people to adopt our common language.
Take Marco Rubio, for example, who went behind American’s backs in the Spanish Language Media, saying one thing in Spanish to the Spanish-speaking audience, that legalization comes first, before enforcement, the opposite message of what he had been saying to the English-speaking audiences. I find it a shocking betrayal and a sign of why we should worry about the fact that people are not learning English.
She ends the segment by saying Senator Sessions did an extraordinary job, and Senator Grassley to an extent, offering amendments after amendments, but that the bottom line is measurable success to secure the border, not just plans to secure the border. “It has been shown to be a complete fraud.”
Jeb Bush says..
“Immigrants created far more businesses than native-born Americans over the last twenty years. Immigrants are more fertile and they love families and they have more tight families, and they bring in a younger population.”
Heather: That is a lie! There is no difference at all in the business creation rates between immigrants and native Americans.
What Bush and everybody else does constantly is conflate high-skilled and low-skilled immigrants, and among the low-skilled Hispanic immigrants, they ignore cultural differences. I’m reluctant to bring it on air, but it is true. There is a culture confrontation among South American immigrants, and those from Mexico and Central America. I spoke to a lot of Hispanic Entrepreneurs for an article I wrote recently about California, and I wanted to give the best possible picture of Californian Hispanic Entrepreneurs, and I went to a Democratic Latino pollster and said give me the best people I can talk to, to give the positive side of the story, and I did. They were all Columbians, Ecuadorians, Cubans and Spaniards who had come. One woman from Ecuador who runs a publishing business she says her own work place is divided.
The idea that an overall group has a greater rate of business creation is wrong. It ignores the differences among immigrant groups, high-skilled immigrants. Everybody talks about Sergey Brin. That’s a different matter than somebody who’s come in. (Mark interrupts to find out who he is.)
Sergey Brin gave us some of our greatest computer innovations, and is involved in Google, and everybody points to him, but he came in with a high levels of education. Very few people are opposing high-skilled immigrants who do have very high rates of business creation, but that’s not what this bill is about.
It would have been another thing if Jeb Bush had followed through on the recommendations of his book which is to tilt the immigration towards a high-skilled immigration then we’ve lost on that count, we’ve run out on those kinds of advocates, and we’ve preserved our system of mostly family-based immigration, chain migration, which is going to bring in more of the low-skilled population.
Mark: This is what also bothers me about his statement.They characterize foreigners who come here illegally as virtuous, as noble, as entrepreneurs, and they put down the native population, the very people who put them in office, the very people that government exists to defend and nurture. So the American people are treated like second-class citizens, and it is the immigrant, the illegal immigrant, who is so much better.
Heather: Among Hispanics, it’s twice as high. This is now native-born Hispanics. Second, third generation Hispanics have a much higher rate of Welfare consumption, not because they are not working. They are in the work force, most of them, but because their skill level is so low.
Mark interjects to look who is coming across the border – not rocket scientists or engineers – it’s poor people escaping the cronyism and what goes on in the Mexican government. So of course, they’re poor, they’re less skilled. They’re less literate. That’s your point.
Heather: The rate of welfare and poverty actually goes up with second, third generation Hispanics in this country, which is extremely odd, and just another sign that what is happening is a certain rate of assimilation to an underclass. The argument that we also hear from Jeb Bush and Rubio is that it will have a wonderful effect on bailing out our bankrupt entitlement programs, because they’re going to pay taxes, but they’re not paid in taxes enough to compensate for the cost of education and health care, and other programs.
Mark: None of us have enough money to pay for this massive implosion of a welfare state. Let’s slash these programs instead!
Mark: Paul Ryan is saying (talking point) “This isn’t Amnesty. Amnesty wipes the slate clean.” Mark says Amnesty (to him) is you’re here illegally and now you’re legal!
Heather: That is exactly what is does. Amnesty does wipe the slate clean. The fact that you have to pay a minimum fine of $500 to get immediately legalized after this bill is passed, doesn’t make it not an amnesty. The point of an amnesty is you’re no longer illegal. So we have tax amnesty, too, that usually requires a back payment of taxes that we consider an amnesty, because your status as a tax lawbreaker, is canceled. So that is a basic fact, but beyond that, if you want to quibble about the details, the law is filled of loopholes of how you can get away from paying a minimum amount of fines whether imposed, and the notion that the illegal aliens are going to pay their back taxes, that doesn’t make it not an amnesty. That’s incorrect.
There’s no obligation requiring the illegal aliens to come forward and honor how much taxes they have to pay. That’s not going to happen. In any case, what it gets the people here exactly is what they want, which is fully legal status.I’m amazed that Republicans aren’t fighting harder, and see that just because there’s a few hurdles which are trivial, does not make it not an amnesty.
Jeb Bush says…
3. “Canada is the place we might want to look to. Canada has one tenth our population. They have more “economic immigrants” and they have seen sustained economic growth because of it. We should…”
Heather: I’m amazed that Jeb Bush has the gall to bring up Canada, because Canada is looking at high-skilled immigrants. Canada uses skills as a point system, so if you speak English, you get in, if you have Advanced Education, you get in. That would be a proposal the Republicans could get behind.
But in Canada they don’t have what we have – a mass flow of uneducated immigrants, who may mean well, but I would invite Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio to go in to the middle schools in Los Angeles to see single mothers coming in to talk with the anti-gang counselors of the school to try to figure out how to keep their teen males out of gang culture, and stop hanging on the streets of Los Angeles, because these mothers who are single mothers who have also, while we’re at it, Mark, deceived the Hispanic “family values” myth.
Hispanics now have now a 53% out-of-wedlock birth rate, twice what the black illegitimacy rate was in ’55, when then Daniel Patrick Moynihan so presciently said that a 23% illegitimacy rate among blacks signaled a major social catastrophe. I would invite Bush and Rubio to come with me to some schools in LA to where they will see the effects of massive, low-skilled immigration, which is what the Gang of Eight Bill is going to bring us. The Hispanic out-of-wedlock rate is twice that of Whites and Asians.
Hispanic American 43%
Mark: I have two last questions 1) I keep hearing we have to bring illegal aliens out of the shadows. They’re not in the shadows! 2) We can’t maintain their status like this. I’m thinking to myself: Are people dragged across the border. Why is it my responsibility to confer rights and benefits to people who are here illegally? Why is this my number one priority?
Heather: We are constantly hearing that we are responsible for breaking up families, and they’re responsible! They came here fully assuming the risk of being illegal. This is not a problem that won’t take care of itself. Their kids through the idiocy of birth-right citizenship, their kids who were born here are American citizens. We are not to blame. The Rule of Law is not to blame.
Heather Lynn Mac Donald
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google
RS McCain: By God, Sarah Palin is Right! AND So Is McCain. Here’s Why BOTH Are, and Why That’s So Important!
What’s possible if only the Geniuses of the GOP™ were smart enough to listen to Governor Palin’s wisdom, and warnings.
By Gary P Jackson
Recently Stacy Drake exposed the hate-filled, misogynist bunch at RedState’s attack on Governor Sarah Palin, not only did they use a photoshopped pic of Governor Palin’s head on a woman’s body [with considerable cleavage] sitting on Santa Claus’ lap, but the accompanying article was demeaning, mean spirited, and hell …. just plain wrong!
RedState is a “Republican” website that is unfriendly to Conservatives. In fact, in their comment rules they announce that any talk promoting any party but the GOP is ban worthy. [and they follow through] RedState has always been anti-Palin, and I can tell you from first hand experience that any attempt to defend Governor Palin with factual information, against the lies posted there, is always met with seething hatred, ridicule, and even banning. I know, I’ve been banned not once, but TWICE!
And I consider THAT a badge of honor!
Many of the nation’s top Conservative bloggers were offended by RedState’s nastiness. Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy called RedState out, and posted their after the fact Twitter thuggery, attacking those who dared to call them out.
Others, like Stacy McCain, not only came out and defended Governor Palin, Stacy always stands with those who defend Liberty and Freedom, he went further, and defended her position that that BOTH political parties have screwed over the American people, and that the GOP should be put on notice, with a wonderful article of his own!
Here’s a taste from The Other McCain:
Palin went on to say that many Americans, herself included, “are barely hanging on to our enlistment papers in any political party,” denouncing both parties as “dysfunctional political machines.”
Hear! Hear! Attagirl, Sarah! You tell ‘em!
Then, in response to my friend Josh Painter, Governor Palin said she liked his suggestion of joining forces with Mark Levin to create a new “Freedom Party” if the GOP continues its drift toward abandoning a commitment to core American values. This comment was picked up by the Daily Caller’s Jeff Poor (who has always hated Sarah Palin with a blind fury) and was in turn seized on by a Red State diarist who, in order to illustrate his post, used a Photoshopped image to mock Palin.
By a strange chain of events — having missed the build-up of the brewing controversy — I learned of this via Stacy Drake, who slammed the dishonesty of the Red State attack. Quite frankly, a lot of Palin supporters have been bitter toward Red State since 2011, when Erick Erickson went out of his way to mock them. But let us lay aside these ancient quarrels to ask: Is Sarah Palin right?
Not only is she right to oppose this amnesty sellout, but the resentment toward GOP leadership she expresses touches on key aspects of a criticism that the most astute minds in the conservative movement have been making for many, many years. Readers already acquainted with this critique will excuse me for taking time here to explain to new readers the historical and philosophical background.
The perennial problem of the Republican Party is that they are a party of ideas, whereas Democrats are a party of people. That is to say, the GOP since the era of Reagan has been devoted to a philosophy of conservatism — an ideology — while by contrast, the Democrats sit around identifying specific voter groups (labor union members, women, blacks, gays, etc.), telling them that the Republicans are their mortal enemies, and then pitching them with promises: “We’re on your side. We’re your friends. Vote for us and we’ll give you X, Y and Z.”
Republicans succeed when they are led by spokesmen who can clearly articulate a conservative philosophy, and who consistently point out the Democrats’ history of dishonesty and failure: Even if you could trust Democrats to do what they say they’re going to do (which by the way, you can’t) their policies don’t work, have never worked and never will work. People who vote Democrat in the belief that Democrats will fix their problems always end up with worse problems.
Want to see what Democrats do for their “friends”? Go to Detroit.
Republicans fail when they lack confidence in their own beliefs and instead offer voters a “Me, Too” agenda of Democrat Lite. This has been a GOP problem since the era of Herbert Hoover, at least, and was a basic reason why William F. Buckley Jr. and a number of other like-minded people organized what we now know as Movement Conservatism during the 1950s. It is a sad fact that many of those who today claim to be conservatives have never really studied the development of this movement. Too much of this history has either been forgotten or twisted by liberal authors (e.g., Sam Tanenhaus) so as to be unrecognizable to those familiar with the actual facts.
After spending some time talking to and about our libertarian friends, and their sometimes confusion about what actual Conservatism is and means, McCain goes on to say:
Well, “steady licks kill the Devil,” as they say. We have seen in the past half-century that, if properly organized and properly led, the conservative movement can make real changes. But personnel is policy, and too often the ambitions of individuals — careerists seeking to make politics the vehicle of their own personal success — have put the wrong kind of people in key roles, enabling them to prevent success (and then, of course, to scapegoat others for the failure).
Ability and ambition are not always accompanied by virtue and wisdom. Quite commonly in political life, we encounter selfish people who cleverly present themselves as principled idealists, zealous for The Cause, while enriching themselves and enhancing their own influence behind the convenient camouflage of political purity.
Al Regnery once summarized this problem by saying that the success of conservatism had created opportunities for opportunists.
In other words, back when “conservative” was an unpopular label and a misunderstood idea, people could not get rich or build careers for themselves by parading beneath the banner of conservatism. But the success of the conservative movement during the Reagan era and beyond made it a popular thing — both for Republican office-seekers and for various sorts of political functionaries — to identify themselves as “conservatives,” to claim to speak for conservatism, and to assert that their particular ideas were True Conservatism.
This influx of opportunists has not only confused the public as to what “conservative” means, but it has erected an organizational infrastructure of the movement staffed by careerists more interested in their own advancement within this hierarchy — “The Ziggurat of Ambition,” as I’ve called it — than in conservatism itself.
In this, McCain describes hangers-on and phonies like Erick Erickson and Ben Howe of RedState and also big time con-artists like Karl Rove, and lying politicians like Marco Rubio, Kelly Ayotte, and Jeff Flake, who pretend to be Conservative, to get elected, then immediately run to the left once in office.
Whether he meant to or not, Stacy McCain just described everything that is wrong with the Republican Party in general. They will pretend to be “conservative” when they think they must, but screw over the entire base, and the country, once in office. And line their pockets while they are at it!
The GOP’s last presidential candidate is a perfect example of why the GOP is circling the drain.
In his lengthy column, McCain goes on to say:
This certainly summarizes a perception of Palin that many people might agree with, if they haven’t bothered to study Palin’s biography and to assess the fundamental problem: What happens when a successful but relatively obscure Republican with no previous exposure to high-stakes national politics is suddenly thrust into the spotlight — and finds herself surrounded by the sort of vicious backstabbing crapweasels who were running John McCain’s campaign?
Seriously: If Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace are the future of the Republican Party, we are doomed beyond all hope of redemption.
Criticize Palin however you will — say she was “not ready for primetime,” call her a “bomb thrower,” accuse her of greed or excessive vanity, impugn her temperament, whatever — but you must understand this: Sarah Palin is not what’s wrong with the Republican Party.
And while I do not mean to endorse a third-party effort in 2016, Governor Palin has put her finger directly on a key problem for conservatives, namely that such leaders of the Republican Party as have joined The Gang of Eight Liars are betraying the people who elected them with the belief that those voters have no alternative.
Controlling the party apparatus and able to hire plenty of “conservative intellectuals” to endorse their betrayal as essential to the future success of the GOP, these Republicans proceed on the assumption that conservative voters are so lacking in devotion to principle that they will always vote Republican no matter what.
Governor Palin can’t say this, but I can: F–k you, “Republican leaders.”
And while we’re at it, f–k anybody who says we should roll over and accept this kind of phony “conservative” bulls–t as inevitable.
No, by God, I say we fight these bastards with everything we’ve got.
Fight them until Hell freezes over, and then fight them on the ice.
Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, a fine occasion to declare our independence from these vicious backstabbing crapweasels.
If Governor Palin is willing to help lead this fight — inside the GOP so long as there is hope, but outside the GOP if we must — then I say, “Patriots! We must conquer here or die! Rally on the Alaskan!”
The entire article is a seriously great read, and well, an essential one, please go here to do it.
Stacy McCain says what is on the mind of just about ever Conservative activist these days, and is saying it exactly the way it needs to be said! The cold hard fact is, the Republican Party needs Conservatives a hell of a lot more than Conservatives need the Republican Party!
The Geniuses of the GOP™ have caused all but a baker’s dozen, plus one, of Senate Republicans, to commit an act of TREASON against the United States of America, all in order to pander to an insignificant voting block that liberal talkers have convinced them that if they don’t, the GOP will never win another election.
Mitt Romney didn’t lose the election because of Hispanic voters, who only made up 8% of the electorate in 2012. Some pundits throw around the [legit] notion that had Romney gotten 70% of the Hispanic vote in 2012, he would have still lost. I’ll go further and say he could have gotten 100% of their vote and still got skunked!
What the GOP Smart Set™ still hasn’t figured out, but Governor Palin has, and pointed out quite strongly to them, is Romney lost because Reagan democrats and movement Conservatives weren’t impressed enough to care. They either stayed home, or voted for someone else. It’s really that simple.
Think about this: Barack Obama is demonstrably the absolute worst President in our nation’s 237 year history. In fact, he’s one of the worst people to lead any nation, in the history of history itself …. and yet …. Obama won re-election, by a convincing margin! ….. W.T.F.?
Obama is not just corrupt, he’s running a lawless, completely illegitimate government. The Constitution, the Rule of Law, and the Founding Principles that have guided America for two-and-a-quarter centuries, are not only meaningless to the Obama regime, they are openly ridiculed and attacked by it, and the entire democrat party!
Not only could Mitt Romney NOT defeat the worst President in history, one of the worst leaders the world has ever known, he actually got less votes than the McCain/Palin ticket did in 2008! Now to be fair, Barack Obama ALSO got considerable less votes in 2012 than he did in 2008. That, by the way, is the first time in America’s history a sitting President has been re-elected with fewer votes than he got originally!
Now what does that data tell you? Evidently it tells the Geniuses of the GOP™ they need to out-lie and out-pander the democrats. What it tells the rest of us though is neither man inspired the nation enough to care about them and get off their asses and vote!
This didn’t help the down ticket races a bit either.
The 2012 election was nothing more than a test of those who put party over principle, and will pull the lever for ANYONE with an R or a D after their name, depending on which team they support! THAT is not how you win elections. THAT is not how you lead a nation to prosperity. What THAT is …. is an exercise in maintaining mediocrity.
Republicans still haven’t figured out the ONLY way to win elections convincingly, is to capture the hearts and minds of WE the People. That the ONLY way they will ever be the majority party, and be able to actually restore America, is to choose leaders with an actual message. A positive message. It’s not enough to be the “lesser of two evils” or “not” [fill in the name of the offensive candidate]” Nope, you gotta stand for something POSITIVE. You MUST give voters real, compelling reasons to vote FOR YOU and not just AGAINST that other guy!
Governor Sarah Palin had this figured out two decades ago!
Her first political campaign was for a seat on the city council of the tiny village of Wasilla, Alaska. She was part of a new breed of younger, progressive [The GOOD kind of progressive!] forward-thinking Conservative men and women candidates who had a strong vision of where Wasilla needed to go. History tells us that she was not only popular and successful, but always fought for what was right, no matter the situation, or the personal consequences.
In time, Sarah ran for Mayor, and was elected not once, but twice, on a message of real hope, and real change. She didn’t have a ton of high paid political consultants blowing smoke up her ass, she didn’t waste a single dime on attack ads going after her opponents. What Sarah DID do was get out there and meet the people, sell herself, and bring a positive message to the people of Wasilla.
Once in office, Mayor Palin not only lived up to the hype, she made good on her promises. She stayed true to her convictions, and the people of Wasilla. The results are the stuff of legend. She and her team took a mostly dirt road village and turned it into the fastest growing city in Alaska! She built roads and the infrastructure needed to lure in big businesses. Mayor Palin and her team created an vibrant, modern city. This created jobs and grew the city’s tax base so much that during her tenure, she was actually able to LOWER taxes!
Something else Mayor Palin did, that some may think quaint, but I find unique. She kept a jar with the names and numbers of her constituents on her desk. Once a week, she would pull out a random name, and call one of them up, just to ask them if they thought she was doing a good job, and if so, why, and if not, why not, and how things could be better.
As someone who spent 30 years in the high end retail automobile industry, I can tell you customer service, great customer service, not only maters, most times it’s the ONLY thing that matters, if you want to be truly successful. What Mayor Palin did was provide great, personal, customer service. There’s a whole bunch of hacks in government nationwide who could benefit from this one lesson from Sarah Palin alone! Don’t just act like you give a damn, ACTUALLY GIVE A DAMN!
In the end, thanks to Mayor Sarah Palin, Wasilla, Alaska became the trading hub for the entire Mat-Su Valley, an area roughly the size of the state of Delaware! The current Mayor reports tens of thousands of people shop there weekly [Wasilla's population is around 7800, give or take] and absolutely credits Sarah’s efforts for this economic power.
We all know Mayor Palin was term limited, and after an unsuccessful, but close bid for Lt Governor, was seen as a political superstar in Alaska and appointed by Governor Murkowski as the powerful Chairman of Alaska’s AOGCC, the state’s oil, gas, and environmental regulatory body.
I won’t rehash the whole story here, as entire books have been written about Sarah Palin’s discovery of massive corruption in the Alaska Republican Party, as well as their corrupt relationship with the Big Three major oil companies that operate there. As she later would, more than a few times, as Governor, Sarah stood toe to toe with the Republican Establishment and the CEO of these oil companies, and never backed down!
Of course, when Sarah first discovered the massive corruption, she went through the chain of command, so to speak, and took it to her boss, the Governor. Here she was basically told to “shut up and play ball“! To re-enforce that sentiment the state’s Attorney General, who was wallowing in his own, but separate corrupt dealings, paid Chairman Palin a threatening visit. The message was “Shut the hell up or we will destroy you“!
The rest is history, and well, legendary, among those of us that appreciate honest, motivated reformers. Chairman Sarah Palin, a young mother with four mouths to help feed, and on a career path that could take her anywhere she wanted [if she played ball] did what EVERYONE up there considered political suicide, and resigned from that high paying gig!
But Sarah Palin didn’t stop by resigning, that was just the first step. She would team up with an honest democrat lawmaker, Eric Croft, to file ethics charges against the corrupt Attorney General, Gregg Renkes, who was forced to resign, and then went after the entire Republican Establishment!
The VERY powerful GOP State Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich, who had been a fellow AOGCC commissioner with Palin, was not only forced to resign from the AOGCC [he was spending all of his AOGCC time doing GOP Party business] but also pay the largest individual fine in Alaska’s history! A six figure fine!
As we all know, all of this convinced Sarah Palin that Alaska needed a strong, powerful and ETHICAL leader. She looked around and realized that she was the only one that fit that bill.
It would have been easy for Sarah to have run a negative, scorched earth campaign against Governor Murkowski in the primary, and even against former democrat Governor Tony Knowles, in the general election. Both were part of the good old boys club, and both deserved all of that wrath that could be thrown at them.
Instead of a two-fisted negative battle, Sarah Palin would run on a platform of sudden, and relentless reform, something she’s been preaching to GOP candidates ever since. She told the people she would clean up the rotten government, or as Nancy Pelosi once promised, but never intended to actually do: “drain the swamp“! Sarah Palin promised good, efficient, TRANSPARENT government. One free of corruption.
Again, the results were legendary. She won both the primary and the general by a landslide!
When I first learned of Governor Sarah Palin, only a couple of months after she took office, the FBI was still raiding lawmakers’ offices, and still hauling corrupt Republicans off to jail. In the end, Sarah Palin ran on an aggressive agenda, made some mighty big campaign promises, including doing things others had promised, but failed to deliver on, for decades. And you know what, she delivered on ever single promise, and more!
Stacy Drake and Whitney Pitcher wrote an extensive accounting of Governor Sarah Palin’s incredible executive accomplishments as America’s Best Governor, something that every single voter should know and share.
The haters, the loons, the Geniuses of the GOP™, and their overpaid jackass consultants will never understand why so many millions of regular, every-day Americans support Governor Palin and stand with her. These little elites live in a bubble, for sure, but the also have a real and true disdain for the ordinary, everyman. Those “John Does” our very own Whitney Pitcher so eloquently spoke of here.
As we all know, Governor Palin is absolutely right about the GOP. She may not be ready to start an actual third party, or even run as a third party candidate, even though, from what I see, a hell of a lot of Conservatives are chomping at the bit for that very thing to happen.
What Governor Palin is ACTUALLY telling the GOP”leadership” is they have lost their way. Governor Palin is reminding these clowns that they have forgotten they they work for WE the People, not the other way around! Governor Palin is giving them a PROVEN blueprint for success. One that has worked before. Sadly, I suspect it’s all falling on deaf ears.
Frankly, I’d love a new party, but reality tells me, a new party would be too much work and might take years to be viable. [Not that the GOP is all that viable these days] Common sense tells me that we need to be at a somewhat state of war with the leadership of the Republican Party, a war for the soul of the party, which in turn is a war for the soul of the nation! A war to get the liberal Republicans that lead this disaster, out of power, if not out of office.
Liberalism is the greatest evil man has faced in long climb from the swamp to the stars, and liberalism has infected the leadership of the Republican Party, so much so, the disease may prove to be terminal for the entire party.
Here’s my biggest hope. We know Sarah Palin is a force of nature. Stubborn and damned near unstoppable when she sets her mind to something. We can almost guarantee she will lead strong Conservatives in battle, come 2014. With all of the scandals and outright crimes from the Obama regime, with all of this mismanagement, and outright TREASON from Congress, 2014 could make 2010 look like a picnic, in comparison, to those incumbents in both parties who have betrayed America. It could be a true Conservative blowout!
But while 2014 is almost a forgone conclusion, from what Sarah Palin will do, to how Conservatism will rule the day, [and I say all of that cautiously] my biggest hope is like she did when she ran a successful campaign for Governor of Alaska, Sarah will look around and realize the best man for the job of President come 2016 is indeed, a woman … HER!
After far too many campaigns full of nothing but negative ads and bullshit rhetoric from BOTH sides, I LONG for a campaign run by a competent, PROVEN, successful leader. A reformer who has actually taken a major government that was 100% FUBAR and turned it into one of the finest examples we have of how good government should be run.
A Sarah Palin campaign would be a campaign that talked about sudden, relentless, and never ending reform. That, of course, is why she scares the hell out of the corrupt “good old boys” in both rotten political parties! She would destroy their gravy trains forever!
Sarah Palin would run on REAL HOPE and REAL CHANGE. But unlike President Obama, Sarah Palin wouldn’t look to “fundamentally change” America into something our founders wouldn’t recognize, she would look to fundamentally RESTORE America. Her’s would be a campaign of Restoration, Renewal, and Revitalization.
We all know Sarah Palin is that one leader who never pulls her punches, the one with the balls to say what many think, but are too timid or afraid to say out loud. A Sarah Palin presidential campaign would kick ass and take names. She would eviscerate her opponents, but wouldn’t run a scorched earth, all negative, all the time, schlockfest of mediocrity and failure, that we have all come to expect, and despise.
Sarah Palin would run a positive, inspirational campaign that would remind everyone what is RIGHT about America, what is GOOD and GREAT, while also calling out those who have helped lead us down the path of destruction. Rather than empty platitudes and insulting pandering, Sarah Palin would bring a message that not only reminds us where we are, and how, sadly, we got here, but offer up REAL solutions that will bring America and the American people back to where they should be. She can, and would restore America to her rightful place in the world.
Unlike others who are going to flood both parties’ tickets in a run for the presidency in 2016, only Governor Sarah Palin has the experience needed to turn this EXTREMELY FUBARED government around.
We hear about the need for outsiders, and often names of news makers who inspire, but have no experience, are championed as the next potential President. If these were normal times, that sort of fancy would be considered interesting, even laudable and worth considering. These ain’t normal times my friends!
Sarah Palin is the ONE serious leader in America that not only sees the problems and understands them [there are several GREAT people who do that] she’s the ONLY leader in our great nation that has actually walked into the aftermath of an all but destroyed government, and swiftly turned it around. If you wonder why Governor Palin had a lengthy SUSTAINED job approval rating of over 90% throughout most of her time in office, all you need to do is review her record!
I, for one, would follow Sarah Palin through the fires of hell, carrying a bucket of gasoline in both hands, if that’s what it took, no matter what path she chooses. But as someone who has studied her career extensively, and looked around at the other sad, and disheartening alternatives, I hope Sarah Palin takes up the charge in 2016, hopefully as a serious reformist REPUBLICAN candidate, but if an independent run is the only option, as the GOP has, by then, committed suicide, well an independent run it is!
As far as I [and a whole bunch of others] are concerned, the only REAL question left unanswered is who should be Sarah Palin’s running mate, and who she should choose to fill out her cabinet!
Stand strong. Never give up, never surrender! WE the People, will prevail!
In case you missed it, take time to read: America, 237 Years Strong and Ready to Grow Stronger
We have only begun to fight!