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  • Stop demonizing conservatives, libertarians and Tea Party activists.
  • Stop using the talking points and straw man arguments of the Left to “position” yourselves as “nice people”…you know, unlike those “evil, extremist, wacko bird” types who like to defend the Constitution and read bills before voting on them.
  • Stop acquiescing to liberal demands.
  • Stop supporting ill-conceived and counterproductive legislative monstrosities.
  • Stop pandering to lobbyists, special interests and unprincipled bundlers.
  • Stop funding and arming people who want to kill us.
  • Stop saying you want a “big tent” while simultaneously ignoring or mocking anyone outside the Beltway.
  • Stop saying that “we the people” don’t know how DC works. We do…and it doesn’t.
  • Stop valuing your own job security more than the interests of your constituents and the nation as a whole.
  • Stop talking “at” people and start listening “to” them.
  • Stop assuming that you won’t be primaried successfully if you fail to reject, or worse, actively promote, false liberal premises.
  • Stop fearing the Left Wing media.
  • Stop playing political games with our children’s future.
  • Stop making things easy for the DNC and OFA by letting them frame the debate.
  • Stop ignoring your oaths of office.
  • Stop listening to Karl Rove…please.

If you stop doing these things, and start (proudly and compellingly) “selling” the benefits of conservatism to “the 100%”, you can expect the following outcomes:

  1. You will get less grief when you vote “the wrong way” on a specific bill.
  2. You will see less primary opposition.
  3. You will be able to focus sooner, and more effectively, on your general election opponents.
  4. You will capture the attention of conservatives and libertarians who are now either giving up on the GOP and staying home on election day or actively promoting third Party initiatives.
  5. Your grassroots donations will increase dramatically. 
  6. Your social media efforts will become more effective.
  7. You will finally understand, over time and with increasingly measurable success, that “Dem-lite” approaches are like “prevent defenses” in football.  Unless you’re up big with very little time on the clock, they only “prevent” you from winning.

    News flash: It’s the 4th quarter and you are trailing. It’s time to score some points and win some elections…and you can’t do that by joining the other team.

 

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Karl Rove and the RNC could learn a lot from Emerson. Actually, we all could…but I digress.

Ever since John McCain ran arguably the worst Presidential campaign in U.S. history, “establishment” pundits, talking heads and GOP officials have been tripping over themselves trying to figure out what went wrong. Almost invariably, their conclusion has been that the Party is not liberal enough. They see polls and voter data, which are essentially snapshots in time, then recommend tactical measures from there.

On the surface, this approach seems to make some sense. In politics, as in business, it’s important to know the competitive landscape and identify target audiences. That’s why the Left spends billions on data mining, market research and even psychological profiling. It’s also why George Soros and Barack Obama, through their “non-political” 501c4 organizations, a co-opted media and a completely corrupted Leftist educational system, spend time, resources and political capital to define “reality” for us. Their goal is quite simple: frame the debate and control the narrative.

It’s well past time to change that debate and flip that narrative.

Simply put, we need to expose and reject false liberal premises at every turn. It doesn’t matter if these premises are being promoted by socialists like Soros or “RINOs” like McCain. It’s got to stop…before it’s too late. Sadly, I’m not so sure that GOP consultants and power brokers want to step outside their comfort level and advocate leadership and education over pandering and acquiescence. Many Beltway insiders have made very good livings off of the status quo and, much to the detriment of their Party and the nation, they are not likely to give up their collective treasure chest without a fight.

I contend that, contrary to common “consultant wisdom”, even “Blue State” voters are not looking for a Democratic alternative to Democrats. “We the People”, regardless of Party affiliation, are looking for integrity, competence, respect and character. We are looking for candidates in whom we can believe, who stand for something other than election winning. That’s, in part, why “Hope and Change” gained so much traction…it seemed bigger than the candidate. (Of course, any informed non-socialist with an ounce of gray matter now knows that this was nothing more than an empty slogan that was all about election winning.)

For me, part of the appeal of folks like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Trey Gowdy, Rand Paul (and many others) is that they appear to stand for something. That “something” transcends their own job security, and it touches both hearts and minds; which is why they are being brutally demonized by fearful Leftists in both Parties. Those who benefit from a flawed system will always work to preserve it. They will never “take point” in the battlefield of ideas because they value their personal interests over those of the nation.

If the GOP chooses to keep serving up pandering, unprincipled, “big government” politicians, it will continue to lose. After all, the Democrats have cornered that market already. If it wants to provide sensible, conservative, constitutional, pro-growth “solutions” that benefit “the 100%”, I’m here to help. So is Thomas Sowell, Milton Friedman and Walter Williams. So too are Bill Whittle, Mark Steyn and Alfonzo Rachel.

This is not rocket science. Figure out what you’re selling, then believe in your product and be prepared to explain why it’s in everyone’s best interest to buy it. We’ve tried walking down the political path of least resistance more than once–and it has led us nowhere. Let’s take a cue from Emerson and blaze a new trail.

christie cream

Just end the charade, Governor. It’s time to switch Parties and primary Hillary in 2016.

Forget the ill-timed “bromance” photo opp with Obama. It did Romney no favors, but it was not the reason he lost. Chris Christie is bad for the Republican Party and bad for America. Why? Like every other “RINO” (Republican in Name Only), he’s more than willing to demonize his own Party by adopting and advancing the Far Left’s false premises and straw man arguments. Need an example?

During the debate over Hurricane Sandy relief, he chose to criticize his GOP House counterparts who were simply looking out for taxpayers by advocating for a “clean bill” rather than blasting the opportunistic Democrats who were trying to insert unrelated “pork”. This was not only disgraceful but completely unnecessary. Shortly thereafter, he made the bizarre proclamation that he agreed with Andrew Cuomo (Moonbat-NY) “98% of the time”. This was a clear case of a Blue State Republican pandering to Democrats, but if his assertion is even close to being true, Christie is neither a Republican nor a “moderate Dem”. Now, reports are surfacing that top Democratic donors, including billionaire troll George Soros, are filling his campaign coffers.

Follow the money, folks. Clearly, progressives like Soros see value in having “R’s” promote their agenda. Some do so unwittingly. Others? Let’s just say that the jury is still out on that one. Intentions notwithstanding, a case could be made that self-interested “enablers” like Chris Christie and John McCain are more dangerous than the socialists who want to “fundamentally transform America”. Hopefully, the RNC, Karl Rove and others who have historically supported “the most electable candidate” will take note. Not only does the “Democrat-lite” approach virtually guarantee defeat in Presidential elections (e.g. McCain, Romney), but it also makes Congressional and US Senate victories far less likely. The progressive Left is already extremely well-armed…we don’t need to provide them with more ammunition by validating their talking points.

We need a change in mind set. We must reject false premises…regardless of their source. It’s time for GOP primary voters to weed out the “RINOs” and elect people who stand for something other than their own electability or job security. The late Andrew Breitbart frequently exposed “Big Government”, “Big Education”, “Big Hollywood” and “Big Media” as the main drivers of false liberal premises. I think we can now add “Big Governors” to his list.

eddie mush

Hi, my name is John…and, a long time ago, I was a degenerate gambler.

Why do I tell this to the world…or, more accurately, the four people who read my blog?

Simple. Every time a “progressive” talks about “investing” my tax dollars, I get flashbacks to a time I’d rather forget. Hard core gamblers live in a fantasy land. “Make no mistake”, they often have fun, and, unless they’re “Eddie Mush” from “A Bronx Tale”, they even win occasionally; but they brainwash themselves into thinking that winning could be the norm. They have “hope” that their next “run” will be a big one and they “believe” that, eventually, their bad luck will “change”. Consequently, they “chase” additional “revenue” by spending (and losing) more and more. They borrow from their checking accounts. They borrow from their friends. They borrow from their credit cards and credit lines. They take out “markers” (casino loans) at the cage. And they lie…a lot…to themselves and others…all in a desperate attempt to prolong their fantasy. Believe me, this never ends well.

Over the past several years, the President and his Party have been “doubling down on dumb” by “chasing” a utopian dream that, like gambling, has no chance of “winning the future” in the real world. Even as we approach $17 trillion in debt, their “solution” is always to “invest” more of our tax dollars in failed policies.

Why do they continue to do this?

Simply put, we let them. They never get “shut off” by the voters or the banks. They raise taxes and fees, pile on costly new regulations and tell their friends at the Fed to print more money. Fearing no electoral consequences, they refuse to pass a budget so they can raise their debt ceiling to infinity. They say things that “sound nice” to various constituencies and, consequently, they keep getting elected by their “enablers”. When degenerate gamblers hit rock bottom, (often when they completely run out of money and credit), they have to stop gambling. There is simply no other option…other than suicide. If they don’t pay their debts, there are serious outcomes. Even their “enablers”–friends, family, banks, loan sharks and casinos–stop lending eventually. Folks, we are the “enablers” of our politicians.

It’s time for an intervention.

We need to shut them off before they destroy all of us. “We The People” are the bank. The “borrowers” have shown no willingness or ability to pay us back. Let’s close down their markers permanently because they are gambling not only with our money but with our children’s and grandchildren’s money. That’s wrong, but it’s our fault for letting it happen. I was fortunate enough to wake up from my dream and turn my life around. It’s never too late to start over. Let’s admit we have a problem, then stop the bleeding and embrace some “change” that actually makes sense for once. Vote the political equivalents of “Eddie Mush” out of office in 2014 and beyond.

bs-meter-21

I’m tired. I’m really, really tired.
Am I getting old? Yes. But while I certainly prefer aging to its alternative, my sprint toward transitional assisted living and perpetual underground residency is not what this post is about. No, I’m just tired of the bullshit…and I say that in a true spirit of bipartisanship.

What bullshit, you ask? Well, if you have to ask, you’re probably a devoted fan of Mob Wives because you clearly don’t pay much attention to politics. To each his or her own, I suppose, (and for the record, I think “Big Ang” is hysterical). But, personally, I’m tired of the nonsense. I’m tired of all the spin. I’m tired of the straw man arguments. I’m tired of the lies. And most of all, I’m really tired of the false premises. Although there are dozens in circulation, let’s look at just one.

“Something vs. Nothing”

Leaving their motivations aside for a moment, it seems that when our “leaders” feel the need to ram a bill through Congress, one of their key talking points is invariably: “This is urgent…we have to do something before it’s too late. Doing nothing is simply not an option!” Sounds nice. Sounds like they’re actually working. Sounds like they “care”. But one phrase, or a series of phrases, shouldn’t ever justify something like, say, Obamacare or Dodd-Frank, two of the most ill-conceived legislative monstrosities in the history of the planet. The Democrats are very good at playing the “something vs. nothing” game, and the Republicans are often too squishy to tell the truth; namely, that doing something STUPID is never better than doing nothing.

Before Obama and his current gaggle of socialist friends arrived on the scene, Bill Clinton was the master of creating and selling false options like “something vs. nothing”. I once used a little (admittedly non-PC, but somewhat effective) hyperbole to describe his approach. (Do your best Bubba imitation while reading it aloud.) “Either you support my proposal or you shove a lit stick of dynamite up your butt. It’s your call, but you have to decide right now!” With all due respect to some of our Jihadi friends, most sane people would prefer even a bad bill to the second option; but an intelligent person might simply choose to reject the premise and propose a more reasonable “solution”, presumably one that doesn’t involve explosives.

To be “fair”, (I’ll get to that one at another time), many Republicans are not proud or principled enough to avoid using “something vs. nothing” or other “straw man” tactics. After all, “children are being left behind”, so we have to do “something” about that, right? Ooh, and yes, prescriptions are expensive for seniors, so we have to do “something” about that too, right? Fast forward to the current immigration debate. Karl Rove and his cronies say the GOP needs to do something to win Hispanic support, but their focus groups didn’t think “seal the borders, deport illegals who commit crimes and start enforcing current immigration law” was going to cut it. Consequently, I fear that the new Republican “something” will take the form of an all-out pandering campaign which is likely to produce a “bipartisan” bill that history will describe as unworkable, unenforceable, exorbitantly expensive, completely counterproductive and totally absurd. Nice job, Karl…the undocumented Democrats thank you and your OFA check is in the mail.

Sadly, the “something vs. nothing” approach often works because the average voter has the attention span of a fruit fly, the typical politician only cares about election-winning and the main stream media long ago abandoned the whole notion of objective journalism. If we stay gullible, apathetic, uninformed and/or misinformed, we as a nation probably deserve precisely what we get out of our public officials. It’s time to wake up, as they say, “before it’s too late”. We need to get informed, break out those bullshit meters and reject false premises whenever they surface. The sources of these false premises are irrelevant, by the way. Politics is downstream from culture. Faulty logic is often spewed not only by politicians but also by academics, reporters, pundits, celebrities, union bosses, Twitter trolls…and even your friends and family. Identify the premises of their arguments. Reject those premises if they don’t make sense. Offer alternative logical frameworks and solutions. It’s not hard once you condition yourself to listen first and talk (or tweet) later.

To summarize: “Something vs. Nothing” is a scam…don’t fall for it. You will never win an argument if you let your opponent frame the debate. Flawed policy always flows from false premises. Keep your bullshit meter with you at all times and know what you’re talking about. Thus endeth the lesson. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to take a nap. I’m really, really tired.

#War

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a battle going on, and I’m not talking about the “war on” poverty, drugs, illiteracy or terror. The conflict I’m talking about is taking place within the Republican Party. In the wake of Mitt Romney’s disappointing loss to arguably the worst President in U.S. history, “Constitutional Conservatives”, “Social Conservatives”, “Fiscal Conservative/Social Liberals”, “Libertarians”, “Moderates” and “RINO’s” are all beating the hell out of each other…and they’re doing so in public forums, much to the amusement of the Democrats. I want to address the latter two factions for now, but I’ll discuss some of the others in future posts.

While lines can be blurry at times, I believe the distinction between RINO and Moderate Republican is an important one. Without some “wiggle room”, the GOP will continue to self destruct. Take a look at my definitions and tell me if they provide a reasonable framework for constructive internal discussion.

“RINO” (Republican in Name Only) is a voter, candidate or elected official who claims to be a Republican but uses the logic and language of the Far Left to demonize conservative dissent. “RINO” candidates are selfish and cowardly. They will say and do everything their poll-addicted “consultants” deem necessary to “win”, even if it means accepting and perpetuating “progressive” false premises, straw man arguments and blatant lies. They damage their Party, and the country, by validating ridiculous left wing arguments and providing perfect sound bites for liberal activists, talking heads and politicians. RINOs also fear the main stream media and, consequently, they relentlessly court their approval. That means, rather than educating and leading, they choose to pander and follow. They have no spine, no values and no soul. They can’t or won’t reject false premises. They are professional job seekers who should really just end the charade and become Democrats.

“Moderate Republicans” may side with RINOs and Democrats on some issues, (much to the dismay of conservatives like myself), but they never abandon certain core values or knowingly provide “ammunition” for the Far Left. They might “cross over” on a vote now and again, but they do so for solid strategic reasons that ultimately support the overall goals of limited but effective government, respect for the Constitution, national security and economic growth. They believe in empowerment over entitlement. They believe in American exceptionalism. They believe in equality of opportunity vs. equality of outcome. They simply choose a circuitous path from “Point A” to “Point B”.  They are not “pure”, but they are pragmatic and well-intentioned…and there’s still a place for them in the GOP.

I believe that the distinction between “RINO” and “Moderate” is more than just semantics. As I witness the “circular firing squad” of internal GOP politics, I can only imagine the laughter in the Oval Office and DNC headquarters. Let’s weed out the RINOs through the primary process and give the Moderates a little slack…for now. At the same time, let’s differentiate between “Old School Dem’s” and the current crop of “Progressive Socialists”. Doing so may get them fighting with each other and increase GOP recruitment and momentum for the next election cycle.

STOP THE INSANITY!

Despite a robust (if illogical) spin campaign from the Far Left, the now-infamous “inherited mess” is getting worse and, thanks to the Obama/Reid/Pelosi/Frank progressive wing of the Democratic Party, we’ll be cleaning it up for generations. Yes, things were bad at the tail end of the Bush Administration. Yes, the GOP should accept its share of the blame for its role in our economic downturn. But NO, my liberal friends, you can’t continue to blame Bush and his cronies for everything. And NO, Mr. President, you don’t have a mandate to use our Treasury as a personal ATM for pet projects that exclusively benefit your political allies! That’s clearly not the “change” many people wanted in 2008…in fact, it’s the exact opposite!

THE NUMBERS DON’T ADD UP!

In January 2007, when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid took control of Congress, the unemployment rate was 4.6% and the national debt was $8.6 trillion. Today, (despite the President’s assurances that stimulus money would reduce the rate to 8%) unemployment is 9.5% (not including those who have simply given up) and the nation is more than $13 trillion in debt. This is simply unsustainable. The numbers don’t work, especially in the longer term, as many of the more toxic components of recent legislative monstrosities were intentionally deferred for political reasons. We are “kicking the can” down the road by spending money we don’t have, borrowing incessantly to cover short-term obligations and following a bizarre and expansive agenda that the vast majority of Americans reject.

Without question, doing “something rather than nothing” is not good enough, especially when that “something” is ill-conceived and counterproductive. We deserve better–and we can do better. 2010 candidates, regardless of Party affiliation, need to say “HELL NO!” to our current direction while simultaneously offering solid, common sense alternatives. Our future depends on it.

CALL TO ACTION

This is no ordinary election cycle. I encourage you to get involved, to read some legislation (provided it’s made available), to support candidates with integrity and a willingness to listen to their constituents, and to get out and vote. It’s time for a new direction.  It’s time for “change” that actually makes sense. It’s time to take our country back!

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