Category Archives: Elections

Glenn Beck And Debra Medina Saga

Anyone who has followed this blog for any amount of time knows that I am a loyal fan of Glenn Beck.  I own four of his bestselling books and two of them I have had autographed in person.  I have been to one of his shows and also attended his rally here at The Villages in Florida.  But something has happened to Glenn Beck.  Or rather, I should say that something has happened to me that has sparked my critical eye towards Glenn Beck. 

It actually started at The Villages when Glenn announced his plans for 2010 to help take back this country.  I was not the only disappointed person that day when I heard him announce that he was going to be focusing on education and a one hundred year plan.  I understood the length of such a plan since we did not get to the state of affairs here in America overnight.  But my understanding has been that Glenn was already educating us and had been doing so the previous year.  A fellow attendee admitted that she had the same feeling of a let down.  It made me wonder if this was not just another opportunity to write more books and host more pay to see shows.  I love capitalism, do not get me wrong, but when it is cloaked in an effort to help take back the country I do wonder a bit.

Then Glenn started laying into the “Birthers” and declared them to be idiots.  While I do not believe that the President was born in Kenya, I do have many questions that would probably leave me labeled a “Birther”.  Where is the official birth certificate?  Why has Obama spent millions to end these lawsuits that he could end in a minute with his birth certificate?  Has he ever held a passport for another country?  Was he considered a British citizen since his father was one and his mother was not 18 when he was born?  These are legitimate questions and I do not appreciate being relegated to an idiot for asking them.

Then last Thursday, Debra Medina made her infamous appearance on the Glenn Beck Radio program.  I could tell from the beginning of the interview that Glenn was not open to Debra.  I was not sure why until he asked if she was a 9/11 Truther.  A poor answer to an unexpected question lead some people to believe that Debra Medina thinks the government blew up the twin towers.  To my knowledge, she has never made any such claim.  She simply said what I believe most Americans, inlcuding myself, think about 9/11.  We still have questions.  What did the government know and when did they know it?  Did our government shoot down Flight 93 to save thousands of lives?  Why did Clinton let Bin Laden get away?  Why did these terrorists have expired VISAs?  And the list goes on.  Does this make me a “Truther”?  According to Glenn, I guess I am.  I have covered this issue on several of my radio programs with soundbites from the Beck show and various other radio shows:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/freedomswings/2010/02/11/freedoms-wings-thursday

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/freedomswings/2010/02/18/cpac-2010-starts–freedoms-wings-thursday

Glenn has continued to battle back and twisted the interview he did with Debra Medina on his most recent shows, which really caused me to wonder what in the world was going on with him.  He claimed that she basically lied on another show when she claimed that she laughed off the question about being a 9/11 Truther.  Pat Gray, one of Glenn’s sidekicks, claimed that she didn’t laugh off the question and they played a chopped soundbite that edited out the parts where she laughed (she laughed twice).  I knew this to be a lie since I had listened to the original interview and then recorded and played the soundbites on my radio show.  A radio show host in Texas noticed this same slanted defense from Glenn and I played bits from that show as well:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/freedomswings/2010/02/20/freedom-swings-saturday

And now there are revelations about the CEO from Clear Channel, Lowry Mays, and the large amounts of money he has donated to Rick Perry.  The amounts over the years equate to $300,000.

Clear Channel CEO Donations to Perry
Year Donation
2001-2002 $51,400
 2003-2004 $55,000
 2005-2006 $80,000
 2007-2008 $50,000
 2009 $50,000
 Total $286,400
Source: Texas Ethics Commission

h/t to Burnt Orange Report for the above chart and the following comment, “Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and countless other right-wing radio station personalities are owned by Clear Channel. Beck is paid $10 million by a Clear Channel subsidiary for his radio show (Source: Forbes). Is it any surprise, then, that he ambushed Medina the way he did — and subsequently told all of his radio listeners to support Perry? After he finished his interview with Medina, Beck went on to pronounce his love for Rick Perry.” 

I do not know if this is the reason why Glenn has treated Debra Medina this way, but I certainly have had my eyes opened.  I appreciate the education he has given me and the thirst to seek out more information, but my trust has eroded a bit and I have realized, yet again, not to put anyone on a pedestal because they will disappoint you every time.

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A Plan For Conservatives In 2010

Divided we fall, united we stand.  That is going to be the theme for the 2010 elections.  Conservatives face a unified and strong front on the left.  After the losses we suffered in 2008, particularly the presidency, we have learned that we must move forward differently in the future and learn to use the tools that the left beat us with.  Those tools include the Internet through blogs, social networking via Facebook and Twitter and other sites; community activism and organization; and registering people to vote and ensuring they make it to the polling place.  The left used all of these tools effectively.  The good news is that conservatives have begun to master all of these weapons and we now rule Twitter and Facebook and the Tea Party Movement has demonstrated that we can protest against the best of liberal community organizing groups.

But the question remains whether conservatives can unite in the way that is required.  There is an area of contention within the conservative ranks between backing a third party or working within the Republican Party.  Although it leaves a bad taste in the mouth, based on ineptness and a lack of principles in the past, we need to work within the two party system through the Republican Party at this time and there are many reasons why.

Number one, there are many people that just vote the party line and do not pay much attention to politics and consider themselves Republicans because their spouse is a Republican or their family of origin were Republicans.  We witnessed this in NY23 with Dede Scozzafava’s name on the ballot.

Number two, we must face reality and the truth is that there is not enough time to garner the money and support needed to support a third party.

Number three, getting behind a third party means choosing a particular third party and which one would we choose?   Conservatives are a group that has people who belong to the Constitution Party, Whig Party, Libertarian Party, Conservative Party and Tea Party.  Which one do we support when all run on similar platforms?  This only serves to split our vote and as pointed out previously, we face a united foe.  Observe the left for a moment.  They fall on all different sides of various issues whether it is abortion, the War on Terrorism, Gay Marriage, fiscal responsibility, etc.  And yet they can all unite as we have observed with the healthcare insurance reform debate and subsequent bills.  This is because they are united behind the goal of power.  Ultimately, that is complete government control.  We know this to be true because we watched “principled” people receive payoffs, bribes and handouts willingly.  We have to decide to unite on Constitutional principles and forget about areas of disagreement.

Here is what we must do to begin to build the infrastructure to take back our country.  We have to put our focus completely into the primaries.  Some states in America have open primaries so it does not matter which party you are affiliated with, but the majority of states limit primary voting to people registered for a particular party.  In these states, regardless of what party you believe in with your heart and belong to, you need to register as a Republican.  You can throw your voter card out later, but we need to get constitutionally principled candidates on the final ballots.

The Republican National Committee and state Republican Party leadership must stay out of the process until after the primaries unless they provide equal monies to all persons running for a Republican seat.  And there are so many individuals in some races that this would be a waste of money.  Michael Steele must step down…yesterday.  We need true leadership that includes not only someone of principle and not ego, but also someone who will not make statements such as “we won’t take back the House” or “we are not ready to lead”.  Even if a leader believes this, it should never be uttered.  Could one imagine George Washington turning to his men as they crossed the Potomac and announcing, “You will suffer starvation and frostbite and many will die and we are going to get our butts kicked.  We are outnumbered and can’t possibly win.  Who wants to come?”  We need passionate leadership.

If we do not get the right candidates on the ballots with the primary system, then we must continue our unity behind a particular candidate, regardless of party affiliation.  This is where the grassroots organizations and lines of communication that we have built will come into play.  We have to be on the same page and this is very doable, as we have watched over the past few months.  Many of us never paid attention to races in other states, but now most of us know Scott Brown, Danny Tarkanian, Marco Rubio and Doug Hoffman.

We also know that the left will do whatever it takes to win and that makes for a tough adversary.  We watched intimidation at the polls in 2008; we witnessed groups like ACORN register cartoon characters, people more than once, fake names and even dead people; and we have observed fraudulent vote counts.  Democrats have conducted legislation in the dead of night and behind closed doors.  They have created an environment of opaqueness rather than transparency.

This is the proverbial David versus Goliath, with conservatives playing the role of David.  The good news is that David had something in his bag that we also have and it was not the right sized rock.  David had God on his side and so do we.  Now a bunch of Democrats just cried out that they believe in God and have Him too, but we have to face reality.  Is the current Democrat platform something that God would register to support?  Would He support abortion on demand even to the point of letting babies die outside the womb?  Would He support a free for all when it comes to marriage?  Would He back stealing money from others that work hard to give to those that will not work?  Would He support His removal from the town square?  These are all issues that the Democrats, lead by the progressives within their ranks, champion.  This was not always the case for Democrats, but there has been a change.

And so we must not lose hope because there can be no doubt that God would want America to return to the exceptionalism that He instilled in this nation from its beginnings.  We were structured as a Constitutional Republic and we need to return to that fabric that has made this nation so great.  We can only do that if we unite.  We must work together to inform and educate the public and merge our support behind the team of people we choose to represent us in Washington, D.C. in the 2010 Election.  This will give us the foundation to move forward towards the year 2012 when we can take back the White House as well and continue the hard work of dismantling the Marxist Utopian structure that has been built up around this country over the past one hundred years.  This will not be easy and it will be painful.  This is gut check time.  What are you willing to sacrifice to save this country for yourself and for future generations and on a grander scale, for the world.  America is the last bastion of freedom on Earth and a Republic if “we can keep it.”


Grassroots/Tea Party Movement Wins In NY23

Upon reading the heading of this blog, most people would be scratching their heads wondering what I was referring to since Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman lost the race in NY23 in the special election for a House seat.  It is disappointing to not have garnered a win with obtaining the seat, but we did win in a major way.  Conservatives let the GOP know in no uncertain terms that they need us if they want to win.  They can no longer ignore us and choose whoever they assume will win.  Conservatives no longer vote the party line for Republicans.  We will not vote for the lesser of two evils any longer.

Doug Hoffman was beat by Democrat Bill Owens, but he trounced Dede Scozzafavva and ran her out of the race before voting even had begun.  Hoffman was able to shine a light on the frauds within our movement as well.  Newt Gingrich has proven to be the biggest fraud of them all.  he has attended and spoken at tea parties.  He started American Solutions to formulate solutions with every day people to the country’s problems.  I became suspicious of Gingrich when he made that “green” ad with Plastigirl Pelosi.  His endorsement of Dede Scozzafavva proved my suspicions to be right.

The Republican Party has no option but to rebuild with conservatives at the helm.  We will now be choosing our candidates.  The primaries in 2010 will prove that out.  Michael Steele needs to sit back and start taking notes.  Erick Erickson of Red State made some great points along these lines as well:

Secondly, and just as importantly, there has all of a sudden been a huge movement among some activists to go the third party route. We see in NY-23 that this is not possible as third parties are not viable.

Third parties lack funding and ability for a host of reasons. Conservatives are going to have to work from within the GOP. The GOP had better pay attention.

For all intents and purposes, NY-23 is a trial run for Florida. And in Florida, the conservative candidate is operating inside the GOP. If John Cornyn and the NRSC do not want to see Florida go the way of NY-23, they better stand down.

This is indeed a news flash for Charlie Crist who better be very worried.  And the GOP better stand down from full on support of Charlie Crist.  The people on the ground in Florida want Marco Rubio and if they turn against him it will be Charlie Crist’s loss they will be setting up.