On Tuesday, 50 Tea Partiers – I refuse to call them leaders since the movement has no leaders – met with RNC Chairman Michael Steele at the RNC headquarters. The meeting was scheduled to last an hour, but ran for a full four hours. I do not support this move because it appears that we are moving towards the Republicans instead of vice versa. Why do we need a face to face with Michael Steele? My greatest fear is that the GOP will arrogantly assume that we have nowhere else to go and will pretend to be on board with conservativism and then slap us in the face. We must focus our energies on the primaries first and foremost. And if we do not get quality candidates, we need to be united in supporting a third party candidate. Otherwise, we just continue the same bullcrap that has been going on for decades.
Michael Steele released a statement after the meeting saying, “For over a year, I have made it a priority to have conversations with different grassroots activists who are concerned with the direction of our country and today’s meeting was an excellent opportunity to continue this conversation. We share a common purpose in stopping President Obama’s agenda and standing up for principles such as smaller government, lower taxes, free enterprise, and the constitution.” Then he added this curious thought that he looks forward to continuing to build on these meetings and work to elect people who “will fight to protect the principles which they and a majority of Americans support.” Why didn’t Mr. Steele refer to the GOP in this comment? Are Constitutional conservative principles held only by the Tea Party Movement and a majority of Americans?
The one issue that was not raised at this meeting that should have been brought up before anything else is when Michael Steele plans to step down. This man has lacked leadership skills and has been completely incompetent. The above statement just being the most recent example of that. Attendees to the meeting were happy after the event and claimed their questions were answered and they believe they were heard. Who cares? They will hear us very clearly at the ballot box. This was just a photo op for Steele and playing into their hands.
I am sick to death of receiving these idiotic surveys in the mail that are just “cloaked” attempts to beg for money. I do not like receiving money requests from charities in the mail either. If I am going to give money to a group, I will do so without having to be asked. I have received surveys from all types of GOP organizations and conservative think tanks like Heritage Foundation. They are idiotic in my perception because they know damn well what conservative values conservatives have without needing to ask. They know what issues I want them to focus on. Why else have I been standing in the streets and calling on the phones? Are none of them listening either?
I answered the first survey I received diligently. Subsequent surveys left me feeling disillusioned and so I turned to writing my own comments all over the surveys. These surveys are always accompanied by a letter from some Republican leader. The most recent one I received, blew my top because it was from Newt Gingrich. Newt Gingrich?! He thinks and the Republican Senate Committee thinks I will send money on his account?! I scrawled across the back that we are refounding and restoring the GOP and if they expected me to answer their survey and, more importantly, send them money, then they should not send letters from a fraud like Newt Gingrich who believes in Party before principles.
And that is what is going on with the Tea Party Movement. I have had one of my blogs linked to by both Politico and Alan Colmes, in which I claim that our movement is grassroots and non-partisan. They are trying to claim that we are not since we have focused on the GOP. I do not see how we are supporting the GOP and being partisan when we are trying to take the GOP over or at least take it back. We live in a country that supports a two-party system; unfortunately, and we are trying to work within those parameters. But we are not above backing third party candidates either, when we have to, as the nation observed in NY23.
The GOP and all affiliates are on notice. You either get on board the Tea Party Train or we will leave you in our steam.
Posted in General Politics, GOP
Tagged conservative, GOP, Heritage Foundation, Newt Gingrich, patritoic resistance, politics, Republican Senate Committee, Republicans, Tea Parties, Tea Party Movement
Upon hearing that Newt Gingrich is advising on another “contract with America”, I find myself screaming “NO!” Gingrich helped pen the first Contract With America, which was highly successful and appeared to get the Republican Party back on track. Now the GOP has backslidden once again – how many times do we have to put up with this – and Gingrich wants to help with a new contract. The reason why I have no desire for Gingrich to do this work is that he is not a loyal conservative. He has been proven to be a man who does what is politically expedient to his purposes and for the Republican Party. Even if that means backing an ACORN endorsed lefty claiming to be Republican like Dede Scozzafavva who ran in the NY23 race.
And with Michael Steele, Chairman of the RNC, leading the way on this new contract I find myself doubting that this will make the change in the GOP that conservatives are demanding. I do not trust empty words on paper anymore. I observe the deeds of a group and judge them by those actions and the GOP has yet to prove that they are interested in going back to their conservative principles. They have made the first step by claiming that they will stay out of races until after primaries have been finished. We’ll see if that proves to be the truth.
Gingrich had the following to say this weekend at C-SPAN’s Cable Center Class about this new endeavor, “I’ve been talking with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. He is developing a first principles model that I think is a very exciting , positive step in the right direction. By September , it might be very, very good for the Republicans in the House and Senate to have a common ground on which to campaign, whether they call it a Contract for America or some other device. Having a positive set of things that say, ‘if you elect us, these are the positive steps we will take that may well be the key building block to really become the alternative party, not the opposition party. If the Democrats stay stuck over on a very left-wing program and if they continue to have a job-killing record in Congress, I think by September and October you could suddenly have a very exciting election.”
Gingrich is ready to go forward with four principles, which are as follows: “The No. 1 issue is jobs… The No. 2 issue is energy… The No. 3 challenge… replace the big government monstrosity that they passed on Saturday ( a reference to the Democratic-led House healthcare bill. “The No. 4 challenge is education.”
National security seems like it should be on this list before education and even healthcare reform, which has to pass anyway. And does anyone believe that Gingrich plans to deal with the criminal invaders in this country? They are connected to jobs, national security, healthcare and education. They are detrimental to each. Gingrich, go back to your American Solutions (which I no longer link to) and stay out of this conservative battle. We can handle the Democrats just fine, we do not need either you or Steele.
My. my, my how the RINOs are erupting all over Washington DC and beyond. First, we have the bafoons in New York choosing Dede Schozzafava as the Republican candidate. Then Newt Gingrich endorses that move and defends his decision by claiming he had to for the good of the Party. I have since removed the link to American Solutions from all of my websites and have no use for Gingrich who appears to be a RINO.
Lindsey Grahamnesty two weeks ago wrote an Op-Ed with John Kerry in support of Crap & Tax and claimed that he was not a part of the angry white guy group, referring to the conservatives within the GOP. Grahamnesty and John McCain have been big proponents of Amnesty and supported TARP. And now…Eric Cantor has entered the fray of RINOs. These people do realize we are taking names?
Cantor is calling for the GOP to be more inclusive. I really have no idea what he is talking about because his comments appear to be pushing conservatives out of the GOP. He took issue with Rush Limbaugh referencing Hitler when discussing actions of the Obama administration and said, “Do I condone the mention of Hitler in any discussion about politics? No, I don’t, because obviously that is something that conjures up images that frankly are not, I think, very helpful.” He went on to take issue with other harsh rhetoric coming from fellow House Republicans and claimed that the recent elections proved that we must stay unified. Somehow I do not think he means including conservatives and following our lead. As long as they stay out of touch with us, the GOP will remain split and they will continue to lose races. And we will keep this up as long as it takes for us to get back a Party that values the Constitution and conservative values.
Cantor was critical of Republicans such as Representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, who called the Democratic health-care plan a greater threat to America than terrorists, and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who took fellow Republican Olympia Snowe to task for voting with Democrats. Pawlenty later said the Maine senator is “absolutely welcome” in the party.
Cantor defended Snowe, saying she “is talking to Democrats the way she does a lot, the way we all do.”
The House and Senate, Cantor said, are “plagued by a political mandate” from Democrats. “The only time that you would have a chance to get an insertion in the bill is to talk to a Democrat.”
Nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, good-bye Cantor…
In a shocking move Dede Scozzafava, the GOP’s pick to run for Congress in New York’s 23rd District, has stepped down just days before the election. She claims that this is the right thing to do for the Republican Party and since she is running in third place in the polls, she decided to quit. Being the cynic that I am, I am willing to believe that the GOP leadership pressured her to step down for a number of reasons:
1. They realized that they made a huge mistake in picking her.
2. They realize that they will not win with Democrat-lite anymore.
3. They need to save face and do not want to admit that a bunch of grassroots Americans have more power than they do to affect real change in America.
4. They want to keep the Democrat out of office and realize that there best chance is Hoffman and want to ensure he gets more votes by garnering the votes of Scozzafava’s supporters. Although I believe those people lean to the left.
The Atlantic is reporting:
Republicans will derive two lessons from the results of this race. One is that the activist base of the party is becoming increasingly powerful in the one area that had eluded them: candidate selection. Other conservative Republicans may now feel more comfortable if they decide to challenge incumbents in primaries. Democrats, believing that Republicans will conservatize-themselves to death demographically, will take this as a positive trend for the long-term. The second lesson is that populist, regular guy candidates win in supposedly “moderate” districts.
All I have to say is, “Good riddance.” The Republicans better have learned their lesson.
We need to find a different name for Lindsey Gramnesty because his new pet project is Crap and Tax. His push for amnesty was betrayal enough, but this recent move to join forces with Senator John Kerry (!?) is positively revolting! Stop pretending that you are just trying to seem fair and negotiating with the other side to improve the image of the GOP. The GOP’s image has almost been completely destroyed when it comes to base, so i really have no idea who Lindsey is trying to please. This guy is already slated to be one of the first to be booted, so maybe he figures he-ll fire off a few last shots to cripple the middle class and small business.
Today, Graptaxham (that is what I will dub him) co-authored an editorial with John Kerry in the New York Times. He wrote with Kerry, “Our partnership represents a fresh attempt to find consensus that adheres to our core principles and leads to both a climate change solution and energy independence. It begins now, not months from now — with a road to 60 votes in the Senate.” What f***ing core principles! Sorry, but this rat fink has really pissed me off! You have no principles you lily-livered reprobate. Unless your principles include believing in a fraud and perpetuating it on the public to the tune of millions in new taxes.
Politico is reporting:
Graham’s support is a major win for climate supporters, who are seeking Republican support for climate legislation. A climate bill passed the House in last June, but prospects for the legislation have dimmed amid the contentious health care debate. The two Senators are proposing a bill that includes “aggressive” reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, additional oil and gas exploration, and funding for nuclear power and advanced coal technologies known as carbon capture and sequestration. They’d also like legislation to include a border tax to protect domestic manufacturing from foreign competition and a price restrictions on the cost of carbon allowances created by a new cap and trade system.
“The message to those who have stalled for years is clear: killing a Senate bill is not success,” they wrote. “Industry needs the certainty that comes with Congressional action.”
Kerry, the lead sponsor of legislation that would cap greenhouse gas emissions, has been working closing with Graham, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and other Republicans senators to draft provisions that would increase funding for nuclear power and expand domestic oil and gas development. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has called for the United States to build 100 new nuclear plants by 2030.
Bye bye Graptaxham!
Lindsey Graham does not speak for the GOP, but his attitude seems to be prevalent in the Republican Party. And Graham is wrong as wrong can be and the GOP would do well to turn to the Libertarian Party for some ideas on how to save this country. But Graham is more intent on the one thing that destroys not only parties, but individuals as well and that is the need to win at any cost. Giving up principles and values should take priority over winning. The GOP held Senator John McCain up and have had held up other left leaning Republicans because they think that is the way to win. And Graham is one of those RINOs, so really this tape is no surprise.
Perhaps we should look to other leaders and discover what they have had to say about Libertarianism. South Carolina’s Governor Mark Sanford has said, “Liberty is the hallmark of the American experiment. That is the distinguishing characteristic of our Republic, and frankly what’s made it great…I’ve been accused of being a Libertarian and I would say I wear it as a badge of honor because I do love, believe in, and want to support liberty.”
I echo Senator Jim DeMint when he says, “[I] would rather have 30 Republicans who believe in the principles of limited government and free markets and free people than 60 Republicans who have no beliefs at all.”
And Ronald Reagan said it all when he said, “I have been doing my best to try to revitalize the Republican Party groups that I’ve spoken to, on the basis that the time has come to repudiate those in our midst who would blur the Republican image by saying we should be all things to all people in order to triumph…I’ve been urging Republicans to raise a banner and put the things we stand for on that banner and don’t compromise, but don’t try to enlarge the party by being all things to everyone when you can’t keep all the promises. Put up a banner and then count on the fact that if you’ve got the proper things on that banner the people will rally round.” And people did rally behind Reagan. He was a true leader which is what this country has been needing since he left office. He also said, “If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservativism is libertarianism.”
We should want to win because we do not want socialism to have such free reign, but at the cost of the Constitutional principles upon which this country was built is not worth the win. The RINOs need to step back into the shadows of the GOP unless the Republican Party wants to continue to shrink as those who claim to be “independent” continues to grow.
Posted in Conservative Values, GOP
Tagged conservative, GOP, Jim DeMint, Libertarian, Libertarianism, Lindsey Graham, Mark Sanford, politics, Republican Party, RINOs, Ronald Reagan