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We can’t give up!

Posted by Liberty on February 14, 2009

My apologies for the lack of posting this week.  Sometimes life intervenes.  In my case, this intervention has come in the form of a chocolate lab puppy that we’re watching for a couple of weeks.  And, while I’ve been spending a lot of time outside encouraging this dog to hurry up and drop another land-mine in my backyard, the bad news has just kept on coming. 

The stimulus plan has passed.  No House Republicans crossed over to vote for it.  In the Senate, only three Republicans [Snowe, Collins & Specter] broke ranks and their betrayal was much expected.  In a MSM news-bite I heard yesterday, some Democrat Senator [I think it was Charles Schumer] was blathering on and on about how Republicans didn’t offer a constructive solution, didn’t participate, only said, “no,” blah, blah, blah…  Well, when you’re frozen out of the process and not allowed to introduce alternative solutions–what do those damned Democrats expect? 

Think about the dishonesty that has so far been the hallmark of the Obama administration and this new era of Democrat domination.  No lobbyists…and then Obama employs lobbyists.  A more ethical administration…and the Obama appoints tax cheats.  Open and transparent government…but there’s no time for the public to find out what’s in the stimulus bill.  No time for even the Congressmen and Senators to read it before voting on it.

I know it seems pretty dark right now.  Even more so here in Washington State, where our own little crowd of Democrat dictators are busy in Olympia.  But Conservatives can’t give up.  We need to continue to stand on principle.  We need to continue to clearly define the difference between Republicans and Democrats.  We need to be the loud, active voice of opposition to the Democrats’ plans to remake America in the style of European socialism.  Every advance of liberalism needs to be met with a fight.  Are you ready?

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We’re all excited about the first African-American…RNC chair?

Posted by Liberty on February 3, 2009

I’ve been hearing joyful news-bites this morning about Eric Holder’s confirmation as the first African-American Attorney General.  It reminded me of something good that happened on Friday that didn’t get much play in the MSM.  Michael Steele was voted in as the new chair of the Republican National Committee.  And yes, he is an African-American.  That said, it is my opinion that the substance of a person is so much more important than style.  Character, principles and the capacity to lead are the criteria by which we should choose our leaders, not race and general “coolness.”

Michael Steele possesses the qualifications and the vision to lead the GOP back to the top.  He understands the importance of articulating a clear message of Conservatism.  Check out the RNC website for his “Blueprint for Tomorrow.”  That’s our guiding plan, guys.   He stresses the importance of leading with integrity, clearly defining the difference between Republicans and Democrats and upgrading our strategies to compete in the modern political arena.  I have to tell you, I’m optimistic about Michael Steele.  I have every hope that he will be a leader for Conservatives, not just party hacks.

Blueprint for Tomorrow

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What?!

Posted by Liberty on January 30, 2009

McCain: I don’t see any GOP votes for the stimulus in the Senate

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Obama seeks GOP help on economy…but will he actually listen to them?

Posted by Liberty on January 27, 2009

Obama seeks GOP help on economy; McConnell hopeful

“Hours before a meeting with President Barack Obama, House Republican leaders sought to rally opposition Tuesday to a White House-backed economic stimulus measure with an $825 billion price tag.

Several officials said that Reps. John Boehner of Ohio, the GOP leader, and Eric Cantor of Virginia, his second-in-command, delivered the appeal at a closed-door meeting of the Republican rank and file. Both men said the legislation contains too much wasteful spending that will not help the economy recover from its worst nosedive since the Great Depression, the officials added.”

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Republicans so far this week…although, it’s only Tuesday.  Kudos to John Boehner and Eric Cantor for spotlighting the spending in the stimulus plan–keep it up!

“Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a televised interview that Obama was having problems with Democrats, whom he said favor spending over tax cuts as a remedy for the economic crisis.

‘We think the country needs a stimulus,’ he said on NBC’s ‘Today’ show. But he also said that he believes most people do not believe it will be accomplished through projects like ‘fixing up the mall,’ a reference to fundings to repair the National Mall in Washington. He said Republicans want a bill that devotes 40 percent of its cost to tax cuts.”

Exactly!

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Apocalypse now?

Posted by Liberty on January 24, 2009

In the days since Obama was elected, I’ve been trying to find reasons for Conservatives to stay positive.  That has not been easy.  Conservatives know what the GOP needs to do to win elections but they haven’t been listening.  The GOP has been ignoring their largest voting bloc in favor of chasing elusive groups like Independents, Hispanics, Walmart voters, etc.  Maybe somewhere in the US today, there are Republicans starting to do the right thing.  Maybe somewhere there is a groundswell of Conservatism growing.  Unfortunately, living in the deep blue state of Washington–behind the Iron Curtain, so to speak,–I’m not seeing it.  I hope it really is happening and that we have strong Conservatives candidates ready to take on the libs with guns blazing in time for the midterm elections. 

A conversation that I had last night further pushed me into a state of worry.  It’s hard to know how bad the economic picture under the bad policies of Obama and the radical liberal Democrats in Congress.  But, it will be bad.  We are headed for some hard times–probably harder than anything my generation has ever seen.  I got some good advice last night and I’d like to pass it along.  Get rid of debt.  Don’t take on new debt.  Watch for the stock market to rise briefly in an “Obama rally” and try to salvage some of the principle that you have in the market.  And then, hoard some cash, just in case. 

I don’t like the thought that the economy is going to head even further south.  This kind of negativity is just the opposite of the thought process I’ve been trying to cultivate.  But, we have to be honest.  I have it on good authority that the banking crisis is not over yet, not by a long shot.  And I also firmly believe that Obama’s Socialist policies will push us further into trouble.  So tighten up the budget, kill your debt, put some cold hard cash in a safe spot and take care.  It’s going to get worse before it gets better but we’ll survive just fine.

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Renewal time for the Skagit GOP?

Posted by Liberty on January 19, 2009

It’s the time of year when the local encampments of political parties boot out the old and welcome in the new, in terms of leadership, that is.  There was an article in the Skagit Valley Herald this weekend about the changing of the guard at the Skagit GOP.  It seems that the Skagit GOP keeps a pretty low profile so I always read the article when there actually is one.  I don’t know of the media doesn’t offer much coverage or if they aren’t really doing much that’s newsworthy or if they actually enjoy their anonymity.  You’d think they would see the obvious benefit in having the public know that they even exist.

County GOP’s new leader says party needs to regroup

“Conservative leaders here say President-elect Barack Obama and Democrats riding his coattails at state and local levels grabbed the youth vote with tech-savvy campaigning and promises of the good life. Now, they say, it is up to conservatives to learn from their losses as they regroup and reorganize for the future.

‘I think the mechanics of the Obama campaign were stupendous,’ said new Skagit County Republican Party Chairman Bob Eberle, 72, a La Conner resident and former state representative. ‘And I think the Republicans better learn from that. They have got to get into the modern world.'”

That sounds promising.

“Not only did Democrats beat Republicans with better online campaigning and fundraising, Eberlesaid, they also won out because Republicans strayed from traditional conservative values: protecting the pocket book, acting ethically, holding regulation at bay and protecting the nation. Only on the latter did the Bush administration and Washington, D.C. Republicans succeed, he said.”

So we’ve been hearing this kind of trouble-shooting since November 5 but he is on the right track.  No problems there.  The thing that really resonates with me about Chairman Eberle’s statement here is that he puts the responsibility for GOP failings squarely where it belongs–with the Republican party.  But when we get to the quotes from the out-going chair–that’s when we get a little insight into what’s been on the mind of leadership for the past four years. 

“Ann Marie Humphreys, who just stepped down after four years as the county’s party chairwoman, wants to return to those same values. But it will be a challenge, she said, because young voters are not as galvanized around conservative ideas as they once were.

She said many first-time voters were drawn in by Obama’s youth and by what she calls his ‘socialist’ or ‘communist’ ideas.

‘We have a country that is turning on a socialistic scale, and in the process of doing that, you have young people that are going over to the other side, hand outs,’ she said.

Humphreys, 68, said children are being ‘brainwashed’ in universities and even high schools to be socialists and communists and, in short, to vote for politicians like Obama.

‘Everything is handed down to them that they do not have to go out to work,’ she said. ‘… The parents are not allowed to reprehend without the children saying, ‘Don’t you put a hand on me. I will report you to the police.’”

Hmm…where to start.  I’ve read similarly incoherent quotes from former chairwoman Humphreys in prior Herald articles.  Those incoherent quotes that I’m thinking of also had the same condescending tone towards younger voters.  Maybe the reporter is taking her out of context…hopefully the reporter is taking her out of context. 

From Skagit Democrats rejoice in Obama victory

“Annmarie Humphreys, chair of the Skagit County Republican Party, blames the youth for the election results.

‘You had the youth out this time like you’ve never had before,’ Humphreys said. ‘Young people haven’t been around long enough to know that a person is more than an individual standing up there and speaking.’”

Insulting younger voters is not the path that the Skagit GOP will successfully take towards re-building.  Chairman Eberle’s first action as chair should be to make sure that former chairwoman Humphreys has no further contact with the media.  Either she has a penchant for making ridiculous, inarticulate statements or she’s giving the reporter way too much divergent material, thus making it more likely that she’ll be taken way out of context.

When you blame a segment of the voting population for the outcome of an election, you’d better be basing that on something concrete.  Just making a general statement about how the schools are turning all the kids into communists and socialists makes Conservatives sound negative, extreme and well…old.

In order to successfully renew itself, the GOP as a whole needs to articulate a clear Conservative message.  They need to translate for the general public how the philosophies of Conservatism are relevant to how a lot of us live our lives.  They need to talk of the free market, of individual rights and responsibilities, of reducing the tyranny of government.  They need to make people understand how a more Conservative government would benefit them.  And, they need to be a lot more savvy about what to say to the media and how to say it.

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Ann Coulter on Human Events newspaper’s Conservative of the Year

Posted by Liberty on December 29, 2008

Sarah Palin: Conservative of the Year

“I assume Palin was chosen because McCain had heard that she was a real conservative and he had always wanted to meet one — no, actually because he needed a conservative on the ticket, but that he had no idea that picking her would send the left into a tailspin of wanton despair.

But if anyone on the McCain campaign chose Palin because she would drive liberals crazy, my hat is off to him!”

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