History: Abraham Lincoln and his Moral Victory

Dinner Topics for Monday

keyAbraham Lincoln is an Epic Hero. He secured a moral victory by abolishing slavery and uniting America.

Quotes

Lincoln

Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. ~Abraham Lincoln

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. ~Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War–its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis.[2][3] In so doing he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the national government and modernized the economy.

Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was a self-educated lawyer in Illinois, a Whig Party leader, state legislator during the 1830s, and a one-term member of the Congress during the 1840s. He promoted rapid modernization of the economy through banks, canals, railroads and tariffs to encourage the building of factories; he opposed the war with Mexico in 1846. After a series of highly publicized debates in 1858 during which he opposed the expansion of slavery, Lincoln lost the U.S. Senate race to his archrival, Democrat Stephen A. Douglas. Lincoln, a moderate from a swing state, secured the Republican Party presidential nomination in 1860. With almost no support in the South, Lincoln swept the North and was elected president in 1860. His election prompted seven southern slave states to form the Confederacy. No compromise or reconciliation was found regarding slavery.

When the North enthusiastically rallied behind the national flag after the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, Lincoln concentrated on the military and political dimensions of the war effort. His goal was to reunite the nation. He suspended habeas corpus, arresting and temporarily detaining thousands of suspected secessionists in the border states without trial. Lincoln averted British intervention by defusing the Trent affair in late 1861. His numerous complex moves toward ending slavery centered on the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, using the Army to protect escaped slaves, encouraging the border states to outlaw slavery, and helping push through Congress the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which permanently outlawed slavery. Lincoln closely supervised the war effort, especially the selection of top generals, including commanding general Ulysses S. Grant. He made the major decisions on Union war strategy, Lincoln’s Navy set up a naval blockade that shut down the South’s normal trade, helped take control of Kentucky and Tennessee, and gained control of the Southern river system using gunboats. He tried repeatedly to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond. Each time a general failed, Lincoln substituted another until finally Grant succeeded in 1865.

lincolnAn exceptionally astute politician deeply involved with power issues in each state, Lincoln reached out to “War Democrats” (who supported the North against the South), and managed his own re-election in the 1864 presidential election. As the leader of the moderate faction of the Republican party, confronted Radical Republicans who demanded harsher treatment of the South, War Democrats who called for more compromise, Copperheads who despised him, and irreconcilable secessionists who plotted his death. Politically, Lincoln fought back with patronage, by pitting his opponents against each other, and by appealing to the American people with his powers of oratory.[4] His Gettysburg Address of 1863 became an iconic statement of America’s dedication to the principles of nationalism, republicanism, equal rights, liberty, and democracy. Lincoln held a moderate view of Reconstruction, seeking to reunite the nation speedily through a policy of generous reconciliation in the face of lingering and bitter divisiveness. Six days after the surrender of Confederate commanding general Robert E. Lee, Lincoln was assassinated by a confederate sympathizer. Lincoln has been consistently ranked both by scholars[5] and the public[6] as one of the greatest U.S. presidents.

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Patriotism: Victory for American Liberty

“I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight!”

keyChrist has not called us to be nice but to be good. Nice people never confront evil, but good people do. ~Bryan Fischer

 

Victory for American Liberty

The American Revolution was triumphant against overwhelming odds. Challenging the arrogance of the British, George Washington declared boldly: “We have a purpose, and we will defeat you.”

Note the courageous words of heroes, past and present.

johnPaulJonesbattle-Serapis_and_Bonhomme_Richard“I have not yet begun to fight!” John Paul Jones

“The only way we can keep our freedom is to work at it. Not some of us. All of us. Not some of the time, but all of the time.” Spencer W. Kimball

Christ has not called us to be nice but to be good. Nice people never confront evil, but good people do. ~Bryan Fischer

This is the last day in which the great consummation of God’s purposes will be made, the only dispensation in which the Lord has promised that sin will not prevail. ~Ezra Taft Benson

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. ~Benjamin Franklin

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” ~Winston Churchill

You cannot submit to evil without allowing evil to grow. Each time the good are defeated, or each time they yield, they only cause the forces of evil to grow stronger. Greed feeds greed, and crime grows with success. Our giving up what is ours merely to escape trouble would only create greater trouble for someone else. ~Louis L’Amour

Victory for Liberty!

We must not settle for less.

In the Capitol, many of the men and women we elected to represent our cherished traditional values are rushing to jump aboard the government Titanic, which is fast sinking into the depths of corruption. A tsunami of moral depravity is engulfing society at large. Schools are pumping false and immoral doctrines into America’s children, subverting and even creating hostility toward Judeo-Christian values. Even some church leaders are advising everyone to pull back from the cultural war. In other words, just quit and don’t bother?

Centuries ago, during the American Revolutionary War, when, after an intense battle at sea, John Paul Jones was taunted with surrender, his famously courageous words of defiance were, “I have not yet begun to fight.”

Today, while many physical wars are raging, we are engaged in a massive Cultural War which we cannot ignore—at stake are our souls and the very survival of our families. It is the culture of life versus the culture of death.

How Did We Get to This Point?

judicialtyrannySome of us are old enough to remember the pivotal Supreme Court decisions that accelerated our national moral decline: the ban on prayer and the Bible in the schools, and the national decree allowing abortion on demand.

I always wondered how our society became swamped with evil in such a short time.

But it started years before that. In his book, The Marketing of Evil, David Kupelian shows us how America came to “buy into” immorality on such a large scale. The answer is that evil was and continues to be marketed. “Experts” packaged evil to look wonderful and enticing, and all that is good was made to look stupid and ridiculous. After decades of this intensive marketing, schools, media, science, and government have been powerfully affected. No corner of society has been exempted.

Part of evil’s marketing plan is to hammer everyone repeatedly and relentlessly with its agenda, as the gay extremists have done with their in-your-face attacks on those with traditional values. The current regime has aided in this steamrolling assault with crises, lies, and cover-ups, day after day after day, till we all suffer from an overdose of scandal-fatigue. John Paul Jones didn’t give up, and neither can we.

 

What Can Be Done?

“The only way we can keep our freedom is to work at it. Not some of us. All of us. Not some of the time, but all of the time.” Spencer W. Kimball

 Truth— Our Greatest Weapon

magnifying-glass-lightoftruthIf we have “not yet begun to fight,” we must begin without delay. Just be prepared to be in it for the long haul, for to lose the battle with the culture of death means the extinction of civilization. So we must have a strategy.

When faced with the avalanche of evil before us, it is tempting to throw our arms up in despair and cry, “what’s the use?” That’s exactly what the adversary wants us to do. Know this at the outset: Surrender is not a strategy—not even an acceptable tactic.

Let’s begin where we are. Even so, we cannot do it all at once. Think of concentrating the light of the sun through a magnifying glass. The light of truth is like the sun, and Truth is our greatest weapon. If we focus the energy of truth effectively, we can make a powerful impact.

 

Winning Strategy: Work for Moral Victory

reagan2resizeCourage and Moral Clarity

We need to study history to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, but also to learn from the heroic successes, which were brought about by courage and moral clarity.

One such shining example is Ronald Reagan, who persevered with grace under pressure, while the media and academic elite in this country constantly reviled him. With his unshakable spirit and courage, he ignored the morally weak appeasers, and presided over the defeat of the communist tyranny that had enslaved large parts of the world.

 

Education

1. At Home

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them [the words of God] when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. ~Deuteronomy 6:7

And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. ~Isaiah 54:13

family5prayingdinnerOur first responsibility is to our own families. The most effective way to protect them from the general evils in society is to teach them at home. There are vast resources available to homeschoolers now. Don’t wait till you are perfect at it before you begin. The good character you build in your children will compensate by far for any minor imperfections in your curriculum.

One thing we all can do is teach our families at the dinner table—just one dinner topic per day. You’ll be surprised at how well-informed and inspired you can become if you use this simple, low stress, manageable method.

Teach them of their heritage, because no one else will. Build their heritage of faith, for where the Spirit of God is, there is liberty. Building character education in the rising generation will prepare them for the inevitable leadership they face in the future—for good or evil.

Study the scriptures diligently, and pray for victory of righteousness. The prayers of the righteous spare the nation.

2. In Your State

Mark Levin has reminded us that Washington will never be fixed in Washington. So let us go to work in our states.

constitutionDon’t be discouraged. There are many, many good people in this beloved country, fighting with all their hearts for the future of their children and grandchildren. Find these people and vote for them, to represent you. Vote out the corrupt career politicians who are selling us out. If you know the truth, you will be able to discern those who have courage, moral clarity, and integrity, and those who are lying and covering up their evil deeds. Keep seeking truth, and you will not be deceived.

The Founders, in their genius, provided in the Constitution a way for us to push back against tyranny. That way is found in the States. Our power is limited against the federal government leviathan, but we can make a difference in our state.

Remember who our Real Leader Is

This is the last day in which the great consummation of God’s purposes will be made, the only dispensation in which the Lord has promised that sin will not prevail. ~Ezra Taft Benson

elisha2Most of all, we must never forget who our real leader is.

In history, the children of the God of Israel have often faced overwhelming odds, like Gideon’s 300 against the hosts of Syria, and David against Goliath. Jews and Christians on earth have always been a tiny minority. But remember how Elisha comforted the young man when confronted with the hosts of Syria. Elisha prayed that the young man’s eyes might be opened, and the Lord opened his eyes, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.  ‎

“Fear not,” Elisha said, “for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” (2Kings 6:15-17)

The current occupant of the White House, no matter who he is, can never be our real leader. The God of Israel will always be our Real Leader.

Copyright 2014 © by C.A. Davidson

 

History Facts: Fall of Berlin Wall was a Victory for Liberty

27th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall a victory for Liberty

 

November 9,  1989

It would not have happened but for a miracle . . .

berlinwallreagan“Shortly after Reagan was first elected, someone tried to kill him. The killer shot the president under his left arm; the bullet drove through his body and stopped within an inch of the president’s heart. If that bullet had penetrated his heart, Reagan would have died instantly.

            Miraculously, at the hospital where Reagan was treated, every doctor needed to save his life was present. Reagan’s life was saved; he served his country for eight years, during which he led the free world to defeat the Soviet Empire.”[1]

[1] Chris and Ted Stewart, Seven Miracles that Saved America

More about Ronald Reagan

Communists not held accountable for millions killed

Rush Limbaugh

berlinwallhammerThey’re afraid to appear partisan.  They are afraid to gloat.  They are afraid to behave in triumph.  And a great example is Bush 41 when the Berlin Wall came down, the Soviet Union fell.  He went out of his way not to humiliate Gorbachev.  Not to humiliate communism.

The point is that there was never an accounting of the Soviet atrocities their system made inevitable.  There was never an education for the American people of the rotgut that is communism.  There was never a detailed explanation complete with body counts, deaths numbering in the millions, the imprisonment of free people for doing nothing more than thinking their own thoughts. 

He did not call for an accounting of the millions of lives ruined, the millions killed.  He did not define why the Soviet Union imploded.  He just called it the evolution of democracy.  The good vibes of freedom finally overcame.  Reagan said that the Soviet Union would eventually implode because of the weight of its own immorality.  We won the House, 1992, the midterm elections there.  Didn’t gloat.

RUSH: I got a note from a friend of mine last night.  I’m going to spend time on this, not right now, but I don’t want you to miss this.  I got a note from a friend last night who was really happy, really ecstatic, because he believes, or he did until he talked to me, he believes that we are on the threshold here of a major American reawakening.  He thinks that we’re on the cusp.  He can’t put his finger on it.  He’s a well-known writer and he thinks that all of these things happening here are going to open the American people’s eyes to just how devastatingly damaging, destructive and corrupt liberalism is.

Today: Indifference to Liberty is the Default

I keep asking myself, “Why, after years and years of demonstrable conservative triumph and success…?” Such as the eight years of Reagan, when we reduced deficits, we reduced unemployment, we grew this economy like it hasn’t grown since. We were producing jobs.  We were producing careers.

We took down the Soviet Union.  We were advancing technologically.  We were just rolling.  Reagan won in two landslides, and I’ve asked myself: How does it happen that after eight years — and Reagan was demonstrably conservative, and Reagan made no bones about being conservative. And Reagan, better than anybody else, articulated conservatism as he was executing it. 

This is what I wrote my friend back.  I said, “Here’s the problem:  Liberalism has been rejected many, many times.  The Democrat Party has been rejected many, many times.  But the mistake that we all make is thinking that conservatism is being affirmed at the same time.  Conservatism or the Republican Party is being accepted at the same time.”

Here’s my theory, folks.  And you may have stumbled across this yourself years ago.  If so, I apologize.  It just hit me.  This election that we’ve got coming up is a great illustration.  Conservatism is a protest vote, not an affirmative vote.  If the Republicans win big in this election, it’s for one reason.  People are fed up with the Democrats.  They’re fed up with Obamacare and foreign policy. They’re fed up with everything. They’re going to vote for the other guys.  They’re not voting for conservatives.  By necessity they’re voting Republican, but they’re not voting ideologically.

berlinwall2I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this.  Eight years of Reagan and yet the voters are easily fooled to returning to liberalism.  There was no protest when the liberals came along and started raising taxes, making everything worse, destroying jobs, what they always do, wrecking the culture.  No protests.  People voted for it.  And my conclusion is that voters never, other than Reagan, the lone example, never affirmatively vote for conservatism because it’s never really presented to them.  It’s presented to them by me and Fox News on some occasions and other so-called new media, but it’s not presented to voters by the Republican Party.

So why, after eight years, are people able to so easily forget it and return to voting for liberal Democrats? It’s something that’s amazed me and made me curious for years, many years.  It happened again.  It’s happened a lot of times.  It happened again in 1994. The Republicans win the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years.  They did it with a substantive agenda, the Contract with America.

It was made up of ten agenda points that they intended to do, and they were substantive – balance the budget, reduce the deficit, reduce spending, all those things — and they set out to do them.  But it wasn’t many years later that voters went right back to voting Democrat. They embraced Bill Clinton all over again and I was left scratching my head.  I was asking how is it that these voters forget?

Now, don’t think I’m ignoring something here.  I know what the media’s role in this is. I’m not downplaying that. The media, even during those eight years, was telling people it wasn’t real.  And during the first term of George W. Bush they were telling people it wasn’t real.  The media is out there trying to create as much negativism as they can and they’re beating up these conservative Republicans.  I know all that.

But nevertheless, people lived it, and yet it didn’t seem to have much impact, not lasting.  The words of the media — the smears, the lies, the distortions — carried more weight than actual real life. At least when it came to voting, results at the ballot box.  Here’s some headlines today.  Politico.com: “Poll: Obama Hits Lowest Approval Ever.”  ABC News/Washington Post poll: “Obama Hits Lowest Approval.”

He’s down around 40 in this poll and that’s lower than he has ever been. From TheHill.com, as well: “Where Did It Go Wrong for Obama?”  They just can’t figure out where Obama went wrong. He’s such a great guy; he’s so smart; he’s so articulate.  He’s the first black president! How did it go so wrong?  What happened?  Of course, it can’t be the state of the country.

It can’t be the economy.  It can’t be Obama.  It can’t be anything substantive. What is it?  “Where Did Obama Go Wrong?”  They can’t figure it out! Next, we have this from the Washington Post: “The Democrat Party Hits a 30-Year Low.”  Now, the Republicans are even lower in this poll but that doesn’t obviate my point.  Democrat Party, 30-year low.  Obama, lowest approval ever.  “Where Did Obama Go Wrong?”

Then we’ve got a sound bite from John Harwood on CNBC in which he claims that Obamacare — despite how bad it is, despite the absolute mess, despite premiums rising, despite coverage being cancelled, despite policies being cancelled, despite co-pays going up, despite the mess that’s HealthCare.gov — has fizzled as a campaign issue for the Republicans.

Now, when Snerdley heard that today, he said, “No it hasn’t! No it hasn’t!”  Yes, it has.  It may end up being something people vote against Democrats for but they’re not voting for Republicans on it.  Now, in the midst of all this I got a note last night from a famous, nationally known and acclaimed writer.  It says, “Rush, just positing here. I’m at least a column or more away from verbalizing it.

I’m wondering if we’re at some 21st Century version of Lexington/Concord, or Fort Sumter, or the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand or Hitler’s invasion of Poland, or Reagan defeating Carter. In other words, Rush, are we on the cusp of an event or events that abruptly tips the balance of something that’s, in fact, been long in the works?”

He was just thinking out loud, sending me his thoughts.  What he was saying was: Are we on the verge of a tipping point where finally the American people wake up, once and for all, and understand what a demonstrable failure liberalism is and how bad it is for the country? That’s what he sees.  That’s what he thinks is going on.  He thinks that we’re on the verge of that tipping point.

This note from him kind of crystallized this for me because, like I just mentioned, I have been asking myself left and right: “How in the world can people live eight years and arguably 12 because the Bush…?” Well, I was going to say Bush 41.  He campaigned as the third term of Ronald Reagan, and he got elected on that basis.  He got elected on the basis that he was going to be the third term of Ronald Reagan.  It didn’t last but two years.

So let’s say 10 years.  And the Reagan revolution, the Reagan economy continued and boomed all the way through the Clinton administration.  Clinton’s out there taking credit for it, but he didn’t do anything but slow down what was already roaring, slowing it down with his tax increases and everything.  So again, how does this happen where people live through the horrors of liberalism like now, live through the demonstrable prosperity and successes of conservatism, and yet predictably return to voting liberal Democrat, how does it happen?

Now, I know why this happens, by the way.  I know what you’re thinking.  “Okay, Rush, that makes sense, but so what?”  Well, I think what I said is exactly right and I think I know the reason for it.  Even conservatives who are good at making our case are afraid to declare victory when we show the monumental failings of liberalism.  And this election is going to present us another opportunity.  This campaign presents us an opportunity.  And we’re not doing it.  We are not utilizing the opportunity that’s been handed to us on a silver platter.

People are fed up.  They are mad.  They are angry, and it’s time we told them why.  It’s time we told them why the country’s in the dumps.  Why they can’t get a job.  Why their healthcare is being screwed up royally.  It’s time that we told them it’s because of liberalism, and we name names.  And then when we win, we declare victory and we explain why the American people voted the way they did.  We demonstrate and point out the monumental failings of liberalism. 

appeasementThis is what we do not do.  Look at Bush 41.  Look at how Bush 41 treated the fall of the Soviet Union.  I know he was not very conservative, but he was still with a lot of Reaganites around him at the time.  He went out of his way not to humiliate Gorbachev.  He went out of his way to say this was an evolution of democracy, not a final defeat of an evil totalitarian system.  We had to be nice.  We had to accommodate.  We had to be polite.  We had to show that we weren’t mean.  And we never hammer home the final nail.  

 

Maybe Obamacare wasn’t enough to do it.  Maybe the job situation, the economy, all that, but this, this rampant incompetence on how to deal with a killer disease, it’s just patently obvious that we don’t have competent people in charge here.  ISIS, add that on top of it.  We’ve got this big plan here to wipe out all the terrorists and all they’re doing is getting stronger, supposedly on the verge of taking Baghdad, for crying out loud.  There probably is a lot of awakening going on, and the awakening is because people are breaking through the illusion of government competence.

Now back to my point here.  Nothing wrong with a protest vote.  But the protest vote is not like the protest vote that founded America.  The protest vote this time around is people just fed up with the Democrats.  They tried them for six years.  They were fed up with Bush and tried the other guys.  Fed up with Democrats and it’s not working.  But they don’t know what they’re voting for.  They’re just voting for the other guys here.  They don’t know what they’re voting for because the Republican Party strategy is not to define themselves. They’re afraid of defining themselves for fear people won’t like them, and so don’t upset the apple cart, just take advantage of people voting against Democrats. 

But I mean it.  I know why this is happening.  It’s happening for a reason.  And I can name names.  I’m not going to here, but even conservatives, as I said, who are good at making our case are afraid to declare victory.  They’re afraid to hurt feelings.  They’re afraid to appear partisan.  They are afraid to gloat.  They are afraid to behave in triumph.  And a great example is Bush 41 when the Berlin Wall came down, the Soviet Union fell.  He went out of his way not to humiliate Gorbachev.  Not to humiliate communism.  He said instead that it was an evolution of democracy. 

He didn’t portray it as a resounding final defeat of an evil totalitarian dictatorship system.

Meanwhile, similar treatment does not come our way.

The point is that there was never an accounting of the Soviet atrocities their system made inevitable.  There was never an education for the American people of the rotgut that is communism.  There was never a detailed explanation complete with body counts, deaths numbering in the millions, the imprisonment of free people for doing nothing more than thinking their own thoughts. 

 

None of that was explained.  To this day communism is not considered to be that big of a deal.  It’s just another way of organizing government. Not one Republican stands up and says, “Why are you doing this?  Do you not see what’s happening in Cuba?  Why are you doing this?  Why do you want to try what failed in the Soviet Union?”  They’re not made to explain it.  They just go on their merry way implementing this stuff, while we worry about demographics and diversity.  We let them define what we ought to care about.  It’s the same, my friends, with failing social welfare programs.  Republicans, even lots of conservatives, are the same way. As these programs implode, one after another, after they fail one on top of another, what did we do?  We seem more interested in conceding the good intentions of the people who tried than in demonstrating that these programs will inevitably fail.

 

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/10/15/on_the_cusp_of_a_great_american_awakening

Political Repair: Health Insurance Plans; Simple Plan for Victory

1. Simple Plan for Victory

Quotes by Scott Walker from interview in the March 2015 Limbaugh Letter

key“I Simply Lead with the Truth” ~Scott Walker

 

Pushing Back

push-backNEA, AFL-CIO, and AFSCME all said I was their No. 1 target in America. They poured more money in against me per capita than against anybody else in the country.

One of my favorite tweets somebody posted recently was, “Scott Walker wins without caving.”

 

Iowa Freedom Summit

The protestors forced people to know about [the summit} because of all the attention. So many people thought we’d cave. So many people thought we’d back down. After we didn’t so many people thought we would lose. Time magazine had a headline calling me “DEAD MAN WALKER” four years ago. They all thought I was toast. They were all writing my obituary, and in the end we kept winning.

Once I came and actually spoke to them, I purposely set aside the podium. I didn’t want a teleprompter. I took my jacket off, rolled up my sleeves, because I wanted to talk to people and show them that the fighter they had heard about was for real.

There were very few “red meat” lines, if you will. There weren’t a lot of bumper sticker headlines in my speech. It was me just telling our story, why we did what we did, and how thought it transfers to Washington: that if you go big and bold, not only will you win the day in terms of the policy, you actually can win the vote, because people want more than anything people who are willing to lead. I think voters heard that and said, “Man, this guy can win.”

 

Challenge to Walker’s Education

Time magazine found Walker’s high school teacher, who told him, to “man up” about evolution.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel actually interviewed my third grade teacher. You know what that says to me? It says the left is afraid of us. Because they can see that we won, without caving, and we won in a way that reaches out to everyday people, not just the conservatives, not just the Republicans. So I think they’re desperately going to be looking for ways to try and undermine, and criticize, and bring us down, because in the end they can’t win on issues.

These things … are all personality driven. They’re about personal attacks. They’re not at all about whether they agree or disagree with our reforms. They can’t undermine the fact that not only has our state cut taxes, and the economy is better, but heck, our schools are better. They can’t undermine those reforms, so what do they do? They’re going to try and do it on a personal level. And we’ve got to be prepared to fight back.

On Evolution

creationhandsThe media tried to get him to answer the question on evolution to trip him up and have him tied to the notion of being anti-science.

I just flat-out say, “Hey, both science and faith dictate to me that God created us.” We were created by God. I don’t think that’s incompatible.

 

 

Press Conference

“I Simply Lead with the Truth”

ScottWalker2In March 2011, every night, I was doing a press conference at 5 p.m. Central Time. Because I realized if I talked at 5 o’clock, all the local TV stations in Wisconsin—and it eventually got picked up on cable, Fox and others would show it—about ten minutes of their news a t the top of the hour would be me talking and taking some questions.

There was no filter, so the people would hear me directly. The protestors started to realize this, and so they would start yelling a couple minutes before 5, even louder than before. There were 100,000 protestors there.

My conference room has windows, and the first question I took was from I think NBC. The reporter said, “Well, Governor, what do you think about all those voices? You can hear those voices out there yelling right now. Don’t you think they have a right to be heard?”

I looked out at the crowd and said, “They have every right to be heard. That’s what’s great about America. in America you can speak out against your government no matter who’s in charge, and you have every right to be heard.” I said, “But there are about 100,000 protestors out there right now, and I’m in a state of 5.7 million people, and the majority of the people in this state elected me to do exactly what I’m doing right now, and I’m not going to let their voices be drowned out by a bunch of protestors around my Capitol. I’m going to do what they elected me to do.”

 

illegal_alien_borderAmnesty

I am a hundred percent opposed to amnesty. I’ve talked about us being a land of immigrants, but being a land of rules. I was one or the first states to join with Greg Abbott, the new governor of Texas, in the lawsuit challenging the president after his actions this past November.

I think we have to secure our borders, not just because of immigration, but because it’s a national security threat. We spent all this money trying to secure our water ports, and our airports, and our customs, and yet we have our Southern border, in particular, wide open. We need to put major resources and bodies along our physical land borders, because with ISIS and these radical Islamic terrorists that are causing havoc around the world, it’s only a matter of time—it’s not if, it’s when they attempt to penetrate into the United states. So we’ve got to secure the border, and I don’t mane just talk about it.

 

Foreign Policy

ISIS

swordpirateThese are radical Islamic terrorists with ISIL and others affiliated with them. We just saw it again with another round of beheadings. We’ve seen it in other places around the world. These are people who aren’t just disagreeing with us. They want to eradicate our way of life and our freedom-loving allies around the world.

We need to be prepared to take action with our allies, which would be, obviously, Israel, the United kingdom, Germany, France, Poland, Japan, others. I think there’s a growing ability, with the right leadership, to bring I countries like Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and others to join us in these efforts to put down these radical Islamic terrorists. If we don’t do it now, if we don’t take the fight to them, they will bring it to us.

 

Why do you think the President is so reluctant to even identify ISIS as what it is? Why is the President so reluctant to even recognize the scope of the threat?

I think this is a larger fundamental flaw with this President and his Presidency: he makes decisions largely concentrated with his political team in the White House. It’s a fundamental flaw of electing someone, not just whose beliefs are wrong, which I believe they are, but who has never had executive experience. That’s why there are so many practical problems, not just philosophical problems, with things like Obamacare. In this case, the same thing holds true. Instead of relying on your Department of Defense, your Joint Chiefs, your National Security Advisor, your Secretary of State and others, decisions are driven more by politics than they are by strict policy determinations.

This is not a political circumstance. This is not something a couple good speeches can deal with. You have to have a concentrated effort. You can’t say, “I’m going to draw a red line in the sand,” and not be prepared to follow through on it. That’s the problem with this President. He keeps saying things, hoping if he says it, it will go away. Maybe he was driven to that by getting a Noble Peace Prize before taking any real actions as President.

 

Hillary Clinton

benghazihillaryIn one regard she is a third term of a failed President. I think to beat Hillary Clinton, and I believe we can, I would argue you need a fresh new face with big bold ideas from outside of Washington, and the courage and the track record to show the American people that you can actually do that.

Hillary Clinton represents Washington, Washington is outdated, it’s top-down, it’s government knows best, and that has failed.

The American people know that, not just Republicans or conservatives. The majority of Americans know and believe that. It’s what transformed the elections this past fall. People were tired of Washington, not just of Obama, but of Washington. And if you counter that with saying we’ve got new, fresh, dynamic, exciting ideas from the states, it’s precisely why we formed this initial committee called OurAmericanRevival.com.

You’ve got to take the power and the money out of Washington, and send it back to the states, and ultimately to the people, where you can have more effective, more efficient, more accountable government, the kind of government the people deserve.

 

2. Moral and Political Repair for Obamacare Health Insurance Plans

first-aidObamacare Solutions

Jane M. Orient, M.D.

It’s a long way to constitutionally limited government, fiscal solvency and an atmosphere of freedom in which all Americans can thrive and prosper. But we need to take these small steps to begin the journey now.

With every day that passes, Obamacare thus becomes more deeply rooted, like kudzu, and harder to extirpate.

Congress needs to start now and pass well-publicized bills to mitigate damages, pending repeal. Measures should include:

  • Grandfather all existing health insurance policies indefinitely.
  • Suspend all federal coverage mandates for new and renewing policies.
  • Provide that insurers may price policies fairly, based on actuarial risk.
  • Eliminate restrictions on health savings accounts and self-insured plans, especially re-insurance.
  • Make the individual mandate/tax “shared responsibility” payment truly voluntary, like the contribution for elections.
  • Delay the employer mandate indefinitely.
  • Suspend the medical device tax and other Obamacare taxes until and unless they are specifically re-enacted.
  • Clarify that the law really means what it says about subsidies being available only through state exchanges.
  • Abolish the Independent Advisory Board (IPAB) and deny any agency the power to constrain prices or spending in the private marketplace.

 

What these provisions have in common is six features Republicans should demand of all legislation:

 

  • They return control of medical spending and decisions to individual Americans, instead of forcing them to subsidize insurance companies and social engineering schemes. They stop the extortion of money from all Americans to funnel through devious pathways to people behind the curtain who do nothing to provide care.
  • They remove barriers to private enterprises instead of erecting new ones.
  • They impose no selective stealth taxes. If Congress is to tax people, it must do so through transparent, constitutional means.
  • They do not expand the reach of government into areas in which it has no constitutional authority.
  • They create no new agencies through which Congress can further abdicate its authority to the Executive.
  • They reduce the governmental footprint on the necks of Americans.

 

It’s a long way to constitutionally limited government, fiscal solvency and an atmosphere of freedom in which all Americans can thrive and prosper. But we need to take these small steps to begin the journey now.

Clear History: Election, Victory, and Republican Party

Dinner Topics for Wednesday

Victory Wave Elections: What They Mean

keyAnd then there was the new Republican party, founded to stop slavery’s expansion and seek a constitutional path to its eventual abolition. (Note: It was the Republican party that wanted to end slavery; the Democrat party wanted to perpetuate it. ~C.D.)

Larry P. Arnn

President, Hillsdale College

“Reprinted by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.”

wave2gopvictoryLARRY P. ARNN is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School. From 1977 to 1980, he also studied at the London School of Economics and at Worcester College, Oxford University, where he served as director of research for Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. From 1985 until his appointment as president of Hillsdale College in 2000, he was president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. He is the author of Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education; The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution; and Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government (forthcoming).

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on December 5, 2014, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.

We have had a wave election. For those of a conservative disposition, it is a satisfying wave. According to Michael Barone, speaking recently here at Hillsdale’s Kirby Center, this wave is like several recent wave elections in its magnitude and decisiveness. There was a wave in favor of the Republicans in 1980 and again in 1994. There was a wave in favor of the Democrats in 2006 and again in 2008. There was a wave for the Republicans in 2010. There was a stalemate in 2012. Now there is a Republican Party wave in 2014. Looked at one way, these waves appear more like tides, ebbing and flowing.

These waves have something to do with a change in opinion over the last 50 years. Increasingly large majorities of the people consistently profess themselves afraid of their government. They think it too big. They think it does not account to them—that it is beyond their control and does not operate with their consent. They think it should be smaller, even if that means they receive fewer services. It seems that the growth of government has not made people feel safe and happy.

Nonetheless, two of the recent waves elected people who support larger government, and Americans continue to depend upon government more than ever. At all levels, government consumes something close to 40 percent of the economy, not even counting regulatory costs, which are nearing $2 trillion. People seem to be groping for a solution to this, and they do not seem to think they have found it.

Revolutionary War

This picture is not unprecedented. In the period leading up to the American Revolution, loyalists or Tories contested with revolutionaries, and these two groups alternated having the upper hand between 1763 and 1776, and even later, after the war had begun. The people were making up their minds about something fundamental, and a consensus was slow in forming.

Civil War

mcclellans-1864-electionIn the period before the Civil War, there were those who advocated destroying slavery in the slave states, where the national government’s constitutional authority to do so was weak or nonexistent. There were others who supported slavery where it existed, and even the extension of slavery into new regions. Others still would find some compromise that would do the least dramatic possible thing.

And then there was the new Republican party, founded to stop slavery’s expansion and seek a constitutional path to its eventual abolition. This too was a fundamental question, and it took a long time and eventually much blood to decide it.

This controversy over slavery grew up in the course of one generation. One may mark it by two of the most important statutes in American history—the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and the Missouri Compromise of 1820. The Northwest Ordinance brought the territory that became Michigan and other states into the Union, and it was the first time that a government like ours, ours being the first such government, had grown. It did not choose to grow by establishing colonies, but rather by treating the citizens of the new regions as full citizens as quickly as they could get organized.

The Northwest Territory had belonged to Virginia, and Virginia, a slave state, on the motion of Thomas Jefferson, a slave holder, gave the land to the Union for free on condition only that there be no slavery allowed in it at any time. Although Virginia also insisted on a provision to return escaped slaves from Virginia back to their servitude, the document must be read as a sign of a consensus about slavery. We have it, those early Americans said, and we do not know what to do about it, but we know that it is wrong and should not be extended elsewhere. Many in the Founding generation stated this, often in beautiful terms. And eight states either abolished slavery or set up laws for gradual emancipation relatively quickly after the Revolution.

A generation later, Missouri was to come into the Union, and the Senate was evenly balanced between slave and free states. A compromise was necessary because the slave states insisted upon keeping that balance by admitting as many slave states as free states. Not long after that, agitation began to extend slavery even further into the vast territory still not incorporated as states. At the same time, the argument began to appear that slavery was in fact a good thing, based on the idea that some human beings had evolved to a state of superiority over others. The principle that “all men are created equal,” the very basis of American liberty in the Declaration of Independence, was condemned by a U.S. Senator from Indiana as “a self-evident lie.”

This dispute had something in common with the dispute with the king during the Revolution. In 1776, the king had a message from the throne distributed across the lines in Boston to the American Army. He was confident that this would make them abandon the cause of Revolution. He made the argument that he was born to be king by divine right, and that his children must obey him for the same reasons he, occupying his station of nobility, was obliged to care for them. The Declaration of Independence had said that no one may be rightly governed except by his consent because “all men are created equal.” The king understood his position to be built upon the opposite notion. But the American troops besieging Boston, whose enlistments were soon to expire, reenlisted in vast numbers in rejection of the king and in support of the Declaration. Soon enough the whole country followed.

Our times are like these previous times in terms of the alternation and number of political waves. But is there a principle at stake today that is as deep as the one that divided the nation in those two fateful periods?

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Progressives

progressiveThe left and some on the right, in both political parties in America, have styled themselves “progressive” for more than 100 years. Progress to them is a process of history. In that process, people and peoples are transformed and can be elevated. Time and circumstance define the being of man and of everything else. This process of social evolution makes our grandest universal statements in any time not really universal, but merely products of their own time. When the Declaration of Independence says, “all men are created equal,” it understands itself to be asserting an abiding and universal fact. When it appeals to the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” it refers to laws above the authority of man and continuing without fail through all time and everywhere. Progressives understand such laws as only time-bound assertions, the product of prevailing circumstances. Early Progressives were fond of saying that those universal assertions were good things for their time, and history was made better for them, even though they were wrong at the time in their claims of being universal. They can have permanence, by this way of thinking, only if they can assume new meanings as new circumstances arise.

For Progressives, we discover the real truth about these matters by a certain kind of scientific inquiry, an inquiry into history. And once we begin that inquiry, it becomes sovereign. If everything is to change, and we are simply creatures of that change, we can win our freedom by taking control of the process of change. Guided by highly-trained people, scientists and social scientists, we can direct the society to become a new society, its people a new people. The work of these scientific people is very important, perhaps even sovereign. They have a standing independent of the will of the governed, previously thought self-governing by nature. These scientists are the makers of the future, and in making the future the people are the subject of their experiments.

Paid to Deceive

govwasteabounds.Since the wave election last month [November 2014], we have been treated to videos of Professor John Gruber, an MIT social scientist. He has been dining out since 2010 on his experience as one of the “architects of Obamacare.” He was paid, at last count, $400,000 by the federal government, and something over $1.5 million by several state governments in aggregate to practice his architecture. Now he is on video telling the story. The architects of Obamacare figured out that if they described the health care law as it was, the American people would not go for it. They are “stupid,” in Professor Gruber’s estimation. They are stupid at least in this respect: If the complex bill could be called something other than it was, then the bill could pass and people could be introduced to its wonders. They would be able to enjoy those wonders only through experience, as they lacked the intelligence to figure it out in advance.

Dr. Gruber apologized when the initial video appeared, but since then several other videos have surfaced that show him saying the same thing on other occasions. This means that conversations like the ones he describes were going on among many people, apparently one of them in the White House with President Obama, at the time of the bill’s passage. And the videos of his speeches mean that there are many people, generally highly educated people, who enjoy stories like this, pay Mr. Gruber when he tells them, and respect him for his achievement. To these people, the passage of Obamacare is apparently a delightful episode in American history.

Separation of Powers Violated

Nor is this an isolated achievement. The Dodd-Frank law sets up a power in the federal government to investigate anyone and everyone who lends money to any consumer. The agency that performs these investigations gets its budget directly from the Federal Reserve, and the Congress is forbidden by its own statute, signed by the President, to inquire into the agency’s budget. This is a perfect example of a violation of separation of powers that the Constitution was written to prevent. There are many others.

Executive Amnesty

obamatearing-constitutionNow the President has legalized the residence here of several million people who have entered the nation illegally. Immigration and illegal immigration are of course tangled and difficult issues. There are so many illegals, and many of them have been here for a long time. Many of them have children, and the children are citizens under the current reading of the Constitution (there have been others).

The President himself spoke about amnesty by executive order to a Hispanic group called La Raza, which means “The Race”: saluting by race and categorizing by race have reached epidemic proportions in our country. Obama was pressed by La Raza, as he has been by many others, to provide amnesty by his authority alone. He replied in his La Raza speech, “I swore an oath to uphold the laws on the books.” “Believe me,” he continued, “the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. . . . [But] that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.” Now he has changed his mind, however, and has done what the Constitution, by his previous admission, prohibits.

There are many reasons why one must sympathize with illegal immigrants and their children. There are many reasons to rue the generation or two of bad policy that has admitted them here, designed and implemented by people who simultaneously failed to make the case for a wide immigration policy, legally sanctioned, that pays attention to ability to work and emphasizes the practices and beliefs that constitute the United States. But now that we have this situation, it must be resolved by constitutional processes. These are specifically contrived to include everyone in the debate and to make decisions over time, not suddenly and not partially. To circumvent those, which by his own words President Obama has said executive amnesty would do, is to circumvent the only system of self-government that we have.

Courting Votes

Of course there is a partisan aspect to all of this for both political parties. The President appeared at a gathering of La Raza because he was courting the votes of Hispanics, who are growing in number, and who vote more heavily for his party than the other. There is a well-developed and heavily-funded strategy to win a majority based in part upon this fact. That means that the President has an interest in amnesty, and so does his party. This fact reminds one of the actions of the British king, cited in the Declaration of Independence, to expand the territory of the British government in Quebec in 1774, and to give that government more control over territory previously associated with the American colonies. He gave it control of much of the Northwest Territory, eventually the subject of the Northwest Ordinance. The king was picking the constituency that he wanted, and by this means, our Founders thought, he was circumventing the will of the people.

These issues are of concern to Hillsdale College for several reasons. There is the fact that we were founded, as every old liberal arts college was founded, to study the nature of man, his place in the order of creation, and his relationship to God and to the other creatures. It was organized to find the good of each kind of being, especially the human being. This work, much more than any contemporary political question, is the heart of the work of the College and its main substance.

Because of this work, the College was founded in loyalty to the principles and institutions of this country. Its oldest building was dedicated on the Fourth of July, and this is one of many testimonies to this loyalty, some of them written in blood. America’s Founders believed, and the founders of our College agreed, that the regime of freedom was the best to protect the ability of each to seek his virtues, moral and intellectual, and especially wisdom and the knowledge of God. These activities cannot be commanded in detail from above.

family5prayingdinnerAnother reason we care about these matters is because we wish to continue as we have always done, according to the mission explained in our founding document. We wish to continue to teach the moral and intellectual virtues, which include the personal, the family, and the civic virtues, and which include the pursuit of prudence and wisdom. We wish to continue to teach that the family, established in nature and established in the same way in faith, is the best way to raise children, and the raising of children is necessary to the well-being of everyone in every generation, young, middle aged, and old. And if the current political trends continue, of replacing constitutional processes and self-government with administrative or bureaucratic command and control, the activities we have continued to pursue here for 170 years will be endangered.

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Solutions and Hope

We look back through the past and through the great books, old and new, and wonder what solution can be found to this crisis. It turns out that there are examples both of thinking and of acting that can help guide us. We require today a devotion to two things that are on the surface contrary. The first of them is constitutionalism, and the second is statesmanship.

It is obvious why these do not seem to go together. The work of statesmen is only a sharp example of something we all must do daily. We hold convictions that are elevated above practical circumstances, but we must apply those convictions amidst the pressures of the day. We compromise all the time: Shall we see our child’s basketball game or shall we go to the meeting at work? It is necessary to spend time with one’s children, and it is necessary to earn and provide for them. Our ends come into conflict all the time. Statesmen are people unusually adept at finding ways to get the best and avoid the worst, and constantly they adapt and compromise.

Constitutions on the other hand are grand laws written a long time ago. They get in the way all the time, and statesmen constantly have reasons to be impatient with them. Any list of the most influential heads of state in the 20th century has to include the names of Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini. They are not famous for their constitutionalism, but for being tyrants.

The greatest opposite example in the 20th century is found in the remarkable career of Winston Churchill, which I have been privileged to study. The British Constitution, and for that matter the American, are among his favorite themes. He served them faithfully through his more than 50 years of active political life, through war such as has never been seen, and also through unprecedented economic depression.

These two solutions, constitutionalism and statesmanship, come together then in the careers of certain remarkable people. On the one hand they are good at getting power, and on the other hand they are quick to give it back and to set examples that serve to distribute power long after them. One need think only of George Washington and his repeated resignations from office just at the moment when he had gained such credibility that some called for him to become king. If you want to see a contemporary example, watch the victory speech of the newly-elected U.S. Senator from my home state of Arkansas, who spoke of the need to find ways for our government to address our many problems, including those of the poor and the weak, while still running the government under the Constitution so that the people can control it, and not it the people.

Although we have plenty to worry about in the management of the College that stems from these great trends, still we see reason to hope for more waves in the direction of the Constitution. Our crisis may be grave and threatening, and yet it cannot be worse than others we have survived in the past. Those others can supply a guide to us today. And just like the pursuit of wisdom, so the life under free and constitutional rule is a beautiful life, and it sings to the heart of every man and woman.

Walker Win in Wisconsin a Victory for Liberty

Scott Walker Superstar wins Victory for American Liberty

Rush Limbaugh

keyRUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, the Republican Party has a genuine star. The Republican Party has a demonstrated, genuine hero and potential star in its ranks, and he is the governor of  Wisconsin. His name is Scott Walker. Scott Walker has won three out of four elections in the last five or six years, regular gubernatorial races and a couple of recalls. Every American labor union, every American labor union thug, a rigged judiciary, a rigged media. The Democrat Party has thrown everything they’ve got at Scott Walker, and he has beat them back without one syllable of complaint, without one ounce of whining.

ScottWalker2All he has done is win and implement a conservative agenda that has created a budget surplus in his state. That has created rampant new employment. That has created a budget surplus which has allowed him to cut taxes. He has dealt a serious blow to the teachers unions, all to the benefit of Wisconsin schoolkids. The Democrat Party, in conjunction with the national media, has thrown every bit of slime, every bit of excrement, every dirty trick they have at Scott Walker, and he has beat every effort to not just beat him in an election, but to destroy him, to destroy his career, to destroy his reputation, and to destroy his life.

In the week before the election, Barack Obama went to Wisconsin to campaign for his opponent, Mary Burke. Bill Clinton campaigned in Wisconsin for Mary Burke. Hillary Clinton spoke out in support of Mary Burke, his opponent. Michelle (My Belle) Obama campaigned in Wisconsin for Mary Burke. Union money poured in to Wisconsin from all over the country.

The Wisconsin governor’s race was a national election. Every interest group in the Democrat Party, from the climate change group, to the animal rights group, to the militant extremists of every Democrat coalition, every group aligned in opposition to Scott Walker and never once took him on on the issues. That campaign that they ran was personal. It was the politics of personal destruction and an effort to wipe him out as a viable figure.

I watched his acceptance speech last night and I saw the epitome of class. I saw the epitome of dignity. I saw a guy who was genuinely happy and respectful, and not one shred of bitterness. No evidence of anger whatsoever. The entire Democrat Party power structure went into Wisconsin to take out Scott Walker three times in six years. Scott Walker defeated his opponent, Mary Burke. Scott Walker defeated every national labor union. Scott Walker defeated Bill and Hillary Clinton. Scott Walker defeated Barack and Michelle Obama.

In other words, Scott Walker defeated the A team, not once, not twice, but three times. And he did it with a conservative agenda. Scott Walker has been elected three times to stop Democrats in Wisconsin. You don’t get much bluer as a state than Wisconsin used to be. University of Wisconsin is there, Madison. That’s where Donna Shalala was the university president, where she came from. It is a blue state like Minnesota is a blue state, like New York is a blue state.

What’s happened in Wisconsin doesn’t get very much chatter because it’s Wisconsin. It’s the upper Midwest, no real stars there, and, besides, it’s a profound Democrat embarrassment what happened, and so it doesn’t get a lot of chatter. But Wisconsin last night was a huge, huge win. And Scott Walker, has, by virtue of his work, created a blueprint that is there for anybody in the Republican Party to follow if they want to experience the same results he has. So I just want to take a few minutes here to congratulate him on his big win.

Moral Repair: Republican Party Victory about Character, not Race

1. Beyond Congress: GOP tsunami rips through states

At last, there is hope for true moral repair in our beloved country—

Democrats left at lowest point in nearly 100 years

keyVoters “are aligning their votes with their values and they’re voting for candidates who are simply not their own complexion”. ~Senator-elect Tim Scott
Jerome R. Corsi

NEW YORK – The GOP “wave” Tuesday was not limited to Congress alone.

wave2gopvictory“This was a wave election victory for Republicans in state legislatures across the country, leaving Democrats at their lowest point in state legislatures in nearly a century,” Morgan Cullen, senior policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Colorado, told WND.

“Even though the GOP was already at a high-water point in state legislative control, last night was a big night for Republicans in that the 2014 midterm election saw the GOP make important additional gains in legislative control.”

Voters Tuesday were deciding 6,049 state legislative seats in 46 states, nearly 82 percent of all seats.

State legislatures typically are the place where both Republicans and Democrats groom future candidates to run for governor, as well as for Congress.

Cullen noted Republicans have gained a net total of 332 seats in state legislatures nationwide out of the 649 seats up for election, with some outstanding races still too close to call.

Moreover, the GOP added majority control of 10 state legislative chambers, including the Colorado Senate, the Maine Senate, the Maine House, the Nevada Assembly, the Nevada Senate, the New Hampshire House, the New York Senate, the New Mexico House, the Washington Senate and the West Virginia House. The West Virginia Senate is now deadlocked and two chambers still undecided are the Colorado House and the Washington House.

In addition, Democrats lost their super-majorities in the California Senate, the Vermont House and the Maryland House of Delegates.

Republicans now control 67 state chambers while the Democrats control 28. Prior to Tuesday, Republicans had a 57-41 advantage.

Republicans have complete state control – both chambers and the governor’s mansion – in 23 states, compared to six states for the Democrats.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/11/gop-wave-more-massive-than-anyone-realized/#w8DJIQbFh23OABXA.99

 

It’s about Character …

2. Tim Scott: People Are Voting Based on Values, Not Race

TimScottSenator Tim Scott (R-SC) argued that voters “are aligning their votes with their values and they’re voting for candidates who are simply not their own complexion” in an interview broadcast on Wednesday’s “OutFront” on CNN.

Scott talked about his experience last night becoming the first African-American elected to the US Senate since Reconstruction, saying “I’m blessed to have a grandfather that is 94 years old. He’s seen a different America growing up than I have, and here is a fella who was a youngster picking cotton and in his lifetime he’s seen his grandson get elected to Congress and now the Senate. For me, looking at him last night, watching me give a speech was one of the most remarkable experiences of my life.”

He added, “Well I think, if you look around the country and you look at some of the most successful campaigns, you talk about [Rep.] Mia Love from Utah, the first African-American female [Republican] winning in the history of Congress. You look at [Rep.] Will Hurd in Texas or the new Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, Mr. Rutherford. Here is what we see happening throughout the country, is that people are aligning their votes with their values and they’re voting for candidates who are simply not of their own complexion.”

Scott also addressed the issue of mistreatment faced by African-American Republicans, he stated “one of the challenges I do see in the future is this culture of low expectations that are driven by some folks who seem to profit from keeping some folks down and unfortunately sometimes it’s your peers.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/11/05/Tim-Scott-People-Are-Voting-Based-on-Values-Not-Race/

3. Mia Love: ‘I Wasn’t Elected Because of the Color of My Skin’

Character, not Race…

mia-loveLiberals will be saying all kinds of things about her, but we know that truth. Conservatism is what matters.
Check it out:

Congressman elect Mia Love celebrated her surprise victory in Idaho as the first black Republican woman to be elected to the House of Representatives.

But during an interview with CNN this morning, Love was quick to explain that she was not elected because of her race or gender.

“I wasn’t elected because of the color of my skin. I wasn’t elected because of my gender,” she said during the interview. “I was elected because of the solutions that I put at the table because I promised I would run a positive issues-oriented campaign and that’s what resonated.”

According to the Associated Press, Love earned 50 percent of the vote against her Democratic opponent Doug Owens who earned nearly 47 percent.

Love said it was clear that Utah citizens were “not interested in dividing Americans based on race or gender,” but electing people who had integrity.
Read more at http://conservativebyte.com/2014/11/mia-love-wasnt-elected-color-skin/

 

4. GOP wave could turn spigot on Keystone XL pipeline

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Cowboy Byte

The Republican wave Tuesday could bring a gusher of oil down from Canada, as GOP gains in the Senate appeared to give backers of the Keystone XL pipeline a filibuster-proof majority.
Check it out:

pipelineThe long-delayed final phase of the tube, envisioned as bringing oil from Alberta’s tar sands and North Dakota’s Bakken formation oil fields to Gulf Coast refineries, moved a major step forward as Republicans took control of the Senate. While Canadian oil is already piped into the U.S. via the existing, circuitous portion of the pipeline, the final phase would create a nearly straight shot from Alberta to Houston.
“I think you’re going to see us bring up energy legislation right away and Keystone will be one of the first things we pass,” Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said late Tuesday.
Read more at http://cowboybyte.com/34588/gop-wave-turn-spigot-keystone-xl-pipeline/

Victory for Liberty vs. Barack Obama

The Victory Mandate: Republicans Were Elected to Stop Barack Obama, Not to Work with Him

Work for American Liberty, for a change …

keyIt is incumbent on Republicans to stand up and lead. It is incumbent on us to deliver that bold, positive, optimistic agenda. You know, the fact that the people rose up and voted the Democrats out of power doesn’t necessarily mean they trust the Republicans. They’ve given us another chance. But we’ve got to earn that trust, and the way to earn that trust is to listen to the priorities of the people.

And I hope come January Republicans stand united, we stand as one, and we systematically — one after the other — vote on positive, pro-growth ideas. We vote on tax reform. We vote on regulatory reform. We vote on embracing the American energy renaissance. We vote on going after and stopping Obamacare. We deliver on the promises that Republicans campaigned on. ~Ted Cruz

 

 

GOPStopObamaPIXSpecial Report – the 2014 Election

We Won!

Democrats were routed across the country, losing not only control of the U.S. Senate, but three governors’ races. Democrats also lost 13 seats in the House of Representatives.

We gave Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi a strong message.

But that doesn’t mean we’re done. Far from it.

We have to remain ready to respond to — and fight – politicians who pose a threat to our freedom and liberty. And that means Republicans as well as Democrats.

It’s our job to make sure they follow the Constitution . . . honor their oaths of office . . . and spend their time and effort making the lives of every American better and more free.

“Here are some election highlights . . .”

2014electmapRepublicans win seven Senate seats outright.

Republican winners ran far better than the polls showed, calling into question whether pollsters need to go back to the drawing board before the 2016 presidential election.

Republican governors had an outstanding night, as Wisconsin’s Scott Walker overcame a nasty Democrat/Big Labor effort to beat him. This is Walker’s third statewide win in two years.

Republicans also won in Maryland, which is a blow to outgoing Democrat gov. Martin O’Malley’s presidential aspirations, and Illinois, where Democrat Pat Quinn’s corrupt regime was soundly beaten.

In the House of Representatives, GOP pick-ups in Harry Reid’s Nevada, Georgia, and Utah – where Mia Love cruised to victory – all point to a more conservative House GOP majority.

Again, the numbers are good. The Democrats took it on the chin.

But just because Mitch McConnell and john Boehner control Congress doesn’t mean we can let up. Our liberty is too precious, and bought at too high a price, for us to rely on politicians to respect it.

Enjoy this moment . . . but always be prepared to fight!

American Update: Immigration, Obama Care, and Help for Ferguson

1. The St. Louis Tea Party did something remarkable in Ferguson – and you probably didn’t hear about it

flag1We all know that actions speak louder than words. And when you consider the media bias and the narrative that has been created, that sentiment is especially true for conservatives and Tea Party members in this country. Last weekend, the St. Louis Tea Party did something truly remarkable that has, quite literally, changed the hearts and minds of dozens of shopkeepers in the violence-plagued Ferguson, Missouri.

“I love what the St. Louis Tea Party did. If you are listening now, well done,” KFMB’s Mike Slater said on radio this morning. “Obviously Ferguson businesses were vandalized… So what did the Tea Party do? They sat on their couches and yelled at the television. No. They got together and decided to organize a ‘BUYcott.’”

In the aftermath of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, riots and violence plagued the streets of Ferguson resulting in the vandalism and looting of local businesses. In order to help these struggling businesses, the St. Louis Tea Party decided to organize a “BUYcott” on August 21.

TheBlaze reports:

The group spread the word of the “BUYcott” event on Facebook, hoping to get at least 20 people to show up and spend their hard-earned money at local Ferguson businesses on August 21. They apparently ended up with a group of about 40 “(mostly) white people” — and something amazing happened.

They reportedly targeted small businesses who “were hit hard by violence–violence committed (mostly) by out of town agitators, criminals, vandals, and hooligans.”

After the event, Tea Party member Bill Hennessy wrote about what he experienced that day. He said one business owner was particularly surprised to learn he was a member of the Tea Party, but that simple interaction that day very well may have changed the man’s mind.

“In that moment of reflection, I’m sure he was trying to reconcile ‘tea party’ with what he was seeing–four white people, ages 18 to 50, laughing, spending money, empathizing,” Hennessy wrote. “That moment made the whole event worthwhile.”
As Hennessey concluded, “you can’t change the world in your living room.”

“I said it’s essential to ‘win.’ What do you mean ‘win’? I mean a lot of things… [but] it means thinking outside the box,” Mike concluded. “I love what the St. Louis Tea Party did… Well done.”

The Blaze

2. Tea-party favorite looks to ‘shock the world’

Battling 2 GOP establishment rivals for Senate seat in Alaska, Palin territory

 

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teapartyelectionPalin-Miller1WASHINGTON – Joe Miller is a man who knows how to pull off a political miracle, and he believes he is on the verge of making history repeat in Alaska.

Four years ago, the little-known attorney from Fairbanks knocked off entrenched incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in a major upset in the GOP primary.

As WND’s Selena Owens described last week, an alarmed GOP establishment then teamed up with the Democratic establishment, and the senator retained her seat by winning in the November general election.

This time, Miller is facing what he described to WND as two establishment candidates in Tuesday’s GOP primary, but said, “This is going to be another upset. We’re going to shock the world again.”

Although the establishment has poured millions into the race, the biggest obstacle this time around, according to Miller, isn’t really money. It has been getting the word out to Alaskans about just how popular his campaign is with top conservatives.

He has been endorsed by such conservative stars as Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Mike Huckabee, Dr. James Dobson and retired Gen. Jerry Boykin.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/tea-party-candidate-looks-to-shock-the-world/#2HwUEW4vXAfG3KyW.99

 

3. Tea Party News Network: Paul Ryan ‘the Betrayer’

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Scottie Hughes, news director for the Tea Party News Network, gives her analysis of Paul Ryan’s new book in Politico Magazine

Maybe it was the prospect of big publishing bucks, or the adoration of national media, or maybe he genuinely believes this is his ticket to the top of the GOP presidential ballot, but Paul Ryan has decided in his new book The Way Forward to damn conservatives as the crazies behind a “suicide mission” for the country—even as he writes, oddly, that Republicans must hew to conservativism to win. It’s no secret that Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul don’t have many friends in Washington, so I give credit to Ryan for not even feigning it. But we of the grassroots GOP are in no mood to hear that our push for defunding Obamacare and using the debt ceiling to force President Obama to curb reckless spending had all the wisdom of a Japanese kamikaze.

It’s true that Ryan’s book wasn’t the first instance of him sticking his fingers in the eyes of conservatives. Ever since the failed election, he has seemed to not want to take up the mantle of controversy that his 2012 budget placed on his shoulders. Paul Ryan didn’t seem to fancy the ads of him throwing old granny off the cliff. And who could blame him? The vicious attack ads, the smears from the New York Times editorial boards. All that wears on a person. And clearly Ryan didn’t have the stomach for it.

Read the rest of the article at Politico.com.

 

immigrationcameraattheborder4. Immigration: 74% Oppose Executive Amnesty, White House Threatens Anyway

The Obama Administration faced another warning sign yesterday in its relentless push for amnesty. A new poll reveals most Americans, including key voters like independents and Hispanics, oppose the President’s plan to fundamentally transform immigration laws with the stroke of his pen.

According to a new survey released by The Polling Company, an overwhelming 74% of the 1,001 likely voters said they reject the idea of Obama sidestepping Congress and acting alone. This includes “81% of independents and 75% of moderates.”[1] Surprisingly, Democrats do not favor it either with 56% disapproving of such action. The only group showing support for the unilateral efforts is liberals, 52% to 44%. [2]

Despite the Left’s claims that current policies are too restrictive, an even higher percentage approve having tougher enforcement of current immigration laws.

“75% want more enforcement of current immigration laws, including 63% of Hispanics and over 50% of Democrats,” according to a summary section of its findings…

When asked if the 90,000 or so unaccompanied child immigrants that are expected to cross the southern U.S. border this year should be returned home or allowed to stay, 65% said they should be returned, and just 22% said they should be relocated around the United States.

http://www.teapartypatriots.org/all-issues/news/74-oppose-executive-amnesty-white-house-threatens-anyway/

 

obamacarekillingenrollees5. Obamacare Killing Enrollees, One Glitch at a Time

The goal of Nevada’s healthcare exchange, established under Obamacare, was to enroll 118,000 residents. However, problems plagued the system, preventing people from signing up and paying for coverage. So far, it has only amassed 38,000 participants with hundreds of patients, if not thousands, falling victim to a healthcare nightmare. LaTrina Reed’s tragic story has Nevada residents questioning Obamacare’s benefits.

Suffering from a painful, debilitating ovarian condition that leaves her nearly bedridden, the single mom has been unable to undergo routine surgery to correct her problems because of technical glitches with the state health exchange website. Despite paying seven months worth of premiums to Nevada Health Link, there is no record of her coverage. She is not alone. The exchange’s failure to recognize those who have actually signed up and paid is leaving Reed and many others in pain, misery and befuddlement.

“It’s like paying for car insurance and getting into an accident to find out you don’t have coverage,” Reed said.

http://www.teapartypatriots.org/all-issues/news/obamacare-killing-enrollees-one-glitch-at-a-time/

 

6. Obama and a funeral

obamagolfcourse2Last Thursday, the family of Major General Harold Greene laid him to rest[1] in Arlington National Cemetery. Greene, 52, was killed in Kabul[2] on August 5 when an Afghan soldier opened fire on a group of military officials. Greene, who is the first U.S. General to be killed in combat since the Vietnam War, was in Afghanistan to oversee the training of Afghan troops.

Noticeably absent from Greene’s funeral last week, however, was President Obama and Vice President Biden. Both were too busy vacationing to pay their respects at the funeral of Major General Greene. Obama was on the golf course as the funeral took place, playing some rounds with Valerie Jarrett’s cousin Cyrus Walker, a former lobbyist, and Ambassador Ron Kirk, among others.

The disconnect here is shocking.

We don’t think it’s too much to expect the Commander in Chief to attend a funeral like the one that took place in Arlington last week. It’s no secret that President Obama seems to begrudge his role as commander of our nation’s military. His foreign policy is, quite literally, all over the map. And the rest of the world knows it.

Moreover, with turmoil in the Middle East, Ukraine, West Africa, and Gaza, what better way to show strength and solidarity with the American people than to pay respects to the highest-ranking commander killed in decades?

What we’re calling for is not a photo-op, but rather the kind of unifying, strong presence the country needs right now. Obama’s absence was not only shocking, but downright disrespectful. We expect more from our Commander in Chief. Sometimes, it’s time to put away the golf clubs.

http://www.teapartypatriots.org/all-issues/news/obama-and-a-funeral/