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Scott Rasmussen gets it right: its the peoples seat.

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Early this year Republican Scott Brown shocked the nation with an epic win in the Massachusetts  U.S. Senate contest. At the heart of his campaign was a one liner used in a debate with his opponent - which to this day resounds: The U.S. Senate seat did not belong to Ted Kennedy. It belonged to the people of Massachusetts.

Scott Rasmussen points this out in an excellent piece penned in the Wall Street Journal today. Americans truly want government back in the hands of where it belongs, the people. Nothing more. Nothing less.

It is correct to say people are mad as the devil and are doing the best they can to reclaim their government from bottom up because they know that their elected representatives are not listening.

It is  incorrect to say people want to axe government completely - however tempting it may be.

As I read comments from pundits and friends across this great nation I get the feeling that we as conservatives may miss the train, just like Barack Obama and Democrats did, while searching for perfection.

This troubles me greatly. If we do not listen, it will be our turn to face the wrath of our fellow citizens. We  would undoubtedly be handing the keys back to those who would do this nation harm.

Need an example? Look no further than the West Virginia U.S. Senate race for evidence.

John Raese (R) was pulling ahead until a   comment was made  in which he “absolutely” wanted to abolish the minimum wage. From that point forward, Raese’s campaign plummeted.

There are other examples which prove that conservatives  can over play their hand too, with result in disastrous effects (ex: Christine O’Donnell (R) - DE).

However, there also is no doubt that tomorrow’s vote is a direct rebuke to the form of socialism President Obama is craming down our throats. People are screaming with a loud voice “no!”

It is that rebuke, and desire to recapture what our Founding Fathers envisioned - public servants kneeling to the desires of the American people’s will.

Steel yourselves heroes

Monday, October 25th, 2010
This is our final stand. What happens here will echo through the ages. Regardless of outcome, they will know that we fought with honor. That we fought for the freedom and safety of our people.
Remember, heroes, fear is your greatest enemy… Steel your heart and your soul will shine brighter than a thousand suns. The enemy will falter at the sight of you. They will fall as the light of liberty* envelops them!

With one week to go with what could be our last opportunity to reject Marxism and preserve freedom and individual liberty many inspirational speeches and events come to mind. One such speech which is a bit obscure, but fun to over lap, is given by fictional character Tirion Fordring in the video game World of Warcraft.

While the source of the speech shows my innate level of geek, the context in which humanity is confronting its most ultimate evil applies all the same to our nation’s current struggle.

The speech is given as the player is entering one of the games most notorious villains’s fortress after “months” of trial and tribulation. It is a do or die moment essential to the freedom of the planet.

The same can be said about our current predicament. Either we succeed and hold the line on government interference in our lives as our forefathers envisioned or fail with severe consequences in which the back of our great nation will be broke in both terms of finances and freedoms.

That said, there is no comparison in modern day history with that of the grass roots activity we are seeing in response. Citizens understand the seriousness of the times we live in and are alert to the perils and snares which face this nation - and are energized.

So steel yourselves heroes. Our time is now.

(as I posted it above, with some modification to the end - i switched righteousness with liberty to make it more applicable)

Is criticizing McConnell NOW the best thing to do?

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

After listening to Rush and reading what Erick Erickson posted within the last 24 hours and looking at the tightening of the polls I must ask: was it wise to criticize McConnell this very instant?

I agree with the need to keep the GOP leadership in check and ensure that the Republican party pushes for repeal of Obamacare. To do so is an absolute must - and should be to the forefront of any agenda.

People are concerned with the economy and securing that freedom is at the top of the agenda. However, it is equally important to note that repealing Obamacare with reviving the economy because businesses will no longer fear new burdens imposed across the private sector.

I wonder aloud the damage created during the announcement and publicizing that GOP senate leadership might not be willing to move foward with repealing Obamacare.

How many people who were going to vote for a GOP candidate, especially in the senate, might figure it is simply business as usual and stay home?

How many people might figure after the report that “they are all the same” and vote on another issue which might favor the democrat?

We are too late in the game to be shooting our selves in the foot.

I have cautioned in the past about the need for humility and cautioned against embracing internal power struggles at this time.

I understand the why and agree with the reporting - but I pray some common sense is used about the WHEN and how. This is too critical of a time.

America needs a hand at the brake switch and the only way to do so is unite and vote for a check and balance in the Senate and House of Representatives. Once we get to that goal, then we hold those elected official’s feet to the fire.

Pro-Tip for politicians: businesses need business, not loans and intervention.

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Pardon this small business owner for a moment of intellectual rage against the talking point machine. There is a need to challenge the notion “small businesses need loans” more than anything.

It is true that small businesses need loans to start and expand business - however as you might notice - many places are holding on for dear life. I should know, I run a small independent new media business for the past eight years. The past two of which I took a part time job to help make ends meet because of the slow down in the economy.

What small businesses do need is an increase in business and the ability to expend our cash how we need to in order to purchase the equipment necessary to stay competitive, not a longer “life line” which could end up in our eventual bankruptcy.

Example: I needing to purchase Adobe CS 5 and upgrade my aging computer to a new 64 bit processor. The cost is not trivial if I build a machine that will last longer than two years and select the software package which best suits my company’s capabilities.

Forth coming tax increases, 1099 bruhaha and health care requirements all provide uncertainty regarding what margin is needed to purchase said equipment and stay in the black. As a result, no purchase is made.

The same can be said when businesses bid on projects at higher than dirt cheap prices.

So what ends up happening? One of three things: 1) Prices drop to get the job and pay the bills - this leads to inefficient levels of productivity with a still uncertain margin in which means purchases that are neded to expand and compete are put off to stay in the black 2) the client elects not to go with said project. Equipment is still not purchase. 3) Equipment is purchased on a gamble and the company goes into the red while prayers are offered up that enough bids are won and projects completed to eventually pay for the software.

Many government officials believe the third option looks fabulous - but in reality it is the death kneel of many businesses and our economy at large. It is also the reason why banks may not make loans to some small businesses. The same banks which took a strings attached government bail out over bad housing loans do not wished to be burned again.

With that said, if politicians honestly understood what businesses need to move forward they would focus on unleashing the power of individual and small business spending. This means removing uncertainty of Obamacare, cap and trade and numerous new government provisions which cripple our ability to make decisions for our selves and businesses competitive.

Unfortunately, many apparently desire the opposite. Otherwise the policies coming out of Washington would help increase disposable income of the individual, strengthen the Dollar (instead of weaken it) and encourage business development instead of acting as a competitve adversary at every turn.

So I offer this protip: Businesses need business - not loans and intervention.

Lessons learned from the Roy Blunt for U.S. Senate campaign.

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

As many of you know by now, the DSCC pulled its resources out of the Missouri Senate race for the next two weeks. This should be noted with no small indifference as it invested more than $1.8 Million into the race, not including additional buys by Vote Vets and other third party organizations.

For those who do not follow the race Roy Blunt is now holding a steady, significant lead over Robin Carnahan.

This does not happen by accident, especially with the volume and intensity of attacks being lobbed at Roy every turn. There are lessons to be learned and noted - chief of them: listen to the people and work hard.

There is no magical formula or cheap tricks being used by the Blunt campaign, just hard work.

If one were to follow the Blunt campaign from day one you would see a candidate who not only talks about policy on the campaign trail, but gets into the thick of the crowd and meets with people. This means taking time to talking to people and listening to them. Even if the person disagrees with Roy, he treats those people with respect.

This should come to no surpise to Democrats as it is a time tested campaign element for what Roy does every year here in the 7th Congression district.

To that end, Roy is doing what most people in the state of Missouri, let alone nation, want from their leaders: their ear and respect. This is a lesson all our leaders should take note.

Totally and completely burned out. Toast.

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I am amazed at how God blessed my participation in the blogosphere in the past, and politics in general. I feel like I made an honest to God difference - for the right reasons.

I also know that now is the time in which we should be engaging in public discourse as our freedoms and liberties are in peril - and I am loving the grass roots movement tearing through the national scene. God bless those who question with boldness and courage and passion.

Instead I couldn’t help but to do no one should ever do: look over the shoulder and reminisce without energy to push ahead.

Maybe it is just a natural cycle of things. Perhaps it is, as Peggy Noonan noted two years ago, simply a matter that my time is past.

My stomach does not yearn for the present fight within the Republican party, yet I believe in the underpinnings of what is necessary and good to set things right and pray we will not settle for mediocrity.

In either case I find my self Cheering for Rubio against the oompa loompa overlord - yet shaking my head in disbelief over the false dichotomy set in motion during Delaware Senate primary.

To that end I find my self bound to twitter and simply providing friends and collegues insight of roots and snares which engulf the process with little energy for much else.

I suppose am burned out. For that, I apologize.

What’s missing in 2010 elections: humility.

Monday, July 12th, 2010

As I sit down to pen this piece I stew about whether or not our nation will be able to survive the latest charge by neomarxist in an effort to not just derail, but gut any semblance of our past. Are we the generation which will allow freedom and liberty to go by the wayside? If so, why?

I will be straight with everyone - I don’t have the answer at this very moment. In fact no one knows or can predict precisely what will happen in the next couple of years with any real certainty.

Still, my intuition screams that we will be in for a rough ride, as long as people put their own selfish interest above that of the nation. That would include the GOP regains control of a legislative body.

Why,  might you ask? I see humility in few who are currently seeking public office.

There are those who seek to destroy this nation from inside out by subverting our laws while attempting gain personal advantage by writing their own interest into those same documents. Oddly enough, it is believed by these same people  that enough voters will be either bought off or replaced that it makes the policy a okay.

Wrong.

Then there are those who act as if United States Constitution is a religious document and brandish it as if it were a weapon of brute force. God save those who may not agree with their interpretation or who believe other wise.

Yet I know only too well why many feel compelled to lash out in this manner with the daily bastardization of our nations foundation by those in Washington. I hear the call my self.

Still, it is equally as wrong.

Our founding fathers got it right, power does come from the consent of the governed.

Similarly, Ronald Reagan high lighted a very important functional aspect of that notion.  Our elected officials must remember this and work with an attitude of humility.

We should try to highlight what is best about our nation and move forward with policy which reflects our founders intent as much as the law its self.  It is not the letter of the law with regards to the Constitution which needs reviving but the spirit.  I am burdened down with the lack of leadership who simply wants to do the right thing with an attitude of humility.

To that end I would urge people to note that regardless of who ends up in control of the levers of power in November, without a change in attitude we will be heading in the same direction as four, six or even eight years ago.

2 Chronicles 2:14 says it best:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

I pray that Americans and those running for public office understand the gravity of the situation and choose what is right, because its right.

Warning for November 2010

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Ive had it folks. Ive had it up to here (hand gesture passed head).

We need to win this fall in the worst possible way. Not because of pure partisanship, but it is the only thing that will save this nation from falling into a dark state of socialism, if not out right communism.

On the surface it seems like things could be worse with a number of radical anti-freedom, anti-American bills queued up in Congress and the economy looking to be in recovery.

That belittles the significance of what is occurring in front of our eyes. The government is in full nationalization mode - taking over of several industries while quadrupling our debt striping the most basic of freedoms to determine our own fate via the passage of Obamacare.

With our nation shrouded in such darkness you would believe opposition would unite and people would focus on breaking the back of the policies creating the problem and destroying what made this nation great.

People get it, too. With every tweet I read and person on the street I discuss happenings in our nation with it is apparent people are mad as hell. We all know and agree that the government has gone too far. Way too far. The power needs to be returned to who it belongs to, us.

This is where our common ground ends, unfortunately.

In the search for political scalps or muscle flexing we seemingly end up in a tirade which produces scorched earth campaigns. This not only splits our efforts and undermines our goals, it serves the needs of those who seek to control us.

There is a reason why Reagan preached the 11th commandment.

Am I saying backing Rubio or Stutzman was wrong? No way. That is what primaries are for. He is the right man for the job. Crist’s changing of parties proves what Erick said before regarding the double standard conservatives are forced into during contentious elections. We must “playing nice.”

However, while we are striving to produce the best candidate who serves our nation, we should also not char participant’s policy positions beyond recognition. To do so is plain dumb and intellectually dishonest. Period.

It is for this reason I opposed “purity” tests and approach primary claims without policy backing with skepticism. We should have each others backs, without there being a knife involved in the process.

In my state, Sarah Steelman’s flirting with a U.S. Senate candidacy serves as a perfect example. Early on she attempted to smear Roy Blunt on earmarks (see my post on earmark demagoguery)  and smooze Erick Erickson while trying to figure whether she could win a GOP nomination for United States Senate. She never did follow through with her inquiry, but left plenty of ink for Democrats to use while the rest of Missouri was getting to know Roy. I should note Steelman joined the “Blunt Brigade” later.

We have one shot at returning the power base to the people and limiting our government.

We either lose the me first attitude and contempt for others within our movement or our nation loses what remaining freedoms we enjoy.

It is our choice.

Awesome video from the NRSC regarding 2010 elections.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Gotta love it. Lets see more of this.. and more talk about what Republicans can and will do to return us to our greatness (and I dont mean more government programs).

Chad Livengood’s piece on earmark definition a must read.

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

A few weeks ago I posted a piece regarding candidate demagoguery of the entire earmark issue. I predict that the issue will be raised repeatedly in the Seventh Congressional District (Missouri) primary.

To that end, Chad Livengood’s piece today is a home run and must read.

Why? Because it provides at very least a glimpse into the soul of each of the perspective candidates (at least the announced ones) and how they not only view what the earmark is, but how they would approach the process if elected.

I will defer my personal feelings on earmarks for another time but leave everyone with this question: Congress abused what used to be a legitimate process and corrupted it. Does this mean the process should be reformed or completely abandoned?

Whats more, Democrats are spending in excess of four times what the GOP Congress proposed with thousands of more earmarks - yet they seem to be still riding high. Why does this issue not plague them?