Join me and the panel at 10PM to talk about all things politics this week.
· From the Morlock Revolt, blogger & Twitter star…Matt Dawson
· She’s a contributor at RedState, FreedomWorks & Revealing Politics…it’s Breeanne Howe.
· The host of the Tony Katz Radio Show, the cigar-loving… Tony Katz
· An original Top Conservative on Twitter and blogger at AlexaShrugged.com …Alexa Coombs
· Conservative Twitter celebrity, the one and only – Kevin Eder
· And from FreedomWorks, he’s known as @ExJon on Twitter…. Jon Gabriel
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One of the panels today at the National Review Institute’s Summit was “Solutions from the States.” The topics ranged from the transfer of income from high-tax to low-tax states, the impact of pop culture on conservatism and how to change it, and the broad wins at the state level that the Republican Party has had over the past several election cycles.
To that last point, John Hood – President of the John Locke Foundation – spent a few moments with me talking about how the strength of the state-based Republican Party can be translated to national prominence.
New US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) hits the nail squarely on the head in this piece for the Washington Post. The Republicans MUST become more effective at presenting the idea of the opportunities that conservatism provides. The GOP no longer needs to be known as the Grand Old Party, but the Great Opportunity Party. Our principles of limited government, personal responsibility, and a desire to make tomorrow better than today, are what make us uniquely qualified to address our nation’s challenges in the most productive manner. We MUST become salespeople of conservative ideals.
What is the opportunity that the GOP provides? We have a belief in the power of the individual to improve their own lot in life. We understand that it is hard work and a desire to learn that allows people to invest in their future. We KNOW that America and our founding principles are what continue to make America that “shining city on a hill” that John Winthrop spoke of as he reached the shores of this great land. I believe that we are at a time for choosing, and we must do as Reagan said, ““Four years ago we raised a banner of bold colors – no pale pastels. We proclaimed a dream of an America that would be a ‘shining city on a hill’.” We’re talking about the same bold colors today – crafting a message of opportunity and then communicating that message eloquently, forcefully, and without apology.
We offer a spirit of entrepreneurship. This idea is not only confined to those that own their own business, it applies to everyone as they seek to do their job to the best of their ability. I remember a store manager early in my career said to me, “Billy, in order for us to be successful, we need to run it like we own it.” He meant to take pride in the job that I did, and if I took ownership of the job I was assigned, I would be rewarded. This lesson paid off, as a short period of time later I entered the management training program. I continued to carry that philosophy throughout my time in the grocery business, and continue it today as I have a small business of my own. Any person can be an “entrepreneur,” whether it is the men and women that keep the office clean, the folks that make the products we use everyday, or the people that take care of us when we go out to eat. Anyone that takes pride in their job, and seeks a way to improve, is an entrepreneur.
We offer a way to invest in their future. The ability of an individual to keep the fruits of their labor is essential to investment. When we speak of “investing,” we don’t mean merely putting money in a 401(k), we mean saving to buy a place that you can call home, to buy books for your children so they may learn, to afford a family vacation so that you can make memories that will last a lifetime. Investment can take on many of these forms, but it is about one fundamental idea, “I want to make tomorrow better than today.”
We know that personal responsibility is essential to success. When you play by the rules and work hard you CAN succeed, however a burdensome government can often make this more difficult. The wages that people earn should not be used to bail out irresponsible business owners and others that have made poor decisions. The ability to fail is essential to success, I have learned far more from my failures, than I learned from my successes. If that opportunity to fail was not there, I would never have learned those valuable lessons. When people make bad decisions in business, they need to be allowed to fail, so that we all may learn these lessons to ensure success in the future. It is much better to learn not to touch a hot stove by watching someone else burn themselves, than putting yourself through that pain.
We have many other reasons for why we truly are the “Great Opportunity Party,” and this is just a start. I challenge each of you to think of ways that opportunity can lead to success, and to become salespeople of these ideals. Change begins at home, and I hope many of you will join us in this fight. We must shout our message from the rooftops, and liberate everyone from the “soft bigotry of low expectations.” We can continue to ensure that America remains that “last best hope for mankind,” but it will take all of us working towards a common goal to get there.
I’ve arrived in Tampa and am now blogging from an awesome panel featuring some of the most powerful women in the Conservative movement.
This panel features Townhall.com editor and author Katie Pavlich, US Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, US Rep. Renee Ellmers and Breitbart Editor Dana Loesch.
The format is interesting… clips demeaning Republican women are shown (many are from Bill Maher, shockingly…). Then the panelists respond to the clips and the overall insulting way the media treats Conservative women.
It is a great panel to start the convention for me. All of these women are smart and accomplished and many have had to overcome great professional and professional odds.
Kudos to the organizers of this panel. It is an important topic and very empowering to hear our strong Conservative women stand up for their values and our nation.
I’m writing this on my iPhone with a new WordPress app. If it works, I’ll be blogging more!!
Yesterday, Human Events declared Dick Cheney to be the “Conservative of the Year.” (read the whole thing!)
In Washingtonian “inside the Beltway” terms, the most amazing aspect of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s new clout is that he is achieving it the old-fashioned way: talking about public policy. He is not running for President or any other office. He has not formed a PAC or a D.C. lobbying firm. He is not dishing on former colleagues, not spreading gossip, not settling scores. He is, instead, writing a memoir about his extensive career in public service, and giving occasional speeches and interviews, mostly on national and homeland security policy, long his central focus.
How is it, therefore, that someone who has no political ambitions can cause so much angst at the White House and in the mainstream news media? The irrefutable answer is that what Cheney is saying, primarily on foreign policy, defense and anti-terrorism, makes sense to more and more American citizens growing increasingly worried by the Obama Administration’s insouciance when U.S. national interests are threatened, both at home and abroad.
I’ll go one further. Cheney is without doubt The Conservative of The Decade and perhaps the most important and influential true American Conservative since Ronald Reagan.
Cheney proves again and again that he has core values and principles that are TRULY conservative and mirror the Founding Principles of this nation.
His devotion to individual American freedom and liberty is so pure that he becomes a progressive on the issue of gay marriage.
History will judge Cheney well. He helped make decisions that needed to be made to save the Republic. And I am confident that by 2012, a majority of Americans will only wish that Dick Cheney was our President or Vice President.
– Bruce (GayPatriot)
UPDATE (from Dan): The former Vice President is not only, as Bruce noted above, devoted to his country, but also to his family, including his lesbian daughter. He has treated Mary as we wish all parents to treat their gay children, loving her for who she is, welcoming Heather, her partner, into the family as he has her elder sister’s husband, including that same-sex couple in official events, including three inaugurations.
It is unfortunate that more gay Americans, including the heads of various gay organizations, don’t give this good man his due. They may not share his politics, but they should at least appreciate his example.
In the wake of the Washington Blade story yesterdayÂ suggesting strong ties between Log Cabin Republicans and left-wing liberal activist Tim Gill, I was contacted by a long-time Log Cabin insider.Â Â He is aware of my long-time hunt to connect the money trail between Gill & the “gay Republican” organization.Â
This individual has been a source for many of my Log Cabin-related postings since 2004 and continues to have unprecedented access to the affairs, both past and present, of the national gay Republican organization.Â I shall refer to my source as “Lance”, in order to protect his identity.
Lance confirmed the Log Cabin financial dependency on Tim GillÂ raised in the Washington Blade story.Â He personally witnessedÂ money being exchanged between Log Cabin’s National OfficeÂ and Tim Gill’s political organization in Colorado:
I can tell you that [in early 2004],Â I personally saw transfers and checks for $350,000 from Gill Action to LCR.Â Â
Lance also confirms suspicions that I have made repeatedly here at GP.org, that the anti-Bush TV ads in 2004 run by Log Cabin were significantly financed by Tim Gill’s money.
Some was sent in and went directly out to theÂ TV stations the other money went to pay the bills and staff.Â
(Yeah, I feel like saying “I told you so”… but I won’t.)Â Sometimes you do live long enough to see yourself vindicated!
Lance also raises questions about the past financial dealings at Log Cabin in 2004-05:
Bill Davenport [another donor]Â was in for about another $100k (now he won’t give anything) but other monies were sent to a â€œnewâ€ account opened in Virginia â€” there was at least one of those.Â Craig Engle, the counsel for Log Cabin at the time, was determined to hide the flow and never knew I had been aware [of the other account].Â
I am sure well over HALF the LCR budget came from Gill that year (2004)Â and the next.Â Including many, many more funds that went to Liberty Education Forum [a Log Cabin affiliated group].Â
The troubles at Log Cabin have only just begun, according to Lance.Â And they involve former LCR President Patrick Guerriero’s expenses, which I questioned last year:
The melt down over the board is another hurricane brewing.Â Someone, not sure who, finally looked at the Patrick GuerrieroÂ expense logs and it is a real goat f**k.Â Including billing Log Cabin for a trip to Iowa that he (PG) submitted identical billing to the school that invited him to speak!
WHEW.Â I appreciate Lance’s candor and courage.Â Â Shouldn’t someone — besides those trying to cover each other’s assesÂ on theÂ Log Cabin board –Â investigate these allegations since LCR is a membership-driven organization.
Oh, did IÂ mention that Log Cabin RepublicansÂ and the Gill Action Fund areÂ both 501(c)(4), non-profit, tax-exempt organizations under the IRS code?
How on God’s green Earth can Donna Brazile sit on her spot on the CNN Election Central command center week after week and pretend to be an “unbiased” political analyst?
Is it just me?Â Don’t the Objective Journalists(tm) of the world see the obvious conflict of interest?
This is the equivalent of a board member of Bear Stearns appearing on CNN and pretending they were an uninterested observer talking about the subprime mortgage crisis.
It is really sickening to see the increase in the unholy alliance of the US News Media and the DC Political Establishment.
-Bruce (GayPatriot) — cross-posted at The Next Right.
I’m glad I didn’t have to do all of the hard civics work and research needed to present the “Terrorists Guide to the USA Election”…. Michelle Malkin has done it for me.
Between Howard Dean promoting age discrimination against John McCain and Barack Obama’s trashing of religion, it is quite clear the Democrat Party will be declaring war on all sectors of traditional America in their campaign this year.
But going unnoticed is how the Democrats & Obama have swiftly thrown the gays under the bus already. Obama’s “Other Pastor” is stridently anti-gay. The Illinois Senator is snubbing local gay media across the nation. And where’s the outrage with this ad, from the DNC itself, with the rampant gay stereotypes?
One can only imagine the howls from the Hypocrite Rights Campaign if this were a Republican-produced ad! Shouldn’t the ‘Liberal Outers’ go after the producer of this ad as much as they did Republican gays working in Congress?