Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Train Ride of Life: Drive or Be Driven

I just received this simple, straigtforward email.

Leadership, liberty, self-governance are all under attack right now in our country.

We have a President who does not preside, nor enforce existing laws, but dictates his illiberal dictates at the expense of the US Constitutional and the rule of law.

Leadership in the House of Representatives is shifting toward confrontation, rather than accomodation. The weak leadership in the US Senate is now under fire.

Why? Because citizens shouted "Enough!"

The Train Ride That Is Life

It seems to me we are each driving a train on the tracks of our life.

Sometimes we take turns with others and instead become passengers on this train.

Is it your train or my train? What is your train of thought on the next fight that will come your way?

We must remain alert when we allow others to temporarily take the controls.

We will all have our desired destination, we as the conductor, will make sure we are moving toward.

Trains move very subtly. Before you know it, because you do not feel it, you are going in a different direction, and there is little to nothing you did to cause it, and it seems like even less can be done to stop it.

However, as simply a passenger on the train we can't be sure that we will end up at our desired destination.

Likewise, if we are not acting as the conductor how are we to know that we will end at the desired destination.

Conservatives have wanted someone else to do the leading, the fighting, the winning. That work now falls into everyone of our hands. We cannot sit back and hope that someone else can be the change that we want them to be, or to make in our country and in our lives.

It seems many of us have been enjoying the ride without knowing who it is that is driving and what is their idea of the best destination.

This can become a serious tragedy for us and our loved ones if we have just trusted without researching where the desired destination of this conductor plans to take us.

Do you and I know where we are going? Do you know where you want to go?

Today there are those that desire Statism as the destination and are working hard to veil that destination until it is too late to change tracks.

It is not too late to switch the track to our desired direction that will take us to our truly desired destination where for generations people have known will bring the happiness desired, bringing us to a Constitutional Republic where the freedom has been given that our Creator has shown unto us.

We need to relearn our liberty, what it means, what it entails, how the Founders and the Framers fought for what mattered.

No, it is not too late. We can still drive rather than be driver. We can rule rather than be ruled.

Politics Is a Numbers Game -- Which You Can Play

I have heard this truism many times, and indeed it bears repeating:

"Politics is a number's game."

Absolutely it is. No matter how strongly I may feel about any piece of legislation, if my political party and their ideology rests in the minority, I cannot plan on getting anything done on my own with my like-minded colleagues.

Now, that does not mean that the numbers will stay that way.

In fact, leading a fight, and even losing that fight, can broaden the pathway for long-term wins and finally victory in the war, whether ideological, moral, or political.

Republicans expanded their numbers in the House of Representatives. They took back the US Senate, and some all-star conservatives are demonstrating some real heft and might. Not just Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, but Tom Cotton of Arkansas and James Lankford of Oklahoma, along with elder statesmen like James Inhofe and Jeff Sessions, are pushing an assertive, conservative agenda, in spite of President Obama's officious, progressive politicking.

But where is the legislation to repeal Obamacare? Where is the legislation to stop President Obama's executive amnesty? How is it possible that the Republican US Senate would allow the more illiberal Loretta Lynch to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder?

Republican leaders in Washington are failing on two fronts, and they are in hiding behind the numbers to justify their lack of confrontation and leadership.

Politics is more than just a numbers game, a static set of statistics over which conservatives have little or no control. The numbers that matter are not just in the legislature, counting votes.

They are in the public, among the masses, counting votes, raising awareness, gathering petitions, making people aware and angry at their legislators. We the People connect and create the most important set of numbers.

Another number: the number of times that any group of people contest and fight, who refuse to allow an issue to die away.

At the outset of the American Revolution. aside from a small band of farmers in New England, most colonists were either too disconnected or uncommitted to thwart the British Empire. During low periods of the fight, General George Washington had to pick his fights, ensuring that he would win, or at least draw enough blood and rally support for the next fight should he lose.

Strategic losses lead to greater victories every time.

So, where is the legislation repealing Obamacare, Republicans? Why has leadership in the US Senate refused to take up any bill to cut down Obamacare? How about forcing every member of the federal government, including the staffers and the Supreme Court, to submit to Obamacare insurance?

Now, even if this legislation does not pass, if the Democrats in the US Senate insist on blocking legislation which is popular with the American people. the numbers which the Republicans needs in 2016 will start lining up behind them. Granted, the fifty-four member majority will have to defend twice as many seats as the Democrats. With more voters recognizing that the US Senate Republicans are passing pro-American legislation, and that the Democratic minority is styming these efforts, then they can turn their efforts toward firing up the base, and they will have more numbers on their side at election day, and better representation in the two chambers of Congress as well as the White House.

Yes, politics is very much a numbers game. But those numbers are more than just votes in a legislative body. They are the number of letters which a Congressman receives from angry constituents. Those numbers include the higher volume of calls hitting a US Senator's office. Other numbers worth calculating include the amount of money lost when key funding operations find that they cannot get anymore money.

Even though Congressman John Boehner was reelected in 2014, one conservative House Rep filed the discharge petition to have his chair vacated. That one move generated momentum from other members, which in turned demonstrated to the Speaker that the numbers were no longer on his side. He then stepped down. The same process could remove non-leading Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from the US Senate, too.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said it so well at the 2012 RNC Convention: "Real leaders change polls, not follow them". Once again, politics is a numbers game, but one in which the numbers can be played and changed to suit the needs of the conservative agenda.

Numbers also speak to the amount of time and energy that a diligent cohort never quits. Maine Governor Paul LePage refused to let up on welfare reform in the Pine Tree State. Whether he possessed a needed majority in either house of the Maine legislature, or faced off against Democratic majorities, LePage never stopped demanding welfare reform. Why? Because the Maine voters wanted it. He had the numbers which mattered: the consensus of the electorate.

With that, the Maine Democrats finally caved and signed off on welfare reform and expanded constitutional carry, fully respecting the Second Amendment.

How long have conservatives been fighting? How much time have they invested in the fight? Have they considered other venues for getting the numbers on their side? As Saul Alinksy instructed his left-wing acolytes in "Rules for Radicals", the fear of the threat is always greater than the threat itself."

Even if the physical numbers, in terms of votes or resources, are not readily available, such lack should not dissuade anyone from the fight for conservative causes and purposeful principles. Now more than ever, with growing majorities in Congress and throughout the country, Republican lawmakers and executives need to stand for what is right, and not give up the fight. The numbers may not look good right now, on paper, in the media, or within the legislative record. But with more views, and voters, supporting their values, they will get their numbers lined up their way, and win both the battles and the war to come.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz for Speaker of the House

I wanted Raul Labrador (R-ID) to run for Speaker of the House.

The Congressman has said nothing. No annoucements. No determinations. Nothing

I called his office. I contacted his media staff. They informed me that Labrador was getting phone calls and positive feedback from all over the country. Labrador had some experience running for House Leadership last year, and even though he failed in his bid, I believed that a second run would prove more successful.

However, after more than a week, with no press releases from his office, it's time for us to remember the wise rule of William F. Buckley: choose the conservative who is the most electable.

And electable includes someone who has elected to throw his hat in the ring.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)

That person today is Congressman Jason Chaffetz.

Chaffetz' has a slightly lower Heritage Action Score compared to Labrador (81% to 96%), but he still exceeds the current House average, and particularly Kevin McCarthy's.

He has a more reliable stance as a fighter, too. I will never forget the day when he read his condolences and outrage following the deaths of the four Benghazi diplomats. He wept. He openly blasted Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, when Cummings wanted to end the investigations into the IRS abuses against conservative groups.

The biggest fault against him would be his attempt to remove Mark Meadows from his subcommittee assignment on the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee. However, let's not forget that conservative pressure forced him and his leadership colleagues to back off. I want that kind of  leader, one who listens to conservatives and respects his like-minded colleagues.

I have no qualms about Chaffetz as Speaker at this time, then.

I have looked at his positions on his website, particularly immigration:

I have long believed that solving illegal immigration starts with fixing legal immigration. Our immigration system is completely broken and in desperate need of reform. The borders are not secure. The executive branch does not enforce the law.  We do not have a functioning entry-exit system. Our asylum program is being routinely abused.  We have an inept guest worker program, no national e-verify system, and we educate extremely smart and talented high-skilled people only to send them back to their home countries instead of allowing them to stay here to contribute to our economy.

Fixing the legal system is paramount for Chaffetz. He rejects compromise:

Each of these issues needs to be addressed on its own merits. Passing one massive comprehensive bill is not the answer.  Everyone can find something to oppose in a comprehensive bill.  Furthermore, "comprehensive" is slowly becoming a code word for amnesty. History has shown that massive legislation tends to collapse under its own weight because inevitably it contains something for everyone to disagree with.  For that reason I prefer a step-by-step, incremental, one-issue-at-a-time approach.

Works for me. I have more trust in his leadership at this point compared to anyone else's. We need someone not so close to the system, with a more reliable record, willing to fight for conservative values. I do not trust McCarthy, and the latest Breitbart article articulates why:

The division is largely between local agricultural interests, who see McCarthy as a potential ally on water and immigration issues, and the local conservative voting base.

Absolutely. Big Business and Limited Government are no longer strange bedfellows, but in open conflict in key issues, including immigration as well as a general atmosphere of compromise with a President who has aided corporate cronies at the expense of everyone else, literally and figuratively. Another statement from the post shows whom a McCarthy Speakership would benefit:

Ellis quotes Barry Bedwell, president of the California Fresh Fruit Association, saying: “The bottom line, this is a tremendous opportunity for California and, specifically, the San Joaquin Valley.” Ellis also quotes local conservative Serafin Quintanar, declaring: “He’s part of the problem.”

A speakership needs to advance a conservative, constitutional agenda, not promote the limited interests of fruit companies, farmers, and one section of one state. He also needs to speak well, communicate effectively. With that, there was McCarthy's gaffe about the Benghazi investigations, which he diminished by calling them political. He admitted his regret about this statement.

Rep. Chaffetz

Chaffetz argued a number of good points on Fox News Sunday, the same day that he announced his bid for the Speakership:

Things have changed. There's really a math problem. You need 218 votes on the floor of the House. There are a growing number of people who cannot and will not vote for Kevin McCarthy. He's going to fall short of the 218 votes.'

We were entrusted by the American People with the largest majority the Republicans have ever had, since Babe Ruth was swinging the baseball bat. But they didn't send us here to perpetuate the status quo. 

He hits every nail on the head. The voters, the conservatives, want a fighter, someone who recognizes that business as usual in Washington, including backroom deals and easy compromises, will no longer get the job done.

They want us to fight. They want us to take the fight to the Senate. They want us to take that fight to the President, and they want us to take that fight to the American People.

I can bridge the divide between are more centrist members and are more far right-wing members.

One thing is certain - leadership in the House must work on bringing together the Republicans and fight the Democrats. Chaffetz understands this conflict, and called out McCarthy because this divide has only deepened under Boehner's leadership.

Here are some other fine moments from Chaffetz the Oversight Committee Chairman:

Investigating Planned Parenthood - do they deserve taxpayer subsidies?

He trashed IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for his professionalized stonewalling against investigations into the rogue, abusive IRS

He faulted the FOIA Czar, who was aiding and abetting the Obama Administration's excessive secrecy, as "Living in La-La Land".

He attacked Jonathan Gruber, the "liberal racketeer"  architect, with: "I don't want to talk to your counsel. I want to talk to you under oath."

Wow! A fighter, not a flighter. I will support Jason Chaffetz of Utah for Speaker of the House.

Contact his office and your Congressional representative, that you support Chaffetz for Speaker:

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Old School Is Out: Time To Fight Anew

John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and even Kevin McCarthy are all part of the Old Boys Club.

They want to make deals.

They want things to "work out" smoothly. They like compromising, and making everyone happy, including themselves. They want to get rich, or step out of office trying. There is no better gig for lawyers and lawmakers than elected official, then lobbyist.

Mitch McConnell especially wants to give the impression that the US Senate is "governing."

However, the rogue in the White House is not playing by the rules, i.e. the Constitution. He does not care about making deals. He wants everything his way, and will destroy the constitutional program in the process.

Government is about restraint, restraint of the federal government, and liberty for the individual states and the people. For anyone who disagrees, feel free to read the last two amendments in the Bill of Rights.

Barack Obama needs to be stopped. His overreach and executive frauds cannot be tolerated.

Old School

The "Washington Cartel" does not understand this.

Let's go one step further: they do not care.

Boehner and Co. wanted amnesty, and they did not care if the President got away with it or not. McConnell and GOP leadership depend on major funding from large donors like the Chamber of Commerce and other large corporate firms.

Their interests are particularly out of step with the needs and views of the American public.

They do not want unfettered amnesty. They do not support "Gay marriage" or abortion, either.

They want limited government, individual liberty, and constitutional governance.

The Old School approach to Congressional representation, where there was a dime of difference between the Democrats and the Republicans, is long gone.

The Republican base is rising up, the Tea Party element forced this change. The power of Big Business is losing its grip on Washington. Crony capitalism is taking hit after hit on its influence. New representatives are disrupting business as usual.

Old School is out. It is time to Fight Anew! It's time for a New School of fighting, one where confrontation is the norm, not compromise and accomodation.

Republicans today need to wake up and recognize that they are not working with someone who loves this country, who wants what is best for the American people. He has a vision, a fundamental transformation of this country. There is no compromising, no negotiating with such a narrow, arrogant vision of American and its political culture.

Time to get back to fighting for what matters, not getting by and hoping to escape out of office with more than you had at the beginning. Old School, Old Boys Club governance is out.

It is Time to Fight Anew!

An Open Letter to Justin Beiber's Open Letter Pen Pals

One of the biggest transitions I have learned about the Christian life is that this life is not something that I create.

This life is a gift which Christ lives in me, and that He is alive, and alove carrying us through all our hard times.

There will be storms in our lives, but we can come to trust that the same Lord who quieted the storms will lead us across the sea of these turbulent times.

What has most often bothered me, however, among church people -- and I write with full disclosure, I do not attend a church, or what must rather be called a little building on Sunday -- "It is not enough to know the Christian life. You have to live it." Other comments I have often heard: "The Christian life is so hard. What was God thinking?"

All of this talk betrays a deep misunderstanding of the full ministry of Jesus.

Jesus did not come to make bad men good, to help so-so men live better lives, or to be an example for us to follow.

He came to be our Savior, to help dead men  to live.

From the Book of Beginnings, it could not be clearer: man which thought he could live on his own found out that he needed God for Life, for everything.

To this day, so many Christians still believe that they are responsible for producing "The Christian Life", when in fact. Christ is our life, and He is producing His life in us!

Justin Bieber (Daniel Ogren)

Jesus did not declare to His disciples: "I am the vine; ye are  the branches" to fill up space in a book, or to offer some spiritual nicety. He was telling the truth like it T-I-S.

Justin Bieber wants to live like Jesus.

Guess what? The only one who can live like Jesus is. . . Jesus Christ Himself.

Why else did Paul, one of the most important teachers and preachers of our time declares to the Galatians, and by extension all of us who believe on Jesus:

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness comeby the law, then Christ is dead in vain." (Galatians 2: 20-21)

Please stop talking about living like Jesus. We need Him to live in us!

Bieber wants to Live Like Jesus. Can You Be-Liebe it?

Baby! Baby! Baby!

I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry with joy when I heard that Justin Bieber wanted to live like Jesus. The Canadian darling who banged on drums as a boy, then gang-banged on the stage as a troubled teen, then went drag-racing and smoking pot as a young adult, the same one who said “wait and marry before having sex” --  wanted something more out of life.

No kidding.

The sex, drugs, rock and roll all gets old. “I would do anything for love” comes in a close second as the best thing that man can find, and money can’t buy. Yet this love has to be more than man can give, even Mom and Dad.

Normally, I get as political as they get on this website. I take on nasty comments from left-wig trolls. Sometimes conservatives get mad at me because I share views not quite in line with their world view.
Today, I am getting spiritual, writing about more than Bieber’s wanting to believe in Something greater. I also want to shout out at the pastors, the preachers, and the Internet teachers, especially those who see Christ and Christianity as a hard slog of self-effort, in which God saves man initially, but from that point on, you and I are on our own.

Born-again Believer (not a Belieber, I am sure) and Pastor Michael Brown made some interest remarks in his “Open Letter to Justin” , but I feel compelled to add something, and with all due respect, correct some things.

Brown’s main point started with “I'm just wondering, though, if you understand what it really means to live like Jesus.”

This statement reveals the frustration in the Body of Christ today, the misunderstanding about “give one’s life to Christ”, or “live for Jesus”, entails.

Let me clear: none of us can live like Christ, or be like Jesus. He needs to live in us!

In the Beginning, God warned the first man and woman: “Don’t eat from that tree (the knowledge of Good and Evil), lest ye die”. When they ate from the tree, they died, cut off from God.

Throughout the four Gospels, all of which detail Jesus’ earthly ministry, Jesus is trying to explain to man – particularly the Israelites – the impossible standard of living for God. How can we live for Him when we are dead? Passages in the Gospel of Matthew talk about renewed wineskins. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus relates the Parable of the Prodigal Son. At the end of the parable, the Father rejoices, because “My son was dead, and is now alive.”

In the Gospel of John, the account explicitly written to the entire world, Jesus emphasizes who He is: Life. We also find the heart of the Father fully revealed, and the necessity of understanding how much God loves – yes, present tense! – loves us.

The New Testament is predicated on what God has done for us through His Son: everything. When we understand how great God loves us, then we in turn can love others:

 “We love him, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4: 19)
Justin Bieber (Joe Bielawa)
In the original Greek, “him” is not there. We love anyone, because He first (and foremost) loved us.
The previous before grant a more resplendent revelation, which many American pastors seem indifferent or uncomfortable with sharing:

“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”

Brown is right that we receive a new life: “The old Justin Bieber dies and a new Justin Bieber lives” However, that explanation does not go far enough. We are taken out of ourselves, and brought into Christ.

We receive a new life and a new identity. God is no longer some loving being who sent His Son to die for us and as us. God our Creator becomes our Father. This fatherhood of God, or more accurately Daddy! God, is so desperately missing in our churches. For that reason, I believe that many young people who want life, who want love, who recognize that they have nothing but wants and nothing meets their needs, also find that they find neither what they want or need in churches.

Include me in that list. When I heard what the Gospel of Grace is all about (read Galatians 1: 6 if you doubt that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about grace), I felt betrayed. To this day, I have not set foot in a church where Jesus is not preached, alive and well and welling up within us as the Living Water (John 7: 37-39).

Bieber wants to live like Jesus. Jesus invited us to receive something way better: “I want you to have life, and that more abundantly (John 10: 10). Notice that Jesus did not say: “I have come to make your life better, or be an example on how to live.”

Paul the Apostle uttered this deep revelation very directly: “Yet I live, yet not I, but the life I live, I live by the faith of the Son of God.”

Jesus gives us Himself, and He lives in us! Moreover, we become sons of God, and become more like Him as we see more of Him in the Word (2 Corinthians 3: 18)

To Justin Bieber, I write that you are seeking Life. The Good News is that Life sought us, and seeks to bless us richly, if we will only receive Him.

Don’t take my word for it. Jesus Himself said:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
So what is our part, then?

“Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” (John 6: 29)

I would say to Justin Bieber: believe in Jesus, and let Him live in you!

Friday, October 2, 2015

GOP: Discuss the Divisive Issues!

Ann Coulter mocked the eleven Republican Party Presidential candidates in their second debate. All of them lined up and declared that they were pro-gun, pro-life, pro-Israel. I would add that all of them affirmed that they would cut taxes. That is all well and good, but why do Republican candidates seeking the “most conservative” mantle, and then the nomination, keep stumping on these nearly non-issues, which have been all but decided years ago?

Granted, some debate has lingered. The Second Amendment, abortion, and Israel were issues of deep contention thirty years ago. Ronald Reagan defeated the more liberal and moderate elements within the Republican Party. Today, any Republican who has any chance of running for national office cannot support gun control, abortion on demand, and would be a fool to dismiss Israel.

So, why do the Election 2016 Presidential candidates continue to espouse these already decided issues? They are easy to stand for, and make it easy to stand against competing candidates. Conservative voters should hope for more from their prospective nominee than more of the same. Presidential prospects do not want to alienate voters, but differentiate themselves.

Touching a third rail issue creates conflict with voters, donors, political action committees, and of course, the press.

What are the third rail issues which are dividing Republicans?

1. Immigration

This issue has riled up so many voters, but more importantly law enforcement and parents, who have witnessed the nationalized crime spree of illegal aliens attacking property and killing citizens. Enough is enough. Political operatives, the donor class, the Chamber of Commerce, La Raza, and even Big Labor have all jumped on the amnesty bandwagon. Cheap labor, assimilation be damned, motivates corporate cronies, looking for any means to save money. Big Government looks forward to rising masses of poor and unskilled migrants who depend on government assistance.
Immigration is a very divisive issue, even for conservatives, who fear that calls for a secure border will alienate minority voters and destroy the Republican Party. The truth is that more minority Americans see themselves as Americans, and nothing less. They do not support open borders, pathways to citizenship, or amnesty. Republicans win at the local level when they focus on accountability, transparency, and law enforcement. The conflicts over immigration center on enforcement, and therefore Republican contenders should not fear demanding a secure border, E-verify, and welfare reform to end negative inducements for illegal immigration.

2. Entitlement Reform

This country pays too many people not to work, and subsidizes the retirement of a growing class of seniors, now relegated to fixed incomes and limited opportunities. Obamacare has only expanded this overgenerous, underfunded welfare state, and given license to more people that they can have something for nothing. Even if the US Congress cut all the discretionary spending, including the military, to nothing, and taxed the wealthiest 1% among us, the entire revenue stream would not dent let alone diminish the structural deficits bankrupting this country.

It's time for a serious talk with the American voters. Uncle Sam simply cannot carry every American into retirement. The states must take on the costs -- and the benefits -- of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security. The federal government simply does not belong in the Entitlement business. Of the seventeen candidates who entered the Election 2016 Presidential race, only two have discussed entitlement reform: Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie.

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Why have most candidates avoided this contentious yet unappealing topic? Seniors vote, and they vote a lot. Millenials are waking up to their civic power, and the financial necessities weighing on them, bu senior citizens remain the major voters in elections. Leaders will have to explain to current retirees and workers that the United States cannot pay all the bills anymore. Yes, this discussion is painful. No, politicians want to get votes without worrying about the backlash for unpopular views. However, the United States of America has become a debtor nation, and one which other countries will no longer service with bonds and loans. Do we want to turn into the next Greece?

3. Liberty

Yes, Republicans need to stand with those marginalized populations in this country whose rights are under attack. "Marginal" does not mean "minority", however. County Clerk Kim Davis was forced into a jail cell because she refused to comply with an illegal, immoral, and unconstitutional ruling from the United States Supreme Court. Only a handful of Republican Presidential candidates rallied to her defense and opposed the SCOTUS for redefining marriage in such an arbitrary and unjust fashion. Freedom of speech is under attack in the press and on campuses, too. The United States government, and to a lesser extent the American People, have forgotten that liberty is not a benefit derived from the state, but rather freedom from government coercion and intervention. Associate Justice Clarence Thomas addressed this fundamental misunderstanding at work in the American conscience. Presidential candidates must address this problem and redress the misunderstanding about our liberty.

4. Labor Reforms

Of all the special interests squelching limited government, individual liberty, and constitutional rule in our Republican, the most vicious and insidious force is Big Labor. With their forced membership and coerced union dues, labor unions tap into flowing funding streams to bankroll illiberal, statist causes and candidates, at the expense of individual workers and taxpayers but without their permission. Cities and states are going bankrupt because of Big Labor's undue influence, putting in place union puppet Democrats and intimidating otherwise fiscally prudent Republicans. At the federal level, bureaucrats and civil "servants" are union members, and they vote Democratic, and they want to the Big Government juggernaut firmly in place, paying their salaries, providing for their lavish retirements, and protecting their unearned power in Washington.
Yet no one is talking about defeating Big Labor in Washington  -- yet.

For Election 2016, Republican primary voters enjoy of the widest, deepest benches in decades. It would bode well for us, for them, and for the country if they gathered the courage to discuss serious and divisive issues, too.

Ditch Mitch

Speaker of the House John Boehner is going, going, gone. Ben Shapiro fears that in his last month of power, Boehner (or Boner, as the Views bonehead liberal Joy Behar called  him) will roll over and roll Barack Obama’s agenda all over his restless and restive caucus. Whether within the Beltway or the Bible Belt, conservatives are learning to accept that politics is an ongoing numbers game, one in which We the People have to do more than sit on the porch and complain about the state of affairs.
We get to change them, if we are willing.

The fight is rolling ahead, and already I have networked with fellow conservatives across the country: Raul Labrador for Speaker of the House. Don’t mind me. If you want someone else, let that Congressman know! Following the Sunday missive (missile?) against the Ohio Oompla-Loompa’s likely successor, I got a nasty text from a staffer in Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s staff: “Nice article. . .” When I called to say thanks, he simply muttered: “I was being sarcastic.”

As if. Not me!

Why should I be sad that I made a Congressman mad? Rep. Peter King lamented in his wobbly Long Island accent: “The Crazies have taken over the party”. I laughed out loud, then channeled my inner Ted Cruz: “If the crazies have taken over, then I am a proud crazy.” I would also have to ask: does the crazy crew include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Frederick Douglass?
Indeed, for any politico who has lived, breathed, eaten, and slept (in, with, around) the current Washington korrupt-ocracy, challenging leadership and demanding an affirmation, restoration, and implementation of principles could not be further from their minds. Mind you, I do not support term limits. An election is the best tonic for bad leadership, provided that the citizenry is informed – and angry – enough to do something. Besides, standing for something, at great risk to your current well-being and future calling – that will always seem crazy. Benjamin Franklin warned his conspiring revolutionaries: “We better hang together, or we will all hang separately.”

Time to Ditch Mitch

Today, conservatives have far less to lose and more to gain in challenging the Big Government, backroom dealing, back-scratching statist status quo. Social media has made it so much easier to be a citizen journalist, lobbyist, and activist. As I wrote at the end of my latest report on Huntington Park: 
“I’m loving every minute of it!” Cue the Jerry Seinfeld theme music. Maybe we should have a DC Festivus for the Rest of us.

Boehner is down, and who should go with him? Yes, McCarthy (and Renee Ellmers, too!), but there is this other chamber, the US Senate, also run by also-ran politicians who have been good at reading the pulse of their donors and political movers and shakers in their own states, but just can’t seem to feel, or pay attention to the mood of a frustrated electorate demanding resistance, not just mere get-along Gang of Eight governance.

So, who is in the crosshairs now? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Don’t get me wrong. I had high hopes for the Senior US Senator from the Bluegrass State. Yes, he endorsed a long-time, well-connected figure instead of Liberty Caucus Rand Paul, but he turned things around once Rand was the last one standing in 2010. He punched back twice as hard at a Tea Party challenger in 2014, then turned around again and endorsed Matt Bevin for Governor this year. He allowed more amendments in two months than the previous Majority Leader had permitted in two years. Then he bull-dozed passage of the Keystone XL pipeline. How wonderful to see miserable liberal US Senators from New England begging for one minute to defend their half-baked amendments.

After that, though, where did the fight go? From the continued funding of executive amnesty, to legislative silence on Obamacare (where’s the US Senate version of repeal, followed by a fitting media conference-press release trolling the rogue Occupant in the White House?)
How about some legislation which would make President Obama look really, really bad if he chooses not to sign? Then McConnell ushered in the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, ready to grab our guns and open up our borders, while ignoring the IRS harassment of churches, charities, and conservative interest groups.


McConnell is a con artist, gloating about his surprising relationship with President Obama. What happened to the Minority Leader who had pledged to make Obama a “one-term President”? If you like your conservative leadership, you can keep it, period? Question marks followed by exclamation points have studded the revulsions of Republican operatives and Tea Party affiliates tired of the politically crass “Washington cartel” (once again, hat tip, Senator Cruz!) which campaigns conservatively, then reverts to its cronyist ways.

Along with Boehner going bye-bye, McConnell must go. A coup in the Republican US Senate majority is nothing new, and nothing to fear. Trent Lott of Mississippi (now making lots of money as a lobbyist) was deposed in 2002 following an off-hand remark celebrating centenarian Strom Thurmond (colleague critics also blasted his lack of leadership). Today’s US Senate boasts deep bench of qualified, conservative leaders who harness the media and the grassroots to harass the Democratic caucus and their President to cave or at least admit how craven they are. Just-elected Tom Cotton of Arkansas pushes buttons like no one yet. The Cotton State’s Jeff Sessions has led an impressive national front to warn the American public about unfettered immigration. James Inhofe snowplowed climate alarmist Sheldon Whitehouse with legislative and rhetorical savvy. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have stalled Big Government with their filibusters. Tim Scott of South Carolina is the new face of the GOP: diverse and courageous. And then there’s Mike Lee of Utah, who defeated an inattentive incumbent in 2010. He has secured strong credentials in-house and outside, and would make a deft and adept Majority Leader.

What say you, readers? Let’s join forces with the Reagan-allied “Citizens of the Republic” and shout: “Ditch Mitch!”

Big Business: Threat to Religious Liberty

Two states, deeply conservative, with Republican trifectas, were the battleground for defending religious liberty.

Indiana has been a Republican stronghold for decades. Despite Obama's Indiana win in 2008, the state has been a red backyard state.

Mitch Daniels, once touted as a worth contender for the 2012 Presidential nomination, turned the Hoosier state into a right-to-work state, and business thrived, even while the rest of the country's economic growth stagnated.

Governor Mike Pence (R-IN)

His successor, Congressman and Presidential candidate Mike Pence, was a conservative's conservative. He voted against every tax increase. He voted against raising the debt ceiling every time it came up for a vote. He broke away from the Bush Administration on many fiscal issues, especially when the last Republican President outspent Clinton and lost the surplus which the previous Republican Congresses had worked to create.

Yet Pence, the statesman who had declared "I am a Christian first, a conservative  second, and a Republican last" caved in the face of Big Business pressure. Why? When the state of Indiana wanted to pass a statewide version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the NCAA championship threatened to boycott the state, and all the sponsors with it.

Fearing the loss of major revenue, the Governor and the state legislature caved, and revised the religious freedom law with far less protections. One analysis suggested that the passage of the new law would make it easier to incriminate and incarcerate individuals for refusing certain activities due to religious convictions.

Remember: Indiana is a deep red state, and Republicans hold a supermajority in the state legislature, and their Governor has one of the most fiscally and socially conservative records on record.

Yet they caved to Big Business and ran away from protecting individual liberties enshrined in the US Constitution's First Amendment.

Then there's Arkansas, the Natural State, where residents and lawmakers have recognized the natural status of marriage for decades, and particularly enforced this truth in a Constitutional Amendment. Unlike Indiana, Arkansas remained a Dixiecrat stronghold, with Democratic lawmakers holding onto their seats with whatever might they retained. Mark Pryor, one of  a long list of namesake politicians in the state, even ran unopposed six years before. Election 2014 proved the wipeout, with President Obama's offensive statism driving more Southern Democrats to the Republican Party, and pushing Pryor right out of office. The term-limited Democratic Governor gave way to staunch conservative Republican Asa Hutchinson, too. Hutchinson had run three times for Governor, and finally broke the Democratic stronghold on the Governor's mansion.

Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR)

Yet even he, with his own Republican supermajority, caved in the face of Big Business pressure, when that GOP trifecta took up their own RFRA bill. This time, Wal-Mart, one of the largest corporations in the country, if not the world, and a major force in Arkansas, demanded that the Arkansas political class back away.

And back away they did.

Big Business also pushed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to float a $250 million bond for another Milwaukee Buck coliseum. Why should taxpayers foot the bill for major corporate capitalists? They have their own money. They should risk their own funds on the venture. Indeed, why did Walker and the GOP majority legislature give in and give out taxpayer dollars? The owners of the team threatened to live and take their potential profit margins with them.

The third example does not expose the dangers to individual liberties, but does expand on the undue influence of Big Business on statehouses, their legislators, and their governors, even if they are conservative Republicans.

Other sites have also documented how corporate sponsors provide funding and outreach for the Gay Agenda in Massachusetts and other blue states. The same interests promote pro-gay materials in public schools, too.

Whether we care to admit it or not, Big Business has proven to be a big threat to individual liberty, not just fiscal discipline and limited government. Conservatives of all stripes need to take these threats seriously.

Mike Lee. . .or Jeff Sessions for Majority Leader?

Ever since House Speaker John Boehner announced that he would step down as Speaker then resign from Congress, I have joined with the growing voices throughout the country, and demanded that US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell resign, too.

The only problem facing this prospect? Who will replace McConnell?

Many are not open to Texas' senior US Senator John Cornyn taking over. He has been in lock-step with too much of the status quo in the upper chamber.

I had pressed for US Senator Mike Lee of Utah to take over the reins as Majority Leader. He stood with Ted Cruz to allow his procedural motion to continue, even though everyone else (rudely) voted it down.

Lee has worked fervently with Tea Party elements throughout the country to rally support and passage for a new Conservative Agenda. He is articulate without being tart, he is convincing as well as confrontational.

There is only one problem: he is running for reelection next year.

US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama)

It is very difficult for a new Majority Leader in any legislative body to transition into that powerful position as it is. To add the struggles of running for reelection, would not only complicate his role as leader, but might compromise his reelection chances.

Instead of Mike Lee, some conservative activists are asking:

Why not US Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama?

He is a senior statesman, influential and powerful. He has the longest record of giving speeches and speaking with colleagues on the Senate Floor.

He just won reelection in his home state, and ran unopposed.

He is the face of the fight for the Working Man, the staunchest vocal opponent of illegal immigration

Inside sources have suggested that Sessions might run, if pressed to do so.

What say you, readers? Should Jeff Sessions run for US Senate Majority Leader?

Leave your comments below, and contact Senator Sessions' office. Share your thoughts with his staff.

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