In real life I'm a Linux and Windows system administrator, write for Heartland Institute, and talk a lot about voting. I'm also a Precinct Committeeman in Central Illinois and a 2012 Republican National Convention delegate.


    Do We Want Bigots To Vote With Us?

    After Donald Trump joined the Republican presidential primary race, some of his supporters online began an openly bigoted and anti-Semitic campaign. It’s tempting to respond “If you’re a bigot, don’t vote for me.” Our response should instead be, “Vote for me … and stop being a bigot.”

    The Myth That Ted Cruz Believes A Myth

    Recently a myth has been developed around . In this telling, the likely Republican nominee is cast as believing that a few million evangelical voters refused to vote for Mitt Romney and stayed home, handing the 2012 election to Barack Obama. The truth is that evangelicals who voted before also mostly voted for Mitt Romney, and Cruz does not believe otherwise. Immediately after Mitt Romney’s timid loss | Read More »

    Trump Blames Bush For 9/11 Attacks

    Donald Trump let his crazy mask slip just a bit too much on camera Friday, blaming former Republican President George W. Bush for the attacks of September 11, 2001. Bloomberg Television anchor Stephanie Ruhle asked Trump how Americans could trust him to keep them safe, a key issue with many voters (quotes via Mail Online):   ‘OK, I think I have a bigger heart than | Read More »

    The Obama Administration’s Shifting, Turning Bergdahl Narrative Shifts and Turns Ugly

    The Obama Administration’s Shifting, Turning Bergdahl Narrative Shifts and Turns Ugly

    From the diaries The release of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl after 5 years with the Taliban was supposed to be a happy story, tying a bow around the end of the war in Afghanistan, while at the same time regaining offense in the administration’s constant domestic public relations war. America could declare victory and go home, now that our last man was out. And we were | Read More »

    The Court Case That Could Save You $700 Billion

    The Court Case That Could Save You $700 Billion

    America may be on the verge of a giant tax cut. A tax increase created illegally by the Obama IRS when interpreting ObamaCare may come to an end, struck down as unconstitutional overreach. Oral arguments Tuesday showed judges leaning toward forcing the administration to follow the law as written. In Halbig v Sebelius, a group of citizens and businesses is challenging the authority of the | Read More »

    The War On Christmas

    Every year after the Thanksgiving national holiday, Americans begin preparing to celebrate the Christmas national holiday. Others, who perhaps see themselves protecting the freedom of religion for those who don’t practice Christianity, try to prevent the trappings of a religious holiday from intruding into the public square.  That’s all well and good, but in doing so they are missing the chance to celebrate the greatest non-religious holiday | Read More »

    Congress Should Not Have Its Obamacare Paid

    Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) will hold a press conference today, September 30 at 3:30 p.m. EDT at the “Senate Swamp,” on the northeast grounds of the U.S. Capitol. The press conference is to urge House Republicans to include Vitter’s “No Washington Exemption from Obamacare” (S.1497) amendment in the Continuing Resolution (CR).

    Outreach and Get Out The Vote


    In developing the Growth and Opportunity Project‘s Autopsy of the 2012 election (pdf), the Republican National Committee correctly identified the reason for the party’s loss, but failed to recommend a coherent strategy to reverse it.

    President Obama won by defining his opponent in a negative way, and marrying modern technology with old-fashioned boots on the ground. Republicans can do those things even better than he did, but doing so will require radically reforming the party.

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    To Win, We Must First Admit We Lost

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    Excusing defeat is a sure way to keep losing. In the 2012 election, conservatives, libertarians, and tea party groups were outworked and outvoted by an array of forces that should have been demoralized and bitter, but instead focused on their common enemy and working together. If we want to avoid a repeat of that performance in 2014 and 2016, we must first recognize one reality:

    We lost.

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    The Tea Parties Have Spawned a Cargo Cult

    Promoted from diaries. The legacy media have paid undue attention to Occupy Wall Street (OWS) over the last month, as compared with the early tea parties. New media, on the other hand, have gone nuts over the relatively small, union-led anti-business protests. Unsurprisingly, many analyses of the two groups have tried to find commonality between them. Except for superficial mimicry, despite politicians claiming otherwise the | Read More »

    What Happened At RightOnline

    Promoted from Diaries – ML Redstate’s own ColdWarrior and Ron Robinson invited several precinct activists from around the country to sit on a panel at the recent RightOnline conference, put on by Americans for Prosperity. Our topic was the “Importance of Precinct Activism”. Below the fold you will find some more details that I didn’t include in my portion of the event, and get to | Read More »

    Dear People of Delaware, Illinois, and West Virginia

    From the diaries by Erick This is a special appeal to you, the people in the three states with special elections on the ballot November 2. The winners of those special elections, as you may know, will be seated immediately, and will be fully voting members of the Senate during the “lame duck” session. I believe that Democrats have reserved their most unpopular schemes for | Read More »

    He Doesn’t Hate Your Grandma, Really.

    Gary McDowell is the doomed Democrat running against rising Republican star Dr. Dan Benishek in MI-01. Gary McDowell doesn’t really hate your grandma.  It’s nothing personal, mind you. He just thinks she should have to compete for budget like any other part of the bureaucracy. Come on, Grams! Make your case!  Show your budgetary requirements in the current fiscal outlook going forward.  And speaking of | Read More »

    A Friendly Note to

    Promoted from the diaries by Aaron Gardner Yeah, I am an O’Donnell supporter and I am promoting this. Being a player in politics requires you to be mature, Liberty.Com wasn’t. The ad was atrocious and it may have single handedly destroyed any chance for O’Donnell. I will be writting a small defense of O’Donnell over the weekend, as a contrast to Erick – though I | Read More »