The Republican National Committee’s Growth and Opportunity Project post-mortem of the 2012 election cycle covers a lot of ground in its effort to diagnose the Party’s losses. This first installment of my response covers the report broadly and particularly its prescriptions for messaging. The RNC report categorized its recommendations in seven areas: Messaging Demographic Partners Campaign Mechanics Friends and Allies (Third Party Groups) Fundraising Campaign Finance | Read More »
Why Pat Brady Will Not Long Remain Illinois Republican Party Chair
The move to oust Pat Brady as head of the Illinois Republican Party has been cast as being all about gay marriage, but it isn’t so. Brady’s full-throated endorsement of same-sex marriage was just the tossed glove in a duel for the direction of the GOP in Illinois.
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To Win, We Must First Admit We Lost
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:
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As Your Friend, I Say You Will Regret This
Media members will regret attacking Bob Woodward for revealing, and insisting, that the sequester originated in the White House. They will regret more not realizing that a viable First Amendment requires a press in loyal opposition to the government. But even more, they will regret being the champions of reckless government spending.
How Many Demons Can Dance On the Head of a Sequester?
Our government is too big. The crisis of the moment, the so-called sequester, won’t do anything to change that. Our nation needs a plan to reduce government spending dramatically, rapidly, and in accordance with our needs. Until then, however, the sequester is better than nothing, and far better than any proposal to change it.
The Job Killers Insist You Hire Criminals
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released Enforcement Guidance in April, 2012 saying that employers who rely too heavily on criminal background checks to screen potential employees may violate the Civil Rights Act. Meanwhile, the President and his economic team want to saddle employers with a minimum wage increase, which will make those with a criminal record even less attractive to hire. Making it harder to | Read More »
The Cruelty of the Minimum Wage
In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Obama called for an increase in the federal minimum wage, gloating that it had been endorsed even by his vanquished moderate Republican opponent in the 2012 campaign. A minimum wage increase is not needed, and would harm those it’s supposed to help.
Are You A True Conservative?
The issue is not who is “true conservative” or even a plain old conservative, but who is willing to gamble his own power to achieve a result beneficial to everyone. In the power struggle between the DC Establishment and grassroots, labeling of the two sides often conceals the battle lines. Language frames the debate, and I am still not completely comfortable with the labels “establishment” and “grassroots”. | Read More »
It’s Time To Abandon The Tea Party
We in the liberty movement have a choice. We can either spend our time, treasure, and energies in an attempt to rescue the “Tea Party” brand, or we can spend those limited resources combating big government, reaching out to new people, and organizing our towns and neighborhoods for social and political involvement. It’s time to abandon the “Tea Party” label, and redouble our effort to | Read More »
It’s Time for Freedom of Immigration
The immigration reform proposal from a bipartisan group of Senators takes reform in the wrong direction. It fails to defend our borders, expands the federal bureaucracy, and further entangles the government in economic decisions it has no business making.
Is Christmas about Christ, or is it about reindeer? Why, yes. Christmas is when Christians celebrate of the virgin birth of Jesus the Christ, Y’shua the Messiah, in a manger in Bethlehem. It’s a tale of wise men (who weren’t there) and shepherds (who were).
Mr. Boehner: Lead, Or Get Out Of The Way
The Speaker of the House has incredible power. If the Republic is to last, he — or she — must wield that power effectively and now more than ever, rein in Congress. The Speaker of the House has the power to force repeal of Obamacare, to defund it, and generally to set the agenda for the government in ways not even the President can. Who | Read More »
No Sacrificial Lamb
Nancy Pelosi has a habit of saying really outlandish things. From “We must pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it,” to her outrage that “500 million Americans” were losing their jobs every month to asking “Are you serious?” about what part of the Constitution authorized the individual mandate, San Fran Nan has really let loose with some amazing gaffes. Pelosi is | Read More »
Everyone Knows Something That Isn’t True
I don’t know when I learned that everyone has false beliefs. But I see it all the time, both in myself and in others. I’d hate to have my fate decided by some fact I got wrong. Wouldn’t you?
Do Straw Men Have Free Speech?
President Barack Obama took to the UN podium on Tuesday and lied, blaming an American’s exercise of free speech for the death of Obama’s own Ambassador. He also stood before that august body of Islamists, antisemites, tyrants, socialists, and corrupt panderers and told America’s sworn enemies that the future is theirs. In continuing to blame the video and attack it, Obama is using his usual straw man tactics. | Read More »
Chicago Organizers and the Reelection Machine
Chicago Teachers Union got the strike desired by a core group of activists, but the strike is not about the issues on the table. The strike is about who is in charge: union bosses, or the taxpayers.
Who is Karen Lewis?
Karen Lewis is head of the powerful Chicago Teachers Union, currently striking against the Chicago Public School system. The strike is actually a power play for Lewis, who wants both to control how teachers are evaluated in Chicago and to extend her power in union circles — and probably in political circles, as well.
The Hope and the Change
From “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” through the euphoria of voters convinced they were electing the Messiah, Stephen Bannon’s The Hope and the Change takes us on a retrospective of the Obama presidency: The film shows the country’s early hope in the new president, then the quick realization that America had been conned. America was promised “Hope and Change”, but realize that | Read More »
Blackwell: That’s No Compromise. *This* is a Compromise.
Morton Blackwell, founder of The Leadership Institute and longtime conservative activist, responds to the RNC rules compromise. His letter to delegates appears below.
RNC Rules Changes Misquided and Harmful
[Santorum update below, 1pm EDT 8/27] [Second update 5:30pm EDT 8/27]: I made a mistake: I understood Ron Zahm to say Rick Santorum was in favor of the rules change, but Santorum has not made any indication one way or the other, and Zahm did not say he did. The error is 100% mine. ——————— I’m a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention. It | Read More »