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 »
The Rift Widens
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, having ended speculation that he would not seek the Presidency himself, endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination today. The Republican nominee is likely to win the general election, according to polls. But in endorsing Romney, Christie attacked as “intellectually dishonest” those who compare Romney’s mandatory health insurance law in Massachusetts with ObamaCare, despite reports coming out just today that | Read More »
Doubts Raised about Virginia ObamaCare Decision
The Fourth Circuit threw out the Commonwealth of Virginia’s suit challenging the constitutionality ObamaCare’s individual mandate, but it appears to have done so with a basic error in the facts of the case. Governor Bob McDonnell signed the Virginia law on which the suit is based days before ObamaCare went into effect, not afterward as the Fourth Circuit had it.
I am a Republican
I am a Republican. Our party was formed in 1854 to abolish slavery. 10 years later, it was gone. I am a Republican. We believe in equal rights so strongly that we formed in 1854 to stop Democrats from treating blacks as pets. I am a Republican. In 1860 we nominated a man who hated slavery, and Democrats went to war rather than give | Read More »
The Power of the Dark Side
Mark Fitzgibbons over at The American Thinker puts the Great Radtkestate Dustup in proper perspective. Why are we fighting amongst ourselves, when our foe is in the field? All of this would be on the level of a family feud, but of course the left-wing media wants to blow it out of proportion. Given how they need to deflect attention from what’s really going on | Read More »
Go to the Redstate Gathering
This is a bit of advice from an old hand at Redstate. Go to the Gathering, if you can manage it, to have your own Nikki Haley moment.
It’s Time To Get Into The Game
The United States is a center-right nation. That means there are more of us than there are of them. Your neighbors, local businesses, and the parents at the Little League game are probably conservative by temperament. The media trains them to think that the liberal position is the traditional, reasonable one, while the conservative position is somehow radical and improper. When they hear the opposite | Read More »
Repealing the Individual Mandate
In the fight to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as ObamaCare, activists and legislators are faced with a basic strategic decision. Should we try to repeal or have nullified individual components of the law, or should we leave even the worst parts in place while we try to repeal the whole thing? I have always believed in leaving the | Read More »
Wisconsin Conservatives: Vote Democrat
If you are a conservative in Wisconsin, you have a great opportunity Tuesday to nudge the Wisconsin Democratic Party toward more rational, pro-Wisconsin ideas
Obama: We Will Raise Taxes After The Election
The Greatest Orator and Most Bestest Political Wizard of All Time just said he’d like to raise taxes if reelected:
Dick Durbin (D-IL), Constitutional Scholar
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) speculated Tuesday that one of the illegal immigrants covered by the proposed DREAM Act might one day become president.
A Word About Freedom
In days of yore here at Redstate, we often explored the philosophical underpinnings of conservatism, sometimes without any grounding in practical politics. We are more or less over that now, thankfully. But longtime Redstater Amy Miller asked me to explore what we mean when we demand free speech and free press. They are one and the same. Further, we should recognize the identical rights of | 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 »
A Day In The Life of a Conservative PC
I don’t mean to say that this day is typical of my day as a conservative Precinct Committeeman, but they come like this sometimes. When I think about the end of the day, the beginning and middle seem like warm-up laps.
Do Not Blame Newt Or Mitch
Politicians have been trained for decades to internalize a strategy. It is the essence of the conventional wisdom: we have our voters, they have their voters, and to win we need to convince those in between. But that strategy is flawed, and its faults have been revealed by the rise of Barack Obama and laid bare by the Tea Parties. The political environment, at least | Read More »
So There You Have It
The decades of hand-wringing, lawfare, partisan and bipartisan moralizing over “torture”, and the ever-present drumbeat of criticism for the Bush administration, have all boiled down to this. Osama bin Laden is dead, killed by an American special forces assault team. As for all of that talk about terrorists having rights, even Constitutional rights, and attempts to apply our criminal law to the battlefield, it was | Read More »
The Spending Code
Barack Obama yesterday introduced us to the notion that the failure to collect taxes is actually government spending. Tax cuts (or deferred increases) are just an alternate way for the government to spend money, because without the cuts it would otherwise get the added revenue. Actually the idea is as old as Caesar, but it was jarring to hear it so seamlessly encoded into the | Read More »
Candidates Do Not Lie
Despite the increase in sophistication and insight most of us have gained into politics since the 2000 election and especially with the rise of the tea parties, we’re going make one of two mistakes in 2012: Let the MSM pick our presidential candidate Prematurely jump for a shiny candidate who is most unlike Obama, as to avoid #1 Candidates present as little information as needed | Read More »
You Do Not Mess With Their Pay
Dear Mr. Obama: There are two basics you would have learned in even the lowest ranks of military leadership. Perhaps your generals have expressed this advice. When dealing with troops, you don’t mess their mail, and you don’t mess with their pay.
Captain Disingenuous Strikes Again
As the latest demonstration of his lack of economic depth, President Obama put forth a series of falsehoods in the form of a press conference on Friday. Both Jazz Shaw at Hot Air and he indispensible Jeff Dunetz pointed out the tsunami of falsehoods, so Go Read Those. But the president also used his typically bad logic to push his green agenda.