How To Win in Virginia in 2013
* Written with Brian Baker, President of Ending Spending As the eyes of the nation turn to key state races in 2013 – New Jersey and Virginia – the issues of fiscal responsibility and economic growth will be a yardstick for how voters measure candidates. This year, Virginia will play a critical role in the ongoing national discussion of how we reverse the massive growth | Read More »
American Majority: Organizing for Freedom
American Majority turned 5 in January, and it has been quite the ride. Trust me. We’ve trained almost 25,000 activists and candidates nationwide in that time, with most of that work in the last three years, and many times with a staff of no more than twenty. Someone asked me the other day what our budget was. I replied, “A gabazillion pennies and nickels (with some | Read More »
We Can Win (If We Start Doing the Right Things)
Conservatives, we can talk all we want about fixing the message and following principles, but even if we fix both—we can’t win elections if we keep using campaign tactics like it’s 1999. For a real conservative comeback, we don’t need to become Democrats. We need to become conservatives with brains. Right now, conservatives’ technological lifeblood could use a dose of digital steroids. But, some of | Read More »
After Big Punt, Here’s How GOP Can Score
As a conservative, I hate when Republicans constantly punt on spending. It’s annoying, and it keeps happening. We have no reason to think it won’t keep happening. American Majority Action opposed the House GOP leadership’s plan to suspend the debt ceiling for four months without spending cuts. We believe that the day to stop stealing from our children is today–not tomorrow, not four months from | Read More »
Let’s Force Obama Into a Balanced Budget
Let’s start with a simple question: If conservatives had a choice, would we choose to balance the budget now or follow Obama’s model of catastrophic debt instead? For conservatives, the answer is painfully obvious. And the quickest way to a balanced budget is to let the US government hit the debt ceiling. When we reach the debt limit we can only spend what we take in; | Read More »
Boehner Should Resign
There comes a certain point when enough is enough: American Majority Action (AMA) believes it is time for Speaker John Boehner to resign after his embarrassing failure to pass his “Plan B” fiscal cliff bill. Speaker Boehner killed the planned 7:30 p.m. vote last night when he realized that AMA and other groups had succeeded in holding enough conservative members to defeat the measure. AMA | Read More »
If Not Boehner, Then Who? We Have Options
If not Boehner, then who? Last week, American Majority Action kicked off the trending #FireBoehner hastag on Twitter and began to pressure House members to abstain from voting for Speaker. After speaking with the House Parliamentarian, we discovered the House precedent is actually interpreted to mean an absolute majority of votes cast for a specific candidate. So, House members do nothing by abstaining. However, the | Read More »
How you can fire Speaker Boehner
If conservatives want to determine their own leadership on the Hill, it starts with firing John Boehner as Speaker.
I described how and why here.
We need all of you to make this happen. We only need 16 conservatives to abstain from the Speaker vote to depose Boehner and force the GOP caucus to pick new leadership.
We’ve had thousands of activists nationwide ask how they can help. For now, we suggest calling and writing conservative Congressmen in your area.
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Fire Boehner: We Only Need 16 Votes to Depose Boehner
From the diaries…
If conservatives want to keep the House and win the Senate, we need to fire John Boehner as speaker of the House. We only need 16 House votes to do it.
As most conservatives know, Boehner and the House GOP Steering Committee decided to purge four conservative House members from their committee. Congressmen Justin Amash and Tim Huelskamp were removed from the House Budget Committee, and Congressmen David Schweikert and Walter Jones were cut from the Financial Services Committee.
Amash, Huelskamp, and Schweikert were targeted because they were too fiscally conservative—all three have voted against Boehner’s debt ceiling hikes. Amash and Huelskamp were the only two GOP votes against House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget.
Amash explained that vote at yesterday’s Bloggers’ Briefing at the Heritage Foundation, “It’s unacceptable to have unbalanced budgets until 2040.”
For anyone outside of DC, this statement seems obvious. Only in Washington is balancing the budget radical.
Many conservatives voted for the Ryan budget because they didn’t want to “let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” I understand that, but we shouldn’t criticize those who actually understand the depth of our debt problem and plan to propose real answers.
If Speaker Boehner wants to purge independent, bold conservatives—I think it’s time he gets fired as Speaker. Not only for the purge. He has failed to effectively win negotiations with President Obama and appointed moderate committee chairs. To the public, Boehner may appear radical but in reality he proposes milquetoast policies, like the tax-hikes he proposed this week.
While the caucus has already voted in support of John Boehner as speaker of the 113th Congress, the final floor vote doesn’t happen until early January.
Everyone thinks it’s a fairytale, but the Conservative Movement is capable of firing Boehner with just 16 votes.
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I Think Sometimes We are Truly a Stupid Movement
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, of gratefulness and rejoicing, I’m not going to rant too much, or insult people’s intelligence, or insinuate that some people’s entire political existence is a complete waste of time and money. Nor will I question many of the conservative donors’ political acumen and how they invest hundreds of millions in pointless efforts. I will even restrain myself from completely insulting | Read More »
It Can Happen Again
Here we are less than a week removed from an election that, quite frankly, with better tactics and a commitment to a better ground game, should have been won. One of the great frustrations was that there was a great deal of money wasted on very bad tactics. You can say whatever you want about unforeseen factors (like Obama’s handling Sandy influencing 40% of the | Read More »
Obamacare is Killing American Jobs
Fact: Obamacare will kill jobs. Know the facts and download these graphics here to share with your friends and neighbors!
Feeling Pumped After the Debate? Now Hit the Streets on Keep America Free Weekend
There’s no denying that Mitt Romney took Barack Obama behind the woodshed last night and applied a good old beat down. Watching the gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands this morning by Lefties is somewhat humorous, but guess what, folks? Last night will mean nothing if conservatives don’t volunteer and compete with the Left’s ground game. The Left and President Obama’s machine isn’t going | Read More »
Keep America Free: Fire Obama
We’re 40 days out from what is the biggest election in a generation. More than any other of the last 4-5 Presidential elections, this one really is about which direction America will take: will it continue down a path of statism, or will it stop, turn around and get back on a path of freedom and prosperity? I am under no illusions that Romney is | Read More »
The Political Bust of TV Ads
Let’s be honest: as a medium, television just isn’t what it used to be. We live in a digital age, where the glowing screen in our living rooms that once dominated information and entertainment now has competition from a myriad of sources. From Facebook to YouTube and tablet publications to on-demand streaming video, to the existence of DVRs and TiVo, television is being challenged from | Read More »
Mr. President, I Salute You
Yep, that’s right Mr. President – today I’m writing to salute you. It’s not because I think that the unelected Supreme Court is going to back Obamacare or anything (I don’t). It’s not because your vision of a world where America leads from behind has strengthened our standing in the international arena (it hasn’t). It’s because every day I wake up, open my computer and see that you have once | Read More »
I’ll be the first to tell you that at the statewide, Congressional and Presidential levels you can’t win as a candidate without airtime. You will need to spend, sometimes significant, money on TV ads, even radio ads. But at a certain point, there is a diminishing return on what TV ads will get a candidate, especially in the last few weeks when it seems every | Read More »
With Queen Elizabeth’s 60th Anniversary on the throne being celebrated last week, royal watchers across America were glued to televisions and tabloids to hear the details of the lavish events marking the life and reign of a truly historic public figure. While it’s behavior I don’t quite understand, royal watching is a hobby for many Americans. Maybe it’s because monarchy is so foreign to | Read More »
Now Bleed Them Dry
Note: This was co-written with my brother, Drew Ryun, president of American Majority Action. This week, America saw what real hope and change actually looks like. The Wisconsin recall fight wasn’t about Republicans and Democrats. It wasn’t about Obama. It was about the power of the majority of taxpayers who stood up against being fleeced by the very public employee union bosses who have put | Read More »
Politico Doesn’t Quite Get it Right with the Tea Party and the GOP
The media’s wishful thinking about the demise of the Tea Party continues to drive coverage during the run-up to the election despite plenty of contrary facts. Last week, Politico’s James Hohmann declared boldly that, “the Republican Party establishment has withstood the tea-party revolution.” Hohmann’s analysis rests on the fact that he didn’t see many of the “Gadsden flag-waving insurgents” at the RNC’s recent spring meeting | Read More »
This is What Real Change Looks Like
At American Majority, we get the chance to witness events that definitively affirm our ongoing efforts to empower the conservative grassroots. We believe that national, generational change begins in your states and communities. This past Tuesday, we were fortunate to witness such change in Wisconsin, and I want to take a moment to share with you the fruits of our labor and the labor of | Read More »
From the diaries by Erick. American Majority is one of the few organizations I fully support with no caveats. Glad to have them here . . . Every now and then you hit milestones, either in your personal life or with an organization you’re a part of, and it causes you to reflect a little on how and where you got started. American Majority, the | Read More »
The Relentless Pursuit of Americanism
From the diaries. It should be no secret to anyone who reads my columns in The American Spectator or my posts here that not only do I strongly believe that America is in crisis but that the values espoused by the conservative movement are being trampled to dust, which is such a gentle term for the reality of what is actually taking place. Why this | Read More »
The Demise of the Tea Party is Greatly Exaggerated
Promoted from the diaries Certain people keep opining that the Tea Party is all but dead, but those who wish for the demise of the Tea Party are missing the emerging new political infrastructure where Tea Party groups have set aside rallies for political action. Consider Wisconsin to determine where the Tea Party is going in 2012 and beyond. From New York to California, newspapers are | Read More »
American Majority Racing and NASCAR
From the diaries by Erick On Thursday, American Majority launched an unprecedented program to engage NASCAR fans this year and promote fiscally conservative values on Fox News. American Majority Racing is a year-long project in conjunction with MacDonald Motorsports, challenging millions of race fans to “Pledge to Vote to Keep America Free.” Car #81, driven by rising NASCAR star Jason Bowles, is going to be on the track for the entire Nationwide series | Read More »