"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." - Benjamin Franklin;
"And when politicians find that honor and character matter less than buying votes and a constituency, that too will herald the end of the Constitution. When that happens we must work tirelessly to change their minds, or their occupation!" - Hoping The Blind Will See

Friday, November 12, 2010

Here A Tax, There A Tax, Everywhere A Tax, Tax...

Old obama had a thought, e-i-e-i-o. And in that thought another tax, e-i-e-i-o. A tax, tax here, a tax, tax there...

This article is from the Orlando Political Press. Since when does the Constitution provide for our government to tax us for the benefit of other countries, some of which may have governments that are not allies to America. And how does this all play into our national sovereignty, vs a One-World-Government, a New World Order? Our ability to re-establish ourselves as a strong government, fiscally responsible, and able to export the notion of freedom throughout the world through our examples at home, will be further compromised and diminished should this tax be allowed! This seems like something obama can get on board with, it's right up his "redistribution of wealth" alley, so get on the horn and tell him "NO!"

Rich Nations Urged To Weigh ‘Robin Hood’ Tax To Help Poor
November 11, 2010 Federal, Political News 1 Comment

Editor’s Note – Are you kidding me?
With unemployment still close to 10% in our own country and all signs indicating the worse is yet to come, there’s a push to tax Americans to help “poor countries”? Make no mistake about it, this is a continuation of the Progressive Left’s push for social and economic justice through wealth redistribution.

Don’t have specific numbers, however, if you were to add up all the aid poor countries currently get, why is it that I feel confident that America will be at the top of that list?

Rich Nations Urged To Weigh ‘Robin Hood’ Tax To Help Poor

As President Obama huddles with world leaders for the G-20 summit in South Korea to weigh proposals aimed at stabilizing the global economy, one idea being pushed is a so-called “Robin Hood tax,” aimed at collecting money from rich nations to give to the poor.

The Robin Hood tax — a global financial transaction fee that could raise hundreds of billions of dollars to pay the cost of the global financial crisis and support developing nations struggling to recover — is not popular.

While Britain, France and Germany have championed a bank tax for all G-20 nations, finance chiefs from the industrialized nations shot down the idea at a previous summit held in Toronto last summer.

Still, the tax’s supporters, which include unions, environmental groups, Comic Relief, UNICEF and others is a multinational coalition, say the tax could go to canceling debt from poor nations. Or it could be used for social programs to fight hunger, diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria or other causes, programs to which the United States and other nations already donate billions.

The crusaders — a coalition of 183 organizations from 42 countries — issued a plea this week urging leaders at the G-20 summit in South Korea to adopt the measure. While specifics have not been outlined, the idea would be to charge a small transaction fee, anywhere from 0.05 percent to 1 percent, on each stock transaction made.

In a letter to G-20 leaders, including Obama, the coalition wrote that the tax would help meet the costs “of the global financial and economic crisis, including reducing the unacceptably high rate of job loss, and achieve key development, health, education and climate change objectives in developing countries.”

Read More – http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/11/10/obama-world-leaders-urged-consider-global-tax-rich-help-poorer-nations/

Posted by TomT
A late comer to the political scene, Tom quickly established himself as a leader of the tea party movement in the Central Florida area. He’s one of the leaders of the Orlando Tea Party, the West Orlando Tea Party and is a co-founder of Orlando Political Press. He is known for his laid back style, passion for the issues and intensity of opinion, which he prefers sharing in open parking lots with plenty of room to pontificate.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

So, Now We Decide...

Alright, I just got finished watching Glenn Beck lay out his 3-day case against George Soros. I'm sure those of you who read the posts on this blog are aware of who Soros is, and what he has done. But for those of you reading this because it's posted to FB, or because it's been forwarded to you, who don't know who and what he is - here's a the briefest of explanations.
George Soros is one of the richest, most powerful, most influential people on the face of the earth. He is responsible for crashing economies in four countries - including Russia and England. He has made it clear that America is his next target.
When you research him, you might come to the realization that he is a sociopath. Rich, yes, but a sociopath none-the-less. And he considers his interference in the economies of countries a distraction, a game. Listening to his words I was reminded of a game I used to play decades ago. It was a game I used to play on my Intelivision console. It was called Utopia. Well, George Soros is playing Utopia with real countries, real people, real lives.
Now we have a decision to make. Do we believe the case layed out by Glenn Beck and go out and research the things he says to find out how true they really are, or do we believe, ignorantly, without doing any research, that it's impossible for something like that to happen in America. That it could never happen here! This is America for crying out loud.
But what happens to you, if you choose not to do research,  IF George Soros does have us in his sights? Are you prepared to face that challenge? Have you stocked up on food? Have you shed your debt as much as possible? Will you be able to survive food, energy, gas, clothing prices 10-25% higher that they are today if inflation kicks in? What about if hyper-inflation hits? Are you prepared for that?
George Soros has crashed four currencies already. He gloats about his last - England. He claims the United States is the only thing that stands in his way in accomplishing his vision of a New World Order. That may encompass an "Open Society", he owns the Open Society Institute. It might mean a world without borders, with one currency, one bank, one government. One ruler...
So, don't take too long. You need to decide!
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Are You Ready To Take Off Your Skirt!

First posted last November, given the recent news that there are at least 35 Islamic compounds currently operational in America; given the recent OK court decision to restrain a law preventing international or sharia law from being used to decide cases in Oklahoma; and given recent videos of Islamic clerics forthrightly stating that there is jihad being waged on America  and at some point an Islamic flag will fly over the White House, I thought it pertinent to repost. But this time I have a couple of questions as well. We have fought long and hard in this country for equal rights, so why would we allow the adoption of law hundreds of years (perhaps thousands of years) less enlightened than ours? At the risk of sounding condescending and/or arrogant, generally speaking, are American women so politcally apathetic (or ignorant) that they would even chance this happening? And why aren't American men speaking out? Is political correctness really our barometer for what is right and what is wrong? Gents, take off your skirts and grow a set; it's time! Stand up for what is right!

NOVERMBER 2009 - I never thought I'd say something like this, or think something like this. But you have to admit that we are in strange times, and thinking outside the box may be the only thing that gives us insight into our future. And after reading the article below, and after considering ALL the events in the world over the past 9 years involving Muslims, I believe fervently that Muslims are not our friends. Nor will they ever be. If that offends someone, so be it. I contend that those who are offended are either naive or mentally incompetent. The facts speak for themselves.

President Obama claims he is not a Muslim. But he grew up and was educated in Indonesia. Here is some info that may shed light on his personal leanings towards the Muslim religion. Like sitting in the pews of Jeremiah Wright for 20 years influenced him, so too growing up in Indonesia had to have influenced his perception of Muslims and Shariah Law.

Islam In Indonesia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Islam is Indonesia's dominant religion and approximately 88%, or over 200 million, of its population identify as Muslims, making it the world's largest Muslim population.

Remember, he has nominated people who advocate international law. How does that fit in with what you read in the story below?

After reading this article, I fear for all Christians and Jews, for my family and all my friends. With the election of Obama as President, we do not have anyone in Washington that will stop Obama from allowing Muslims to take control of this country. Everything he is doing is pointing to his desire to destroy the American Way of Life and open the doors for Islam. He is weakening our Economy, our Healthcare System and our Industries. - Vicki Young

Look up Nonie Darwish in Google.com for more information about her.

In light of the recent killings at Ft Hood, the NY Trade Centers and many other atrocities, a better understanding of the Muslim religion is needed in America.

Joys of Muslim Women
by Nonie Darwish

In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child, consummating the marriage by 9.

The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.

Even though a woman is abused she can not obtain a divorce. To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses.

Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family must return the dowry. The family has the right to execute her (an honor killing) to restore the honor of the family. A husband can beat his wives 'at will' and he does not have to say why he has beaten her.

The husband is permitted to have (4 wives) and a temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion. The Shariah Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.

In the West World (America) Muslim men are starting to demand Shariah Law so the wife can not obtain a divorce and he can have full and complete control of her. It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American Universities are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Shariah law.

By passing this on, enlightened American women may avoid becoming a slave under Shariah Law.

Ripping the West in Two.

Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Shariah law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two.

She recently authored the book, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law.

Darwish was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza before immigrating to America in 1978, when she was eight years old. Her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel. He was a high-ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza. When he died, he was considered a "shahid," a martyr for jihad. His posthumous status earned Nonie and her family an elevated position in Muslim society.

But Darwish developed a skeptical eye at an early age. She questioned her own Muslim culture and upbringing. She converted to Christianity after hearing a Christian preacher on television.

In her latest book, Darwish warns about creeping sharia law - what it is, what it means, and how it is manifested in Islamic countries.

For the West, she says radical Islamists are working to impose sharia on the world. If that happens, Western civilization will be destroyed. Westerners generally assume all religions encourage a respect for the dignity of each individual. Islamic law (Sharia) teaches that non-Muslims should be subjugated or killed in this world.

Peace and prosperity for one's children is not as important as assuring that Islamic law rules everywhere in the Middle East and eventually in the world.

While Westerners tend to think that all religions encourage some form of the golden rule, Sharia teaches two systems of ethics - one for Muslims and another for non-Muslims. Building on tribal practices of the seventh century, Sharia encourages the side of humanity that wants to take from and subjugate others.

While Westerners tend to think in terms of religious people developing a personal understanding of and relationship with God, Sharia advocates executing people who ask difficult questions that could be interpreted as criticism.

It's hard to imagine, that in this day and age, Islamic scholars agree that those who criticize Islam or choose to stop being Muslim should be executed. Sadly, while talk of an Islamic reformation is common and even assumed by many in the West, such murmurings in the Middle East are silenced through intimidation.

While Westerners are accustomed to an increase in religious tolerance over time, Darwish explains how petro dollars are being used to grow an extremely intolerant form of political Islam in her native Egypt and elsewhere.

In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. to elect the President by themselves! Rest assured they will do so... You can look at how they have taken over several towns in the USA.. Dearborn Mich. is one... and there are others...

I think everyone in the U.S. should be required to read this, but with the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on! As more and more Muslims enter this country, America is being drawn closer and closer into a Religious War between Christians, Jews and Radical Islam who will insist that America become an Islamist Nation. If Obama is still President when this Religious War begins, he will support Islam. There is no question that Americans need to take action now, before they are outnumbered by Radical Islam who will win the War for Allah and subject everyone in America to Sharia Law.

It is too bad that so many are disillusioned with life and Christianity to accept Muslims as peaceful.. some may be but they have an army that is willing to shed blood in the name of Islam.. the peaceful support the warriors with their finances and own kind of patriotism to their religion.. While America is getting rid of Christianity from all public sites and erasing God from the lives of children the Muslims are planning a great jihad on America ..

So I say again, be careful; Many, many thousands (perhaps millions) of Muslims are not our friends!

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Big Fight: RINO's vs. Tea Party Accountability

Keep track of who's doing what. Watch the new guys, as well as those already established in Washington!We were able to take care of a few of these guys during Round 1, but this is a scheduled 10-Rounder. So unless we get a knockout punch, prepare to get rid of a bunch more during round two in 2012. RINO's, Progressives, and liberals are no longer our friends (if they never were). Conservatism needs to remain high on everyone's priority list in this battle ...

Is The Republican Honeymoon Already Over?

by John Nothdurft, November 9, 2010

Barely a week after the Republicans saw a tidal wave of victories in the midterm elections, members of the GOP establishment are already fighting back against the very policies that helped bring this new group of conservatives into office.

Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina who is pushing for a moratorium on earmarks told The Hill that, “Americans want Congress to shut down the earmark favor factory, and next week I believe House and Senate Republicans will unite to stop pork barrel spending,” DeMint said in a statement. “Instead of spending time chasing money for pet projects, lawmakers will be able to focus on balancing the budget, reforming the tax code and repealing the costly health care takeover.”

Can I get an Amen?

Unfortunately, The Politico reported today that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been working behind closed doors to convince the new crop of “tea party” conservatives that they need to keep an open mind when it comes to “earmarks.”

The Politico stories explains that “McConnell’s heightened activity signals what Senate insiders say is real fear among senior members — that the DeMint plan actually stands a serious chance of passing. And that could have uncomfortable implications for a bloc of GOP senators — like McConnell, a member of the Appropriations Committee — who annually send hundreds of millions of dollars for projects in their home states.”

So let me get this straight the GOP establishment is scared that they might actually succeed in putting an end to earmarks and somehow this is a bad thing? Well pardon me, but I thought the whole reason that people were supposed to Republican was because this was the party that would actually get rid of pork barrel spending.

While we all knew at some point that the “business as usual” Republican establishment would eventually try to move the party back towards many of the same habits that got them in the minority in the first place, I was hoping that my libertarian fantasy would have lasted at least until the new Congress took over.

But alas the honeymoon is over…

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The Whole Is Much Greater Than The Sum Of It's Parts

If you are a oldies music fan, you will remember the Beatles. Certainly they demonstrate this concept, as even as talented they were as individuals they did not garner the respect or attention that they did as a group. If you're a baseball fan - how about those '67 Red Sox - from last to first and a pennant! A Dream Team! They had some great individualise on that team, but none greater than the team! If you're into racing, by all accounts an "individual" sport, you still need the other racers in order to excel - drafting, bumping, etc.

So it is with the Tea Party movement. Although there are a multitude of "grassroots tea party organizations" out there, the whole is greater than any of those individual "units". Here's a story you may like. It's about the "whole", it's about teamwork. It's about each "individual" and each "unit" knowing it's responsibility to the "whole", and accepting and executing those responsibilities for the greater good of the whole.

We need to be careful not to allow our success during this election to "go to our heads" and give us a false impression of our own value. We are all only as good as the whole, and the whole is better than any one of us! So don't lose sight of the goal! I doubt it will happen, but you never know.

While this story is geared towards the business community, one can easily see how it applies to the Tea Party movement.

Pulling Together by John J Murphy

Cooperation...Nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.

Consistent application of the 10 rules of high performance teamwork ultimately generates trust, respect, unity and power within any team. Conversely, consistent violation of any one rule destroys this bond. While the author of the following is unknown, "Lessons From the Geese" is a powerful illustration from nature of the rules of high performance teamwork. As you read about the natural unity that exists among this species remember - this same unity can exist in your organization!

As geese flap their wings, they create an uplift for the bird following. By flying in a V formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if any bird were to fly alone.

If we share a common direction and a sense of community, we can get where we are going more quickly and easily because we are traveling on the thrust of one another!

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.

If we have as much sense as geese, we will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go, and we will be willing to accept their help as well as give ours to others.

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies at the point position.

If we take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership as with the geese, we become interdependent with one another.

The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. If we “honk,” we need to make sure it is positive and encouraging. When a goose gets sick or wounded or is shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is able to fly again or dies. They then launch out on their own, with another formation or catch up with the flock.

If we have as much sense as geese, we too will stand by each other in difficult times, as well as when we are strong. Let us all try to fly in formation and remember to drop back to help those who might need it! BEHOLD THE POWER OF TEAMWORK

The greatest accomplishments in life are not achieved by individuals alone, but by proactive people pulling together for a common good. Look behind every winner and you will find a great coach. Look out in front of every superstar and you will see a positive role model. Look alongside every great achiever and you will find caring people offering encouragement, support and able assistance.

Rising to this level of interdependent thinking can be challenging and difficult. Looking beyond oneself, asking for help or accepting help can feel risky. But people are not given life to simply take from one another. We are here to give. Our mission in life is to offer our gifts to benefit one another, to create mutual gain in the world. This is called teamwork, a win/win mindset stemming from a genuine commitment to the rules that allow it to happen.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Republican Establishment Trying To Derail Tea Party?

After seeing what happened to mostly "moderate" Democrats and some Rino's on November 2nd, the Republican Establishment seems intent on creating decisive rhetoric to derail the Tea Party movement, perhaps hoping to diffuse some of the power Tea Party candidates (and those regular folk claiming to support that movement) have seized this election cycle. They are scared.

They are afraid that their agenda of "get along politics, as you Dems pull us further and further to the right" in order to keep their "good ol' boy" clique in power may be coming to a screeching halt. they are afraid they may be outed for who and what they are - moderate progressives, RINO's!

And so they have taken the propaganda offensive to minimize the impact the Tea party really will have in this Congress and in future Congresses. Don't let them fool you! And as for Jim DeMint? Man, I love that guy...

GOP congressman says Palin cost Republicans control of Senate

By Holly Bailey holly Bailey

A GOP congressman from Alabama has given fresh fuel to a growing debate within the Republican Party over its failure to take control of the Senate amid last week's enormous GOP wave on Election Day. Nine-term Rep. Spencer Bachus, in line to head the House Financial Services Committee, has laid blame for that setback at the feet of Sarah Palin.

As first reported by the Shelby County Reporter's Jan GriffeyBachus told members of a chamber of commerce in his district that Palin's tea party choices sank GOP chances in the Senate.
"The Senate would be Republican today except for states [in which Palin endorsed candidates] like Christine O'Donnell in Delaware," Bachus told the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce. "Sarah Palin cost us control of the Senate."

According to Bachus, that means Republicans aren't really in charge in Washington. "You can wipe that thought from your mind," he said. "Democrats are in control of the presidency and the Senate. It would take 67 votes to override any veto."

That's not to say Bachus, who is considered a staunch conservative, is anti-tea party.
He told the chamber while tea party candidates did well in House races, the movement's picks in the Senate "didn't do well at all."

Palin aide Rebecca Mansour responded to Bachus via Twitter Monday night, suggesting the blame should not fall on Palin, but rather on the candidates who lost. Mansour did not mention O'Donnell, whom Palin endorsed in this summer's GOP primary, but she cited three losing candidates whom Palin did not endorse: Dino Rossi in Washington, Ken Buck in Colorado and Linda McMahon in Connecticut. She also listed three whom Palin did support—Carly Fiorina in California, John Raese in West Virginia and Sharron Angle in Nevada—though she added that Palin did not endorse Angle in the GOP primary.

"Sarah Palin didn't cost the GOP the Senate," Mansour said in a Twitter message. "We were nowhere near winning control of the Senate. Deal with it Beltway GOP."

Bachus is the first Washington Republican specifically to blame Palin for the loss of the Senate, but other leading GOPers have been pointing fingers at another tea party leader, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint. Both Lindsey Graham, DeMint's Senate colleague from South Carolina, and former Senate GOP leader Trent Lott took barely veiled jabs at DeMint, each telling Politico that the GOP had not nominated its best candidates in 2010.

Politico quoted another GOP senator, who declined to be named, trashing DeMint specifically and calling him a "big loser." "It's like you're on the five-yard line ready to score and the quarterback calls the play and some member of your team tackles one of your members and keeps you from scoring," the senator said. "We came tantalizingly close to a majority."

But DeMint pushed back on that criticism Sunday, telling NBC's "Meet the Press" that the GOP should crediting the tea party for its gains last week. "I think [tea party activists] made a huge difference in the election," DeMint said. Asked about Christine O'Donnell, whom he and Palin endorsed against party pick Mike Castle in Delaware, DeMint insisted she couldn't have won because she was "so maligned" by other Republicans. "She didn't have a chance," he said.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Is The AMERO On The Horizon?

You've heard of the Euro, the monetary equivalent of the dollar in Europe. But there are now reports that the Amero - the monetary standard for North America - The US, Canada and Mexico - is being printed as we speak in Colorado. Is it true, I'm not sure. But watch this video, and then decide if it's possible? And if it does occur, what happens to the money YOU have in the bank? What happens to the equity you've accumulated over your lifetime? Look to Europe for your answers. If You aren't scared for the future, you are not paying very much attention.

QE2 (Quantitative Easing)The Last Gasp of a Monetary System: A Message to the World

And then there's this: http://www.amerocurrency.com/amero.html

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Diplomacy: BHO Admin Style

How many more peoples are we going to go out of our way to offend? It seems that no matter where obama and his retinue are, no matter what they are speaking about, they offend someone. Here's the latest if you haven't seen it!

Gibbs threatens to pull Obama from India talks after press dispute

By Michael Calderone
Mon Nov 8, 9:01 am ET

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is known for sparring with White House reporters, making for what often seems an antagonistic mood in the press briefing room.

But during President Obama's trip to India, Gibbs assumed the role of press advocate and threatened to pull Obama out of bilateral talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh because three U.S. reporters were blocked from covering the meeting.

Indian officials would let only five reporters into Hyderabad House in New Delhi instead of the agreed-upon eight.

The Washington Post's Scott Wilson—who was on White House pool duty Monday and filed the report for the White House press corps—wrote that "Gibbs announced loudly and persistently on steps of Hyderabad House that he would pull" President Obama out of the meeting "unless 'the White House 8,' as we've come to be known, were all allowed in."

As the discussion continued, Gibbs grew more animated.

"At one point, Gibbs literally had his foot lodged in the closing front door, asking if the Indian security officials pushing hard to shut it were going to break his foot," Wilson continued. "More angry words ensued, and after Gibbs convinced them, through high volume and repetition, that he was serious" about pulling Obama, the press secretary had the security retinue's full attention.
Gibbs' intervention worked: The Indian officials eventually allowed the full American press delegation into the event, along with a larger group of Indian reporters.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Open Your Arms America

And if history is any barometer, you can kiss your butts goodbye. Here is our future...

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Get Out Your Prozac And Strap Yourself In

Follow the link: http://logisticsmonster.com/the-fed/

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Agenda 21...

It really is time to get the UN out of our backyard. This is scary, scary stuff!

Follow this link: http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/

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A Party Without Principle?

It's Time To Put The Republican Establishment's Collective Feet To The Fire And Hold Them There! While Tuesday was a great start for Constitutionalism and for Conservative America, it truly is just the beginning. Because what we learned from that election cycle was that not only are progressives out to destroy the very foundation America was built on, but that the Republican Establishment is not interested backing candidates set on in a more conservative America, even if those candidates are right on the issues, They are more interested in a "Republican" win, even if it means a RINO (or worse, a democrat posing as a Republican, can you say Charlie Crist ) gets endorsed. Talk about a Party without Principle! So yes folks, we need to continue cultivating and supporting candidates who are on the right side of the issues. That's the only way we get our country back. So people like Karl Rove, possibly Michael Steele, Newt Gingrich, Trent Lott, John McCain, et al need to go back into the woods from whence the came and leave America alone. Their style of politics, the politics of enabling, have no place in American politics any longer. The sooner they get that message, the sooner they understand it, the better off we'll all be.

The Establishment Strikes Back

November 6, 2010
By Joseph Ashby
American Thinker

At the climax of the 1977 film Star Wars, hero Luke Skywalker destroys the evil Empire’s dreaded Death Star. The Rebellion’s celebration, however, is short-lived. The movie series’ next installment, The Empire Strikes Back, depicts the Empire’s use of its still vastly superior weaponry and manpower to reassert its authority.

In the 2010-midterm elections, the tea party movement has played the role of the Rebellion. But the Empire is not played by the Democrats. It’s true that the Democrat-controlled federal government was resoundingly defeated in the November 2nd general election, but that loss, unlike the destruction of the Death Star, was not a surprise. The real blindside was the tea party’s dismantling of the Republican Establishment throughout the primary season.

It started with the little-known Marco Rubio knocking off the NRSC-backed, popular governor Charlie Crist. Two weeks after Crist bolted the party, Utah Senator Bob Bennett became the first incumbent to fall to a more conservative candidate. Later in the summer Alaska’s Joe Miller defeated liberal incumbent Lisa Murkowski. Tea party favorites won in Colorado, Wisconsin, Nevada and West Virginia. The final shock to the Establishment was Christine O’Donnell’s win over sitting Delaware Congressman Mike Castle.

The O’Donnell race was the last straw. It was one thing for the tea party to obstruct the Democrats and resurrect the Republican Party, but another matter entirely for the tea party candidates to actually defeat Establishment favorites. The night of the Delaware Primary, Karl Rove trashed O’Donnell and the voters who elected her.

O’Donnell’s case is a special one because the Castle loss was the most crushing to the Establishment. Castle was set to walk into the office — it didn’t matter that he favored Cap and Trade and resisted calls to repeal ObamaCare, he had an “R” next to his name. A Castle win was part of the Establishment’s master plan.

Thus the fiercest backlash was saved for the Delaware race. It leaked that the NRSC would not support O’Donnell. NRSC leader John Cornyn quickly denied the report, a promised $42,000 in campaign aid. As the campaign progressed, the American Spectator’s Jeffery Lord reported that the NRSC and Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, though awash in cash, refused to spend money on O’Donnell’s Senate bid.

As the election drew to a close, Rove sought to make it clear just what conservatives ought to learn from the Delaware race. He told Fox’s Megyn Kelly, “It gave me no pleasure to say that she was unlikely to win. But this again provides a lesson. This is a candidate who was right on the issues, but who had mishandled a series of questions brought up by the press.”

Rove wanted conservatives to relearn what the Establishment has been trumpeting since Barry Goldwater’s 1964 failed presidential run. The lesson is that all candidates must meet Establishment approval or they are sure to lose. While election-winners from Reagan to Rubio have proven the theory false, if O’Donnell can become a new generation’s Goldwater, then the Establishment can use her race to regain the control lost during the 2010 primaries.

Beyond firing warning shots about conservatives’ choice of candidates, the Establishment has repeatedly sought to undermine Alaska’s Joe Miller and help incumbent Senator (and confidante of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell) Lisa Murkowski. After Murkowski began a write-in campaign against the Republican nominee, the Senate Republicans refused to strip her of her Senate leadership positions, lending credence to her campaign. In the final days before the vote, the NRSC’s ads exclusively attacked the hopelessly-behind Democrat Scott McAdams, thus pushing McAdams voters to support the next-most liberal candidate, Murkowski.

Not content to target only the candidates on the ballot, the Establishment is attacking those on the inside who reject the insider mentality. Former Governor Sarah Palin and South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint (each instrumental in redefining and organizing the conservative majority within the once-lifeless Republican Party) confronted the Establishment throughout the 2010 primary season. DeMint, against the advice of his Senate colleagues, was the first U.S. Senator to back the remarkable Marco Rubio. Palin was the most active political figure in the Republican primaries, shining bright lights on conservative candidates from all over the country (most of whom won their races).

DeMint and Palin were wildly successful, but both are under fierce attack because their actions opposed the Establishment’s conventional thinking. Fox News reports that a bevy of unnamed senior Senate aides lashed out at DeMint for his primary endorsements. One aide described DeMintnt’s conventional thinking. Fox News reports that a bevy of unnamed senior Senate aides lashed out at DeMint for his primary endorsements. One aide described DeMint as “the undertaker, not the kingmaker.” Quintessential Establishment Republicans Lindsey Graham and Trent Lott proclaimed that DeMint and Palin cost the GOP dearly in the Senate.

These Establishment criticisms ignore the fundamental reality that without the movement of which DeMint and Palin were a part, the Republicans had no identity. Without the tea party and its favorite candidates the GOP is a group of Charlie Crists, rudderless vote-chasers who, as Rubio correctly stated, are unable to provide a clear alternative to the Obama agenda.

With a 60-seat drubbing in the House and a six-seat pick-up in the Senate (seven if you factor in that Crist became a Democrat), it’s a wonder that the Establishment, whose stated purpose is to put as many “R’s” in office as possible, finds anything to complain about. That question has vexed conservatives for a generation. Why fight conservative candidates when the Ronald Reagan model is more successful than the John McCain/Bob Dole/George H. W. Bush model? The answer is control.

The Establishment attitude is another form of central planning, in this case political planning instead of economic. The great economist Frederick von Hayek was once asked why so many academics rejected the free market in favor of central direction. Hayek responded: “I think it’s…an intellectual attraction of a system you can deliberately control, which is fascinating to the intellectual.” For Rove, Graham and others it’s not just winning, but winning with their plan. The organized chaos of the tea party is to the Establishment what the unplanned free market is to the leftist professor. Both represent a lack of “fascinating” control.

And so the Establishment strikes back. Entrenched blue-blood Republicans hope to reap the electoral benefits of the tea party movement while simultaneously seeking to discredit it. In the aftermath of the 2010 midterms, it has become clear that the fight for America’s future will pass directly through the heart of the Republican Establishment.

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