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Tea Party Should Not Be A ‘Third’ Party

There has been a great deal of angst among the Lefty Lib community regarding the emergence over the past year or so of what has become known as the ‘Tea Party’ movement.

The liberals who now control the Democratic Party should be concerned, because they and their political leaders led by President Barrack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have awoken a sleeping giant.

That sleeping giant is the true Conservative movement that the majority of Americans feel a natural affinity towards. The people who make up real main-stream America.

Hard-working, family-rearing, tax-paying, God-fearing, America-loving, law-abiding folks who want government out of their lives. Who recognize that low taxation, modest regulation, secure borders, and the teaching of and support for American exceptionalism are the true path to lasting recovery, not the socialist style policies of the Obama administration.

That sleeping giant has been embodied by the Tea Party.

The term, based on the ‘Boston Tea Party’ protesters of Revolutionary War days, evolved from those people at the grass roots levels of the Conservative movement who held and/or attended town hall meetings that sprang up across the nation during 2009 in response to the various government takeovers, bail outs, and spending programs enacted and proposed by Obama and the liberal Democrats.

Since those numerous and emotional town hall events, the Tea Partiers have taken to the internet, the radio waves, and the blogosphere to continue to push a return to basic, traditional American values and away from the government entitlements, social programs, and massive spending undertaken by the Dems.

But a problem has cropped up among some within the Tea Party movement itself. They have become so disenchanted, rightly in many cases, with some recent and current Republican politicians that they have floated the possibility of becoming their own ‘third party’ in American politics. This new formal ‘Tea Party’ would be wholly conservative in every way.

There is one major flaw to such an idea. It is a loser.

The only people who would actually benefit from a third ‘Tea Party’ made up of conservatives would be the Democratic Party and all of it’s ultra-liberal politicians, constituencies and benefactors. Such a party would basically amount to a splitting up of the Republican Party, leaving the Dems to dominate organized politics for the foreseeable future, and dooming America to their socialist tendencies, the very programs and ideals that the Tea Partiers stand against.

The ‘Tea Party’, such as it is, should remain exactly what it is – a movement. It should never try to become a third political party, thus damning itself to the destruction of the very causes for which it was established. What it should do, however, is hold Republican politicians at every level – particularly at the state and national levels – to traditional American and Conservative standards and values.

Remaining organized, active, and vocal will ensure that no longer will the Republican Party nominate a Progressive candidate as it’s standard bearer, as it has in recent years with both George W. Bush and John McCain. Instead the Republican Party will have as it’s out-front leaders those who support less governmental spending and intervention in our lives, lower taxes, a strong military, secure borders, a judiciary that interprets rather than creates laws, and programs and policies aimed at keeping America strong and independent.

Those on the leading edges of the various groups that make up the most vocal sections of the Conservative movement in America must keep the heat on the politicians and the Republican Party as a whole, while at the same time tempering and better channeling the emotions of those who would sabotage the Party and imperil it’s future from within.

Only by sticking together and remaining strong will we be able to overcome the Liberals, the Progressives, and the Democrats, elect conservative Republican majorities, and begin to roll back the Obama policies, dismantle the Obama programs, and return America to common sense.

An American mandate for change

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The American people sent a clear message at the polls that they indeed were ready for major change

 

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy

The American people went to their respective polling places yesterday and voted, and when they were done the election result was not even close. In a truly historic victory, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois was elected to the Presidency.

Obama was elected by a 53%-47% margin over his Republican challenger John McCain, a far greater margin than this writer believed was likely or even possible. In doing so, the Democrat becomes the first African-American ever elected to the highest office in the land.

That may not be too significant for the younger generation raised in a largely racially integrated society. But to those of us who were alive in the 1960’s and ’70’s, the election of a black man to the presidency is truly remarkable.

Forty years after Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, his dream has taken its largest step forward into becoming reality. Could even the great Dr. King have had the foresight to see this happening in America this quickly, if ever at all?

In electing Obama, the American people have shown unequivocally that we have fully matured beyond the racial prejudices and barriers that previously separated us.

In a time of Islamofascist terrorism, the American people overcame fears and elected a man with a Muslim-sounding name and at least a familial Islamic past to the highest office in the land.

In a time where Americans are believed to be divided racially, the American people overcame those perceptions and elected to the presidency a man whose mother was white and whose father was a black man who abandoned them.

The key factor in the Obama victory was the simple but effective theme of his campaign: Change.

After six years of war, no matter how necessary, Americans were tired of it. They have grown tired of talk about terrorists, Osama bin Laden, Islamofascism, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran.

They grew weary of a Bush administration that, though keeping America safe since 9/11, has done little to address any substantive issues beyond security here at home.

In fact, liberals wanted to see President Bush impeached, but simply did not have the power to initiate the type of trial to which Bill Clinton subjected himself.

In my opinion, last night’s vote by the American people was all about Democrats and dissatisfied centrists ceremonially tossing George W. Bush out of the White House.

Unfortunately for John McCain, an obviously good and decent man and a true American hero, he was standing in the shoes that Bush was unable by our laws to stand in himself.

It likely would not have mattered in the end who was the Republican nominee for President or Vice-President. This race was certainly not decided by a dissatisfaction with a potential President McCain, or even any real problems with Sarah Palin, who would have become the first female Vice-President in American history.

This race was a referendum on the Bush administration, highlighted by the Obama campaign’s primary message in the closing weeks that a McCain victory would signal a ‘Third Bush term’ and a continuation of its ideals.

Hillary Clinton must really be kicking herself this morning. For years she was seen as the next great Democratic hope. She was not only the clear front-runner just a year ago, but she was the only real candidate in the race on the Democratic side.

Had Obama never emerged, she would be celebrating her own history-making election today as the first female U.S. President. That is how much the people of America wanted a change. In the end, Republicans across the nation were fighting a battle that they had almost no chance of winning.

Yesterday, Barack Obama swept to the Presidency thanks to a mandate for the very change that his campaign brilliantly called for, and he brought along a boat load of U.S. Senators and Congresspersons in his considerable wake.

America will be a fundamentally different nation over the next few years. Whether that change is for the better or not is yet to be determined. I personally do not hold out the same hope that Obama’s followers feel this morning.

One thing is certain, America will change, because it has been mandated by a clear majority of the people.

Congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama, to Vice-President-elect Joe Biden, their families and campaign staff, and all those who voted for them. When possible and as best we can, we Republicans will support you as our President.

However, we will also oppose you vocally on issues that we feel are key to our nation and our American culture. And as we all move forward from today, may God bless America as He always has in the past.

Importance of the Electoral College

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While many Americans do not understand it fully, the Electoral College is vital to our republic

 

One of the most important institutions in America is also one of the least understood. I am talking about the Electoral College, the select group of voters who actually determine the winner in Presidential elections such as those taking place today between Barack Obama and John McCain.

There are many who believe that the election should be a simple popularity contest, with the candidate who receives the most votes by the general public declared the winner.

In their view, if John McCain receives 50,000,001 votes and Obama receives 50,000,000 then McCain is the winner.

Simple logic should tell you that is a poor way to choose. After all, we all understand that there is fraud in some voting precincts. Would you want a close election stolen by dozens of votes across the country cast by Mick E. Mouse, among others.

Also, America is made up of diverse populations and communities. Why should a few large cities such as New York and Los Angeles determine who the President of the United States will be, with smaller rural states such as Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, and Tennessee always at the whim of these cities?

So this brings up two important questions. First, why have a popular vote at all? Second, who makes up this Electoral College, and how does it work? Let’s take the second question first.

The Electoral College is a body of delegates who elected based on rules set up in each of the respective states.

Each state receives a number of delegates based on the number of U.S. Senators and Congresspersons in their state, which in turn is based on the state population. So in the end, states delegate allotments are based on their population size.

These delegates/electors are supposed to vote based on the popular vote results, thus the importance of your individual vote.

If you vote for Obama today, and if he in turn wins the popular vote in Pennsylvania, then he is supposed to get all of Pennsylvania’s votes from our state delegates to the Electoral College, no matter their party affiliation.

To win the Presidency, a candidate must receive a majority of votes in the Electoral College, which would currently amount to 270 votes.

The number of electors is determined by the population figures that come with the official U.S. Census every ten years, so the specific state numbers can change based on population shifts.

The actual Electoral College ‘election’ comes this year on December 15th, when the electors from each state will meet in their respective state capitals to cast their ballots.

The system grew out of the original Constitutional Convention itself when our nation was being formed and its system of government being debated. Its basic philosophy is to protect smaller states from becoming dominated by the population centers of certain key ‘swing states’.

While a number of proposals have come up to change the system over the decades, none has been found to be a worthy successor.

The fact is, there was never a move to make our federal election process a purely popular vote, but the current Electoral College system allows for such a vote as a part of the determining factor for who eventually is elected.

So when you cast your ballot today, rather than actually voting for John McCain (which you are doing in spirit), your vote is being cast instead for his electors/delegates.

While the vast majority of electors keep to the honor of the rules, in 2004 one elector cast a vote for John Edwards, the Dem candidate for VP, as his Presidential choice.

In 48 of the states and the District of Columbia there is a ‘winner takes it all’ system in which the winner of those states’ popular votes get all of that states’ delegates. Maine and Nebraska have slightly different systems that, in the end, usually amount to the same type of result as the others.

Candidates who receive the most nationwide total popular votes do not necessarily have to win the Electoral College. It has happened three times that the overall popular vote winner has lost the overall election in the Electoral College: 1876, 1888, and most recently in 2000.

That 2000 election for President was extremely close. Democratic candidate Al Gore and Republican candidate George W. Bush each received over 50 million votes, and in the end Gore’s total was above that of Bush by just one half of one percentage point.

The voting in the Electoral College was just as close, as could be expected, and in the end would come down to whomever carried the state of Florida and its 25 electoral votes.

As the polls closed, Florida’s importance was already evident, and some national media outlets declared Gore the Florida winner. If that were true, Gore would be the national winner and the President-elect. These network projections were based purely on ‘exit polling’ – and some skeptics would say, on biased hopes and wishes.

As the night drew on, however, it became apparent that Bush had actually carried Florida by a solid margin. That is the reason that there was such a fight in Florida. Voting procedures such as ‘hanging chads’ made the news, and recounts were called for in a number of Florida counties.

The fight was so close and the outcome so important that neither party was giving in to the other. With Bush leading in pretty much every count, the Supreme Court was finally called on to make a decision as to whether to allow the continued fight via recounts in Florida.

With the partisan battle already dragging on for over a month, and with the outcome apparently leaning Bush’s way to all but the most ardent Democratic Party faithful, the Supreme Court ruled that the recount process was over. Bush received the 25 Florida electoral votes, and won the Electoral College by 271-266, and in turn won the Presidency.

While some protested and cried foul, the fact is that the Electoral College system had worked perfectly, reflecting the nationwide vote.

The Democrats should have been extremely disappointed by such a narrow defeat, turning over the Presidency to the Republicans after having controlled the White House for eight years under Bill Clinton. But no one should have called the Bush Presidency anything other than the legitimate narrow win that it was.

The Electoral College protects small states from big cities, ensures an educated overview before the transfer of the single most important position of power in our nation, and effects the protection of our federal system as the Founding Fathers intended, securing Democracy for all Americans.

2008 Election Eve

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Should McCain (L) lose, Romney (R) needs to begin stepping up on the national stage for the GOP

 

Well, it’s finally here: Election Eve. Just one more night of these incessant commercials that end or begin with: “I’m _______ (insert politician name), and I approve this message.

The majority of the opinion polls are calling for a Democratic Party victory across the board for the Presidency, in Congress, and in the U.S. Senate. 

The major network news stations and the majority of the print media have been gleefully reporting these results to the public. 

There is no doubt that the prosecution of the Iraq War and the recent plummet in the stock market have hurt the Republicans most. Congress deserves as much blame as President Bush, if not more, but that just doesn’t matter. 

President George W. Bush has been a target since first being elected back in 2000 in the closest American Presidential vote ever, an election that Dems believe to this day was stolen from them by the Supreme Court. 


They believe that the entire Bush presidency has been illegitimate, that he would never have beaten Kerry in 2004 if he had not first been handed a 2000 victory over Al Gore, who the Democrats believe should be completing his own second term in the White House right now.

To even imagine the horror of what the last eight years would have been like under a Gore administration is too frightening a concept on which to waste our time.

Suffice it to say that a President Gore probably would have ceded the Middle East to the Islamofascists by now, and the Supreme Court would be liberal for the next two generations. 

Thank God that ‘W’ was elected, if only because he kept us safe after 9/11, responded with strength to that Middle East crisis, and appointed two tremendous, originalist SCOTUS justices in John Roberts and Samuel Alito. 

If John McCain does indeed succumb to Barack Obama tomorrow night, the Republican Party needs to seriously get back to the drawing board from the grass roots on up. 

People like Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin among others need to step up solidly on the national stage, and strategists need to begin to fight back with a plan to take back Congress. 

Should McCain-Palin eek out a victory, expect the left to cry foul, and cry it loud and long. After all, partisan pollsters and pundits have been telling them for a month that they have an easy win on their hands. 

My bet is that if it is a win for the Dems, it won’t be easy or big. This should be a close election. My call is that neither candidate gets more than 51 or 52 percent of the vote, which means that a significant portion of the nation’s citizens will not have supported the next person who would be the President. 

In any event, it’s almost over now. One more night. Soon, the commercials will end, the signs will come down, the rhetoric will ease for a time, and we can look forward to Christmas. But beyond that, we can either be looking at a nightmare or an opportunity. 

As Hillary Clinton sits home wondering what exactly happened to her dream, anything remains possible here on Election Eve.

The bailout and the bloodbath

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The Down Jones Industrial Average, the most popular and famous benchmark to guage the strength of the American economy, plummeted down almost 700 points today.

The index, which is based on the scaled average of the stock prices on 30 of the largest and most widely held companies here in America, was celebrating the one-year anniversary of closing at it’s all-time record high of 14,164. Today it closed at 8,579.

Just last Friday, October 3rd, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $700 billion bailout of Wall Street and the banking industry. US News & World Report stated “A failure to pass the bill would have been devastating for markets.”

But you can’t just pick on one publication, because there were many individuals and media outlets, and quite obviously the Congress and President Bush, who believed the same thing.

So despite calls from myself and many like me that they were bastardizing capitalism, they passed the bailout package and signed it into law to keep us from devastating losses and to save our economy.

Oops! Here we are a week later, and the Dow has been devastated by a stock market crash.

Today’s collapse marked the 11th-worst percentage loss in Dow history. The Dow has declined by more than 20% over the past week, something that has traditionally defined a ‘crash’ when it happens close together like this.

None of this is to say that the market would have been fine had Congress never passed the bailout bill. It clearly wouldn’t have been. But neither has the bill been the panacea that it’s proponents, including George Bush who signed it into law and both presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama who voted for it, sold us on it being.

What the bailout accomplished was to relieve financial pressures on fat cats at the taxpayers expense. When the government borrows $700 billion dollars, we all borrow that money, because the government is us. We have to pay that money back, with interest, using our tax dollars. That is not simplistic – it’s simply the truth.

So now we not only have our stock market crash, those ‘devastating losses’ that we supposedly needed the bailout to avoid, but we are $700 billion in debt on top of it. And perhaps most importantly, the line to get more bailouts is forming.

The hard lessons of capitalism, allowed to play out in their fullest, will always weed out the bad actors and those who take negligent risk over time. Again, if they are allowed to play out naturally. By bailing out many of these bad actors and fool-hardy risk takers, the government sends the horrible message to “go ahead, do whatever you want, and if you lose, we got your back.”

For U.S. taxpayers, this was not a bailout silver bullet, or even one necessary piece to a financial recovery puzzle. This bailout was just more bullets fired into a wounded economic carcass that each day gets worse in what we can now rightly call the ‘bailout bloodbath.’

God help us all if Obama wins the election and Democrats retain control of both houses of Congress. The tax increases and spending increases that they initiate over the next few years will deal a further blow to American capitalism and greatness. And that is no over-exaggeration.