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  • How Jeb Bush Can Thread The Needle And Win

    12/19/2014 1:25:33 PM PST · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 16, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Since talking about it on Morning Joe earlier today, a few people have asked me to expound on my theory regarding what Jeb Bush would have to do to overcome the many challenges he would face on his way to the Republican nomination. It seems clear that Bush is hell-bent on not pandering to the base, so the obvious challenge he will have to overcome is winning a Republican primary while holding some positions (immigration reform, Common Core, etc.) which are anathema to the grassroots conservatives who will comprise a decent chunk of the primary electorate. The way to overcome...
  • What the New Congress Should Do

    12/15/2014 8:26:43 PM PST · by pgyanke · 17 replies
    Vanity | 12/15/14 | pgyanke
    We have been betrayed. Again. Just like in 2010, the outgoing GOP class compromised a referendum election before the new Congress even had a chance to take their seats. In this case, the GOPe "leadership" essentially funded everything the new members were specifically elected to stop. What can the incoming Congressmen do? 1. Vote for new leadership 2. Remember that no Congress can be bound by a prior Congress. What if... we had a GOP president and owned both houses of Congress. After losing a wave election where Congress is going to fully flip sides in January, the outgoing Congress...
  • Juan Williams: Democrats must fight or lose young voters

    12/15/2014 4:39:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 15, 2014 | Juan Williams
    The passionate stand by Americans across the country in protesting the failure of grand juries to indict policemen for killing two unarmed people – both poor, black men – is revving up the demand for a political response from Democrats in Washington. Young people of all colors, but mostly blacks, Hispanics and immigrants, are the primary source of that pressure. Their political agenda extends beyond outrage over the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York. They also want Democrats in Congress to get busy defending ObamaCare. But their rising political engagement is best seen...
  • Down and Out - Democratic Party losses as state level almost unprecedented - crippling

    12/12/2014 12:46:01 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Slate ^ | December 11, 2014 | Jamelle Bouie, covers politics, policy and race
    The Democratic Party’s losses at the state level are almost unprecedented, and could cripple it for a long time to come. "........With that said, there are more costs to Democratic weakness in the states than just House elections. States are where parties build talent and try new ideas. Here, the GOP is instructive. Its brightest stars are either governors (Scott Walker, John Kasich, and Chris Christie) or former state officeholders (Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Joni Ernst). And Republican-controlled statehouses have been incubators for conservative ideas, from experiments in tax cutting (Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana and Sam Brownback’s Kansas) to full-fledged...
  • Red States Are Getting a New Shade of Redder-people who deny climate change most likely to suffer

    12/12/2014 1:28:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Slate ^ | December 12, 2014 | Joshua Zaffos
    ".....Yuma,Colorado, a farming town of 3,500 people near the Kansas border, celebrated last month as homegrown Republican Cory Gardner was elected to the U.S. Senate. Gardner, a high school football player and the son of a farm equipment dealer, defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall to help the GOP gain control of the Senate in the second-most expensive congressional race of all time.Gardner represented Colorado’s 4th Congressional District for four years, an expansive territory that covers the mostly flat and rural eastern third of the state. Farmers there mostly grow corn to feed cattle, and water comes from the quickly...
  • Why Matt Drudge and Lucianne Goldberg still rule the conservative media roost

    12/11/2014 9:18:29 AM PST · by PROCON · 33 replies
    WAPO ^ | Dec. 11, 2014 | Philip Bump
    A flock of (relatively) new conservative media sites have gained attention in the mainstream-ish media over the past few weeks, a function of their increased role in driving political attention and, in some cases, their savvy in redirecting Facebook's traffic hose toward themselves. Bloomberg's Dave Weigel notes a series of scoops from the Washington Free Beacon (largely focused on Hillary Clinton); at Slate, Betsy Woodruff explains Twitchy. At the Awl, John Herrman noted the rise of the Independent Journal Review, which "landed big" on Facebook. For all of this success, for all of the novelty of new sites with sharp...
  • Hank Johnson: Blacks like Ben Carson ‘trying to tap into the ignorance of people’

    12/09/2014 6:43:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Rep. Hank Johnson, Georgia Democrat, said black people like retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson are trying to tap into the ignorance of people who have been whipped “into a frenzy, like a lynch mob.” Mr. Johnson was speaking on Michael Smerconish’s radio show about President Obama and opposition that he’s faced since winning election. “I support the president, I believe he’s done as much as is humanly possible to advance the cause of justice and prosperity and freedom for all people, not just blacks, and not just here in America, but across the world. I think he has changed the paradigm...
  • Facebook Army to Police GOP Candidates

    "Anybody who runs as a conservative," Brent Bozell declared, "is going to have to satisfy our army." The digital army sprung to life with a click of a mouse in a nondescript office park in Alexandria. Less than 10 miles away, at the White House, the phones began to light up. One call came into the switchboard and then another. Thousands of people flooded the phone lines. It was early August 2014, and the callers were conservatives lambasting President Obama for promising what they described as "executive amnesty." The deluge of angry activists was not the work of a heavily...
  • South's Shift To Conservatism Now Complete With Defeat Of Mary Landrieu

    12/07/2014 5:30:03 PM PST · by goldstategop · 43 replies
    New Orleans Advocate ^ | 12/07/2014 | Gregory Roberts
    The values that are pre-eminent for Republican Party voters are probably freedom, independence, autonomy, limited government and self-reliance, and a strong belief in the powers of capitalism and a free market,” Cross said. “We see them in the South: the calls or less government, the call for people to take personal responsibility, the inveighing against the dependent class.” And in Louisiana and other energy-producing states, he said, the perceived antipathy of national Democrats for the oil and gas industry helps swell Republican ranks. “We’re looking at something more than just a bad year,” said Charlie Cook, the Shreveport native who...
  • Ted Cruz's Brain Trust: The Advisers Who Want To Make Him President

    11/20/2014 4:16:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    There's no official Sen. Ted Cruz presidential team — yet. But the Texas Republican is already surrounding himself with key strategists and advisers that could make his transparent White House ambitions a reality. The tea party firebrand relies on a small circle of advisers to inform his views and amplify his ultraconservative message. The inner circle breaks down into two groups: his chief advisers in the Senate office, and the chiefs of his nationally-focused political operation, which he beefed up in the summer of 2014 by hiring a crop of seasoned Republican campaign operatives. These are the key players that...
  • IRS is monitoring comment threads on conservative blogs

    11/20/2014 7:47:17 AM PST · by PROCON · 116 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Nov. 20, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Internal Revenue Service, which claims to be so understaffed that it can’t bother to collect unpaid taxes, or search backup tapes for Lois Lerner’s “missing” emails, apparently has plenty of time to read the comment threads on conservative blogs that have been critical of the agency (Hi there, IRS agents!). William Jacobson, one of the best-informed and most effective critics of the agency, writes on Legal Insurrection: Hey, remember the Reader Poll we did about whether it was okay to follow and try to interview Lois Lerner in her neighborhood? Do you approve of media confronting Lois Lerner in...
  • The Future of Australian Conservatism (Australia's equivalent to Sen. Ted Cruz).

    11/16/2014 8:26:41 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 2 replies
    Quadrant Online ^ | October 14th, 2014 | Edwin Dyga
    Late last year, Senator Cory Bernardi published his first major work on political theory, illustrating his vision for a responsible, confident society and the governing principles that will be needed to foster it. The Conservative Revolution (Connor Court) was not intended to be a manifesto but has nevertheless been described as such since it was released for sale to the public. Perhaps the greatest interest to students of politics and to the media was less the content of the volume as the visceral neck-twitching reaction to its public release. There is something to be said for the confidence of Bernardi’s...
  • David Pietrusza On Calvin Coolidge

    11/15/2014 11:29:24 AM PST · by statestreet · 3 replies
    Vimeo ^ | Novemer 14, 2014 | William K. Sanford Town Library
    Author David Petrusza discusses the pivotal 1924 election for president, won by "Silent Cal Coolidge."
  • The Unlikeliest Winner [Johnny Tacherra competitive in CA-16 may have won]

    11/12/2014 5:00:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | November 12, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    ".....As of publication time, Republican Johnny Tacherra is leading longtime Democratic lawmaker Jim Costa in the yet-to-be-decided race for the Golden State’s 16th congressional district. With provisional ballots still to be counted, and with a 700-plus-vote cushion, Tacherra is confident that he will survive. He and his wife are heading to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to take part in freshmen-member orientation on Capitol Hill....... ....The New York Times put the race on its “Democrats Are Expected to Win Easily” list, and the Cook Political Report labeled the seat as “Solid Democrat,” or uncompetitive. Republican national committees and organizations stayed out...
  • Can The GOP Only Win The Presidency With A Conservative?

    11/11/2014 6:15:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/11/2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Over at the Washington Examiner, Philip Klein makes the interesting case that the GOP can only win the presidency by nominating a real conservative.Regarding the failed presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney, Klein notes,“His clumsy statements, such as declaring that he was ‘severely conservative’ and that his preferred immigration policy would lead to ‘self deportation,’ were rooted in the fact that he was just regurgitating what he thought conservatives wanted to hear rather than explaining views with which he was comfortable. This was also at the heart of his butchering the conservative critique of the culture of dependency with his ’47...
  • Ted Cruz Wins: The Shutdown Worked

    11/11/2014 2:58:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 11, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    “There is no possibility of a government shutdown. Remember me? I’m the guy that gets us out of government shutdowns,”— Soon-to-be-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Time magazineThe lefties over at Think Progress were elated.It was September 30, 2013, and they thought they had the GOP right where they wanted it as Texas Senator Ted Cruz plowed ahead with the idea of defunding Obamacare—an action that caused Democrats to promptly shut down the government — and blame not just Cruz but the Republican Party. The whole event was giving prominent Republicans in and out of office the political willies. Think...
  • Election Post-mortem: Conservative Christians Still Key to Republicans

    11/08/2014 8:09:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/8/2014 | BY MARK TOOLEY
    It is often claimed that conservative religious voters, especially white evangelicals, are going the way of the dinosaur, consigned to demographic irrelevance. But they were a key component of the Republicans’ 2014 midterm victories. According to exit polls, Conservative religious voters made up as big a percentage of the electorate as ever, and they backed Republicans at least as strongly as ever. White evangelicals were 26% of the electorate this year, and 78% of them voted Republican. That’s up from 2010, when they were 25 percent of the electorate, and 77 percent voted Republican, and 2006, when they were 24...
  • Tea party favorite to head Dallas think tank (LTC Allen West)

    11/08/2014 6:55:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 7, 2014 | Jim Landers
    Tea party favorite Allen B. West was named Friday to be the new CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas think tank that has focused on market-based solutions for health care and tax and fiscal policy. West, 53, is a former Republican congressman from Florida and a retired Army lieutenant colonel. He is expected to boost donations to the think tank, which sagged after the forced departure of founding CEO John Goodman in June. Since leaving Congress in 2013, West has been a commentator on Fox News, a blogger and a fundraiser for conservative veteran and minority...
  • Senate Candidates Who Championed Pro-Life, Social Conservative Principles Win Decisive Victories

    11/05/2014 11:13:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/5/2014 | Samuel Smith
    With the results of the midterm election giving control of both the House and Senate to the Republican Party, leaders of two prominent social conservative political action groups said in interviews with The Christian Post that those candidates who fully embraced their conservative stances on social issues were fully rewarded by the voters. Tony Perkins, president of the social conservative advocacy group Family Research Council, and Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, agreed that Republican candidates who either supported abortion or hid their views on abortion and other social issues did not fare as well as those...
  • Mia Love, Daughter of Haitian Immigrants, Will Be GOP's First Black Woman in Congress

    11/05/2014 7:38:02 AM PST · by Ripliancum · 34 replies
    people magazine ^ | 07:45 AM EST | SANDRA SOBIERAJ WESTFALL
    A Mormon mother of three secured her place in American history as the first black female Republican elected to Congress. "Tonight you have made history!" Utah's Mia Love told supporters after winning the state's 4th House district. "Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black Republican LDS (Latter Day Saint) woman to Congress. Not only did we do it, we were the first to do it!" Love, 38, who also will be the first Haitian-American to serve in the Capital, was surrounded by her husband, Jason, and their kids: Alessa, 14; Abigail, 11; and...
  • What Should A Smart Conservative Do? Thinking about sitting out this election? Think again.

    11/04/2014 7:47:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/4/2014 | Kevin Tharp
    This 2014 election may be one of the most important elections in recent memory. Of course every election cycle someone claims that the next election is the most important one and they make arguments to support their claim. But every election can have serious consequences and should be treated as important and significant. This one is no exception. So what should serious-minded conservatives do? Some conservatives are still thinking about the primary season. Their ideal candidate did not win. Maybe even the best candidate ideal or not did not win either. As a result, a few are considering not voting...
  • Conservatives, Categorize Thyself: (chart)

    11/03/2014 5:29:30 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 30 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 November 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Found this on twitter over the weekend, credited to some spam website I'm not going to link. However, I did find the graphic clarifying and amusing, while seemingly accurate in it's definitions... I -as with many of you, I'm sure- fall-in somewhere around  'modern conservatism' (purple line)... alas, by definition a 'modern' descriptive indicates how relentless the overall expansion of government has been over the long run... and how many times we've been forced back to a new, more defensible position. But has there ever been historical examples of purely 'Voluntarist' societies, even on a local level? Perhaps some Indian...
  • Ronald Reagan: We meant to change a nation, and instead, we changed a world (video)

    11/02/2014 3:44:23 PM PST · by Abakumov · 16 replies
    Radix News ^ | November 2, 2014 | Ronald Reagan
    Some inspirational words in these troubled times. On January 11, 1989 Ronald Reagan delivered his farewell address from the White House. In this video excerpt, he sums up some of the achievements and lessons of his presidency. Hearing the Gipper reflect on the 1980s, we understand the magnitude of his achievements, and also what the country has since lost, especially in recent years. Today, some are giving up hope that America can be great again. But as Mr. Reagan says, “because we’re a great nation, our challenges seem complex. It will always be this way. But as long as we...
  • Attn FReepers: A project for Conservative Activism (vanity, please read and pass on)

    10/30/2014 12:24:04 PM PDT · by Baynative · 26 replies
    My angry inner self | 10/30/14 | Baynative
    I know many of you are as fed up as I am with the trend of politics and the control exerted over our elections by the media. I am taking it on myself an hoping for your almost effortless support. My simple plan has risen from watching how liberals have been able to control the media and the national debate with unimportant issues that concern a relatively small number of people; such as gay marriage and minimum wage. I have a simple two piece plan that I am trying to spread through every campaign and every elected representative. The first...
  • Bristol Palin Has Had It With Media Bias: ‘Let Me Tell You What Actually Happened’

    10/24/2014 5:34:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    inquisitr.com ^ | 10/24/14
    ...In response to the recent coverage of what has come to be commonly called the “Palin Brawl,” that occurred last month in Alaska, former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, has taken to her blog to set the record straight. ....[Bristol said] "Violence against women is never okay… Even if that violence occurs against conservative women. Imagine for a second the outrage that would happen if Chelsea Clinton had gotten pushed by some guy. Had she tried to defend herself, the liberal media would’ve held her up as some feminist hero. But it wasn’t Chelsea. It wasn’t Hillary. It...
  • What I Have Learned From Debating Young Liberals

    10/21/2014 6:58:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/21/2014 | Patricia L. Dickson
    In the recent months, I have been engaged in political debates with liberals mostly under the age of 40 (I am over the age of 40). These debates have taken place in person, via email and political discussion blogs. In each occurrence, I was contacted or confronted by the individuals who wanted to engage in discussions with me. I was personally contacted and invited to participate in discussions on a blog that repost some of my articles. However, after each round of discussions, I am saddened with the realization that our great country is in deep trouble if today’s young...
  • A Time for Choosing at 50 - Remembering Reagan's famous speech

    10/21/2014 1:17:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | October 21, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    October 27, 1964. Fifty years ago. It was a Tuesday night, one week from election day. As the Johnson-Goldwater campaign wound to its end, with Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society liberalism he was championing poised to win in a landslide over GOP nominee Senator Barry Goldwater, Americans turned on their television sets to see one last political commercial. They quickly discovered a very familiar face in a very unfamiliar setting.Actor Ronald Reagan, longtime movie and TV star, newly the host and occasional star of Death Valley Days, a weekly TV series based on the old West, was introduced by...
  • American Conservatives of Color

    10/19/2014 8:30:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    The principles of conservatism – personal empowerment, less government intrusion into private lives, a strong national defense, greater individual freedom & liberty, fiscal responsibility from our elected officials – make sense and work for all people, regardless of race or ethnicity. The chasm between black (and brown) and conservative America is unhealthy for both sides, and at B&C.com we are dedicated to helping bridge that gap. Our deepest desire is to aid in bringing both sides to a place of mutual understanding and respect. Black America, we have got to change the way we operate. Automatically running to one political...
  • Conservatives fear Justice Roberts going soft

    10/18/2014 6:36:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/18/2014 | By JOSH GERSTEIN
    Chief Justice John Roberts seems to be going wobbly again. Conservatives, still smarting from what they view as an ideological betrayal by Roberts two years ago in the Supreme Court’s 5-4 Obamacare decision, have looked on suspiciously in recent weeks as the chief justice twice appeared to side with the court’s liberals and Justice Anthony Kennedy against the court’s conservatives. When the high court issued orders last week blocking Wisconsin’s voter ID law and stopping enforcement of key parts of Texas’s new restrictions on abortion clinics, Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito publicly dissented. Roberts was notably silent....
  • Hold Your Nose to Vote But For Goodness Sake, Don't Stay Home

    10/16/2014 5:56:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 128 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 10-16-14 | Alicia Colon
    As the days trickle down to a precious few before Election Day, I have become increasingly depressed by the comments I've read on several conservative forums. There are way too many conservatives expressing dissatisfaction with the GOP candidates running next month and in the possible lineup in 2016. They say before they vote for a RINO, they'd rather stay home. There was a time when I would have admired their principled position but not this year. It is vitally important that the Republicans take over the Senate because the sad fact is that President Obama would never have been able...
  • On the Cusp of a Great American Awakening?

    10/15/2014 4:14:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I got a note from a friend of mine last night. I'm going to spend time on this, not right now, but I don't want you to miss this. I got a note from a friend last night who was really happy, really ecstatic, because he believes, or he did until he talked to me, he believes that we are on the threshold here of a major American reawakening. He thinks that we're on the cusp. He can't put his finger on it. He's a well-known writer and he thinks that all of these things happening here...
  • UKIP gains first elected MP with Clacton win

    10/09/2014 8:00:49 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/09/2014 | BBC News
    n his acceptance speech Mr Carswell, who gained 21,113 votes (59.75%) on a 44% swing from the Conservatives, said: "I resigned from parliament to face this election because I answer first, foremost and last to you. You are my boss. I will not let you down. "To my new party I offer these thoughts: humility when we win, modesty when we are proved right. If we speak with passion, let it always be tempered by compassion. "We must be a party for all Britain and all Britons: first and second generation as much as every other. Our strength must lie...
  • Can Cruz Save the Day?

    10/02/2014 1:12:35 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 2, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Conservative activists fear that lack of a national theme or agenda for this election cycle will depress conservative turnout, leaving Republicans with — at best — a bare Senate majority rather than the larger wave that some political observers have predicted. “One of the things you must give the voters is a tune they can whistle, and Republicans are not doing that this time,” longtime conservative fundraiser Richard Viguerie tells National Review Online. Instead, party leadership is too passive in waiting for Democrats to self-destruct, according to activists. ​ “The concern is that the Republicans are trying to drift past...
  • Republicans do conservatism a disservice by running on nothing

    09/29/2014 7:54:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/29/2014 | Philip Klein
    If history has taught conservatives anything, it is that having Republicans in power is a necessary but by no means sufficient condition to advance a conservative agenda. During the George W. Bush era, for instance, Republicans controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress. Spending soared, the federal role in education grew, and entitlements underwent their most significant expansion since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. Republicans claim to have rediscovered their commitment to limited government principles as a reaction to President Obama. But with the possibility of retaking control of the Senate within their grasp, Republicans have decided to pursue...
  • Texas has become epicenter of conservative movement

    09/21/2014 9:05:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 20, 2014 | Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
    AUSTIN — Twenty years ago this November, Texas elected George P. Bush’s uncle as governor. That election cemented Republicans in power in the Lone Star State after a steady period of ascendance. Democrats haven’t won a statewide elective office since and their candidates for governor (state Sen. Wendy Davis) and lieutenant governor (state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte) are currently seen here in Texas as underdogs this fall. In the two decades since George W. Bush became governor, the Republican Party here has turned several shades redder. Texas might qualify now as the epicenter of the conservative movement across the...
  • Atlas Shrugged part 3 in Theaters (find one near you)

    09/21/2014 8:57:42 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 25 replies
    atlas shrugged movie ^ | 9/21/2014 | freeAtlanta
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  • The New Conservative Love Affair With Canada

    09/20/2014 7:33:03 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/19/2014 | Josh Barro
    There’s a great deal of truth to the conservative praise for Canada. Its fiscal choices have shown how a country can maintain a strong social safety net while taxing and spending efficiently and encouraging private investment. Openness to trade and skilled immigration have made Canada an attractive place to invest; perhaps too attractive for some, given the dizzying way Chinese investment has driven up housing prices in Vancouver. But there are two big caveats to the conservative case for Canada. First, the offsets. “The things conservatives love about Canada are closely linked to the things they hate most about Canada,”...
  • Can Sam Brownback Survive?

    09/18/2014 6:39:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/18/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    Even before his election as governor in 2010, liberal observers were warning about Sam Brownback. In October of that year, the New York Times warned that the mere prospect of Brownback’s ascent was “redefining” the Republican party. That’s certainly been his goal. Operating on the assumption that change in the states drives change in Washington, Brownback has, over the past four years, slashed income taxes, privatized Medicaid, expanded gun rights, and taken on the state’s teachers’ unions. Those reforms may have made him a hero to conservatives, but they have also made him a major target this election cycle. For...
  • Dinesh D'Souza Is Winning

    09/14/2014 11:54:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | The September 13, 2014 edition | Simon van Zuylen-Wood
    Conservatism's former enfant terrible has been cast out of polite society and may soon face jail time. But business has never been better.Dinesh D'Souza is scrolling through his iPhone, showing me photos of C-list movie stars. "So my latest thing is tweeting out pictures of me with really attractive actresses," he says, giggling. There he is, standing next to a blond woman. "This is the actress Kelly Carlson. She came to one of our screenings. She's in, you know, Made of Honor." ("Christie/Wife #6.") He scrolls some more. "This is Stacey Dash, who's in Clueless." ("Dionne."). "She's a huge fan...
  • Do Millennials Need Conservatism?

    09/09/2014 8:46:17 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 22 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 8, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    America has fought for the Constitution and its values for a short time, but liberals and progressives have gotten the upper hand as of late. Tim Donner, the president of One Generation Away, spoke at the libertarian think tank Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. on the importance of teaching millennials, youth and children about the Federalist Papers and the U.S. Constitution. One Generation Away is a non-profit organization committed to restore American constitutional values. millennials on electronics Donner shared how the Constitution “has been a subject of great debate over the last several years” and yet, “the good news and...
  • Gallup, Battleground, and Conservatism: Conservatives in America outnumber Liberals 58-37

    09/08/2014 3:29:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/08/2014 | Bruce Walker
    Within a few days, the Gallup Poll and the Battleground Poll provided more polling data that demonstrates just how much conservatives outnumber liberals in America. The Gallup Poll, in its August 26 “State by State: Key Metrics for 2014,” provided data that reveals that in all but three states – Hawaii, Vermont, and Massachusetts – conservatives outnumber liberals. This is consistent with all prior Gallup Poll results for many years. In a few of these polls, conservatives have outnumbered liberals in every state of the nation, and in a few of these polls, liberals outnumber conservatives in one or two...
  • Seavey and Perry: Adventures in Podcasting

    09/06/2014 11:10:48 AM PDT · by OddLane · 2 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | September 6, 2014 | Gerard J. Perry
    This week we cover everything from the futility of New York State's Conservative Party-from William F. Buckley's idealism to a third rate patronage mill-to the phone hacking scandal roiling Hollywood, to the reason why Corey Booker might not have done such a swell job as mayor of Newark, New Jersey.
  • Celebrate Constitution Week In New York City

    09/04/2014 10:31:31 AM PDT · by OddLane · 11 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | September 4, 2014 | Gerard Perry
    The political impact of the Tea Party is a subject which has been debated ceaselessly over the course of the past six years. Even as it has made tremendous strides in mobilizing public opposition to disastrous statist manipulations of the economy and health care, the tangible results of this nationwide experiment in philosophical education and civic action have been ambiguous, at best. Many in the class of newcomers ushered into Congress on a wave of conservative resistance in 2010 have turned their backs on the citizens who voted them into office, in an all-too-familiar pattern of ostensible outsiders being absorbed...
  • Conservatism is Calling

    09/03/2014 9:06:23 PM PDT · by Bullish · 24 replies
    youtube ^ | Published on Oct 25, 2012 | Kyle Becker
    Mark Levin had a caller last night that is the maker of this video. Mark has seen it and is very impressed by it. He took the callers number and is going to see if he can help him produce more like it. The vid is about a year old but it is well worth the 7 min watch if you haven't seen it before. Forgive if it's been posted here before. A FR search turned up nothing. Conservatism is calling
  • David Pennington: Republicans are Georgia’s problem

    08/27/2014 9:07:53 AM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 20 replies
    The Daily Citizen (Dalton, Georgia) ^ | August 27,2014 | David Pennington
    Recently, a friend lamented that the liberal left is destroying America, but I disagreed. The left is consistent and transparent in its belief that big government, higher taxes and more regulation serve the greater good. The right espouses a limited government platform of lower taxes, less spending and less regulation, which frees capital resulting in innovation and job creation. But do Georgia Republicans practice what they preach Georgia’s fiscal year 2014 results illustrate the reality vs. the rhetoric. Our revenue jumped $879 million over fiscal year 2013; but $473 million of this increase resulted from the new way cars are...
  • To Reach Latinos, GOP Must Alter Its Message, Tone

    08/22/2014 11:45:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 22, 104 | Maria T. Cardona
    There is no doubt that the Latino electorate is becoming increasingly important in presidential elections and will become even more so in the future. Today, one in six Americans are of Latino descent. By 2050, that number will be one in three. ......................................................... At a time when one-fourth of all kindergarten age children in the country are Latino, and when the majority of births are children of color, the Republican Party had better find a way to embrace policies that do not demonize the government that is currently seen as a partner of the communities they need to reach.
  • Glenn Beck: ditching conservatism - New profile in HuffPo: ‘he is mellowing a bit’

    08/22/2014 11:27:20 AM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 88 replies
    The Media Equalizer ^ | August 22, 2014 | Media Equalizer
    targeting Fox’s Tantaros Spumoni 1 Tough decision: ‘Day Of Rage!!!’ or spumoni? James Foley Did you view that horrible beheading video? US President Obama waves from a golf cart in Kailua Conservatives: too wimpy to hold Obama accountable? Ferguson - Fox 1 MSNBC’s ‘lynch mob mentality’ blasted Politics / Radio / Television Glenn Beck: ditching conservatism New profile in HuffPo: ‘he is mellowing a bit’ By Brian Maloney August 22nd, 2014, 1:58 EDT Beck Glenn 3 That he was even willing to do an interview with a “progressive” publication like the Huffington Post was the first clue. But whatever his...
  • Phyllis Schlafly Turns 90 Today

    08/15/2014 10:49:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 15, 2014 | Jeff Lipkes
    Very few individuals who were not politicians or generals have had a major impact on American political history. Phyllis Schlafly is one of the exceptions. Twice. In 1964, she helped launch the grass-roots conservative movement that flourishes today, transformed by the internet, and in 1972 she inaugurated what came to be called “social conservatism.” More than any other individual, she was responsible for the nomination of Barry Goldwater, and thus, indirectly, Ronald Reagan. And virtually single-handedly, she defeated the so-called Equal Rights Amendment. Schlafly was born 90 years ago today in St. Louis, the daughter of John and Odile Stewart....
  • How late-marrying, contraception-using progressives are helping the religious right

    08/12/2014 4:56:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    The Week ^ | 08/12/2014 | By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    f nothing else, the continuing fight over ObamaCare's infamous contraception mandate has revealed two profound cultural divides in America. The first is about the role of government. The other is about fertility. It increasingly seems as if the progressive secular worldview is almost hostile to fertility. The logic behind the contraception mandate all but implies that the only way to lead a truly free and human life is to lead a contracepted life. As the Cato Institute's Julian Sanchez has argued, the mandate seems designed not so much to improve access to contraception — a nonproblem — but rather to...
  • Google's Perfidy:The Most Viral Video for 2014:Conservatism Is All About The Best For Everybody

    08/12/2014 4:33:10 AM PDT · by lbryce · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | March 4, 2014 | Ed Shelton
    This video, deemed the most viral for 2014 is seen below as the author/creator had intended for it to be presented on You Tube,with the image of Rush Limbaugh positioned on his right and emblazoned with the words "Conservatism Is All About The Best For Everybody. It's All.....You Tube is certainly aware of the design as intended by the video creator because, as I've demonstrated with the image of a You Tube search for "Most Viral video of 2014" and the first three search results,the second result clearly showing the video with the design as its creator intended. But You...