John R. Houk
© March 27, 2013
A few days ago Tea Party journalist Scottie Hughes was critical of Sarah Palin after her CPAC speech as being a rousing speaker but lacking in Conservative work to get the ball moving on a Conservative agenda to offset America’s Leftists.
An Open Letter to Sarah Palin
You are beginning to worry me. I am afraid you are losing touch with the people of whom your fame is based. I, after all, was one of your biggest supporters once. I am thrilled that you get invitations to go to NBA games, that you display your Chick-fil-A shirt, and that you go and support your daughter and her celebrity friends on Dancing with the Stars.
But at CPAC last week you made a rush for the exits. After you gave an inspiring speech where you said to a thrilled audience, “At a time when our country is desperate for leadership, we get instead a permanent campaign”. Instead of coming out and shaking the hands of those who you inspire, you quickly left the building without even a second glance.
You called out the liberal media as being unashamed, so at least you took notice of them. Not so for those of us on the right who had hoped that the woman from Wasilla, Alaska might understand our plight and give us a chance to engage one of the top names in the movement.
We were, to put it bluntly, disappointed. And while I wish this was a solo occurrence, unfortunately this seems to be your pattern.
I know we in the Tea Party movement don’t throw the best parties or live the most glamorous lives, but we are the ones who faithfully donated to the McCain campaign once you joined the ticket. We are the ones who defended you publicly when the liberal media made fun of you and when your own campaign advisors turned on you. We are the ones who add you and your family to our prayers every night at bedtime.
Yet it seems those in Hollywood who have made their money making you the butt of their jokes get more of your attention than the movement you helped inspire.
As a working mother in political journalism, I always looked to your journey as a source of inspiration. It was a testament to the fact that a woman can use her professional talents and not let her family suffer. The other side wants to make female conservatives feel like we are put in binders and … READ THE REST
Has Hughes been looking at the same Sarah Palin I have been look at? Palin has gone to Tea Party rallies and campaign stumped for Conservative pro-Tea Party plenty! My only disappoint with Sarah Palin was her decision to not run for the Office of President. I have no doubt that decision was based on the negative attacks by Establishment Republicans. The most notable of those Establishment Republicans was (and is) Karl Rove.
Let’s face it. Although the electorate power base of the Republican Party are Conservatives and of those on the Right it is the grassroots oriented Tea Partiers. BUT those who pull the finance strings in the Republican Party is the GOP’s version of Pharisees that favor a more Liberal Social Conservatism and leans toward Crony Capitalism rather than little guy entrepreneurship.
Sarah Palin was run out of the Governorship of Alaska because State Dems and Crony Capitalist Republicans constantly were inventing ethics violations to the absurd to prevent Palin from performing her Executive duties as Governor. I believe it is a good guess that she saw the Alaskan subservience to Establishment Republicans would be amplified against on a national basis with the Leftist Palin-hating Mainstream Media propagandizing against her message by obfuscating the honor of her personal life.
Instead of a fractured Tea Party splitting the Tea Party with hurt feelings for not getting the personal attention a prominent Tea Partier feels she deserves, it is no reason to make unsubstantiated complaints as if it was Left Wing propaganda.
RATHER prominent Tea Party leadership needs to unite and find a candidate like Sarah Palin that has a national message of American Exceptionalism, Constitutional Patriotism and Judeo-Christian Morality and stand up against Dems and Establishment Republicans as well as against the activism of the MSM Left.
So what if such a stand is not politically correct! In today’s world who defines political correctness? It is Leftists and RINOs. It is time to change the definers of political correctness.
Today it is politically incorrect to think outside of the Two-Party to replace one of the two prominent political parties. As the Republicans replaced the Whigs in the 1850s to eventually elect Abraham Lincoln in 1860, it is time for the Tea Party Movement to coalesce and find a political name representative of Conservative Tea Partiers.
In the 1850s the Abolitionist Movement was considered a fringe grassroots movement. The Dems, MSM and Establishment Republicans consider the Tea Party to be a fringe grassroots movement that will play itself out. Establishment Republicans envision the Conservative Tea Party base will catapult the GOP back into driver’s seat of both Houses in Congress. In that envisionment Establishment Republicans intend to minimize Tea Party to stop the Leftist fringe of the Dems and bring a middle road political agenda that benefits the Center-Left socially and the Crony Capitalist corporate big business elites on the Center-Right.
Just because Center-Left and Center-Right sounds like a moderate path it does not mean a beneficent path for American culture.
The Leftist end of the scale is godless in values and humanistic in a moral foundation for the rule of law. The far Right end of the scale exploits religion for personal ideological gain and is oppressive to be beneficent to the corporate elite; i.e. Crony Capitalism on the backs of citizens squashing the entrepreneurial spirit of the average American to carve out a self-sustaining niche in life.
The only path that will to make America good is the godly path in which a moral foundation is the platform for the rule of law in which the little guy gets a few shake in the midst of Crony Capitalist elites concerned with the profit margin for the Board of Directors or for the Shareholders.
Government by and for the people is not a top to bottom manifesto for yeomen Americans rather the people represent the rule of law that protects the rights of the unentitled (and I am not talking about government entitled but rather the wealthy entitled as the opposite of the unentitled).
Real justice for all is godly morality not some Leftist ideological definition of justice that robs the yeoman American of the entrepreneurial opportunity to self-sustaining wealth via hard work and good decision making. Leftist justice will keep yeoman Americans enslaved to a life leashed to whatever government agenda is defined as good for Americans even if it robs of Liberty, a godly life and the pursuit of happiness. I call the Leftist ‘good’ evil.
The few Sarah Palins left in America need to be rallied around and not used in political divisiveness.
Check out the rebuttal of Scottie Hughes’ open letter to Sarah Palin written by Tony Lee.
Tea Party News Network Director Falsely Smears Palin
By Tony Lee
25 Mar 2013
In a bizarre rant–or “open letter”–at Townhall, Scottie Hughes, the news director for the Tea Party News Network, falsely accuses former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin of rushing out of this year’s CPAC and having a pattern of ignoring grassroots conservatives.
While Hughes’s motivation for writing such a column may only be known to her, her accusations are demonstrably false.
Doug McMarlin, who has been with Palin since 2008 and was with her at this year’s CPAC, was also perplexed by Hughes’s characterization of the event. Palin met with volunteers, supporters and CPAC leadership at this year’s event. Palin keynoted last year’s CPAC and was the conference’s last speaker, which allowed for her to mix with the audience following her speech.
This year, her slot fell on a Saturday afternoon, which meant there were scheduled speakers immediately after her remarks. It would not have been logistically possible for Palin to even greet the crowd or do talk radio hits from CPAC without causing a huge disturbance due to the crowds that would have swarmed her and disrupted the conference.
“Never underestimate the level the uninformed with a keyboard will go to make a point based on a lack of information,” McMarlin told Breitbart News. “Lamestream, mainstream, and no stream media, it’s unfortunate when those who lack facts lash out without regard. Governor Palin, as always, was with volunteers, supporters and fellow conservatives throughout her days at CPAC.”
Hughes also implied that Palin only speaks to the grassroots through the teleprompter, but this accusation again does not even pass the smell test.
Jason Recher, a Palin staffer who has been with Palin at nearly every event since 2008, told Breitbart News Palin never asks for a teleprompter. In fact, reporters have often said Palin improvises during her speeches, which forces reporters to pay attention to every word in order to quote her accurately.
“I’ve been at almost every speech she’s given since ’08 and can’t think of a time where she ever asked to use a Teleprompter,” Recher told Breitbart News. The teleprompters at CPAC were part of the stage set up used for all the speakers; it was not something Palin personally requested.
Hughes, with no evidence whatsoever, alleges Palin made a “rush to the exits” at this year’s CPAC, implying Palin did not have time for the grassroots.
Again, not true.
As the photos below indicate, Palin spent time after the speech meeting with volunteers.
In addition, Rebecca Mansour, a Palin staffer, told Breitbart News that Palin had to catch a flight immediately after her speech. “She is a very busy working mom with many family and work obligations, including raising a son with Down syndrome who has scheduled therapies,” Mansour said.
Finally, in what may be her most misguided and out-of-touch statement that reveals her ignorance, Hughes refers to Palin’s “pattern of this behavior.”
What “pattern” is Hughes referencing?
The hours that Palin spent with nearly everyone who wanted to speak to her after she keynoted CPAC in 2012, as can be seen in C-SPAN’s coverage of the event?
The hours Palin spent in the lobby at CPAC in 2012 talking to bloggers and attendees, including Townhall’s own Katie Pavlich? Hughes penned her column at Townhall, so it is worth noting that Palin spoke to that outlet at CPAC in 2012.
Is Hughes referencing the time Palin spent with those who came to Iowa–in inclement weather–to listen to Palin denounce crony capitalism and the permanent political class in 2011? At the end of C-SPAN’s coverage of the event, it is clear Palin is energized by grassroots conservatives, and they love her because she genuinely is one of them.
Was Hughes referring to Palin visiting grassroots Tea Partiers at the Machine Shed restaurant in Iowa in 2011, comfortably mingling with nearly everyone in attendance?
Was she referencing Palin’s appearance at the Iowa State Fair in 2011, where she talked to nearly every Iowan who approached her for nearly six hours? Where she won the respect of liberals and even mainstream media reporters who did not think highly of her for genuinely liking “common” people most politicians do not feel comfortable around?
If Hughes is really a part of the grassroots and not a part of an astroturf movement, she could have gone to any of these events–like thousands of grassroots Tea Partiers–and spoken to Palin. Instead, she sounds like mainstream media members who lash out at Palin solely because Palin does not speak to them whenever they wish.
At these events, mainstream media reporters and liberals who did not even like Palin conceded how gracious and how accessible she is and how she thrives around the normal people Hughes purportedly claims to represent. Having written about Palin for nearly four years and having spoken to people who have been at nearly every event Palin has attended during this period, I have consistently heard people comment about how accessible–and down to earth–Palin is after all of her speeches and events, which is especially noteworthy given Palin’s white-hot star power.
It is unclear if Hughes wants Palin to spend time with her or her organization, but grassroots Tea Partiers who truly care more about fighting for the country instead of using the Tea Party to advance whatever agenda suits their interests never ask Palin for anything except to hold politicians and the permanent political class on the left and right to account, which Palin has relentlessly done.
And while Hughes implies Palin does not pay attention to new media, it is worth noting that after Palin turned down Fox News’ offer to renew her contract earlier this year, the first interview Palin gave was to Breitbart News–a new media outlet.
While Hughes, to date, has not seemed like someone who would proverbially come to Washington claiming to change it and instead see the D.C. cesspool as a jacuzzi, her column reads like it was written by someone desperate to become a part of the permanent political class. Her comments are cribbed from remarks the elite Washington, D.C. Republicans and liberals she purportedly is against so often make to denigrate Palin because they, in their minds, think Palin somehow spurned them. They criticize Palin to get pageviews and ratings and to make a name for themselves so they can try to get 1/1000 of her star power and influence.
They desperately crave to get 1/1000 of the bookings Palin most often has to turn down on a daily basis.
They wish their children could have the opportunities to influence pop culture–and would take that chance and go toward the glistening Hollywood spotlight faster than a moth to a flame–all the while acting as if they despise the Hollywood elite while secretly craving their affirmation and wanting all of the glitz and glamour associated with them.
They want to use the Tea Party movement to become stars or cash out instead of fighting to elect candidates like Ted Cruz to the Senate. At CPAC, Cruz said he would not be in the Senate without Palin. Nobody mentioned Hughes, and she most likely will not have politicians knocking on her door to ask for her endorsement.
Hughes needs to be careful, for more columns like this will make people think Hughes may be projecting or falsely seeing in Palin what she may see in herself. Columns that smear a politician like Palin who has held both parties to account in the true spirit of the Tea Party movement will begin to “worry” conservatives and Tea Partiers. They may begin to wonder what Hughes’s intentions are for being in the Tea Party movement and whether Scottie Hughes puts herself before her country and the principles for which she purportedly fights.
All photos below, from CPAC 2013, courtesy of Shealah Craighead/SarahPAC
Gov. Palin with college Republicans:
Gov. Palin greeting CPAC attendees and volunteers:
Gov. Palin with Whitney Pitcher, Illinois Organize4Palin Coordinator, and Stacy Drake, editor-in-chief of Conservatives4Palin:
Todd and Gov. Palin with Michelle McCormick, a volunteer and coordinator with Organize4Palin:
Rally Around the Sarah Palins of America
John R. Houk
© March 27, 2013
Tea Party News Network Director Falsely Smears Palin
Copyright © 2013 Breitbart
John R. Houk
© March 24, 2013
“We deserve better than the people who call themselves our leaders. But we won’t get it unless we’re ready to fight, and this is one fight that is worth it.”
Sarah Palin speech at CPAC on March 16, 2013 as derived from the last paragraph of the post “Sarah Palin’s Defiance” by Douglas Gibbs.
America needs more people like Sarah Palin to show the Republican Party to forget its Establishment and embrace Conservatives or get out of the way for a NEW American political party that is willing to embrace Conservatism and be a light on the hill shining that which has made America good rather than the propagandized indoctrinating message of America’s Left which desires to transform America to a vision that eradicates the U.S. Constitution and the morals of the Judeo-Christian faith in favor of politically correct moral relativism.
I realize 2016 is a long ways away; nonetheless this is the kind of person or one like Palin that needs to be the next President of the United States of America!
Sarah Palin CPAC Speech 3-16-13 Transcript Video: Karl Rove Go Back to Texas Put Your Name on a Ballot
March 16, 2013 19:09
Senator Ted Cruz, the Keynote Speakers, introduced Sarah Palin, who was one of the first big names to come out enthusiastically for him. Due to time constraints I’ve left the intro out, but you can see it in the video below. Toward the end of the transcript and video, Palin referrs (sic) to the “Architect” who is Republican strategist and moneyman who long ago decided he would be the decider of who candidiates (sic) would and would not be. Sarah suggest that if he knows so much and is worthy his millions, he should go on back to the Lone Star state and put (h)is name on a ballot. Sarah (b)egins with words of praise for Ted Cruz and says “Ted Cruz, he comes to town, he chews up barbed wire. He spits out rust.”
Begin Sarah Palin speech
…one reason I like Texans. They don’t mess around with our Second Amendment rights. All this stuff coming lately from the White House to take away the good guys’ freedom, and, the right to protect ourselves with the most naive notion that the bad guys, who ignore the laws, that all of a sudden they’re going to follow some new laws. It’s not about the bad guys. No , it’s all about the lead, like solely – that chunk of metal didn’t commit the crime. That’s like saying solely, that fork made me fat.
And background checks, yeah, I guess to learn more about the person’s thinking and associations and intentions. More background checks? Dandy idea Mr. President – should have started with yours. [audience going wild]
Well, it’s great to be back at CPAC. I’m so happy to be here and it feels like it’s coming home even though it is only my second time here, but I kinda feel like I’m getting the hang of it already, I can spot those Liberal media folk here to write their annual Conservatives in Crisis story. How many of you guys are here? Raise your hands…come on, raise your hands. Be proud. You’re loud. We’re used to it. Certainly you’re not ashamed to…raise it high. Don’t worry. We wouldn’t dream of making you wait outside on the party bus.
It is an honor to be here. We can come together folks for an adult conversation about the future of our country and heaven knows, we need this. So much of what passes for our national conversation is anything but.
Remember ‘No Drama Obama?’ If only. Now it(‘s) All Drama Obama. We don’t have leadership coming out of Washington. We have reality television. It’s really bad reality TV and the American people tuned-out a long time ago. Entertainment TV is a good description of what is going on in DC because more than ever it feels like a put-on. Every event feels calculated to fool us somehow. Every speech feels like a con. Washington politicians, too many in both parties, have a bad habit of focusing on the process of politics instead of the purpose of politics, which is to lead and to serve. Even our guys in the GOP too often have a habit of reading their stage directions, especially these days. They are being too scripted, too calculated. They talk about rebuilding the party. How about rebuilding the Middle Class? They talk about rebranding the GOP instead of restoring the trust of the American people.
Now we can’t just ignore though, that…we just lost a big election. We came in second out of two. Second position on the dogsled team is where the view never changes and the view ain’t pretty.
We need to figure out then, our job. What will we do next? As we go about that, as we talk to one another, and listen to what the speaker’s have to say, let’s be clear about one thing, we’re not here to rebrand a party, we’re here to rebuild a country.
We’re not here to dedicate ourselves to new talking points coming from Washington, D.C. We’re not here to put a fresh coat of rhetorical paint on our party. We are not here to abandon our principles in a contest of government give-aways. That’s a game we will never, ever win. We are here to restore American and the rest is just theatrics, the rest is just sound and fury. It’s just making noise, and that sums up the job President Obama does today.
Now, he’s considered a good politician, which is like saying Bernie Madoff was a good salesman, the difference being the President is using our money.
You know I spend most of my time in heartland country, the heart of the heart of America and I have news for the permanent political class in Washington. While they’re busy worrying about their own political future, things are bad out here. Nearly 8% unemployment rate. It doesn’t begin to capture how bad things are. Even in the dismal rates announced of .1% economic growth, that doesn’t tell the story of the pain that Americans feel.
Our president fancies himself as the champion of the Middle Class, yet since he came on scene, even those lucky enough to have a job, they’re working more for less. The median income for families has dropped over $5,000.00 since ’07, even as we work longer and longer hours. And job creators are being punished. Tell me how does punishing the job creators, create more jobs?
It cost nearly 100 bucks now to fuel up your truck. It costs tens of thousands of dollars to send your child to college. Man, the cost of a case of diapers today…these prices…the cost, the impacts on the American family budget, and the Middle Class Americans, while we’re breaking their budget, the Democrat-controlled Senate refuses to pass a budget. That was how many years ago that they did? How many Trillions-in-debt-ago? All in violation of Article I Section 9, Clause 7 of our U.S. Constitution. No budget for 4 years. No budget for 4 years is not just bureaucratic bungling. Refusing to pass a budget is refusing to declare what it intends to do with the people’s money.
Barack Obama promised the most transparent administration ever. Barack Obama, you lied.
There is a direct correlation between the Senate stubbornly refusing to pass a budget, and the Senate selfishlessly (sic – should be ‘selfishly’ according video speech) agreeing to go ahead and spend our children and our children’s money. No budget is no leadership. It is time for America to get more outraged about this. Never before have our challenges been so big and our leaders so small.
Now when we were here last year, the words on everyone’s lips and the wish in your heart was for Barack to pack-her up and bubble wrap the Nobel and the clubs and the high-tops and head on back to Chicago.
Well, the election came and went but the campaign never stopped, at a time when our country is desperate for leadership, we get instead a permanent campaign, but here’s the thing, leaders take risks for the good of our country. Campaigners make promises they can’t keep. Leaders reach across political differences. Campaigners double-down on those differences. Leaders seek to bring Americans together to confront our challenges and campaigners seek to divide and to conquer and to create crisis after crisis after crisis, to exploit.
Mr President we admit it, you won. Accept it. Now step away from the teleprompter and do your job.
The permanent political class is in permanent political mode so where do we go from here? One of my idols, Lady Margaret Thatcher, she offered this advice after her party lost at the poll. She told fellow conservatives not to get lost in abstract debates and green-eye-shade accounting. Mrs. Thatcher advised conservatives to focus their concerns first and foremost on the people. She said, look at every problem from the grassroots, not from the top down. She also cautioned Conservatives not to go wobbly on their beliefs, to which I offer a hearty Amen Sistah! We can use a leader like Maggie Thatcher today.
But just think about it at a time when Washington is so powerful that seven of the ten highest income counties in the country ring the city, allow yourself to imagine leadership that deems to understand us little people, us clinging to our God, our Guns our Constitution and our grassroots – imagine leadership that actually takes seriously the idea of government of the people, by the people, for the people, and then imagine leadership that knows how to prioritize to ensure national security and to stop goverrnment (sic) waste. That’s leadership that would have as it’s guiding light, it’s great North Star, our U.S. Constitution.
Friends, it’s no accident that it’s opening words are We the People, and while you are dreaming, imagine leadership that respects the Second Amendment to the Constitution. The majority of Americans want this.
Is there any wonder there was such a run on guns and ammo for Christmas presents, considering the attack on the Second Amendment? A couple of months ago – oh you should have seen what Todd got me for Christmas. Well, it wasn’t that exciting. It’s a metal rack, a case for hunting rifles to put on the back of a Four-Wheeler, then though, I had to get something for him to put in the gun case, right? So this go-round, he got the rifle, I got the rack. (big applause and she pulls out her Big Gulp and takes a sip till the crowd calms down.)
Oh Bloomberg’s not around. Our Big Gulp’s okay. Shoot it’s just pop with low-cal ice cubes in it. I hope that’s okay. What did you think was in it? Yeah, you Young Republicans, especially you who went Greek – I am so proud of you guys, all of you. College Republicans, there on campus. You are so bold, in your…well [crowd screaming]. All right. You guys keep your courage up, and my only piece of advice, because I’m a Mom, to our young College Republicans is, ya gotta be thinking Sam Adams, not drinking Sam Adams. and that’s just a joke. I don’t want to hear from the CEO of some brewery accusing me of being anti-beer. It was joke. You guys just keep up your good work.
Seriously though, when we do see harm. When we see life snuffed out through violent, evil acts, imagine leadership that doesn’t seek to exploit the tragedy. Imagine leadership that seeks real solutions to the violence, not cheap political games. That would be leadership worthy of its name. That would be leadership worthy of those words “We the People.” Creating government of, by, for the people. It also means ending the poisonous practice of treating Americans of different social, ethnic, religious groups as different electorates to be pandered to with different promises. If we truly believe the words of our other founding document, The Declaration of Independence, that yes all men are created equal, then there are no Hispanic issues or African American issues or women’s issues. There are only American issues.
Now CPAC in order to be effective, in order to have any power to change things for the better, as Conservatives, we must leave no American behind and we must share our powerful message of freedom and liberty to all citizens, even those who may disagree on some issues because there is solid common ground in fighting against government overreach and for independence. And those who may disagree with us on some issues, they are not our enemies. They’re our sisters and our brothers. They’re our neighbors. They’re our friends. It’s imperative to reach out and to share that conservative message of liberty and less government and lower taxes and individual responsibility.
It’s time we all stopped preaching to the choir and let’s grow. America already has one party that’s expert at pitting groups against one another. We’ll never win a contest of identity politics. We shouldn’t even try. If ‘Believe in America’ is more than just a catchy campaign slogan, then we have to believe in America’s exceptionalism, and her greatest achievement that no one is guaranteed success but everyone is guaranteed an equal opportunity at success.
The greatest lie that the government tells is that government is the way to realize this guarantee. There is a simple reason why Washington, DC is an island of prosperity in a nation mired in near recession. Whenever government expands, it’s the well-connected that reap the benefit. The more government intrudes into our lives and businesses, the more it picks winners and losers. The more crony capitalists win, the more the rest of us lose. Whether it’s green energy or free Obama phones or prophylactics, if you don’t have a team of lobbyists in DC or a cancelled contribution check, you’re not at the table – you’re on the menu.
If Mrs. Thatcher were with us here today, she would remind us, there’s a big difference between being pro-business and being pro-free market. On this there can be no mistaking where free market stands. It’s time for We the People to break up the cronyism and put a stake through the heart of too big to fail once and for all.
That includes in these resource rich states like Alaska, my home state. Read your Constitution Alaskans. Realize that the natural resources that God has created for mankind’s use, are not owned by the big multi-national conglomerates and the monopolies. They’re owned by The People. They don’t own them, so don’t let them own you. You have a right for those resources to be developed for our use.
Ending the top-down approach of DC also means changing our top-down political process. The next election is 20-months away. Now is the time to furlough the consultants, and tune-out the pollsters, send the focus groups home and throw out the political scripts, because if we truly know what we believe, we don’t need professionals to tell us.
And if we truly seek to know the hearts and minds of the people, there is no substitute for going out and asking them – being one of them with real world experience, actual conversations with actual hard-working Americans, and that goes for finding candidates as well. Creating a government by, for the people. It means looking toward our communities, our PTAs, our service clubs, small businesses, Tea Party rallies and City Halls – for people who are willing to lead. Do you know someone who’s judgement (sic) you trust, someone who doesn’t just preach common sense, but who actually lives it? Well, encourage her or him to run for office.
Are you mad as hell and think you have a better way? Then run yourself. Don’t let the big consultants, the big money men and the big bad media scare you off. Don’t let them invalidate you when you no doubt have more real world, practical experience with family and real work. That’s real life, than those in the political bubble who try to tell you who’s worthy, who just doesn’t fit their bill. The last thing we need is Washington DC vetting our candidates.
If these experts who keep losing elections and keep getting rehired and getting millions , if they feel that strong about who gets to run in this party, then they should buck-up or stay in the truck. Buck up or run. The Architect [Karl Rove] can head on back to the great Lone Star State and put their name on some ballot – though for their sakes, I hope they give themselves a discount on their consulting services.
Friends you have heard a lot of different voices, offering a lot of different ideas the past few days. I am just humbled. I am just so grateful to be just one of them. I have been so blessed to spend so much of these past years getting to know even more of America, not from the top down, but from the heart looking out, and this I know, there is more wisdom, more character, more grit and common sense in the soldiers and the Mom’s and the teacher’s and the laborers and the firemen and the fishermen and the students and the cowboys – and other extraordinary Americans that I’ve met along the way, than will ever be found in the cocktail parties of power across the river, and …
…if We the People have one message to send to Washington, I’m sure it would be this: Get Over Yourself. It’s not about you.
I’m leaving it there. There are two minutes remaining if you want to tune in the video below. Thanks for The Right Scoop for the video and the poster.
Ted Cruz introduces Sarah Palin at CPAC 2013 – If Karl Rove Knows So Much About Candidates, He Should go Back to Texas and Put His Name on the Ballot (video)
Looking at Palin’s CPAC 2013 Speech
John R. Houk
© March 24, 2013
Sarah Palin CPAC Speech 3-16-13 Transcript Video: Karl Rove Go Back to Texas Put Your Name on a Ballot
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I have a tendency to view Foreign Policy through the filter of Neoconservatism which in essence the promotion of American Exceptionalism, promoting alliances with democratic principled nations that view the USA favorably and make the effort to transform Third World nations to instill Liberty and representative democracy. The lesson learned about instilling Liberty and representative democracy in Muslim dominated nations is that the Western version is impossible. In lands dominated by millennia of Islamic indoctrination any Liberty and representative democracy will only work through the filter Islamic Sharia Law. Sharia is inimical to American Liberty at the very least.
I tend to view American Domestic Policy through the filter of American Conservatism which is Less Government, Lower taxes and a Free Market Economy.
I am definitely not a purist in either Neoconservatism or Conservatism because on minor issues I kind of do a mix and match depending on the effect an ideology affects American Exceptionalism and the promotion of Christian Morality in America. And so I have thoughts that tend to irk both Neocons and Conservatives.
The Neocon in me has often found favor with Karl Rove the architect of President GW Bush’s two election victories over acutely Leftist candidates in former VP Al Gore and current Secretary of State John Kerry. That made Rove a hero in my book. THE TIMES THEY A CHANGED.
Karl Rove has begun to filter his Neoconservatism through a love of Establishment Republicans and a hatred of true Conservatives in Tea Party candidates. This is unacceptable and punitive to true Conservatism.
Karl Rove is making my case that Conservatives MUST abandon the Republican Party and unify under a different political party that attracts voters supportive of true Conservative Principles and able to educate American voters that more apolitical in voting but are duped by Dem Party Leftist propaganda.
The key to unifying Conservatives is the Tea Party Movement. Currently the Tea Party is awesome on grassroots and deficient on moving voters on a national scale. Now how can Conservatives utilize the genius of Tea Party grassroots organization to find a unified national movement?
This is how: Unite Conservative leadership that is already recognizable on a national scale. Take that national leadership to form a political party with the various local Tea Party organizations gather to form a national caucus and/or a national political party convention to establish a political platform and develop candidates with a singular Conservative agenda to win the hearts of American voters tossing both Establishment Republicans and Leftist Dems to the political dung heap of nausea.
Maybe we Conservatives can thank Karl Rove for giving us an excellent reason to form our political party that has nothing to do with the GOP.
The inspiration for these thoughts is a recent column by Joseph Farah condemning Karl Rove who intends to target GOP Conservatives that are out of step with Establishment Republicans.
I live in Tulsa, OK. I voted for Jim Bridenstine in the GOP Primary that defeated long time District 1 Republican Incumbent John Sullivan. Sullivan was a Conservative but he tended to tow the line of the GOP Establishment.
Many of us Conservatives were hoping Rep. Boehner would be voted out as Speaker of the House because he was willing to sell too much of the Conservative farm to find a compromise on budget issues. It did not happen; Boehner retained the Office of Speaker of the House.
I am gratified to know that the Congressman I voted for – Jim Bridenstine – was one of nine that had the cajones to vote to oust Speaker Boehner. I only pray when Committee assignments are handed out that Boehner recognizes an ouster movement occurred because of too much compromise with Leftist Dems.
Bridenstine 1 of 9 to vote against Boehner for speaker
By Peter Urban Stephens Washington Bureau
12:06 pm - January 04, 2013 — Updated: 12:07 pm - January 04, 2013
WASHINGTON — Oklahoma freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, was one of nine Republicans Thursday to vote for someone other than John Boehner for House Speaker.
“We lost seats in the House. We lost the Senate. We lost the presidency. I just thought it was time for new leadership,” Bridenstine told the Associated Press.
Representing District 1, which includes Bartlesville and Tulsa, Bridenstine was one of Oklahoma’s two newest congressmen sworn into office on Thursday.
Also taking the oath were Markwayne Mullin and three other members of the state’s congressional delegation — Tom Cole, James Lankford and Frank Lucas.
Looking ahead to his first term, Bridenstine said it is “daunting” but “a true honor.”
Bridenstine upset longtime incumbent John Sullivan in last year’s Republican primary and went on to defeat his Democratic opponent in the November election.
He is a Navy pilot who had tea party backing when he was campaigning for the 1st Congressional District, which covers northeastern Oklahoma.
Earlier in the day, Bridenstine participated in a “mock” swearing-in ceremony with other members of the Oklahoma delegation. He was joined by his wife, Michelle, six-year-old son Walker, four-year-old daughter Sarah, and 10-month-old son Grant.
Mullin, who owns a plumbing business, won the open seat for the 2nd Congressional District that was vacated by Democrat Dan Boren, who decided to retire. That district stretches across 26 eastern Oklahoma counties.
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Since the Republicans failed to oust President Obama from Office in November 2012 election cycle I have been calling for Conservatives to leave the GOP and unite under a new political banner. The Republican Establishment overruled Conservatives in finding a Conservative nominee. This forced Conservatives into an ‘anybody but Obama’ scenario to try to get Center Left Romney elected. We Conservatives were then force-fed the illusion that Romney had repented of past Left leanings concerning Social Conservatism.
In saying all this about the Republicans it is become evident that House Speaker John Boehner is punishing Conservatives for criticizing Boehner willingness to sell out too much to compromise a budget with our secret Marxist President.
John R. Houk
© December 2, 2012
I remember how disappointed I was when Sarah Palin announced she was not running for President. In hindsight it was very prescient for Palin not to run in the 2012 cycle.
It was evident the Establishment Republicans were still running the show and only tossed bones to the true Conservative base to acquire votes. I mean look at the case of Missouri and GOP candidate Todd Akin. It is a case in point. Akin led incumbent Senator McCaskill by double digits at one time. Akin makes one faux pas about abortion and “legitimate rape”. Expectantly the Leftist Dems and RINOs were all over him for the phrase. However it was disappointing that the Establishment Republicans caved in to a Leftist PC moment and not only denounced Akin’s faux pas but informed him NO Republican Party money would go for his election campaign. Let’s face it Akin was a Tea Party Conservative with Conservative Social Values. That means Akin was too Conservative for the Establishment Republicans pulling the purse strings.
Palin would never have had the support of Establishment Republicans. That is why Mitt Romney won the nomination and lost the election. We Conservatives that are the hugest part of the GOP were left with an ‘anybody but Obama’ choice.
This is one of the reasons I am leaving the Republican Party. I will still vote for Conservative Republicans in my voting area; however I am going to actively seek another political party to get behind. When that day of the choice for a new political party occurs, if that Party is able to field candidates in my local area I will even say bye-bye to the local Conservative Republicans. That is how much I believe the Establishment Republicans screwed the opportunity to dump President Barack Hussein Obama.
Talk is finally beginning about Sarah Palin’s political choices for 2016. If Palin sticks with the GOP, she would not win the nomination OR if she wins the nomination the Establishment Republicans will undermine her campaign for President.
One reason Obama won reelection is because the Dems and the MSM presented an absolute united front to win Obama’s reelection. Whereas the GOP were divided between Conservatives and Establishment GOP, Social Conservatives and Establishment GOP, Conservatives and RINOs, Anybody but Obama Republicans and anti-Mormon Christians and so on with the scenarios of divided Republicans.
Rather than live with a disunited GOP I would rather be a part of a united front that stands against a united Leftist machine. I would rather be a part of a Conservative political organization that is united and emerging than a part of the Republican Party working against Conservative Principles that include Christian Values and an Original Intent Constitution. Sarah Palin would have a better chance of a national nomination for President in a new political party.
Here is a historical analogy.
The Republican Party came into existence favoring abolitionism in 1854. The Republican Party fielded a national candidate in John C. Fremont for the first time in 1856. The political climate of 1856 was dissatisfaction with America’s leaders which led to the division of Whig Party faithful. The Whigs and the Democratic Party were the two major political parties prior to 1856. Political parties found a migration of voters that eventually decimated the Whigs forming competing political parties. Southern Whigs notably joined the Democratic Party. The Democrats major opponents were divided between the new Republican Party and the Know Nothing movement (officially the American Party). The Republicans under Fremont almost won that election and I am guessing they may have if it was not for the Know Nothings. The eventual winner was Democrat James Buchanan that although from Pennsylvania was Southern Sympathizer politically (SA a glimpse of Buchanan’s private life).
The political divisions of 1856 led the Free North States to place Republican Abraham Lincoln in Office in 1860 causing most of the Southern Slave States to secede initiating the Civil War. Lincoln’s closest competitor in the Electoral College was Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge.
Today America is polarized between a Leftist vision for America and a Conservative vision for America. Unfortunately the journalists of the Mainstream Media and the intelligentsia dominating the Academics in Colleges are committed to the Leftist vision. The Conservatives primary vehicle to communicating fiscal Conservatism and Social Conservatism is a free Internet and Talk Radio. The Internet and Talk Radio is currently the best way to mobilize grass roots activism to break down the stranglehold of the MSM (journalism, TV & Hollywood) and Leftist Professors.
I pray Sarah Palin is the catalyst to unite Conservatives to reverse the curse of anti-Conservative and anti-Christian of the Leftist vision for America.
By John R. Houk
© November 27, 2012
Burr Deming is my Liberal friend (no I did not choke those words – Burr is a Christian man) in which obvious reigns true; i.e. we rarely agree on a point of view.
Burr is taking the view that Susan Rice can be excused for lying to the Senate oversight committees and the American Public about what the cause actually was for the Benghazigate murder and atrocities to a diplomatically protected Ambassador and three other Americans.
The liberal logic runs that Republicans are to blame because they voted to decrease Embassy security. Let’s never mind that Obama is slashing the military budget to unconscionable lows for the security of America. Never mind that regardless of Embassy security cuts it was probably a compromise to not cut the military budget even further. Never mind that a budget cut does not mean the Obama Administration through the State Department leaves an American Ambassador unprotected in a volatile nation that had glaring evidence of al Qaeda activity. Never mind that was security that was told to hold on help for Ambassador Stevens and a couple of ex-Navy SEALs dispatched themselves to aid Stevens after hearing no help was forth coming. Never mind that took the State Department spin about an insignificant anti-Muslim movie that was made on the scale of garage home videos and that only a trailer was posted on Youtube.
Yes, my fellow Conservatives it is smoke and mirrors to deflect the truth that Susan Rice was the mouthpiece for Obama/Clinton lies to Americans to exonerate their hind quarters for a dishonorable travesty that could have been prevented.
John R. Houk
© November 12, 20123
I have been attempting to frame a situation in my mind that requires the Conservatives of the Republican Party to leave and unite behind a Third Party that makes the GOP irrelevant. I have not arranged those thoughts into something concrete yet; however I will work on it.
The greatest obstacle that I see to form a united political party for Conservatives is that there are numerous political parties in the USA that have long recognized that Conservatism cannot act effectively as long as the Republican Establishment calls the shots of the purse strings. The question becomes – Do Conservatives unite behind one of those already existing Conservative oriented political parties or just abandon the GOP and the numerous Conservative political parties and just revamp the whole thing getting Conservative elites to form a singular political party serving as a magnate to attract Conservatives on a national basis?
Another obvious issue confronting Conservatives is the somewhat monolithic Tea Party organizations that are mostly localized and are federated in similar ideology but fractured in disunited leadership.
There is one thing that is clear. The Republican Party as a vehicle to employ Conservatism into the American vision is now an obsolete non-working option. Rather than doing the insane and expect different results from doing the same thing year after year under the Republican aegis, it is time to change the process and establish a Conservative aegis under which to work.
Even Democrats recognizes that Conservatives are impotent in the Republican Party; however they filter that recognition through a more negative filter. The Dems are saying the Conservative base is the reason for Mitt Romney losing the election for President.
In that blame game Conservatives are viewed as holding back the GOP. The reality is that Conservatives are the reason Republicans retook control of the House in 2010 and maintained that control in 2012. The Senate and House Offices lost were the result of the lack of support from the Republican Establishment more than it was the fault of the Conservative ideology of Candidates.
The Dem view presented negatively is a view that should be retooled viewed as a reason to abandon the Republican Party for a new political party based on Conservative principles.
Let’s get on board on dumping the Republican Party so that Conservatives can share a Conservative vision to America without worry of political correctness from the Left and Center-Left Republicans (aka RINOs) to change Obama’s vision of government heavy Socialism. People with thinking caps better than I, need to contact each other to begin the process of this peaceful Conservative Revolution. It is time to declare our independence from Moral Relativist/Living Constitution Liberals.
JRH 11/13/12 (Hat Tip: Western Center for Journalism)
John R. Houk
© November 7, 2012
I watched Fox News declare Obama the winner over Romney last night. Then I woke up this morning realizing it was not a mere nightmare. I had the sullen feeling I would have if my favorite football team had lost the Super Bowl (Seahawks by the way). My poor grandkids – I had the ‘you better not mess with mood’ working. I was so certain American voters were cognizant of the last four years of lies and deception that only committed Leftists would vote for the reelection of Barack Hussein Obama.
I am writing this without too much listening or reading to either the Conservative or the Leftist spin of Obama’s reelection victory.
The American voters have spoken. And yes I am aware this was a close election in the popular vote, but let’s be honest – Obama creamed Romney in the popular vote. As of writing these thoughts Florida still had not decided who got that State’s electoral votes. Guess what! Florida’s 29 electoral votes do not matter either way this election cycle. That is how big Obama won reelection.
Ergo, a majority of Americans believe in Obama’s vision for the USA and the transnational globe. Without attempting an exhaustive list that you could add upon here are some ideas to what American voters have chosen after already experiencing four years of Obamanation.
§ Obama’s entire academic political history has been following confirmed Marxists both of the Lenin/Stalinist Communism of people’s revolution and of Gramsci’s stealth revolution of transforming society under the radar.
§ Obama’s paper trail history has been covered up by Obama spending millions of dollars on lawyers to obfuscate the birth certificate issue, Social Security Card issue, the matter of citizenship of between a Kenyan Father, an Indonesian Step-Father and a mother with Marxist inclinations yet attracted to the Muslim culture. The document cover-up is particularly disturbing with hiding academic grades and papers written with an alleged academic mentality. Why hide those papers? Speculation is Obama may have felt the affinity Marxism may have been too strong for a remarkably Socialist enamored American electorate. Or Obama’s grades may have so poor an electorate my wonder how a Marxist undergrad moved up to the graduate level of Harvard (Occidental-Columbia-Harvard).
§ Obama’s religious mentor Jeremiah Wright immersed him in a liberal form of Christianity heavily influenced by Black Liberation Theology (BLT) combined with an affinity for the Muslim culture in which his childhood was immersed.
§ Obama’s role in leading America into a Socialist State by nationalizing healthcare and raising taxes including tax coercion to provide the illusion Obamacare is a fully funded government program.
§ Obama’s increasing of the National Debt to the point that U.S. financial cliff is in sight.
§ Obama’s use of an Executive Order to cover-up his Attorney General Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious scandal.
§ Obama’s lying because Benghazigate (Part 1 & Part 2) resulted in the death of four Americans especially that of Ambassador Chris Stevens who possessed the international protocol of diplomatic immunity.
§ I’m sure my fellow Conservatives can add to this list.
A MAJORITY OF AMERICAN VOTERS IGNORED THESE STAINS VALIDATING FOUR MORE YEARS OF OBAMA TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN CULTURE AWAY FROM WHAT HAS MADE AMERICA GOOD!
I may change my mind after I cool off from this American blindness; however at this moment I feel on a personal level I need to make changes in political allegiances because those that actually run the Republican Party are more interested in a status quo Conservatism rather than actual Fiscal Conservatism and Social Conservatism and American Exceptionalism in Foreign Policy.
I have two to four years to find that direction. I do believe I will launch the investigative process to find that godly route.
The Lord Jesus reigns today and forever and human polity will one day be one with Christ.
John R. Houk
© October 24, 2012
Early in the GOP race the Presidential nomination I was a supporter of Michele Bachmann. Bachmann is a Christian Pro-Life Conservative that gets it about Radical Islam creeping into the United States of America disguised as something known as Moderate Islam. Bachmann’s national support sadly waned rapidly after the Iowa Straw Poll. By the time of the Iowa Caucus she was a non-player in the GOP President race.
Bachmann wisely realized for whom the bell tolled and dropped out of the race and began to focus on a House reelection. She went home to realize that gerrymandering had messed up her Minnesota 6th District support. Bachmann has been involved in a tight race facing the debt of a national campaign, raising money for a District 6 race, her Democrat opponent being a millionaire and the National Dem Party pushing money into her Dem challenger’s race.
Even after such adversity Bachmann has maintained a slight poll lead over Hotel Magnet Jim Graves; however “slight” is the operative word. Bachmann has been placed in the position to daily ask for contributions for her reelection campaign to offset the Leftist Dem money flowing to challenger Graves. As a blogger I pray everyone that reads this post finds it in their heart to send at a little cash to Michele Bachmann even if you don’t reside in Minnesota District 6. Shucks partners, if you live anywhere in the great USA sends some dough to Michele Bachmann. Her continued experience as a Social Conservative and Tea Party mover and shaker is still needed as an influence in Congress’ House of Representatives.
I received short and sweet email from Michele Bachmann today:
John — Please — if you can — stop what you are doing right now and listen to my message immediately.
We can defeat Obama and his allies, but in order to do so, I need you to listen to my message.
We don’t have much time until the election.
Be sure to click on the links in the email to donate to Michele Bachmann’s campaign for reelection. Below is the direct link to the audio message Michele Bachmann desires you to listen to:
Bachmann runs hard, holds lead on Graves
Updated: October 24, 2012 – 1:22 PM
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is leading Democratic challenger Jim Graves heading into the final weeks of the campaign, according to a new poll commissioned by the Star Tribune.
Bachmann, who is waging one of the most expensive House campaigns in the nation against a political newcomer, is favored by 51 percent of likely voters in Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District, which stretches from west of St. Cloud to the Wisconsin border. Another 45 percent would choose Graves, a St. Cloud native and owner of Graves Hospitality Corp., an expansive hotel chain. Four percent of voters are undecided.
The Oct. 16 poll by Pulse Opinion Research sampled 1,000 likely voters in the Sixth and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Bachmann spent part of Saturday stumping at an American Legion fundraiser in Forest Lake.
“Michele is thrilled by the outpouring of support and is honored to have each and every vote. She will work hard until all the votes are counted,” campaign spokesman Chase Kroll said in response to the poll. “This poll is another indication that Michele’s proven track record of fighting for Minnesota families has strong support across the Sixth District.”
Unfazed by the poll results, Graves was also out campaigning Saturday, shaking hands and admiring the goods at a craft fair in Blaine.
“The only poll that counts is Nov. 6,” Graves said. “We’re going to continue working diligently to the last minute. … We’re going to continue getting the message out and hope that the electorate has an informed opinion on the day of the election. And if they do, I think it’s going to go our way.”
“All the polls are showing that this is a tight race,” campaign manager Adam Graves said. The campaign’s internal polls show Graves within 2 points of Bachmann. A recent KSTP poll showed her with a 9-point lead.
Bachmann was viewed favorably by 46 percent of likely voters and unfavorably by 45 percent in the two-person race. She ran strongest among men, conservatives and middle- and upper-income voters between 30 and 64. She also gets the support of 46 percent of independents.
Matthew Barber, a railroad company manager from Ramsey for whom fiscal issues are a top concern, says he is a staunch Bachmann supporter. “Michele Bachmann is very much along the lines of trying to bring fiscal sanity back to Congress,” he said. “Although I shouldn’t say back; that implies that there was fiscal sanity to begin with.”
A California transplant, Barber, 49, takes a small delight in Bachmann’s high profile and likes when friends back in California recognize his congresswoman. “She’s made herself by being outspoken,” he said.
Not surprisingly, Bachmann enjoyed widespread support among evangelical Christians — two-thirds said they would support her. But she also holds an edge among Catholic voters, 52 percent to 43 percent, even though Graves is Catholic.
Graves, however, holds his own among women, winning about half their votes. He also takes nearly half of independents and slightly more than half of those making less than $40,000.
He scores big with voters younger than 30 — 60 percent favor him — and gets a little over half of the senior vote. Overall, 37 percent of poll respondents view him favorably while the same percentage view him unfavorably and about a fifth of voters say they have a neutral impression of him.
Beth Grendahl-Hoff, of Anoka, says she’s supporting Graves. A Democrat, Grendahl-Hoff said she knows many Republicans and independents who are tired of Bachmann’s outsized national profile.
“I think a lot of people kind of feel like she’s really in it for herself, for the headlines,” Grendahl-Hoff said. “Michele Bachmann’s been in office so long, and she’s done so little for her district.”
Bachmann’s brief presidential campaign helped build that profile even further and left her with a nationwide network of donors who have helped her raise more than $11 million for her House campaign.
But her high-profile run — in which the Iowa-born Bachmann regularly identified herself as an Iowan, not a Minnesotan — doesn’t seem to have given her much of a bump back home. More than a third of respondents said the national campaign made them less likely to vote for the three-term incumbent. But 54 percent said it made no difference to them.
Economic issues weigh heavily on the Sixth District this year, with 46 percent naming jobs and economic growth as the issues that will most influence their vote. No other issue even came close.
Domestic issues such as Social Security and health care came in a distant second at 15 percent, followed closely by taxes and government spending. Only 10 percent named cultural issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion, while national security ranked last a 7 percent.
The Graves campaign has been hitting Bachmann on economic issues, including the recent shutdown at the Verso Paper Corp. mill in Sartell, and working to cast Graves as the pro-business candidate in the race.
But when asked which candidate would be more effective at working to improve the economy and create jobs in the district, 49 percent of poll respondents named Bachmann, 43 percent picked Graves and 7 percent were undecided.
Bachmann, meanwhile, has been running commercials trying to tie Graves to the Obama administration’s health care reforms — even though he wasn’t in Congress when the legislation passed. The strategy could resonate in a district where 55 percent of voters have said they wanted to see the Affordable Health Care Act repealed and only 38 percent want to keep it in place.
Bachmann has taken to mentioning GOP presidential nominee and onetime rival Mitt Romney more often and has even been holding debate-watching parties to cheer him. Poll results could explain why — Romney is running slightly stronger in her district than Bachmann is, with 54 percent of respondents saying they would vote for Romney. Only 39 percent would for President Obama.
Let’s Support Michele Bachmann for Congress
John R. Houk
© October 24, 2012
Bachmann runs hard, holds lead on Graves
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