It’s Easy As ABC: Anybody But Bush Or Christie

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With 21 months until the 2016 presidential race, the GOP field of candidates is large and impressive. Approximately two dozen prominent Republicans have expressed an interest in running for President. Most of the candidates are strong conservatives with solid credentials. Unfortunately, the field also includes two well known moderates, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who both have the ability to raise large sums of money and become a major factor in the upcoming election.

The most serious establishment candidate is former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is the odds on favorite to secure the presidential nomination. Bush is actually leading in the polls with the most name recognition. With a brother and father who served as President, Jeb Bush will be difficult to beat.

In recent weeks, he has been aggressively working to lock up big donors and key activists. His campaign organization has been growing so steadily that it forced former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to exit the race. In early January, Romney announced to a small gathering of donors that he was interested in running for President a third time. However, when he started trying to build a campaign network across the country, Romney realized that Jeb Bush has already signed up many of the top GOP contributors and consultants. Romney soon came to the realization that he could not raise enough money to seriously challenge Bush for the nomination. Thus, three weeks after floating a trial balloon expressing interest, Romney officially decided not to run for President.

Bush is a good man from a good family; but he is wrong on an array of issues such as taxes, immigration, and common core. He made the ludicrous comment that Romney lost in 2012 because he ran too far to the right. The country does not want or need another person with the last name of Bush as President. Even Barbara Bush admitted as much in an interview last year. Unfortunately, too many big Bush donors do not realize this fact, showing how seriously out of touch they are with real Americans.

For those moderates who are not enamored with Bush, they have a viable alternative: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is currently in Europe trying to burnish his foreign policy credentials. Christie met with Romney last week, as the former Massachusetts Governor left the race. Christie is considered a moderate on social issues such as gay marriage. He is soft on immigration and has supported the Dream Act. In addition, Christie is a strong supporter of strict gun laws, which may be popular in New Jersey but is likely to be very unpopular in the South. Sadly, like Bush, Christie is just wrong on too many issues.

The moderate wing of the Republican Party, otherwise known as the establishment, has controlled the GOP nomination process since the Reagan years. This wing of the party is usually at odds with the more conservative or grassroots wing of the party, which is often associated with the Tea Party movement. Most moderates view the Tea Party activists with disdain and will work tirelessly to prevent a conservative from achieving the nomination in 2016.

The problem with this scenario is that the moderates are very successful at winning the Republican Party nomination, but horrible at winning the presidential election. As evidence, we can view the failed presidential campaigns of George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. The last true conservative who won the Republican nomination, Ronald Reagan, won a 49 state electoral landslide.

If the Republican Party wants to win the White House again, a conservative needs to be nominated for President. This should be a foregone conclusion, but it is a subject of much debate within the GOP. The establishment wing of the party believes that only candidates like Bush and Christie can reach the Independent voters who are in play for every presidential election. In contrast, only a conservative nominee can reach the blue collar Reagan Democrats who are not typically Republican voters and unite the various groups within the party such as libertarians and evangelicals. Only a conservative presidential nominee will be able to draw a sharp distinction with a liberal Democrat candidate, such as Hillary Clinton, on the critical fiscal, social, and foreign policy issues that will be addressed in the campaign.

In 2016, it will take a strong conservative to win the White House for the GOP and defeat the Democrats. By the next election, our country will have suffered through eight years of a dangerously liberal President. It will be essential for a true conservative to become our next President and rebuild our economy and bolster our national security.

Conservatism works as a framework for both governing and winning elections. Hopefully, a majority of Republican Party voters will come to this realization in time to save their party and, more importantly, save their country.

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This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

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On the eve of her election defeat, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) appeared as a guest on my radio program, Ringside Politics, on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans.

Over the past 16 years as host of Ringside Politics, I have interviewed Senator Landrieu over a dozen times. In the past, she would call in to promote a particular issue or cause, usually engaging in pleasant conversation or good-natured debate.

Our relationship certainly changed in our last radio interview, which occurred over a year ago on the contentious topic of Internet taxes. It was a testy exchange as the Senator and I clashed on whether the government should extend its reach into Internet commerce and tax consumers who purchase goods online.

After our on-air tax debate, the Senator refrained from appearing on my program, even though she had an open invitation. She finally relented on election eve and called in for an interview, which was a sign of her last minute desperation facing a major political loss. At the time of the interview, no respectable political analyst gave her any chance of winning re-election.

With her losing badly and battling a cold, it was clear from the beginning of the interview that Senator Landrieu was unhappy.

Initially, we discussed her infamous decision to support Obamacare–and later her 97% support for President Obama and finally the shocking allegations made by State Senator Elbert Guillory (R-Opelousas) that there was rampant election fraud in her last election. In fact, Guillory alleged that 10% of Landrieu’s votes were fraudulent in the last election.

The Senator abruptly left the conversation before I could ask the dozens of questions submitted by listeners, who wanted to know why she supported the President on issues such as gun control, amnesty for illegal aliens, higher spending, more taxes, etc.

In our 11 minute exchange, she had to defend her vote on Obamacare and was unable to engage in her favorite topic of recent days: Bill Cassidy’s LSU payments and potential billing discrepancies.

Here is a link to the heated interview, which showed how much pressure Senator Landrieu felt with her 35 year political career ending. However, she had no one to blame but herself for her political downfall.

While she was surely abandoned by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and her fellow Democratic Senators on the Keystone Pipeline issue, she would not have been so vulnerable if she would have listened to the people of Louisiana.

In the end, she was too invested in liberalism to connect with the voters of her state. She supported President Obama 97% of the time, while Louisiana voters only give President Obama a 37% approval rating; so it was clear she did a very poor job of representing her constituents.

She has a lifetime American Conservative Union voting record of only 20%. While that might work in Vermont, it is miserably out of step in the red state of Louisiana.

The majority of Louisiana voters were very motivated to vote against Mary Landrieu and Barack Obama for a variety of reasons, but the most important one is Obamacare. During the deliberations on the legislation, voters throughout the state bombarded Landrieu’s office with postcards, emails, and calls demanding that she vote no on the bill.

Instead of listening to our concerns, she voted with President Obama. The result has been much worse than a billion dollar waste of a website; it has been massive job losses, work hours being cut, many Americans losing their doctor, and millions of people facing higher insurance premiums. Today, doctors are fleeing an industry in turmoil thanks to Mary Landrieu and President Obama.

Sadly, Senator Landrieu was irritable on the air last Friday. It was not the way she should have ended her political career. Maybe she had regrets about her poor decisions in office, or maybe she was just upset that her privileged lifestyle will be coming to an end. Either way, it was a good lesson for Bill Cassidy.

Hopefully, our new Senator will never forget that he works for the people of Louisiana, not a political party–and certainly not a politician or a President.

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Pope Francis, Meet Venezuela’s President!

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In just a few months, Pope Francis has made quite an impact on the Catholic Church. He has shown admirable qualities of compassion and humility and offered stern warnings for Church leaders to focus on their true mission, instead of the trappings of their position.

At the same time, he has won the praise of the liberal media and leftist politicians like President Obama. They were certainly overjoyed when the Pope cautioned his flock from being “obsessed” with issues such as abortion and gay marriage. He also expressed concern about Catholics who attend Latin mass, noting that following the traditional services could risk “ideologization” and “exploitation.”

While somewhat disturbing, these comments pale in comparison to his recent denunciation of capitalism. Last week, Pope Francis released his first encyclical, which labeled “trickle down economics” a major failure that “expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power.”  In the Pope’s view, the poor have been left out by rich capitalists; and a more equitable system focusing on economic justice is necessary to combat poverty.

The document served as a shocking attack on the most successful economic system ever devised: capitalism. Only liberals like Pope Francis equate capitalism with the loaded term “trickle down economics.” For all its faults, capitalism and “trickle down economics” is a much better model for prosperity for all citizens. It worked during the 1980’s in this country and led to the creation of over 20 million new jobs. It also worked in other countries throughout the world, such as Chile.

The best way to help a poor person is to give that individual a job, not a government program. Capitalism lifts people out of poverty, while socialism distributes crumbs of assistance to the poor, dooming people to an existence of misery.

The Pope said that the “idolatry of money” would lead to a “new tyranny.” Yet, this system has created an untold number of rich philanthropists who have generously contributed to Catholic causes and helped the Vatican maintain a worldwide network of activities.

It seems that Pope Francis prefers socialism, or Marxism, two systems that have continued to fail miserably throughout the world. In fact, the Argentine Pope only has to look at what is happening to the north of his native country. In Venezuela, a socialist dictator, Nicholas Maduro, has maintained the failed policies of the late Hugo Chavez. The result has been a total disaster for the poor people of Venezuela.

It is so bad there that there is a shortage of basic items such as toilet paper, newspapers, and magazines. To address the continuing economic problems, Maduro spoke to the nation Monday night. However, in the middle of his speech, a power outage disabled 60% of the country.

How ironic and appropriate that the outage occurred as the President was issuing more decrees against the country’s diminishing private sector. It was similar to a major power outage that occurred in early September. Instead of taking responsibility for these embarrassments, Maduro hinted it was caused by some sort of sabotage by his political opponents.

In reality, the socialist government of Venezuela is always looking to shift blame for their failures, reminiscent of the current occupant of the White House. Maduro’s failed policies include a ridiculous campaign to regulate prices on items such as used and new cars. This is an attempt to limit the ability of Venezuelans to buy durable items (such as vehicles) as an investment hedge against the rampant 54 percent inflation rate and the plunging value of the currency.

Maduro is an enemy of the private sector and is working to reduce corporate salaries and shrink private sector profit margins. He has ordered the military to assume control of major outlets selling electronic goods. While he demands that his citizens save more and consume less, his government continues to grow.

In total, these actions limit freedom, all in the name of helping the poor. Of course, the complete opposite will occur as expanded government control will lead to more economic misfortune for the poor people of Venezuela.

It is outrageous for a country with the world’s largest crude oil reserves, estimated at 297 billion barrels, to have rampant poverty, a scarcity of basic necessities, and a moribund economy.

In a country with massive rivers and hydroelectric facilities that generate power for two-thirds of the population, blackouts are becoming routine, especially since the government nationalized this sector in 2007.

For the past 15 years, socialism has been tried in Venezuela. The result has been widespread corruption and utter incompetence, along with shortages, blackouts, and overall economic misery. There have been few benefits for any segment of society, the poor, the middle class, or the rich.

It should be crystal clear to any objective observer that socialism, such as the Venezuelan model, does not work. Hopefully, one day, Pope Francis and other liberal Catholic leaders will get the message.

Obviously, Pope Francis has the best intentions to help the poor and the powerless. Sadly, his recipe for success will only lead to more poverty, unemployment, and hunger. For evidence, the Pontiff just needs to look at the disaster unfolding in Venezuela today.


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Finally, Someone In Obama’s Administration Fired

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The pleasant-looking face of the Obamacare website is gone. The young lady on the home page of the site has been replaced by nebulous circles.

It seems the glitch-ridden website needed a new start after four weeks of embarrassing failures. After the Obama administration spent $600 million on a lousy site that was designed by a Canadian company with a track record of failure, the President had to resort to advising Americans to send in paper applications or call the hotline (never mind that you may be on hold for hours on end.)

While Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, is not taking responsibility for the web debacle and (of course) the President refuses to take any of the blame for any of his fiascoes, the White House has found a fall girl, the website lady.

Finally, someone in the Obama administration has been fired. Unfortunately, it was just the young woman who posed for the picture on the website, the face that launched a million glitches. Today, she may be in protective custody, as hidden as the supposed Obamacare savings.

On the other hand, “Glitch Girl” may have asked to be removed from a site that has been a disaster from day one. Supposedly, it was going to be fixed with a “tech surge”; but there were more problems last weekend. And, tonight, the troubled site is down once again.

It has been almost one month since the site’s launch; yet, we still do not have any concrete numbers on how many people have signed up for health insurance on the site. Earlier this week, in congressional testimony, Marilyn Tavenner, leader of the federal agency in charge of the site, refused to divulge the number of people who have enrolled in Obamacare. While she was forthcoming with apologies, she was not forthcoming with the truth about this debacle. Obviously, the administration is too embarrassed to share the facts with the American people.

Sadly, we do know that at least 1.5 million Americans have lost their insurance coverage because of Obamacare. According to the Congressional Budget Office, this is just the tip of the iceberg as eventually, millions of Americans will lose health insurance due to the “Affordable Care Act.”

While millions of Americans may lose coverage and millions more will remain uninsured despite the new law, countless others are facing premium sticker shock. Horror stories are now being reported of Americans facing health insurance increases of 500-1000%, thanks to Obamacare.

While the plan was being debated in Congress, Obama pledged that Americans would be able to keep their doctors and their current insurance policies. He also promised that people would benefit from reduced costs and be able to sign up easily on the website. Every one of his lofty promises has proven to be total lies.

No wonder “Glitch Girl” is on the run. Initially, she may have thought her image on the site would be a great career move. Now, she is in hiding, hoping that Americans forget her association with the biggest disaster in the history of the Internet.

The Three Amigos Of Racial Discord

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On Monday, MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton and other “civil rights” leaders met with President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. They were purportedly discussing voting rights; but, in reality, they were discussing how to perpetuate voter fraud.

None of these so-called leaders are in favor of voter identification laws, which require individuals to present a picture ID at voting polls. Somehow, mandating voter identification is supposed to be racist and akin to a poll tax that will “disenfranchise” minority voters. Such views are plainly ridiculous as many states have programs to provide free voter identification cards to their citizens. For example, Texas has implemented a plan to distribute free picture ID’s to any interested voter; but even that has drawn the ire of Sharpton, Holder, and Obama.

The Three Amigos are upset that Texas will require anyone seeking a free voter ID to present verification of their U.S. citizenship and identity. Of course, anyone interested in voter integrity and fair elections would agree that non-citizens should not be allowed to vote. Sadly, Sharpton, Holder, and Obama disagree and are not interested in combating fraudulent voting. They want more illegal aliens to vote, which translates into more votes for the Democratic Party.

Ever since the Supreme Court struck down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the Three Amigos have been upset. This ruling freed Texas and 15 other states from submitting to the Department of Justice for preclearance any changes in their election laws. Thus, these mostly Southern states are now free to govern their elections like the rest of the country. Not surprisingly, the Attorney General is fighting back and is on a crusade to circumvent this Supreme Court ruling.  Last week, his Justice Department offered “clear evidence” of discrimination and asked a Federal Court in San Antonio to force Texas to undergo 10 additional years of preclearance and oversight. Of course, part of the phony discrimination that Holder cites is the 2011 Texas voter ID law.

The Three Amigos rail against any states that have voter ID laws, even though the results from the 2012 election show that in many of these areas, turnout was higher among black voters than white voters.  The facts are unimportant to the Three Amigos, who have a vested interest in promoting claims of racism. Rev. Sharpton has made a living on race-baiting, while Holder and Obama have exacerbated racial division over the past five years.

Holder has refused to prosecute Black Panthers who have intimated white voters, while he has no problem lamenting “Stand Your Ground” laws and investigating an exonerated George Zimmerman for civil rights charges.

Obama has polarized the races since the day he stepped into the White House. From his misguided comments on the Cambridge Police’s arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates to his personalization of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, Obama continues to divide, rather than unite.

In recent days, the President has claimed that he is working day and night on the economy; however, such a claim is preposterous. For Obama spent precious time meeting this week with Sharpton, a hustler and phony. Obviously, the President is not serious about helping the American people; for his real motto is to divide and conquer.

The President wants to create turmoil and racial division throughout the nation and heap blame on the Republican Congress. All of this is a blatant attempt to take back control of the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections of 2014.

If Obama and the Democrats have total control of the country in the last two years of his term, it will be a nightmare for liberty-loving Americans. The President already has control of a Democratic Senate. He also has strong support from a liberal-dominated press, Hollywood, unions, universities, and special interest groups. The last piece he needs for ultimate control is the House of Representatives.

For victory in 2014, Obama and the Democrats want to flood the polls with illegal votes, prevent voter identification laws from being enacted, and use the Holder Justice Department to fight any state that tries to pass voter integrity laws.

By meeting with Sharpton and other liberal activists, Obama has once again exposed to the American people his radical agenda.

He has no intention to lead, govern, and unite. His real intention is to continue to campaign, play politics, and foster racial division.

The country is already very racially polarized, so the President has accomplished some of his goals. However, he wants to pass more legislation on the liberal wish list, such as comprehensive immigration reform, strict gun control, cap and trade, and the Fairness Doctrine (to name only a few.)

For all of this to be accomplished, the Democrats need to win in the 2014 elections. Heaven help us if that happens.