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Make That “Gang of 6” Against Bailout

Looks like we have Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY, now!


Prospects dim for $14 billion auto industry rescue

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Prospects for passage of a $14 billion auto industry rescue package dimmed Thursday amid strong Republican opposition, despite urgent appeals by both President-elect Barack Obama and the Bush White House.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell came out against the legislation — the product of a hard-fought behind-the-scenes compromise between the majority Democrats and the White House. And not even the White House’s argument that it was crucial at a time of rising joblessness seemed to restore lost momentum for enactment.

…(Read full article)


So let’s call this group the “Gang of 6”

Sen. John Ensign, R-NV

Senator Richard Shelby, R-AL

Senator Jim DeMint, R-SC

Senator David Vitter, R-LA

Senator Tom Coburn, R-OK

Senator Mitch McConnell, R-KY

Let them know you appreciate their opposition to the “American Socialist Experiment Act”!

December 11, 2008 Posted by | Bailout | , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Conservatives Springing to Life

Though many would have you believe the Republican Party is shuffling along to the sound of a funeral march after the blow dealt in last month’s elections, the GOP may actually rebound quicker than anyone anticipates. 

My father always told me you never lose a fight until you quit getting up after being knocked down.  Though many of the party leaders are still shaking their heads in disbelief, pointing fingers, and wondering just what in the Hell happened, small groups of passionate conservatives are springing into action in an effort to rejuvenate the party through a return to its conservative roots.

Organizations like Rebuild the Party (RTP) and Top Conservatives on Twitter (TCOT) are using social networking sites on the web to join forces, discuss strategy, and organize grassroots efforts.  Still in their infancy, these groups have quickly grown their numbers into the 1000’s. 

They’re not just trying to recruit new GOP voters though, they’re also working to have a say in the direction of the RNC.  Blogs and websites are springing up daily to carry the message that can counteract the liberal mainstream media’s domination of the supply chain for news and information.

Already, well-known politicians and activists like Mike Huckabee and Michelle Malkin have joined TCOT, and several of the candidates for RNC chairman have endorsed the RTP plan!

If you’re longing for a truly conservative Republican Party again, join us today and help make it happen!

December 11, 2008 Posted by | GOP | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GOP hopes rise as Dems hit rough patch

By   at Politico

After three nearly uninterrupted years of favorable political news, Democrats have finally hit a rough patch.

Over a period of less than 10 days, Democrats have seen their nominee go down in defeat in the Georgia Senate runoff— eliminating the prospect of a filibuster-proof majority—lost two winnable House races in Louisiana and witnessed House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) sink deeper into ethics trouble.

Then there’s the still-unfolding Illinois Senate debacle, which exposed Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s tawdry attempts to auction off President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat and forced Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) to hold a press conference Wednesday denying any inappropriate discussions with the governor.

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December 11, 2008 Posted by | GOP | , , , , | Leave a comment

Bankruptcy Is Best Way to Save Auto Industry

from The Foundry

Last night while marshaling votes for the House’s eventual 237-to-170 vote in favor of nationalizing Detroit, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told the Wall Street Journal: “If we do nothing we face the risk that sometime soon there will be no American auto industry.” Hoyer has it exactly backward. A government takeover of the Big Three represents the biggest threat to their long-term existence, while a Chapter 11 restructuring is the best way to ensure the long-term viability of the industry.

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December 11, 2008 Posted by | Bailout | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Let “Our Gang of 5” Know You Support the Filibuster

Even after yesterday’s march toward Socialism, we still have an opportunity to put a halt to this bailout mess.  Don’t forget there are (at last count) 5 Republican Senators who’ve agreed to filibuster the “American Socialism Experiment Act.”

Let’s make sure and let them know they’re not standing on an island.  The more supportive calls and emails they receive, the more likely they’ll get others to join them.  This is an excellent opportunity for every American concerned with the rapidly approaching United Socialist States of America (USSA) to become involved–and it doesn’t even require much time or effort.

Below are the names of the 5 Senators, linked to their websites where you can do your part by contacting them and expressing your support.

Sen. John Ensign, R-NV

Senator Richard Shelby, R-AL

Senator Jim DeMint, R-SC

Senator David Vitter, R-LA

Senator Tom Coburn, R-OK

Help us keep this country the USA, not the USSA, by contacting them today and expressing your support for the filibuster.

You can also contact your Senators using the links on the right side of this page under the heading “Contact Elected Officials” to let them know this is a CHANGE we do not want!


I’ve sent the following message to each of the 5 (feel free to copy and paste if you’d like):

“Thanks for standing up against Socialism in our country. 

I wanted you to know that conservative Americans across the country appreciate your willingness to fight for our values and filibuster the Auto Bailout.

God bless!”

December 11, 2008 Posted by | Bailout | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

32 GOP Representatives Who Voted for Socialism

BREAKING: House Passes Big-3 Bail-Out

by Leslie Carbone

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the $15-Billion Detroit-Three bail-out, by a vote of 237-170.

Hope for the taxpayers now lies in the Senate, where a handful of Republicans have pledged their opposition and are expected to try to block the bill via filibuster.


 The List

by jmathree

I would like to express my deep appreciation for Representative Tim Walberg (R-MI) who is listed as “not voting.”  He wasn’t listed as answering present, but being from Michigan, I can’t imagine he wouldn’t be there for the vote if he supported the bailout. So, I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt and assuming he didn’t support it. 

Thank you Representative Walberg for not succumbing to the greedy, incompetent CEO’s of the big 3 automakers!

Here’s a list of  all Republican representatives who voted FOR the bill:

    Don Young (R-AK)

    Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

    Michael N. Castle (R)

    Donald Manzullo (R-IL)

    Ray LaHood (R-IL)

    Mark Souder (R-IN)

     Steve Buyer (R-IN)

    Ron Lewis (R-KY)

     Jim McCrery (R-LA)

    Peter Hoekstra (R-MI)

    Vern Ehlers (R-MI)

    David Lee Camp (R-MI)

    Fred Upton (R-MI)

    Mike J. Rogers (R-MI)

    Joe Knollenberg (R-MI)

    Candice Miller (R-MI)

    Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI)

     Jim Ramstad (R-MN)

    Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)

    Jon Porter (R-NV)

     Chris Smith (R-NJ)

     Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)

    Peter T. King (R-NY)

     John M. McHugh (R-NY)

     Jim Walsh (R-NY)

    Steve LaTourette (R-OH)

     Ralph S. Regula (R-OH)

     Phil English (R-PA)

    Tim Murphy (R-PA)

     Joe Barton (R-TX)

    Paul Ryan (R-WI)

    Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

Keep these folks in mind for Election 2010, we need to replace them with real conservatives who don’t see America as an experiment in Socialism!

The roll call from the U.S. House is available here.

December 10, 2008 Posted by | Bailout | , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Auto rescue bill in peril, opposed by GOP senators

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Emergency aid for the nation’s imperiled auto industry was thrown into jeopardy Wednesday, opposed by Republicans who were revolting against a hard-fought deal between Democrats and the Bush White House to speed $14 billion to ailing carmakers.

The House was on track to vote on the bailout Wednesday night, and Democrats held out hope that it could be enacted by week’s end. But a growing number of GOP senators declared they would not go along.

The White House, though not formally endorsing an agreement with congressional Democrats, dispatched administration officials to Capitol Hill to make a case for the rescue package. During a contentious, closed-door luncheon with Senate Republicans, White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten got an earful of criticism from the rank-and-file, some of whom have already announced plans to block the measure.

“They got a good dose,” said opponent Tom Coburn, R-Okla., as he emerged from the session.

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December 10, 2008 Posted by | Bailout | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Finally, Republicans with a Spine

Here’s the headline this morning–

White House, Congress near deal on auto bailout.

It made me want to scream.  What is Bush doing?  Has he completely abandoned free-market principles and fully embraced Socialism?  If you read here regularly, you already know where I stand on this bailout and the last one and any other government bailout of private industry.  So you knew this would make my blood boil.

But wait!  Buried halfway down the page I find this:

A group of conservatives led by Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., who has threatened to block the measure, planned a midday news conference Wednesday.

Thank God!  Finally a conservative Republican says enough is enough and puts his foot down.  Stand firm Senator.  Right now you and those with you are the only thing standing between us and the hammer and sickle.  According to Michelle Malkin, Senator Richard Shelby, R-AL , has signed on for the possible filibuster with Ensign and Senator Jim DeMint, R-SC, is indicating he may stand up to stop this fast train to Socialism as well.

We’ve been waiting a long time for our Republican leaders to stand and fight for our conservative values.  Be sure and contact these 3 to let them know we’re with them all the way.  Also be sure to contact your Senators and Representatives and tell them we’ll vote them out of office in the next election if they continue on this path to turn the USA into the USSA–Union of Socialist States of America.  There are links on the right side of this page to contact your elected representatives.

Keep praying fellow conservatives, we may beat this yet. 

I’ll leave you with a quote from Kruschev:

I once said, “We will bury you,” and I got into trouble with it. Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you.
Nikita Khrushchev

Think about the bailout in those terms.


Update

Michelle Malkin is now reporting two more Republican Senators are in for a filibuster–Senator David Vitter, R-LA and Senator Tom Coburn, R-OK.

Tell them you support them!

December 10, 2008 Posted by | Bailout, USSA | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Aaron Shock, Generation Y Conservative Republican Success Story

Elizabeth Meinecke has a great piece in Human Events on Aaron Shock.

He’s from Illinois, young, smart and has a natural talent for relating to voters. And no, he’s not Barack Obama: he’s Aaron Schock, the newly elected U.S. representative for Illinois’ 18th district. Even Biden would like him — he’s young, clean, and articulate, and at 27, will bring a Generation Y voice to Congress in January.

In four campaigns (school board, state legislature twice, and now U.S. representative), he’s never run a negative ad. Instead, he talks about what he wants to do. He has taken his message into an urban district, even to the pulpits of his constituents’ churches. And when the mud starts slinging in Shock’s direction, he always has a clean and clear response…

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December 10, 2008 Posted by | GOP | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Can Conservative Values Appeal to Young Americans?

I once heard Linda Chavez say in an interview, “If you’re a Conservative at 18 you have no heart. If you’re a Liberal at 40 you have no brain.” It was meant as a joke, but was intended to illustrate her point that many tend to become more conservative as they progress through life. If her statement is true, I guess I had no heart at 18.

Since the Democrats’ drumming of the Republicans in last month’s elections, there’s been a lot of speculation on what the GOP must do to once again become competitive. Some even believe the party will go the way of the Whigs and never again be a force in American politics. Noozhawk published the article, Mark Shields: The Republican Party Is Dead, a few days after the election last month. The title makes it obvious where Mr. Shields thinks the GOP is headed–the political graveyard. But, from the article:

Republicans are an aging party. While President Ronald Reagan attracted a generation of young voters to the Grand Old Party, eight years of Republican White House rule — along with six on Capitol Hill — has resulted in the alienation of the nation’s youngest voters.

Wait a minute. How did Ronald Reagan manage this? I’m a part of that generation who was drawn to the GOP during the Reagan years, so I think I can speak to this question. The answer–he inspired us. Not because he was a movie star. Shoot, I couldn’t have named a movie he played in at the time. He inspired us because he sold us on conservative ideals and values. He convinced us that we could run our lives and provide for our needs better than the federal government could.

According to the Pew Research Center, 66% of Americans under 30 voted for Obama in last month’s election. In each of the presidential elections from 1980-1992, Democrats didn’t even get half of this age group’s votes. Is it possible to make the Republican Party once again appeal to younger Americans?

I had asked myself this question numerous times following McCain’s defeat, and nearly convinced myself that it may not be possible. With the entertainment and education industries firmly in the hands of liberal Democrats, the challenge almost seemed insurmountable. Then I found Rebuild the Party (RTP) and its 10-point plan to reinvigorate the GOP. The plan’s focus on transforming the party’s strategies to make use of the internet and to put a younger face on the party by running younger candidates seemed a great place to start.

I joined the organization’s social networking site on Ning and began to participate in the discussions, becoming enthusiastic about the possible impact this movement will achieve. Much of my new found enthusiasm is the result of the following article, published on the RTP blog on 12/2/2008.


Note: The following article is published here with permission from the original authors. The fact that it is published here does not imply the authors agree with the views expressed on this website. Do not replicate this article without permission of the authors, who can be contacted at timothy.plungis@uconn.edu.

Address to UConn College Republicans
11/11/08

Conservatism: What the Future Holds
I would like to take this time to thank all of the UConn College Republicans for their hard work and dedication this election year. Your time and effort have not gone unnoticed. This year we have grown the group to levels none of us could have imagined and that can only be attributed to each and everyone’s dedication to conservative values.

Last Tuesday we may have lost the Presidency and Congress, but let that motivate us to try even harder the next time around, let this be a wake up call for Conservatism. In recent years, we have begun to shy away from what has historically been the trademark of our party: smaller government, accountability, traditional western values, and personal and economic freedom. The past two elections are evidence enough of that. Our nation faces massive problems and challenges: from ever growing entitlements, secular progressivism, and a desire for peace at any price; many politicians have continually ignored the pressing need to attack these problems head on. Therefore, it has come to our generation to provide new solutions to the crises of our time.

The next election will be our opportunity to regain what was lost and renew the confidence of the American people on the ideals in which this country was first founded. The American people have elected a man who they hope will bring change for the better, let us pray this is so. Each and everyone one of us has a duty to be mindful of what our government is doing, what our president is saying, and the direction in which our country is heading. Let us not be hoodwinked by soaring rhetoric and promises made in exchange for votes. Remember when our opponents call this election a “Progressive Mandate”, it more notably verbalized the disenchantment of Americans that saw a party ignore its founding principles. As the lines have become blurred between Democrat and Republican, people sided with those who they believed would bring the country back to its base.

I believe the Republican Party will rise from the ashes and embrace once again the vision instilled upon us by Ronald Reagan of our nation as “A Shining City on a Hill.” After losing the Republican nomination in 1976, Reagan wrote to a friend, “We Fought, We Dreamed, and the Dream is Still With Us”. We know where we stand and we know what we want: and we must not lose sight of the “Dreams” and principles pursued by Ronald Reagan. We must be conservatives first and Republicans second. As conservatives on a college campus it is easy to follow the crowd and ignore the prodding of our hearts to stand for what we believe in. What do we believe in?

We believe in a government who will not falter in the face of perilous times, that will stand as a moral example to the rest of the world. We believe in having elected officials that never forget the people they represent. We believe in courts that uphold the constitution and laws of our nation without stepping outside the boundary of the judiciary. We believe that a good offense is the best defense, and thus we see the need for a strong military force that is both effective in peacekeeping as it is with combative action. We believe that a government is best which governs least, and the pillar of our industry is the strong entrepreneurial spirit found within every American. We believe in low taxes, fiscal responsibility, and a government that takes control of entitlements before we are bound to their restraints. We believe in traditional values that recognize the right of every individual to practice their religion without hindrance from the state. May we never lose sight of these core principles that make us proud to be conservatives.

In the immortal words of Ronald Reagan, “evil is powerless if the good are unafraid”. We cannot cower in the face of great challenge. We must not fear what the future holds, but embrace everyday as if it is our lasts. These words may sound cliché, but they are truer today than ever before.

As Republicans and most importantly, conservatives on this college campus I ask you all to stand for what you believe in. Speak your mind during classroom discussions no matter the consequences. If you allow yourself to be silenced than the other side has won. Do your part in helping the conservative movement and to help transform this campus. This will not be an easy task, but if we all are willing to stand for those core principles and voice our opinion, we will make a difference. Write to the school newspaper, write to the President about liberal bias on campus, or even run for USG, no matter the circumstances, let people know you are conservative and proud of it. This year’s battle has just begun and we will need every person we can get to help in this fight. These next years will be a testament to the strength and perseverance of the conservative movement and philosophy and I ask you to join with me in carrying out this great challenge for the future of our family, friends, and most importantly, the future of this great country we proudly call the United States of America.

Tim H. Plungis
Vice President
UConn College Republicans

 


After reading this post, I realized that the seeds are already there for a resurgence of Conservatism. Even though college campuses are predominately run and staffed by avowed liberals, there are young Americans in colleges across the country who have the courage to organize in open support of conservative ideals! These guys and gals are the seeds needed to once again grow a true conservative movement in this nation.

Thanks Tim! For giving me hope that we will once again return America to a land where limited government, personal responsibility, and traditional values provide light in an otherwise dark world.

December 7, 2008 Posted by | GOP | , , , , , , | Leave a comment