Scott Walker (R) uses Millions of taxpayer dollars for NBA Stadium subsidy

By Jay Polk

From the article: “This one involves Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who’s running on his tough-as-nails budget-cutting credentials. Come tomorrow, Walker will commit no less than $400 million of taxpayer money to a stadium deal to keep the NBA Bucks in Milwaukee:

The state would put $250 million toward the arena, with interest adding up over decades. The subsidy, approved last month with bipartisan support in Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled legislature, wasn’t addressed in the first presidential debate Thursday. That might change in future forums—or attack ads.

That’s bad enough, of course. But what makes the situation even worse is that Walker is actually trying to sell it as something other [than] politically motivated corporate welfare of the basest sort:

Walker, 47, argues that the subsidy is a “good deal,” partly because Wisconsin would lose revenue if the Bucks leave, as they had threatened. The owners of the Bucks, a team whose value Forbes pegged at $600 million, will pick up half the cost of the $500 million arena.

You got that? A business worth $600 million doesn’t have the cash or the credit to build its own…palace (despite covering just half of costs, the Bucks will get virtually all revenue generated by venue forever and ever amen).”

And so it goes that Republicans are just as bad as Democrats on wasting your hard-earned money. Why do fiscal conservatives support Republicans again?

Not everything on this website is written by me

There are some in the community who think that everything on this website is written by me (Tona Monroe).  That is not the case.  This site was never intended to be a website solely with material written by me.  I own domains with my name and could just as easily write the material there.

There are some in the community who think that I agree with everything written on this website.  That is not the case either.  My intention in creating this website was never to have complete and total agreement with every word posted here.

The litmus test for content on this website was never complete and total agreement with my views and is not the case now.  My goals are to promote freedom and transparency in government.  Those are the reasons why I started this website and why I continue publishing on this website.  Those are also the reasons that I ran for office and what I hope to achieve while in office.

The content here is intended to be thought provoking while promoting freedom and openness in government.  Everything that is posted here should no more be viewed as my opinions than letters to the editors are viewed as being the opinions of the editors at newspapers.

As I’ve said many times before and will continue saying, let freedom ring!

Do We Need to Bring Back Internment Camps?

by Ron Paul

Last week, Retired General Wesley Clark, who was NATO commander during the US bombing of Serbia, proposed that “disloyal Americans” be sent to internment camps for the “duration of the conflict.” Discussing the recent military base shootings in Chattanooga, TN, in which five US service members were killed, Clark recalled the internment of American citizens during World War II who were suspected of having Nazi sympathies. He said: “back then we didn’t say ‘that was freedom of speech,’ we put him in a camp.”
He called for the government to identify people most likely to be radicalized so we can “cut this off at the beginning.” That sounds like “pre-crime”!
Gen. Clark ran for president in 2004 and it’s probably a good thing he didn’t win considering what seems to be his disregard for the Constitution. Unfortunately in the current presidential race Donald Trump even one-upped Clark, stating recently that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is a traitor and should be treated like one, implying that the government should kill him.
These statements and others like them most likely reflect the frustration felt in Washington over a 15 year war on terror where there has been no victory and where we actually seem worse off than when we started. The real problem is they will argue and bicker over changing tactics but their interventionist strategy remains the same. 
Retired Army Gen. Mike Flynn, who was head of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, told al-Jazeera this week that US drones create more terrorists than they kill. He said: “The more weapons we give, the more bombs we drop, that just … fuels the conflict.”

Still Washington pursues the same strategy while expecting different results.
It is probably almost inevitable that the warhawks will turn their anger inward, toward Americans who are sick of the endless and costly wars. The US loss of the Vietnam war is still blamed by many on the protesters at home rather than on the foolishness of the war based on a lie in the first place. 

Let’s hope these threats from Clark and Trump are not a trial balloon leading to a clampdown on our liberties. There are a few reasons we should be concerned. Last week the US House passed a bill that would allow the Secretary of State to unilaterally cancel an American citizen’s passport if he determines that person has “aided” or “abetted” a terrorist organization. And as of this writing, the Senate is debating a highway funding bill that would allow the Secretary of State to cancel the passport of any American who owes too much money to the IRS. 
Canceling a passport means removing the right to travel, which is a kind of virtual interment camp. The person would find his movements restricted, either being prevented from leaving or entering the United States. Neither of these measures involves any due process or possibility of appeal, and the government’s evidence supporting the action can be kept secret.
We should demand an end to these foolish wars that even the experts admit are making matters worse. Of course we need a strong defense, but we should not provoke the hatred of others through drones, bombs, or pushing regime change overseas. And we must protect our civil liberties here at home from government elites who increasingly view us as the enemy.

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Republicans Will Never Cut Spending


” …the GOP-led Congress is now funding Obamacare just as much as the divided Congress did before, and now debt-ceiling deadlines are occasions not for the meaningful possibility of restraining Leviathan, but for quick rubber stamps. It will be fascinating to see what kind of federal budget the party plops on President Barack Obama’s desk.”

More here

Seven Reasons to Vote for the Libertarian Party

From Reason:

1. The Libertarian Party supports all of your freedoms, all of the time
2. The Libertarian Party is consistent and principled
3. Voting for old party politicians tells them that you want to keep government big
4. Voting Libertarian is the only clear message you can send
5. Voting Libertarian forces the old parties to take the libertarian positions
6. Because the old parties don’t want you to
7. Voting Libertarian helps your favorite “libertarian-leaning old party politician

For great explanations to each of these reasons, click the link above or here.


Brutal week at the polls; Republican Party officers backing write-in candidate

It’s been a brutal first week of early voting at the polls.  Gerald Kirby, who lost his primary for County Commissioner Seat 10B to Jamie Daly, managed to get a monopoly permit for the whole grassy area, in front of the parking lot, except for a small piece to the side.  The property belongs to the County, but a permit from the City of Maryville is required because the City maintains the side walks.  The City should not give a permit to one candidate, at the exclusion of all others.

Kirby, and/or his supporters, repeatedly called the cops on anyone who put a chair and umbrella in the area, even though there was plenty of room.  The cops repeatedly showed up and were apologetic and respectful telling everyone that Kirby had a monopoly and if they’d just move to the tiny patch of grass left, they could set their umbrellas up there.

There are a couple of other tiny grassy areas that the campaign volunteers set up on after a couple of days, when they learned that Kirby did not have a permit for those small areas.  Sam Duck had a permit for the same area as Kirby in the May primary, but he didn’t call the cops on anyone.  The problems didn’t stop with the monopoly permit.

Libby Breeding, Administrator of Elections, blew-up at two volunteers standing at Everett.  An undercover detective, in an unmarked car, was sent to spy on the volunteers at Everett.  After a volunteer handed the undercover detective literature and spoke briefly to him, the detective asked the volunteer if that was all he had been doing.  The detective told the volunteer he was a detective, who was sent to see what the volunteers were doing and that he couldn’t see anything wrong with what the volunteer was doing.  Unfortunately it didn’t stop there.

The next day a woman complained saying she was being harassed by a volunteer, but the volunteer never talked to the woman.  Several people have commented that Blount County elections are starting to resemble Chicago style politics.  Thankfully some of the harassment inflicted upon the volunteers may stop after a State election official told Libby Breeding that the volunteers were within their rights to campaign and to leave them alone.

Another interesting development is the support of Republican Party officers for Kirby who lost the Republican primary.  There were four winners of Republican primary elections for County Commission at the Courthouse on Friday and one write-in candidate.  Susan Mills, the former Chairman of the Blount County Republican Party, is the 2nd district State Executive Committeewoman for the Republican Party of Tennessee and is unopposed on the ballot.  She spent her time standing under the write-in candidate’s tent (Kirby). Kenneth Melton was also under the Kirby tent.  Susan Mills left without speaking to the other 3 Republican candidates for County Commission who were all close by.  Those three ladies are Jamie Daly, Karen Miller and Tona Monroe.

What’s the position of Republican Party of Blount County?  Does the Party support it’s nominees for office or not?  Party leaders and numerous Republican elected officials spent the first week of early voting hanging out under the Kirby write-in tent.

Susan Mills, Republican State Executive Committeewoman for the 2nd districts standing under the write-in Kirby tent

Susan Mills, Republican State Executive Committeewoman for the 2nd district standing under the write-in Kirby tent

Harwell declares she’s a globalist

Speaker Beth Harwell, Nashville’s biggest hypocrite, has admitted that she’s a globalist.  Harwell made the following statement to the Tennessee Chamber about Common Core standards:

“There have to be standards in place, and the days of telling ourselves, ‘Our schools are doing fine by our own standards,’ that’s not good enough in this world anymore,” Harwell said. “There is a world standard now. There is a national standard now. And we want our children to be meeting it and surpassing it.”


If education is as important as politicians like to say it is, to attract good jobs and whatever they pull out of their heads, then why have any State or local standards on anything?  If education standards have to be global or national, then why aren’t working standards globalized?  Why do we need State run courts?  It would save the legislature the hassle of having to provide us with Soviet style judicial elections where the Governor gives us one candidate to vote for.

If standards need to be national or global, then why have State and local governments?  Following Harwell’s line of thinking big spending Republican run State government can be dissolved and the feds and globalist could run everything.  It is a tempting thought because it would rid Tennessee of hypocrite Harwell, momentarily.  The problem is she would run for federal office and then advocate that the UN should dictate national policy.

Romney still causing problems within the Republican Party

Republicans, you could have done better.  Hopefully the “conservative” party will pick someone better than a Taxachusetts liberal, or a warmongering corpse, or warmongering drunk rich oil man.

From the Campaign for Liberty.

Dear Tona
“We won.  You lost. To Hell with you!”
That’s the message the Republican establishment sent to grassroots conservatives at the 2012 Republican National Convention when new rules designed to weaken grassroots activists were RAMMED through at the hands of establishment-insider lawyer Ben Ginsberg.
At the RNC’s three-day Winter meeting that starts tomorrow, six proposals will be offered by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’ appointed subcommittee.
Virginia RNC Committeeman Morton Blackwell – who led the fight against implementation of the new rules in Tampa – is leading the fight at this week’s RNC Winter meeting to defeat the three power-grab proposals.
That’s why I need you to contact your Republican National Committee members IMMEDIATELY.
Urge them to stand with Morton Blackwell and publicly OPPOSE the proposed power-grab changes to the Rules of the Republican Party being presented by the RNC Standing Committee on Rules at this week’s Winter meeting.
You are represented at the RNC by the State Party Chairman, a National Committeeman, and a National Committeewoman from your state.
As you’ll see, I’ve included their contact information for you below:
                      Margaret Lambert:
                      John Ryder:
Chris Devaney:
                     Please don’t delay or ignore this email.
Of course, the solution is to REPEAL the entire Romney/Ginsburg Tampa power grab.
But at this week’s meeting, the three main proposals that need to be defeated are as follows:
Rule 16(c)(2).  Unless March 15 is replaced with March 31, this proposal must be defeated.
Rule 20.  This rule will allow the national party to dictate to states how they must select their National Convention delegates, hanging more power to the establishment.
Rule 20(a).  Rule 20(a) would force states to select their delegates by an earlier date, taking power from the states and handing it to the Republican establishment.
For more detailed information about the proposals offered at this week’s Winter meeting, please see Morton Blackwell’s recent letter to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus I’ve included below.
In Liberty,
John Tate

Dear Reince,
I ask you to back off from supporting some of the proposed changes to the Rules of the Republican Party being presented this week to the RNC Standing Committee on Rules for approval and then to the full Republican National Committee for final passage.
In an unprecedented abuse of the power in the hands of a candidate about to receive a Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney’s 2012  campaign forced through at our national convention in Tampa a number of changes in the national Rules of the Republican Party.  Everyone knew that none of the changes could possibly help to produce a Republican victory in 2012 and that those rules changes in 2012  would apply fully to the 2016 election cycle.
For generations, all previous Republican candidates who had sewn up our presidential nomination wisely refrained from using their power to demand that the national conventions about to nominate them pass any particular rules changes.  They and their campaigns knew that changes passed at the convention that nominated them would control our national committee operations and the Republican presidential nomination process in the next following four years.
Our presidential nominees tend, wisely, to allow our long-term rules to be determined by representatives elected from each of the states to serve on the RNC’s Standing Committee on Rules and on the national convention’s Rules Committee.
This is a good example of power in our party flowing from the bottom up.
The rare occasions when sure-to-be nominated presidential candidates threw their full weight into deliberations about rules changes were when there might be a minority report filed from the Convention Rules Committee that would have to be debated and voted on by the entire convention.
Convention floor battles over the rules happened most recently in 1972 and 1976.
In 1972, President Nixon nailed down every aspect of the national convention except the controversies over the rules.  He allowed liberal Republican Senators Charles Percy (Illinois )and Jacob Javits (New York) to duke it out in a rules battle with conservatives led by Californor Gov. Ronald Reagan.  Conservatives won that convention floor battle, and Nixon went on to win reelection in a landslide.
In 1976, President Ford couldn’t stop a convention floor fight over party rules because it was not yet clear whether the convention would nominate President Ford or Gov. Reagan.
All other presidential nomination winners have tended to use their power over the rules process only to prevent convention-floor battles because they believed that such battles distract from the political message they want the convention to deliver to the national television audience.
I’ve attended all the meetings of the Republican National Convention Rules Committees starting in 1972, and I have served as a member of all of our national conventions’ Rules Committees starting in 1988.  For 40 years, I worked with like-minded conservatives against changes which tend to centralize power within our party and on behalf of rules improvements which open greater opportunities for power in our party to flow from the bottom up, rather from the top down.
Republican rules matters seldom attract much public attention.
Although for literally 40 years I had always taken an active and sometimes important role in deliberations and decisions regarding our national  rules, I never sought and almost never received any media coverage at all for my involvement in party rules matters.
Like many others similarly involved, I considered work on rules matters an important, sometimes burdensome, but quiet duty.  But the unprecedented series of power grabs introduced and passed at the Convention Rules Committee meeting in Tampa by the Romney campaign through Ben Ginsberg (their designated representative on the Convention Rules Committee} attracted the instant attention of print, broadcast, and online media.
Everyone knew that Romney lieutenant Ron Kaufman of Massachusetts was in charge of national convention matters for the Romney campaign.  Everyone also understood that Ben Ginsberg of D.C. was the Romney/Kaufman leader at the Convention Rules Committee meetings.
Under pressure, many members of the Convention Rules Committee did whatever Ron Kaufman and Ben Ginsberg let them know they wanted done.
That’s unfortunate.  Willingness always to do exactly what one is told to do is overrated as a measure of party loyalty.
Ron Kaufman admitted two months ago in my presence that what he really wants is for Republicans to hold a one-day national presidential primary across the country.  His position favoring a one-day national Republican primary runs directly counter to the almost universal consensus among generations of participants in our national rule-making process that front-loading the schedule of our delegation-selection process is very dangerous to our party.
Front-loading gives enormous advantages to the wealthiest candidates and to not reliably-conservative Republicans who are likely to be deliberately and quickly popularized by the liberal media.  Front-loading increases the possibility that someone would win our nomination because of some short-term fluke.  A brief primary season allows insufficient time for us to evaluate candidates’ abilities to function well in a rigorous big league of a national campaign and makes it less likely that grassroots conservatives would have sufficient time to unite behind one of several more conservative candidates.
During the Convention Rules Committee meeting in Tampa, I warned repeatedly in unmistakable terms that the Romney/Kaufman/Ginsberg power grabs would generate massive outrage from conservative grassroots Republicans and seriously hurt the Romney presidential campaign.
Those predictions quickly proved accurate when huge numbers of our national convention delegates demonstrated their outrage by voting loudly on the convention floor against adoption of the Convention Rules Committee report.
Ignoring the need to unite our party for victory in November, the Romney campaign’s power grabs in the rules process sent home from the national convention thousands of angry Republican activists.  That was a stupid mistake, and the perpetrators remain unrepentant.  In fact, they continue to want more centralization of power and further national intrusion against state parties’ decision-making regarding their states’ delegate selection process.
The Romney/Kaufman/Ginsberg power grabs have interrupted a long and healthy restraint in the rules process by those holding great power at the top of our party.  Previously, presidential candidates who had already won enough delegates to win our nomination and incumbent RNC chairmen did not exercise their decisive power to force national rules changes at our national conventions.  That was largely because such rules changes would primarily affect the process four years later.
All competent presidential candidates knew that throwing their weight around in the rules process at the national convention would certainly anger many Republicans whose united support they would need in the coming general election campaign.
Non-incumbent presidential candidates knew that, if they won the presidency, the party rules would give them no trouble when they ran for reelection.
Incumbent Presidents running for reelection knew they wouldn’t be candidates in the next following cycle.
Incumbent RNC national chairmen routinely subordinate themselves to the campaigns of the coming presidential nominee as soon as the identity of that nominee becomes certain.
Thus national rules changes were for generations decided openly through a bottom-up process by representatives elected from each state.
The Romney/Kaufman/Ginsberg power grabs in Tampa overturned the bottom-up process and opened up a slippery slope toward more and more control from the top down.
Here are my thoughts about the six proposals I understand will be offered by your appointed subcommittee this week.
1. Rule 16(c).  The requirements for proportional allocation of delegates in March 2012 worked reasonably well.  If there had not been a dramatic series of power grabs in the rules process in Tampa, some change like this might have been devised then.  Nevertheless, a clarification like this might prevent avoidance of meaningful proportionality.
2. Rule 16(c)(2).  This proposal is a virtually meaningless sham. The proposal should be amended to replace “March 15” with “March 31.”  To stop the stampede toward front-loading of presidential primaries, the rules in effect in 2012 required proportional allocation of delegates in March primaries.  The Ginsberg power grabs in Tampa entirely eliminated the proportionality requirement.  The subcommittee proposes restoring proportionality only in the first half of March.  If the whole month of March is not included, RNC members should defeat this proposal.  A full month would give an underfunded candidate who beats expectations in early March a reasonable time to raise funds and recruit volunteers.  No wealthy candidate could sew up the nomination in a flood of mid-March winner-take-all primaries.  One full month means something; two weeks is trivial.
3. Rule 17(a).  The 2012 enforcement provision did not work to prevent states from scheduling their presidential primaries before the period in which binding delegate selection could be legitimately conducted. These more severe penalties might work.
4. Rule 17(f).  Deleting this provision would help make the rules internally consistent.
5. Rule 20.  It’s a very bad idea, and there is much to be said against it.  Except when absolutely necessary, as in preventing an otherwise unstoppable disaster, like a mad rush of frontloading primaries leading toward what amounts to a national primary day, the national party has no business telling the states what to do regarding their selection of national convention delegates.   Granting the RNC Executive Committee the authority to grant a waiver to states which violate the deadline provision amounts to putting the decision in the hands of the RNC chairman.  I served a term on the RNC Executive Committee and never saw any open opposition to what the national chairmen wanted.  Every “decision” was unanimous.  The office of RNC Chairman has overwhelming power already, for good or for ill.  If the deadline were kept at 35 days before the convention (see below), Rule 20 could be and should be enforced.
And by the way, since Dean Burch became RNC chairman in 1964 during the Goldwater campaign, I have known personally all of the RNC chairmen, about 20 in number.
Some were solidly committed to conservative Republican principles; some were certainly not.  Some turned out to be contemptuous of conservatives.  Some were unquestionably determined to do what they believed to be in the long-term interest of the Republican Party; some showed little concern about how bad a mess they left for their successors.  Some were unfailingly considerate to Republicans who respectfully disagreed with them; others took obvious delight in bulldozing down those who dissented in any way.  Some had many great talents; some were in way over their heads.  Some were dominated shamefully by political consultants.  Some were virtual figureheads whose tenures were micro-managed by White House staff of Republican Presidents.  (And please don’t ask me to criticize any of those former national chairmen individually.)
Regardless of their merits or faults, all former chairmen had quite sufficient powers at their disposal.
But all former RNC chairmen were importantly constrained because they had to follow the national Rules of the Republican Party, rules which could be changed only by the national convention.
Because of the new Rule 12, as a result of a motion by John Ryder, you are the first national Republican Party Chairman to have an opportunity to use the immense power of your office to get the RNC membership to change major portions of The Rules of the Republican Party between national conventions.
The Democratic Party has been shamefully corrupted for many years by internal power struggles to change their rules between their national conventions to favor different factions of their party, different party leaders, or different candidates for their presidential nominations.
That is why I strongly opposed the awful, new national Rule 12, moved by John Ryder with Ben Ginsberg’s full support, at the Convention Rules Committee meeting in Tampa.
As surely as anything can be in politics, Rule 12 makes it certain that some future RNC chairmen, men or women who will lack many of your merits, would use Rule 12 to make changes in our national rules for disreputable purposes between our Republican National Conventions.  As things now stand, only a national convention can repeal Rule 12, and I hope and pray that our 2016 convention repeals it.
6. Rule 20(a).  This proposal should be defeated.  Other changes now incorporated into our rules have already greatly shortened (compared to 2012) the time period available for the candidates for our presidential nomination’s contest to win delegates.  This goes too far.  States which want to elect or select their delegates close to the existing deadline of 35 days before the national convention should be allowed to do so.  And if any state were to have the possibility of receiving a waiver of the deadline by “the RNC Executive Committee” (really the RNC Chairman}, any state should be accorded the same courtesy.  Virginia frequently chooses to hold our state conventions in early June.  But there is no chance of a dangerous “back-loading” of the delegate selection process.  This proposal is really bad.  The office of RNC Chairman does not need another club to hang over the heads of state party leaders and presidential candidates.
One way or another, a number of other rules changes must be made to prevent the recurrence of especially obnoxious aspects of the national convention procedure in Tampa.
For example, during the roll call vote on the convention ballot for our presidential nomination, each state’s delegation chairman called out the number of his state’s delegate votes cast for each candidate.  Then the convention Secretary announced only the number of that state’s delegate votes that state cast for Mitt Romney.  Vote totals for other presidential candidates announced by the state delegations’ chairmen were not repeated by the convention Secretary.  This unfair practice provoked cries of outrage all through the roll call of the states from delegates all over the convention hall.
Hundreds of properly elected delegates came to the convention and found, through no fault of their own, that their votes weren’t counted.  Only votes for Mitt Romney were counted.
Reince, you know I have standing to comment strongly about this, because you know personally that my wife and I each contributed $15,000 to Romney Victory, Inc. just before the national convention.
The unmistakable message to non-Romney delegates was: “We won.  You lost.  To Hell with you.”  Our national party rules should be amended to make sure that this arrogant, hideous practice is not repeated.
This problem will surely be fixed by rules changes adopted in the normal process unless our 2016 prospective nominee or our RNC Chairman intervenes to prevent this badly needed change.
Another example of a Romney/Kaufman/Ginsberg power grab inserted into our rules was upping from five to eight the number of state delegations a candidate for our nomination will have to carry in order to qualify to have that candidate’s name formally placed in nomination at the convention.
A respectable case could be made for preventing a long series of favorite-son candidates from taking up convention time for formal nominations and floor demonstrations.
But to deny a candidate who has carried at least five states the right even to have his name placed in nomination at the convention is unfair and certain to alienate that candidate’s widespread grassroots supporters.  And to deny duly-elected delegates the right to have their properly cast votes counted for their candidates at the convention is worse.
I am asking you to support my opposition to certain parts of your hand-picked subcommittee’s proposals.  Give a clear indication to grassroots Republicans that you favor a major rollback of the Romney/Kaufman/Ginsberg power grabs.  You should take steps to make it clear that you are not now the principal defender of the Romney/Kaufman/Ginsberg power grabs which took place at the national convention in Tampa.
Reince, you may very well get the required 75% vote of the 168 RNC Members for all the rules changes to be voted on this week.  You control the large RNC staff (including the whole Legal Counsel staff), all the RNC funds, all the appointing power, and baskets of other goodies to distribute and sticks to wield.
To overcome that line-up of power, I do not have even any staff to run an organized opposition campaign among RNC members.  Nevertheless, I intend, as always, to make the case for what I think is right.  Many grassroots Republicans will follow closely what happens.  By raising the right issues and obtaining record votes when appropriate and possible, I intend to make the public aware of what happens this  week and in the future.  Perhaps some RNC seats may change hands as people leave through normal attrition and when grassroots Republicans have an opportunity to hold their representatives accountable as the whole RNC membership comes up for re-election in 2016.
And there is another possibility.  Conservatives might nominate a presidential candidate in 2016 or 2020 who will support a reversal of what it seems thus far is turning out to be a four-year period of centralizing power grabs.
A soon-to-be-nominated presidential candidate has the power to get exactly what he wants, for good or for ill, from the rules process at any national convention.  The Romney campaign proved this at the Tampa convention by stupidly forcing through many outrageous, power-grabbing rules changes, which any politically competent person could have predicted would cause uproar at the convention, enrage many Romney supporters and potential Romney supporters, and hurt his campaign badly.  A future conservative nominee could see the problem and set things right.
Tension is currently high between different elements of our party, and millions of grassroots conservatives and libertarians are wavering over their decisions about the value of the Republican Party as a vehicle to advance their motivating principles.
You could do our party a world of good right now by showing your disapproval of the blundering power grabs made in Tampa and demonstrating that you oppose the trend toward centralization of power in our party structure.
Morton Blackwell
Virginia Republican National Committeeman

Maricopa County GOP votes overwhelmingly to censure John McCain

It’s about time.  Republicans, you could have enjoyed better.

January 25 Update: McCain has now been censured by the Republican Party of Arizona.–election.html


Big Spending Tennessee Republicans

Republicans have been promoting the myth (lie) that since they’ve taken charge of the helm of the ship of State that they’ve cut the budget and are spending less.  Turns out that isn’t true.  Surprise, surprise, surprise.

The Republicans did the same thing at the federal level during the Bush era, and contrary to all the pathological lies about Newt Gingrich and the Republicans balancing the budget in the 90’s, that didn’t happen either.  The national debt increased every year in the 1990’s.

At the local level, the Republicans control every office and the spending keeps increasing.

Republicans need to put up or shut up.  This country and State have suffered enough from lying big spending Republicans.  Either Republicans offer real solutions, or they will continue to be the Democrat-lite Party that continues down the path of disastrous big government.   Simply trimming a few taxes won’t cut it.  Cut spending and eliminate programs, or admit that you are a progressive-lite and in some areas want bigger government than Democrats.

As we head into the new legislative session, I don’t expect much good to come from these big spending Tennessee Republicans.  They sure haven’t delivered much fiscally to be excited about since taking the helm and they continue the government intrusion of carrying a gun being a State granted privilege instead of a right, even if you do get to carry it with permission in a few more areas than with Democrats.

Ultimately many of you fools who call yourselves Republicans are to blame, choosing candidates who add to the deficit. Until people calling themselves Republicans are honest with themselves, and stop worrying about those evil Democrats being in charge, we in Tennessee will continue to be ruled by big spending Republicans.  2013 was another year of wasted Republican opportunity and I expect 2014 to be as well.