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Yesterday was the most demoralizing day conservatives and defenders of liberty in America have suffered since the onerous health care law was signed into law by the lawless President Obama. The Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold Obamacare is nothing short of a disaster for liberty loving people in this nation. Congress can now punish American citizens subjects for any economic activity or inactivity so long as they backstop the mandate with a tax.

If Congress wants to force you to buy legal insurance and you don’t want it, no prob, you can pay a tax instead. If Congress wants every American to own a 2012 or newer vehicle, no problem. If you don’t want or can’t afford a new vehicle you can just pay the tax for not buying one! See how that works? We can play this game all day long.

But the question becomes, what now? Now that the concept of individual economic choice is dead, now that the government can force us to buy crap we don’t want and tax us if we don’t obey, what now?

Now, we fight. We fight like hell. Tooth and nail. We seek no quarter, we take no prisoners.

We conservatives have always tried to play nice. We’ve always played by the rules. We know the dead vote, so rather than trying to convince the dead to vote for us we work to get enough of the living to vote our way that the dead can’t swing the margins against us. No more. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more McCain style “I’d rather lose gracefully than win by playing dirty.” Nope. We’ve passed the line of demarcation. We’ve crossed the Rubicon. The point of no return is in our rearview mirror.

Pelosi, Reid, Obama, and the rest of the gang proved conclusively that the only thing that matters is absolute and total power. Not just the accumulation of power, but the unapologetic wielding of that power.

So now we fight to accumulate power. We accumulate enough raw unchecked power to roll back the socialist, bureaucratic entitlement, liberty-infringing tide that has drowned our country in debt, regulation, and fear. We fight not just to win, but to defeat, to crush, to leave the other side in utter devastation. We fight to reclaim our way of life. We fight to throw of the burden of being a Subject and to reclaim our rightful title of Citizen. We fight to abolish the Crown.

Our fight must be at every level. Every election must be contested. From dog catcher to school board to city council to county executive to state legislature, governor, congress, and president. We have to utterly destroy the idea that once instituted, a burdensome law can never be repealed. We have to roll back the bureaucracy and remind the Executive that they don’t make laws, they enforce them. The nightmare of bureaucratic rule making must end. Congress must reclaim its authority and its power over the purse.

Yesterday we got shellacked. Badly, horribly shellacked. Today we man the barricades. We mount an offensive. We charge the field with reckless abandon. Today, we fight.  In November, we win. In January, we repeal. President Romney’s signature accomplishment should be entered into the Federal Register before Former President Obama’s plane lands in Chicago on 1.20.2013.

If you’ve never been politically involved, get out there and volunteer. If you’ve never donated money, donate. Set aside your Starbucks money or your McDonald’s money or whatever small luxury you allow yourself, and put all of it into the campaign between now and November. Make phone calls, knock on doors, talk to your friends and neighbors. Join your local GOP GOTV operation. Leave no (Republican) voter behind. If you’re unsatisfied with the candidates in your local races, run for office yourself. We can’t bitch about bad candidates if we’re unwilling to step into the ring ourselves. Argue. Persuade. Fight. Win.

Remember, winning is all that matters. The accumulation of abject power, and the exercise thereof, is all that matters now. It’s the only way we roll back the tide. Now let’s get out there and do it.

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Politicos of all stripes are busy these days gaming out the 2012 electoral map. Most of the projections I see tend to agree with the Washington Post’s theory that Mitt Romney has a very narrow path to the 270 electoral votes required to win. While they may very well be correct, I think they’re going about their projections all wrong.  In fact, I think most everyone is analyzing the electoral map all wrong because they’re using a very shaky starting point – they’re starting with the wrong map.

Most people are using the 2008 map as the baseline when really they should use the 2004 map as the baseline. It was an anomaly that Obama won Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, Indiana, Colorado, and so forth. It wasn’t quite an anomaly that he won Florida, but almost.

Let’s look at the voting history of a couple of those states.

Ohio went for George W. Bush twice.

Florida went for George W. Bush twice. Yes, in 2000 Florida was very close (to say the least) but four years later, GWB easily carried the state.

Indiana went for Obama in 2008. The last Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state was LBJ in 1964.

North Carolina isn’t exactly a solid blue state either. Before 2008 the last Democrat to carry the state was Jimmy Carter in 1976. The state party is awash in scandal, the Democrat governor is leaving office in disgrace, and state unemployment is at 9.7% which is well above the national average.

Colorado isn’t exactly a lock for the President either. The last time it went blue was 1992, and even that was an anomaly. Clinton lost Colorado in his 1996 re-elect. Before ’92 the last Democrat to carry CO was LBJ in 1964.

This year, President Obama can’t look at these states as though he has some sort of institutional advantage in them and expect that they’re his by default. Yes, Mitt Romney will have to work very hard for those states, but the institutional and historical advantages are on his side, not Obama’s.

Furthermore, the president will have to spend a lot of extra money defending some states that are traditionally deep blue. Wisconsin and Michigan have both trended red in statewide races since 2008. Both states have new Republican governors. Wisconsin has a new Republican senator. Wisconsin also re-elected a state Supreme Court justice (David Prosser) in a statewide election against the mighty and all-in union opposition. If ever Wisconsin was capable of going for a Republican, it’s now. This will be all the more true if Gov. Walker wins the recall and holds the seat.

Pennsylvania just hired a Republican governor and a Republican senator. So, it’s far from impossible for Republicans to win statewide races in PA. Obama will have to have massive turnout in Philadelphia and Pittsburg to overcome the Republican tide in the rest of the state. According to Bureau of Labor statistics, Philadelphia unemployment was 5.3% at the time Obama was elected in 2008. It’s 8.4% today. It makes sense that a lot of people in that area who voted for him last time around will either vote Romney or stay home this time.

So, in addition to defending his 2008 gains, Obama is going to have to spend an inordinate amount of time and money defending states that he should already have in the bag.

Last time around, Obama benefitted enormously from being a “blank slate” and from the fact that people wanted to be part of the historical tide of electing the first black president. Those are two advantages he no longer has. In addition to having lost those advantages, the President’s reelection effort has to overcome a slew of unpopular “accomplishments”, an out of control EPA that people increasingly despise, the possibility of two major Supreme Court losses in June, and an economy that is sluggish at best.

He won’t be able to count on the historic level of turnout he saw in 2008. He won’t be able to count on young people voting in droves because, let’s face it, they’ve been hit hardest by this economy. And he won’t be able to count on seniors coming out for him since they’re getting screwed by his Medicare cuts.

Bottom line is, the 2004 electoral map is a much likelier baseline to start from than the 2008 map, and that does not bode well for the President.

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Wisconsin is one of those states that should go Republican in Presidential elections but somehow serially falls short of the mark. The last time Wisconsin voted Republican for president was in 1984. Since then it’s been close but no cigar. In 2000 they played with our emotions and went to a statistical tie but unlike Florida they came out on the wrong side in the end.

 

It’s not that Republicans can’t get elected in Wisconsin. Some stalwart members of Congress hail from the cheese state (at least that’s how I think of it). James Sensenbrenner and Paul Ryan come to mind. I might add a fresh face to that list, Rep. Reid Ribble who is quietly making a name for himself in Washington.
Republicans have demonstrated that they can win statewide elections too. Senator Ron Johnson is proof of that. So is Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser. The left/unions came after him with all their ugly might and they still couldn’t defeat him.

The governor’s office is also highly winnable for Republicans. Starting in 1987, Tommy Thompson was elected to four terms. He served three and a half of those terms before leaving to join the George W. Bush administration as Secretary of Health and Human Services. His final term was finished out by his Republican Lt. Governor, Scott McCallum. After McCallum we saw eight years of Democratic governance and then the voters elevated the current incumbent, Scott Walker, to the Governor’s office.

Gov. Walker is one of those guys who means business. He says what he’s going to do and then he does it. That doesn’t sit well with the entrenched left in Wisconsin. It’s got the unions pretty torqued. They’ve declared Wisconsin the mother of all battles, the hill that must be taken no matter the cost. They tried to stymie Gov. Walker’s legislative agenda and failed. They occupied, trashed, and otherwise defaced the state capitol and still lost. (Shocker, I know.) And now they are recalling the good Mr. Walker.

From what I can gather, it looks like Mr. Walker is favored to win re-election. I hope he does. I think he will. And if he does, this is my prediction: the left/unions will be so dispirited, so disorganized, so bankrupt, that they won’t be able to drag Barack Obama across the finish line in November. If Scott Walker wins the recall election, the GOP nominee will win Wisconsin.

Bold? Sure. But I think we can. We, maybe, possibly, can. Si se puede!

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There has been a lot of discussion lately regarding airport security measures as implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  The thing basically breaks down like this; TSA is putting full body scanners in airports across the nation and making airline passengers go through the very uncomfortable process having a government worker peer underneath of their clothes with x-ray machines. A lot of people are uncomfortable being screened in this way. And by uncomfortable I mean irate. And by irate I mean infuriated.

There is legitimate concern about this being overly invasive, potentially humiliating, and unconstitutional based on the 4th Amendment.  So TSA has a backup plan. If you don’t want to go through the pornoscanner, you can submit to a grope-down in which they may grab your genitals and/or your boobs if you got ’em. Some have speculated that these grope-downs, or as one Senator calls them “love pats”, are purposefully made to be so invasive that people will opt for the scanners instead. So basically they make one poison pill super duper poisonous so that you’ll opt for the lesser poison. Nice work, TSA.

People are infuriated and rightly so. But what to do about it? How can we get this scaled back so that people don’t have to be bodily invaded by scanners or gropes? I have the answer and it’s fairly simple. All we have to do is add airport level TSA screening to all public transportation in or out of Washington, DC and at the entrance to all federal buildings with no exemptions for federal workers.

How will this fix the TSA problem at the airports? Well, my theory works like this: Tens of thousands of people commute into DC for work every day. They ride trains (Amtrak, VRE, MARC, etc) the Metro (subway), busses, taxi cabs, etc. Many thousands of these people are federal employees heading for work at various Executive agencies, Congress, etc. If all those federal bureaucrats and all the lobbyists, lawyers, and other federal hangers-on had to submit to airport level security screenings every day for their commute there would be hell to pay! The already nightmarish commute into work would be utter hell in every possible way. The gridlock getting into the city would be unlike anything anyone has ever seen. The bureaucrats would have the screening measures modified faster than Bill Clinton can say “I didn’t have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”

And, really, why not? Any terrorist could blow up a VRE train over the Potomac any day of the week. Any terrorist could blow up a Metro train as it passes beneath a federal building in DC at any time. Any terrorist could blow up any number of trains any given day, killing thousands of people and completely shutting down DC. They could do it at any time and there is absolutely no security whatsoever to prevent them from doing it.

So, if transit security is so dang important why shouldn’t federal workers boarding trains have to go through every bit as much security as you go through when you get on that flight to visit Granny over Thanksgiving next week? Make the same rules apply to all public transportation, not just airlines, and you’ll suddenly see some major changes.

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Manning My Post

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Getting It Done

I am up in Pennsylvania doing some phone banking and door knocking for Tim Burns who is running for the US House of Representatives in the PA-12 special election. Doing the groundwork to take back the House!

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Lots of important stuff being taken up on the House floor tomorrow:

H.R. 5160 – Haiti Economic Lift Program Act of 2010

H.Res. 1272 – Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the May 4, 1970, Kent State University shootings

H.Res. 1157 – Congratulating the National Urban League on its 100th year of service to the United States

H.Res. 1312 – Recognizing the roles and contributions of America’s teachers to building and enhancing our Nation’s civic, cultural, and economic well-being

H.Res. 1149 – Supporting the goals and ideals of National Charter School Week, to be held May 2 through May 8, 2010

H.R. 2421 – Mother’s Day Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

H.Res. 1295 – Celebrating the role of mothers in the United States and supporting the goals and ideals of Mother’s Day

H.Res. 1247 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that public servants should be commended for their dedication and continued service to the Nation during Public Service Recognition Week, May 3 through 9, 2010, and throughout the year

H.R. 1722 – Telework Improvements Act

H.Res. 1301 – Supporting the goals and ideals of National Train Day

H.Con.Res. 247 – Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby

H.Con.Res. 263 – Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run

H.Res. 1278 – In support and recognition of National Safe Digging Month, April, 2010

It’s a good thing we pay Members of Congress $174,000 per year.  You can see how very much they deserve it.

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