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Tea Party Ascendancy: The Takeover of the GOP

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Several weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a Tea Party event.  I arrived, camera and coffee in hand, not knowing what to expect.  I imagined that there would be a decent crowd there, and I’d be able to have some good conversations with fellow Conservatives.

My initial reaction was one of disappointment.   There appeared to be only about thirty people or so.  I did decide to stick it out, as I had re-arranged my day to attend.  When the speakers started, however, I decided to keep my mouth shut and listen.

At the CH 2.0, we’ve concentrated a vast majority of our time on national issues, such as legislation (and the consequences thereof), illegal immigration, the culture wars, and so on.  All valid topics, mind you, but I think we’ve missed something.  I have neglected the axiom that states, “All politics are local.”  The speakers at this event have not.  While we’ve discussed taking over the GOP, the speakers at this event are actually engaged in DOING it.  They have gone beyond being concerned.  They have gone beyond just voting.  They are organized, and taking action.

They are taking over the GOP, starting at the precinct level.  To elaborate on how this is being done, I asked on of the speakers, Lois Kaneshiki for an email interview.  She graciously agreed.

Here is the interview:

Matt: First, I’d like to thank you for agreeing to this interview.  I think more people need to know about the GOP takeover.  For myself, I was amazed, and frankly, blown away by the speakers on Saturday.  I have to be honest is saying that I was ignorant to this effort.  I knew that people were trying to take over the party, but I was unaware as to the scope of the effort, or methods involved.  How exactly is this being done?

Lois: The effort begins with education, because the issue is not only that the committees are controlled by the “establishment,” but that the local people these committeemen are there to represent are in too many cases completely unaware that the committee structure exists or what it was intended to do in the first place. Therefore, as in any attempt to change societal systems, the first step is educating the public.

My experience is that when concerned citizens learn about the condition of their local committees, many are eager to offer constructive help and participation. It is an excellent opportunity to begin to familiarize ordinary citizens with the political process and how they can participate in a meaningful way.

The opportunities on these local committees absolutely cannot be overstated. But it is a learning process and that is why our ongoing statewide and national networks are so important, because many new committee people won’t necessarily have the support they need in their local communities.

We at the Pennsylvania Precinct Project are recruiting community leaders across the Commonwealth to act as our liaisons and recruit committee people in their counties.

Matt: How can controlling the party at the local level extend to higher levels, like the state and even national? Is that even possible?

Lois: It is not only possible, it absolutely must be done in this manner. The local committees elect their county leadership which serves on the state committee. The state committee elects their national committee representatives. Political committees heavily influence the outcomes of special elections, as they just had in the 12th Congressional District where Murtha served. Without ordinary, independent-minded citizens occupying these committee spots, it is an uphill battle for independent-minded candidates to challenge establishment candidates.

We are talking about completely changing a political culture that exists today. The current culture is one of entitlement, seniority, and back-room deals, versus a culture of being answerable to the party base, representing the voters, and doing what is best for the people. We have a political culture which stifles and discourages competition in the political marketplace, which is precisely what is desperately needed in all our elections.

There are numerous reasons why change must start locally, but the main reason is that we administer elections locally – in voting precincts, which are constructed by geography, namely, people who live close together vote in the same location. Committee people are elected by precinct, represent their precincts, and should be instrumental in getting the vote out on election day. So where people don’t vote, this is a symptom of the dysfunctional state of the committee system.

Since all politics is local and committees determine the outcomes of elections, changing the people in the committees will create a paradigm shift in the political culture, assuming the new membership asserts its rightful authority.

Matt: I was aware that the Tea Party in Utah had taken over the state party, but at the same time, Utah has a very different system. The people in Utah were able to remove Bob Bennett from the ballot. Is it possible to do something similar in PA?

Lois: Bob Bennett was removed in the party convention in Utah. Pennsylvania does not have that same system of re-electing incumbent senators. Our system is more democratic where we still leave the decision up to the Primary voters. That makes our local committee system more important and potentially more powerful. If you believe in liberty, you want to maintain a more decentralized system, because a more localized system is harder for tyrants to control than centralized systems. Remember that all the checks our founding fathers put on government was not to protect us from good people but to protect us from the tyrannical.

Matt: How is the GOP establishment responding? Are the Tea Parties encountering much resistance?

Lois: The political dynamics are different in every county. In Bucks County, for example, the party leadership sneakily got an injunction against a slate of state committee candidates who were challenging the incumbents on the morning of the election, even though they were aware of the issue for over a week ahead of time. The injunction prevented the challengers from handing out their cards at the polling places on election day. They made a bogus complaint that these challengers were not the “endorsed” slate, but that their handouts implied party endorsement.

In Blair County, thousands of dollars were spent in negative attack ads against me in my state committee race by the incumbent committee people. This was done even though I have done more in my 2 years on the county committee and as a leader in the local Federation of Republican Women to support and build the party than almost anyone else in the local party. But that doesn’t matter to the party – it is about personal power and getting incumbents re-elected. I don’t believe that is what the parties are there for, and those in power felt threatened.

But even before petitions were filed to run for committee seats, I had numerous reports of Republicans across Pa being told they “did not have to run for their committee seat because someone was already there.” In other words, you are not welcome to exercise your right to run for your committee. They don’t want competitive elections. They don’t want the citizens electing their choice of representation. The Party decides, not the people. We have numerous counties where Republican citizens have been stonewalled in their requests for a copy of the committee bylaws, even though state law and state committee bylaws state that the county bylaws must be on file in the local elections office. It is public record, yet Republican leaders are reticent to show their own constituents their own party rules.

We complain about transparency in our state and federal governments. What’s the difference if we cannot even have transparency in the local committees? If we cannot have honest, transparent, local self-governance, we absolutely cannot correct the severe issues at the state and federal levels.

I had one report where the county chairman was not even aware that committee people got elected to committee by filing nomination petitions with the local elections office. If the county committee is so dysfunctional that term after term after term the same cronies are appointed (not elected) by the same party leaders, and no one understands that they have the right to run for these positions in a democratic Primary Election, you can understand that over a long period of time, maybe a generation, the system completely breaks down and even the people who are supposedly in charge do not know the law or the rules.

Can you imagine if the public completely stopped turning out for presidential elections and no one wanted to run for president? This is what has happened to our county committee system in many respects. We are beginning to change that.

Matt: How can people get involved?

Check with your county committee or your county elections office and find out who if anyone is serving in your party in your precinct. Find out if there are any vacancies. Read the committee bylaws to find out the rules of the committee. If there is a vacancy in your precinct, write a letter and call your chairman and ask to be appointed. If there are people serving in your precinct already, contact them and ask how you can help. Find out what your committee people do to support the party. Attend the committee meetings and find out how they do business.

You can join our yahoo group for ongoing support and more information:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PaPrecinctProject/

Also I am revising my campaign web site to include more resources for beginners in this project:

http://www.BringthePartytothePeople.org/

We are also on Facebook and Meetup.com!

A good, short introductory video can be viewed here:

http://www.WagtheDog2010.com/

Although some of the specific details do not 100% pertain to Pennsylvania.

This is the most exciting and potentially revolutionary grassroots movement in America today. I am honored to be a part of it.

I’d like to thank Lois again for this interview.  The event, and this interview, were real eye-openers for me.  Considering that we are now taking a closer look at candidates, and are bypassing the GOP by directly supporting candidates, we cannot forget that there are many people that are laboring to take over the Party.  You won’t see them on FOX, or discussed on many blogs, but they are there, and they are incredibly important.    While we bloggers are attacking from the outside, folks at the local level are attacking from within.  Depending on the system in your state, take some time to  familiarize yourself with the inner workings of your party.  You might be able to make an important contribution to the takeover of the GOP.

We all complain about the condition of the party.  We’ve seen RINOs put on the ballot in spite of there being qualified Conservative candidates.  We’ve seen the Tea Parties met with scorn, and as Lois described, actively fought.  From what I have learned, I think it’s safe to assume that this effort will take years, so support your local Conservatives, and help them be successful in their efforts.

Obviously, our short term goals are stopping Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, by electing Conservatives (often times, in spite of the GOP), then getting a good Conservative Candidate for POTUS in 2012.    The long term goal is the top to bottom control of the GOP.  If we are persistent, we can take over the GOP, and return it to its roots.  Don’t say it can’t be done, just think about how the “progressives” likely took over the Democratic Party.

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  • http://americaswatchtower.com Steve Dennis

    Great interview Matt. It feels good to know that we have people on the ground working hard to change the party. The Democrats may be the main target of the Tea Party, but the GOP is not safe either.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      There is a lot being done to “retire” RINOS. Just ask Bob Bennet.

  • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

    Great interview, Matt and thanks for sharing it with your readers. I know from my acquaintance with a man who used to work closely with the Republican party in Oklahoma, the way the party is ran is shameful. My acquaintance was actually in charge of rewriting the local party rules and he did so to favor his own faction. It was all about position and power, instead of representing the people. Exactly opposite of what it should be.

    That is one reason I am supporting Randy Brogdon for Governor in Oklahoma. He isn’t the pick of the party, but we think he would make a great Governor. Come to think of it, that is one reason I was such a strong supporter of Mike Huckabee in 2008. He wasn’t the choice of a lot of Republicans, but he was willing to step out front and begin talking about some of the issues the GOP establishment simply didn’t want to talk about.

    Again, great interview.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      The mainstream GOP is very much status quo these days. They have to go. They stand for nothing other than maintaining their position.

  • http://www.trestinmeacham.info/ Trestin Meacham

    Great interview Matt. We are seeing the tea party do what I have always wanted a third party to do gain power on a local level. In the end it will be the states and local leaders that will but an end to Washington’s mess.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks, Trestin. I agree about this being what we wanted a third party to do. I was really torn in 2007-2008 about whether or not a third party was needed. Folks like Lois, and there were a dozen or more people at the event that were doing the same thing, are doing what needs to be done.

  • http://aconservativeteacher.blogspot.com/ A Conservative Teacher

    Finally! I’ve been doing this sort of stuff on my own for years- I am so glad the Tea Party has activated everyone and got them involved too. I’m no longer the only rebel conservative GOPer in the room!

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      This is a great development CT. Thanks for all that you have been doing.

      Come to think of it, I think that this is your first comment here. Thanks!

  • http://maggiesnotebook.blogspot.com Maggie Thornton

    After the Texas Schoolbook fiasco (a good fiasco) I saw an interview with a representative. He was asked how conservatives managed to bring about the important changes to schoolbooks, and he said some years ago those paying attention realized what had happened and how the Left had taken over what was being taught in schools.

    They were able to replace liberals on the board – but it was slow. Now it has paid off. I think county politics are the same situation.

    I also remember a comment left at my place, saying conservatives must be active at the precinct level to bring about change.

    Thanks for this excellent and informative interview.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks, Maggie. It was a big eye opener to me. I had no idea that the effort was this widespread. The GOP insiders are fighting back, so it will an an uphill battle.

  • http://kingshamus.wordpress.com/ KingShamus

    Good job Matt.

    Lois Kaneshiki seems like somebody who’s on top of things. Good for her to take matters into her own hands.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      She is impressive. I hope she is successful. That, and she’s helping others to do the same. We need more like her.

  • Beth Britz

    Some history on Lois Kaneshiki:
    Not a social conservative.
    Lois is running as a Republican, but in reality she is a Libertarian. The Libertarian Party is divided on the issue of abortion; however Lois has been, without apology, up until her present run for political office, pro-abortion. What do I mean by that? What I mean is that Lois has stated on a number of occasions before she became a Republican candidate, her real position on abortion. She said, “Abortion is wrong, but I don’t want the government to tell a woman what to do with HER body”. On another occasion when she was asked if she was going to attend the annual Pro-life March for Life event in Washington, she replied, “No! I would never attend that event.” I do not want Roe v. Wade overturned.” This is the pro-choice Libertarian speaking. Now, Lois is doing the old political spin that “I am personally opposed, but……” So let’s ask Lois, “but what???” What, that it is her choice? The next question I would ask would be, Choice to do what?????? Why do pro-abortion candidates stop when they say that they are pro-choice? Finish the sentence! If they won’t finish it, I will. The choice of the mother whether or not to kill her baby. They won’t say it simply because if you can actually hear someone saying that they want to legalize killing babies, it is not an acceptable point of view and it is not the Republican Party platform. But then Lois isn’t really a Republican.
    In Lois’s own words:
    “The in-your-face national LP Platform is a detriment to local candidates. Here in rural central Pennsylvania, where people still go to church and expect any respectable person to do the same, a campaign that made legalizing drugs and prostitution a priority would not be received well and would divert attention from other libertarian proposals and reforms I could propose and have a chance to implement.” Lois Kaneshiki
    http://www.freecolorado.com/2002/03/kaneshiki.html

    Now, this does not mean that Lois Kaneshiki does not support the Libertarian Party position to legalize drugs, it just means that she feels that letting people know she supports legalizing drugs is the problem and the reason she lost her bid for county commissioner in 1999 in Blair County. She lamented that the Libertarian Party platform defined her without her even opening her mouth. Well, maybe she did not open her mouth about the legalization of drugs and prostitution, but she did define herself in her status as a FOUNDER of the NO JAIL FOR POT organization. Yes, Lois is a founder of an organization that is a political advocacy group for the legalization of Drugs.
    (http://nojailforpot.com/founders.php)
    But Mrs.Kaneshiki defined herself even further when she actually put her money where her mouth wasn’t. She is a contributing member of a far left organization that advocates against mandatory minimums for criminals. (Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM). Child pedophiles, hijackers, child pornographers’ and murderers are among the vile criminal elements of our society that this group advocates for and will benefit from her financial and political support.
    (http://www.famm.org/)
    http://www.famm.org/Repository/Files/FGspring08FINAL.pdf

    This is Lois defining Lois…no, not in the spoken word, but in actions, in deeds, and on the internet cyber trail.
    Because she has posted comments on the internet that reveal her real political sentiments does not imply that Lois is stupid, not at all. She is well aware that these are not winning issues. Having the Libertarian, pro-choice, pot smoking, pedophiles waving signs in support of your candidacy does not fly in a area such as Blair County. Her experience in the commissioner’s race while being labeled appropriately as a Libertarian, does not a winner make. She learned her lesson too late for the commissioner’s race, and too late to undo the cyber trail she left behind. However she understood the concept of “guilt by association” and reversed the concept to give her “creditability by association”. People will tell you that they never questioned her position on issues…they just assumed that she was a social conservative by those she associated with. She spent more than a few years courting, unknowing conservative candidates, who in turn might help her, advance her political career when she decided to run. Effective, but deceptive. When challenged about it, she reluctantly admits to not supporting the overturn of Roe v. Wade, but she tries to minimize this by noting the conservatives that she has supported. Sorry, that is NOT PRO-LIFE…Pro-abortion is pro-abortion. She needs to be honest, Again in Lois’s own words,
    “The in-your-face national LP Platform is a detriment to local candidates. Here in rural central Pennsylvania, where people still go to church and expect any respectable person to do the same, a campaign that made legalizing drugs and prostitution a priority would not be received well and would divert attention from other libertarian proposals and reforms I could propose and have a chance to implement.”
    So, although Lois does not retreat from her core beliefs as a Libertarian, she retreats from the LABEL of Libertarian and is now registered as a Republican. As a Republican, she showed her political savvy and took the vacant leadership position as the president of the County Republican Party Woman’s Organization. No matter that she does not espouse Republican tenants…just keep your mouth closed about the “other issues” and enjoy the credibility of the established and successful political party in Blair County.
    This may seem like a thankless political position with few rewards, but Lois knew it would be just one vehicle she would need to repackage herself as a middle of the road candidate in the future. She used the office to invite candidates to speak from all political spectrums, thus ingratiating herself to any group or candidate that would help her advance her candidacy in the future. That was a smart but deceptive move. She invited and worked for pro-life candidates and then joined the Tea Party to add to her list of backers who were unaware of her real political beliefs and associations. None of these candidates who were associated with her need feel bad. They did not know her background then, but they do now. She even uses their names and the fact that she supported them as evidence that she is not a radical, yet her own words and actions prove otherwise. She is in a word, a chameleon…and a good one at that!
    In her own words again Lois writes an essay written to advance fellow Libertarians: (http://www.reformthelp.org/reformthelp/strategy/top/revolution.php)
    “Begin to build your credibility and reputation as a productive activist who cares about the community. You can build credibility even with people who don’t always agree with you. In fact, this is a necessary skill to cultivate to make you effective in any of your future political dealings. Lois Kaneshiki

    Look, Lois deserves the same right to run as any other candidate regardless of her views. I will say that Lois, who is a member of the Tea Party, needs to come clean about her Libertarian views and be honest…especially to the other members of the Tea Party who don’t know her real positions. Many will not want to be tarred with this radical candidate. The Tea Party is demanding transparency and honesty. Lois owes us that. Just unequivocally state what you are for. If you feel your views are worthwhile, then vigorously defend them, but don’t run from them. Even the Libertarians chastised you for running from their platform because it was not a winning platform. Libertarian writer, Ari Armstrong wrote an article quoting Lois Kaneshiki’s philosophy about her foray in to the political arena:
    “As the only political party within the libertarian movement, the LP’s primary function should be to get Libertarians elected to office that will implement libertarian reforms and gain political credibility with the general public.”
    This statement reflects Mrs. Kaneshiki’s view that getting elected is the more important goal of the Libertarian party, but not necessarily as a Libertarian. Getting into office will enable her to advance her Libertarian views.
    In his critique, Mr. Armstrong added, “Kaneshiki is exactly right on this point. (Getting elected) Unfortunately, she is quick to retreat (publically) from core Libertarian values in a false belief that doing so will help the LP (Libertarian Party) gain political success.”
    So Lois, indeed Mr. Armstrong is right about one thing, …….pick sides! Either be a Libertarian or a Republican. It’s just not ethical to try to be both. Be true to your core Libertarian beliefs. The last thing the “people” want is another dishonest, deceitful government official. After all, isn’t that what you are telling folks that we need to get rid of?
    This is not the kind of candidate that we want to throw out incumbents for.
    Know what your getting for your vote….it is your right.

    Footnote:
    Below is a partial list of the mandatory minimums for crimes that Lois Kaneshiki donated money to FAMM to OPPOSE!!!!

    http://www.famm.org/SearchResults.aspx?searchString=us+sentencing+guidelines
    STATUTE &
    U.S. SENTENCING GUIDELINES PROVISION DESCRIPTION OF CRIME YEAR CREATED MINIMUM
    PRISON SENTENCE
    IMMIGRATION, cont.
    8 USC § 1326(b)(3); § 2L1.2 Reentry of an alien removed on national security grounds 1996 10 years
    IDENTITY THEFT
    18 USC § 1028A(a)(1); § 2B1.6 Aggravated identity theft 2004 2 years
    18 USC § 1028A(a)(2); § 2B1.6 Aggravated identity theft in relation to any offense listed at 18 USC 2332b(g)(5)(B) (Federal Crime of Terrorism) 2004 5 years
    SEX OFFENSES/CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
    18 USC § 1591(b)(1); §§ 2G1.1, 2D2.1, 2G1.3 Sex trafficking of children under the age of 14 by force, fraud or coercion 2006 15 years
    18 USC § 1591(b)(2); §§ 2G1.1, 2D2.1, 2G1.3 Sex trafficking of children, over the age of 14 but below the age of 18, by force, fraud or coercion 2006 10 years
    18 USC § 2251A(a); § 2G2.3 Sale of a child by a parent or legal guardian for the purpose of sexual exploitation 2003 30 years
    18 USC § 2251A(b); § 2G2.3 Purchasing a child for the purpose of sexual exploitation 2003 30 years
    18 USC § 2241(c); § 2A3.1
    Engaging in a sexual act with a child under the age of 12, or engaging in a sexual act by force with a child who is above the age of 12, but under the age of 16
    – 1st offense
    – if offender has a prior child sex offense conviction

    2006
    1996

    30 years or life
    Life
    18 USC § 2250(c); § 2A3.6 Fails to register as a sex offender and commits a crime of violence 2006 5 years
    18 USC § 1466A(a); § 2G2.2 Production/possession/receipt/transport of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children
    – 1st offense
    – if offender has a prior child sex/porn offense conviction

    2003
    2003

    5 years
    15 years
    18 USC § 2251(a); § 2G2.1 Engaging in explicit conduct with a child for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct:
    – 1st offense
    – if offender has a prior child sex/porn offense conviction
    – if offender has 2+ prior child sex/porn offense convictions
    – if death results

    2003
    2003
    2003
    2006

    15 years
    25 years
    35 years
    30 years

    STATUTE &
    U.S. SENTENCING GUIDELINES PROVISION DESCRIPTION OF CRIME YEAR CREATED MINIMUM
    PRISON SENTENCE
    SEX OFFENSES/CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, cont.
    18 USC § 2251(b); § 2G2.1 Engagement in explicit conduct by a parent or legal guardian with a child for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct:
    – 1st offense
    – if offender has a prior child sex/porn offense conviction
    – if offender has 2+ prior child sex/porn offense convictions
    – if death results

    2003
    2003
    2003
    2006

    15 years
    25 years
    35 years
    30 years
    18 USC § 2251(c); §§ 2G2.1, 2G2.2 Enticing a minor to engage in explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct:
    – 1st offense
    – if offender has a prior child sex/porn offense conviction
    – if offender has 2+ prior child sex/porn offense convictions
    – if death results

    2003
    2003
    2003
    2006

    15 years
    25 years
    35 years
    30 years
    18 USC § 2251(d); § 2G2.2 Producing or publishing a notice or advertisement seeking or offering a visual depiction of a child engaging in an elicit sexual act:
    – 1st offense
    – if offender has a prior child sex/porn offense conviction
    – if offender has 2+ prior child sex/porn offense convictions
    – if death results

    2003
    2003
    2003
    2006

    15 years
    25 years
    35 years
    30 years
    18 USC § 2252(a)(1), (3); § 2G2.2 Knowing interstate transportation, shipment, selling, or possession with intent to sell visual depictions of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct
    – 1st offense
    – if offender has a prior child sex/porn offense conviction 1990

    5 years
    15 years
    18 USC § 2252(a)(2); § 2G2.2 Knowing receipt OR distribution of visual depictions of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct
    – 1st offense
    – if offender has a prior child sex/porn offense conviction

    2003
    2003

    5 years
    15 years

    STATUTE &
    U.S. SENTENCING GUIDELINES PROVISION DESCRIPTION OF CRIME YEAR CREATED MINIMUM
    PRISON SENTENCE
    SEX OFFENSES/CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, cont.
    18 USC § 2252(a)(4); § 2G2.2 1st offense, possession of visual depictions of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct

    2nd or subsequent offense, possession of visual depictions of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct
    – if offender has a prior child sex/porn offense conviction 1990

    2003 No mandatory minimum

    10 years
    18 USC § 2252A(a)(1)-(4),(6); § 2G2.2 Interstate receipt, transportation, reproduction, solicitation or advertising of, selling, or possessing with intent to sell child pornography
    – 1st offense
    – if offender has a prior child sex/porn offense conviction

    2003
    2003

    5 years
    15 years
    18 USC § 2252A(a)(5); § 2G2.2 1st offense, possession of child pornography

    2nd or subsequent offense, possession of child pornography
    – if offender has a prior child sex/porn offense conviction 1996

    2003 No mandatory minimum

    10 years
    18 USC § 2252A(g); § 2G2.2 Child exploitation enterprise 2006 20 years
    18 USC § 2257(i); § 2G2.5 Failure to keep records of sexually explicit depictions 1990 2 years
    18 USC § 2260(a); § 2G2.1 Use of a minor in the production of sexually explicit depictions of a minor for importation into the United States
    – 1st offense
    – if offender has a prior child sex/porn offense conviction
    – if offender has 2+ prior child sex/porn offense convictions
    – if death results 2006

    15 years
    25 years
    35 years
    30 years
    18 USC § 2260(b); § 2G2.2 Use of a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct with the intent of importing the visual depiction into the United States
    – 1st offense
    – if offender has a prior child sex/porn offense conviction
    – if offender has 2+ prior child sex/porn offense convictions
    – if death results 2006

    15 years
    25 years
    35 years
    30 years

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    Lois Kaneshiki
    Candidate for Republican State Committee

    Lois was a participant and proud speaker at the
    30-HOUR MARIJUANA SMOKE OUT
    On Saturday, July 15, 2000 in
    State College, PA
    This was an effort to gain the support to legalize the sale and use of MARIJUANA!!!
    The third annual 30-Hour Marijuana Smoke Out took place July 13- 16, 2000
    Lois Kaneshiki, Western Vice-Chair, Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania and Candidate for Blair County Commissioner in 1999 was a guest speaker for the Marijuana Smoke out.
    THIS IS NOT Republican FAMILY VALUES!!!!!

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      If Lois sees this, I’ll let her respond.

      BTW, we like Libertarians here. And kindly tone down the rhetoric, we also like facts and calm discussion among Conservatives and Libertarians. We leave the flaming for the libs.

      • http://thecurrent9171787.blogspot.com/ John Carey

        The establishment strikes back…wow.

        • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

          So it would seem. Lois did say she had some detractors. I usually don’t publish these long histrionic comments. I usually make mad libs out of them.

  • http://lonelyconservative.com Lonely Conservative

    Great interview. Soon I’ll have a little more time on my hands to get involved at the local level.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks! I wish I had time. With blogging, I can do it whenever I can get a few minutes. Otherwise, my life is thinly organized chaos.

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  • http://thecurrent9171787.blogspot.com/ John Carey

    That was an extremely informative and excellent interview Matt. Great job! I learned a long time ago in a small town in Missouri how dirty local politics were. But she is so correct about taking the party back at the local level first. I’m convinced that each of us has a role to play. Like you said, from the bloggers attacking from the outside to the tea party movement with boots on the ground attack on the inside; both working together and both supporting each other.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      There are so many of us, and we all bring something to the table. It’s great to recognize everyone’s contributions and give some support.

      Great comment, John.

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  • http://www.BringthePartytothePeople.org Lois Kaneshiki

    Wow, it is really flattering that Beth seems to follow me wherever I go on the Internet! I know she has a life, really!

    I have never denied I am a libertarian in philosophy. On the other hand, people have different definitions and impressions of what it means to be “libertarian,” so stating such does not clarify all of ones positions on the issues.

    Personally I believe, as do the vast majority of Republicans, that government has become far to big, far too expensive, and far too intrusive in our lives. I am committed to working with Republicans to reduce the size of government and increase our ability to be self-governing, responsible citizens.

    Personally I am a social conservative. However, I do not necessarily agree that government should get involved in these issues, because I see them as private, personal issues that fall outside of the domain of government. That is my opinion. I do not choose to pick a fight with social conservatives in my party over them, because I wish to work together on those issues we can agree upon. Imagine that, working together on what we AGREE UPON instead of infighting…

    I understand and appreciate that some Republicans are fully committed to the social issues and make that their primary focus. Again, I defend their right to do so and I wish them well in the voluntary sector.

    I am currently focused on getting people to focus on actions that will make a difference instead of the constant bickering and banging of heads against the wall. Been there, done that. It gets old after a while, and there is plenty of real work to be done to save our country, if in fact it can be saved.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks for clarifying, Lois. I mirror some of those same ideas. I look at any attempt to regulate behavior or belief through the prism of how that may one day be abused. If you give the government power, it WILL abuse it at some point. We need to look no further than what is going on right now to see that. We cannot give Fedzilla more power. Period.

      I know this comment is going to raise questions, but it might lead to a good discussion.

  • http://www.amusingbunni.blogspot.com Bunni

    Love your interview, Matt. Great stuff.
    You are SO right, all politics ARE local.
    That’s how the obamanation was foisted on us in the lst place. He rose thru the ranks in the most corrupt political machine in the nation.
    Thanks for your reporting.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      You ought to know, Bunni. You’re in the belly of the beast.

      Thanks for the kind words!

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  • http://mksviews.wordpress.com/ MK

    Hope it works out, the very future of your nation rests on the outcome.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      That’s the understatement of the year my friend!

  • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

    Wow, what a long comment by Beth.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Considering that I didn’t use Lois’s name in the post title, or used it as a tag, Beth had do some looking to find all of this.