Cognitive Dissonance Part II: A Wrench in the Indoctrination Machine

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In the post on Cognitive Dissonance, I talked about the methods used by the left to indoctrinate youth, and then keep them indoctrinated by controlling the flow of information.  Now is the time to target one part of that apparatus, and throw a wrench into its works.  Education might be a great place to start.

I say this because to achieve their planned “utopia,” the left must indoctrinate everyone.  Socialism, Fascism, and “Progressivism,” while all somewhat different in scope and application, are closely related in that they are totalitarian in nature.  The State takes on the role as final arbiter of all human activities.  To maintain such a level of control, the population must be fed a constant stream of propaganda.  Schools must become the engines of indoctrination.  Crises must be created and sustained.  Scapegoats must be identified and punished.  The state’s miscues must be covered-up, and it’s accomplishments embellished (or even fabricated).

This propaganda must start at the earliest possible age, hence the government’s interest in universal preschool.    In that setting, songs, stories, games, rewards, and chastisement are all parts of the indoctrination process.  I remember hearing stories about Castro’s Cuba that goes along those lines.  For example, school children are instructed to close their eyes and pray to Jesus for candy.  Of course, there is no candy when the children open their eyes.  Then, the children are instructed to close their eyes and pray to Castro for candy.  While the children were “praying,” they teachers went through the room and put a piece of candy on each desk.  The message is obvious; there is no God other than the state, or “Dear Leader.”

These efforts continue throughout a child’s “educational” experience.  As children grow older, student clubs and after school programs are pushed, or even mandated.  Special observances and “days” are required.  Participation is either required, or dissents are punished and branded as being filled with “hate.”  Peer pressure, grades, and rewards are used to increase compliance and punish dissent.  At every step of the process, government or party sponsored ideas are pushed.  Children are required to regurgitate them, or even act in ways that “prove” their allegiance to the party or State.  Even at Universities, students end up being required to espouse the approved ideology of the state in order to advance or graduate, usually so they can become indoctrinators themselves.

All through the citizen’s life, the propaganda is tailored to obtain the maximum effect.  Motion pictures, television, radio, and print are all run by the state or by those that are ideologically allied with it.  Dissidents or outside entities are always “conspiring” to harm, or even kill the people.  “Evil” entities are trying to poison the water, sabotage the food supply, keep people poor, starve children, kill elderly, make them or keep them sick, and so on.  (Ironically, this is often what the State is doing to the people, but blaming an ideological enemy is very convenient as a cover-up.)   On the other hand, the State, or the leader, is held up as the heroic champion of the people, protecting them from the “evils” of the world.

And what of the purveyors of that freedom?  They are punished, or in some cases killed outright.  In this country, they are identified, labeled, and subjected to Alinsky style attacks on their families, jobs, reputations, and so on.  In the “progressive” utopia, “tolerance and diversity” only apply to the “progressives.”  All other ideas are classified as “hate.”

In the end, cut off from the rest of the world, or from any other sources of information, the people end up swallowing the state sponsored version of reality, and most become compliant “sheeple.”   Those that have a notion that something is wrong stay silent, as the punishments for dissent (or even questioning the state) are often not worth the risk.  Also, with the state controlling the flow of information, people that suspect that all is not well are isolated, never knowing facts that prove their mistrust, or even that there are others that believe as they do.  In total isolation, these people do not represent a significant threat to the state, and can easily be dealt with on a singular basis if they speak out.

If you are seeing some parallels to 21st century America, you are not alone.  Some of the efforts are slightly different, but the effect is the same.  From cradle to grave, we the people are being bombarded daily by the MSM with messages that run counter to not only the philosophy of the founders, but reality itself.  Kindly remember the words of John Dewey:

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Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone is interdependent.”

If one wants complete power and control- not just politically, but over the very minds of the people, dissent simply cannot be allowed in any form.  Other ideas pollute the body politic and cause the system collapse under the weight of its own failure and deceit.  Once the Soviet Union finally started to allow their people to speak freely (to an extent) it collapsed within a few years.  Most of their satellite nations fell first.  Totalitarianism, no matter its “brand,” requires extensive force and control to work.  If people have open access to information, and the ability to speak out and share that information, the lies, corruption, and failures of the state become apparent.  To a great degree, totalitarianism, whether branded as communism, fascism, socialism, or “progressivism,” is a fairy tale based on a lie, and the citizens are forced to play a role.  Once exposed to reality, however, the fairy tale becomes just that, and enough people quit playing along to cause the system to fail.

That, my friends, is the fatal flaw of any totalitarian system, including “progressivism.”  Free information, free speech, the ability to broadcast and share that information all combine to make the totalitarian state fall like the house of cards that it is.  This is also why the “progressives”  have not been completely successful in subverting the Constitution.  They can indoctrinate in the schools all they want, and they can distort and selectively cover the news to their heart’s desire, but as long as people have access to information and can freely discuss their views, the indoctrination fails.  When people can see reality, and join together to discuss and act upon it, reality wins every time.

While we have been able to slow the progressives, they are still creeping ahead incrementally.  Each succeeding generation of children is more and more left leaning.  Conservatism is being watered down, and knowledge of the founding principles of this country is being lost.  More and more people haven’t the ability to recognize reality, even when they are personally affected by the negative consequences of “progressive” policies.  (That would seem to be the intent.)  We are seeing parents, who were indoctrinated, not knowing, or caring, that their children are being indoctrinated.  Sadly, we will eventually reach a tipping point at which there will be a critical mass of indoctrinated people that will finally give away our freedoms.  It may not happen soon, it might be decades from now, but we owe it to future generations to simply not be content to slow “progressivism,” but to stop it and reverse the damage done to our Republic.

So where do we go from here?  In my last post, I discussed some general recommendations on using cognitive dissonance.  For this post, I wanted to expand on some of the original ideas, and address the kids.  They are simply the most vulnerable, and are more easily indoctrinated.  That, and the indoctrination machine already has them.  So, here we go…

  1. There are some Conservative Children’s books out there.  These are easily found on line; here and here, for example.
  2. There are also Conservative Coloring books out there.  Google will help you find them.
  3. If there are any Conservative artists out there, if you would consider drawing some coloring sheets that could be released for free, that would be great. (Since my artistic ability ends at stick figures, I am of little help on this one).
  4. We also need some children’s books and coloring sheets about the AGW fraud. (For example, the left shows kids pictures of polar bears on a small piece of ice.  The ideas is that the bears will die. What if we were to tell them that the bears can swim for 100 miles?)
  5. If there are some folks out there with some professional video skills, some videos for the kids might be good.
  6. Board games might be made to reflect Conservative, free market ideas.
  7. As we locate more and more of these resources, share them.  If you are a Conservative parent, you are likely already teaching your children these things.  While that is great, we need to expand the audience.  So we need to get this out to other children, as many as possible.

Remember, the left has to indoctrinate everyone for “progressivism” to work.  We are not limited in that way.  Our beliefs are based on reality, so what people see and hear will prove us right.  The truth allows one to tolerate dissent – covering up for a lie does not.   If we make a greater effort to expose kids to the real world, many will be saved from indoctrination.  Others will not, but most the one’s that don’t wake up are likely to be less effective, as they will be conflicted and a bit more confused, as what they see will not match what they’ve been taught.   Still others will never see the truth, no matter the consequences or reality.  Let them go, there’s little that anyone can do for them.  Just don’t let them have power of any kind.

I think if we can do this, we can make billions in education (indoctrination) funding irrelevant.  Even those that do not recognize reality will be confused and disheartened, making them less effective “drones” in the progressive utopia.

Please add your suggestions.  I am basically calling for a “Counter-Revolution” in terms of the indoctrination of our children.  We have to do better at counteracting it.  Not just for our own kids, but the children of our friends, neighbors, and relatives as well.   There are Conservative kids out there fighting the good fight. They fighting against overwhelming opposition, so anything that can help them would be a benefit.  So, if you know of other resources, or you are able to help in some way, leave a comment.  I will be making a resource page for this effort, so anything that you think is helpful would be most welcome.

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Greatest Hits: I am an American

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I am an American.

I do not believe God tells me to kill all who do not believe in him.

I am an American.

I do not want my government to take my property, the fruit of my labors in order that it might redistribute it to those too lazy to work.

I am an American.

I want the borders of my country secure, so that those who truly want to be here and truly have something to contribute to my country will be welcome.

I am an American.

I do not wish to meddle in the affairs of other countries, except where it directly threatens the safety and security of my country.

I am an American.

I do not want my government interjecting itself into the affairs of private enterprise.

I am an American.

I do not want my government to tell me how to raise my children, or what to feed them.

I am an American.

I do not want my public schools to preach socialism, Communism, Marxism, totalitarianism or any other “ism” save for American-ism to my children. It is about time that we started recognizing our own culture for a change.

I am an American.

I want my children to be able to pray in school.

I am an American.

I do not want my children to have to pay for the excesses and out of control spending brought about by our current pack of politicians.

I am an American.

I want my elected leaders to read, understand and follow the Constitution of the United States of America; to the letter.

I am an American.

I do not want to have to pay 4, 5 or more dollars a gallon for gasoline because some government bureaucrat thinks we need to save the planet.

I am an American.

I do not want my evening news program to give me its slant on the news, even if that slant is one I agree with or not. Just report what happens and let me decide what I think.

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I am an American.

I want my elected leaders to be held to a responsible, reasonable, efficient budget because in my everyday life, I can only spend what I bring in, so they should as well.

I am an American.

I do not want my government to tell me that I no longer have the right to bear arms for the safety and security of my home and family.

I am an American.

I want to know that marriage is between one man and one woman. Everything else is a civil union, and those couples should receive the same rights and benefits afforded to married couples.

I am an American.

I believe that when it says our Creator granted us the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that it should extend to ALL Americans; even unborn babies.

I am an American.

I feel that decisions have consequences and that our country would be vastly improved and better off if everyone had to be responsible for their own decisions.

I am an American.

I believe that you have the right to stand up and say whatever you want. And I believe this because so many before us have sacrificed life and limb to give us all that right.

I am an American.

I also believe that if I think there is something wrong with my government, or elected leaders that I can change that at the ballot box, or through speaking out, or by any number of ways protected to me by the 1st Amendment. I do not wish to use violent means, but I will not surrender the safety and security of my family because a politician says I cannot own a firearm.

I am an American.

I believe that God put me in the greatest country on his green earth, and that I want my children to have better, more and bigger opportunities that I have had.

I am an American – and a damn proud one at that.

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This Boy Wonder Is Building The Conservative Answer To MoveOn.org In An Illinois Garage

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Charlie Kirk, a new breed of GOP?

Hat/Tip to IOTWReport.com and Julie Bykowicz at Bloomberg Politics.

Maybe there is hope for the GOP after all.


 

Charlie Kirk was just about to leave the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa when he spotted the multimillionaire investor Foster Friess in a stairwell. Kirk, who was 18 and fresh out of high school, had spent weeks memorizing the names and faces of the top 25 Republican political donors in case he found himself in just such a situation. He grabbed Friess into a handshake, took a nervous breath, and began his elevator pitch. Instead of going to college, he wanted to start a grass-roots organization to rival liberal groups such as MoveOn.org, which offer Democratic candidates a standing army of volunteer activists. All he needed, Kirk told Friess, was cash. Friess, who’d just blown $2.1 million on a failed quest to help Rick Santorum win the GOP presidential nomination, handed over his business card. Three weeks later, Kirk had a five-figure check. “He impressed me with his capacity to lead, intelligence, and love for America,” Friess says. “I instantly knew I wanted to support him.”

In the three years since, Kirk—who still sleeps in his childhood bedroom in Wheeling, Ill.—has built his organization, Turning Point USA, into the go-to group for reaching young conservatives. It has a presence on 800 college campuses, where fieldworkers hand out posters and collect e-mail addresses. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February, the group hosted an event featuring Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, who have each since announced they’re running for president. On May 8, Paul was scheduled to speak at a Turning Point rally at Arizona State University, and Carly Fiorina is on deck to speak in June at a Turning Point conference for women in Chicago. Kirk says he’s met candidate Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is considering a presidential run.

Kirk’s circle of financial backers has expanded to include Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner; Montana-based technology entrepreneur Greg Gianforte, a donor to Christian causes; and Mike Miller, a suburban Chicago jeweler who’s given Turning Point $50,000. Kirk says he’s raised $1 million since January. (Because Turning Point is organized as a nonprofit advocacy group, it doesn’t have to disclose its full donor list or budget.) During the CPAC convention, Friess and Miller entertained 100 Turning Point activists over dinner at Washington’s Metropolitan Club. Kirk, Friess says, “is the ultimate role model for us all.”

Turning Point LogoTurning Point displays at campus fairs are filled with colorful posters that cheer capitalism and boo big government. The most popular one right now spells out LOL, with the “O” styled after President Obama’s iconic campaign logo. The group’s field activists approach their duties with evangelical passion. When they reel in a curious student, out comes an electronic tablet with a questionnaire. “Where do you think the most cuts should be made in the budget?” asks one multiple-choice question. The options include defense, social programs, health care, environment, or “government itself.” The survey concludes with a place for respondents to list their name, graduation year, and e-mail address.

Attracting interest is easy on campuses such as Texas Christian University. In April, Turning Point’s Texas field coordinator Stephanie Conway, who moved to Dallas after graduating from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2014, set up a display in the student union. Dressed in a Turning Point T-shirt that read “Big Government Sucks,” she asked passersby, “Hey, who wants to talk about the debt?” A surprising number of people bit, popping out their earbuds long enough to listen. “People love our message,” she says. “We’re giving them something to think about—like, hey, maybe government is too big, maybe we shouldn’t have this huge federal debt—that they probably haven’t ever heard before in a college setting.”

Conway’s team deployed heavier-duty tactics at the University of Texas at Arlington, a larger campus that’s less right-leaning than Texas Christian.

A staffer offered cupcakes: “These represent the federal debt. Take your share.” Others manning a dunk tank shouted carnival barker lines. “You can just go right up to the tank and push the lever,” said one, Tyler Bowyer. “There are no rules! Just like the federal government!”

The group’s paid workers are each supposed to make at least 1,500 student contacts per semester. About 20,000 people have attended a Turning Point event, posted on social media, or volunteered for the group’s events, Kirk says. Turning Point also registers voters in states that will be critical in 2016, including Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio. In April the group registered 1,030 voters in Florida—30 more than the goal, says national field director Crystal Clanton.

Turning Point’s headquarters have moved out of Kirk’s parents’ house in Wheeling and into a garage in Lemont, southwest of Chicago. (“Apple and Amway also started in garages, so we’re in really good company,” Kirk says.) Behind the scenes, Bill Montgomery, a 74-year-old former restaurateur, handles paperwork—“the old guy who keeps it all legal,” says Montgomery, who met Kirk in 2012 at a panel discussion on politics at Benedictine College. The young man gave a speech that was “practically Reaganesque,” Montgomery says. An Eagle Scout who played saxophone and baseball, Kirk gained national attention for an essay he wrote for the conservative Breitbart website about liberal bias in high school textbooks, which led to an appearance on Fox Business. With Montgomery urging him to dive into full-time political activism, Kirk traveled to Tampa, leading to his fateful chat with Friess.

Turning Point remains tiny compared with MoveOn, which has about 8 million members. MoveOn started in 1998 with an e-mail campaign asking people to sign a petition demanding that Congress censure President Bill Clinton and “move on” after the Monica Lewinsky scandal. MoveOn’s success using the Internet to organize Democratic voters paved the way for Obama’s 2008 campaign, a model Hillary Clinton is trying to replicate in her 2016 bid.

Republicans haven’t come close to matching that organizational muscle, Kirk says.

When he pitches donors on Turning Point, he cheerfully describes it as “the MoveOn of the Right.” Now 21, he says it’s helpful to have an example to follow. “I don’t think I agree with them on a single issue,” he says. “But I have nothing but respect for how successful they’ve been.”

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CJ Is At It Again: This Time He Tackles Hillary

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CJ Pearson, Young Conservative Activist

Hat/Tip to Steven Ahle at Red Statements.

This is a very outspoken young American, and as reported here, he makes no bones on his feelings for President Obama.

Known for his Youtube videos and his work in Georgia state politics, young CJ Pearson is fast making quite a name for himself. This time, he tackles the issue of a Hillary Clinton presidency.

Twelve year old CJ Pearson, who is known for his classic video on why Obama hates America has now made a new video chastising Hillary Clinton and her lack of accomplishments and her narcissistic attitude.  This kid has a brilliant future ahead of him.  At 12 , he makes more sense and is more articulate than many of the adults I know.

Here is his take down of Hillary:


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More Facebook Fascism: C.J. Pearson, The 12 Year Old Who Took Obama To Task About His Patriotism Has His Facebook Page Pulled

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Hat/Tip to Nickarama at WeaselZippers.

We reported here on Conservative Hideout 2.0 about young, Conservative sensation, C.J. Pearson of Georgia. He’s 12 years old going on 35 and has more common sense in his little finger than our president does in his whole body, PLUS Michelle’s.

But it seems as if the left in general and Facebook in particular can’t help themselves, because they are going after an underage kid in their fervor to stick their collective noses just a little farther up Obama’s backside.

Kudos to the censors over at Facebook. You just shut down a child’s Facebook page. Nice. He’s trying to help his country and whether you agree with him or not (which obviously you don’t), unless he’s advocating violence or illegal activities, then you are being a bully. A Fascist Bully.

Congratulations, Zuck!

Here is C.J.’s Youtube video that went viral:

Nickarama from WeaselZippers was spot on with what he said:

We thought he would face challenges, just not quite so soon. CJ is learning, at a very young age, being conservative means you will face media suppression and attack.

On Friday, C.J. Pearson, a 12-year-old conservative from Georgia who posted a viral video supporting Rudy Giuliani, discovered that his personal Facebookpage was locked. In an exclusive interview with Examiner.com on Saturday, Pearson said he received a message from someone about 6 a.m. Friday. That’s when he learned his account and page had been locked for “suspicious activity.”

He jumped through all of Facebook’s hoops, but wasn’t able to recover his account. So he created a new profile to take its place. His public page was not affected, he said, however, he can no longer administer the page. Fortunately, he said, a friend is helping post links to that page.

As is so often the case in these situations, Facebook did not respond to his requests for help. Nor would they tell him what the alleged suspicious activity was. We reached out to Facebook, but the social media giant has so far refused to respond to our request for comments.

Pearson said he is working on legislation to lower the age of those serving in the state House and Senate. The legislation, which is set to be the subject of a hearing on Monday, would lower the age of House members from 21 to 18, and lower the age of state Senators from 25 to 21. Pearson said he was using Facebook to line up witnesses for the hearing, but Facebook’s actions have made that more difficult. He can’t read any messages sent to his old profile and the old page doesn’t show up.

Yes, the thugs at Facebook are keeping the interwebz safe from us, evil Conservatives…

This is not the first time Facebook has blocked Conservatives for questionable reasons. In March 2013, for example, Facebook banned Florida blogger Diane Sori for 30 days over something she never posted. As we have reported many times, Facebook has banned Conservatives for clicking “like” or simply saying “thank you.” Conservative pages have also been targeted and shut down for questionable reasons while other pages have been allowed to flourish. As we reported last May, articles mentioning Islam were falsely flagged as “unsafe” and pages critical of Islam have been removed over false claims of inappropriate material.

Read the full story here.

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12 Year Old Black Middle School Student Makes More Sense Than Our President

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12 Year Old C.J. Pearson, Executive Director of Young Georgians In Government

Hat/Tip to BFH at IOTWReport.com and Olaf Ekberg at The American Mirror.

You’ve got to admire this young man. He is firm in his beliefs, his love of country and his method of addressing America’s woes.

President Obama may enjoy the approval of 84% of blacks, but don’t count CJ Pearson among them.

Pearson, a 12-year-old middle school student in Georgia, has more informed opinions than many adults.

The student posted a YouTube video yesterday in which he seeks to “applaud Mayor Rudy Giuliani for his comments about President Barack Obama.”

“Here’s the truth of the matter: I don’t want to be politically correct. I don’t care about being politically correct at this point.

“President Obama, You don’t love America. If you really did love America, you would call ISIS what it really is: an assault on Christianity, an assault on America and downright hate for the American values that our country holds. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion and every single thing that our country stands for.”

He adds, “I hope that one day people will get enough guts to speak out against your downright hatred for this nation.”

Referring to ISIS, he said, “When they kill innocent Americans that have done no wrong except report on what is their constitutional right as journalists and you do nothing about it, you don’t care about their lives. You could care less!

“But here’s what you need to realize: here in America, we don’t back down to terrorists. We fight them on their own battleground and we annihilate them till the very end.

“Here in America, we don’t allow the government to take away what we work for but we continue to work harder so that we may continue to succeed.”

Pearson is executive director of a group called “Young Georgians in Government.”

His Facebook page says he is “committed to fighting for conservative principles and engaging young people in the political process.”

“Most young people really don’t have an interest in government or politics, but we need to peak that interest, we need to make sure that they know, the decisions politicians make are going to affect them,” the student told ABC 6 in a profile story last December.

Check out this video and listen to what he has to say…


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Top 30 Hollywood Conservative Celebrities: A Newsmax List

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Actor and Director Clint Eastwood motions to a chair that represents President Barack Obama during his speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa on August 30, 2012. (Matthew Healey/UPI/Landov, file)

Hat/Tip to John Blosser at Newsmax.

The days of Hollywood reflecting everyday America’s patriotism are long gone. Yes, gone are the stars who proudly served their country and then came home and made movies which also served America’s interests. Gone are names like Jimmy Stewart, Ernest Borgnine, James Arness, Richard Attenborough, Steve McQueen, Alan Ladd, Lorne Greene, Peter Graves, Eddie Albert, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable and even Elvis Presley.

No, now Hollywood is the safe haven for ultra liberals who make money by selling their world view of what America is supposedly about. Now we have names like Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Alec Baldwin and Janeane Garofalo, to name but a few.

Well Newsmax is hitting back with their top 30 Hollywood Celebrities who are unabashedly Conservative. Here is the list in it’s entirety:

1. Clint Eastwood – Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood kicked off a firestorm of liberal criticism with his latest production, “American Sniper.” But Eastwood’s conservative credentials go well beyond mere movies. At the 2012 Republican Convention, Eastwood famously and critically addressed an empty chair representing candidate Barack Obama and supported GOP candidate Mitt Romney. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Eastwood, 84, once said, “I became more of a libertarian. Let’s leave everybody alone, quit screwing with everybody and don’t over-regulate.”

2. Shannen Doherty – “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Charmed” star Shannen Doherty once termed herself a “conservative” who was an “avid” supporter of Ronald Reagan, and commented, “I realize that the majority of people in the entertainment business happen to be Democrats. I have no problem with that. And they should have no problem with the fact that I’m a Republican.”

3. Robert Downey Jr.
– Star of the “Iron Man” and “Sherlock Holmes” franchises, Robert Downey Jr. is an avowed conservative who told The New York Times in 2009, “I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal.”

4. Melissa Joan Hart – Actress Melissa Joan Hart, star of “Sabrina The Teenage Witch,” says that when she supported Mitt Romney, “I got called every name in the book. It schooled me in the fact that you just don’t talk about politics in Hollywood. It is sort of like a blacklist. It’s a little scary.”

5. Kelsey Grammer
– “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer backed Rudy Giuliani for mayor of New York and founded the now-defunct RightNetwork, a conservative entertainment company. The actor told Jay Leno during a 2012 appearance that he believes he did not receive an Oscar nomination because “I’m a declared out-of-the-closet Republican in Hollywood.”

6. Victoria Jackson – “Saturday Night Live” alumna Victoria Jackson is a very active conservative who supported the presidential candidacies of Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann. She once described her beliefs to Politico as “pro-life, less government, strong military.”

7. Dennis Miller – Former “SNL” star Dennis Miller converted from being a Democrat to becoming a well-known conservative pundit with his own daily radio talk show and regular appearances on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.”

8. Rob Schneider – Comic Rob Schneider has expressed admiration for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. The California resident once reportedly said, “I’ve been a lifelong Democrat and I have to switch over because it no longer serves the people of this great state.”

9. Patricia Heaton – Christian pro-lifer Patricia Heaton from “Everybody Loves Raymond” publicly took Rush Limbaugh’s side in blasting Sandra Fluke over free birth control. She campaigned for the McCain/Palin ticket in 2008 and the Romney/Ryan ticket in 2012.

10. Angie Harmon – “Law and Order” and “Rizzoli and Isles” star Angie Harmon is no fan of Barack Obama. “I’m just not crazy about what he’s doing,” she said in 2009, according to Fox News. “I do think (Sen. John) McCain would have done a better job.”

She also admires former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. When she “came out” as a Republican, Harmon, who considers herself a “liberal Republican,” was heavily criticized. “Call it naïveté or stupidity, but I didn’t know that unless you are a Democrat, you aren’t allowed to talk politics in Hollywood,” she said in the September 2013 issue of More magazine.

She also addressed the Republican Convention in 2004.

11. Jerry Bruckheimer – Producer of the “CSI” series and a host of movies such as “Blackhawk Down,” Jerry Bruckheimer has supported Republican candidates and told Sean Hannity it has not hurt him in Hollywood. “It is always about the work and if you do good work, people will honor you and work with you again. It is never about your politics.”

12. Vince Vaughn – “Wedding Crashers” star Vince Vaughn was an avid supporter of libertarian Ron Paul’s presidential candidacies in 2008 and 2012.

“I’ve always been, you know, more conservative than not,” he told Adam Carolla in a 2013 interview.

13. Tom Selleck – “Magnum P.I.” star Tom Selleck endorsed Sen. John McCain for president in 2008 and is a board member of the National Rifle Association

“It’s not that conservatives don’t care,” Selleck said. “We do. We just have different answers than liberals do. It’s a difference of the mind, not of the heart.”

14. James Woods – Award-winning actor James Woods once said, “I think Barack Obama is a threat to the integrity and future of the Republic. This President is a true abomination.” Woods has taken to Twitter on many occasions with a stream of conservative postings, adding, “I don’t expect to work again.”

15. Jon Voight – Actor Jon Voight switched from liberal to conservative and has said in the past that “economically, we’re headed for disaster. And politically, philosophically, we’ve been raided in the United States by the left.” 

16. Gary Sinise – A major supporter of the military, Gary Sinise has traveled to entertain U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Europe, Asia, and Guantanamo Bay, and started the Gary Sinese Foundation to help America’s military members and families. The “Forrest Gump” star also is a founding member of Friends of Abe, a Hollywood conservative group.

17. Bruce Willis – “Die Hard” star Bruce Willis denies the label “Republican,” claiming to dislike both parties, but has espoused conservative ideals, including opposing gun control and blasting the 75 percent French “millionaire’s tax.”

“I think that you can’t start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it’s all going to become undone,” Willis said in a 2013 interview, according to Last Resistance.

18. Adam Sandler – Funnyman Adam Sandler is a registered Republican and once donated $2,100 to Rudy Giuliani’s campaign for president. He also performed at the 2004 Republican Convention.

19. Chuck Norris
– Tough guy actor Chuck Norris of “Walker, Texas Ranger” fame is a committed Christian who supported GOP candidate Mike Huckabee in 2008 and regularly writes conservative columns for World Net Daily. In 2012, Norris recorded a video aimed at evangelicals urging them to vote against Obama.

20. Gerald Molen – “Schindler’s List” producer Gerald Molen supported Romney over Obama and once told IndieWire, “I’ve always been basically a fiscal conservative. Today, those on the right have a tendency to hide their politics because the left is vindictive.”

21. Stacy Dash
– “Clueless” star Stacy Dash was widely blasted when she voiced her support for Mitt Romney over Obama, posting on Twitter, “Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future.” Dash’s conservative leanings led her to sign on as a Fox News contributor last year.

22. Robert Duvall – “The Godfather” and “The Judge” star Robert Duvall backed Mitt Romney in 2012 and narrated a video for the Republican National Convention in 2008. He also raised $800,000 for Romney and appeared on stage with Sarah Palin and John McCain at a New Mexico rally.

23. Gene Simmons – “Kiss” rocker Gene Simmons publicly supported Mitt Romney in 2012.

“The 1 percent provides all the jobs for everybody else. If the one percent didn’t exist, there would be chaos and the American economy would drop dead. I don’t remember the last poor person who gave me a job,” he told The San Diego Union-Tribune in a July 2014 interview.

He’s also said of Obama, “I think that our president is not being a leader.”

24. Dwayne Johnson – Wrestling and acting star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson performed at the 2000 Republican Convention, expressed admiration for President Reagan, and said he hopes for a political career when his acting days are done.

25. LL Cool J – Rapper LL Cool J backed former GOP New York Gov. George Pataki in 2002 and attended the Republican Convention in 2004, where he supported Sen. John McCain.

26. Arnold Schwarzenegger – “Terminator” star and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger served two terms as the governor of California. Describing himself as a fiscal conservative and a social moderate, his pro-choice abortion stance and support for gun control and stem cell research made some conservatives uncomfortable with the GOP governor.

27. Sylvester Stallone – “Rambo” and “Rocky” franchise star Sylvester Stallone has long been regarded as a hardcore conservative, announcing his support for McCain in 2008. He’s a registered Republican, although his strong advocacy for gun control earned him a place on the NRA’s “enemy list.”

28. Pat Boone – Longtime singer and one-time teen idol Pat Boone, well known as a conservative Christian, has called Obama a “Marxist” and insists that the president is a Kenyan-born Muslim. He campaigned for Ronald Reagan and recorded voter drive messages for McCain in 2008. In 2011, Boone received a lifetime achievement award from the Conservative Political Action Conference.

29. James Caan – “The Godfather” star James Caan told Fox News in 2010, “I’m an ultra conservative. I’m not a GD Hollywood liberal. I’m not.” He has said he is a fan of Fox News and only watches Bill O’Reilly. He once told Larry King, “I am, at the present time . . . a conservative.”

30. Susan Lucci – “All My Children” soap star Susan Lucci is one of Hollywood’s outspoken conservatives. A registered Republican, Lucci held fundraising events for New York City GOP Mayor Rudy Giuliani. However, she also is a converted supporter of LGBT rights, since her daughter, Bianca, came out as gay in 2000. 

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Dems Reveal The Playbook They Will Use Against Their Biggest Threat: SCOTT WALKER

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Hat/Tip to BFH at IOTWReport.com.

No big surprise here, they plan on using the race card…

Progressives believe that winning can come only from dividing, from alienating and isolating non-mainstream groups. There is no “America” in this view, just racial categories, special interests, and economic classes, all of which are interchangeable levers to be plugged in when necessary for electoral victory. It’s Marxian in its spirit, less about an American people than narrowly self-interested splinters that can be manipulated by a ruling elite.

Sadly, this is a view that can only feed on itself. It has no room to grow, no ability to see beyond its self-imposed limits. It cannot provide an optimistic view of the future, because it cannot see how to transcend the divisions it reifies (and celebrates) to engender something larger.

Ultimately, this is because the progressive vision does not embrace freedom at its core, but rather the technocratic imposition of expertise. There is no real role for the American citizen, other than as the bill payer for socially transformative programs (all of which must be defended without question) and the electoral source of legitimacy for the elites, to whom he turns over the keys to society.

Conservatives, however, ignore the genius of the progressive strategy at their peril. Progressives pretend to defend a united American society while portraying anyone truly interested in empowering citizens as a threat to the larger community as well as to minorities, the working class, pro-choicers, etc.

The GOP regularly falls into the trap of letting the progressive Democrats define the national conversation and then trying to claw its way back to parity. Scott Walker should not make the same mistake.

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of this Slate article, “Divide and Conquer,” byJamelle Bouie. He has done the GOP a favor by revealing the Democratic party’s strategic plan for defeating Scott Walker in 2016: smearing him as a “divisive” candidate who will send dog whistles to his white supporters and seek to run the table with the still-majority white voters to win the White House.

Read the full story here.

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Rubio Moving Close To Decision On Presidential Run

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Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL mulls possible 2016 Presidential run

Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

Things could get interesting between Rubio and Jeb Bush in the coming months.

Rubio is going to run. Update to a previous story.

Via Miami Herald

Sen. Marco Rubio says he’s moving closer to a decision on whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination, but he’s not there yet.

Rubio tells National Public Radio “this is not a gut decision.”

He also says in an interview broadcast Thursday that he doesn’t have a “date in mind or a time frame in mind” for making his decision, “but certainly soon.”

Rubio, a Florida conservative, says he has “tremendous respect” for former Gov. Jeb Bush, who already has announced formation of an exploratory committee. He says that if Bush gets into the race, “he’ll be a very credible candidate.”

He says the two know a lot of the same people, but adds that “it’s not unprecedented” for two people from the same state to run for president.

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Scott Walker 2016?

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Hat/Tip to Matt Vespa at TownHall.com.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is looking stronger and stronger as a possible 2016 GOP Presidential candidate.

Scott Walker appears to be unbeatable. He’s won in a purplish state three times (2010, 2012, and 2014), humiliating labor unions, accruing the support of conservatives, and increasing the odds of a presidential run in 2016.

Also, as Republican political consultant Mike Murphy once said, if you’re going to run for president, make sure your wife is going to vote for you; Walker has seemingly clinched that constituency, along with the rest of his family.

According to Politico, an announcement will be made sometime in the summer of 2015. Walker needs to expand his campaign staff beyond his usual crew of loyalists and everyone knows that, which is why his office is being flooded with consultant resumes. His team is also trying to avoid mistakes from past 2012 candidacies; Perry got in too late and Pawlenty tossed his hat into the ring too early.

Presently he is working on furthering his Conservative agenda by getting key legislation enacted.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, pivoting from his bigger-than-expected reelection win this month, is taking active steps toward a presidential campaign that would launch next summer and contrast his record of conservative achievements in a swing state with paralysis in Washington.

In interviews this week, Walker and his top political advisers provided the fullest account yet of his plans for the likely rollout of a national campaign. The 47-year-old Republican intends to use an upcoming legislative session in Wisconsin to push an ambitious agenda that could, in combination with his triumphs over Big Labor, bolster his standing with Republican primary voters: repealing unpopular Common Core standards, requiring drug tests for welfare beneficiaries and cutting property taxes.

Walker cut income and property taxes in the first term, but he wants to go further, pushing a flatter income tax system. On education, he’s planning to push an expansion of school choice and to replace the Common Core program with state standards.

His plan to require welfare beneficiaries to undergo drug testing, he said, is about showing employers that people on public assistance are capable of holding jobs.

“We want to help able-bodied adults transition from government dependence into the workplace,” Walker said, whose efforts will be aided by a state Legislature controlled by Republicans.

For the next few months, political travel will be relatively limited, aides say, as Walker focuses on his legislative agenda. He appears eager to paint a contrast with not only a gridlocked Washington but also New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who faces a hostile Democratic Legislature and has fewer legislative accomplishments to point to.

But Walker lacks the charisma that other likely candidates, such as Christie or Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), possess on the stump. He did not graduate from college, though some blue-collar voters might see this as a positive, and lacks foreign policy experience.

Gov. Walker is looking at “flyover country” to help fill the 2016 electoral map for a GOP win in ’16.

“Strong leadership, combined with Midwestern nice, there’s just a certain appeal to that,” Walker said.

“You look at the Electoral College map and what’s required to win. A good chunk of that runs through the Midwest,” Walker said. “There’s Florida, Virginia, out West — Colorado, Nevada – maybe New Hampshire depending on the year – but really most of the rest of the map is Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa. It’s all kind of right there. At least in recent political history, that’s kind of where it happens.”

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What Senator Elect Joni Ernst Was Caught Doing 2 Days After the Election Tells Us All About Her Character

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Joni Ernst was elected as Iowa’s first female US Senator last Tuesday as part of the massive GOP landslide which saw the Party retake the majority in the the Upper House of Congress.

She is an Iowan, born and raised, and has served in the armed forces for over 20 years. For 14 months between 2003 and 2004 she was deployed in Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Presently she commands the largest battalion in the Iowa Army National Guard.

Now, as if all that isn’t amazing enough, it is what she was caught doing two days after that election that really points to her true character.

She put on her uniform and clocked in at her part-time job as mentioned above, as Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard.

Lt. Col. Joni Ernst has been juggling her civilian and military lives since joining the National Guard in 1993. She is on duty every joni-ernst_003week, according to her husband Gail, who told National Review:

Not many folks know she is in uniform on Thursday and Friday. She does it without fanfare.

Ernst, a combat veteran in Operation Iraqi Freedom, has told the Guard she wants no special treatment, but had to re-schedule her drilling from last weekend to till after the election. Iowa Guard Spokesman, Greg Hapgood, told National Review:

We serve regardless of our situations and Colonel Ernst doesn’t want to be treated any differently.

She has been on duty throughout her amazing campaign and during her tenure as a State Senator. The hard working former pig farmer broke out of the primary pack with her hilarious ad about going to Washington and making them ‘squeal.’ She never looked back, beating Bruce Braley, the hand-selected heir to retiring Senator Tom Harkin.

joni-ernst_002She also likes to ride around on her Harley Davidson, even riding it to the gun range.

 

Come on, what’s not to like?

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Mark Levin on 2016: GOP Must Nominate Conservative for First Time Since Ronald Reagan

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Hat/Tip to Tony Lee at Breitbart.

When it comes to the perfect Conservative resume, Mark Levin’s is chock full of bona-fides. From his stint as a 19 year old member of his local school board, where he often times was the only nay vote due to his staunch Conservative outlook, to his volunteer work on Reagan’s presidential campaigns, to his career in the justice department during Reagan’s tenure in the Oval Office, Levin brings it. As if that wouldn’t be enough, he also has his decade long work at the helm of the one of the largest Conservative talk radio shows in the country, third to Sean Hannity’s second place and Rush Limbaugh’s top spot.

Mark also has penned several books on Conservatism, including the run away best seller (over ONE MILLION copies), Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto and his latest, which lays the framework for States’ rights and a way to amend the Constitution, bypassing Congress. It is titled The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic.

Adding to all that is the Landmark Legal Foundation, of which Levin is the President. He has worked cases before the Supreme Court, and taken the EPA and other alphabet agencies to task for violating the Constitution. In fact, although it was never reported in the MSM, Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation was the entity that got the IRS scandal of targeting Tea Party and Jewish groups to the forefront. His initial letter to the Inspector General of the US Treasury got him a visit from two armed Treasury agents and that got the ball rolling towards the full investigation by the Attorney General’s office and the House Oversight Committee.

So, suffice it to say that Mark Levin is the de facto patriarch of the Conservative movement and he has a few choice words for the GOP concerning the 2016 Presidential election.

Conservative scholar and talk radio host Mark Levin said the GOP is “a party in trouble” that must nominate a bold conservative for president in 2016 if they do not want to get walloped yet again.

Speaking at Values Voter Summit on Saturday with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Levin, who is cementing himself as the intellectual godfather for conservatives in the age of Obama, said moderate candidates favored by the establishment and stand for nothing will never appeal to Americans who are hungry for leadership. 

“It’s very, very, important that we nominate a conservative for the first time since Ronald Reagan,” Levin said. “There are people under 50-years-old who have never had an opportunity to vote for a conservative president. We want to show them what it’s like. It’s our generation’s responsibility.”

Levin said “it’s invigorating, energizing” and “almost spiritual to get behind somebody with enthusiasm and excitement. To go door-to-door. That’s how you win elections.”

Mark described Conservatism and how it applies to modern times.

He said conservatism cannot be chopped up “conservatism is a way of life” where faith, spirituality, individuality, individual liberty, respect for the rule of law, and the Constitution are valued. Levin said conservatives try “to project founding principles onto modern day events.” 

“We are people of faith,” he said. “We believe in free-market capitalism and private property rights.”

The establishment GOP has led the Party and the country down the primrose path towards socialism-lite. Mark gave the outline of victory in 2016, saying that we missed the boat on defeating Obama in both ’08 and ’12.

In the 2016 primary, Levin said conservatives can’t be split among various candidates. He said conservatives must look for “the most articulate, intelligent, charismatic conservative candidate that we can get behind” and “we need to start rallying behind one or two.” Levin said Obama was beatable in 2008 and “more defeatable in 2012,” and he just cannot stomach establishment consultants saying candidates like John McCain and Mitt Romney are the only ones who can beat someone like Hillary Clinton, whom Levin said was Obama in a pantsuit. 

“We need to take this party back,” he said. “We’re taking it back from cowards. We’re taking it back from corporatists.” 

Levin said he is a free-market capitalist and blasted crony capitalists who “use government and government policies to defeat their competition and take money from We the People, the taxpayers.”

“I’ve had it with an incompetent Republican bureaucracy and all of their consultants,” Levin said. “These people are not conservative Republicans. They are neo-statist, big-government Republicans.”

Mark then defined the Conservative we need in ’16.

Levin said establishment Republican candidates have lost more winnable races than conservatives, but the establishment continues to attempt to re-write history. They pat themselves for winning anti-Obama races and blame conservatives for losing races in which the establishment blunted enthusiasm among the grassroots, he said. 

“Their candidates are not appealing. Their candidates don’t stand for anything,” Levin said of establishment Republican candidates. “And when they do stand for something, they’re moving left; they’re not moving right.”

Levin said Americans want leaders who make “emphatic, unequivocal statements about Americanism and American principles” and speak about securing the country’s borders, getting the economy running again, and addressing World War III. 

“We need more conservatives who happen to be Republicans,” he said. 

And Mark left us with this admonition:

“We damn well better nominate a conservative in 2016 to save this country and save the Republican Party. We don’t have a lot of time left,” Levin said. “We cannot nominate another RINO, or we’re going to get our clocks cleaned again.”

 

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I am an American

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I am an American.

I do not believe God tells me to kill all who do not believe in him.

I am an American.

I do not want my government to take my property, the fruit of my labors in order that it might redistribute it to those too lazy to work.

I am an American.

I want the borders of my country secure, so that those who truly want to be here and truly have something to contribute to my country will be welcome.

I am an American.

I do not wish to meddle in the affairs of other countries, except where it directly threatens the safety and security of my country.

I am an American.

I do not want my government interjecting itself into the affairs of private enterprise.

I am an American.

I do not want my government to tell me how to raise my children, or what to feed them.

I am an American.

I do not want my public schools to preach socialism, Communism, Marxism, totalitarianism or any other “ism” save for American-ism to my children. It is about time that we started recognizing our own culture for a change.

I am an American.

I want my children to be able to pray in school.

I am an American.

I do not want my children to have to pay for the excesses and out of control spending brought about by our current pack of politicians.

I am an American.

I want my elected leaders to read, understand and follow the Constitution of the United States of America; to the letter.

I am an American.

I do not want to have to pay 4, 5 or more dollars a gallon for gasoline because some government bureaucrat thinks we need to save the planet.

I am an American.

I do not want my evening news program to give me its slant on the news, even if that slant is one I agree with or not. Just report what happens and let me decide what I think.

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I am an American.

I want my elected leaders to be held to a responsible, reasonable, efficient budget because in my everyday life, I can only spend what I bring in, so they should as well.

I am an American.

I do not want my government to tell me that I no longer have the right to bear arms for the safety and security of my home and family.

I am an American.

I want to know that marriage is between one man and one woman. Everything else is a civil union, and those couples should receive the same rights and benefits afforded to married couples.

I am an American.

I believe that when it says our Creator granted us the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that it should extend to ALL Americans; even unborn babies.

I am an American.

I feel that decisions have consequences and that our country would be vastly improved and better off if everyone had to be responsible for their own decisions.

I am an American.

I believe that you have the right to stand up and say whatever you want. And I believe this because so many before us have sacrificed life and limb to give us all that right.

I am an American.

I also believe that if I think there is something wrong with my government, or elected leaders that I can change that at the ballot box, or through speaking out, or by any number of ways protected to me by the 1st Amendment. I do not wish to use violent means, but I will not surrender the safety and security of my family because a politician says I cannot own a firearm.

I am an American.

I believe that God put me in the greatest country on his green earth, and that I want my children to have better, more and bigger opportunities that I have had.

I am an American – and a damn proud one at that.

 

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Gov Scott Walker, Vindicated Yet Again

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Hat/Tip to Dan Calabrese on CainTV.

Put one more feather in Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s cap, because he’s done it again.

No issue has defined Walker’s efforts more clearly that Public Act 10, which denies public employee unions the right to collectively bargain over the issue of benefits (although they maintain that right when it comes to wages). The act was passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor, in spite of stunts like the one that saw every Democrat state senator flee the state and hole up in Illinois hotels – all in an attempt to invalidate the law via the technicality of denying the Legislature a quorum.

And of course, any time you pass a law taking taxpayer-funded goodies away from a favored constituency of the left, they are going to take you to court. Walker has been fighting court battles against public employee unions since the day this law passed. And yesterday, as is his track record, Walker won again:

The decision was 5-2, with Justice Michael Gableman writing the lead opinion, which found that collective bargaining over a contract with an employer is not a fundamental right for public employees under the constitution. Instead, it’s a benefit that lawmakers can extend or restrict as they see fit, he said.

“No matter the limitations or ‘burdens’ a legislative enactment places on the collective bargaining process, collective bargaining remains a creation of legislative grace and not constitutional obligation. The First Amendment cannot be used as a vehicle to expand the parameters of a benefit that it does not itself protect,” Gableman wrote.

Rejecting arguments made by the Madison teachers union and Public Employees Local 61, a group of city of Milwaukee employees, Gableman said that public employees still had the right to form unions to influence their employers, but government officials aren’t obligated to listen to them.

Walker is writing the primer for Conservative Politicians on how to not only get their agendas passed, but get them codified into law.

The Wisconsin example is something every conservative activist should be required to study in depth, because it demonstrates what’s really required if conservative elected officials want to actually do the things they say they stand for. Anyone can tell you during a campaign that he or she “stands for” certain ideas. And activists tend to take their cue from such things. This guy stands for lower taxes, or border security, or banning abortion, and I’m for that so I’m for him. So that guy gets elected, only to find his supporters later demoralized because the things that guy stands for didn’t happen.

They reason they didn’t happen is that they are extremely hard to do, and most people who run for office vowing to do them don’t have any idea what doing them would actually require.

What Walker has discovered in Wisconsin is that, even if you get the legislative majorities you need and you get your agenda passed into law, the fight has only just begun. The left has tried to recall Walker. Democrat local prosecutors have tried to manufacture scandals to take Walker down, while the media have done their best to help by reporting these “scandals” as if they are legitimate. The unions have sued to overturn the law. The Democrats have attempted every conceivable procedural trick to invalidate the law.

Basically, Gov Walker is showing the difference between go along to get along RINO establishment and true Conservatives.

Most Republican officeholders would look at all that and say it’s just not worth the fight. Their political advisors would tell them that even if they could win all those battles, it will cost them too much politically because the voters will grow weary of all the constant fighting. That, of course, is exactly what the left is counting on in its strategy to simply move from one obstructive strategy after another. If they can’t take the law down, they’ll take Walker down, and then they’ll get rid of the law too.

You want to know why Congress never cuts spending, never changes the tax code, and basically never does any of the things conservatives hope for when they vote to send Republicans to Congress? It’s because these actions involve so much more than just taking a vote, and Republican members of the political class are not prepared for the kinds of fights Scott Walker has had to endure.

They will tell you that they “stood for” this or that, and you’ll give them credit for that. But they won’t get it done. Getting it done is a long, hard slog, and it’s an amazing testimony to his courage, skill and tenacity that Scott Walker has accomplished what he has in Wisconsin.

Nice work, Governor. But there’s no time to rest. It’s a new day, and you know perfectly well they’re gunning for you today too.

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Is Chief Justice John Roberts getting the band back together?

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Is Chief Justice John Roberts returning to his Conservative roots? It would seem so.

Two years after the court upheld President Barack Obama’s health-care law and a year after it bolstered gay rights, the five Republican-appointed justices are voting together again in the highest-profile cases.

In recent weeks that group, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, has joined to loosen campaign-finance limits, back government-sponsored prayer and let states ban racial preferences. Now, as the court enters the final month-and-a-half of its term, those justices may unite in cases involving contraception, abortion protests and separation of powers.

“When he’s got the votes, it seems Roberts can move the law exactly as quickly as he wants,” said Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel of the Constitutional Accountability Center and a frequent critic of the Roberts court.

Roberts, 59, now in his ninth year as chief justice, has presided over legal shifts on a host of issues. The court has jettisoned longstanding legal protections for racial minorities; allowed unlimited corporate and union spending on political campaigns; given companies more power to force arbitration of consumer and employee grievances; and shifted power away from the federal government to the states.

If you only go by the latest round of SCOTUS rulings, then it looks like the band is back together.

For the most part, those rulings featured the same five- justice majority on the nine-member court: Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

But hold on, Roberts’ and Co aren’t going the whole nine yards when it comes to overturning precedent.

As has been the hallmark of the Roberts court, the majority in each case stopped short of directly overturning a precedent. That approach has given Roberts court rulings an “ephemeral” quality in many areas of the law, according to Brian Fitzpatrick, a professor at Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville.

“It’d be much more lasting if they’d just overturn some precedents now and again,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s moved fairly slowly.”

And they’ve got a loooong way to go to sway public opinion on how liberal court is.

So far the direction of the Roberts court has largely escaped public attention. In a survey released May 6 by the Pew Research Center, 31 percent of those responding called the court “liberal,” compared with 25 percent who labeled it “conservative.”

The perception comes at least in part from the blockbuster exceptions in the last two terms — health care and gay marriage. Roberts joined the four Democratic appointees in 2012 to uphold Obamacare and its requirement that Americans either buy insurance or pay a tax, salvaging the president’s biggest domestic initiative. Last year, Kennedy provided the fifth vote to strike down a law that denied federal benefits to married gay couples.

The health-care case especially resonated with Republicans, with the number expressing a favorable view of the court dropping 18 percentage points following the decision, said Carroll Doherty, Pew’s director of political research.

“That was a breakthrough decision,” Doherty said. “Not every decision moves the needle in that way.”

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Reports: More Obamacare Cancellations, Premium Hikes On the Way

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Hat/Tip to Townhall.com for this bit of news.

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It just keeps getting better and better…

/sarcasm off

Kaiser Health News reports on the increasing likelihood of more and more large employers dumping employees into Obamacare’s exchanges. An untold number of employees will discover that they can’t keep their plan, especially if they’re a high-risk, high-cost employee. The Obama administration estimated that as many as 93 million Americans will lose their existing coverage under the new law, despite what the president promised repeatedly.

Can corporations shift workers with high medical costs from the company health plan into online insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act? Some employers are considering it, say benefits consultants. “It’s all over the marketplace,” said Todd Yates, a managing partner at Hill, Chesson & Woody, a North Carolina benefits consulting firm. “Employers are inquiring about it and brokers and consultants are advocating for it.” Patients with preexisting medical conditions like diabetes drive health spending. But those who undergo expensive procedures such as organ transplants are a burden to the company as well. Since most big corporations are self-insured, shifting even one high-cost member out of the company plan could save the employer hundreds of thousands of dollars a year—while increasing the cost of claims absorbed by the marketplace policy by a similar amount. And the health law might not prohibit it, opening a door to potential erosion of employer-based coverage.

It looks like more bad news is coming down the pike.

There’s a reason why insurers are pleading with the White House to reject regulations that would limit total expenditures in programs some have described as bailouts.

No matter what happens, the taxpayers (that’s you and me) are going to be left holding the bag.

Whether through bailout-style payments or sharply increased premiums, taxpayers will end up footing the bill for rising costs and outlays. Americans are already bracing for significant premium hikes heading into 2015, which have been forecast by insurance companies, brokers, and even the administration. Many of the new rates will be announced this fall. More consumers will also receive cancellation notices informing them that their preferred plans are being terminated. Public opinion on Obamacare hasn’t budged, with polling remaining ugly on both the national level and within the context of key 2014 races. I’ll leave you with this surreal request from the state of Massachusetts, which is scrapping its failed Obamacare exchange. Surprise — they want more taxpayer money to do so. A lot more.

A lot more. And that’s on top of the huge sum they’ve already wasted:

 

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Tolerant Liberals Celebrate the Death of ‘Racist’ Shirley Temple: ‘F*ck Shirley Temple’

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According to liberals, Shirley Temple was the epitome of evil.

Just when you thought maybe, just maybe, that liberals had anything even remotely resembling a heart, they attack Shirley Temple in death.  Apparently, she was a racist, as she was a Conservative.  Twitchy has more…

And now, to the racism…

So, even in death, liberals will attack an American icon, even Shirley Temple.  All in the name of hatred.

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IRS and Treasury Department Conspired to Target Conservatives “Off the Record,” According to Emails

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During his Stuper Sunday interview with Bill O’Reilly, President Obama maintained that there was no corruption in the IRS’s treatment of Conservative groups.  Here are his comments…

“Not even a smidgen of corruption.” 

However, this story doesn’t go away because more and more evidence of corruption continues to emerge.  Steve, from America’s Watchtower, has more…

According to this article it now appears as if Lois Lerner was conducting off the record talks via email to use the IRS to stifle conservative opposition to the Democrats in 2012.

The Obama administration’s Treasury Department and former IRS official Lois Lerner conspired to draft new 501(c)(4) regulations to restrict the activity of conservative groups in a way that would not be disclosed publicly, according to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

The Treasury Department and Lerner started devising the new rules “off-plan,” meaning that their plans would not be published on the public schedule. They planned the new rules in 2012, while the IRS targeting of conservative groups was in full swing, and not after the scandal broke in order to clarify regulations as the administration has suggested.

The rules place would place much more stringent controls on what would be considered political activity by the IRS, effectively limiting the standard practices of a wide array of non-profit groups.

“Don’t know who in your organizations is keeping tabs on c4s, but since we mentioned potentially addressing them (off -plan) in 2013, I’ve got my radar up and this seemed interesting…,” Treasury official Ruth Madrigal wrote in a June 14, 2012 email to Lerner and others obtained by Ways and Means and provided to The Daily Caller.

So, another slice of the story, and it just keeps looking worse.  It raises suspicion because the IRS addressing the issue “off-plan,” and therefore not under public scrutiny, creates the impression that something improper was  happening.

So much for the most transparent administration ever.

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