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Where’s my Congressman? Clint Howard Plays The Perfect Fearful Democrat

By idaflo | October 2nd, 2010 | No Comments » 

Ron Howard is an outspoken Liberal in Hollywood.  His brother Clint, however, is not.  This is not Clint’s first offering to the “cause”, but  it is my favorite thus far…from First Patriots.

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The Obsolescence of Barack Obama

By idaflo | August 11th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Finally back from vacation, good times during our two-part break in Milwaukee and Northern California.  Will write more about that at another time. but for today, this is a great article to launch a return to posting.

Obama looking down

The magic of 2008 can’t be recreated, and good riddance to it.

Not long ago Barack Obama, for those who were spellbound by him, had the stylishness of JFK and the historic mission of FDR riding to the nation’s rescue. Read More »

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How to Dismantle a Legislative Majority

By idaflo | July 1st, 2010 | No Comments » 

Pelosi and ObamaCongressional Democrats think Americans want what they’re selling.

BY Gary Andres at The Weekly Standard
July 1, 2010

If legislation were dirt, Democrats would have piled up a mountain of it over the past 18 months, digging themselves in a deep political hole in the process.

The House that Nancy (Pelosi) built continues to ramrod new policies through the legislative process, hoping the bustle will salve America’s sour mood. Senate Democrats move a little more slowly due to different institutional rules, yet their hearts are in the same place: the more legislative production the better.

That’s what legislators do, after all.  New laws are like seed corn, intended to grow public support.

But it’s not working….(continue reading here)

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Who REALLY has the money, Republicans or Democrats?

By idaflo | May 10th, 2010 | No Comments » 

From Jonah Goldberg at National Review –

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The New Oligarchs [Jonah Goldberg]

Christopher Caldwell has a really interesting and provocative piece in the new Weekly Standard (“The In-Flight Magazine of the O’Hare-Moline leg”). I need to digest it a bit more (and buy the Johnson & Kwak book), but it’s definitely worth reading. An excerpt: (continue reading here)

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Will the Republican Party learn from Britain’s example?

By idaflo | May 10th, 2010 | No Comments » 

It appears that the Democrat Party as beyond repair.  If you disagree, please use facts and history to debate, not emotion and sentiment.  I have not been offered a genuine debate or even been able to engage in a simple discussion conducted with someone from the Liberal Left;  What have I  seen?  I’ve seen them engaging in name calling, ridicule and disrespect toward Conservatism and specifically me as “one of those”.  Barack H. Obama is a case in point.

There is another important issue, and that concerns the power structure in the Republican Party.  Big money that enters into the party via each coast and the more liberal urban areas too often determines the direction of this party that has ALWAYS done better in elections and policy-making when they stay true to conservative, foundational principles.  That’s what the Tea Party or what I would describe as the Disenfranchised Voter – Constitutional Neighbor to Neighbor Coalition as being all about

David Cameron of the U.K.

Lessons for the GOP from the UK Election

Republicans, if they learn from Conservatives, can avoid big blunders.

BY Fred Barnes

May 9, 2010 12:15 AM

Conservatives came in first in Thursday’s election in Great Britain, but it’s their failure to win a majority that Republicans should examine for the lessons it teaches.  If the GOP listens, they’ll improve their chance of winning control of Congress in the congressional midterm election on November 2.

A few months ago, Conservatives held a lead of 15 to 20 percentage points in opinion polls over the ruling Labor party – a lead that translated into a landslide of historic proportions and a majority of seats in Parliament.  But by election day, their lead had shrunk to 6 to 8 points and they fell 20 seats short of a majority.

Three things happened to limit Conservatives’ gains.…(article is linked here)

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AP Downplays Large GOP Turnout Advantage in Early Primaries

By idaflo | May 5th, 2010 | 1 Comment » 

Associated Press LogoNovember looms like a specter for the Democrat Party; they dread the possibilities, while Republicans Hope for Change…

[By Lachlan Markay – Wed, 05/05/2010 at NewsBusters.com]

The Associated Press managed to report on yesterday’s primaries in North Carolina, Indiana, and Ohio while muddling the incontrovertibly disastrous results for Democrats in those states. Even while touting the races as harbingers for November, the AP failed to extrapolate the trends right before their eyes….(continue reading here)

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