Republican Party

Ethnic Outreach From Conservatives, Done The Right Way

I want my party to do this! From Tim Mak at FrumForum:

In the ongoing Canadian election campaign, we’re seeing a lot of examples for ethnic outreach done right – especially with the micro-targeted campaign ads that the Conservative Party has recently released in minority languages like Mandarin and Cantonese and Punjabi ...

In this election, we now have Alice, Tim, Harry and Nina – all minorities who are Conservative Party politicians, speaking in their native language to members of their ethnic group

The ads are particularly well done. This one was done by Canadian Conservative Member of Parliament, Dr. Alice Wong, speaking to her constituents in Cantonese:

And here's an English-language version from Canadian Conservative MP Nina Grewal:

Why are these ads powerful? Because they celebrate diversity without exploiting it. I have made the case before than some who profess to be "progressives" often use ethnicity as a way to divide and drive voters. These ads and this outreach program clearly serve to celebrate Canadian ethnic diversity while also discussing shared values. In fact, the second ad above makes the point that "things haven't always been fair for" ethnic minorities, yet progress it being made and that it's time to "vote our values."

Both major parties in America have now had extensive experience in Hispanic-language ads. But when will Republicans celebrate our diversity of elected officials and candidates in a way that can serve as outreach tools to Americans of all backgrounds? Will we soon watch TV ads, hear radio spots and see pamphlets in Mandarin, Korean, Farsi, etc.?

Bottom line: the right kind of creativity and strategic thinking can communicate shared conservative values to different ethnic, religious and cultural communities.

Bringing The Party To The Republicans.

No doubt walking around, congratulating themselves on their brilliant victory, the establishment usurpers run to the microphones in a not-so-transparent attempt to usurp the Patriot movement, the Tea Parties if you will. They’re like energy leaches… they latch on and feed off of the energy of the Patriots.

They do not have a lot in common with our Constitutional patriotism. These folks seek only power and self-glorification. Everything after self is lost on these people.

We’ve pointed out to the establishment Republicans, several times, that ‘you flippin’ people shouldn’t even be here’. There shouldn’t even be a Republican Party. The Republican Party was a disaster after the 2008 election. It was in absolute disarray, with a leadership afraid of its own shadow. If it could be called a leadership.

The rise of the American Tea Party movement is a phenomenon that will be written about for decades to come. It was, and is, a visceral reaction by the American people to the ‘wrongness’ of the Barack Obama Marxist vision of a subservient and servile America, content to exist as our leaders think fit.

At first, when the Tea Parties sprang up from seemingly nowhere, reporters talked of a momentary fad having no political legs. Driven by the weight of phone, email, and visits to lawmakers’ offices, Republicans noticed that the Patriots were beginning to sway national opinion. Serious business. There was still a lot of talk on both sides of the aisle, mostly centering on how much time it would take the infant movement to fade into obscurity. Bad bet. It was growing at a spectacular rate back then and it’s still growing after over two years.

The Republicans really do need to come to the party… the Conservative Republican Patriot Party.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Patriot Movement And Establishment Square Off.

It’s almost comical to see the flying posteriors and elbows of the establishment elitists as they madly scramble to attempt to co-opt the arriving freshmen representatives. Only they’re just not having any luck with this bunch… or very little. Maybe enticing away a moderate here or there, who would have most likely gone RINO on us anyhow. A target for the next cycle.

Boehner, Cantor and Pence.

This new crop has a bone in its teeth. These folks are on a mission and aren’t likely to forget why they were sent to Washington. They have, in addition, the historical perspective afforded them by the Heritage Foundation and the Conservative Republicans. For once, I think we may have some leadership with the plain intestinal fortitude that’s required if you’re going to fight these Marxists, wherever they are.

With guys like Eric Cantor, Darrell Issa, John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy, Pete Sessions, to say nothing of Mike Pence and Paul Ryan… strong Conservatives all. Tough and no-nonsense, these are the faces of the New Conservative leadership to whom our younger Conservative members will be looking for guidance and inspiration… and not the elitist, erstwhile movers and shakers who until just recently were still congratulating themselves on destroying the chances of some very fine Republican candidates, simply because they were not the choices of the party anointed elite. Yet they were clearly the choice of the American people.

So how should we reply to such blatant skulduggery within our own ‘party’? We watched, we know who you are. When your cycle is up… so are you. We’ve been catching it in the shorts from the entrenched so-called party elite for so long it’s a severe temptation to launch the entire strength of the Tea Party Patriots against them in open internecine warfare.

The result, I fear, would be a wrecked Republican Party and a Patriot Movement forced into governing… something it was never meant to do. No. We’ll have to defeat them at their own game, then throw out the stale rulebook and start again.

The Tea Party will always serve the country best by its dogged determination and its eternal vigilance in the cause of liberty.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Establishment Republicans, Legends In Their Own Minds.

These are the supposed movers and shakers in the party… the ones who have been sitting out in the districts and picking typical party candidates, those who will follow the party establishment line and not question anything too carefully. That this approach to local, district and state party policy, with regard to candidate recruitment, has not proven very successful is obvious.

Bernanke: "Having another of your visions, Hank?"

The Republican Party was in catastrophic disarray when Barack Hussein Obama defeated John McCain. After President Bush caved in to hysterical pressure and signed on to TARP, forever damning himself in the eyes of Conservatives, we watched as Obama and his DeMarxist government brought us perhaps the most unpopular legislation in history by cheating, lying, destroying the rule of law and shredding the Constitution.

Then they doubled down on TARP with a ‘stimulus’ bill which did nothing at all to jump start the economy or private sector job growth. Citizens watched as billions upon billions of dollars went to pay Obama’s political debts to the the public service sector and teachers’ unions. We watched as cosmetic program after program crashed in upon itself in what has become a magnificent dirge of failure.

I’ve written about the people, the American people, not being quite like anybody else in the world. There is just something about us that is different. We rise up under the threat of socialist domination while the effete populations of Europe embrace socialism like a babe to its mother’s breast.

The Tea Party and the Conservative Patriot groups have drawn a line in the sand. We’ve knocked off several candidates in various states and districts that have been the darlings of the Republican establishment. There is a message out here for Republicans.

We, the American Patriot movement, are here. We’re not going away and we won’t be co-opted either. We’re watching the National Republican Senatorial Committee sneaking around in Alaska, trying to change vote totals and pull a Barney Frank on our own elected candidate because he wasn’t the one they favored.

It’s stuff like this which will result in a head-to-head confrontation between the RNC and the Patriots. We’ll take control of the party if we have to, but it would much better if the establishment would give over their business-as-usual games and actually work for the country and the Constitution for once.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

RightOnline Day 1 - Building Coalitions

Las Vegas is insane.

Everything I've heard about this Disneyland-for-adults is true: neon, sparkles, bells & whistles, herds (and hordes) of people, STAR WARS slot machines (pictures later)...I will definitely have to come back here one day for purposes other than business. My friend Jon Henke (@JonHenke) and I flew from DC yesterday by way of Newark, NJ and didn't even land in Vegas until 1am was a long day, and I slept in a bit. It was easy to do in my posh suite at the Venetian, with my sunken living room and remote-controlled drapes! Life is hard.

The first panel I attended today featured Todd Thurman (@toddthurman) of the Heritage Foundation, Brian Faughnan (@brianfaughnan) of Liberty Central, and Alexa Moutevelis (@alexashrugged) of the RNC, all moderated by my Liberty Pundits co-blogger Melissa Clouthier (@melissatweets). The panel focused on connecting grassroots activists in the field to policy shops in DC - like Heritage, Cato, or other think tanks - as well as to communications resources and activism training like those offered by FreedomWorks or the Leadership Institute.

Probably one of the better bits of information passed along during the discussion was the notion that activists in the field shouldn't be shy about engaging DC-based resources. Yes, DC is busy. Yes, DC occasionally has a heightened, over-inflated sense of self. But DC is also sitting on piles of your cash, looking for a way to return value back to you. So don't be shy about sending emails or picking up the phones to ask for help.

But more than just connecting grassroots activists to DC to get talking points and policy papers to support candidates back home, the panel focused on connecting activist to activist using technology - that means Twitter, Facebook, the blogosphere, and other online resources. The RNC announced some nascent, new API and they are transitioning all of their online tools to an open-source platform...the API is apparently already available for developers...more on this later. Despite this move to make RNC resources more available to more people, there was some grumbling in the audience that the RNC fails (on occasion) to return voter vaults back to activists on the ground once they pull out of town following a race. This makes people currently involved with components of the Tea Party movement a bit reticent to cooperate with the RNC in Washington.

After a few questions, and after some dancing around the issue, I asked the panel: is there a sense, going into this November's elections (and subsequently in 2012) that the Right should be worried about the Left exploiting a growing rift between conservatives and libertarians? If so, how can we, or more appropriately, should we be doing anything differently than the suggestions you've all made here today to, strengthen the coalition between these two groups?

The consensus from the panel seemed to be that there's not really any danger this year - libertarians and conservatives agree in principle that the prevailing issue of this election is the economy, stupid. Throwing the bums out is priority #1 in 2010. But the funnel of candidates is currently full, and the new Congressional primary begins, effectively, on November 3 - it is possible that infighting on the Right might get nastier in 2011 and 2012.

Todd Thurman told me after the panel "We just need to make sure we're talking, and that we're sticking together in areas where we agree." I agree in principle with this strategy, but only inasmuch as it's a first step. Because there is potential for infighting to become nastier on the Right as we approach 2012, it's important to talk about areas where we disagree too - libertarians remain (rightly) mistrustful of the Big Government GOP - the same GOP that is trying to ride the Tea Party Tiger into new majorities this fall. Ignoring our differences now can be our foil later.

Cross-posted at Liberty Pundits and Intelligence, Please...

Tea Party Conservatives = Republican Party… Where’s The Match?

I’d hoped we would see a little less of the ‘us and them’ mentality as we moved closer to the election cycle. I’ve underestimated the enmity that some ‘Tea Baggers’ and Patriots have for some of who they see as the Republican old guard and an echo of the Bush extravagance years.

Washington, April 15, 2010

It has translated to a take-no-nonsense attitude from the beginning by the Patriot movement. If you’re Conservative and you stand for God, country and family, you’ll find a very big ‘blanket’ out there. Americans have felt like they have been lied to and deceived by our government and our politicians. It’s like having a close relative and then finding out he’s ripping you off, it doesn’t take very long for the shock to turn into anger, and this government has been massively gorging itself since the day Obama took the office. That’s a lot of rip-off.

See, what happened was that the American People got it. They shouldn’t have, they were supposed to be too stupid and self absorbed. But the message that was getting out was coming through Conservative talk radio and the Conservative blogosphere, not from the LSM (lame stream media) that had finally gone so far left as to be indistinguishable from the DeMarxist masters at whose feet they wish to lie.

The Tea Party was as surprisingly uniform as it was almost instantaneous. The whole movement sprang into being in less than a month, it has been growing by leaps and bounds and hasn’t looked back once. A nationwide poll of citizens who associate themselves with the various patriot groups would be in the millions.

Republicans have to bear in mind that there’s still a good deal of skepticism and mistrust out there. The Conservative willingness to trust has been strained to the max by a Republican party that was welded to its roots in the past and failed, in fact, to grasp the strength and universal appeal of the citizen groups. Now we have to find a way to welcome the New Conservative Republican Party.

The Republican leadership has got to get the word that much of the Patriot Movement is a no Rino zone. This is borne out by the grass roots backing of Conservatives in local and state races all over the nation. A lot of grassroots people are bent behind the support thrown at John McCain, who they rightfully see as a Rino of the the first rank. Respect his service we do. His politics stink. Supporting McCain may cost a portion of patriot support.

Romney has been off in a spin cycle after his foolish apparent attempt to separate his ill-founded Massachusetts single payer health care from the Obamacare bill and then defending his reasons for it. Further, listening to some of the other things Romney has said and some of the other supposed Republican leaders, its sounding like they’d like to make accommodations on certain issues. They should be fairly warned… the Patriots and Republicans out here are not in the mood to be afflicted with more Rino divisiveness and legislative self-interest.

The Republican party has some proving to do. We’re looking for Conservative leadership. If the party establishment doesn’t get the Conservative message they’ll be left behind.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Watching ‘New Conservative Republicans’ Transforming Party.

It’s still the Republican party… but it behaves with the energy of a movement… it has momentum and is self-aware. It hums and buzzes, stretches and grows with huge infusions of like-minded Patriotic Americans who are answering the summons. It’s freedom calling and once again Americans are reaching for and grasping their own part of this historical movement.

Sarah Palin at SRLC, New Orleans

There is a concerted effort out there in Marxville to discredit the Patriot Movements, trying to tie us to extremist groups. It’s the entire gamut of DeMarxist statist press with the usual low character of their reporting as their hallmark. There have also been some communications leaked, outlining intentions of infiltrating Conservative Tea Party groups for the purpose of disruption. It’s pretty much what I expected the Democrats to do. Remember all those Democrat crossover votes in open primaries that gave us John McCain as a candidate in 2008?

Watching this magnificent movement burgeon and grow has a sense of history to it. We have advocated new leadership and a clean stable in the Republican party. I’ve been gratified by seeing the sheer numbers of smart, sharp young guns making themselves heard out there in local, County and State government level. Starting soon, the attention will be focused like a laser on November and the Senate and House races.

We have some incredibly talented folks out there just like you. They have seen fit to answer their country’s call. We have huge opportunities right now to make big holes in Democrat numbers. We intend to introduce you to some of these folks. We will do some features to help out where we can. One such feature will be coming up in the next week or so.

This is starting to sound like a recruiting spiel and in a sense it is. If I can talk just one person off the sidelines and into action it’s all good. If you feel an itch in your comfort zone call your local Patriots group or Republican party officials and volunteer. Join the April 15 tax day tea party group in your area… add your voice to ours.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Obama The Lightweight Lightfoots Around Patriot Movement.

As usual, the Associated Press gets it all upside down and purposely wrong. When I was in broadcasting years ago, the AP was a mainstay in news reliability and journalistic integrity. The first source I would head for in a breaking news environment would be the AP wire machine. My, how times have changed.

Today, AP wrote that our ‘I wanna be just like Hugo Chavez’ President was said to be stepping lightly around the subject of the Patriot Movement, what the ever-lame statist press loves to call the ‘Tea Partiers’, with that condescending smarmy tone they love to use. Then they state that the Republican Party wants to co-opt our ‘passion and our votes’.

If they did ten minutes research with any source other than the Washington Post, they’d know that the Republican party is co-opting nothing. They are falling in line behind the conservative patriot movement as fast as they can. The ‘new’ Republican leadership, which we have seen emerging from the battle over health care, are well aware that this is not the haphazard gathering of disgruntled voters that the left is so wont to portray. It’s a huge groundswell which is growing and gaining ground daily. Any movement that can produce twenty to thirty thousand people at the Capitol, virtually on an overnight notice such as occurred over the weekend of the health care voting, is one which has considerable clout.

Barack Hussein Obama was very circumspect in taking shots at the Patriots, though he tried to characterize the supposed ‘core’ of the patriot movement as being ‘on the fringe’. That’s funny. The Patriot Movement as a whole views Obama, his administration, and that whole whacked out De-Marxist Congress as being far more than ‘fringe’. We view him and them as being irretrievably over the edge. They’ll find out just how much in November, as more and more Democrat dominoes fall over.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

A Tale Of Two Republican Parties.

On one side we have the party Conservatives. On the other we have the RINOs. You’ll notice there is no middle category here. I think that all but the densest, tunnel-visioned and hide-bound ‘old guard’ Republicans have figured out that the Patriot Movement (what they and the lame-stream press love to call ‘the Tea Baggers’) is no flash in the pan, and has just grown stronger despite the worst the leftist press and the Democrat spin machine (and some Republicans) could do to denigrate it and drive wedges into it. Their breathless characterization of a third party fell flatter than last week’s beltway champagne.

It is, by any measure, the new voice of the Republican party and, in point of fact, is not being controlled by the Party but is pulling the party along behind it. The new Conservative Republican party has a bright future, with a highly motivated and self-aware membership made up of solid conservative patriots who are determined that the principles of freedom that make this country great will be upheld.

President Reagan unknowingly describes the aims of the Patriot Movement:

We have come very close to losing our country. We might yet. The forces of freedom have been marshaled to stop the march to totalitarianism none too soon. We have some really promising rising stars in the party. Wholesome, grounded Conservatives like Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan, who single-handedly carved President Obama’s arguments to shreds at the health care summit. We have Michael Pence, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Michelle Bachmann and others.

Then we have the RINOs. There is really no room for these people in our party going forward, their names are familiar to us all and the damage they have caused well known. Several are facing primary challenges as we speak, others will retire rather than face the just retribution of their constituents. Those who are not up for election this cycle such as Lindsey Graham (amnesty, green jobs, carbon tax) will be voted out next time around. John McCain faces a strong challenge in Arizona and none to soon. After all the damaging and totally wrong-headed stuff he has signed off on you’d think he’d learn. Now he’s out to try and regulate the vitamin and food supplement industry so that the government can destroy more private business. Maine’s Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are two more that need to go.

The Democrat party is not the party of my grandparents, or my parents for that matter. It is a party of committed ideologues run by Leftists, Progressives, Marxists, Communists (name your poison), whose only goal is to fundamentally change this country into that of a socio-Marxist state. There are some principled people left in the party, albeit isolated and powerless. The very nature of the party mission does not permit dissent nor foster independent thinking or opinions. Those who do not march in lockstep with the leadership are treated as outcasts, in some instances given the treatment that resulted in Senator Joseph Lieberman leaving the party.

This is the face of the enemy. We have to win. There is no option.

This is why a new, vital Conservative Republican party is being forged.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010


What Did NY-23 Mean?

[Disclosure: I worked with the Doug Hoffman campaign. However, the views here are my own. I have not discussed this at all with the Hoffman campaign.]

The bottom line on NY-23:

  • Doug Hoffman just won the Republican Primary. The general election is next year.
  • There are two broken, corrupt, arrogant political parties we need to defeat.  We beat the Republican establishment in 2009.  We'll beat the Democratic Party in 2010.
  • NY-23 is not really about Conservatives VS Moderates.  It is about the Establishment VS the Movement.

What happened in NY-23:

For years, the conventional wisdom has been that blue state Republicans had to nominate a "not too hot, not too cold" candidate - what my friend Max Borders called a Keynesian political strategy of tweaking the policy variables until you get a candidate whose positions seem most appealing to the most people.  Like Keynesian economic tinkering, it all works very well....until some fundamental shift reveals the underlying artificiality, and it all falls apart.

Political parties gain power by standing for something appealing.  But when a party gains power, it loses definition.  Rather than standing for something appealing and well-defined, they try to stand for anything appealing enough to win.  But you can only tinker so much before you destroy the brand that people had elected, and then you become the minority again.

The minority is where Parties and movements go to be reborn.  There, they have to figure out who they are, and what their mission is.  You can't storm the castle until you're all facing the same direction and focused on the same goals.  Sometimes - as in NY-23 - that involves telling the establishment "Thank you, but our mission is in another castle" (If I might borrow political wisdom from Super Mario Bros).

The establishment GOP - the NY GOP, the NRCC, the RNC and a few prominent Republicans - got behind another establishment GOP type in Dede Scozzafava. In any other recent year, she would have sailed through.  Not in 2009.

The public - including moderates, libertarians and alienated Republicans - has grown much more nervous about Democratic governance.  The Tea Party movement is just one manifestation of the sparks that are flying, but it goes far deeper than that, and the establishment GOP has been oblivious to, or dismissive of, these sparks. With Dede Scozzafava, the establishment Republican Party threw gasoline on top of the sparks and a brushfire erupted.  The result was the quintessential "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" campaign of Doug Hoffman.

What NY-23 Is About

The story of NY-23 is not "conservatives beat moderates" or "conservative loses to Democrat".

The story of NY-23 is "the Right starts dismantling the Republican establishment."  This is about how the Republican Party is defined and who defines it.

Right now, the movement wants the Republican Party to be defined by opposition to big government. Gradually, as new leaders arise, we will demand that the Republican Party be defined by its own solutions, as well, but rebuilding is an incremental process. We can hammer out the policy agenda and the boundaries of the coalition later.

For now, our job is to disrupt the establishment GOP.  If we beat Democrats while we're at it, great. But the first priority is to fix the Drunk Party - the Living Dead establishment Republicans. They're history. They just don't know it yet.

NY-23 was the first shot in that war.  It was a direct hit.  Next year, we start storming the castle.

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