If you’re reading this you’re on the maricopaconservates site. It doesn’t say that it’s the maricoparepublicans site. This site was turned over to me to discuss conservative versus liberal issues, not to discuss Republican versus Democrat issues.
I’ve been around, involved in, and critical of politics for a long time. I think I’ve heard just about every promise a politician and a political party can make. I can’t recall that any of the promises made were ever kept.
I learned a long time ago to listen to what people say, but pay very close attention to what they do? Actions define them; rhetoric is just hot air moving about the room. Far too many people listen to the rhetoric and actually believe it, especially when it comes from a person who is trying to get your money and your vote.
If you’re a Republican, please ask yourself a few questions, especially if you’re living within Arizona and, specifically, within Maricopa County.
With Republicans controlling the state house and senate, and a Republican governor, how many taxes were reduced putting more money in your pocket in the past six years?
With Republicans controlling the state house and senate, and a Republican governor, how many regulations regarding businesses were reduced?
With Republicans controlling the state house and senate, and a Republican governor, has Arizona government gotten smaller?
With Republicans controlling the state house and senate, and a Republican governor, is our border more secure, and have crimes committed by illegal aliens been reduced?
With Republicans controlling the state house and senate, and a Republican governor, has Arizona gotten ride of the U.N.’s Agenda 21 which is devastating our lands, cities, and towns?
Now, if Democrats had to honestly answer those questions, we know what their answers would be. But I’m asking Republicans to look at those questions, think about them, and come to an honest conclusion. The answers are all NO.
Earlier I sent out an e-mail wherein I used just two examples of estimated net worth of two members of the U.S. House, one of them being an Arizona Congressman. What I got back, from a couple of the recipients was a tirade of name calling, smears, accusations of me being too cynical, too skeptical, senile, stupid, and the list went on, and these responses were from known Republicans. How dare I speak ill of any Republican. By golly, if someone claims an (R) after their name, that is sacrosanct in their view, and how dare I speak ill of any (R).
I remember the three principles of the Tea Party (Taxed Enough Already). They have just three principles: smaller government, lower taxes, and adherence to the Constitution. Now, I ask you, if you questioned one of your elected politicians if they believe in those three principles, what do you think the response would be – that is, if you can even reach your local public servant? They would tell you they’re 100% in favor of lower taxes, less regulation, smaller government, and following the Constitution? Well, in Arizona has any of that happened with a Republican led House, Senate, and Governor? No. Why?
You’ve heard Republicans in Washington talk about those dratted tea party members, and how much trouble they’re causing. How can that be? Don’t they all have an (R) after their name? So, if Boehner wants the Tea Party members to sit down and shut up, what does that say about the Republican party, including your Congressman/woman, and Senator?
I asked one last question of my attackers, and have yet to get an answer. The question is: Within Arizona why are Republicans in larger and larger numbers registering as Independents and leaving the GOP? The silence is deafening. Does anyone believe that an occasional screed by me caused that to happen? Not a chance. No, the answer is that more and more Republicans have become more and more cynical and skeptical of politicians and wannabe’s to have an (R) after their name. Citizens don’t believe the (R)’s any longer, and they shouldn’t.
Unless Republicans start acting on behalf of the people instead of acting in their own self-interest, they shouldn’t receive our support or money. Toss them out, get some new faces.
I’m so tired of the same old AZGOP leadership failing the people of Arizona again and again. I’m tired of all of the individual agendas of elected officials. Get a dozen Republican lawmakers in a room to solve a problem, and they’ll come out of the meeting with 12 solutions, none of which will ever be acted upon. These folks are NOT leaders contrary to what they’d have you believe. They don’t even understand the definition of leadership. And they certainly aren’t too big on personal accountability and responsibility. It’s time to force them to grow up or get off the bus (or is it gravy train).
Why is Ann Kirkpatrick – Pelosi’s BFF – going back to Congress? Why is Sinema going back to Congress. Hopefully, McSally squeezes out a win down south, but it should have even been close. Who managed Tobin and Roger’s campaigns, Elmer Fudd? And the AZGOP doesn’t even care about the Grijalva or former seat of Pastor; no fight, no real opposition, just surrender. Arizona should have at least seven Republican House members; we’ll be lucky if we have five.
We have little time left to save Arizona and save our country. The Socialists (read Democrats) are on the march, and they’re making great progress. They indoctrinate our children and grandchildren, they regulate businesses out of existence, and they are systematically destroying the middle class. And just what are the Republicans doing to stop this march? Can you name anything?
Being loyal is, for the most part, a good thing. We are loyal and faithful with our spouses. We are generally loyal to our employers. We are also loyal to causes we believe in. We just want to be sure that are loyalty is not misplaced. So, when you say you are a loyal Republican, shouldn’t you be able to cite the reasons why you are loyal?
Blind loyalty is a bad thing. Look what it does for or to the Democrats. There are people who vote the Democrat ticket every time, even knowing that some of those people are corrupt, dishonest, unethical, and even criminals. Many people on the left vote for a black American politician or candidate based solely on race. But, many Republicans vote for any candidate that has an (R) after their name. That is blind loyalty, and it breeds where we are now. Some candidates begin running for office as a (D) then switch to an (R) later. They have no loyalty to any set of principles; they are only loyal to themselves, whatever they can do to fool voters and get elected. Don’t be a blindly loyal voter. Hold them accountable. Show up at town hall meetings and challenge them. Watch what they do. They work FOR you; they don’t RULE you. Act like it.
You want ways by which voter fraud can be more easily accomplished, then look no further than what America has done to its election system. Heck, even Europe and Asia are appalled at how little effort is made to maintain the integrity of our elections.
Voter fraud has become more and more prevalent because Eric Holder wants more voter fraud, with Obama’s blessing. They weren’t really concerned with whether or not Obama would be reelected in 2012. They knew they had enough stuffed ballot boxes out there to carry the day. Holder never had any intention of investigating and arresting illegal voters. Holder couldn’t have cared less when Al Franken stole his 2008 senatorial election with ballots in trunks of cars and the like. The ends justified the means. There are cases in almost every state of voter fraud and, interestingly enough, these voters were all Democrats or liberals. I’m shocked.
To encourage voter fraud, the whole concept of early voting was created, before Obama became president. Early voting was the result of people complaining that they couldn’t get to the polling place and vote before the polling place closed. So, let anyone vote early, and I mean anyone. I guess the whole idea of having polling places stay open longer, or having a two-day election period was beyond their thinking. Early voting encourages voter fraud, and it needs to go away. What does your Congressman or Senator think about eliminating early voting? I’ve got serious money that says he or she won’t give you a straight answer.
Same day registration and voting is a system designed for voter fraud. What possible reason could there be for someone to show up at a polling place, fill out a voter registration form – which can’t be immediately verified – and then cast a ballot? Minnesota has it – and it contributed to Al Franken stealing his senatorial election. Colorado now has it. People can register to vote in their home state months in advance of any election. There is no justification for same day registration and voting, unless the intent is to encourage voter fraud. Again, Holder and Obama love this voting tactic. It’s good for leftists who believe that “Win by Any Means” is a sound political campaign strategy. If you can’t be bothered to register in advance, and have your registration verified as legitimate, don’t vote. Voting is a right, but it’s a right that has to have integrity in place to preserve the system.
You could liken it to the Second Amendment. It’s very clear that the “…..right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” But look at all of the gun control laws that have been passed in states around the country. And, of course, it’s for the good of the people.” Sure, I buy that, NOT.
I understand absentee balloting, but I know that millions of people abuse that method. When I was in the military, on a cruise to the far east, I never got an absentee ballot. Our ship was 2,000 miles at sea, and out of sight and mind. No one cared whether or not we voted. Democrats especially didn’t want military personnel voting; it was always bad for them. Just ask Al Gore. But, right here in America we have millions of people getting absentee ballots because they’re just too damn lazy to actually go to the polls and fill out their ballot. Lazy Americans just can’t drag their butts to the polling place; why it must be almost a mile away. I’m not sure I can make it without food and water to sustain me. You jerks. Voting is your civic duty, not just a right.
If you’re not in this country illegally, just go online, give a stolen social security number, phony address, and get registered, and ask for an absentee ballot. Vote the absentee ballot and mail it in. Even if they find out you voted illegally, it’ll be months if not years down the road and the election is a distant memory.
We, as a people, are encouraging voter fraud. Then, when it surfaces we’re all outraged that it is occurring. What fools we are.
The U.S. and specifically this President have been dithering for years on how to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions and actions. And we have every right to be worried. Iran with nuclear weapons is a nightmare for Israel, the U.S., and dozens of other countries. They may not launch a nuclear-tipped missile, but may well provide smaller nuclear weapons to terrorist groups and let them carry out terrorist attacks anywhere in the world, including main street USA.
This administration seems content to try and get a treaty with Iran to stop their nuclear program. Fat chance. It’s a stalling tactic pure and simple. They keep adding additional centrifuges, and creating weapons-grade uranium. They also know that the U.S. has what are called “bunker-buster” bombs capable of destroying targets down dozens of feet underground. So, Iran built their nuclear facilities hundreds of feet underground, thus making them impervious to those types of bombs, or any other bomb in our arsenal. But the Iranians forgot one thing.
These Iranian nuclear facilities are scattered all over Iran, and the important ones are buried deep beneath the ground. Bombing them would not destroy the facilities, and both Israel and the U.S. know it. But, how about this? In order for workers to get to and leave those buried facilities requires that they take elevators down and back up. There is usually a building on top of the access point to those transportation facilities – elevators or stairs). You with me so far.
What if we went ahead and destroyed those buildings sitting over the various nuclear facilities. That’s right, blow up those buildings and the staircases and elevators? Whoever is down there is staying down there. Whoever is above is eliminated, and no one can get down to those facilities. I’m betting that there are massive tunnel assemblies so people can move between facilities, but so what? Once the tops of those facilities are destroyed, no one gets down there, no one gets out. There are, however, logistical issues.
We have a lot of intelligence on where Iran’s nuclear facilities are located. Israel has a wealth of intelligence on where Iran’s nuclear facilities are located. We know the targets to hit. We just need a leader who wants to protect America.
The Iranians have a pretty good air force. They’re not nearly as good as we are or as good as the Israels are, but they’d be a big nuisance. So, by arrangement with the Israelis and they fly cover, taking out the Iranians. We provide drones with missiles to wipe out Iran’s anti-aircraft batteries. Now we have to solve the biggest problem, air space and fuel. Neither the U.S. or Israel can get at Iran without permission to use the airspace of a few countries. However, most of these countries are deathly afraid of Iran getting nukes so they might well go along. Refueling can be accomplished using our fuel tankers. Have I missed anything?
When we do this, a message is sent loud and clear to other countries that might have similar ambitions. But at least Iran will be set back years in their nuclear ambitions.
But let’s be realistic. This President and the current leaders of the various armed forces don’t have the spine or you-know-whats to do this. This President is sympathetic to Muslim countries, and is afraid of most other countries. We need a Reagan or a Churchill to stand up to these thug countries, and this group isn’t it.
If you look at some of the more notable crime movies, then look at the way Obama and his cronies run the government, there are many parallels. For example:
The President is, for all intents and purposes, the Tutti Di Capo Tuttie, or boss of bosses. His cabinet and czars are territorial capos.
Each of these capos, HHS, EPA, FDA, DOD, DOJ, Treasurer, and the rest, are responsible for controlling and extracting tribute from the people, and passing it up to the big boss.
And if some people die along the way, it’s just a cost of doing business, not to worry. There are lots more people out there. Border Patrolman murdered? Oh, well. Four Americans killed in Benghazi? Oh, well. American military personnel killed because of bad leadership, and a repressive ROE (Rules of Engagement)? Oh, well.
So, the EPA can impose more and more regulations on you and your property, and you have to take it, or else. The government can give your money to friends of theirs to run a business, like Solyndra, and it’s all lost, into the pockets of those friends, and no one can do anything about it.
The Capo Di Tutti Capo is the ruler of the syndicate. His dictates are carried out by the cabinet secretaaries and their underlings. The Congress? Not relevant. If the Capo Di Tutti Capo wants to put the coal industry out of business, and drive energy costs sky high, there’s no one to stop him. Not the Congress; not the Supreme Court, and certainly not you and me.
If the government wants to take land from individual states for their own purposes, it’s a done deal. Congress won’t say a word.
Now, in this instance, the Capo Di Tutti Capo does not need to fear law enforcement stepping in and stopping him. No, law enforcement is under the control of one of his cabinet secretaries. He does what he is told, or else.
If the Capo Di Tutti Capo wants more money flowing into his coffers, to be used for whatever purposes he desires, raise taxes, invent new taxes, and the people will pay, or else.
You don’t speak out against the crime syndicate, or you’ll pay, dearly. You will be slandered, smeared, made fun of, and may, if you belong to the Tea Party, cut off from the same tax exempt tax states as, say, moveon.org. What are you going to do about it if you’re not rich? Nothing.
In the end, the Capo Di Tutti Capo runs this country like John Gotti ran the mob. He believes that he’s a monarch, a king, an Imam, not just a President. He has no need of a Congress; they just slow things down. He has Executive power which he wields with indifference to those who are hurt, and with no regard to the U.S. Constitution. This Capo Di Tutti Capo is arrogant, but at the same time inepty and incompetent. He makes up the rules as he goes, and deprives himself of nothing. Fancy vacations, lots of them, gol outings, trips here and there, sending his wife and daughters to far away places, on your dime. He’s the only President who has refused to allow anyone to know anything about him, nothing. He alleges that his is the most transparent administration in history, but the facts say that his is the most secretive administration in history.
He hides his entire life, but he’s now the Capo Di Tutti Capo, a man who can’t communicate without a teleprompter, who can’t fire anyone, who surrounds himself with ‘yes’ men and women. He’s a pathological liar, gets caught time and again, looks you in the eye and says, “I never said that.”
For the life of me I don’t understand why people who call themselves Christians are afraid to stand up, speak out, and call homosexuals what they are, homosexuals. They aren’t “Gay.” The homosexuals invented, or should I say confiscated, the word, Gay, from the dictionary, and now only they can use it. Why is that? It’s easy. If they used the word homosexual to describe their lifestyle, most people would be reminded of their sexual perversions, so they decided that Gay is such a warm, fuzzy, normal word, that no one could speak out against them. What a crock. They are homosexuals, and their sexual practices are a perversion, as well as being anatomically abhorrent for men. For those who read my book, “What Kind of America…..Do You Want to Leave Your Kids,” you will only see the word Gay used once, and that was to talk about a parade in San Francisco that uses the word Gay in its title. Otherwise, the word homosexual is used.
Personally, I don’t much care what consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedroom, kitchen table, hammock, or swimming pool (though I wouldn’t want to swim in that pool afterwards). If one man wants to have his rectum invaded by another man’s sexual organ, have at it. If you start leaking, you can always go to the “adult” store and buy yourself a butt plug – yes, they sell them there. If two women want to get together and one of them strap on a plastic imitation male sex organ – you can get those at the “adult” store, too – in order to do whatever they want to do, not a problem for me. But please, don’t a) tell me that it’s “normal” and don’t tell me that it’s the same as hetersexual practicies. It isn’t even close.
Any person who calls themselves a Christian, and has ever even perused the Bible, know that the Bible considers homosexuality abhorrent and blasphemous. If Christians are waiting for a Pope to say that homosexual marriage is just fine, you’ll die old and unhappy.
If you want to see a good example – and I don’t recommend it – go to San Francisco and watch the “Gay Pride” parade. It may well make your eyes bleed, but you’ll see an in-your-face demonstration of “normal” homosexual literally on parade. Disgusting is the nicest word I can use to describe it.
Marriage is a blessing of the union between a man and a woman. Even Obama stated that very thing up until it was expedient for him to “evolve” and now fully supports homosexual marriage (it was expedient because he was told that young people wouldn’t support him in the 2012 election if he didn’t). The bottom line is that homosexuals cannot be married; it doesn’t matter who wants it, demands it, or supports it. Homosexuals and their proponentws know this, but refuse to acknowledge it – It’s not the people, it’s the sexual preferences and practices that people of moral character abhor. The Pope made that clear – we love our fellow man, but we do not accept homosexuality. Marriage is impossible in the eyes of anyone who understands the meaning of the sacrament. Politicians ignore traditional, cultural marriage when it suits their purposes. They’ll say or promise anything to get some money and votes, so I pay no attention to them; you shouldn’t, either. They lie, a lot.
If one man wants to leave his possessions to another man, the law should allow it. If a woman is in the hospital and wants her main squeeze to come visit her, there should be no restrictiion. No person, even if a homosexual, is denied human or civil rights, except to use the word, married. For you homosexuals who are throwing things at your computer screen, get over yourselves; facts are facts.
Any Pastor, Priest, Rabbi, or other religious leader who performs a ceremony for a homosexual couple and calls it marriage should be defrocked and tossed out of their religious order, end of story. And don’t forget, if you’re a Muslim and you are found to be a homosexual, their bible calls for your death. That’s the religion of peace for you.
The whole homosexual broohaha is a whole lot of nothing about nothing. The American population is less than 3% homosexual, though the proponents of homosexuality are invading classrooms across the country, trying to teach kids that being a homosexual is just another lifestyle, and as normal as heterosexuality to try and convert kids – with some success. What’s worse, school teachers, principals, and school superintendents are not only allowing it, but endorsing it. That says a lot about the idiocy of school leaders, doesn’t it? Perhaps those schools should have two homosexual men come to the classroom, disrobe, and have sex, then ask how many students thiink that’s normal behavior for humans. Case closed.
So, to the newspapers that tout homosexual marriage as a right, please explain why it’s a right to practice a sexual perversion, and call it marriage. Better yet, publish photos in your paper of homosexual sex, and explain why it’s normal. For politicians – aw, never mind, they’ll just lie some more.
People aren’t born homosexual. Scientists have been desperately trying for decades to find that “homosexual gene” somewhere in the DNA strand, but no luck. Some homosexuals have turned their lives around and become heterosexuals. Movie actress Anne Heche comes to mind (she was Ellen Degenerates main squeeze for several years), then left, got married and had some kids.
So, homosexuality is learned over time, it’s not predetermined at birth. Homosexuals have no “right” to marry. They have the same human and civil rights as any other person in America, something Muslim countries don’t permit. They should be able to will possessions to whomever they want, vist each other in the hospital, sign up for ObamaCare as a couple (that’s punishment enough, isn’t it?), and hold hands while walking down the street. I don’t care. But forget marriage; that’s a religious sacrament, and denied to the sexually perverted. Amen !
And, just to finish on a low note – you can bet that homosexuals and proponents will find this posting, and instead of arguing their position, will attempt to hack the web site and destroy it. These people, that Bill Maher called “The Gay Mafia” don’t much care for tolerance and debate, and differing opinions. You either support them, or they attack you.
What Gets Into Some of these Conservative Republicans Sometimes
I‘ve been getting some really strange e-mails lately, ostensibly from conservatives and Republicans. The purpose behind these e-mails is strange to say the least. See if you can understand the motivation and the language used.
In response to a group e-mail extolling the candidacy of Diane Douglas for Superintendent of Public Instruction in this year’s election, and wanted everyone to support this candidacy. I respond with (more or less) the following.
“Why?” I agree that Hupenthal is a bad Superintendent, and we should find a good candidate to replace him in this year’s Republican primary. But, let’s not replace him with someone who is not qualified. Here is the public record for Ms. Douglas:
* Has never supervised or managed anyone or any group
* Has never managed a budget of any size let alone a multi-million dollar budget
* Hasn’t held a job in over 30 years
* Has run for and lost in five previous election campaigns (two at district, one at county, on at state, one at city council)
* Has never worked as a teacher, principal, or any other education job, unless you could serving on a a school board
* Has never published a paper, written a column or article, or written a book on educatoin or Common Core
* In her failed attempt to win a seat on the Glendale city council, Ms. Douglas appeared in campaign fundraisers with the Democrat candidate for Mayor, and also appeared in election mailer pieces with him, though Ms. Douglas professes to be a conservative, Republican stalwart
Voters should have as much information as possible about candidates so they can make informed decisions rather than listening to empty promises from a candidate, or hollow promises from the candidate’s “team.”
A day after I responded with my reply, I get an e-mail from a lady I’ve known for a while, accusing me of attacking Diane Douglas, and over several more exchanges, called me pathetic, disgusting, a liar, etc….I repeatedly asked her to point out how what I wrote was a lie, or any part of it was a lie, and how can publishing someone’s public record be an attack. She refused to even address my questions, prefering instead to call me names as if, somehow, she would intimidate me into silence. That says a lot about her not really knowing me at all. She’d call me more names, I’d ask her to point out where I attacked Douglas, or where I lied about Douglas; never a reply. Maybe you can understand why someone who professes to be a conservative and, in this case, a member of the John Birch Society, would resort to name-calling to try and stop me from publishing some candidate’s public record, but couldn’t point out where I lied or attacked. I had said two or three times that who she voted for or supported was up to her; I wasn’t trying to cause people to vote for or against this candidate; I just published her record over the past several years and, again, she refused to even acknowledge the statement, but seemed intent on trying to intimidate and insult me. To tell you the truth, I found it humorous.
I had occasion to send out a similar e-mail to a different e-mail group, containing pretty much the same statement about Douglas’ candidacy, and qualifications (or lack of same).
Within a few hours I get an e-mail from a recipient who says she used to like and respect me, but no more. And over the course of five or six e-mail exchanges she called me ugly (now that hurt), ignorant, a liar, disgusting little man (ouch), and so on.
Again, I asked her to tell me what statement I wrote was in error, and I’d correct it, but she, too, would never point out any inaccuracies; she was doing that same infantile attempt at intimidation.
I‘m not positive, but these kinds of tactics are what we’ve come to expect from the leftists. The can’t debate in the arena of ideas so they resort to name-calling. Have you ever experienced this kind of behavior? To me it’s just another symptom of the problems in the conservative movement. Some people would vote just about anyone into office in order to get rid of an incumbent they don’t like, never taking a longer look at the repercussions. I agree with them that the current Supervisor of Public Instruction should be “primaried” and tossed out, but only if there is someone who is more qualified. You don’t replace a bad incumbent with a worse candidate, but the voters decide. I don’t tell anyone who they should vote for or against, but I do share information about candidates if I have facts to share, not opinion.
Looking at this primary race from a distance it seems clear to me that Ms. Douglas doesn’t have nearly enough money or a real campaign team of professionals. And she has to know that her opponent will have people doing opposition research, and have all of the information I sent out and, I believe, eviscerate her in the primary. The GOP “kingmakers” will then tell Republicans that they have to vote for the incumbent so the seat doesn’t go to a Democrat and, voila, the incumbent gets four more years.
I‘m all for getting involved, supporting the candidate’s of your choice with your time, energy and money, but keep your eyes open, and be pragmatic.
Where Do You Complain When the Government Controls Everything?
Think about it for a minute. If you’re retired, and you get a social security check each month, deposited directly into your checking account, what do you do if the check doesn’t show up? Who do you complain to; whom do you call? Who is responsible for fixing the problem? The answer is……no one is responsible. You’re dealing with a huge government bureaucracy. You can go to your local social security office, and explain the problem to them, and ask for it to be fixed. But whomever you talk to isn’t responsible for fixing the problem. Their job is to fill out a form, and send it off somewhere. You may not get a response for days, weeks, or months. Meanwhile, you don’t get your social security. Can you sue them? Uh, not likely. Who would you sue? The government doesn’t work for you; you work for the government. You’ll get a response when someone gets around to it. The bottom line is, you have no power; you are totally dependent on the government to fix the problem. Meanwhile, no social security, and the government doesn’t really care, does it?
Retired military personnel are in the same boat. If their check doesn’t show up, they have to contact the DOD finance department, fill out a form, and wait for the problem to be fixed. It may take days, weeks, or months. There’s no one accountable.
We all have a drivers license; well, I hope we all do. What if the motor vehicle department database gets files mixed up, and all of a sudden you have five accidents, and multiple DUI’s on your record. You get stopped for some driving infraction, and the officer does a wants and warrants on your license, and it comes back with all of these incidents on your record. It may even show that you have a suspended license. Guess what? The officer is going to pull you out of that car, and may hook you up and place you under arrest. In any event, you won’t be driving that car anytime soon. So, you’re in trouble with the law, and you have to get motor vehicles to straighten out your driving record. It might take a lawyer to work on your behalf. Have your checkbook or credit card at hand. It could take weeks or months to get it all straightened out. Meanwhile, you can’t drive, you may have a court appearance due, and the lawyer’s clock is ticking dollar signs. Who is accountable? No one.
Recently we’ve read and heard about how tens of thousands of our veterans have been treated, or not treated, by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of our warriors have been waiting for months, even years, just to get an appointment to see a doctor. And just this week an audio file came to light wherein senior personal at the VA agreed to just delete, purge, thousands of records of veterans who were waiting for appointments so as to improve their statistics. Who does a veteran go to for a remedy? Who is responsible? No one.
I’ve been hearing about and reading about the “single payer” healthcare system which is, after all, the end game for the leftists. It’s the goal not because they believe that the government can provide better or cheaper healthcare, but because of the absolute power and control it gives them over you and me. We’ve already seen what this heinous Affordable Care Act has done to millions of Americans. The whole purpose of the Affordable Care Act was, ostensibly, to provide healthcare (health insurance) to the 40 million or so people in America who don’t have insurance now. Well, the scoreboard says that more people by far have lost their health insurance than have signed up for the Affordable Care Act. What we’ll soon read and hear about is how unfortunate it’s been that these terrible insurance companies have screwed so many hard working Americans, and that the only solution to the problem is “single payer” health care (socialized medicine). Whether the Republicans will even notice what’s being done is doubtful; Republican leaders aren’t the sharpest pencils in the box. So, let’s assume that socialized medicine comes into being. How does it work?
When the federal government runs and controls healthcare for every American, that means that hospitals, nurses, doctors, technicians are, essentially, working for the government. It also means that all of these people are essentially paid by the government with your tax dollars. All health care is now paid for by the federal government. That means, as it does in other countries that have implemented socialized medicine that taxpayer dollars pay for everything. It also means that there will be a finite amount of money available each year for all medical costs. That then means that there has to be rationing of medical services and procedures, just as Canada does now. A rationing board was accurately named a “death panel” by Sarah Palin some years ago. What that means for seniors is that the hip replacement, heart transplant, and other major surgeries may not be available. The patients will be given drugs and told to just get by, or they can die; it doesn’t matter much to government.
It means that the pay for doctors, nurses, technicians will be as low as possible. What that means is that fewer and fewer young people will go deep into student loan debt in order to become a doctor. Current doctors will either retire or switch to “Concierge Service” – cash-basis medicine for the rich. That results in fewer doctors, which means you may have to wait months just to get an appointment to see one. Nurse training will be of lower quality, as will technician training. Any companies who do research and development to come up with new technology equipment will have no incentive to do so. And drug companies will likewise have little incentive to spend millions of dollars researching and developing new drugs.
Keep in mind that any test, any procedure is subject to approval by a death panel. For example, your doctor believes that you need a series of tests to confirm or rule out a serious disease. That doctor has to get approval from the death panel. If, in the opinion of the death panel – bureaucrats not doctors – that series of tests is too expensive, they can tell the doctor no, tests not approved. Well, what if you die from the very disease those tests would have revealed? Can your family sue the doctor? No. Can your family sue the hospital? No. Can your family sue the government death panel? Good luck with that. Anytime you have a behemoth organization determining who lives and who dies, a lot of unnecessary deaths will occur, and there’s nothing you and I can do about it.
So, the weak-minded, useful idiot crowd really likes all those government goodies they get, and don’t understand that anything the government can give to you can also be taken away from you. They have connected the word “free” with the word “government.” With big government you are being ruled and controlled. That’s tyranny, and the leftists like it.
We all know that we elect people to serve us, not to rule us. We are often disappointed in the actions taken or not taken by our elected representatives. In general, when you compare a campaigning politician’s rhetoric to their actions once in office, there is more often than not no connection between the two. So, with urging from many citizens someone or group of someones will decide that things have to change, that the offending politician should not be reelected, but tossed out of office. What to do? Some people, for whatever set of reasons, decide that they can do the job better. Their typical reason for running is, usually, “I was approached by many people who encouraged me to run.” Those “many” people usually consists of family and a few friends. You know this becaue all of those people who encouraged him or her to run are a) not on the campaign team and b) never contribute a nickel to the campaign.
Far too often the challenger to the incumbent has little or no credentials, education, or experience that would lend itself to doing a better job, but that does not deter them. Because the incumbent hasn’t performed, toss the bum out, and replace them with……..me!
In recent times here in Arizona I’ve either been associated with people who have decided to run for office, or am very aware of the record of the candidate. It’s not pretty. One candidate has lost five elections in a row, but each defeat simply led them to being “approached by many people to run.” So, they seek the next higher office, and lose again. Somehow, the truth doesn’t sink in.
One trait that seems prevalent with these challengers is ego; it is massive. Somehow, in their dreams or myopic vision of themselves, they just know they can do a better job, They ignore every warning bell, every piece of baggage, or their understanding of just what the office they seek actually requires.
I‘ve spoken with or met with candidates who are running for an office with absolutely no credible experience or knowledge that would qualify them to hold the office. But when you talk to them you begin to understand that their ego, their pride, the blinders they wear, and the encouragement of a small group of people make them believe they can actually win. In all cases, they lost, or are preparing to lose.
There have been candidates who run for a federal office while never having held any other local or state office. No sense running for a local office and gaining some experience in the process of running for higher office. No way. Go for the big bucks, skip all those local, low paying offices.
There are candidates, like the one I mentioned earlier who ran for a district office, twice, and lost both times. They then ran for a county office, and lost again. They then ran for a state legislative office, and lost in the primary. They then ran for a city council seat, and lost again. Now they are running for a state-wide office, with no credentials or experience, and will lose again.
Other challengers have never run for any local or statewide office, but run for a U.S. Senate seat, and lose. They then run for a U.S. House seat, and are destined to lose again. Whatever campaign they ran in their first loss is now being used to run again. These are the kind of people that do the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result. Who was it that said that doing the same thing over and over again is is the definition of insanity?
Someone who couldn’t get 5% of the vote in their past campaign somehow think they’re going to unseat an incumbent because, well, because, well, they are just better. Really? Like it or not, an incumbent has a huge advantage over a challenger in terms or organization, name recognition, and money. There are some incumbents who are in such safe districts or states that they really don’t have to spend much money campaigning at all. They just run some ads, make some appearances, get some money contributed, and get some money from the national party, and the election is over.
Some candidates believe they can run for office with no money. They get petition signatures, collect those $5 contributions, and believe that they’ll reach hundreds of thousands of voters and win them over. It doesn’t work, but don’t confuse them with facts.
I believe that many of them just like the sound of their own voice, or they have a message they want to get out, but have no illusions of winning. Ron Paul was a good example of this in his presidential runs. I met with him privately, and I could see it in his eyes, and hear it in his response to my questions. He just had a message to communicate, and was using other people’s money to do it. Yes, he swayed some people, but never had a chance of winning.
What I’ve taken away from these experiences is this: your representative may not be doing a good job. There are many that are not doing what they promised, or were not behaving as they should by supporting conservative principles. Yes, we’d like to toss them out. But if that’s the case, inspect a challenger very carefully. Listen to their rhetoric, it’ll probably make you feel good, but look at their record, look at their past, look for any baggage. Because someone gives a good stump speech doesn’t mean they’d be a good representative – Obama would be a great example of this. Replacing a bad incumbent with an equally bad replacement gets us nowhere. Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.
Republican Party Accepts One District As Liberal, No Problem
For those who don’t know how Arizona “districts” are created or changed, a quick primer. There are Congressional districts, Legislative districts, Supervisory districts, and the list goes on. The state legislature is made up of 60 House members and 30 state members. There are 30 Legislative districts in Arizona, thus 2 House members and 1 Senator for each of them.
Each Legislative District has a number of PCs (Precinct Committeemen). The number is dictated by the demographic makeup of that district. So, one LD might have openings for 400 PCs whicle another might have openings for 250 PCs. Republicans become PCs in one of two ways. PCs are, essentially, the grassroots members of the party. PCs elect the board members of the various LD committees, they vote for the county committee board, and they vote for the state party chairman. Make sense?
So, there is one particular Legislative district that seems to be garnering a lot of attention lately, and has done some things over time that have gotten the attention of many Republicans in our state, but for all the wrong reasons. That would be Legislative District 28.
Some notable members of LD28 are Scott O’Connor, the current chairman of the LD28 Republican Committee. He is the son of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.Former Senator Jon Kyl is from LD28. Senator John McCain was in LD28 until redistricted to LD24. The current Senate President, Andy Biggs, is also a PC in LD28. Red State Arizona has identified Scott O’Connor as a “squish” chairman, not a good or strong leader and, evidently, not much of a conservative.
Some time back when there was an initiative to open all primary elections to all voters, meaning that any registered voter could vote for any candidate in a primary; they weren’t restricted to the party with which they were affiliated. At a meeting of the Executive Guidance Committee, which is comprised of all the LD chairmen and women, led by the county committee’s chairman, this committee voted 25-1 against such an initiative, in resolution form. Four of the LD chairmen were not present. The only LD chairman to vote in favor of open voting in primaries? Scott O’Connor, chairman of LD28.
Some members of LD28 have spoken out strongly in favor of ridding the Republican party of conservatives, wanting a more moderate group of people in the party. The LD28 chairman has not opposed such an effort.
Recently, though, LD28 more or less went over the top. At a meeting of LD28 “some” PCs at the meeting said that they wanted no opening prayer, and abolition of the Pledge of Allegiance because it was unnecessary and might offend (my words, not necessarily theirs). What did the chairman and his board do? Why, the acquiesced, of course. The minority has caused LD28 to be the only LD that does not start each meeting with a prayer and a Pledge of Allegiance. There is nothing in the bylaws of LD28 that prohibits such an action, but just the fact that a minority group could demand such a change, and the weak-knee’d chairman surrender is appalling. Could the Chairman have notified all of the PCs of such a demand, and called for a vote at the next meeting? Of course. Could the Chairman have simply told the minority that it is the tradition of LD28 to start each meeting with a prayer and the Pledge, as all other districts do, and deny their demand? Of course he could. But instead, he took the coward’s way out.
Many passtors are outraged. Many LD chairs are also outraged. A great many Republicans and PCs are outraged at this action by the “squish” chairman, Scott O’Connor. However, neither the county party chairman or the state party chairman of the Republican party have spoken out publicly, or taken any action to curb the leftist actions of LD28. Some LD chairmen and women have also wimped out, saying it’s up to LD28 to do what it wants; it’s not our concern. Really?
Has anyone asked those few PCs who want the prayer and Pledge removed to explain why this tradition needs to be scrapped? Is there a good reason not to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States within LD28? Is there a good reason why PCs should not bow their heads and pray for guidance and wisdom at the start of a GOP meeting? I can understand it in a Democrat meeting. The leftist Democrats wand God out of their meetings, their agenda, and out of their platform, prefering instead to draw their unalienable rights from the state, not from God. What’s next, will LD28 declare that the U.S. Constitution is just an outdated piece of paper, to be discarded in favor of a Democrat-driven Constitution?
When you think about it, isn’t “liberal Republican” an oxymoron? I would suggest that those who don’t want God in their meetings, or the Pledge of Allegiance in their meetings, go start their own party, or better yet, go join the Democrat party. You won’t have to put up with God or a Pleddge of Allegiance to the United States in their midst.
Let’s Examine the Value of Being a Precinct Committeeman for the Republican Party, and the State of the Party Today
I‘ve been involved with local politics long enough to understand a lot about what is really going on in the Arizona Republican party. I’ve also been a Precinct Committeeman (PC) for many years. Many of you have been PC’s a lot longer than that. I have served as a District Chairman, with the associated responsibility of being on the Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Executive Guidance Committee. I was also drafted to be President of the Sun City West Republican Club (big mistake there). I was also a psych minor in college, and pay a lot of attention to what people say, and what they do.
I‘m sure that many of you have similar experiences, and some have even more experience. It is not my intention to disparage anyone specifically, or their contribution to the party. But, that being said, this whole notion of Precinct Committeemen being “vital” to the grassroots Republican party is nonsense. Here’s why.
A quote was attributed to Jon Kyl some years ago wherein he said, “PC’s do the dirty work, contribute to the party, vote for Republicans, and that’s it.” Some of our Washington elite politicians believe that they “are” the party in Arizona, and what they want, they expect to get. They’re not interested in any grassroots interference.
How many PC’s does the GOP have in Arizona? Nearly 2,000, give or take? What difference have all those PC’s made in the past several elections? Look at the condition of the GOP in Arizona today. Five of nine U.S. House Reps are Democrats. The state House and Senate majorities continue to diminish. Do any of these state legislators take responsibility for that? Not a chance. Is it the PC’s fault? Not a chance. The fault lies with the leadership at the district, county, and state leve. I’m convinced that in political circles the definition of leadership is lost on them. We also have to remember that just because they’re serving in the legislature doesn’t mean they’re the sharpest pencils in the box.
Our state legislators, while they’re campaigning, generally follow the political mantra; promise whatever it takes to get elected. Once in office, do what the party leadership tells you, vote as the leadership tells you, or your committee assignments can disappear. Most of these legislators go along to get along; it’s more about them, and less about their constituents. Quite often a man or woman is elected for the first time to the state House. Within a year they start believing that they’re now smarter than you and me, that they know what’s best. They don’t need to consult with their constituents; they know that they are smarter. Once they’ve served ta couple of terms, they act invincible, accountable to no one; they are the smartest people in the room. They’ve quit listening to you and me, and now only listen to themselves or the party leadership. They are thinking about only two things: 1) getting reelected, and 2) what’s the next office they can run for when they are termed out. The’ve come to believe that they’re really good at this political stuff, and want to keep it going. It can’t be because of the money. It’s the same motivations at any level, power and control.
For example, how many of our state legislators have been down to the border and conducted their own investigation and done their own research on how porous the border really is, how much in drugs, money, and people are moving across the border into our state, and then gone public with their findings, or written articles, or introduced legislation to stop it? They don’t do it because a) the leadership won’t let them, and b) they don’t want to “lose” the Latino vote? Really? The illegals control the media, march in the streets, control the dialogue, and where is the GOP? Nowhere. That’s cowardly, yet they’ll be back at the public trough soon enough.
Andy Tobin, former House Speaker, had the chance to get the stop Agenda 21 bill from the Senate and heard and probably passed in the House. That would have been good for Republicans. But, because of his petulance, he refused to do so. The result? Arizona citizens suffer from the Agenda 21 invasion. That was a supposed “good” Republican that caused that. Did he pay a price? Of course not. He’s running for a U.S. House seat now. He needs the public trough because he probably couldn’t get a job in the private sector.
And how about the four supposed Republicans, now called RINO’s, who went with the leftists and supported the Medicaid expansion, a measure the majority of Arizonans opposed. If you have an “R” after your name, yet vote with Democrats, you’re a Democrat. And does anyone really believe that Jan Brewer acted in the best interests of the citizens and Republicans when she demanded passage of the Medicaid expansion? No, her advisors told her what to think and say, and the citizens be damned.
Now we’re going to have a race for Arizona Governor next year, and here come the retreads, the lifelong, professional Republicans, running for yet another office. The exception to date is Christine Jones who, if she felt like it, could probably buy most of the state. She wants to run the Governor’s office like a business. If she wins, boy is she in for an awakening.
I was told by a friend who attended a Republican club meeting, that several members at that meeting were discussing why the GOP needed to get rid of conservatives; the Republican party doesn’t need these conservatives. And yet they are members of a Republican club, and some are PC’s. Go figure. If there were no conservatives in the GOP, all you’d have are RINOs.
During my time as a district chairman, less than 10% of the PCs in that district ever participated in any activity. They came to meetings for cookies, soft drinks, catch up on their socializing with other PCs, and waited to be entertained. When it came to actually doing something, they disappeared. They were quite willing and eager to judge those that did get their hands dirty, but they weren’t going to be part of it. So, what good are they? There seems to be a competition to see which district can get the most PC’s, to fill up their quota and that, somehow, is a positive reflection on the district leadership. Hogwash. Actions are what count. There are some people who, because of physical infirmaties, can’t do much walking, or driving after dark (cound me as one of those), but they can make calls, write letters, send e-mails, and talk to neighbors, friends, and relatives to get them to vote for the GOP. That seems to be a bit much for many of the PC’s.
If you put a group of 10-12 deistrict chairmen in a room, and attempt to develop a strategy and set of goals for the next election, what do you think the outcome will be? Typically, everyone in that room believes they’re the smartest, and everyone should follow them. There will be no leadership, no collaboration, nothing of the sort. That old adage about how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit doesn’t exist within the GOP. Heck, it doesn’t apply in Washington, either. And we have to remember that many district chairmen, county leaders, and state leaders have individual agendas. They’re looking for the next move up the political ladders. It’s more about them than it is about serving.
Look at the last three or four state party chairmen. How much true leadership do we get? None. Have any of them inspired you to do more, work harder? Not me. Heck, I never hear from the state party chairman.
You know what “power” a PC has? They get to vote for county and state leadership. Oftentimes, they’re voting for the lesser of two or three evils. They don’t really have a voice in deciding who will be candidates; they just get to vote for one at the mandatory meeting, if they attend. And those meetings are woefully long and boring. You have to love sitting around for hours to attend one of those meetings. But do PC’s really have a voice? No.
I remember when I was the district chairman that it was all about getting money. The state wanted PC’s to donate; the country leadership wanted PC’s to donate, and the district tried to come up with ways to get PC’s to donate. And don’t forget about all those candidates coming to district meetings with their petitions for PC’s to sign, and don’t forget to donate the $5 to their campaign. Wow, what an honor; just keep opening the wallet and I’m a good PC.
I think the whole PC concept should be scrapped. Any candidate who chooses to run for an office is responsible for getting some volunteers to help him or her circulate petitions, get those $5 donations, take care of their paperwork, get their clean elections money, if they go that route, and forget about getting PC’s to do the work for the candidate. And the general position of the state and county party to try and not have contested primaries needs to go away. Just because a district has two House members from the GOP doesn’t mean that they are automatically going into the general without a primary opponent. That’s stupid. I saw it happen in District 9 in 2008, then changed in 2010, back to no primary opponents in 2012, and now it appears that the two incumbents will run unopposed. Why? Now that district 9 is now district 21, why shouldn’t someone who thinks they can do a better job file and run against a Republican incumbent. I don’t know about you, but I’m not all that thrilled with the performance of the Republicans in the House and Senate. Let’s get new blood in there. But in the end, PC’s will have nothing to do with it. There is no grassroots politics. It’s a ruse perpetrated on Republicans by the heirarchy at the top. The PC’s really serve no purpose in actually vetting candidates, supporting or opposing candidates; those decisions are made without their input.
There are exceptions, and I don’t mean to chastise every PC or district or county chair. But by and large, PC’s are being duped. Many of them contribute nothing, do nothing, and just want to be entertained. Get rid of them. Get rid of all PC’s and let candidates work for their election. If you support a candidate, volunteer to help them. If you don’t support a candidate, try to find someone to run against them. You don’t need a district or county chairman lying to you about how valuable you are (well you are if your wallet is open).
I‘m sure many of you have attended at least one district meeting. Even when I was a district chairman I found those meetings, by and large, boring. In a two hour meeting, most of the time was taken up with ritualistic, formulaic nonsense. Each month a district generally has a featured speaker. But, during the 90-minute or two hour meeting, the speaker gets about 20 minutes. The rest of the time is taken up with one report after another, then the current officeholders get to come up and tell us all how hard they’re working for you and me, yadda, yadda, and then maybe a few candidates for this or that office. But during those little speeches, don’t you dare challenge them or their qualifications; that’s considered politically incorrect (or culturally Marxist, where politcally correct came from). There are generally no speakers where the audience can challenge an officeholder’s qualifications, accomplishments, or bad votes. It’s all supposed to be warm and fuzzy. Look where that’s taken the party.
PC’s, you’re being used. If you’re really not going to do anything but go to a meeting now and then, and chat with friends, quit. PC’s, if you are working hard, supporting your candidate, volunteering for your candidate, you don’t have to be a PC to do that.
Unless or until the GOP finally figures out what leadership is, the party will continue to flounder, and we’ll get the representatives we deserve which, unfortunately, perpetuates the problem.