Before I became a Candidate for AZGOP Chairman, I heard your voices……
You spoke clearly and voted three times to CLOSE OUR PRIMARIES.
You spoke loudly when you overwhelmingly voted to oppose Obamacare.
You shouted when you voted unanimously to oppose Common Core.
Is your voice being heard by the current AZGOP Chairman?
On closed primaries, Graham said, “I will form a study committee AFTER you re-elect me.”
On Common Core and Obamacare, he said, “I do not speak on policy issues; that is not my job.”
Therefore, the AZGOP FAILED to advocate the Republican Message: Pro Freedom Pro Family Pro Faith.
Instead, the AZGOP spoke using the voice of dark money consultants, lobbyists and establishment elites.
And what happened when the AZGOP did not hear your voice?
Republican Voter Registration is DOWN 32,000 since the Chairman took office
Common Core and Obamacare became the law in Arizona
Precinct Committeeman numbers have DECLINED 30%
Arizona was one of only four states to fail to achieve an increase in Republicans legislators in 2014
Republican majorities are down from Super Majorities in both chambers just a few years ago
It is long past time for the AZGOP to speak with YOUR voice, but it is clear that the current Chairman refuses to hear your voice and will only echo the dark money voices.
The most important voice in our Republican Party is yours and your voice WILL be heard clearly on January 24. I ask you to speak again and I ask for your vote so we can work together to rebuild a robust and principled AZGOP by speaking loudly on the Republican Party Platform Principles – Your Principles.
A native of South Dakota, I began my political activism at the age of eighteen when I walked my neighborhood for Ronald Reagan. Moving to Arizona in the early 80s, I became active in the Paradise Republican Women’s Club serving as Membership Chair, Program Chair and Club President. During that time, I started volunteering at the AZGOP headquarters while Burt Kruglick was Chairman and worked on dozens of campaigns including Kruglick’s Mayoral race and Fife Symington’s Gubernatorial race.
I have volunteered thousands of hours with the Young Republicans, AZGOP, MCRC, Arizona Federation of Republican Women and Arizona Republican Assembly including the State Chairman of Arizona Young Republicans (age 21-40yrs), tripling the number of clubs across the state.
AZ Republican National Committeewoman 1996-2000
2012 AZGOP Mandatory Meeting
2012 AZ GOP Presidential Debate Coordinator
2012 AZGOP Christmas Project for National Guard and Veteran Families
2013 AZGOP Statutory Meeting
2014 MCRC Mandatory Meeting
2014 MCRC Lincoln Day Lunch
2014 LD23 GOTV office Manager
2015 MCRC Statutory Meeting
President of Paradise Republican Women
AZ Federation of Republican Women Director, Region VIII
AZ Republican Assembly National Director
I have raised money for the AZGOP and Maricopa County Republican Committee.
I live in Scottsdale with my husband, Dave, and my 3 boys – Chase, DJ and Garrett (19, 13, 10). I have owned and operated a travel agency business for the last 34 years. I have been very active in supporting my sons’ Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts activities. Perhaps my proudest moment to this time is the fact that Chase is an Eagle Scout. I am glad to report that DJ and Garrett are following in his footsteps.
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.