A Plea To The GOP: Enough Already! Stop Talking About “Tactics”. The Country Needs More From You.

Originally posted at Ace of Spades HQ by DrewM

Team GOP keeps talking about how conservative insurgents don’t understand tactics and how we all want to get to the same place but disagree on tactics. “Tactics” is the new “electability” (which itself is really a tactical concept) and we all know how well that worked out.

Tactics exist to advance a strategy which in turn is the plan to achieve a goal. This focus on tactics is masking a major flaw in the Republican party…it has no overreaching goal let alone a strategy for achieving it. Republicans lack a reason for being beyond winning elections and enriching the various donor and political structures that exists in its orbit. There is simply no Republican vision for the country, no coherent ideological vision that it presents to the country as a viable alternative to the Democrats.

The Democrats can broadly be said to have a vision for America that is based on an ever growing and more powerful public sector (especially at that the federal level). From that basic vision all other things flow. What is the corresponding vision from the GOP? It’s clearly not the opposite. No one seriously suggests that the overreaching vision of the Republican Party is to shrink the government at every level and to minimize its impact on the lives of Americans. At best one could argue that the GOP wants to present a somewhat less grand vision of the role of government in people’s lives. And they certainly want to be the ones running that slightly smaller beast. But actively shrink it? There’s no evidence of that. On the other hand, there is quite a bit of evidence that the GOP is quite comfortable with increased spending and the scope of the federal government as it exists.

I’m not saying there are no differences between the parties but they aren’t as great as some pretend or as they should be in a healthy democracy. Don’t believe me? Think of the areas where the GOP-Democrat divide is supposedly the greatest…social issues. And then look at how many Republicans want to de-emphasize abortion and surrender entirely on gay marriage. At one point national security/defense was a significant point of distinction between the two parties. But as many onetime hawks sour on the notion of a robust program of intervention, which is a distinction that has narrowed greatly. With the rise of Rand Paul within the GOP, that’s an area that will continue to lose its ability to differentiate the parties.

Only on spending is the gap still large and when it comes to elected officials that gap is mostly rhetorical.

It’s this lack of a stark competing vision from the Democrats that forces the GOP to constantly focus on “tactics”.

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MUST WATCH: Elbert Guillory: “Why I Am a Republican”

Published on Jun 16, 2013

Louisiana Senator Elbert Guillory (R-Opelousas) explains why he recently switched from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party. He discusses the history of the Republican Party, founded as an Abolitionist Movement in 1854. Guillory talks about how the welfare state is only a mechanism for politicians to control the black

Media Portrayal of Republicans has Activist asking: We’re What? Really!

The Right Sided

We’re What? Really!

Mar 23, 2013
By David Darnell

Much has been written and said about “what went wrong” in the 2012 election cycle.  We lost a winnable presidential election and a few seats in Congress.  Never mind 30 Republican governors and 28 Republican controlled legislatures in a country of 50 states, we lost the big one and that hurt.  Like a feral cat who has chewed a hole in a garbage bag left on someone’s back porch, I too have been returning to feed on the postmortem.

Returning to Draper’s NYT Valentine’s Day post, I’m struck by the now often reported assessment of the GOP’s weakness.  Of a focus group session of young female Obama voters, the article states:

  ” About an hour into the session, Anderson walked up to a whiteboard and took out a magic marker. “I’m going to write down a word, and you guys free-associate with whatever comes to mind,” she said. The first word she wrote was “Democrat.”

“Young people,” one woman called out.

“Liberal,” another said. Followed by: “Diverse.” “Bill Clinton.”“Change.”“Open-minded.”“Spending.”“Handouts.”“Green.”“More science-based.”

When Anderson then wrote “Republican,” the outburst was immediate and vehement: “Corporate greed.”“Old.”“Middle-aged white men.” “Rich.” “Religious.” “Conservative.” “Hypocritical.” “Military retirees.” “Narrow-minded.” “Rigid.” “Not progressive.” “Polarizing.” “Stuck in their ways.” “Farmers.”

If you’re reading this you are likely politically savvy, or at least informed and are likely an activist…..and may very well ask the same question I did.  Who are these Republicans?  As I take a good hard look around me I just don’t see them.  Do you?

Are you working with old, rich, greedy, white farmers who are blah, blah, blah?   Admittedly the party I invest my time, dubious talent and treasure in has several of the old guard, but by and large we are none of the above.  so how did the GOP get here?  How have we come to be perceived as these young women see us?  Is that our message?  Or does the message come from someone other than those of us occupying the rank and file of the Republican Party.

As a Republican Party activist I bought the lie in believing that my advocation of a realistic view of some social issues would guarantee my pariahship.  Quite the contrary.  It seems that my fellow SoCons do recognize that abortion, though an abhorrent procedure, is not illegal in America.  Not something we would ever support but not a club to be used to beat a voter over the head with.  And the sending of Rand Paul’s suggestion of removing marriage  from the tax code  (that it need not be redefined) up the flagpole did not draw the fire I thought it might.  We really are not those people.

I have yet to confidently refute Brietbart’s take on politics.  Policy IS downstream of culture.  Culture IS downstream of media.  This focus group, like millions of other everyday ordinary Americans, has been spoon fed a twisted and inaccurate depiction of Lincoln’s party.  The left leaning bias of American media needs no introduction and it’s sway over public opinion is beyond question.

If we acknowledge that the voters we seek to court view Republicans through the truth filters of the mainstream media, are we to change our positions and platforms to suit the popular misconceptions?  Would a shift in policy position then not be based on a false premise?  And if we radically change our positions, are we to believe the Democrat/Media Complex will suddenly reveal to the American public the true nature of the vast majority of Republican voters and activists?  I don’t think so.

Honest polling confirms that the majority of Americans hold a center-right view and do not run away screaming at the idea of smaller government, lower taxes and more individual freedom.  Simply, it is not the Republican message that is a repellent to some voters,  it’s the leftist media’s version of the Republican message some find unpalatable….and rightfully so.

My point is this.  Let’s not make a game plan or a strategy based on the string pulling of a corrupt and biased media.  In doing so we will only force the puppet master to jerk the strings in a different direction.  WE WILL NEVER GET A FAIR SHAKE FROM THE DEMOCRAT/MEDIA COMPLEX…lets not try.  We ARE the Rightsided and when we claim the rights to our own message and deliver it to the people…one person at a time…we will win elections.

David Darnell is Chairman of the Marion County (OR) Republican Party. Read more from David Darnell here and follow him on Twitter

Bureaucratic Backfire! Students Back Bradlee Dean (via http://www.thebrennerbrief.com)

“The reports that you are getting about the beliefs of students in public schools is not coming from the students, but rather the sick media spin-doctors and their disinformation.” – Bradlee Dean Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., have introduced sex-education legislation…

Oregon Senator Ginny (Grab Our Guns) Burdick Skips Townhall Meeting to watch TV

Oregon  Sen. Ginny Burdick had scheduled a Town Hall meeting for March 4th at 7pm at PSU.  According to a press release and her own Facebook page she had to cancel due to “scheduling conflicts”.


Well apparently, Senator Burdick is nothing more than a garden variety liar. As you will see on the video below, shot outside of her house on March 4th from around 5pm to 7:30pm, she was home the entire time.  Perhaps it was because Monday night TV was showing: “The Bachelor: the women tell all” and maybe she doesn’t have a DVR.

At least Ginny came out from under her desk long enough to skedaddle home to hide in her living room. It’s time for the voters in Senator Burdick’s district to let her know they don’t appreciate their representatives lying to them and then to send her packing!

H/T Bill Post Radio Show

The Tale of Rep Mike Hope (44th District Position 2 Lake Stevens) and WA State HB 1588

If you think that a state you don’t live in doesn’t affect you with its laws, think again.  To that end, please share and email around this letter to Rep. Mike Hope, a Marine veteran and current Seattle police officer, who is co-sponsoring a bill to force universal background checks, effectively ending the ability of one law abiding citizen to sell a firearm to another law abiding citizen without the government getting involved.  Several states are doing this, and it is incredibly important that we all get off our butts and stop this madness.

Regarding the bill HB 1588 in the WA State Legislature, sent to Rep. Mike Hope at mike.hope@leg.wa.gov:

Rep. Mike Hope,

As my representative, it is your job to speak for me. Your website says you understand this concept, and as a member of the state legislature, one would hope you’re well-versed enough in the Constitution to grasp the purpose of your elected position. As someone who has worn the uniform of a United States Marine, one would hope you can wrap your head around the basic values that you once defended. Your current support of HB 1588–and your disrespectful, rude, arrogant and even childish comments to your constituents, however, prove otherwise.

Read the rest of the letter at Victory Girls and be sure to share with friends and family living in Washington State.

Ginny Burdick Lays Out Tactics For Gun Grabbing Advocates


Oregon state Senator Ginny Burdick spoke at the “One Million Moms For Gun Control” rally, February 9th, 2013 ( https://www.facebook.com/events/274285102701019/ ). There, she laid out the plans and tactics that gun grabbers can use to get what they want, which is more legislation based on fear and misinformation. About 100 people turned out for the event, including some pro gun protesters, as opposed to the 1000 some odd who were at the pro gun rally the day before.

Read the full article here at 54’40” Or Fight

Oregonians Assemble Peacefully for 2nd Amendment Rights Rally in Salem

2nd Amendment Rally Salem, Oregon

2nd Amendment Rally Salem, Oregon

Salem, OR: Hundreds of Oregonians gathered today at the Capitol in Salem, Oregon despite the still winter-like weather and the fact that today was a work day for many. Cold hands were wrapped around coffee served by Coffee In Motion, making the damp, chilly temperatures tolerable as we listened to speakers share their thoughts on gun control, unalienable rights and freedom.


I took a vacation day from work so that I could attend and as I strolled through the assembled crowd I was struck again by the dishonest and scandalous way we are portrayed in the media. Too often it is as snaggle-toothed mouth breathers, barely able to put two words together, or as wild-eyed extremists on the par with the worst villains in history. What I saw today were families, couples, young men and women, bikers, and a father with his small son who was thrilled to have just been given a badge sticker by a law enforcement officer. I also met two gentlemen who graciously gave me money to purchase more reference cards to hand out when the “free” ones I had requested from Capitol staff ran out. To these men I say thank you, thank you for trusting me to do what I said I would do. I was able to hand out an additional 280 reference cards thanks to their generosity!

A father and his small son attend today's rally in Salem

A father and his small son attend today’s rally in Salem

These people are among the best of our community – law abiding citizens who are fed up with government infringement on our rights and the intrusion into their lives.

Standing up for 2nd Amendment Rights

Standing up for 2nd Amendment Rights

My hope is that some elected officials took a moment out of their day to cross the street and chat with their constituents, spend a moment or two engaging in conversation about how their decisions effect the people who elected them to serve. Unfortunately, most of these legislators were not actually on the premises today so, they missed a golden opportunity to take the pulse of the people, to see and to hear what matters to Oregonians.