Sporting his new hat as the head of the Heritage Foundation, former Sen. Jim DeMint said Saturday said that conservatives should not rely on the GOP establishment to deliver the movement´s message. He said it is time to take matters into their own hands. Addressing the National Review Institute´s "Future of Conservatism" summit, Mr. DeMint said that conservatives must take charge of the way the movement is perceived. "Conservatives have given the sole distribution rights of our ideas, our beliefs and our values - at least in the political sphere - to the Republican party,"
Sorry...can´t hear anything from someone walking away.. What? Who ARE you, sir? Spearmint? Yes, I´m sure it´s a very popular flavor. Otherwise...get the @$& out of my face, DeMint. I have never met cheaper whores.
I´m with #1. These alleged "conservatives" have cost us 5 Senate seats (akin, mourdock, O´donnell, buck, angle) and now their golden boy, Rubio, is trying to shove amnesty down our throats which will cost the GOP dearly in a lot of western swing states. They drug Romney through the ground for months after ot was clear he´d be the nominee. Now theyrelentless attack, Boehner, the only dude on Capitol Hill with any power that isn´t a Socialist. Let these folks go peacefully to start their own Talk Show Host Party.
You got it. Let us go peacefully. So you dems-in-disguise can help Obama destroy the country. Face it. The Republican party is worthless - except for you bureaucrats who aren´t quite ruthless enough to make it as dems. You don´t really give a rat´s rear end about this country, other than as a game piece. You´ve obviously no love for it. Kiss off and die.
Don´t blame the conservatives: The D.C. poobahs have picked two losers: McCain and Romney, the supposedly electable "moderates" who would appeal to the independents. Both got skunked. Then the party poobahs set up Sarah Palin and turned on her, blaming her for McCain´s loss. She kept McCain from losing by and even larger margin.
I had breakfast with DeMint the other day. He´s a great guy, always has been, and is determined to find a way for conservatism to find its primacy once again in American life. He´s real smart and has some critically important ideas. I think he´s a force for good.
Let´s not be like leftists who love to eat their own.
Gosh!!!!!!!!! I am aghast at these leading comments. We had some great candidates, your establishment repubs worked against them. You embraced the lying media machine. Fawn all over the likes of John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, but throw a stubbed toe under the bus.
DeMint needs to start a revolution... The Heritage Party. The GOP doesn´t seem to realize the majority of conservatives are like Tea Partiers... not Appeasers.
The left have successfully demonized the name GOP, the same way they demonized smokers. Lying over & over & over again until the masses believe them.
Whenever their true agenda becomes clear (commies) the left always invents a new name for their initiatives.... GW to CC.
Time to re-brand conservatives... and use Tea Party peeps to shout it from the rooftops. Boehner bent over to Obama when he removed TPers from committees... Time for us to move on.
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Ida Lil, 1/27/2013 1:11:02 AM (No. 9141598)
The problem #6 is no one eats their own as fast as ultra social conservatives but since they can´t force all Republicans to conform like the progressives can they will never accept a different opinion. Which faction can form an interactive whole that honors everyone´s concept of the Conservative model long enough to win? They all claim Regan but golly gee he welcomed democrats in his winning circle . Now we can´t even get hard set faction to vote in an important election in defense of the country and Constitution. I guess the establishment who ever that might be is more the enemy than the Constitution destroyers. Are the real conservatives: 1. Social purists 2. Fiscal hawks only 3. Libertarians 4. The most hated moderates nastily referred to as RINO 5. conservative defenders of the Constitution who may not follow the hard line? When you can put the nation above childish divisions let us know. We who vote and accept other ideas will salute you then.
First HUGE MISTAKE...thinking Rubio is a Conservative. He is a RINO caring ONLY about himself and getting reelected. Amnesty for the illegals infesting our Country? That´s what he´s selling and me and mine are NOT buying....!
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Mike PHX, 1/27/2013 1:37:05 AM (No. 9141610)
#6, ´nuff said. If you´re satisfied...I´ll wait and see. Heritage Foundation needs to start making a difference. 2010 can´t just be a flash in the pan.
It´s always the same people on this sight that attack REAL conservatives. Enough of you republican liberals; it´s time you sit down and let real conservatives run the show! We´ve had enough of the GOP establishment force feeding the RINOS down our throats, just to have the end result being the communist still residing in our White House.
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Mike PHX, 1/27/2013 1:50:20 AM (No. 9141619)
PS...what I meant by ´nuff said´... Page Turner is one of the brightest posters here. "´nuff said" means exactly that.
How terribly sad that establishment Republicans can´t face the truth about the 2008 and 2012 losses. Its always the same - insult and blame the conservatives. We have pretty much seen it all here today. Let´s see, everything from DeMint is a quitter to blaming Palin for "not helping Romney." Senator DeMint is a respected and admired statesman for good reasons. I am so thankful he has taken a strong stand for his country.
Keep on supporting the GOP and their milquetoast sycophants and you might as well hammer your own chains in place and save the Dems the trouble. You know who you are, the little GOP lapdogs and apologists who cannot see getting yourselves out into the real fight for our country.
Heritage is probably the most well known right wing think tank but I´m not seeing any breakthrough ideas coming from them.Sorry but I´m not a DeMint fan at all.To me,he´s a far right demagogue who lacks any sense of pragmatism.Him and a couple other guys insist on a balanced budget amendment,which even if it passed wouldn´t be worth the paper it´s written on.Plenty of states have BBA while continuing to operate deep in red ink. A federal BBA would have "emergency" loopholes in it and bills could be passed off budget like the Iraq war.
Most of the problems in this country are pretty easy to solve with simple common sense.The problem is the political will to do them. Obama´s ignoring all the roadblocks while pushing a far left agenda,the same thing could be done if you had conservatives controlling the 3 branches.
Republicans are losing elections because they lack ideas to solve problems.There´s an old adage about people voting for a lousy plan over no plan at all and that´s how Obama is doing it.The left has no ideas either but they don´t need one when they´re willing to pull out all stops to buy and import votes.
The GOP establishment is the biggest impediment to conservatism. It has to go. They have done nothing to shrink government, nothing to simplify the tax code. They haven´t repealed a single socialist program. It´s funny how the most radical Democrats never get thrown under the bus by their party, but the GOP cowers at charges of racism or strong anti-abortion views.
What some goblins on this site want you to believe, and oh they want you to believe it, is that conservatives are the problem, not the One Party in D.C. that pretends it is two parties.
If they can keep you occupied with feeling guilty with the meme of Republicans "eating their own," they will be able to prevent conservatives from breaking free of the GOP establishment. Conservatives must understand that Boehner and his ilk are as dangerous as anyone on the Left, because they hide behind the GOP curtain. At best, their agenda is to maintain their position and power; at worst they are in league with Dem goals. It is safe to say we have seen both agendas.
If conservatives would wake up and admit what has happened, stand on principle, and LEAVE the Republicans to their own devices, the elitist GOPers would quickly wither in power and ability to advance a losing political agenda. They continue to exist only because a sizable number of conservatives have yet to see the writing on the wall, and because there are many right-leaning pundits who also refuse to wake up or are afraid.
I´m with DeMint..problem is the ole rinos will ignore him.. The rinos forget the 2010 election was won by the tea party... not Rove, Krystal, McCain ...The Heritige Foundation selected DeMint because he´s a true conservative. The rinos in the senate ignored DeMInt´s great suggestions, they just went along with the same ole boy´s club.
Every time Jim DeMint asked me for a donation I sent money. I believed in what he was doing, recruiting conservatives. I am glad to see him as head of the Heritage Foundation, to which I have also regularly contributed. However, I am not one of those conservatives who hate Republican moderates, want to destroy them and fight total war against them. I find enough enemies within the Democrat party.
Any time I hear someone calling pro lifers "social purists", it makes my blood boil. Abortion is murder, and opposing it is a core conservative value. It isn´t an issue to be argued, any more than are the the first and second amendments.
I´m with #6 and #22...they are among the brightest and best. I always read and think about what they have said. The GOP has a dilemma...to follow the Good Old Boys who used to run the party or bring in more conservative thinkers. The trouble is, these two factions don´t play well together.
Watch Hannity´s special tonight "Boomtown." (Whether you like Hannity or can´t stant him, this show is like his show about Bill Ayers; it is illustrative.) I think the problem he highlights may lead us to a very difficult solution to this nations´ problems. Long-serving incumbents are not serving the nation, but rather themselves.
Conservatives were told to shut up and sit down and would only be called when money and votes were needed. Bonehead threw conservatives off committees. As stated here many times before, Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Your either conservative or not, no half measures, all in or all out. Read the Declaration of Independence, then come back and tell me about half measures.
The so called fight between RINOs and Conservatives reminds one of a National Geo show about competing animals quarreling at a drought shrunk watering hole. The real problem is that popular support like the flow of abundant fresh water has been lost. All Republicans should first focus on restoring that instead of making things easier for the Bolsheviks.
#6,20,22 I agree. We are told to sit down and shut up like poster reminded us. All the posters on Lcom who are Rove supporters..just to keep from saying rino...have doomed us to losing our country. We are headed for a long downward fall and I personally do not expect to see us recover. Am no longer a Republican because the Rino´s are no longer republicans in name only...they are the only Republicans left. The ones of us who realize that appeasement, stupidity, moderates, reach across the aisles, and clinging to their own office is all Repubs care about. Those of us who are conservatives are not welcome in the party so we are leaving in droves. Rejoice moderates, you have won. Own the end of our country.
The increasing number of accomplished and appreciated Republican Governors could certainly tell the national level GOP leadership something about winning elections, simply because they are and they are closer to the citizens who elect them in their respective states and thus they REMAIN more responsive to the will of the people whom they represent and to their oaths of office. Ideally, they remain OF the people, BY the people and FOR the people, humbled by always remembering they are representative public servants who are responsible TO the people, ...NOT the other way around.
In contrast, too many GOP pols at the national GOP leadership leadership level have become so entrenched in the intemidating beltway PC statist, ´culture,´ that they simply disregard their fellow citizens back home in order to fit in with the rest of the pols in, ´´Boomtown,´´ who have themselves become drunk with power OVER the people instead of being responsive TO the people, ...and the U.S. Constitution which the elected swear an oath to uphold.
Such pols who become so intemidated & dazzled by, ´´Boomtown´s,´´ very own special, ´communal,´ siren song to conform & perfectly fit in with the beltway´s, ´cookie-cutter fraternity,´ of elitist pols, become disconnected from those who elected them and who remain working hard and living their lives back in their own states. ...Who even listens to THEM anymore since such statist pols would rather hear the approval of by the dems´ alphabet media cookie-cutter clones? on TV?!
Where are the principled, ´´Mr. Smith Goes To Washington,´´ voices in the GOP leadership anymore? Gov. Sarah Palin is a, ´´Mr. Smith,´´ as was Pres. Reagan a couple of decades before. DeMint is right!
#30. Either you are for the Constitution or you are not..being in the middle of the road makes you road-kill. Democrats are now the far extreme left side of the party..progressives is what they call themselves, which is a soft word for communist. I find no common ground with high spending, free stuff politicians who pander to the dumb masses, buy votes, cheat, lie and steal and are soft on illegal alien crime. Add to that the fact that even the way you sneeze can get one accused of being racist, and they favor killing babies..JUST HOW does a conservative find common ground ?
Conservatism was incubated in classical Athens and advanced by ageless thinkers such as Cicero, the Scholastics, Burke, Pitt, de Maistre, Disraeli etc. The R party has nothing to do w/principled conservatism and never had. Ever. During its ascendancy, post Civil War, GOP orthodoxy was the secular and reformist progressivism of the Gilded Age. That all changed in ´32 when FDR won the progressive banner and the fight in DC has been over this banner, ever since. As Lincoln observed, a House divided against itself cannot stand and that is the crux of the GOP problem; the rank and file is center-right while the establishment is trendy lefty. Their POTUS/Senate nominees over the past 4 generations are proof positive of that; the latest exhibit being doofus Romney. Sadly many dim types refuse to grasp this. No matter. Effectively the GOP is a carcass in need of burial.
XXXIII, its cheaper to keep her. Reagan triumphed, Gingrich triumphed, Ryan and Palin and Jindal are disciples of Reagan and Kemp. The establishment has money, but nothing else, not ideas, no principles, no spiritual and intellectual foundation. We must not be content to merely shut up and sit in the back seat, nor satisfied with holding the map--- these people, the one world, secular governmentalists you described must never again be entrusted with the car keys. We know who they are, we must not be brainwashed.
US President Barack Obama appears to have angered supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, as well as supporters of the army coup that toppled him on July 3. Leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is at the vanguard of the street protests against Morsi’s ouster, claim the US supported the coup. Those opposed to the Brotherhood claim Washington has been and still is supporting the Islamists. An example of the vitriol in the country can be seen in a new video clip featuring a song by Egyptian performer Sama Elmasry. Titled “You Obama, Your Father, Mother,”
Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol remarked on Sunday that President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign rhetoric on foreign policy stood in stark contrast to the turmoil in the Middle East stirred by threats from al-Qaida, pointing out that the U.S. closed 22 embassies throughout the Muslim world. “Four years ago President Obama gave a much heralded speech as outreach to the Muslim world,” Kristol said. “And now, four years later we are closing embassies throughout the Muslim world. A year ago, the president said al-Qaida is on the run. And now we seem to be on the run.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a leading neoconservative hawk and staunch supporter of Israel, says the U.S. military interventions he has long supported to promote democracy in the Middle East and elsewhere have backfired and need to be re-evaluated. “I am a neoconservative. But at some point, even if you are a neoconservative, you need to take a deep breath to ask if our strategies in the Middle East have succeeded,” the 2012 Republican presidential hopeful said in an interview.
Key Democratic and Republican members of Congress said Sunday that the terrorism threat reportedly triggered by an intercepted message between senior al Qaeda operatives is the most serious threat in years, with some warning that the threat is an indication the terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks still poses a significant danger to the U.S. The threat forced the closings of more than 20 U.S. embassies and consulates this weekend. A travel alert was issued for Americans planning to travel overseas, particularly in the Middle East, and will remain in effect for the rest of August.
Rattled lawmakers in both parties applauded President Obama’s decision to shutter two dozen U.S. diplomatic posts across the Middle East and North Africa this weekend, calling the threat of a fresh terrorist attack credible, specific and the most alarming in years. The State Department extended the closure of 19 embassies, consulates and smaller diplomatic posts through Saturday “out of an abundance of caution,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a written statement Sunday. Several other posts, including embassies in Kabul and Baghdad, will reopen Monday.
I have lived under the Administrations of 8 Presidents. Until Barack Obama, I never knew the date of their birthday. In fact, except for Barack Obama, I don´t know the exact birthday of any US President. (I know Washington and Lincoln were born some time in February.) Obama´s organizing arm, OFA, not only wants me to know that Sunday is Barack´s Obama, but also that I should be politically active in "honor" of the event. This creepiness is beyond the ability of science to measure.
Saturday evening, a friend suggested that I watch the midnight rerun of Judge Jeanine Pirro´s Fox News program for her interview segment with a Democrat and a Republican about this weekend´s closing of 22 embassies overseas in response to terrorist threats. Ryan Clayton was the Democrat whose arguments blaming George W. Bush´s administration for the current level of threats in the Middle East were so weak that he was reduced to childishly reminding viewers that 9/11 happened on George W. Bush´s watch (as if we didn´t know, and as if eight years of previous Clinton
During the 2012 presidential campaign, President Obama repeatedly claimed that al-Qaeda had been “decimated” and “on the path to defeat.” That makes it a little curious that the State Department is now forced to close temporarily its diplomatic missions across the Middle East and North Africa and to issue a global travel alert to U.S. citizens warning of a potential attack by al-Qaeda. News of al-Qaeda’s imminent demise was, it seems, greatly exaggerated. In fact, while the terrorist network has suffered substantial losses, including of course the loss of its co-founder, Osama bin Laden, it has displayed dismaying resilience.
Today, across Africa, Araby and Asia, from Nouakchott to Dhaka, the diplomatic facilities of the United States are closed. There’s a Tsarnaev out there, somewhere – could be the Mahgreb, the Levant, the Horn of Africa, the Indian sub-continent – who knows? So, as Richard Fernandez writes, “Shelter in place, this time globally.” Maybe it will work. Maybe by the end of the day there will be, unlike Benghazi a year on, men in custody. But if not? Daniel Pipes: Don’t know about you, but I find this pre-emptive cringing unworthy of a great country, even humiliating.
Key figures in the Obama administration met on the current al-Qaeda threat on Saturday while the president conducted an intensive golf fiesta at Andrews Air Force Base. President Obama set off for the golf course at about 8 a.m., hoping to squeeze in as much play as possible before a scheduled departure to Camp David at 2:30 p.m. Three all-male teams hit the golf course to mark the day before Obama’s 52nd birthday, including regulars Reggie Love and Marvin Nicholson, White House chef Sam Kass and college friend Wahid Hamid. “Before departing this morning, the president was updated
In April, the city of Boston was effectively under military curfew because two terrorists were on the loose. Now, fears of al-Qaeda attacking has led the U.S. government to close 21 U.S. embassies in Muslim-majority countries and then issue a worldwide travel alert announcing that “Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests. U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure.” The chairman of the Joint Chiefs
While President Barack Obama has claimed he is a champion of the middle class, two of his signature initiatives--comprehensive immigration reform and Obamacare--threaten to further gut America´s middle class. Regarding Obamacare, economic analyst John Mauldin determined Obamacare may actually create a "new underclass" with "disastrous implications for the country." He explained that the country has a "younger generation that is having trouble finding full-time work and developing the skills needed for the transition to more stable, higher-paying employment."
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
An odd dark vertical line that was observed in the sky over Florida earlier this week has left meteorologists puzzled. The shadowy apparition was spotted and photographed by Mike Weight at Honeymoon Island State Park near Dunedin, Florida, Wednesday. Weight was walking on the beach at around 12.30pm. The day was bright and sunny, but there were thunderheads forming to the east. ‘I was looking North when I observed what looked like a ray of dark light coming down from a small cloud to the surface of the Gulf about a half-mile away,’ the 73-year-old man wrote in an email
Police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early today after the suspect opened fire and refused to drop his gun, police said. Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops. Douse, who was arrested in May on attempted murder charges for shooting a 15-year-old, fired at the man running on East 151st Street this morning, police said.
Goose Creek resident Nancy Mace officially announced her campaign to defeat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the 2014 Republican Party primary. The first woman to graduate from the Citadel, Mace is a well-regarded up-and-comer in Palmetto State politics, counting at least one notable South Carolina Tea Party fave as an ally, state Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort). However, if Mace truly hopes to secure the SCGOP nomination, she will need to answer questions about another comrade, Will Folks of FITSNews. As the former co-owner of FITSNews, Mace presided over the South Carolina political gossip site during its most infamous days;