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    Tag: Ronald Reagan

    Some Consensus Assembly Required

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 04:26:02 PM EST
    Tags: 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, Conservative Republicans, Ronald Reagan, Dave Agema, Liberal Republicans, Mitt Romney, Bill Milliken, Libertarian Republicans, Rand Paul, Justin Amash, Moderate Republicans, Gerald Ford, John Engler, Tea Party Republicans, Sarah Palin, Tom McMillin, Reagan's Eleventh Commandment, integrity argument, empowered grassroots operation, internal consensus building, 2014 Michigan Gubernatorial Election, 2014 Michigan Gubernatorial Republican Primary, 2014 Michigan Republican State Convention, "Mastermind" vs. "Oracle" (all tags)

    Gretchen Whitmer refers to it as a "civil war" (and Bill Ballenger tempers that to "controlled-fire civil war"); Todd Courser refers to it as "intense fellowship;" both Brian Calley and Wes Nakagiri refer to it as "a competition of ideas;" Saul Anuzis refers to it as "growing pains;" and Garrett Arwa cites it as evidence that the Michigan Republican Party is "coming apart at the seams."

    Me?  I think the truth is somewhere in the middle of all of that.  I also think that these various characterizations dance around an interesting finding of the iCaucus Michigan survey, but which wasn't referred to in the press release in a way that would draw attention, and which by itself explains why a top-down approach to Michigan Republican Party unity is never going to work.

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    Planning For The Long Haul (or, Taking Over The Party Isn't The Real Objective)

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 03:58:25 PM EST
    Tags: Yuri Bezmenov, Life under Soviet Collectivism, Propaganda and Mind Control, Cultural Subversion and Escape, G. Edward Griffin, active ideological subversion, de-moralized American society, destabilized American economy, useful idiots, bogus left-right political paradigm, Overton Window of Political Possibility, incrementalism, Delphi technique, creeping normalcy, shifting the baseline, door in the face technique, foot in the door technique, salami tactics, camel's nose metaphor, perception moves opinion moves policy, Ronald Reagan (all tags)

    It's been almost two months since the MIGOP 2013 State Convention and the House vote on 2013-HB-4111 tweaked the ire of the constitutional conservatives in the liberty movement, and I'm already starting to see evidence of discohesion amongst the grassroots activists.  By this I mean that the righteous outrage over the House yielding on the ObamaCare Exchanges and the resolve to make sure that the blueblood elites don't go back to using the grassroots as an outhouse is already starting to dissipate amongst the discussion of the latest "headline" political distraction.

    Yuri Alexandrovich Bezmenov was a Russian born, KGB trained subverter who defected to Canada in 1970 after becoming discouraged with the Soviet system.  About a dozen years later, he lectured in Los Angeles under his nom de plume (Tomas David Schuman) and gave an interview to G. Edward Griffin (under his real name), in which he provided a detailed description of the process by which Moscow would quietly take over an enemy nation (specifically explaining the methods being used by the KGB for the gradual subversion of the political and economic systems of the United States).  Regardless of which video you prefer to watch, either is a rather an eye-opening explanation of just how thoroughly screwed this country really is, as well as critical information that the true American patriots need in order to prevent (or at least forestall) our nation's collapse.

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Easter Egghead Pale Pastels

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 05:43:04 PM EST
    Tags: Young Minds of Mush, Prospects, Huntsman, Michigan, Dele-Gate, Conservatism, Bill Buckley, Ronald Reagan, Goldwater (all tags)

    The campus indoctrinated from CMU opines further.

    Take Jon Huntsman: the governor of Utah for more than four and a half years. Huntsman also served stints as the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and China in the early 1990s and late 2000s, respectively. Besides being fluent in Mandarin, his governorship saw the highest contemporaneous job growth rate in the country. The man was electable.

    And if that isn't enough, Newsweek reported in 2011 that Huntsman was ready after the 2008 election to tweak party platforms to reach a younger base. The key changes: a more centrist Republican approach on "immigration, gay rights and the environment."

    Never won a state in the primary.  Drops out with placing 3rd in New Hampshire.  Not even a noteworthy stalking horse candidate.

    H/t BigFurHat

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    Nice Try

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 09:30:37 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Dele-Gate, D.Inks, Conservatism, Young Minds of Mush, Bill Buckley, Ronald Reagan, Goldwater (all tags)

    For about the 100th time.

    Self described moderates complain after every 'surprising' loss that the conservatives are chasing them out of the party.  Often that nonsequitor is used to explain the loss, and make themselves feel better for having no core foundation.

    The side bar (hash tag #RightMi) had a real winner link to a story by a recent teenager with all the answers to our current political problems. His premise is essentially, that anything Bill Buckley Jr. has said, is correct, and applicable to our current election results.  Specifically noting the "Buckley Rule" of selecting a winnable candidate, thus advancing conservatism in that manner.  Inks writes:

    "Looking at the past two elections, it seems that the GOP has forgotten the last three words of the Buckley Rule, and it is now costing us elections.

    On the national level, the party primary voters have forced candidates further to the far right on issues that make our candidates undesirable to moderate American voters. During the time he was governor, Mitt Romney had viable, working solutions to health care and environmental problems. "


    So Much Bloviating.

    Inks has adopted the 'loser' posture, where there is nothing to stand for but (what is apparently) the winners position. (even if wrong.) He has twisted a mildly misinterpreted Buckley stance and given new meaning to the word accommodation and capitulation.  Mr Inks should remember in the last century the national socialists were elected as well.  Yes, the winners can be wrong, and standing for something opposite what those 'winners' stand for is unacceptable to this young man.  Buckley's "rule" once again is abused for a squishy position of a milquetoast political wannabe.

    Buckley by the way was one of three, including conservative hero Russell Kirk to convince Barry Goldwater to run for president anyhow. What Buckley hadn't seen coming, was the shift in the way media, and the progressive/socialist training farms known as public schools and universities would through relative shifts, change what is a winning candidate.  The acceptable forum in fact, for Mr. Ink's article we should note, carries a small irony.  

    Continued below.

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    Thursday Divertere

    By JGillman, Section Multimedia
    Posted on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 09:58:09 AM EST
    Tags: Conservatism, Ronald Reagan, Republicans, Democrats, Failure of Liberalism (all tags)


    "Outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector."
    - Ronald Reagan

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    An Open Letter to Michigan Republicans

    By The Wizard of Laws, Section News
    Posted on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 12:47:55 PM EST
    Tags: city, Credentials Committee, debate, Enchanted Mitten, Freedom, GOP, hill, Michigan, Republicans, Romney, Ronald Reagan, Santorum, shining (all tags)

    Dear Michigan Republicans:

    Stop it.  All of it.  Just stop.

    It is truly amazing how we pay lip service to unity, then immediately turn around and try to tear each other apart.  This gives aid and comfort to the enemy, and it stokes the mistrust that so characterizes our current political process.

    The negative campaigning, the dirty tricks, the middle-of-the-night meetings that rewrite the rule book - does it matter?  In the long run (meaning about six months from now), will any of this matter?

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    How Low Can He Go? Nobody Really Knows

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 05:10:38 PM EST
    Tags: Tea Party Movement, Rockefeller Establishment, Ronald Reagan, primary process, honest and vigorous debate, true conservatism, milquetoast moderates, Mitt Romney (Massachusetts), Log Cabin Republicans Payola (all tags)

    Just in today from CPAC

    Now, the truth below the fold.

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    Applying Reagan's Eleventh Commandment . . . What Does This Mean?

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 05:07:45 PM EST
    Tags: Reagan's Eleventh Commandment, Tea Party Movement, Rockefeller Establishment, Ronald Reagan, primary process, honest and vigorous debate, true conservatism, milquetoast moderates, Newt Gingrich (Virginia), Mitt Romney (Massachusetts), Rick Santorum (Pennsylvania), Ron Paul (Texas) (all tags)

    As a matter of lifelong religious preference I'm a Confessional Lutheran (specifically, WELS), a point I may have made once or twice before on this site.  I recall well the catechismal training where such questions as, "What does this mean?," or "How is this done?," or "Where is this written?" were routinely asked in such a way as to prod the minds of middle-school-aged youth to master the basics of sound biblical doctrine.

    Given what I am currently seeing as a predominant tendency to completely misuse a key in-party philosophy (as well as an apparent misunderstanding as to how that philosophy is to be applied), I find myself compelled to address it similarly.

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