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Time to Re-Group

The Tea Party movement is alive and well, although some would have you believe it is on its last breath. Recently elected “Conservatives” are talking in shakey voices and sounding Progressive. The IRS has executed a good one-two punch. The MSM sycophants and brown nosers continue to get tingles up their legs with everything Obama does. The NSA is becoming the “telescreen” of 1984, listening to and watching our every move. In many ways the Tea Party movement is being backed into a corner – maybe on purpose.

I thought 2010 was the start of something BIG. And is was – but just a start. Too many in the Conservative camp thought re-making the Republican Party was going to be easy, right? Just throw out the bad guys and replace them with good guys. I always knew SOME of the newly elected good guys would wilt in the heat of battle, but I didn’t think it would be this bad. It turns out (slap me silly) that some of them were never really Conservatives.

What’s going on right now is a clear display of the Limbaugh Theorem. It clearly describes the Progressive behavior of “defend it in public–defeat it in private.”

I am still not quite ready for a third party. I still believe we can bring about change from the inside. Anybody who thought this was going to be easy was dreaming. We are simply learning to adjust our strategy in the heat of battle. We can learn a great deal from our “failures.”

The next round of Republican primaries should be very interesting. Some of those who jumped in front of the parade in 2010 or 2012 may find themselves sweeping the street in 2014. That’s where my energy and my money will be going.

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The Irony of Prepping – Or is it?

It is widely accepted in the Conservative community that Obama and the Progressives believe in the redistribution of wealth. The mantra is “From each according to his ability; to each according to his need.” (a basic premise of Communism).

Their utopian system is based on collectivism – “It takes a village.” Agenda 21, if implemented fully, would forcefully move people from the rural areas back into the urban areas. The food production of the rural areas would be owned and controlled by the government for the benefit of the people as they see fit.

The ruling elites (from both parties) are slowly forcing us in the direction of collectivism, where we are forced to work together for the benefit of “the village,” all under the control of the ruling elites (or a dictator).

Now let’s look at prepping in the context of a total collapse of the economy. There are as many collapse scenarios as there are those with hypotheses regarding how that will unfold. But the end result is a reset to our way of living. Our house of cards would come tumbling down.

Prepping is based on the practice of self-reliance and self-sufficiency. We prepare for life without all the modern conveniences. We broaden our library of skills. We stockpile food, water, guns, and ammunition. We build backup systems for energy production. For really long-term scenarios we plan on producing our own food.

But most “experts” in the field believe that surviving a collapse will ultimately force survivors to work together collectively. We will have to come together into small protected communities to pool our resources and survival skills, much like scenes from “The Postman,” “Jericho,” “The Walking Dead,” and others.

The obvious difference between these two theories is freedom of choice.

I know which is preferrable for me and my family.

If You Stop Churning the Cream You Will Never Get the Butter

The Republican Party has been infiltrated by Progressives, right? With a few exceptions that includes everyone in the party prior to the 2008 elections. How many examples can we all give of a moderate Republican jumping in front of the Tea Party parade and claiming to be the Conservative’s best friend?

I remember when Boehner was elected Speaker in 2010. There was some outrage from the tea party, but his election as Speaker was not a real surprise. We just didn’t [and still don’t] have the numbers to do otherwise.

The pendulum has swung back towards the Progressives, and many on our side are hanging their heads and are ready to quit. But the same thing happened in 2008. It took a while to get rolling, but the tea party sprung to life and became a formidable political force.

History has shown that nearly all off year elections have moved away from the party in power. 2014 could be a repeat of 2010. The farm team IS operational. We just have to keep feeding it with good candidates, knowing that most will not make the grade.

The search for credible leadership is a slow deliberate process. But if you stop churning the cream, you will never get the butter.

Where Now To Focus Conservative Energy?

Much energy (hand wringing and finger pointing) is currently being expended by the Republican establishment and others in the party regarding the Republican loss in November. Much criticism is being directed towards the Tea Party movement. By definition, a circular firing squad is not beneficial.

The critics say we must appeal more to the Hispanics, or the Blacks, the Gays, the Women, and other “groups.” The implication is that we will be able to actually change minds – change people from liberal thinking to conservative thinking. And, to be sure, SOME small number might be converted.

Here is my argument against that effort:

  1. First of all I think this is a knee-jerk reaction borne out of emotional thinking and the piling-on by the Democrats. Reacting from an emotional standpoint rarely gets the desired result and, in fact, usually ends up worsening the situation.
  2. Think about the person you are trying to convert. Most likely they are already receiving some kind of benefit from the government (taxpayers). They might work for the government or they might receive some form of tax break, tax credit, or a check. They are receiving something tangible and will vote to sustain it. The only way you are going to get their vote is to promise them more than they are already receiving. Doing that will only make the Republican Party more like the Democrat Party. Is that what we really want?

My solution is really very simple in concept though it might be difficult to execute. It’s VOTER TURNOUT!

How many Republicans stayed home and did not vote? The answer really is not that important. The point is that enough of them stayed home to change the outcome of the election – plain and simple.

How did this happen when Romney was on a roll and Obama was on the ropes?

Many reasons have been put forth:

  • Romney wasn’t Conservative enough
  • Romney avoided some of the issues which Obama couldn’t defend (Benghazi, for one)
  • The Republicans were too busy kicking imperfect candidates to the curb (Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock)
  • We did a lousy job of marketing our narrative
  • We allowed the Democrats to put us on the defense way too much
  • Many in the Tea Party and probably all of the Ron Paul supports got their feelings hurt at the convention, so they stayed home or voted with a write-in.

Turnout is the answer! We will have to let go of our petty differences. This is the only way to move the ball in the right direction.

Conservatives in safe “R” states have to be willing to help out in the swing states. This is exactly what the Tea Party Patriots and other groups did to help Scott Walker win the governorship of Wisconsin for the second time.

This is exactly what the libs do. They bring in their own grassroots groups by bus to put boots on the ground – SEIU, ACORN, and countless others.

The midterm elections of 2014 are not far away. We have to get up to speed with that strategy and we better start now!