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Why Republicans Are Losing: By Rose R.

WHY REPUBLICANS ARE LOSING

Rose R. Responds to RED STATE Article Below

   My own thinking is growing farther and farther from the Republican establishment.  WHY?  I no longer am enthused to follow the National Republican establishments’ recommendations for support and campaigning for  establishment candidates.  Of course, I know that sitting home hands the election to the Democrats, but then, with the Republican establishment, when they win, they lose by compromise of basic Republican principles later.  This has demoralized the base. 

    I wish BREC (Broward Republican Executive Committee, Broward County, Florida)  and the local Republican Clubs future success… BUT….

    I see ONLY the Tea Party Conservative candidates stand up for TRUTH – Republican Principles (well,  most of the time – nobody’s perfect).   So, I have decided that I will only work and support  LOCAL Conservative candidates for LOCAL positions, elected or appointed.  We Republicans must start building from the ground up…build a firm conservative foundation locally if we are to save this country. 

    We need to search out, find, and support local candidates.  That should be the ONLY focus for Broward Republicans.   Forget National election candidates, we are too outnumbered by voting statistics to win in Broward county, but we CAN WIN locally, keep winning, building a base and then…  Read on. 

    However we have a problem…  Could it be that our many past  Broward U.S. Representative candidates find that it is much more sexy and glamorous to be a candidate for the NATIONAL elections, than lowly local elections?  They want to be elected directly to Washington D. C. and skip all the grunt work here at home.  It’s perhaps not glamorous to work locally to  learn the ropes, build a network of supporters, establish that they can write good legislation, establish a  voting record, etc.     

     WAKE UP !  Before you ask us to work to send you to D. C.   First win an election!    1.  a city position  2.   then move on to a County position 3.  then on to a State position.  THEN after becoming seasoned,  3. possibly move on to the National stage.   

     Until you do this, we, your local workers and  supporters have no idea HOW you “first-elect-me-to-D.C. then-you-will-know-what-you-have” candidates will govern.   This does not sit well with local precinct workers. 

      How can you get elected until you build LOCALLY a broad loyal base among the Republicans and Independents and conservative Democrat voters  By doing so, you will have proved you have legislative credentials, proved you are “the right stuff”.  People will flock to work on your campaign.  But, you must start locally.   All the GREAT ones did it this way…  building and broadening their loyal base with dedicated supporters, a reliable funding base and such.     

     The Democrats have learned this “local-first” method  and they make their candidates do this local unglamorous grunt work – and they WIN elections!   Broward used to be Republican and was taken over by Democrats… one seat at a time.  Our Broward Republican candidates just jump in and run on passion and hope!  Always a day late and dollar short – NO foundation on which to win!  The good Republican candidates have their heart in the right place, but not their rational, logical brains!  They  have not studied the history of “how to win elections”!   Shortcuts have never worked.  Waste of time and energy and very demoralizing to the local Republican base.  And, RPOF and National Republican Party will not support financially what is a losing campaign of a National candidate in Broward.  

      First turn the tide within Broward to Republican dominance, but winning local elections – one local city election at a time!   Become powerful locally.   Learn how it works… and win it all eventually… a long road, but doable.  

      Speaking just for myself,  I will only work on very local candidate seats starting within areas that are winnable by voting demographics.  AND, sadly many other good Republicans I have talked to, feel the same way.    

       Rose R.

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RED STATE Article

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Ephialtes Establishment in the Republican Party

By: Erick Erickson (Diary)  |  July 26th, 2013 at 04:30 AM |  60

I can see how the GOP loses in November of 2014. The establishment and base have moved so far apart the base is about ready to go third party or sit at home. If the GOP does not make a stand against Obamacare, they will not see the energy they need to effectively compete in 2014.

Let me explain what is happening and what will happen.

Karl Rove’s Crossroads group commissioned a poll by North Star Opinion Research. The poll found most Americans do not want the GOP to block “health care reform.” That’s right, Crossroads repeatedly called Obamacare “the healthcare reform law” and was shocked to find people oppose stopping reform. Go figure.

But that poll has been circulated to Republican leaders and they have soiled themselves over it. That is why Mitch McConnell will not support Mike Lee’s strategy to draw a line in the sand against funding Obamacare. That is why John Cornyn withdrew his name from Mike Lee’s letter. That is why Richard Burr of North Carolina calls defunding Obamacare “stupid.”

These men are about power, not principle. They’ve chosen to let polls lead them instead of leading people.

Already, Byron York is out with a piece saying the GOP will not defund Obamacare. Next we will most likely see Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal write one of her semi-regular hit pieces on Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and the rest of the conservatives who want to stand their ground.

Then we will see Jenn Rubin begin another hyperbole laden attack on Jim DeMint and Ted Cruz.

The actual editorial page of the Wall Street Journal will chime in to yet again attack the Hobbits for daring to stand on principles. The Democrats will then dangle the shiny object of the Keystone Pipeline before the GOP. Like dogs scrambling for scraps at the table, the GOP will take it and their editorial friends will hail this as a grand bargain worth taking. Pay no attention to Obamacare being implemented.

We have seen this before. The GOP leadership will cave and dazzle the base with shiny objects. They will then send out fundraising letters in courier type telling you to stand with them and send them money if you want Obamacare defunded.

Leonidas and three hundred Spartans held the pass at Thermopylae against overwhelming Persian odds until Ephialtes betrayed them and led the Persians on a path around. If the Republican Establishment were in Greece, they’d stand with Ephialtes. So desperate are they to regain power, the Republican Establishment will be led by those who promised President Romney and spent hundreds of millions of dollars getting the status quo.

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The Idiot: By Charles Robertson, Broward Tea Party Co-founder

The Idiot

By Charles Robertson, Broward Tea Party Co-founder

As I was walking through the parking lot, I noticed a license plate that said “Idiot”.  I stopped in my tracks and thought for a moment. Yes this person was clearly an idiot; they had paid extra to proclaim that title.  What struck me is how we are all defined.  My bumper sticker says Broward Tea Party; “that’s me, political activist”.  If we’re not labeled by our careers, then it’s our hobby or whatever we do with our free time that usually labels us.   But for me, political activism is just a small part of who I am.  I think its part of my civic duty and an important part of being a well-rounded person.  “Don’t we all have this responsibility?”  I’ve been thinking about American’s apathy toward politics and civic duty, wondering what has happened to us. 

The Tea Party movement is understood by most as a spearhead force to counter liberalism.  At our rallies, we hear the honking horns of support from others who see Us as the answer, but not themselves.  We wear the title of activist which is something most people shun.  They share our feelings of contempt for corrupt, greedy politicians.  They share our fear of financial meltdown.  They share our frustration at the continual onslaught of scandals and government gone wild.  In fact, they share everything except our commitment and willingness to get involved!   Their bumper stickers say soccer mom or I’d rather be fishing; that’s their identity.  “Let the political activists fight the political battle, that’s our thing right?”

For many people, the act of voting is where their civic duty ends.  Sadly for our country, there’s a large percentage that fail to meet even this minimal threshold.  Voter turnout in Broward County’s last local election was 8.14%… less than 1 in 12 voters showed up!  Then there are those who vote but always vote R or D regardless of the candidates or their platforms.  Maybe, they’re too lazy to take the time to learn about the candidates.  Maybe, they’re comfortable believing they are supporting a philosophy.  Regardless of the reason, I’d prefer they join the group that doesn’t vote.  Voting carries a responsibility to invest some time to learn who the candidates are and what they stand for.  Civic duty calls for more than just the act of voting; it calls for people to stand up for causes that are important to them (or should be), to send a message to their Representative or Senators.  This type of civic involvement has been declining for decades.

I’ve measured the decline in the number of displayed flags. There was a time in my neighborhood in Miami in the 60’s, it  seemed everyone displayed the flag on holidays;  that included the new influx of Cuban refugees who were eager to fit in and show their patriotism.  In broken English, they would join in at school as we recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “God Bless America”.  Patriotism was instilled.  Then came the 70’s and our flag was being burned in protests by fellow Americans.  Our generation, the “Baby Boomers”, had turned civic duty into a counter-culture attack on the system.  Bumper stickers said, “Make Love not War” and “Flower Power”.  Blaming America was cool and patriotism was suddenly passé.  Last Memorial Day, I was hard pressed to find any flags flying in the neighborhood. To me, it was  a symbol of our civic decline and a culture that takes it all for granted.  The entitlement culture has taken hold… let’s all coexist.

Politically speaking, we’ve developed a society that doesn’t know, doesn’t care, and doesn’t care to know.  When you add those traits together, you end up with elected officials like Alcee Hastings.  Hastings, a former Federal Judge, was convicted of soliciting a bribe and committing perjury during his trial.  The House Judiciary Committee approved seventeen articles of impeachment against Hastings which should have sealed his fate and ended his political career.  Four years later in 1992, Hastings was elected to Congress in Florida’s Twenty-Third Congressional District.  OK, for those who would vote for someone like Hastings, and there are plenty more like him, let’s break this down in real simple terms.  People elect criminals.  Elected criminals corrupt the system.  People get used (polite term)…People blame government.  People re-elect the criminal 10 times no less. This is stunning, unbelievable, ridiculous, and totally emblematic of the real problem.  People succumb to the smooth talking con man again and again; character means nothing.  It’s a form of masochism really, victims who complain about being victimized while making sure the victimizer stays put.  The problem here is people.  People who are just bright enough to find their way to the polls yet not quite sharp enough to understand how they’re being played. 

“So how do you reach the uninformed and apathetic?”  I think we’ve tried many of the traditional methods, now I think it’s time for the unconventional approach.  Something targeted at the youth and at the very groups that Liberals dominate.  We need something creative, something unexpected that will shake things up.  I’m thinking bold, newsworthy, edgy, surprising, and most important – something that delivers our message with impact… memorable! This is where you, the brains of this operation come in.  You’re the idea person and a great idea can lead to a great plan that can accomplish great things.  The time has never been better to stir up support and awaken those who simply need a push.  So bring it on, whatever your idea may be, an event, a head turning eye-opening billboard, a flash mob parade, a viral video. OK, now you see why I need your help.  Send your ideas to me, no matter how crazy they seem.  I’ll sort them out, confer with our BTP leaders and announce a winning plan of action in the next blog.  Send ideas to: charrob16@comcast.net and for the subject use IDEA.  Looking forward to what we can create, thanks.

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