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In honor of the Seahawk’s first Super Bowl, we re-publish this article from 2011

THE GINGRICH BETRAYAL

Steve Largent, 1995, when confronted by Newt Gingrich, who was furious that Largent had voted against Newt’s bureaucratic pork bill:

“The Speaker tonight talked about the eleven of us letting the team down. The more significant question and the question that never gets asked in Washington, D.C., is whose teams are we on?”

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Editor’s Note: Today is the 40th March for Life.  The following is from an unexpected source, Business Insider (!)

protest-pope-condomPainting the Catholic Church as “out of touch” is like shooting fish in a barrel, what with the funny hats and gilded churches. And nothing makes it easier than the Church’s stance against contraception.

Here’s the thing, though: the Catholic Church is the world’s biggest and oldest organization. It has buried all of the greatest empires known to man, from the Romans to the Soviets. It has establishments literally all over the world, touching every area of human endeavor. It’s given us some of the world’s greatest thinkers, from Saint Augustine on down to René Girard. When it does things, it usually has a good reason. Everyone has a right to disagree, but it’s not that they’re a bunch of crazy old white dudes who are stuck in the Middle Ages.

Authored by Michael Brendan Dougherty and Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry nearly two years ago, found and posted today by Michelle McIntyre.

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RLCThe best of all its possible futures passed before the Washington State Republican Party in the guise of visions cast the weekend of January 25th – 27th   All the elements that will decide the Republican fate (what the Party will do, and receive in return for their efforts) were on display. But since those visions were cast in two conferences, held simultaneously (as luck would have it) in two hotels in two cities (NOT as should happen, in a common State Convention), not one single person actually saw them all. There were no rebuttals or counter-arguments to any proposal at either pole. And the Party as a whole will not, by majority vote of elected representatives, decide its own direction. (more…)

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There is no question that when you are alone, you have a private moment. Beyond that, there is considerable debate.

aarrgh-no-girls-allowed“The Republican Party is a PRIVATE organization”

Luke Esser and Lori Sotelo announced that masterfully in 2008 and were able thereby to prevent the State Convention and the King County Party, respectively, from interfering with what Luke and Lori wanted to do… uh… privately.

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wilbur micWe know through private channels that Washington State Republican Party Chair Kirby Wilbur always carries a concealed firearm.

However we know from public experience, that he does not, in practice, support the right of others to do so.

The Second Amendment was one of many casualties of Kirby’s stewardship of the 2012 Washington State Republican Convention and Caucus process.

Mr. Wilbur, in every possible way, treated that process as though its sole purpose was to anoint the candidacy of Mitt Romney and Rob McKenna by any means necessary.

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We threw it all away.

For as long as we have been a nation, there has always existed a remnant of patriots, willing, anxious, to defend Constitutional Government– freedom as conceived by our founders.  (more…)

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We’re waiting for the next Reagan.

The Republican Party has spent half a lifetime waiting. The Catholics and Evangelicals have waited. The NRLC and the NRA and all the ancillary organizations with an “R” in their acronyms, and the think tanks and interest groups have waited. The aging Republican regulars who remember the 1980 election and the three-network-media-monopoly and the ride of the Gipper to save us all, have waited as their hair turns grey… (more…)

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ImageIn 1992, President George HW Bush was hoping for an easy re-election against Governor Bill Clinton. The cold war was over and the United States had just won a quick and decisive war against a brutal middle-east tyrant.

Then out of the blue appeared Ross Perot, an outspoken Texas billionaire who had a clear message: Balance the budget. He recognized the need to reduce the size of our bloated federal government. His ability to  finance his own campaign and his numerous television appearances, especially on Larry King’s show, helped him eventually earn 19% of the vote that November. Clearly, this cost the election for the Republican party, allowing Bill Clinton to take the presidency with only 43% of the vote.

The GOP was punished for straying from one of their core principles. President Bush had abandoned one of the major factions of the party. That faction was the fiscal conservatives.

In an earlier post I mentioned that the 2 major parties are each made up of factions. President Reagan defined the Republican party as a “three legged stool“. The three legs being social conservatives, national security conservatives, and fiscal conservatives. When Republican politicians ignore any one of those factions, they lose.

By 1994, the party had learned its lesson. It wanted, moreover needed those Perot voters back. Newt Gingrich and other leaders in Congress formulated the Contract With America. The contract contained 10 major acts:

  • The Fiscal Responsibility Act
  • The Taking Back Our Streets Act
  • The Personal Responsibility Act
  • The American Dream Restoration Act
  • The National Security Restoration Act
  • The “Common Sense” Legal Reform Act
  • The Job Creation and Wage Enhancement Act
  • The Citizen Legislature Act
  • The Family Reinforcement Act
  • The Senior Citizens Fairness Act

Each of these acts appealed to at least one of the party’s major factions. The voters were convinced that they were serious about these reforms. The Republicans won…big time. After over 40 years as a minority party, they were finally in charge of Congress.

Once in office, they went to work and actually passed those bills. Many were vetoed by President Clinton, but when it came to spending, Congress dug in its heels. They would not let Clinton grow government beyond its means. By the end of the decade, the federal budget deficit, which had been $203B in 1994, had been slashed to a $236B surplus!!

So, in 1992 an independent candidate appears on the scene carrying the banner of fiscal conservatism, and loses. But did he really lose? In my opinion, he lost the battle, but won the war.

I am proud to have voted for Ross Perot in 1992. At the time, many people called it a wasted vote. History has proven otherwise.

Bruce Morton and his wife (Lake Stevens, Washington)  have four children.  A conservative activist, Bruce didn’t give up or go away after 2008. He is an electrical engineer and holds degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of Florida. He spent two years as a missionary in Guatemala. He blogs occasionally at  Bruce Morton
contrarianconformist.blogspot.com

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Kirby Wilbur, just like the RNC, seems to think he is above his  own rules.

When  King County Republicans in precincts with contested Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) elections collected their mail this week, they were astonished to find  professionally produced postcards  endorsing one Republican candidate in preference to others. (more…)

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If some of our leaders fall in the battle,  we must move on. We must be relentless.”

Michele St. Pierre (c) 2012

Rand Paul a Traitor?

Along with many of you in the Liberty Movement, I watched and listened with sick horror to Rand Paul’s endorsement of Mitt Romney. But thinking about it, in a political sense, in a global context of what is happening in our world, I would like to offer a hypothesis. (more…)

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Terrified!

The terror gripping the Republican Party bosses at this moment has been described many times by The Reagan Wing. National publications are beginning to discuss those bosses’ worst nightmare.

. . .The notion that the Grand Old Party might actually base its politics on values, as opposd [sic] to pay-to-play deal-making, unsettles the Republican leaders who back only contenders who have been pre-approved by the Wall Street speculators, banksters and corporate CEOs who pay the party’s tab—and kindly pick up some of the bills for the Democrats, as well.

Republican Party bureaucrats are petrified of this man:

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Gary Johnson and Henry Robert

I got an opportunity to hear Presidential candidate Gary Johnson speak, to meet him and question him directly, early in 2010. He is not pro-life. I do not support his candidacy. But his recently released open letter to RNC Chair Reince Priebus is of unsurpassed significance. Everyone in the Republican Party should read it.

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REPUBLICAN PARTY PUT ON NOTICE

Michele St. Pierre © 2011


This is a notice

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Michele St. Pierre © 2011

The Proposed “New and Improved” WSRP Battle Plan

I read the proposed Washington State Republican Battle Plan this morning. Since one must be a PCO and enter a password to look at the document, I will respect the privacy of that organization to plan and I won’t reveal anything too specific.

But I want to address  what is NOT in that plan. What is completely missing from that plan and indeed from the Republican Party.

The plan presents no coherent vision. It is just a re-hash of the Battle Plan for previous years, with a few small tweaks so that everyone can “feel” that it is a new, improved plan. But there is nothing new about it. It is the same old bland, meaningless rhetoric that you would expect from people that are all about electing the same people, blindly following the same leadership, rejecting any meaningful change as radical, paying lip-service to principles, while pillorying anyone that actually shows a propensity to have any! After all, these are the people who worshiped and followed Luke Esser, who has now leapt from the closet like some bizarre jack-in-the-box and is working for the SEIU. (more…)

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Lori Sotelo

by Karen McCall, PCO

[From the email underground, this  letter to Lori Sotelo came to The Reagan Wing as a comment to another article.]

Dear Lori Sotelo,

My name is Karen McCall – PCO in the 31st District. I have been a PCO for over 20 years. I am very unhappy with what has happened during this election time. According to the KCGOP PDC reports, the State Senate Caucus passed through the KCGOP $115,000.00. You gave the money to four Republican State Senate Candidates who had never been elected before including $33,000.00 to Steve Litzow in the 41st District.

Another pro-death Catholic

Steve Litzow was endorsed by, and sits on the board of, the Washington State National Abortion Rights Action League Political Action Committee. As you well know, NARAL is radically fanatic about abortion on demand, anywhere, anytime, anyplace, taxpayer funding, no parental notification, on and on ad nauseum. They go against everything we stand for as Republicans.

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On December 2 we presented facts behind the probable re-appointment of Ross Marzolf as King County 37th District Chairman and why the new King County Republican Party might consider not ratifying that appointment.

From the email underground comes more detail about this sorry, still festering abscess deep in the KCGOP. (more…)

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Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defence. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first. We need to keep him fighting for our country.”

~ Ronald Reagan

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Why do some candidates feel the need to hide what they really believe? Why do some candidates distance themselves from conservatives? I think in part the answer lies in this comment made on Facebook a couple of weeks ago by Erin Aboudara. “Where is the evidence that independent voters, who make up the majority of the electorate in this state, are just itching to vote for Clint Didier or any other conservative candidates.”

My response would be this: where is the evidence that independent voters, who make up  the majority of the electorate in this state,are just itching to support moderate to liberal-leaning republican candidates? (more…)

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If you wonder why the Dino Rossi campaign is treating principled conservatives with such open contempt, look no further. Former Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan explains, accurately, what the Rockefeller Wing is about and has always been about; how they treat the grassroots base and have always treated the grassroots base. (more…)

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Going without these platform commitments from those we support is why they never come to pass – and never will.

A debate is taking place with many Republican voters concerning my recent conditional endorsement of Dino Rossi.  Rumors abound as to my intentions and objectives. I am receiving both applause and consternation. Therefore, an explanation is in order.

I want Patty Murray to lose in November as much as any Republican. That is exactly why I have chosen the course I have in making a conditional endorsement. I ask that you read all I write in order to more fully understand my heart and my thinking.

Those more heavily involved in Republican Party politics know there are two camps within the GOP.  (more…)

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It has been my contention for more than 20 years that the most destructive faction in American politics is NOT the far left, who drive, largely sincerely and transparently, towards full Socialism (total government control of all functions of society), but the Compromise/Pragmatic wing of the Republican Party because they are directly responsible for preventing a counter-movement to Socialism, a movement to TAKE BACK the territory we’ve lost, to actually advance in the cause of Liberty. (more…)

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Morris

It didn’t take long for Dino Rossi to reject Clint Didier’s requirements for his endorsement. Rossi’s spokeswoman, Republican Senatorial Leader Mitch McConnell’s former Press Secretary, Jennifer Morris, issued this statement:

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UPDATED August 26, 2010 from the email underground:

“Due to high enthusiasm, we’re extending our sign up for our online drawing to win 2 free tickets to dinner with me and Scott Brown.”

From the email underground:
Dino Rossi’s campaign is looking for “Table Captains” for the Scott Brown dinner event on August 31 (7 pm) at Bellevue’s Westin hotel. You can ring Sarah at 425 451 2010 to sign up.
Be ready to fork over $2500 for a table of 10 ($250 per person). That’s the working folks’ price.
“Preferred seating” is going to cost you $1000 per person.
If you want to attend the special photo reception with Senator ["this is my truck"] Brown, you will need $2500.
It gets better.
A special “round table discussion” prior to the dinner will cost working Washingtonian conservatives a cool $10,000.
Just who are these republican supporters who have this kind of money?? Curious grassroots folks want to know.
All of which begs the question, “Why Brown?”

Following is the email Rossi’s campaign sent out yesterday advertising a lottery to win two tickets to the event: (more…)

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Much has been made of recent endorsements for Dino Rossi from pro-life/pro-family leaders.  Washington Life Coalition has laid out the evidence of Rossi’s lack of commitment to restoring the right to life and his voting record that denies the right to life and the right of conscience for pro-life health care professionals.  They have a comparison chart for the four major contenders in the race here and here.  Presented here, posted on their site and numerous other conservative sites, now, is reason to call into question the endorsement of one of Rossi’s pro-life/pro-family endorsements: Pastor Joe Fuiten of Cedar Part who issues his Pastor’s Picks for every election.

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