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I stand with true conservatism, not a watered down version of it

The more I listen to conservative talk radio, the more I’m beginning to see and understand the major differences between true conservatism and the watered down version of it being pushed by the establishment.  My favorite conservative talk radio hosts are Mike Church, Andrew Wilkow, Rush Limbaugh, and Mark Levin.  These great conservative minds are providing the conservative community with the information they need to advance true conservative ideals.  Others like Sean Hannity tend to follow the party line and promote a more watered down version of conservatism.  Yes Mr.Hannity has had many strong conservatives on his show, and he has talked about some important topics; but in my opinion he’s missing the mark and not providing to necessary tools to the conservative community.  We need strong conservative ideas grounded in strong conservative principles and we’re not getting it from the Karl Roves, George Wills, and Charles Krauthammers of the political world.  This watered down version of conservatism they’re peddling is a poison to our movement that targets true conservatives like Joe Miller and Sarah Palin.  You can see just how toxic this watered down version is by examining what happened during the Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski senatorial race and by the way they are treating Sarah Palin today.

During the 2010 Republican primaries in Alaska, Joe Miller an unknown politician backed by the Tea Party movement and endorsed by Sarah Palin defeated the establishment supported Lisa Murkowski. Joe Miller is a West Point graduate and was awarded the bronze star for his service during the Persian Gulf War.  He’s pro-life, a constitutionalists, and a staunch supporter of the 2nd amendment.   After Mr. Miller defeated Murkowski in the primaries in 2010 she conceded and the establishment reluctantly backed him.  However when Murkowski decided that she could not let go of her power without a fight and became a write-in candidate; the establishment was silent on the move.  They realized that Murkowski had a significant amount of support and could very well defeat Miller in the national election and did not want to alienate the other Republican even though she only voted with the party 80 percent of the time.  Their silence on the matter sent the message that they were ok with Murkowski winning and bringing back her watered down version of conservatism to Washington.  Meanwhile the true conservative in the race was left hanging with what appeared to be lukewarm support from the GOP.  Lisa Murkowski represented all that was wrong with Washington and the Republican Party and the establishment supported it.  They were ok with a pro-choice, big government, big spending, politician whose voting record on key conservative issues was less than reliable.  In fact she was only one of five Republicans to vote against Paul Ryan’s budget.  With exception of Rand Paul who voted nay because he didn’t feel the cuts were deep enough, she stood with three RINOs in killing Ryan’s plan.  They were one vote shy of advancing the plan to the floor for debate and Murkowski couldn’t be counted on.

This is kind of politician you get when you compromise your principles and settle for a water down version of conservatism.  This could have been prevented in 2010 if the GOP would have made the move to strip Murkowski of all her key committee positions and any seniority she had in the Senate.  This would have sent a powerful message to Alaskan voters that they stood by Joe Miller and that even if Murkowski won she would not longer carry the influence she once had.  This is what parties grounded in principle do.

Instead they permitted Murkowski to make the following statements:

“In January, I will return with the most seniority on the Natural Resources Committee,” she said. “I will not lose a minute of seniority and I will continue to build on that.”

That’s a pretty big reason to throw your support behind her and the GOP left it in her tool box to use.

Second let’s take a look at Sarah Palin and how the establishment treats her.  They have questioned her intellect, her experience, and her position on issues.  They have allowed the MSM to attack her over and over again with minimal protest.  They have not defended her against the unsubstantiated claims about her the left and MSM have pushed on an uninformed electorate.  They question the wisdom of her bus tour while at the same time promote more establishment friendly candidates like Mitt Romney.  They fear her unconventional method because it does not follow the rules they have set.  Why would any true conservative allow such attack go without a response.  The answer is true conservatives wouldn’t.

You see these so call establishment Republicans aren’t really conservatives.  They’re equivalent to what the Democrats were 40 years ago.  In fact some of them have actually crossed over from the Democratic Party.  They are big government solution conservatives who wrap themselves up in the military and claim the moral high ground.  However don’t be fooled, they believe in the power of government and create unconstitutional legislation that continuously expands the size and scope of it.  They have little use for true conservatives who want to limit the size of government and preserve the institutions that built this great nation.  We cannot allow these frauds, these fake conservatives to set the tone of the conservative movement anymore. They must be exposed like the progressives for who they are and what they stand for.  It’s time to drive the conversation again in the conservative movement and it starts by not listening to the establishment.  It’s time to stand with true conservatism and reject the watered down version they offering.  I stand with the Sarah Palins and Joe Millers of the party and reject Lisa Murkowski and those of her ilk.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


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  • Adrienne June 4, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Alaska made a big mistake by not electing Joe. He was recently here in Post Falls to speak at our Tea Party rally. Hubby and I spent about an hour with Joe and his wife after the rally (she’s a firecracker), and we were beyond impressed with both of them.
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  • Infidel de Manahatta June 4, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    It’s high time the Republican party went the way of the Whig party.
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  • RandyG June 4, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    I truly fear a third party will rise up if the beltway boys don’t wake up and get the hell out of the way.
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  • Bob Mack June 5, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Voting for RINOs, i.e. useful idiots or Dem-lites, is an exercise in futility, like carrying a parasol in a monsoon.
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    • John Carey June 5, 2011 at 5:44 PM

      Indeed Bob. They’re a poison killing the party and the movement.

  • John Galt June 5, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    I agree with all the principles endorsed by JC and the meaning of what conservatism means. I like Sarah Palin and Joe Miller, and yes, I also think it was a mistake of Alaska not electing Joe.

    That said, there is only one plain and inalienable truth that cannot be denied or ignored: the American electorate system does not allow “third parties” and it will punish its creators, and anybody with any kind of association to it, with a summary defeat and political oblivion.

    Conservatives must learn this simple fact, and perhaps tattooed it to their brains, and stop any silly ramblings about “third Parties”.

    It doesn’t mean blue blood conservatives should not fight the RINO’s, but it means that this is an internal fight – within the party – for practical purposes as well as for efficiency purposes.

    Sarah Palin is a smart lady. She knows this simple fact of political reality imposed by our electorate system as well as the best political brains and political strategists. She has said as much before. We must learn to interpret her pre-primaries talk and actions as a Damocles’ sword and not as a Trojan Horse.
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    • John Carey June 5, 2011 at 5:59 PM

      I know that frustration is setting in for many conservatives over the direction the party has been moving in recent years. I do think we elected a solid block of conservatives in 2010 and this is a good start in taking the party back. Many still are very frustrated and are looking for another solution. I do agree we need to drive these RINOs out, but I don’t close the door a the possibility of a third party being created. This third party would be composed of moderate Democrats and RINOs. You’re not going to change a RINO so they’re going to find a new home. What are you thoughts on this.

  • John Scotus June 6, 2011 at 3:23 AM

    If the GOP blows the next election, I think a third party is inevitable. Already, the GOP is looking a lot like the Whigs. The establishment types who think they run it have lost their bearings, and are in some ways as bad as the Democrats.
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    • John Carey June 6, 2011 at 5:53 AM

      You could be right John. I too see the very real possibility of this happening. The main issue is that the true conservatives are starting to wake up and they want their party back. I do see the RINOs being driven out eventually.
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