Category Archives: 2010 Election

Jason Plummer Steps In It

When you’re the Republican Establishment’s candidate, you have one simple assignment: don’t screw up.

gop-elephant-deadJason Plummer, a 29-year-old lumber heir, is the GOP Establishment’s appointed candidate for US Congress in Illinois’ 12th Congressional District.  He’s facing a shockingly tough race from former police detective and former Belleville Mayor, Rodger Cook.  (Never underestimate a detective’s tenacity.)

In a debate last week, Plummer failed his one simple assignment.  Despite a nearly unlimited war chest from his family’s fortune and the Illinois GOP treasury, Plummer said something stupid.

Jason Plummer accused FamilyPAC of taking bribes. 

FamilyPAC is one of the most active conservative political action committees in Illinois. Republicans for every office look to the organization for its pro-life stamp of approval.

Plummer failed to impress FamilyPAC’s endorsement when he ran for Lieutenant Governor 2010. According to the stltoday.com, Paul Caprio, head of FamilyPAC, was unimpressed with Plummer:

“I had the feeling he was green, politically,” Caprio said. “. . . I just came to the conclusion that this young man is not ready to be running for lieutenant governor.”
Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/conservative-group-demands-apology-over-endorsements-for-cash-allegation/article_bdb4ca20-6d5c-11e1-995f-001a4bcf6878.html#ixzz1pHooDJWb

When Plummer failed to gain FamilyPAC’s nod, he went berserk according to Caprio:

“He was very irate. He was threatening, `I’m never going to forget this, I’m going to get back at you,’ ” said Caprio.

FamilyPAC appears poised to sue Jason Plummer for defamation, according to stltoday.com.

Plummer has also drawn criticism from grassroots groups for refusing to release his tax returns.  He is the only candidate who’s refused to do so.

Rodger Cook has already earned Adam Andrzejewski’s praise, in part because of Rodger’s transparency. By highlighting the Rodger Cook’s maturity and integrity, Plummer’s latest gaffe may bring on even more high-profile conservative endorsements for Cook.

RebootCongress.com has Rodger Cook’s reaction to Plummer’s latest gaffe.

The Illinois Primary is next Tuesday, March 20.  Rodger Cook and the other GOP candidates hope to replace long-time Democrate, Jerry Costello, who is retiring after this term.

Generational Change

A man lost in thought is liable to say anything.  Anything at all. 

A guy sitting behind me at a restaurant in Lambert airport began singing along with the background music.  “Burning down the house (do do).” 

Perfect.

November 2, American voters burned down the U.S. House.  Before the vote, estimates ranged from 45 to 70 seats switching from Democrats to Republicans. Burning down the house, indeed.  The final number was 63.

Among the states, the GOP took control of a majority of state legislatures and governorships.  That means that Republicans will determine (with help from interventionist federal judges) how Congressional districts will look for 2012 and beyond.

While Republican U.S. House and Senate candidates are, on average, slightly more conservative than usual, at the state level, candidates skew even further right.  Moreover, the state candidates tend to be young, intelligent, and determined. And the decline of the Democrat party has some of its state legislators jumping over the GOP.

Combined, this could position GOP conservatives to dominate legislative politics in America for a generation or more. Paul Curtman, a Marine who dressed down Senator Claire McCaskill in July 2009 won Missouri’s 105th House seat—a rare feat for a Republican.  Paul is just one of hundreds of highly qualified new faces in government. 

When the Tea Party movement started in February 2009, we said we’d make a difference—quickly if we could, gradually if we must.  While some of us are more patient than others, it seems we might score both short-term and long-term gains in 2010.  That would be a remarkable gift from the Tea Party to America. 

Shady City Votes and Ego-Trip Riders

Three precincts in the city of St. Louis delivered 3,800 votes for Carnahan in the last hour of counting.  Wahby’s district.  Wahby’s wife works for Mayor Francis Slay.  They waited until they knew how many votes they needed, then they manufactured them–typical Dems, in my view.

Now I ask you:  how many dead or non-existent people voted in Wahby’s precincts? 

Ed Martin won, and everyone knows it.  City Democrats have no qualms with committing felonies to steal elections.  And no one seems to care.

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In an election when America needed everyone to subdue personal ambition for the greater good, two egomaniacs ran against Ed Martin.  These selfish people put themselves and their egos above the country.  They are not American patriots; they’re weasels.

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Kudos to Ed Martin for having the brass to fight these Democrat crooks.  He will prevail.  America will prevail. 

614 Days

Six hundred fourteen days from the first Tea Parties to Election Day.  That’s 307 days in 2009 and 307 in 2010. 

In that time, we’ve met so many people.  We’ve made too many friends. (Psychologists and sociologists and anthropologists believe that a person can manage no more than 150 human relationships, so there is such a thing as too many friends.) Most of us, I’m afraid, have seen friendships end, too.  Some ended because of our politics; some for other reasons.

But we’ve seen stars emerge.  As much as many of us would like to think of ourselves as stars, there are really only  a few: those in the arena.  They’re the stars.  We asked for leaders, and we got them.  We asked for people to go to Washington and Jefferson City and Springfield and to there serve us well.

Some stepped forward.

Today we pay tribute to those who took up the challenge.  We cast our votes.  The wise and patient will ignore petty differences with this candidate or that and elect the best candidate who can win.  And we all know what that means. In some places, it means voting for a so a called third party, like Tom Tancredo of Colorado. But in most places, it’s usually the Republican. 

Tomorrow night, we’ll gather in hotels and Tea Party headquarters and watch the tally.  We’ll cheer most races. We’ll mourn a few, too. 

In the end, we’ll have made the country stronger.  The frayed friendships will, as the passions of election season wane, mend themselves, I think.  We’ll realize how much we’ve accomplished—this odd collection of people called “The Tea Party.” 

It’s been a strange and stressful 614 days, friends.  Thank you for taking me with you. 

Human Decay in the Age of Obama

In 47BC, Julius Caesar assumed dictatorial power in Rome.  He instituted “reforms” that transformed the Republic into the Empire. In the process, he became a dictator.  Rome’s decent into oblivion began. In 44BC, seeing the damage Caesar’s tyranny and reforms, three men removed Caesar from power by the method of the day.

History moves faster now than it did 2,000 years ago. A megalomaniacal leaders bent on fundamentally transforming a nation can do remarkable damage in the blink of an eye. It’s not just the economy and institutions that rot from Obama’s sort of transformation, but the people themselves.  Their souls erode, leaving hollow, bitter creatures that scratch at each others eyes.

Peggy Noonan wrote about the effects of Obama’s dreams on the small country of Greece.  She included this long quote from Michael Lewis from his article in Vanity Fair:

The Greek state was not just corrupt but also corrupting. Once you saw how it worked you could understand a phenomenon which otherwise made no sense at all: the difficulty Greek people have saying a kind word about one another. . . . Everyone is pretty sure everyone is cheating on his taxes, or bribing politicians, or taking bribes, or lying about the value of his real estate. And this total absence of faith in one another is self-reinforcing. The epidemic of lying and cheating and stealing makes any sort of civic life impossible.

Wretched. 

Yet it’s where America and Americans now aim: the shoals of soulless dissipation, turned by government handouts (stolen from us first) into angry, cynical vipers. Free isn’t free when it costs you your humanity.

November 2 is your chance to stop the erosion.  We’re at 4512 Hampton Ave. in St. Louis Hills through the election.  We’re there to stop Greece from happening in America.  We offer no guarantees except your rightful place in history.

The Candidate Who Doesn’t Want You to Know Her

Political candidates want to meet everyone. “If people would just meet me,” they say, “they’ll realize I’m a regular  . . .” guy/gal/tea partier/whatever.  This seems a good thing—willing to stand before the voters and be judged.

Missouri’s State Auditor, Susan Montee might want to keep her name, her history, and her record out of the spotlight.   That’s because Susan Montee is about as hard left as you get.

Here’ just a sample:

Questionable Ethics

Montee shocked an AP reporter by stating she intended to “front-load” audits before the election.  Apparently, Ms. Montee feels political intimidation will help her campaign against Republican Tom Schweich.  But David Lieb, the AP reporter, points out Montee’s blatant ethics problem:

Did Montee really line up audits for release in the final few weeks before the election?

No, Montee responded when asked about Friday if the public should expect a burst of audits before the Nov. 2 election in which she faces Republican Tom Schweich.

So why did she suggest she did during the Obama fundraiser?

"Why not?" she responded. "I was just saying I’m trying" to work hard in the job.

"If I could actually control it in the way that could make political sense, I’d look at it," Montee said. "But I can’t actually do that."

Loves Obama

Susan Montee was Missouri first state-wide office holder to endorse Barack Obama in 2007. In fact, Montee abandoned Missouri for months campaigning for Obama against Hillary Clinton.

Montee also led the Obama Truth Squad in Missouri—a dangerous and corrupt operation in which Democrat law enforcement officers vowed to target Obama’s opponents, including private citizens, for speaking out against Obama’s plans to “fundamentally transform” American society.

Cronyism

Montee’s relatives were awarded two license fee offices.  Has she audited that transaction?

And there’s more.  But that’s enough for now.

Susan Montee is an entrenched, hard-left liberal who is willing to abuse her office to shut down opposition voices.  That’s called tyranny, and that’s what the United States was formed to prevent.

While many conservatives supported Allen Icet in the primary, the choice on November 2 is clear to me.  You have a pro-life fiscal conservative in Tom Schweich or the woman who claimed Barack Obama is the best representative of Missouri values. 

Wait . . . that’s a not a choice after all.  Tom Schweich is the only viable candidate who represents Missouri values. His qualifications for auditor are impeccable.  With billions of stimulus dollars floating around and countless Jay Nixon and Susan Montee cronies to gobble them up, don’t you want a solid Republican auditor keeping them in check?

Drowning Beauty

Someday I’ll write more – much more – on this.  But it’s important to remember what’s at stake in America, in the world, this election: beauty.

Totalitarian regimes despise beauty.  They bury it in palaces where the rulers roam, their cancerous eyes raking over someone’s masterpiece the way raw sewage pollutes a clear stream after a pipe’s failure.

Regimes, in their attempts to hoard beauty, bury it.

In free America (remember it?) high art never made it big because such beauty surrounded everything. Little country churches with their Godly whiteness graced the eye, their choirs the ear, with a love no painting or opera could equal.

But the regime wants beauty controlled, corralled, and collected in government warehouses to be doled out—distributed—like  . . . like money.

If freedom dies, beauty hibernates. 

Let freedom ring; let God’s light fill the earth. 

Vote November 2.  Vote for yourself. Vote for the people. Vote against the regime.

Let Some Things Go; Fight For Others

Here’s a passage from a fine roman a clef:

[I]f the worst were to happen and a local armed militia were to descend on me and drive me out as a Jewish alien, their offense mainly would be against the Jew, not against the landowner. And in such a case my concern would be for the U.S. Constitution, not for my investment. The rooms, the rocks, the vegetation had no hold on my vital organs. If I were to lose it, I’d live elsewhere. But if the Constitution, the legal foundation of it all, were to be destroyed, we would return to the primal chaos

– Saul Bellow, Ravelstein

Saul Bellow and the subject of that wonderful novel, Allen Bloom, are gone.  They these days coming, it seems.  Allen Bloom’s 1987 masterpiece, The Closing of the American Mind, warned the world of the dangers posed by the modern American university.

But did we listen?

In tribute Bellow, a great American writer, and Bloom, a great American philosopher, let’s begin the hard work of turning back our descent into “primal chaos.” 

We have 28 days until the election.

Give just one hour in the next 28 days toward phone banking, lit dropping, or Constitution distributing. Generations will thank you.

Visit 4512 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63109 to get started. 

Time is running out.

A Different World

While we’ve been building the tea party, the world has changed.  Our world has changed.

  • Consumers consume less
  • Inflation is limited to food, fuel, and gold
  • Experiences and human connections are more important than possessions and promotions
  • Debt shifted from people and businesses to government—which means to all of us
  • The government took out a $48,000 loan in your name
  • Both major parties looked bad when we examined them

When the 112th Congress convenes, the priorities of February 27, 2009, may be irrelevant.  Be ready. Even if the old questions remain relevant, the context will have changed. 

Read Linchpin by Seth Godin before Congress convenes in January. Understand that the economy is not exactly as it was two years ago when Lehman Brothers fell. It’s not. And it won’t be.

Conservatism isn’t about hanging onto old stuff but hanging on to what’s permanent.  Wisdom means letting go of the unnecessary so you’re free to latch onto opportunity. 

We’ve asked for a chance to lead.  If we keep working hard, we’ll get it.  Be prepared. And don’t fool yourself into thinking you already have the answers. They changed all the questions.

The Power and the Glory


"For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeteers, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conquerors rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting."
- Gen. George C. Patton

In 2008, the world hailed Barack Obama. Even staunch conservatives voted for him.  I know some. They deluded themselves, of course, but they voted for Barack Obama.

Today, his supporters politely heckled him in a back yard in Ohio.

The Tea Party has effectively seized the Republican Party. Glory is not yet ours.  We need to find 38,000 new voters in the 3rd District alone. 

And even then, glory is fleeting.  Eyes will be on us.  Not just the angry eyes of our enemies, but the hopeful eyes of the unemployed. The praying eyes of the disillusioned. The proud eyes of our believers.

Glory flees regardless of what we do, but we can move from triumph to triumph, seizing new glory and  releasing the old.

We can also squeeze glory and feel it slide between our fingers and float away. That’s what Obama did. And Clinton in his first term. 

All glory is fleeting. Letting go leaves your hands free to grab the next triumph. 

Learn to let go and keep your eyes open. 

The next chance to shine is every day between now and November 2.  Come to 4512 Hampton Avenue, Monday through Saturday after 10 am. 

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The Debate’s End

Thirty minutes after the debate’s official end, pods of people remained in the Arnold Rec Center Sunday night: a circle in the vestibule, a half-moon in the center aisle, two or three amorphous clumps up front, the one I belonged to, and the loud groups around Ed Martin

“Why didn’t Russ Carnahan stay and talk to people,” a young woman asked, implying a contrast with Ed Martin’s happy conversation a few feet away.

“He did,” answered a man from our circle. “Not that many people wanted to talk to him.”

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