“[N]o one did it like Breitbart”

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Last night, someone asked me, “who’s the most influential person in your iPhone contacts?”

“I don’t know,” I said. “Breitbart’s dead.”

Andrew-BreitbartDavid Carr writes in New York Times about the Life and Death of Andrew Breitbart.

Be advised that neither Carr nor NYT shares our political beliefs. And the tactics they cheer from the left, they attack when from the right. Funny how when Karen Finney lies about Mitt Romney, it’s good journalism. When Andrew exposes evil at ACORN, it’s invective.

Still, it’s testimony to Andrew’s short life that NYT would give him many inches of space (where once there was advertising).

Read the story. And say a prayer the rest of us can fill the vacuum, even if no one can replace him.

Own Your Life

Down at the Lake, They Want to Know “Is the Tea Party Dead?”

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Is the Tea Party dead?  That’s the big question this week around the Lake of the Ozarks.

First, Eric Reeve The Lake Liberal wrote this letter-to in Lake News Online. He concludes:

We may hear of the Tea Party here and there in the future, but I doubt it will ever figure prominently in American politics again. I say we should take a moment and reflect on what it might have been as we say farewell to the once promising Tea Party movement.

The Camdenton Tea Party said “not so fast,” and called for a rally to show that the Tea Party is still around.

Setting The Record Straight From 2008” Camdenton Tea Party April 28th, 12:00 noon at the Camden County Court House.  Will you get to work to prove the lake liberal wrong?

Will you take the time to come hear Barbara From Harlem? She and her daughter, Bee Bee are travelling 1100 Miles to tell you a different story.

How about Patriot Paul Curtman, Cynthia Davis, and Ed Martin, and eighth grader, Sophie Shore ?

Who’s right?

If the purpose of the Tea Party movement was to hold ever larger rallies and protests, then The Lake Liberal is right. The big rally era is over, and it isn’t coming back. I’m not saying to cancel all the rallies. Far from it.  I hope we have a few big ones in St. Louis this year.  But the rallies no longer define the movement. We’ve grown beyond mere demonstration.

If the purpose of the Tea Party was to ignite a long overdue conversation about the proper and fitting role of government in our lives, about the purpose and meaning of a written Constitution, then we’ve already won.  The Supreme Court now ponders those two questions, naked and profound, for the first time in decades. And the case got to the Supreme Court because the Tea Party forced the Senate to rush through a flawed law.

But if the Tea Party’s final mission is to restore the proper balance between government and the people who created it, then our mission is far from over and its outcome far from certain.

Many people–the unknowing believers–demand all the rewards of a free society, but they don’t want to be bothered with the details.  Or they haven’t been invited to the party in the language and context that they understand.

Some want the growing economy and the next generation iPads and cars that park themselves.  But they’ve never learned that only a free society can dream and demand and design and develop such wonders; governments can’t.

It’s our job to invite the Unknowing Believers. It’s up to us to ask them to the dance, in their terms, in ways they will understand. If a rally can bring in just one Unknowing Believer, it’s a success. In fact, if the rally just inspires one knowing believer to grow the pie, we’ve done our job.

The conservative movement, branded Tea Party or otherwise, isn’t dead until we, the people who drive it, say it is.  Or until we fall silent. And I’m not about to resign or retreat, are you?

Go get ’em, Camden County!

Write it down:

“Setting The Record Straight From 2008” Camdenton Tea Party

Date: April 28th, 2012
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: Camden County Court House
Missouri Court Reform

The After Party is Thursday, April 19, at 7 pm

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The After Party is Thursday, April 19, at 7 pm.  The location is Crowne Plaza Hotel in Clayton.

The subject is the corrupt and corrupting judge selection process in Missouri, and how you can help change it.   I learned a lot about the subject when Ed Martin pointed out this National Review article on the subject.

The structure and left-wing dominance of the nominating commission (the distinctive feature of the Missouri Plan) has led many to argue that the state should amend the constitution to either directly elect judges or have them selected under something mirroring the advice/consent model set forth in the U.S. Constitution.

(BTW, Missouri’s courts could also use a true conservative Attorney General, hint-hint.)

See you Thursday!

Missouri Court Reform


Video: Rick Santelli Destroys The Buffett Rule Live on CNBC

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The man who’s 2009 rant inspired the Tea Party movement shreds Obama’s “soak the rich” plan. Shreds I said.
Santelli Crushes Buffett Rule

There is no tax solution to America’s spending problem.  Each additional dollar confiscated from the economy to feed the Washington bureaucracy results in an additional $1.40 in new spending.

Washington IS THE PROBLEM!

Starve the monster. Bleed the monster.  But Don’t Feed the Monster!

Roger Wilson

A Former Governor and a Famous St. Louis Lawyer Indicted for Illegal Contributions to Democrat Party, and A Law Firm Changes Names in Mid-Quote

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Everyone else is writing about the news that former Missouri Democrat Governor, Roger Wilson and local lawyer Ed Griesedieck Jr. were indicted on federal fraud charges today.

The two allegedly made contributions to the Democrat Party (legal), and reimbursed themselves out of Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Company’s coffers (illegal).

But that’s not the weird part.  After all, election fraud is the Democrats’ principal form of amusement.

The weird part is the statement from Griesedieck’s law firm. In the statement, the firm changes spelling of its name in the middle of a paragraph from St. Louis Business Journal:

Ed Griesedieck, Roger Wilson indicted by feds - St. Louis Business Journal

I’m sure it’s just a typo by the—like the 1.2 million typos I’ve committed on this blog in the past 12 years.  But I couldn’t help but wonder if Mr. Crebs was so appalled by the scandal that he changed his name to Krebs.


The Election’s Over, and the Republicans Got Creamed. Here’s What Went Wrong

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November 7, 2012—When the AP called Florida for Obama only twenty minutes after polls closed there (8:00 EDT), any hopes of a Republican presidential victory were dashed.


And before polls closed in the West, we knew that the GOP had lost the House as well as seven state legislatures.

In short, the Grand Old Party died last night.

Here’s what went wrong.

Wrong Candidate at the Top:  When Republicans run the candidate the liberal press wants them to run, they get creamed. That’s because the malleable voters—people who are somewhat politically aware, but lack any core philosophy of government—won’t vote for a moderate Republican. They proved this in 1976, 1992, 1996, 2008, and, alas, 2012.

When the GOP nominate candidates accused of being “too conservative,” compared to their Democrat opponent, they win:  Reagan 1980 and 1984, Bush 1988, W 2000 and 2004.

Republican primary voters who voted for the “safe” candidate (most likely to beat Obama), might as well have voted for a unicorn. These voters took the mainstream media’s word for it, and they got screwed.

Wrong Campaign:  Taking its lead from the top, and from  so-called experts, the GOP decided to make the race about the headlines of the day – the “issues”—instead of campaigning on “America: the way it ought to be.”

Only idiots vote on issues of the day.  That’s because every candidate who appeals to voters’ views on issues simply parrots the latest opinion polls. In other words, they lie.  And issues-voters believe the most outlandish lies. That’s how Obama won over the moderates.

Issues campaigns will always favor Democrats, because Democrats offer bigger bribes to more people than the Republicans. And issues-voters couldn’t give a rat’s hind end for the country. They want handouts, freebies, largesse, and cases of condoms.

So the Republicans, afraid to take on Obama’s totalitarian absolutist ideology, decided to scan the New York Times and talk about whatever bur happened to get under Paul Krugmans’ saddle that day.

(The party that replaces the GOP had better take this lesson to heart.)

Good Money After Bad: Once it became clear that the GOP presidential candidate was dead in the water (in May), the money and effort should have been redirected away from the White House and toward, in this order, the Senate, key House districts, State Houses and Governors, up-and-coming conservative stars in smaller offices, and effective grassroots groups.

For decades, the GOP, conservative billionaires, conservative PACs, and conservatives in general, have refused to pay money to build a strong bench.  Taking cues from failed business models, the right places huge bets on two or three favorites.  When they hit the trifecta, the GOP rules for a couple of election cycles.

Usually, though, they don’t hit the trifecta.

When conservatives get creamed at the polls, they immediately start looking for the next Reagan.  Well, Reagan’s dead, and he ain’t coming back.  And if he did, he’d tell conservatives to stop betting on the races and, instead, start a horse farm.

What Now?: Obama will probably get to fill another vacancy on the Supreme Court, and this time it will be a hole left by a conservative justice.  The new leftist court will look for cases that allow it to obliterate any notion of limited government.  Amendments 1, 2, and 4 will join the 10th as political anachronisms in the dust bin of history.

The Republican Party will decay as Libertarians and Christian Conservatives form their own parties and fight over the fiscal conservatives.

The old Tea Parties might come back to life in a few locations.  They may even become real parties and run real candidates until the Justice Department shuts them down as subversive organizations—a new rule dictated by Obama and endorsed by his Courts.

In other words, that sun carving on George Washington’s chair at the Constitutional Convention—the one Ben Franklin talked about—is now a setting sun.

Reality Check:  It’s really April 11.  This was a Pre-Mortem.  We have seven months to create a different outcome.  But, right now, the Ghost of Tyrannies Yet to come is pointing his bony finger toward a dilapidated tombstone that marks the grave of a republic born July 4, 1776.

One way to start changing history: attend The After Party on April 19 at Crowne Plaza Grille in Clayton.


You Have a Date Next Thursday

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Of course you do.

It’s at 7:00 at the Crowne Plaza in Clayton. The Crowne Plaza Grille, to be precise.  April 19.

It’s the April After Party, and the topic is the Missouri plan.AfterPartyLogo_300

Your mission: bring one friend who’s never been to a Tea Party event.

If you can’t find someone to bring, come anyway.

Thinking about skipping? Don’t.

The most important election since Lincoln’s first is just seven months away.  We’re in the home stretch of the After Party. You country—your grandchildren—needs you now.

See you at 7 on the 19th at the Crowne Plaza.