Saturday, February 09, 2008

Time To Rebuild From The Ground Up

American Federalist Blog has an outstanding post on the desperate need for people to get involved and rebuild our party. I cannot agree more. I found it frustrating as a volunteer that several of my fellow conservatives will do nothing more than talk. They refuse to vote and many of them don't even know who their local officials are. If we are to bring the party back to a conservative agenda it must start at the local level.

I will not and cannot cast a vote for John McCain, but I will be voting. If there is a third party candidate who shares my beliefs I will vote for them otherwise I will leave the President spot on the ballot blank and vote for all the other offices. We don't have to sell out our soul, but we do have to vote. When I was volunteering in 06 many Republicans I contacted were so furious with the President and Congress that they refused to vote or voted Democrat. Not only did this cost us the House and Senate, but it got Jim Doyle, one of the worst governors in America, re-elected in a landslide and the Dems control of the Wisconsin State Senate something all of us here in Wisconsin are paying for. So please get out and VOTE! The alternative is to stay home and watch state's rights and federalism completely disappear, leaving amnesty and the liberal take over of this country unopposed.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

The Conservative Manifesto

A man is talking to a friend about politics. Both men are fairly conservative. The first man is bemoaning the awful state of the government: runaway entitlements, ethical lapses, wrong-headed policies, and a sense that the governors have contempt for the governed. His friend, the second man, nods in agreement at the indictments the first man rattles off. The discussion turns to an upcoming election. The second man asks his friend "Who did you vote for in the previous election?"

"No one" says the first man, "I don't vote."

We've probably all had some variation of this story happen to us. And anyone who has will readily admit that such an admission elicits a fairly consistent response: we admonish others that voting is critical and both a right and responsibility, and without exercising that right and executing that responsibility, one forfeits his right to complain about our governors and our government. Fulfilling the duties of responsible citizenship is the burden one must bear to have the right to criticize the outcome. This concept goes back to the story of the little red hen which we remember from childhood. Everyone wants to share in the fruits of the labor, yet no one wants to share in the labor.

Across the blogosphere, I hear the same ideas repeated, if only slightly differently. These themes are: the GOP is broken; the Republican party has lost its way; we need a third party; where are our leaders; and what can we do now? While the blogosphere provides a critical service - that is, to say, news and commentary that would otherwise be unavailable via traditional media channels, and a means for like-minded people to connect with each other - it is far too easy to sit, comfortably, at our desks and "write fiery prose" as Mr. Hargis once said, when real change requires real action.

I've tried to share in this space some of the things I've actually done - other than sit at a desk and type. Perhaps other bloggers prefer to maintain some degree of anonymity, and therefore they don't catalogue for their readers the extensive volunteer activities they engage in politically. Perhaps. But I think it is more likely that bloggers like their comfort zone; getting out and working for a candidate involves trudging through eight inches of snow in January (and even falling down a set of icy stairs, as I did two weeks ago), and those things, are, well, just downright work; and in my case, actually very painful.

So I write this today for all of the inactive impassioned out there. You've got great ideas, and I think that's half of the recipe. The other half is you need a kick in the a.. um, pants. No one likes to hear it, but here's my advice, and I guess you could call this my Conservative Manifesto: [read more]

Founding Fathers Quote

For the same reason that the members of the State legislatures will be unlikely to attach themselves sufficiently to national objects, the members of the federal legislature will be likely to attach themselves too much to local objects.

James Madison

Friday, February 08, 2008

Church Provides Sanctuary to Illegal Immigrant: Part II

Catholic League News Release

POLITICS OF SEX ABUSE IN COLORADO

Colorado lawmaker Gwyn Green has introduced a bill that would lift the statute of limitations on all future cases involving the sexual abuse of children; it would also grant a two-year period that allows those who are currently barred from doing so the chance to file a lawsuit.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains what else is going on:

“This has nothing to do with justice—it’s pure politics. Two years ago, similar legislation was proposed that specifically targeted private institutions, giving public institutions a pass. When this was exposed as a witch hunt, the public schools were blanketed with the same legislation. But then the Colorado education establishment saw the handwriting on the wall and effectively killed the bill. For the record, Colorado bishops, led by Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput (as well as the Catholic League), favored the bill as long as it was inclusive of all institutions.

“Now Rep. Green is back, targeting only private institutions again, saying she will introduce another bill that will address public institutions. What a shell game: If there is to be no difference in liability for private and public institutions, then they can be treated equally in the same bill.

“When interviewed, Green likes to boast of her Catholic credentials. Why, then, does she smear her religion? For example, she knows full well that the Colorado bishops have never opposed bills that treated all institutions equally, but that didn’t stop her from issuing this snotty remark last month: ‘I think it’s really ironic that the leaders of a church that profess to follow Jesus would be working against the protection of children.’ She has yet to apologize for this blatant lie.

“Finally, we know of few Catholic lawmakers—in any state—who have earned a 100% score from Planned Parenthood. Green has. Indeed, it is the only endorsement she has highlighted on her website! This, along with her endorsement by NARAL Pro-Choice, undercuts her purported commitment to the welfare of children. We’re contacting Colorado lawmakers asking them to nix Green’s politicized effort.”


Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

Governor Mitt Romney Addresses CPAC

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008

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Washington, D.C. – Today, addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Governor Romney announced that he was suspending his presidential campaign for the sake of Republican unity and the future of our country. In 2008, Republicans must stand united if we are to prevent Senators Clinton and Obama from taking the White House. As a nation at war and facing uncertain economic times, the American people cannot afford the Democrats and their agenda for retreat and economic slowdown. With today's speech, Governor Romney outlined the significance of this election and the need for the Republican Party to remain strong.

Governor Romney's Address To CPAC (As Prepared For Delivery):

"I want to begin by saying thank you. It's great to be with you again. And I look forward to joining with you many more times in the future.

"Last year, CPAC gave me the sendoff I needed. I was in single digits in the polls, and I was facing household Republican names. As of today, more than 4 million people have given me their vote for President, less than Senator McCain's 4.7 million, but quite a statement nonetheless. Eleven states have given me their nod, compared to his 13. Of course, because size does matter, he's doing quite a bit better with his number of delegates.

"To all of you, thank you for caring enough about the future of America to show up, stand up and speak up for conservative principles.

"As I said to you last year, conservative principles are needed now more than ever. We face a new generation of challenges, challenges which threaten our prosperity, our security and our future. I am convinced that unless America changes course, we will become the France of the 21st century – still a great nation, but no longer the leader of the world, no longer the superpower. And to me, that is unthinkable. Simon Peres, in a visit to Boston, was asked what he thought about the war in Iraq. 'First,' he said, 'I must put something in context. America is unique in the history of the world. In the history of the world, whenever there has been conflict, the nation that wins takes land from the nation that loses. One nation in history, and this during the last century, laid down hundreds of thousands of lives and took no land. No land from Germany, no land from Japan, no land from Korea. America is unique in the sacrifice it has made for liberty, for itself and for freedom loving people around the world.' The best ally peace has ever known, and will ever know, is a strong America.

"And that is why we must rise to the occasion, as we have always done before, to confront the challenges ahead. Perhaps the most fundamental of these is the attack on the American culture.

"Over the years, my business has taken me to many countries. I have been struck by the enormous differences in the wealth and well-being of people of different nations. I have read a number of scholarly explanations for the disparities. I found the most convincing was that written by David Landes, a professor emeritus from Harvard University. I presume he's a liberal – I guess that's redundant. His work traces the coming and going of great civilizations throughout history. After hundreds of pages of analysis, he concludes with this:

"If we learn anything from the history of economic development, it is that culture makes all the difference. Culture makes all the difference.

"What is it about American culture that has led us to become the most powerful nation in the history of the world? We believe in hard work and education. We love opportunity: almost all of us are immigrants or descendants of immigrants who came here for opportunity – opportunity is in our DNA. Americans love God, and those who don't have faith, typically believe in something greater than themselves – a 'Purpose Driven Life.' And we sacrifice everything we have, even our lives, for our families, our freedoms and our country. The values and beliefs of the free American people are the source of our nation's strength and they always will be.

"The threat to our culture comes from within. The 1960's welfare programs created a culture of poverty. Some think we won that battle when we reformed welfare, but the liberals haven't given up. At every turn, they try to substitute government largesse for individual responsibility. They fight to strip work requirements from welfare, to put more people on Medicaid, and to remove more and more people from having to pay any income tax whatsoever. Dependency is death to initiative, risk-taking and opportunity. Dependency is a culture-killing drug. We have got to fight it like the poison it is.

"The attack on faith and religion is no less relentless. And tolerance for pornography – even celebration of it – and sexual promiscuity, combined with the twisted incentives of government welfare programs have led to today's grim realities: 68% of African American children are born out-of-wedlock, 45% of Hispanic children, and 25% of White children. How much harder it is for these children to succeed in school and in life. A nation built on the principles of the Founding Fathers cannot long stand when its children are raised without fathers in the home.
[read more]

John McCain: Razing Arizona

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Romney Campaign's Post-Super Tuesday Analysis

I just received this email from the Romney campaign. Not only do I agree with their analysis of what happened yesterday and the way forward, but it is nice to finally see a leader stand up and fight for this nomination. I watched as Fred bailed out way too early. I was worried that Romney would listen to the talking heads too, but instead he is proving that he is willing to fight for not only the nomination but the future of our party. I have made a donation and I encourage everyone to do the same.

POST-SUPER TUESDAY ANALYSIS

· Super Tuesday proved that this is a very fluid election. Gov. Romney won seven states, including Colorado and Minnesota where Republicans must be competitive in the general election.

· The nomination is by no means settled. Even assuming that McCain reaches 700 delegates once counting finishes in California, he would still need to win 77% of delegates from upcoming states to secure the nomination by April 1.

· Gov. Romney did surprisingly well in several key, battleground states. Gov. Romney won Minnesota despite Sen. McCain have the support of the sitting Republican governor and senator. Gov. Romney also did better than expected in Georgia and Missouri.

· Gov. Romney has received eleven gold medals, eleven silver medals and six bronzes. He is the clear full-spectrum conservative in this race.

Post-Feb. 5:

· On Thursday, Gov. Romney will be at the Conservative Political Action Conference where Gov. Romney will address his vision for the future of the Republican Party and nation.

· After Feb. 5, we expect to be competitive in the Kansas and Washington state caucuses on Feb. 9 and then the Feb. 12 states – Virginia, Maryland, and also Washington, D.C.

· Upcoming states will be fertile ground for Gov. Romney because the two largest states on the primary calendar between today and April 1, Texas and Ohio, are favorable terrain
. Texas has a very conservative GOP primary vote and 140 delegates; Ohio's economy is similar to Michigan and the state has 88 delegates.

· Gov. Romney did well in caucus states where we focused our energy and resources. In just a few days, Republican voters will caucus in Kansas (39 delegates, winner-take-all) and Washington (40 delegates, proportional) which promise to be strong states for Gov. Romney.


Conservatives Are Coalescing Behind Governor Romney:

· Once again, Gov. Romney carried conservative voters by wide margins. Nationally, he won conservatives by double-digits, 42%-31% over Sen. McCain.

· Even in states Sen. McCain won, Gov. Romney carried conservative voters. For instance, in California, Gov. Romney won conservatives by six points, 39%-33%. Gov. Romney even won conservatives in McCain's home state of Arizona, 43%-40%.

The Republican Party Is Not Coalescing Behind Sen. McCain And Gov. Huckabee:

· Super Tuesday's results show that Sen. McCain is not the presumptive Republican nominee as he himself had expected.

· Sen. McCain made several campaign mistakes. He spent the last few days campaigning where he was the strongest – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He also spent time in Massachusetts where Gov. Romney won comfortably.

· Gov. Huckabee is not expanding his base of support. He overperformed anywhere where there were large numbers of evangelical voters and underperformed wherever there weren't. Gov. Huckabee's lack of support is evident in his underperforming showings in AZ, CA, NJ, NY, CT and MA.

· Gov. Huckabee has lost five states to Ron Paul, including at least three on Super Tuesday.

Reaction To Super Tuesday

Well, despite all the talking heads claiming that last night would blow Gov. Huckabee and Gov. Romney out of the race it appears to have made the likelihood of a brokered convention a certainty. Gov. Romney is going to stay in until the convention and Gov. Huckabee has committed to the same.

I truly hope that Gov. Romney does stay in and fight. This thing is far from over. Gov. Romney won 7 states last night; Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, and should have had West Virginia except for a backroom deal between McCain and Huckabee.

Given McCain's many liberal stances like McCain/Feingold, McCain/Lieberman and McCain/Kennedy I don't see him winning over the conservatives. Mike Huckabee has problems with anyone outside of Evangelicals, due to his flip flops on illegal immigration, taxation, national smoking ban and his compassionate, liberal agenda. This leaves a huge void that Romney can step into.

Romney has the ability to reach out to all facets of the Republican Party and can compete in any region of the nation. I do feel that he needs to stress his actual record as governor of Massachusetts more. He governed much more conservatively than is being portrayed by his opponents. While Gov. Huckabee and Senator McCain have governed and legislated to the left consistently.

The bottom line is we still have a long way to go. Us conservatives have to rally behind Gov. Romney. The Huckster has been able to convince many good conservatives that he is one of them. Trust me, I fell for it at first too.

Then I noticed that when he talks to liberal groups he pushes a nanny-stateism such as national smoking ban and environmental regulations that would increase the cost of gas and utilities and cause even more businesses to move over seas. Gov. Huckabee is also a strong supporter of open borders and so called compassionate conservatism. There is nothing conservative about that. The truth is, if you want to be compassionate you should be donating to the needy and volunteering your time; not expecting the government to take care of them with someone else's money.

Our nation is at a crossroad if we allow John McCain to win the nomination we unfortunately will live through a liberal agenda that will result in amnesty for 20 million illegal aliens and eventually citizenship for their relatives, global treaties that will further chip away at US sovereignty, and an increase in taxes.

The Democrats will get everything they want, but the Republicans will take all the blame. We have already been down that road with President Bush's no child left behind and failed amnesty. No matter how much President Bush gave the Democrats they attacked him as not having done enough. So the President squandered the Republican majority for nothing. Do we really want a President McCain or Huckabee who would be even worse because they actually hate conservatives?

Gov. Romney On Super Tuesday

Governor Mitt Romney On Super Tuesday

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008

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Boston, MA – Today, Americans from across this country went to the polls and cast their vote for conservative change in Washington. Tonight, as we await the results from Western states, Governor Romney made the following remarks to supporters, volunteers and the American people:

"Ann came to me and she said, 'You know, the one thing that's clear tonight is that nothing's clear.' But I think she's wrong. One thing that's clear is this campaign's going on. I think there are some people who thought it was all going to be done tonight. But it's not all done tonight. We're going to keep on battling. We're going to go all the way to the convention. We're going to win this thing, and we're going to get to the White House."

...

"But you know why we're doing it, we're all doing it for the same reason that is we care very deeply about, well in my case, these folks up here. In your case, the folks at your home, your kids. For me, I'm very concerned about the kind of America they're going to inherit. I want to make sure that the kind of prosperity we've known, the peace that we've always experienced, the safety that we've always felt, is part of my kids' life and theirs kids' life, and theirs indeed as well. I recognize that that doesn't just happen. Those that brought that to us paid a very heavy price to buy our peace. They built a strong military, who was without question the most capable in the world. They built a strong economy that surpassed anybody's in the world. And they also gave to us values that are enduring, like believing in hard work and education and willingness to sacrifice for the future and love of our families and love of our faith and love of our country. And because of these great values, and this great economy and our great military, we've emerged as the greatest nation on Earth. And now it's our turn to decide what we're going to give to our kids, and to their kids.

"We face extraordinary challenges. I'm convinced - and I mean this very sincerely - I'm convinced that if Washington continues on its same course, America will emerge not as the great nation of the 21st century by the end, but as a second-tier power. It'll be passed by someone else. I can't tell you who it will be, but it will be passed by someone else.

"That will not happen. We'll keep America strong because we'll hold on to the values that have always made it successful – values of Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush and Teddy Roosevelt and other great presidents spoke about. They strengthened our military with more troops to make sure we can protect ourselves. They strengthened our families with good health care and good schools and values that are enduring. And they strengthened our economy. At the base of our ability to lead the world is a robust and powerful economy.
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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Mitt Romney, the better choice for America

Campaign Manager Beth Myers On The West Virginia Convention

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008

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Boston, MA – Today, Romney for President Campaign Manager Beth Myers issued the following statement regarding the outcome of West Virginia's Republican Party convention:

"Unfortunately, this is what Senator McCain's inside Washington ways look like: he cut a backroom deal with the tax-and-spend candidate he thought could best stop Governor Romney's campaign of conservative change.

"Governor Romney had enough respect for the Republican voters of West Virginia to make an appeal to them about the future of the party based on issues. This is why he led on today's first ballot. Sadly, Senator McCain cut a Washington backroom deal in a way that once again underscores his legacy of working against Republicans who are interested in championing conservative policies and rebuilding the party."

Gov. Romney On Conservative Support

Super Tuesday

As you no doubt know, today is Super Tuesday. The fate of our country literally hangs in the balance. I believe with all my heart and soul that a vote for McCain or Huckabee is a vote for a Democrat President, come November. The only candidate, in my opinion, who can unite the Republican Party is Gov. Mitt Romney. I pray that you thoughtfully consider the importance of your vote.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

Why we receive the ashes


Following the example of the Nine vites, who did penance in sackcloth and ashes, our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and reminds us that life passes away on Earth. We remember this when we are told

"Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return."

Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.

The distribution of ashes comes from a ceremony of ages past. Christians who had committed grave faults performed public penance. On Ash Wednesday, the Bishop blessed the hair shirts which they were to wear during the forty days of penance, and sprinkled over them ashes made from the palms from the previous year. Then, while the faithful recited the Seven Penitential Psalms, the penitents were turned out of the church because of their sins -- just as Adam, the first man, was turned out of Paradise because of his disobedience. The penitents did not enter the church again until Maundy Thursday after having won reconciliation by the toil of forty days' penance and sacramental absolution. Later, all Christians, whether public or secret penitents, came to receive ashes out of devotion. In earlier times, the distribution of ashes was followed by a penitential procession.

The Ashes


The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance. [read more about Lent]


h/t: Catholic Online

Mitt Romney Captures Maine GOP Caucus, Closing in on McCain in Delegates

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 4, 2008

Augusta, ME (LifeNews.com) -- Mitt Romney captured the Maine Republican caucus vote on Sunday in a contest that received little in the way of media coverage in advance of the Super Tuesday primary voting. Despite the lack of attention, Maine Republicans provided Romney with a lion's share of the vote and another 18 delegates.

With 68 percent of the votes counted there, Romney won 52 percent of the Republican vote compared to 21 percent of John McCain.

Ron Paul, who campaigned extensively in the state, received 19 percent while Mike Huckabee received the support of six percent of GOPers there.

Romney's win gives him a total of 77 delegates in the primary election race. McCain leads with 93 delegates and Huckabee is third with 40.

Most of Romney's delegates have come in states like Maine -- including Wyoming and Nevada -- where Republicans caucused and received little attention. Romney also won the Michigan primary. [read more]

Governor Mitt Romney Announces The Tennessee Romney For President Leadership Team

Monday, Feb 04, 2008

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Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced the Tennessee Romney for President Leadership Team. The men and women who make up this team are leading the efforts for Governor Romney in Tennessee and spreading his message of change in Washington.

Announcing the Leadership Team, Governor Romney said, "I am honored to have the support of so many outstanding leaders in Tennessee. These fine men and women are dedicated to returning to our Republican roots and building a stronger economy, stronger military and stronger families. Together, the Tennessee Leadership Team has been working to spread our message of conservative change."

"I'm proud to support Governor Mitt Romney for President. Washington is broken – and we're not going to fix it by sending the same people back just to sit in different chairs. Governor Romney is uniquely qualified to bring change to Washington, D.C. Throughout his career, he has been an agent of change. He created jobs in the private sector. He turned around the ethically and financially challenged 2002 Winter Olympic Games. And as the chief executive of Massachusetts, he cut taxes and promoted innovative solutions that created jobs and expanded health coverage," said former Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn.
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"Very Close"

More Missouri Legislators Endorse Governor Mitt Romney For President

Monday, Feb 04, 2008

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Boston, MA - Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced that four more Missouri State Legislators have endorsed his campaign for President of the United States. Senator Tom Dempsey, Representative Bob Onder, Representative Shane Schoeller, and Representative Joe Smith will help expand Governor Romney's grassroots campaign in Missouri and will help communicate Governor Romney's message of conservative change in Washington.

"I am proud to announce the addition of these distinguished leaders to our strong and growing grassroots team in Missouri," said Governor Romney. "Washington is broken, and we aren't going to fix it by sending the same people back just to have them sit in different chairs. With the help of these legislators, I'll work to earn the support of as many Missourians as possible."

These legislators join a strong Missouri team that includes Governor Matt Blunt, Speaker of the House Rod Jetton, and several other Missouri legislators.

Missouri Legislators Joining Romney For President

- State Senator Tom Dempsey, St. Peters, Senate District 23

- State Representative Bob Onder, Lake St. Louis, House District 13

- State Representative Shane Schoeller, Willard, House District 139

- State Representative Joe Smith, St. Charles, House District 14

Alabama Leaders Join Romney For President

Monday, Feb 04, 2008

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Boston, MA – Today Governor Mitt Romney announced that several new Republican leaders in Alabama have joined his state Leadership Team. With Alabama's primary tomorrow, these Republican leaders will help mobilize Governor Romney's grassroots support in the state.

Announcing that these new Alabama leaders will be joining Romney for President, Romney Alabama Chairman Kay Ivey said, "Throughout this past year, our campaign in Alabama has grown steadily and is ready to mobilize Governor Romney's grassroots organization for tomorrow's primary. Today's announcement is yet another indication of the support Governor Romney enjoys in the state. We are all proud to be campaigning for his message of conservative change in a Washington that is fundamentally broken."

The Alabama Leadership Team Members:

- State Rep. Mike Ball
- State Rep. Chad Fincher
- State Rep. Barry Mask
- State Rep. Pat Moore
- State Rep. Elwyn Thomas
- State Board of Education Member David Byers
- Judge Kelli Wise
- Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby
- Vestavia Hills Mayor Scottie McCollum
- Randy and Kelly Owens
- Bob and June Russell

"Falls Short"

U.S. Congressman Howard Coble (R-NC) Endorses Governor Mitt Romney

Monday, Feb 04, 2008

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Boston, MA – Today, U.S. Congressman Howard Coble (R-NC) announced that he is endorsing Governor Mitt Romney to be our next President of the United States. Congressman Coble joins Congresswoman Virginia Foxx from North Carolina in supporting Governor Romney.

Making today's announcement, Congressman Coble issued the following statement: "I am very impressed with what Mitt Romney has accomplished during his career. Clearly he has been very successful in the private equity field. He used those business skills in turning around the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake. He proved his political and governing skills by getting elected Governor of Massachusetts. As the only non-Senator among the final four presidential frontrunners, Mitt Romney can bring a fresh approach to the issues facing our nation. I am pleased to endorse Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination."

Welcoming Congressman Coble's support, Governor Romney said, "In Washington, Congressman Coble has been a steadfast voice for fiscal responsibility and a stalwart opponent of deficit spending. Throughout his time in Congress, the people of North Carolina's Sixth Congressional District have been rightly proud of his service. I am grateful to have his support in our campaign to build a stronger America."
[read more]

Gov. Romney: We Have A Choice Tomorrow

Gov. Romney On The Future Of The Republican Party

Founding Fathers Quote

If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.

Thomas Paine

Gov. Romney On Getting The Job Done In Washington

Sunday, February 03, 2008

The Real McCain

This is a man (if that is what you consider being a man is) that Huckabee preaches is a conservative and obviously (although not openly) hopes to help by remaining in a race he obviously cannot win. He has teamed up with McCain in cheap, dirty and even false attacks against Mitt Romney, yet they cry foul whenever Romney does what a self respecting Presidential candidate is supposed to do when campaigning and calls them out on their flawed stands and on the issues effecting everday Americans.

I would hardly call McCain's womanizing, questionable military record or liberal agenda as conservative and I also question the judgement and intentions of Huckabee for his bizarre attacks against a conservative, Christian candidate like Romney. Here are a few bits from Pro Patria I found on the real McCain and there is much more if you wish to link to it.

McCain’s grades were “marginal.” He drew so many demerits for breaking curfew and other discipline issues that he graduated fifth from the bottom of the class of 1958. Despite his low “class standing,” and no doubt because of the influence of his family of famous Admirals, McCain was leap-frogged ahead of more qualified applicants and granted a coveted slot to be trained as a navy pilot.

Promoting unqualified applicants to positions when they obviously lack the necessary skills is a dangerous brew.

McCain, the “below par” pilot, eventually lost 5 military aircraft, the first during a training flight in 1958 when he plunged into Corpus Christi Bay while trying to land. The Navy ignored the crash and graduated McCain in 1960.

If a pilot cannot even meet "par" in the skills needed to successfully fly an aircraft, why would you make him a flight instructor?

Upon his release from North Vietnam and return to the United States in 1973, McCain reunited with his wife, Carol, who had been permanently crippled in a car accident while he was a POW.

....

While Executive Officer and later as Squadron Commander McCain used his authority to arrange frequent flights that allowed him to carouse with subordinates and “engage in extra-marital affairs.”

Are these the actions of a conservative?

In 1979, while attending a military reception in Hawaii, McCain met and fell in love with Cindy Lou Hensley, 17 years his junior, who was the daughter of James W. Hensley, a wealthy Anheuser-Busch distributor from Phoenix, Arizona. McCain filed for and obtained an uncontested divorce from his wife in Florida on April 2, 1980 and promptly married Cindy on May 17, 1980.

[read the entire article]

This is a man that former Pastor Mike Huckabee praises and admires.

I don't know about you, but to me this is not the record of a conservative or even a great military leader and certainly not a foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution. I see the record of a man who benefited from the accomplishments of his father and grandfather in his "below par" military record, (this in no way takes away from his time as a POW, but that also does not make you fit for the Presidency), I see a man with few, if any, family values as a conservative understands them, I see a man whose temper flares with contempt when his agenda is challenged, as has been witnessed on many occasions in the Senate, and who would say anything to get the power of the Presidency.

In no definition of the word is McCain conservative. Ask your self this; Do you really want to see a senior citizen version of Bill Clinton times ten in the White House besmirching the name of the Republican Party?

McClintObama Amnesty Plan: 20 million illegal alien voters by 2010

February 1, 2008

by William Gheen
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC)
www.alipac.us

Have GOP Voters forgotten that just a few months ago, John McCain stood hand-in-hand with liberal icon Ted Kennedy pushing for the largest amnesty for illegal aliens in American history? While Rasmussen polling showed that Americans following the legislation very closely opposed it 3 to 1 (69% to 23%), McCain ignored the massive public outcry!

The angry calls rolling into the Senate offices, including John McCain's, were between 50 and 100 to 1 against McCain and Kennedy's bill. We know this because we stood outside his door counting calls received by his staff and because other Senators told us the ratios they were receiving. History was made when the Capital phone system shut down, due to overload of calls from angry Americans.

John McCain refused to listen to Americans and went so far as to call members of the Senate who refused to support the McKennedy Amnesty "Racists"! John McCain showed no regard for American voices and instead called those who disagreed with him petty names. Who was John McCain listening to? He was listening to the US Chamber of Commerce and the racist illegal alien support groups like La Raza (The Race) whom he openly coordinated the effort with.

John McCain has illustrated in dramatic fashion that when he feels safe in his office, he couldn't care less about what a majority of Americans think. [read more]


Please forward to all of your contacts and ask them to do the same. Please forward to national and local media. Please bombard talk radio shows with copies. Please post on the web with links into ALIPAC's copy. Please locate every GOP voter you can and share this article before next Tuesday!

I’m Switching To Romney

Here is a highligh from a post at Louisiana Conservative I found rather encouraging.

I'm saying that our party victor is Mitt Romney, and it’s time for conservatives to rally around Mitt Romney before we surrender all control of the party to John McCain. McCain has been a man who has time and time been unpredictable through his “straight talk” because he has no center convictions, unless you believe that believing in building on a political career as a core conviction, that is.

I’m not encouraging anybody to switch to Huckabee or Paul so late in the game, I did what I could to get you guys to support Paul. But now we are faced with a much greater challenge, either hold on to all of our core values so staunchly that we end up losing the battle on several, perhaps nearly all, key fronts, or get behind one candidate and preserve our values within the party so that we can come back and fight another day.

I’m asking you, my fellow conservatives that support Mike Huckabee, to break away and vote for Mitt Romney. Romney is flawed in many ways, to say the least, but judging on how dependable John McCain was throughout the Bush administration, I’d say he’s broken. Would you rather have a flawed candidate now? Or would you rather have a candidate that’s broken, garnering support only because he finds himself in a position that we all thought Rudy Giuliani was in 8 months ago. That is to say, 8 months ago, we all thought Giuliani was our best hope at beating Hillary Clinton, now we all say McCain is the guy. [read more]

Top 10 Catholic Heroes of the Super Bowl

Here is an interesting article in which Brett Favre is named one of the top ten Catholic Heroes of the Super Bowl. As we get ready for this year's Super Bowl it is a great read and God willing it will be the Packers on top at next year's Super Bowl.

By Gerald Korson

1/30/2008
Catholic Online (
www.catholic.org)

#2: Brett Favre

After a spectacular comeback year that saw the Green Bay Packers turn their poor 2006 season into a division-winning 13-3 record in 2007, Brett Favre seemed poised to lead his team to another Super Bowl appearance. A loss to the New York Giants, the eventual NFC champion, ended that dream season. Green Bay no doubt wants him back next fall to try again.

The durable quarterback led the Packers to a Super Bowl fictory in 1997 as they defeated the New England Patriots 35-21. In that game, Favre completed 14 of 27 passes for 246 yard and two touchdowns, including a 54-yard bomb to Andre Rison and an 81-yard catch-and-run to Antonio Freeman. He also ran for a third touchdown. [read more]

Mccain and Hillary are the exactly the same! Vote Romney

April 20 at Yankee Stadium: Charlotte Diocese to give tickets to see pope

Posted by Charlotte.com 12 hrs ago

The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte is giving away about 100 tickets to Pope Benedict XVI's April 20 Mass at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Those interested in getting one or two free tickets must apply at www.Charlottediocese.org/tickets by midnight Tuesday.

Winners, chosen by a drawing, will be contacted by e-mail Wednesday and have until midnight Feb. 10 to confirm. [read more]

Ann Romney Campaigns in Minnesota

Sunday, February 3rd, Governor Mitt Romney's wife, Ann Romney, will campaign in Minnesota.
12:00 p.m.

Ann Romney Visits a Romney for President Phone Bank in Oakdale
Romney for President Minnesota Headquarters
7200 Hudson Boulevard
Suite 100
Oakdale, MN
Note: Be prepared for natural light and sound

1:30 p.m.

Ann Romney Attends a "Women for Mitt" Tea
Residence of Mike and Jean Garvey
9960 Wellington Lane
Woodbury, MN
Note: Be prepared for natural light and sound

4:00 p.m.

Ann Romney Attends a Super Bowl Pre-Party
Residence of Curt and Stacy Marks
2750 Gale Road
Woodland, MN
Note: Be prepared for natural light and sound

Press Info:
This is an open press event. With questions please contact RomneyforPresident,IncPress Shop at 857-288-6390.

*All Times Are Central Standard Time


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Governor Romney Campaigns in Missouri

Sunday, February 3rd, Governor Mitt Romney will campaign in Missouri.

4:30 p.m.

Governor Romney Holds a Super Bowl Kick-Off Party
Dave & Buster's
13857 Riverport Drive
Maryland Heights, MO
Note: A mult-box will be available

5:20 p.m.

Governor Romney Holds a Media Availability
Dave & Buster's
13857 Riverport Drive
Maryland Heights, MO
Note: A mult-box will be available

Press Info:
This is an open press event. With questions please contact RomneyforPresident,IncPress Shop at 857-288-6390.

*All Times Are Central Standard Time


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Governor Romney Campaigns in Illinois

Sunday, February 3, 2008, Governor Mitt Romney will campaign in Illinois.

11:55 a.m.

Governor Romney Holds a "Change Begins with Us" Glen Ellyn Tour Stop
McAninch Arts Center
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL
NOTE: A mult-box will be available

12:45 p.m.

Governor Romney Holds a Media Availability
McAninch Arts Center
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL
NOTE: A mult-box will be available

Press Info:
This is an open press event. With questions please contact RomneyforPresident,IncPress Shop at 857-288-6390.

*All Times Are Central Standard Time


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YOUR VOTE COULD CHANGE AMERICA FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE - Don't Fall For The Conservative In Name Only, Vote For Mitt Romney


Let's cut through all the garbage and get to the simple truth. McCain is not a conservative, he is not even a Republican. You cannot claim a label unless you earn the label. You earn the label by establishing the record of the label. The only record McCain has is that of a Democrat outcast (or maybe a want-to-be). Anyone who says he is conservative has no clue what the word means.

Conservative is not a coat you can put on and take off when it serves your best interests; it is a life style. McCain has certainly not lived that life style. His unfaithfulness to his wife, who was disfigured in a car accident during his captivity, is hardly what I would describe as conservative behavior. Neither is pushing for amnesty, then backing off into secrecy when the country cries out against it. Listen to what he says when asked if he still supports amnesty and if he would push for it, he says that bill will not be voted on. Of course not, it will be a different bill by then. He is not telling you that there will be no amnesty; he is telling you he will secure the border first then push through a new amnesty. It is not what he is saying, it is what he is not saying.

Another thing that bothering me immensely; Huckabee is obviously campaigning to hurt Romney. Since there is no way for Huckabee to win the nomination the only reason to remain in would be to take votes away from the opponent. He takes votes away from Romney, not McCain. Therefore, the way I see it, Huckabee must be bidding for a position in the McCain administration. Huckabee is campaigning on a religious and liberal platform and is hardly a conservative himself. His big government and nanny state plans would leave us with less freedom and more socialism.

If you call yourself a conservative I ask that you consider what it really means. If you are for protecting the Constitution as intended by the Founding Fathers, if you are for Federalism, national security and sovereignty, strong military and foreign policy, the protection of all life and a strong economy once again then you must throw your support behind Mitt Romney now. Yes people can change what they believe in life, McCain has not changed what he believes. He still believes in amnesty, he still defends McCain/Feingold as not being an infringement upon the 1st Amendment, he still claims he is pro-life even though he fully supports embryonic stem cell research - the destruction of unborn life.



McCain keeps running on his military service and captivity as national security experience. I am sorry, but that does not fly. If this is experience needed for the Presidency then there are a lot of people in Iraq with qualifying national security experience with true conservative stands. He runs on his past like Giuliani ran on 9-11, it is disgraceful and in poor taste. He claims a fake reputation of running in the mold of Ronald Reagan. He is not even a shadow of what Ronald Reagan was.

This is the man that Huckabee would rather see become President over Mitt Romney. "Huck himself believes that if republicans don't pick him they should pick McCain and not Romney." Neither of these men are conservative. If Romney does not win the nomination Conservatives should not stay at home. Not voting does not make a statement, it only hands the nomination to a liberal.

When you become discouraged the best thing to do is ban together and fight back. If McCain wins the nomination don't give him the Presidency, make a loud and clear statement and vote third party. When the third party votes increase by volumes they will not be able to ignore it. Would it not be better to have four years of a Democratic President take the blame for the down fall of the economy and national security then to destroy the Republican Party with the pathetic pandering of McCain or Huckabee?

Place your vote carefully and thoughtfully in this primary, there is more at stake than many realize including the Supreme Court, national security, the economy and the future of the Republican Party. There is only one true Conservative that can win the General Election and that is Mitt Romney.

KPNX: McCain Curses At GOP Senator Over Immigration Bill

Does this seem Presidential to you?