Posts Tagged ‘Congress’

Well, the Clark County Republican Convention was today. Wow. It was kind of nuts, but very good. Over 3000 delegates there, and pretty well organized. It was somewhat stressful at times, as I felt people were being ridiculous and wasting time, but for the most part, it was good. We had several good speakers, Gov. Jim Gibbons, Congressman Dean Heller, Senator John Ensign, and also a video message from Congressman Jon Porter. That was all pretty cool. I was bugged, however, that there was no Presidential straw poll taken. I was so excited, because I was going to vote for Ron Paul, to show my dislike of John McCain. But, alas, it was not meant to be. The biggest problem we had was trying to agree on a platform. I think most people agreed on most of the items, just a handful that raised eyebrows and caused a long debate. In the end, we had to vote for the platform as a whole, instead of item by item, so I ended up voting against it. I have yet to see the results of the voting, but they should be available soon. There were just some things that I couldn’t vote for. Luckily, there will be another meeting in a couple weeks to address the platform.
All the debate on the platform issues really brought to light for me the plight of the Republican party. We are so used to worrying about what everyone else thinks of us, that we don’t bother to stand up for our real values. This is absurd. We had some people saying that if we took all the pro-life references out, that it would be much more appealing to democrats so that they would vote for John McCain. Are you kidding me?! These people want to change the party to conform to the liberals, and that is just ridiculous! We had others who wanted to take out the fact that the best and ideal environment for children to be raised in is a happy two-parent home. Some wanted to take out support for a federal marriage amendment. I just don’t understand this. What has happened to my party? This is not the party of Ronald Reagan anymore. Reagan believed in strong families. Now, I see this party trying to attack the family just like the liberals do. It truly disturbs me. I heard people in there today that seemed to be against capitalism, at least to some degree. I heard people that were upset that a prayer was said at the beginning of the meeting. Frankly, I heard people that I would liken unto FDR democrats. The liberals and moderates are running the party, and running it into the ground. What ever happened to strong conservative values? We need to stop catering to those not even in our party and get back to core party values: strong families, strong economy, strong military. We need to get back to the Contract With America.
I really see things sliding in a way that scares me. I’m truly worried about the future for my children and grandchildren. What kind of world am I giving them? This is why I’ve decided to do everything I can at a local level to see to it that strong, solid conservatives get elected to local and state offices, and to the House and Senate. The White House is lost this election, no matter who wins. So, we’ve got to get strong people into other offices, so real change can begin. Conservatives have got to take back the Republican party!

In response to comments left on this posting:
Folks, believe me, I’m going to do everything I can to be at that meeting on the 18th. I believe so strongly that we must take back the Republican party from the left and from the media. The liberal media selected our presidential nominee, pure and simple. We’ve been so worried about offending someone on the left for so long that we’ve lost our way. I feel it is imperative that we get back to our conservative values. Real conservative values. The thought of a world run by liberals (even liberal republicans) makes me cringe and shudder and want to cry for my children. I just must do everything I can to protect our future. I love this country! I want to preserve those values that make this THE best country in the world.

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Last night I attended a dinner with the Active Republican Women of Las Vegas, where Congressman Jon Porter was the keynote speaker. This wasn’t one of those stuffy fundraiser dinners, it was simply a dinner of the club, and he agreed to come and speak. Never been to any of their functions and was just checking things out. I have to say, though, I was very impressed. I had a lovely dinner and great conversation with several ladies. I sat next to one of our family court judges, Hon. Dianne Steel. I also met several people running for various local offices, including many judicial positions. I was right next to Congressman Porter’s table and was able to shake his hand and talk to him. He made some fantastic points as he spoke to us and was a pretty entertaining speaker. All-in-all, it was a wonderful evening!
Growing up, my dad worked for Farmers Insurance, as an agent. Jon Porter was a district manager over several agents, my dad being one of them. I remember my dad always saying really good things about him, and it left a lasting impression on me. The Congressman seemed to be just as nice as ever and remembered my dad and asked about him. I really think that aside from being an on my side in Congress, he’s just a very decent and good man.

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I’m so ticked off!

I am so completely ticked off at the people in our senate that have been elected to represent us! I am so angry that this horrible immigration bill has progressed another step. I expected Reid to ignore the people of Nevada, but Ensign? What was he thinking to vote against this? What deal could have been made that all these Republican senators would vote for cloture on this bill? I just don’t understand. But I’ll tell you this: I truly feel abandoned by the Republican party, and Congress as a whole. This bill has shown us that this is no longer a government “for the people, by the people,” but a government for the power of the individual. I am sick and disgusted over this! How could all these people just ignore the will of the American people? The Dems have talked about how the 2006 election was a mandate by the people, but what about the mandate now? What about almost 80% of the country being dead-set against this bill? I am just completely blown away by this. What happened to Conservatism? Where have all the Conservatives really gone? What kind of leadership is out there for us? I am just so sick and disgusted over this whole thing. And I don’t want to be called a bigot or a racist! While I am very opposed to this bill, I am not opposed to immigration. This country was built by immigrants. I just want it to be done LEGALLY!!!! It is absolutely wrong for the people that have had no regard for our laws or sovereignty would be able to be put on a path to citizenship, when there are people who sacrifice all they have to come here the legal way. This bill is bad on so many levels. It is going to cost trillions of dollars. It is a grave national security risk. It gives a green light for criminals. And yes, I believe illegal immigrants are criminals. They have broken our laws, and that makes them criminals. I am just beside myself right now.
Here is a transcript of Rush’s site from today:

RUSH: I’m holding here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers the list of the Republicans who voted for cloture today. In alphabetical order they are…

► Bob Bennett of Utah
► Kit Bond of Missouri
► Sam Brownback of Kansas
► Richard Burr of North Carolina
► Norm Coleman of Minnesota
► Susan Collins of Maine (No surprise there.)
► Larry Craig of Idaho
► Pete Domenici of New Mexico
► John Ensign of Nevada (That’s really curious to me because this is the guy who’s in charge of reelecting Republicans to the Senate, and finding new candidates and fund-raising.)
► Lindsey Grahamnesty of South Carolina
► Judd Gregg of New Hampshire
► Chuck Hagel of Nebraska (No surprise there.)
► Jon Kyl of Arizona (No surprise there. He’s carrying the bill for the Republicans.)
► Trent Lott of Mississippi (No surprise there.)
► Richard Lugar of Indiana
► Mel Martinez of Florida (No surprise there.)
► John McCain of Arizona (No surprise there.)
► Mitch McConnell of Kentucky (It will be interesting to watch him.)
► Lisa Murkowski from Alaska
► Olympia Snowe from Maine (No surprise there.)
► Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania (No surprise there.)
► Ted Stevens of Alaska (No surprise.)
► George Voinovich of Ohio. (I don’t know if he cried before the vote.)
► John Warner, the southern gentleman from Virginia.

So those are your names of the Republicans who voted for cloture and revived a dead bill.”

We need to bombard these people with phone calls and e-mails. Another vote will take place on Thursday, and by the way, the bill with all the amendments isn’t even printed yet. They are going to vote Thursday anyway. Spread the word. Tell everyone you can to call their elected officials and voice their opinions loud and strong. We cannot afford to let this bill get passed!

Click here to find out how to contact the Senators.
Click here to find out how to contact the Representatives from the House.

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This is so funny to me. According to the latest poll (which is very important to the drive-by media), the Congressional approval rating is lower than the President’s! That is hilarious to me! The liberals whine and complain about the President, and quote his approval ratings constantly. Now, they’ve got control of Congress, and their approval rating is even lower than his! According to the latest Gallup poll, the President’s approval rating is at 33%, while Congress is at 29%! HA! You thought you were going to improve things! Looks like they are just getting worse. Hey Dems, here’s some advice for you, Quit trying to defeat your own country! Quit being hypocritical by saying you’re supporting the troops, but not their mission, and then trying to set them up for defeat! Quit letting loud-mouths like Reid and Pelosi say and do stupid things, like the war is lost, or meeting with the Syrians to try to push your own foreign policy! Quit being so anti-military and anti-victory! And, while we’re on that subject, Harry Reid should resign. Period. There is no room for argument here! His recent remarks not only undermined the troops and their families, but could be considered traitorous! How awful it is that the top dog in the US Senate would say something so horrible. He should step down.
Now, liberals, pay attention here, start supporting your country and your troops! I know, it sounds crazy, but most American citizens want victory in Iraq. Now quit playing games with the military and riding both sides of the fence. If you are all so against the war, like you say you are, defund it. (Can’t do that, eh? You know that your constituents would not support pulling the funding out from under the troops. You all talk big but when it comes down to it, you got nothing.) If you aren’t going to defund the war, then quit playing politics (Harry “we’re going to pick up seats from the war” Reid), and fund the troops, support them in your words and actions, and root for your own country!

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I’ve decided to start a new thing on here, called my Hero of the Week. Nearly every week, someone somewhere does something that makes me think, “that’s awesome!” or “way to go!” Usually it’s someone in politics, but not always. Anyway, I just think it will be fun.
This week, I actually have 2.
The first one is Carl Levin. Yep, the Democrat! “How could a democrat be my hero of the week?” you ask. Ahh, let me tell you. Anyone that throws Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid “under the bus” is a hero in my book! Sunday, Levin was on George Stephanopoulos’ show, and said that they would fund the troops, that they always fund the troops. Now, isn’t this going against the Democrat party leadership. In his comments he basically discounted all this hype the Dems have been building for the last few weeks about not funding the troops without a ton of conditions. This just made me chuckle. I wonder what Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid thought when they heard him. He pulled the rug out from under all the ultra-lib people who thought that the troops wouldn’t get the funding they need. HA!
Hero of the Week number 2 is the North Carolina Attorney General, Roy Cooper. He stuck it to Mike Nifong, the former DA in the Duke la cross rape case. Among other things, he called Nifong “rouge” and said the cases against the la cross players were “result of a tragic rush to accuse and a failure to verify serious allegations.” He went on to chronicle the terrible way that this case was handled. Clearly, Nifong is guilty of gross misconduct that should not only have him disbarred, but facing criminal or civil charges. In an effort to save face today, Nifong tried to offer an apology for his actions, but in my opinion, he didn’t really succeed. These men had their lives ruined for a year, because Nifong screwed up! Their reputation could be permanently tarnished. That is ridiculous. By the way, I also believe the accuser should face false accusation charges, but it has already been decided that she won’t. Anyway, Roy Cooper deserves a big round of applause for the way he handled this! (Guess what, he’s a Democrat too! – What the heck is going on here? Guess it just goes to show you that they aren’t all bad.)

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Funny Stuff

A Montana cowboy was overseeing his herd in a remote mountain pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him. The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?”

The cowboy looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, Why not?” The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo. The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photo shop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.” “That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says the cowboy. He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then the cowboy says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?” The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”

You’re a U.S. Congressman”, says the cowboy.

“Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”

“No guessing required.” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about cows…this is a herd of sheep.

Now give me back my dog!

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Another one from the left!

Recently, attention has been drawn to the fact that Congressional Democrats “support the troops, but not the war.” I find this offensive, and so should every American! I keep hearing about how the liberals support the troops. My questions is: How? How are they supporting the troops? By passing stupid non-binding resolutions telling the world they are against the President and the War? By constantly critizing their Commander in Chief? Oh, I know, it was when Nancy Pelosi went over to Iraq on her little “fact finding mission.” I find it appalling that these people can say that they support the troops when in fact they do everything they can to undermine their efforts. They say that they support the troops, but not the war. How can you support the troops without supporting their mission? This just doesn’t fly with me. They have been told over and over, by the generals on the ground, that their words and actions will affect the troops, that it will lower their morale. How in the world can they say that they support the troops when they are slowing destroying their morale? How can they say they support the troops when they have done everything in their power to decrease support for the war, and thus the troops, in their own country? They keep saying that this is going to be another Vietnam, and in one respect, they are right. Just like with Vietnam, the war is going to be bad-mouthed so much that soon, many will turn against the troops. They will return home, not heroes, but as socital misfits. They will be labeled as killers and cursed at and spit upon. This is not what our troops deserve, but it’s what the Democrats are lining them up for. I think it is sad. To me, the people that serve in the military are heroes! They are to be admired and respected! They are to be supported, however we can!
So, my question to you is can you really support the troops without supporting the war? (Cause in my mind, if you don’t support the war, then you want the war to fail. If you want the war to fail, then you want the troops to fail in their missions. If you want the troops to fail in their missions, then you are setting them up to be killed.)

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Well, we’re off and running for 2008! Isn’t it exciting?! I know it may sound weird, but I love all this campaigning stuff. I’m a political junkie. I just find it all extremely fascinating, and very compelling. I get pretty passionate about it too.
Here’s how it’s looking. For the Dems, there’s Hillary and Obama. Sure others have said they are running, but these two have the main focus right now. Hillary was supposed to have had this race handed to her on a silver platter (at least in her mind). There have been years of build up to this moment. (Maybe all of Bill’s Presidency was just to pave the way for Hillary.) Then, all of a sudden, in a sneak attack, Obama comes out of virtually no where and takes it right out from under her. The Dems have a new love child. I just wonder how long the love affair will last. I picture in my head a boxing match between the two of them. (Personally, in a physical battle, I’d have to favor Hillary. She’s mean!) I can’t wait to see how this plays out! I have a feeling it will be fun to watch the two of them tear each other apart. It is going to be mean and vicious. Perhaps they will give us stuff to use against them in the general election.
Then, on the Republican side, there are a few possibilities. We’ve got the former mayor of NY, Giuliani. Personally, I’m not a big fan at all. He’s far too liberal for my liking! The thing he’s got going for him is his amazing reaction and handling of 9/11. There’s also my personal favorite, Mitt Romney. I would love to see him get the GOP nomination!

Also to look forward to in 2008 is that the House will be up for grabs again. We’ve got to get Nancy Pelosi out of there before the whole democracy falls apart! We’ve got to get conservatives back into power! Luckily, the Dems are already fighting among themselves. Guess the honeymoon didn’t last too long. They said they were going to get a lot done, but I’m still waiting for them to do something useful. I’m tired of my taxpayer money going to pay their salaries so that they can spend their time insulting the President and passing non-binding resolutions (which don’t mean anything). I’d really like to see them do something useful – after all, that’s what they claimed they would do!

Anyway, it is going to be interesting to see how this all plays out! I’ll definitely keep you posted!

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