Here is a graphic of the count so far – plenty of contests left to watch!
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Many years ago, I watched Clarence Thomas vilified in a senate hearing on his supreme court nomination. After watching almost every minute of the hearing, I could not believe that anyone who heard all the evidence could possibly believe he was guilty. What was an obvious smear campaign had a permanent, negative effect on the life of a very good man. It seems to me that when a black man is a political conservative, he becomes an easy target, almost if he has betrayed his race by refusing to be liberal.
I am not supporting Herman Cain for the Republican nomination, but I do respect the man and believe there is a strong possibility he is being smeared. One of his accusers was paid off years ago to keep Cain out of court, but that is a very common event in the lives of the wealthy and prominent and does not mean he was guilty. Without stronger evidence, I choose to believe the best, maybe because of what I saw happen to Clarence Thomas.
Perhaps I am not the only one who feels this way, since the polls suggest that many people still support Herman Cain. Good for them, and good for him for not running away.
Defiant Cain says he won’t drop out of GOP race
By AMANDA LEE MYERS and SHANNON McCAFFREY – Associated Press
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Under rising pressure from fellow Republicans, presidential hopeful Herman Cain sought to muddy the reputation of one accuser, forcefully denied any and all allegations of sexual impropriety and vowed Tuesday the growing controversy would not drive him from the race for the White House.
“Ain’t gonna happen,” he declared.
Cain flashed defiance one day after a woman publicly accused the candidate of groping her more than a decade ago, adding her voice to three other accusers with allegations that presidential rival Mitt Romney called “particularly disturbing.”
Speaking at a news conference, Cain vowed, “we’ll get through this,” as he sought to steady a campaign that has made him the leader in an unofficial race to emerge as Romney’s principal conservative rival.
Although it is serious that the democrats have moved closer to being able to have a filibuster-proof majority, I am glad the game is over with Arlen. For years I felt as if he were a democratic agent pretending to be a republican.
According to reporters, Specter made the move to ensure his reelection next year. I also think that he believes the war is won, and like any spy in an enemy’s camp, he wants to come home and openly celebrate. In case anyone out there gets the feeling that I have had issues with good ole Arlen, I won’t disagree. He has betrayed conservatives and even moderates again and again. Good riddance.
Sharon Anderson sent me the link for this article. She is very concerned with this kind of aggressive power grab, with good reason.
White House grabs 2010 census power
GOP warns Democrats attempting unconstitutional vote manipulation
By Drew Zahn
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
is an attempt to manipulate redistricting of congressional seats.
“This action appears to be motivated by politics, rather than the interests of our country,” House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement. “The United States Census should remain independent of politics; it should not be directed by political operatives working out of the White House.”
The Washington Post’s Mary Ann Akers reports a senior Republican aide telling her that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has no business overseeing the headcount that will shape the future of U.S. elections.
“With all of its political implications,” the aide reportedly said, “hijacking the census from the Commerce Department and letting it be run out of Rahm’s office is like putting PETA in charge of issuing hunting permits.”…
Bruce Chapman, director of the U.S. Census Bureau under President Reagan, explains the Republican objection and why the census is so important in his Discovery blog:
“Everyone knows that it is possible to organize a decennial census in a way that benefits one party or another politically,” Chapman writes. “One way to effectuate this otherwise unpalatable departure from the Census Bureau’s 200-year history of non-partisanship is to put the Bureau administratively under direction of the politicos in the White House. In reality, that would be a sure invitation to cook the books on the highly consequential count of Americans.”
Chapman also claims, “The only reason the White House would want to be involved is in figuring out how to add more voting power to certain states and groups within states.”…
MSNBC reports a White House spokesman further arguing that Obama’s action actually has historical precedent.
“From the first days of the transition the census has been a priority for the president, and a process he wanted to reevaluate,” the spokesman reportedly said. “There is historic precedent for the director of the census, who works for the Commerce Secretary and the president, to work closely with White House senior management – given the number of decisions that will have to be put before the president. We plan to return to that model in this administration.”
Former Census Bureau Chief Chapman, however, disagrees.
“Simply put, there is no excuse for this idea,” Chapman writes. “It is not true that the Census Bureau has ever been under the direct management of the White House, and for good reason. Even if angels were in charge of the executive mansion, if the nation’s premier statistical agency were placed under White House direction, the danger to public trust would be enormous. The Decennial count is one of the few federal functions specifically described in the Constitution itself and must be operated above suspicion of politics.”
Chapman added, “Power flows from an accurate census count. Everyone involved for years has seen the count therefore as a sacred trust. It must not be polluted with even a semblance of presidential meddling.”
Guest Blog by Peter Anderson
Don’t throw away your vote by going with McCain or Obama
BY JACK HUNTER
I have many Republican friends who are disgusted that I’m voting third party this election year. They believe stopping Barack Obama from becoming president outweighs all else. Meanwhile, I have many Democrat friends who are equally disgusted; for them, seeing John McCain defeated is more important than who wins. They are all wasting their votes.
Imagine a reckless teenager who constantly runs up his parents’ credit cards, smashes the family car every Friday night, is failing in school, and has serious drinking and drug problems. Now imagine that no matter how reckless and dangerous that teenager became, his parents believed his behavior was worth tolerating simply because he was ‘their’ kid. No reasonable person would consider this good parenting.
And yet this is exactly how otherwise reasonable people vote.
No matter how bad the Republican or Democrat nominee for president is, the party faithful support their own without fail. The message to politicians? They may lie, ignore their party’s platform, and betray every supposed principle, but they will never be held accountable by most voters. Like the reckless teenager, there is simply no reason for them to stop their irresponsible behavior.
The greatest power the people have is their vote, and in supporting the each election, voters ensure eternal evil.
Voting third party is as practical as it is principled. was chosen as McCain’s for a number of reasons, one of which was to appeal to independent voters in closely-contested swing states who might support .
Reports The Washington Times, ‘As with every presidential election, the independent and Libertarian voters can make or break a mainstream candidate because they represent 41 percent of the electorate. Right after the Republican convention, John McCain showed a 12 percent jump in support among independent voters, according to a Gallup poll. The increase was due in part to Mrs. Palin.’
Conservatives had little good to say about John McCain before he became the GOP nominee, but now they are prepared to vote for a pro-amnesty, liberal Republican, who recently was not only complicit in passing the greatest wealth distribution package in American history, but who also counts liberals Joe Lieberman, and Russ Feingold amongst his greatest political allies. Is it really worth rewarding such a Republican in order to stop Obama?
This year, I will be voting for Constitution Party candidate . ‘Chuck who?’ you ask. Exactly.
There is no perfect candidate, and in fact I only have two that any candidate must pass in order to win my vote; he must be committed to a traditional foreign policy, with the first order of business being to bring our troops home from Iraq, and he must be serious about stopping illegal immigration. There are other issues that concern me, but these two promise to do the most damage to the United States, as war and open borders are inextricably linked to America’s most pertinent economic, cultural, and security issues.
Chuck Baldwin could be an alcoholic, an atheist, or an asshole, and he would still receive my vote, because he’s right on foreign policy and illegal immigration. Luckily, he’s a conservative Christian who I agree with on most issues, and was even endorsed by , who I supported for the Republican nomination. If Baldwin was not running, I would be voting for , who as a liberal, still passes my two litmus tests. So does Bob Barr.
Once you’ve decided to vote third party, it only makes sense to support the candidate you feel most comfortable with, conservative, liberal, or otherwise.
Neither Obama nor McCain pass either of my litmus tests, and the Republican nominee is arguably even worse than his Democratic opponent. As Libertarian Justin Raimondo aptly put it, the only thing Obama promises to change concerning our current foreign policy is the battlefield. McCain wants to send more troops to both Iraq and Afghanistan, and if he and his neoconservative advisers get their way, possibly Iran and Georgia. And whereas Obama merely supports amnesty, McCain — along with Ted Kennedy — actually sponsored the bill.
It has been said that if you don’t vote, you can’t complain. If you always vote for the status quo, you really have no business complaining about it. And if politics-as-usual is something you’re entirely comfortable with, then by all means or McCain.
However, I know very few people who admit to being comfortable with the status quo. And even fewer willing to do anything about it.
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Yesterday, a man I admire tremendously, Thomas S. Monson, suggested we stop waiting for tomorrow to appreciate all we have and enjoy our most precious associations. There is still so much to be thankful for. Times are tough for many, but a quick comparison should show us that compared to many in the world, we are still okay. There is always someone who is struggling more and there is always something we can do to reach out and build bridges of unity and love. This is where we will find peace and satisfaction.
I decided to share that message because we have recently watched a power grab that will eventually bring consequences we will all feel. The Bailout was much more than a bailout. Money was already being printed and slipped into the system and that did not need congressional approval. Their nod was needed for the parts of the bill that aligned with directives of Karl Marx for establishing socialism…economic power in the hands of central government instead of the people.
We were told that in order to stabilize the slumping housing market, we had to have the bailout plan. Now we are reading that in order for the bailout plan to work, the housing market must first stabilize. As a result, we are watching the market dive this morning. The lie is already coming home to roost.
Those who are willing to give away the future freedoms of their children for the promise of security, do not fully understand the foundational principles of freedom. There is a song I heard sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Saturday that reminds me of this situation and that I wish people would take to heart:
Do what is right let the consequence follows
Battle for freedom in spirit and might
And with stout hearts look ye forth til tomorrow
God will protect you then do what is right
Fear and a feeling of desperation often starts a social downspiraling of charity. Thomas Monson also mentioned yesterday that we should reach out to others and serve our fellow man, helping the poor and downtrodden.
I am a Republican but sometimes there are those in our party who cultivate the attitude that those who are struggling brought their troubles upon themselves and should be left to deal with the consequences. As a whole, Republicans are more giving, statistically, than Democrats so there are many acceptions to this attitude but I did want to throw out a little reminder. Wall Street and some international businesses do not care about the well-being of the individual or the Constitution if it interferes with their bottom line…profits.
In his book Abraham in Egypt, Hugh Nibley told the tale of Sodom and Gommorah and the greed that existed there. According to the ancient legends, their citizens did not believe in helping the poor or looking with compassion upon those who were struggling. And all things were kept under the umbrella of the law:
For like the Nephites under the Gadianton administration, these people were careful to keep everything legal: thus they would pay a merchant good prices for his goods but refuse to sell him any food, and when he starved to death would piously confiscate all of his wares and his wealth. Of course, “the richer a man, the more was he favored before the law,” for it was wicked to encourage idleness by h elping the poor. Anyone helping the poor in Sodom got thrown into the river.
So, if we can foster generous hearts, and enjoy all of the sunshine we can find in our lives now, we can endure present and future trials with greater strength and hope.
In a psychology class I took in 1994, I was amazed to hear that anyone who felt homosexuality was wrong was classified as mentally ill. I asked the professor how that could be when a decade before that, the majority of Americans held that position. She explained that whatever the majority opinion was at any given time was what was considered mentally healthy and the minority was classed as mentally ill. She did not appreciate me asking if the people who considered homosexuality acceptable in previous decades would have been considered mentally ill at that earlier time. She had to admit this was the case.
Even though the United States is still considered a religious and conservative nation, the liberals have decided to use politically correct labeling to try and scare the weak and easily influenced into moving to their side of the court. When Joe Biden called Sarah Palin extreme, he was not being factual, but was manipulating moderates into leaning further left.
Today, Sean Hannity mentioned how the liberals love to talk about the living, breathing Constitution. We’ve discussed that here but in light of Biden’s accusation, let’s take another look. We are a Republic, and our government is based on the rule of law. In this way the minorities have rights as well as the majority. Also, the trends of the day do not overrule the wisdom of the ages that is written in the Constitution. A living, breathing Constitution is one that can be interpreted in any way a liberal judge wants to in order to conform to their personal agenda. Therefore, if the liberal media can influence popular opinion, they would be able to have democracy trump rule of law. We are a democratic republic and not a pure democracy.
Biden and his cohorts want to make people believe that laws must follow the liberal view and not the ‘extreme’ conservative view. Imagine how people would look at the liberal agenda fifty years ago. Truth does not change. I have read articles lately that talk about how the conservatives have taken the country away from the Constitution. This is the opposite of the truth. We have to stand up against these blatant twists and firmly reject the labels. This is not a time for the weak of heart for any engaged in politics. We mustn’t fear liberal attack dogs like Joe Biden.
Ron Paul to end campaign outside Texas convention
AUSTIN, Texas –will end his campaign Thursday night and announce a new effort to help elect libertarian-leaning Republicans to public office around the country.
Campaign spokesman Jesse Benton said the announcement, expected during a rally coinciding with the Texas GOP State Convention in Houston, was “not a disappointment at all. I think this is really exciting.”
Paul’s announcement will be a formality.
The 72-year-old Texas congressman won few delegates during the war in Iraq and smaller government at home.. But he raised millions of dollars online and developed a large, grass-roots following among those who backed his call for ending the
Supporters have pushed for a speaking role for him at the Republican National Convention in September in St. Paul, Minn.
Paul has said he won’t endorse GOP presidential nominee. Benton said that was unlikely to change., the likely
Besides bolding what I consider to be the most pertinent parts, I have decided to let you give the commentary on this article. What do you think of the strategy of Tom Davis?
Tom Davis: GOP needs to be inclusive to win
By David Cook
As Democrats focus on how to unify the Clinton and Obama factions of their party, Republicans are worrying about a rout in the 2008 Congressional elections.
Some of the toughest talk about problems the Republicans face comes from Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia. Davis served two terms as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee and is a ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He was the speaker at Wednesday’s Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters.
The Republicans’ weakened state “is the spillover of the fact we have not done any retooling since we got beat in ’06,” Davis said. He argued that the Republican Party brand suffers due to a war where “expectations weren’t managed very well,” along with the effects of sharply higher gas prices and a weaker economy.
One solution for his party’s woes, Davis said, was for it to become more inclusive. “The Democrats have cracked the code, and we still have an admissions test to get into the party and be a candidate. And that is one of the difficulties at this point. Democrats are smart. They want to win. Our guys still want to be right.”
If Democrats take control of the White House and keep control of Congress, one option for Republicans is to build a coalition of those who are disappointed with the way Democrats run the country. “You then have to open up your party to those people who are unhappy if you want to form a governing coalition,” Davis said. “Right now, some of those people who would be unhappy would not be welcome in our party. But I think over time, if you are going to be a winning coalition, you have got to put together interest groups that may not fit in the same room under ordinary circumstances.”
I have many friends and relatives who are liberals. It is so important not only to heal the Republican Party, but also to reach out to our liberal American friends and try to find what common ground we can. This is my attempt to find our common ground and to have an open and respectful dialogue.
If one studies socialism and compares their doctrines to many of the liberal positions, a direct correlation is obvious. But this does not mean that all liberals are socialists. I do not believe that and I know many Democrats who are opposed to socialism. So when I refer to the liberal socialists, I am talking about those leaders in the party who are trying to deliberately tug the country into socialism.
Many prominent Mormons have been Democrats. I’m sure our Protestant, Catholic and Jewish readers also have friends and relatives of that political persuasion. So do we want to disenfranchise them and accept a permanent divide? I hear conservative talk show hosts saying we won’t give up until we convince everyone to be conservatives. Until then we will consider the other side to be enemies. I do not agree with that attitude. It is unrealistic. Those who believe in freedom must also uphold the freedoms of liberals.
It so often comes down to a matter of the pendulum swinging too far one way or another and this is what we should be careful of. The only real answer is for us to encourage respect and tolerance for people even if we disagree with their positions. Tolerating people does not mean we tolerate their positions that we feel are wrong.
There are actually a few areas where I have sympathies to what are considered liberal views now but I consider them age old wisdom, some of what were held by our Founding Fathers. Free Trade is one of these.
Instead of making sure we are staying with every single point of our party’s platform, hopefully we can use our own brains and make personal decisions about which issues most closely conform to an inspired Constitution. On issues such as free trade, there are compromises that can be reached that will even the playing field, and also allow free trade that will not hurt American jobs by encouraging through tax breaks and incentives, the flood of companies moving factories off-shore. This does not come under the rubric of a personal value and should not be seen as sacred, so therefore, compromise is possible.
Another area where I agree with liberalism is environmentalism. I don’t believe man made global warming is the problem that some scientists and many politicians say it is. I believe the environmental pendulum has swung so far that it makes most conservatives recoil at the extremism of the issue and thus pull back to hard the other way. I also believe that most farmers and ranchers are better environmentalists than anyone in government. Honest dialogue that isn’t reactionary can help bridge some of these gaps.
We cannot heal America until we stop looking at our neighbors as enemies. Let’s love liberals, not in a condescending way but with real kindness. The Lord has asked us to love our neighbor as ourself. He didn’t say only the neighbor who is a Christian or a Republican.