Defining The Real Woman

By Randy Lynch

Alright…I can already feel segments of the internet locking and loading in anticipation of placing me in front of a social media firing squad for this. I wonder how many are going to accuse me of ‘mansplaining’ (not a real word, people) or trying to put women in a box. The truth is, much of this applies to both men and women, but I’m focusing on women while Jesse Broadt focuses on men in a related piece.

It’s hard to ask a man to define a real woman…mainly because our mindset is more like that of a dog than an existential thinker (ie. “There goes the ball! Get the ball! Bring the ball back! Aren’t you gonna throw that ball?!”). We spend a large amount of our lives not knowing what we want and DEFINITELY not knowing what’s good or bad for us. I’m no exception to that rule. I just got lucky and opened my eyes in time to recognize my real woman when I found her. Not all are that lucky so, guys, this is for you as much as the ladies. Figure out what’s actually important to you before you miss out on that real woman.

So, let’s hit it:

Real Women Can Leave The House Without Looking Perfect

We all like to look good, but it can’t be what drives us. A woman with her hair and makeup ALWAYS flawless can be attractive, but a woman who can turn her back on the vanity of HAVING to look a certain way and instead focus on just getting the job done can be downright beautiful. I once knew a guy who bought a ‘79 El Camino with a gorgeous shiny black paint job but, when we crawled underneath, the frame was almost completely eaten through with rust in places. There’s nothing wrong with paint but, if what’s underneath isn’t any good, the only thing of value you have is the paint. On the other hand, a woman who knows her own worth and is confident in the knowledge that it’s not all found in her looks, is formidable on multiple levels and will turn the heads of real men without even trying.

Real Women Educate Themselves And Don’t Let Others Do Their Thinking

“You’re a woman, so you should think/believe this.” “You’re a woman, so you should vote this way.” That’s the voice of our society, praising women for being empowered and strong…unless those women make choices it doesn’t like. After this last presidential election, Michelle Obama said that women who didn’t vote for Hillary “voted against their own voice” when your vote IS your voice. You can’t rely on others to empower you because all they really end up doing is indoctrinating you and trying to destroy you if you ever stray from their accepted narrative. A real woman decides where she stands on issues by using her brain and equipping herself to defend her positions. She empowers herself.

Real Women Aren’t Bullies

I recently watched a woman ask her friends on social media for help because she was having trouble with a project. One of her male friends offered her some advice based on his experience with similar projects and she turned on him in a heartbeat with anger and indignation. She accused him of ‘mansplaining’ (still not a real word) and proceeded to paint him as a sexist who was trying to push her down by…offering her the help she’d asked for in the first place. At the end, he was actually apologizing profusely to her. (By the way, a real man would’ve told her never to expect any help from him again and walked away instead.)

Real women don’t build themselves up by tearing others down. Like the liberals who would accuse those who opposed them of being racist in order to cow them into shutting up and going along with their agenda, there are women who use the same bullying technique by calling men who don’t fall in line sexists. Real women don’t need to sink to that level. They’re secure in who they are and don’t need to beat others down to create that security.

Real Women Take Responsibility For Their Action, Especially The Mistakes

Believe it or not, women are human and, like the rest of us humans, they make mistakes. They falter and fail at times. They do things they’re not proud of. Real women don’t make excuses or blame others for their failings. They own them. They learn from them, become stronger and use them to choose a better path that they can be proud of. These are the women who I respect and admire greatly. Their integrity and strength of character is inspiring.

Real Women Need To Be Their Own People

They need time and space to define themselves as individuals, not just as someone’s daughter, sister, girlfriend, wife or friend. They have to find their passion and their identity as an individual. For my wife, she’s rediscovered her love for painting and, let me tell you, she’s very good. Beyond her skill, though, it’s the happiness and contentment I see in her eyes when that brush is in her hand that really makes a difference. A real woman makes time for herself in order to be herself.

Real Women Aren’t Perpetual Victims

This is a rough world with some horrible people doing horrible things to others. Women are often their targets. Many are stalked, kidnapped, beaten and abused by those who claim to love them, and even raped. Those on the receiving end of those actions are victims and the perpetrators seriously need to be hauled in and prosecuted. But there’s a disturbing number of women who spend years, if not the rest of their lives, embracing a victim status and defining themselves by what someone else did to them. That’s a sad way to live and it gives power to someone who was trying to steal your power in the first place because they had none of their own. I know this one sounds really harsh, but it’s all about recognizing your inner strength and not giving it away in exchange for a title that should never be permanent. I know it takes time to deal with these kinds of trauma, but you were created to be stronger than you can ever realize and there’s nothing you can’t overcome.

Real women deal with the ugliness they’ve faced and put the blame squarely where it belongs: on their attacker/abuser. They recognize their own intrinsic worth, strength and beauty and they define themselves by that, not by the thing that was done to them. They grow and mature and reach the point where they become survivors instead of victims. They embrace their real girl power.

Real Women Don’t Place Their Wants Over Others’ Rights

Real women don’t let others walk all over them and they don’t let others dictate what they can or can’t do or what they believe or what they say or how they choose to live their lives. In other words, they know what their rights as individuals are and they don’t surrender those rights. There’s another side to that coin, though. Real women also respect the rights of others. They don’t try to shut down events where people are expressing views they don’t like (see nearly any event where ‘feminists’ come out to oppose male speakers who express a right-leaning point of view). They don’t attack other women who don’t agree with them as traitors to their gender in an attempt to shame them into silence. Now, here’s the big one:

Real women embrace their sovereignty as an individual and their right to make decisions with what to do with their bodies, but they also understand where those boundaries are. They recognize that a baby growing inside of them is a separate person, endowed by God with the same unalienable rights they have. As they wouldn’t violate the rights of another adult or victimize a child outside of the womb, real women do not impose a death penalty on babies in the womb who have done nothing to deserve it other than existing. They do not choose death because of convenience, fear or the actions of others who have victimized them (see Real Women Aren’t Perpetual Victims). They don’t deny the personhood of those innocent lives in order to expand the boundaries of who they are while hiding behind a narrative of ‘choice’ while imposing their choices on those who cannot voice their own desires.

Now, to be clear, am I saying that women who support and promote abortion are not real women? Yes, I am. There’s really no nice way to say it. Am I saying that any woman who has ever supported, promoted or had an abortion cannot be a real woman? Absolutely not. We all do things we’re not proud of; we all make mistakes and we all do things that are wrong. We don’t have to spend our lives being defined by those things, not even the ones that will haunt us (see Real Women Take Responsibility For Their Action, Especially The Mistakes). Most of us are on the same path, stumbling our way toward being better people. Your past never has to define who you will be in your future.

Finally, here’s a simple truth so many are trying to obscure these days: While we share much in common due to our shared humanity, men are not women and women are not men…and there are not more than two genders, no matter what the social justice warriors want you to believe. Men and women are distinctively different from one another and those differences do not make one less or greater than another. When we embrace those differences, we all become greater by lessening each weakness and augmenting each strength, it becomes a little easier to become real women and real men.


Defining The Real Man

By Jesse Broadt

I have heard so many ladies ask, “where are all the ‘real’ men?” However, in my experience, many women who claim to have finally met a great man, immediately set out to reinvent him, in an effort to design a fake version of the original. I do not understand this dynamic any more now than I did 30 years ago. I mean, did he enjoy going to the ballet before you were married? It may be time to analyze our perspective of “real.”

A real man loves and respects a woman, and goes the second mile to make her happy whenever possible. He does not merely love her body, possessions, or status, he loves the whole person. Real men focus their attention on a woman’s true beauty, which is found in her character, not in her looks, wardrobe or bank account. Real men solve problems, take the lead when necessary, and protect their home, wife and children from harm. Now that we’ve gotten through the boring stuff that everyone already knows, let’s get down to it:

Real Men do Not Turn Romantic Lines Over Breakfast

Real men do not spontaneously turn flowery lines similar to those found in paperback novels–unless they’re gay. If I was single and looking for a “real man” and a gentleman approached me to tell me I “have the loveliest eyes he’s ever seen and since the eyes are the window to the soul, my soul must be lovely as well,” my phony meter would bounce off the graph and I would run.

Real men rarely speak that way. That’s why they have a difficult time meeting women. They’re constantly trying to come up with great romantic lines, but it’s just not in their nature to be that complicated, theatrical and dramatic. Therefore, they usually either don’t talk at all, or they go whole hog eyes-are-the-window-to-the-soul deal and wonder why the eyes rolled and the gal walked away.

I would definitely, however, befriend a man who says “wow, dude, she’s hot,” as I walked by–provided he turns around and studies his hamburger with undivided concentration when he realizes I overheard. In my humble opinion, that means he’s real enough to say what he’s thinking, but polite enough to be embarrassed if he knows I heard him. That’s a real man. Sorry if I destroyed any fantasies.

Husbands are much more apt to say “you look really nice,” than “I don’t think you’ve ever looked more beautiful than you do this morning, my darling one and only love.” Of course, they can be trained to spit out lines, but in my opinion, you train a seal, not a person.

I’d rather just laugh at the “real” foibles: “Well, honey, you said you wanted an exercise bike, so I got you one for Valentine’s Day. What’s wrong with that? ” That never happened to me, but if it did, I guarantee you I would be laughing too hard to get angry.

Real Men Forget Anniversaries

Real people forget dates. Therefore, real men eventually forget anniversaries, birthdays and other special days. In fact, they only remember Valentine’s Day because of all the advertisements. No, ladies, that does not mean they do not love you. People forget dates. Men are people. It’s wise to refrain from throwing temper tantrums when a man forgets something, because if you’re in a relationship for the long haul, you’re going to be throwing a lot of temper tantrums.

Real Men do Not Have ESP

Over the 47 years of my mad existence, I must have heard “if he loved me, he would know,” at least 10,000 times. ESP is not a factor in reality. A man can love a woman with all his heart, but it does not make him clairvoyant. It only adds fuel to the fire to tell him what’s wrong and then add “you should have known.” It’s what he does when he realizes you’re upset that matters, not whether or not he could read your mind in advance.

Real Men do Not Over-Analyze

Women say their husbands do not “think about their relationship enough.” Well, women are correct. Real men do not sit there scrutinizing relationships unless it’s obvious that something’s wrong. Then, they go ask another guy what to do. (Sigh.) However, they rarely get a spontaneous urge to analyze everything and fix what isn’t broken. That’s our department.

Real Men Have a Life

Real men pursue passions that do not involve their wives or girlfriends. This is because real men have outside interests. Women who are threatened by this should do some soul searching: no one should ever be wholly defined by a relationship.

Real Men Need Personal Space

The need for personal space never goes away. In fact, any woman who trolls her boyfriend’s Facebook page or grabs her husband’s phone to “check up on him” is taking her relationship on a shortcut to the morgue. Obviously, the same is true in reverse, but I’m picking on women right now.

Real Men Are Not Doormats

Real men do not live in a perpetual mode of “yes dear.” Naturally, the “yes dear” factor is always there: “No, honey, I’d rather you not hike up your pant leg to show off your tattoo at my cousin’s formal wedding.” It’s true that men usually take the path of least resistance if it’s something that’s really no big deal anyway. After all, he can show off his tattoo later and avoid being lectured on the way home from the wedding.

However, real men do not hide their opinions, become whipping boys for their significant others’ bad day, or do something simply because the woman threw a temper tantrum. That last dynamic is another shortcut to the marriage morgue. In other words, real men respect themselves enough to refuse verbal or physical abuse, as should everyone.

Real Men do Not Imitate Donald Trump

Finally, real men do not act like Donald Trump. Everyone knows the picture that went viral: the pathetic narcissist holding the umbrella over his own precious hide, while his wife and little boy struggle along behind against the wind and the rain. Of course, that’s a bad example. The Crotch Grabber-in-Chief barely qualifies as a human being, much less a man, husband, father, or leader.

Unlike Donald Trump, real men do the things feminists get angry over. They hold doors, tune up our cars, mow lawns, and lift heavy objects. They even change flat tires. In fact, I never remember my husband saying “do you want to hop out and change it or should I?” He really doesn’t even expect me to get out of the car, unless I want to stretch my legs. However, these things have a way of balancing out: he gets to say “what’s for dinner?” instead of standing there staring at the stove like it’s a Rubik’s cube. Yes, I do think some chores naturally fall toward one gender as opposed to the other. You can get violent and throw lizard gizzards at me for that, it’s cool.

Nevertheless, regardless of our individual opinions on how to split up chores and other weighty matters, if a man simply models himself after the complete antithesis of that sad excuse for a human, Donald Trump, he automatically becomes the best role model in existence. This is because real men do what Donald Trump does not; they treat others–including their wives or girlfriends–the way they want to be treated. Whether or not it comes out perfect enough to suit the other person ultimately depends on her maturity level. However, if everyone treated other people the way they want to be treated, the endless, petty nonsense that most couples fight about would blow away in the wind.

The Joe Arpaio Pardon: Unraveling A Career With The Stroke Of A Pen

I’ve always had difficulty with the presidential power to pardon. It’s an absolute power that seems so out of place with the rest of our Constitution. Nevertheless, it was constitutional for President Trump to pardon Joe Arpaio this past week, but it really wasn’t very wise. 

The former Sheriff of Maricopa County was convicted of criminal contempt of court for refusing to comply with a court order. A large part of the evidence against him was his own words on national television and radio declaring his intention to ignore the order and just keep doing what he’d been doing. Now, whether you believe that order was right or wrong, there is no question that it was issued by a legitimate authority and that it was ignored by Arpaio. In short, he was clearly guilty. 

Then, without going through any of the normal procedures or the Office of Pardon Attorney or even waiting for sentencing to be completed, President Trump decided to pardon him. Many are talking about the procedural problems with Trump’s actions, of which there are many, but there is also a personal cost to Arpaio that I doubt he even realizes. 

While many have tried to demonize “Sheriff Joe” as an evil, corrupt, racist cop, no one can deny that he’s always been committed to enforcing the law, no matter who’s involved. Among other saltier quotes, he’s said that, “I’m an equal-opportunity law-enforcement guy – I lock everybody up,” and, “I have compassion, I’ve told you people that over and over again. Enforcing the law overrides my compassion.” What he’s been saying, in essence, is that there are consequences for our actions and we all have to face those consequences. Most of us would agree with that sentiment and respect it. 

It’s not a revolutionary sentiment. It used to be simple common sense. Pastor Charles Stanley has said, “One of Satan’s most deceptive and powerful ways of defeating us is to get us to believe a lie. And the biggest lie is that there are no consequences to our own doing.” Author Phillip K. Dick says, “This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance.” Finally, the great poet, Grace Jones, said, “Everyone has to make their own decisions. I still believe in that. You just have to be able to accept the consequences without complaining.” (Yes, I just quoted Grace Jones. You have to admit though; she is right.)

The problem many seem to be missing here is that Trump just helped turn Arpaio into the “Do as I say, not as I do” type. With this pardon, Joe Arpaio’s message has become, “Actions have consequences…unless you know someone in power who can get you off the hook.” His image of integrity became one of hypocrisy with this single incident. Before you start shaking your heads and making that “tsk” sound at me, I do understand that the action of issuing the pardon was Trump’s and not Arpaio’s, but it was Arpaio who reinforced the pardon as a positive. He accepted it enthusiastically and gratefully, saying, “I’m very appreciative of the president issuing that pardon. It shows how he backs up law enforcement.” The thing is, this wasn’t backing up law enforcement. It was a message that cops don’t have to follow the same rules as the rest of us…as long as they’re friends with the President. It should actually be very insulting to every decent law enforcement officer in the nation.

Beyond his appreciation, Arpaio has even asked the court to vacate his conviction. That is not the action of a man who is willing to accept the consequences for his actions. That is the action of a man who has no respect for the legal system whenever it fails to conform to his desires…a very similar attitude to that of President Trump. That is not the tough, principled man that Sheriff Joe Arpaio claims to be. That is a man who is only “law and order” when it suits him. 

One last thing: Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio before the whole court process was completed…before sentencing. Considering Arpaio’s age and his long career of public service, it would’ve been reasonable for the President to commute his sentence had he received any actual jail time. In that way, the conviction would’ve still stood, sending the message that the law does matter and it does apply to everyone. Instead, we got President Trump issuing a full pardon where he didn’t even mention any specifics of the case, the validity of the charges or even the conviction itself, mainly because none of that mattered to him. 

If a decent person was standing next to a guy and nodding their head in agreement while he was talking about the importance of Freedom of Speech and how differing viewpoints should be treated fairly, but then he went into a tirade about how Jews are evil or throwing around the “N-word” or singing the praises of the Confederacy, that decent person would walk away and condemn that guy if they were truly decent. Similarly, the President, who’s pushed himself as a law and order guy, similarly went off the rails with this pardon by showing his true colors and Joe Arpaio, instead of walking away from him when he did so, not only continued to stand by him nodding his head, he openly endorsed his sentiments. 

Your personal integrity translates into consistency in your actions and that consistency is what builds credibility with others. With the help of Donald Trump, Joe Arpaio has shown to everyone a major lack of consistency. As a result, he has shown that his level of integrity isn’t nearly as high as he portrays and, for that part of the American public who are still capable of critical thinking (i.e. not those who’ll automatically hate everything about him because he’s an “enemy” nor those who’ll automatically love everything about him because he’s a “friend”), he’s effectively lost his credibility. And that credibility is nearly impossible to get back once it’s gone. I hope Arpaio enjoys his pardon. By the time he realizes what it’s actually cost him, there’ll be nothing he can do to diminish that damage.


We all need to toughen up when it comes to free speech

Last month, the Pew Research Group released a study showing 40% of millennials polled believe government should be able to censor speech considered offensive to minorities. In the Las Cruces Sun News paper, a commenter in the Sound-Off section asked “why conservatives manage to make ‘politically correct’ and ‘compromise’ dirty words”. It also that claimed political correctness is the embodiment of “common decency” and those who oppose it are mean-spirited, slanderous and prejudicial. A Sun News contributor and publisher of a New Mexico political site, Heath Hausamen, wrote on his site recently calling for polite online discourse and condemning speech he implied leads to violence (“Online discourse should encourage understanding, not violence”). The implication here, while much of the media and the left are simply saying it outright, points directly to the killer in Colorado who recently went on a rampage in a block of buildings, including a Planned Parenthood. While it’s not clear if Hausamen is trying make this claim or not, the claim has generally been that the fact that those who oppose groups like Planned Parenthood inspired this murderer by exercising their speech rights and talking about the heinous acts that Planned Parenthood are engaging in. He, and others like him, are calling for speech to be regulated in order to do away with offensive and hateful speech. 
It sounds enlightened on the surface, but it’s really a disturbing trend pointing away from the principles that made America great. It’s disturbing because so many young people are ok with allowing the government power over the second right mentioned for protection from that same government in our Bill of Rights. They’ve bought into a seductive narrative that truth is relative and opposition to what they believe is hate. The thing is, polite and popular speech wasn’t the reason for the First Amendment. It’s for the revolutionary, incendiary, offensive speech that makes people uncomfortable and spurs them to think and take action. Free speech is more than an individual right. It’s essential to human progress. 
The men who enumerated this right in our Constitution are the ones who’d just finished fighting a bloody war for independence that had been precipitated by speech that was offensive to a great many and absolutely lead to violence. The revolutionaries who wrote and spoke backed up their words by taking up arms. The words of men like Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry and Samuel Adams were offensive and condemned by many as encouraging resistance and violent rebellion against the government. They were, of course. Thank God that they were. Even Thomas Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence, sadly, are still considered offensive by many today. After all, Jefferson talks about rights endowed upon us by God, not by any laws; absolute rights like Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Life, especially, is a right that most pro-choice people hate being discussed as an absolute and the idea of God being cited in a government document is horrific to many progressives today. Isn’t it sad to think of our founders being targeted to have their speech limited today?
Throughout our history, revolutionary speakers and writers like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Susan B. Anthony, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. have changed our nation for the better. Their words were inflammatory and created discomfort. Imagine if those words had been silenced because they made people feel bad when that’s what made them so powerful. But that’s what many want today. 
I figure I’ll be accused once again of wanting to get rid of all laws regarding speech, but that’s just not the case. We do need laws prohibiting speech that solicits violence or creates panic, but we don’t need to be broadening those limits. For example, progressives are jumping on the bandwagon claiming that those who talk about the practices of groups like Planned Parenthood (the wholesale killing of babies, the selling of their corpses with all the dispassion of a n auto junkyard) are encouraging the sort of violence we saw recently in Colorado. This couldn’t be further from the truth but, for the left, it seems like we’re now living in a cable TV show: “Truth Is The New Hate Speech”. 
We’re citizens of a nation founded on confrontational revolutionary discourse. We don’t shy from that or cry foul because we don’t like what is said. We combat speech that we find offensive or wrong with our own speech, which us equally protected. It’s the way things change. It’s the way those who are wrong or dangerous are ferreted out and identified. Speech is one of the main weapons that our founders left us with in order to defend and promote what is good and defeat and call out what is evil. But, to use that weapon properly, we have to allow for others to wield the same weapon and we can’t cry foul or run for a ‘safe place’ when we hear things we don’t want to hear. Let’s thicken our skins a bit and embrace the benefits of a society where speech is protected and countered with more speech. 


A Call To Fight For Revolution In The GOP

We’ve had a rocky year politically. At the federal level, we’re seeing the results of two presidential terms of “Hope and Change” that’s left so many Americans feeling hopeless and facing changes that have definitely not been for the better. Our society has been under near constant attack by progressive agendas that treat our Constitution like a nuisance to overcome or weasel around in order to limit speech whenever they decide that speech is inappropriate, trivialize and silence people of faith and attack our right to defend ourselves and others. Progressives push a false environmental narrative that does nothing but spend money with no discernible results. They downplay the importance of laws and securing our borders while painting those who break our laws as the victims. They promote the government taking more and more in taxes, spending more on their pet projects than it brings in and calling it all “charity” and “assistance”. 

Most conservatives, be they Republicans, Libertarians, Independents or even Democrats understand that progressive agendas are wrong-headed and destructive. (And, yes, Virginia, there are conservative Democrats. There’s really only one organization that has the numbers, funding and political clout to effectively oppose it all. It’s effectively stood for liberty, equality and the value of life since its founding, usually in the face of staunch opposition from Democrats. It’s the Republican Party. While modern Democrats today push a false narrative of a “Party Switch” in order to distance themselves from their own party’s past and label Republicans as racist, elitist, homophobic women-haters, the real damage caused in the GOP comes within the party itself. 
Leadership and many in office have become a disappointment more often than not. It seems we’ve gotten very good at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. We create the image of being ineffective and unprincipled by talking big, then capitulating; giving in and backing away from initiatives like defunding Planned Parenthood and our leaders sign off on Obama’s wish lists like this latest Omnibus bill. Add corruption to the mix like Diana Duran’s gambling fiasco and Susanna Martinez’s attempt to misuse her authority…not an isolated incident for her, either…and we create an image of corruption that the left delights in hanging on all Republicans. 
Because of this, so many conservatives shy away from the GOP and members decide to leave. I do understand their feelings. The problem is, there’s really nowhere else to go. There’s currently no other party that has the potential to embrace conservatism so fully and the ability to stand against the Democrat Party effectively. 
The GOP is still the best party for conservatives to unite, but things have to change soon. The majority of Republicans are good people, but who need to actively oppose those who embody terms like “RINO” and “Establishment Republicans” and have been steering the GOP in the wrong direction for way too long. We still have many good officials and leaders and they’re easy to recognize. For the most part, look for the people who make enemies out of the Republican establishment as well as the left. We just need more of them and I know they’re out there. There was an awakening in the GOP with Ronald Reagan and the seeds of revolution were planted with the TEA Party movement. That was a great start, but now’s the time for conservatives to harvest those seeds and either reclaim the Party and restore the principles and integrity it once represented clearly or abandon it to fade into oblivion and create some new unifying force for conservatism elsewhere. For me, I’m not ready to give up. I believe the GOP’s worth saving, but it’ll require conservatives to stand together: conservative Republicans standing up to leadership to force them to do what’s right and other conservatives to step into the Party and add their voices. This is still the party of Lincoln deep down and most members know and embrace that, but we’re long overdue for revolution and reclaiming our Party is a vital step in reclaiming our nation.
Most conservatives, be they Republicans, Libertarians, Independents or even Democrats (Yes, Virginia, there are conservative Democrats…although they tend to be devalued and bullied into silence.) understand that the progressive agenda is wrong-headed and incredibly destructive to our society. There’s one organization that, above and beyond all others, has the numbers, funding and political clout to effectively stand against all this: the Republican Party. The GOP has effectively stood for liberty, equality, personal responsibility and the value of all life since its founding in 1854,usually facing staunch opposition from Democrats. While Democrats today try to push a narrative of a “Party Switch” that is both untrue and fairly incomprehensible to follow in order to distance themselves from their own party’s past actions and try to paint Republicans as racist, elitist, homophobic women-haters, the truth is that the real damage caused in the GOP is committed within the party itself. 

Unfortunately, GOP leadership and many Republicans in office have become a disappointment more often than not. It seems that the Republican Party has gotten very good at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. They talk big, then capitulate; giving Democrats whatever they want, from backing away from efforts to defund Planned Parenthood of federal money to simply signing off on Obama’s wish list with the latest Omnibus bill. They create their own image of being ineffective and unprincipled. Add cases of corruption to the mix that, while pale against the corruption of those on the left, still cause damage to the GOP. Here in New Mexico, we had Diana Duran’s gambling fiasco and Susanna Martinez’s attempt to misuse her authority to punish people she saw as making her life difficult…not an isolated incident for her, either. Their actions are deplorable and do need to be condemned. They create their own image of corruption that the left delights in painting all Republicans as equally corrupt. 
It’s because of all this that so many good conservatives shy away from joining the GOP or decide to leave if they’ve been members…and I do understand their reasoning. The problem is, there’s really nowhere else to go. The Libertarian Party only embraces some conservative principles and many that are clearly liberal. As such, they will probably never be able to gain the numbers necessary to stand against the Democrats. The same numbers problem exists for other smaller parties, like the Constitution Party and the Conservative Party. And those who become Independents are simply throwing away any chance they had for presenting any kind of unified conservative voice. 
The Republican Party is still the best place for conservatives to unite to affect positive change. The majority of Republicans are good people who are truly conservative and who need to become active and oppose those in the Party who’ve created the need for terms like RINO and Establishment Republicans and have been steering the GOP in the wrong direction. It’s not too late to repair the Party. After all, we have many good Republican officials and leaders and they’re easy to recognize. For the most part, look for the people who make enemies out of the Republican establishment as well as the left. There was an awakening in the GOP with Ronald Reagan and the seeds of revolution within the Party were planted with the TEA Party movement. That was a great start, but it seems that now is the time for conservatives to harvest those seeds and either reclaim and reform the Republican Party and restore the principles and integrity that it once represented so clearly or abandon the Party completely to let it fade into oblivion to join the Whigs and start something new to become a unifying force for conservatives to stand proudly together again. For me, and I’m not nearly ready to give up on the GOP. I believe there plenty that’s worth saving there, but it’s going to require conservatives to stand together. Conservative Republicans need to stand up to leadership when it’s wrong and force them to do what’s right. Conservatives who aren’t Republicans need to step back into the Party and stand with their brothers and sisters to make their voices stronger and louder. The Republican Party is still the party of Lincoln deep down, but in order to bring that greatness out again, we need to once again stand united on the principles that the party was founded on and that we still believe in. America was built with a system in place to allow for constant revolution without the need for resorting to violence in the process and we’re long overdue for revolution…first within the Republican Party, then within the nation. 


I’m going to miss B.B. King

bb_kingEveryone’s doing it right now. Normally, that’s reason enough for me to let something be and focus elsewhere. Today, though, I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and talk about B..B King, partly because writing is cheaper than therapy. So, for the next few paragraphs, you, the reader, gets to be my therapist.

My heart is broken. My whole life, I’ve been into music that had others my age rolling their eyes at me. I love all kinds of music, but I tend to gravitate toward sounds that just further labelled me as a weird outsider to many. I was into 70s Rock at the end of the Disco craze. I held onto Punk Rock when New Wave was pushing it out way too soon. I listened to Alternative bands long before they became chic. Through it all though, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for blues. I love the sound of Bobby Bland, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker and so many others. I mourned the death of Koko Taylor in 2009…with only a few other friends who even knew who she was. But, last night, we lost someone who’s name is known by everyone. The King of the Blues, B.B. King has died.

Just looking at that sentence, I want to delete it, somehow take it back and make it not true. I’m not stupid. I know we all die, but something about B.B. felt immortal to me. In spite of his health problems, in spite of his age, when I got a new alert late last night about his death, I couldn’t even process it. I got out of bed and just sat in the living room in the dark for a while before pulling up his music on my iPod and just losing myself in it for a while. The funny thing was, like so many other times in my life, listening to that music made me feel better, more at peace.

I know. It sounds strange, but listening to blues raises my spirits and B.B. King’s music is a great example for why that is. Blues is not just about crying, “Poor me!” Like so many other performers, many of whom were profoundly influenced by him, King’s music was about embracing the pain in life, but doing it with humor and sarcasm and a huge amount of joy. If you don’t believe that, just pull up some videos of him performing. When he was sitting on stage playing Lucille, there was boundless joy shining in his eyes. The message I got from B.B. King’s music: Life can be hard, but it doesn’t have to beat you down. Of course he’d sing about giving up on life to go shopping  for a tombstone instead (All Over Again), but he’d also sing about a woman doing him wrong while making fun of her in the song (How Blue Can You Get). Then he’d sing about a woman with big feet and a big hard head (“Caldonia”) or he’d record a cover album of Louis Jordan classics like “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” and “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie”.

In later years, he had plenty of health problems including diabetes. The last time he came out to the Blues Festival in southern New Mexico, he slowly shuffled out onstage and sat after performing only one song while standing, but even though he was clearly no longer even close to being the young man he once was, he never stopped performing for as long as he could physically show up and play and he was always wonderfully friendly, gracious and giving of his time to others, especially the younger musicians who came up idolize get him. He played the role of mentor so comfortably to the likes of Eric Clapton and, of course, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Plus, he could rock the house like no one else!bb_king2

B.B. King was a man who, like we all will, finally succumbed to the frailties and failings of his mortal body. As a man, his life left us with an example of how to live our lives with joy in the good times and bad and how to treat others with humbleness, compassion and respect. As a musician, he remains a giant, a legend, whose music will never fade or lose its impact and whose influence will help mold countless generations of musicians yet to come.

For those of you who took the time to read this, thank you for witnessing me trying to temper my grief with all the positives that a man I greatly admired without ever getting to meet left as his legacy. Tonight, I’m going to listen to B.B.’s music. I’ll grieve his absence from our world and immerse myself in the treasure he left behind. Tomorrow, I’ll get up and try to live according to a very simple sentiment:

Better not look down

If you want to keep on flying

Put the hammer down
Keep it full speed ahead
Better not look back
Or you might just wind up crying
You can keep it moving
If you don’t look down”

Rest in peace, B.B. King


Conservatives Are In Danger Of Committing Suicide

An image posted on a conservative page during this past general election. It's evidence of the fear some conservative elements are succumbing to; their willingness to abandon principle for hollow victory.

An image posted on a conservative page during this past general election. It’s evidence of the fear some conservative elements are succumbing to; their willingness to abandon principle for hollow victory.

This is a transcript from The Midnight Ride podcast (April 2015):

“How then shall we perform it?–At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?– Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!–All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” — Abraham Lincoln, Lyceum Address, 1838

His words prove true every day. We’ve seen it. Those outside our nation can declare war on us, bomb one of our naval bases in Hawaii, threaten to bury us on the floor of the U.N., they can bomb our people and fly planes into our buildings, but they don’t have the power to destroy us. The only power they really have is to hurt us and then they harvest the consequences of attacking America.

The real threat that we face comes from ourselves. Many of us see it and recognize it for what it is: Suicidal acts that, instead of ending us in one quick action, just weaken our nation and nudge us closer to the proverbial grave. We accept small doses of socialism and, as we build up something of a tolerance, we accept more and more. We devalue human life a little at a time until we look in a mirror one day and see monsters staring back with blood on our hands and a reluctance to speak out about the wholesale killing of the unborn. We spend ourselves into oblivion and dive head first into enormous amounts of debt. We voluntarily put on the chains of entitlement and government dependency, we surrender our power and liberties in exchange for greater government control, we trade education for indoctrination, we trade knowledge and information for political agendas and voluntary misinformation from our media. This is nothing new and I won’t stop speaking out against this sort of thing, but it’s something that most conservatives are able to see clearly on their own. When I’m speaking along these lines to other conservatives, I’m basically preaching to the choir. Most of us see it and understand it. We get that the worst damage that’s been done to America has come at the hands of Americans, not from external enemies.

But we, as conservatives and especially as Republicans, have another problem, and it’s one that so many of us don’t seem capable of seeing. It’s one that’s becoming more out of control with every year; every election. The concept of demise by suicide that Lincoln addressed is a universal concept and it’s relevant, not only to our country, but also to smaller groups inside America, like the Republican Party. The GOP used to be the home for conservatives; those who believed in conserving our liberties, in keeping the encroachment of government in our lives to a minimum, in living by the principles laid out in our founding documents. These days? Not so much. The GOP has fractured badly. So many people have run to other so-called third parties, have just become independents or have given up on altogether.

Our nation has turned into a place where people, at best, vote for the lesser of two evils in most elections. Our Party has turned into something where, for the most part, we’re more about compromise and trying not to alienate voters; about getting elected and staying in office instead of standing on principles and being true to our convictions. When we have some like Ted Cruz or Mike Lee or Trey Gowdy or Sarah Palin or even Rand Paul step up and stand on principles instead of taking the stereotypical position of the Republican Party to not rock the boat; to not risk upsetting people, the Party then turns on them, attacks them; tries to ruin their reputations or turn them into scapegoats.

But as bad as it is at those higher levels of government and in the GOP, the worst of it is what we as individuals buy into as well. We trade conviction for ‘compromise’. We trade principles for the chance to win an election. We squeeze our eyes shut and sing the praises of candidates who don’t embody what’s important to us, who don’t offer to strive to be any better than any other career politician that we’re already fed up with. We’re nauseated by business as usual in the political arena, but we then willingly…actively…throw our support to more of the same…people whose only claim to our vote is that they filled out a voter registration form at some point and wrote in the letter ‘R’, yet come Election Day, nothing changes. We continue to throw our votes at the same people who are setting off our gag reflexes.

I believed for a long time that the worst Republican is better than the best Democrat and, for the most part, that still tends to be true. But it also begs the question: Why are we so willing to support the worst Republicans…and do it while publicly expressing absolutely no reservations about them? It’s supposed to be the Democrats that glorify and sing the praises of the untarnished virtues of their candidates, no matter how crooked or corrupt they actually are. Look at Hillary Clinton, Wendy Davis, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid. No matter how many lies, underhanded dealings or even outright corruption they get tangled up in, liberals just stick their fingers in their ears and act like none of it ever happens. The thing that’s disappointing me, is that conservatives are starting to do that more and more, too.

Do we seriously believe that it’s a good idea to be silent on the negatives of the candidates we support? Like their opponents aren’t capable of digging up that kind of information and using it like a weapon against them? All that ends up happening is that we look like hypocrites…small wonder when that’s actually the way we’re behaving.

To give you an idea what I’m talking about, let me share an experience I had this past year. Shortly before the first Republican candidate for the Senate here in New Mexico declared his candidacy, I joined an statewide organization that was focussed on promoting conservatism and conservative candidates in New Mexico. The state director of that group was a great guy, who I’m still friends with today and the members were some of the most passionate and active conservatives I’ve ever come across. I was named a vice-director of the group and served in that position throughout the primaries. The national leadership pretty much left us to our own devices; in large part, I believe, because we were being very effective, picking the candidates we believed in and chose to support. We were so effective because our membership was able to get behind candidates they were proud of; good people who stood for values that our members could identify with. If someone wanted to support a different conservative candidate than who we had decided to endorse, that was fine. We supported their ability to make their own decisions and follow their convictions and it worked amazingly well. Then, the primaries ended and the majority of the candidates we’d supported had won, with the major exception being our choice for U.S. Senate. It happens and the truth is that losing a vote doesn’t always equal defeat and this was definitely the case in this race. I was so proud of every one of our members who stood up, many moving so far outside of their comfort zone in order to make a difference and, win or lose, they really did make a huge difference. Now, that’s all background so I can tell you what happened next.

After the primaries, when the candidates for the general election had been decided, our group’s director had stepped down to do other things and I was approached to be the new director. I was happy to do so, but then, the actual day that I was publicly named as director, I ended up resigning. Here’s the deal: I received a message from the national director of the group. It said,

“Hi, Randy…please request your members right now…to stop bashing Republicans…we all know that there are no good ones and that the party is in alignment with the DEMs in many areas…but we need to concentrate on voting numbers this November…in other words, we cannot say we are going to sit this one out because our candidate didn’t win…we MUST take the Senate away from the Democrats…”

What she was referring to was the fact that a large number of people in the group were disgusted with the man who did win the Republican Senate primary, Allen Weh, myself actually included. At the beginning of the primary season, some of us had discussed what we were going to do if the candidate we’d chosen to support, David Clements, lost. At the time we were all pretty much in agreement that we would gladly support the other guy if that happened. I think I even uttered the words, “The worst Republican is still better than the best Democrat.” The problem is, over the next several months, I had my nose rubbed in those words like a bad puppy. We got to see firsthand, since we were so involved in the campaign process this time around, the true colors of the candidates. It became glaringly clear to me that we’d lucked out in finding a candidate to support who we could truly be proud of. Weh, on the other hand, we got to see more and more of what kind of a man he is, how he treats people, especially those who aren’t on his little team; what he’s willing to stand on and what he’s much happier to avoid even dealing with. Now, this isn’t an attack piece on anyone, so I’m not going to go into a bunch of specifics and spiral off into some out of control tangent.

There were a lot of group members who weren’t happy with the idea of having to support Allen Weh and some of them were vocal about why they wouldn’t. Now, realize, they weren’t being abusive and calling him names or making baseless accusations. They were listing out specific reasons why they wouldn’t support him. Their reasons weren’t untrue and some of it was sort of things that, if he’d simply addressed their concerns and given them some reason to believe that he might be on the same page as them even a little, he might’ve been able to win a few votes, but that never happened.

So I made it clear to this woman, who was functioning at the national level of a conservative group; one that went out of its way to make clear that it wasn’t specifically Republican, that I would not censor people who were backing their positions up with substance. She responded with this:

“As to the elections… one knows better than I do how much the Republican party stinks and how it no longer represents the people but its own self interests.”

Let me stop here for just a sec and make one thing clear. I know what she’s talking about. I’ve heard this ad nauseum…how evil the Republican Party is…no better than Democrats. I’ll address this in detail at some point in the future, but for right now, let me just say that this line of thought is nothing more than a giant load. I’m a Republican and proud to be so. I know there’s a lot of bad in the Party and it desperately needs to be cleaned up, but I also have met so many good Republicans this past year, people who I respect and admire, some of whom I’ve come to think of as family, and some who have become role models for me. I refuse to buy into this narrative of how horrible the GOP is. However, keep in mind what she just wrote about the Republican Party and her coming statements about supporting Republicans no matter what and view all this through the context of principles and personal integrity.

“No one knows more than I do how the Republican party is full of people who could care less about the conservative platform and especially the Libertarian…..and are trying to destroy the tea party movement. No one knows more than I that there are candidates I would not want to clean my shoes in the Republican party…..and the party has too many old farts with dead brains and the same ole way of thinking….and that is why I am a conservative American with no allegiance to any political party.

Having said of all of that…..on the other side, we DO KNOW that the Democratic party has been hijacked and taken over by progressives/socialists….so, this party MUST be defeated. The Republican party may stink and full of stinkers but it is still not over the top socialist as the Democrats. Our only chance at survival until another election period is to see that Republicans take away the power in the Senate from the Democrats and that we keep the power in the House. This means we are going to have to suck up and vote for those Republicans. We cannot afford any more whiney babies who are pissed off because a certain candidate did not win. We have to deal with what we have and what we have is one party that is moderate/liberal vs the other party that is progressive/socialist. WE HAVE NO OTHER CHOICES THIS ELECTION!!

Sitting out this election like what happened in 2012 will only result in our slide into oblivion more rapid because the Democrats will retain power and control. So, your job is to help your members understand this….it is not what we want, it is not what we like but it is what we have and we must do it. Anyone that wants to decry that they will sit it out….remove them….anyone that wants to knock the plan to take the Senate by not voting for a Senator…remove them….if you cannot see that this an absolute necessity, then perhaps you may not want to do this….I can’t answer for you….but this nation’s survival surpasses all of our personal feelings. It is my personal hope that a viable third party will raise its head early and we will have another avenue we can follow…but we do not have that now and will not have that in time this election. If I lived in TX or KY or SC, I would puke when I went to the polls but I would vote for that Republican Senator running because it is now a matter of numbers….focus on the numbers and not the candidates….that is my message to our members…we are going for the numbers…the candidates may not be perfect but by damn the American people will show these socialists our power by putting in enough numbers to hopefully change the direction of this country. Our brains are amazing things….runs our whole bodies…but if one cell is off, our brain can change and our body can change….same thing here…changing the numbers in the Senate from Democrat to Republican can make a change.

As to you Governor…..I hope she slides into the Rio Grande and an alligator bites her butt…but that is a state issue….you may debate her but you must make primary the Senate race in your state and getting people to vote for that pile of crappola [refferring to Allen Weh] because we NEED THE NUMBERS. As John McCain’s own mother said when he was running for President….’hold our nose and vote for him anyway'”

Where to start with everything wrong with that message? She actually quoted John McCain’s mother and her message to vote for him no matter what. That’s so weak and so empty. We talked on the phone about this as well. A large reason for that was that I wasn’t about to resign in an online message and I’d already decided that I wasn’t going to throw away my principles and convictions like that, so I knew before calling that I was stepping down. But, on the phone as well as here in this message, she had absolutely nothing positive to say about these candidates she was wanting to force people to support. Basically, she was taking the approach that, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” an attitude that’s more likely to end with a knife in your own back as you learn that the enemy of your enemy is actually your enemy, too and you just helped him get rid of two of his enemies with very little effort. And, no, supporting a Republican who doesn’t deserve your support won’t actually kill you, but it will kill your effectiveness. It’ll destroy your reputation and any image of you as having integrity, as standing for what’s right or even just being someone who can be counted on to say what they mean and mean what they say. There’s no nice way to say this: You’ll be seen as a political whore…someone whose values will be tossed aside for something as shallow as a ‘win’ in an election. And I really don’t see how that kind of a perception would be inaccurate under those circumstances.

You can claim to have integrity all day long. You can tout the rightness and the importance of conservatism. You can say that you have values and principles and convictions that are worth fighting for. At the end of the day, if you choose to abandon or even temporarily ignore all of that for the purpose of gaining a win for a candidate when the only positive thing you can actually say about him is that he’s a member of the GOP, then you would’ve been better off keeping your mouth shut from the beginning. See, that way, besides not negating your words by your actions, you also wouldn’t be making things even worse by providing reason to dismiss anything you’ve said before or after this election that you’ve decided is so important as to take a liberal approach of ‘win at all cost’.

Add to that personal level of destruction, the damage that’s then done on a larger scale. When you identify yourself as a conservative, you’re going to be viewed by many as an example of what a conservative is and, usually, what a Republican is, too…especially if you screw up and say or do something where liberals can look at you and say, “Ah-Ha!” So, while you may be claiming that you want conservatives or the Republican Party, or both to be portrayed more accurately…more positively; that you want to see the lies and accusations being spread by the left put down, the truth is, by your words and actions and the image that people build of you based on that, you affect the image of a whole group of people solely because of the image of yourself that others see. Conservatives who have this image of a lack of integrity and no substantial strength in their convictions only succeed in strengthening liberal lies by providing examples they can point directly to.

The final negative effect that I see from this kind of behavior is that it impacts other individual conservatives…the ones many of us call ‘True Conservatives’. Their names change a little from time to time, but they’re the ones who actually stand firm on constitutional principles and right over wrong. The problem is, when you stand strong and solid on your principles; when you don’t falter or turn your back on them, then when you talk about those people who you do support, who embody parts, if not all, of the things that are important to you, people listen. Whether or not they’re going to agree with you, your words and your endorsements carry the weight of your convictions. But when you vacillate; when you actively support people who turn your stomach and embody nothing substantial that you claim to believe in, the next time you try and sing the praises of an actual true conservative, people remember the joker that you threw your support behind before and, instead of your endorsements carrying any real weight, they carry the seeds of doubt as to whether you’re being sincere or just playing the party loyalty game and maybe the person you’re supporting now isn’t really worth it, either.

Now, there’s a couple of other things I want to address quickly. They’re other signs of the weakness and even the decay that’s happening on the conservative side of the street.

Remember, this woman wrote:

“and that is why I am a conservative American with no allegiance to any political party.”

Yet, for having no allegiance, why do you think she’s so gung-ho to demand party allegiance during an election? The answer’s pretty simple and just a little sad. She also wrote:

“we DO KNOW that the Democratic party has been hijacked and taken over by progressives/socialists….so, this party MUST be defeated.”

“Our only chance at survival until another election period is to see that Republicans take away the power in the Senate from the Democrats and that we keep the power in the House.”

“Sitting out this election like what happened in 2012 will only result in our slide into oblivion more rapid because the Democrats will retain power and control.”

So, what is motivating this woman and so many who think like her? It’s fear. Look at what she writes. She has nothing positive to say about the Republicans she’s demanding support for, only negatives about the evils of Democrats staying in power. Her motivation is to stop the Democrats no matter what the cost. Understand, it’s always important to stop the liberal agendas, but we don’t have to turn them into big, scary boogeymen to do so. Once again, that’s what liberals do. She also talks like this past election was the last one that was important and, if we failed to take the Senate and retain the House, then it would be all over. Now understand, fear isn’t always a bad thing; it alerts us to danger and can spur us to action, but this kind of fear causes panic. It shuts down the brain and paralyzes…and that’s just what happened here. I’ve supported some candidates, as we all have, who have very little good to point to as a reason, but there’s always something. Truthfully, until this past Senate race here in New Mexico, I’d never actually encountered a candidate with absolutely nothing positive to focus on…and I voted for Mitt Romney for President…reluctantly, but I did. If I’d chucked my principles aside just to support a candidate like Allen Weh, besides proving that my principles have no real value, I’d be surrendering to that kind of oppressive fear. That way really does lead to the end. In all caps, this woman wrote to me,


This kind of fear creates tunnel vision, too. To see only two choices, a kind of binary up or down, is to give up so much of our power, especially that of our voices. In the case of New Mexico, we’re probably looking at somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 voters who did make their voices heard by creating a discrepancy that cannot be ignored by anyone who isn’t completely inept by voting Republican in other state races, but withholding their votes specifically in the Senate race. Of course, if you’re ruled by the fear of suffering losses at the hands of Democrats above everything else, then this sort of option would fill you with nothing but terror and disgust.

She wrote,

“but this nation’s survival surpasses all of our personal feelings.”

“If I lived in TX or KY or SC, I would puke when I went to the polls but I would vote for that Republican Senator running because it is now a matter of numbers….”

“the candidates may not be perfect but by damn the American people will show these socialists our power by putting in enough numbers to hopefully change the direction of this country.”

It sounds good, really passionate, but this is just more evidence of the tunnel vision her fear has created in her. I mean, we’re going to show liberals our power by putting in numbers?! What are we actually showing liberals if we’re putting in people who are truly only Republican in name; people who put more stock in political expediency than in devotion to a conservative point of view? Some of them even embrace liberal tactics to destroy their opponents, even when those opponents are supposedly on the same side, like Thad Cochrane in Mississippi with his smear campaign against primary opponent and Tea Party ally, Chris McDaniel. The only message we’re sending with that sort of behavior is that, if Democrats win, the liberals will be able to continue pursuing their agendas unimpeded and, if Republicans win, chances are that a good number of those aren’t going to do much if anything to change things, so the liberals will be able to continue pursuing their agendas nearly as unimpeded as if a Democrat had won. That’s really showing them, isn’t it?

This can’t be about numbers. It can’t be about fear. And it definitely can’t be about simply doing what’s expected of you because those who’ve allowed themselves to become so short-sighted believe and try to convince others that there are no other options. There was a time before we were a nation that the only acceptable option politically was to petition the king…to appeal to his sense of fairness and justice. Those are two things that simply don’t come naturally to government, whether it’s in the hands of one or many. The idea of taking up arms against the government was so far beyond radical, it simply wasn’t considered an option for many in the colonies. Now, I’m not saying we need to be taking up arms against our government…at least not now. That’s always an option if things ever do get to the point where there are no other options, but we’re still a long way off from seeing that come about.

I am saying that we need to stop chaining ourselves with our fear of what might happen if one of the guys wearing our jersey with a capital ‘R’ on it doesn’t win. We’re not a sports team. We’re part of a political movement that’s supposed to place value on the individual, not on the collective. Yes, we’re stronger when we stand together, but not when we’re standing with those who don’t actually stand with us beyond what they’re willing to say to get our votes come election time. We have God-given gifts that we’ve chosen to ignore for so long, one of those being discernment. We can be so good at using this gift when dealing with liberals, but that’s easy. They’re so blatantly separated from us ideologically that’s it’s easy to spot their flaws. We need to start using our discernment a little closer to home; toward those who put their arms around us, pat us on the back, tell us they’re just one of us.

Sometimes they’re telling the truth; sometimes a partial truth. These are the people we need to look closely at and determine: Are they on the same page as me? Do they believe as I do, at least in the areas that are relevant to the position they’re wanting to be in? Is this a person that, at the end of the day, I can feel positive about giving my support to because, even if we don’t agree on everything, I can point to good things in this person that are evidence that he or she has and is earning my vote?

But sometimes, these people are just using us to get what they want. Our vote is a sacred thing and a valuable thing, even beyond what it can do. It was secured for us by the struggle, sacrifice and blood of so many patriots before us. We have a duty not to squander it; not to cheapen it. Our vote needs to be earned by those who are willing to prove themselves worthy of it by doing more than just writing a certain letter by their name on a registration card or by dressing a certain way or by answering questions about their underwear choice or causing a “thrill” to run up your leg. I’m not talking about refusing to vote for anyone who you don’t like 100 percent…there is no such animal short of each of us voting for ourselves…but, sometimes, it may mean withholding your vote from either candidate when you can find no reason to award it to either one. Many those ensconced in the fear I’ve been talking about, will decry that as the same as voting for the ‘other guy’ or engaging in political ‘scorched earth’ tactics. That couldn’t be any farther from the truth in what I’m talking about here and you should never allow yourself to be cowed or bullied by that sort of drivel.

I have heard so many people, Libertarians especially, condemn the Republican Party for being no different from the Democrats and, unfortunately there are times that I have a hard time arguing against that sort of thing. The truth is, there are times that the Republican Party doesn’t act like anything worth taking pride in. I won’t deny that, but I will say that there are a majority of Republicans who are worth taking pride in, just as there are with conservatives in general. There are also times when the GOP acts in such a way, that I’m very proud to be one of them. Ultimately, though, the Party is simply a group made up by its members and defined by them and their other supporters. It’s up to each and every one of us to decide what the quality of the Republican Party will be. We can either step back and let inertia take it where it will or we can take an active hand in turning it back into something conservatives would be proud to be a part of; something that would be an actual threat to the Democrat Party and specifically to their liberal/socialist agenda that’s been dismantling America for so long.

We have to start thinking differently or, more accurately, we have to start thinking the way our predecessors did. We need to let go of the fear; simply do what’s right and damn whatever consequences we might be afraid of. We need to stop tolerating those within our very ranks who diminish us by not walking the walk and only talking the talk when it gets them what they want. We need to stand up for the values that America was built on and stop acting like it’s okay to treat our fundamental truths as something that can be altered and compromised.

Now, there will be those who will accuse me of having no party loyalty, that I’m perfectly happy burning the Republican Party to the ground. In fact, I’m already being accused of that. Let’s be clear. They’re partially right on he first part. My loyalty is not bought based on, basically, club membership. The currency for my loyalty is a little more specific. I will show loyalty to those who also show loyalty; in the case of our elected officials, the ones I’ll stand with are the ones whose actions show their love for our nation and state and their commitment to our founding constitutional principles and right over wrong. And, believe me, if you listen to me to just a very short amount of time, there’ll be no doubt who has earned my loyalty and support and who hasn’t. As far as the second part, I’m a conservative. I’m also a very proud Republican in spite of all the bad currently in the Party. I believe in the values that the GOP was founded on in the first place: respect for the Constitution, respect for all life, a belief in personal responsibility and limited government, especially at the federal level. I love my Party and I can’t see me ever being happy as a member of any other, but I do see the cancers that have crept into the Republican Party. They’re making us weaker. They’re making us ineffective. They’re making into a joke and, we do crumble, it will be from our own suicidal actions. The best chance that I see to make our communities and our nation better is for good conservative people to take up the role of the revolutionary and cut these cancers out of the Republican Party before it’s too sick to be saved. Only then will we have a vehicle capable of cutting out the socialistic cancers that infect and eat away at our society on every level. Like Jesus spoke in the Bible about first removing the plank from our own eye, we need to first stop plunging this dagger into our own bellies as conservatives and Republicans. Then, we’ll have better leverage to pull away the pistol we have collectively as a nation pointed at our own head.