As a common sense conservative, I do my absolute best to accept the fact that I disagree with some of the facets of the movement today. I am not a big fan of some of the Anti-Isreal talk I hear chattered in my circles and I am certainly not in support of the isolationist policies that many conservatives expose these days, but I respect their opinions as long as they respect mine. I choose to seek out what unites us rather than what divides us.
Earlier this month, Tea Party Perspective published a piece bashing Governor Walker on changing his stance on the current smoking ban in Wisconsin. The piece was written by a man who goes only by the name of Marshall. To give credit where credit is due, the piece is well written and well thought out. Too bad it is also smug ands self-serving.
One would probably have to read the piece to understand my rebuttal so if you have not read it yet please do it now. Continue reading →
Most will look at the title of this piece and assume that I have taken up smoking crack or at least drinking heavily. After all this state just elected the most progressive US Senator in our Nation’s history and helped to re-elect a President who is closer to a socialist than any of us even want to admit. With all that in mind let us examine the successes and failures for the conservative movement in Wisconsin since 2010.
Everybody who follows politics or at least knows US history, knew that 2010 would be a solid election cycle for the GOP. It is very common for the party who presides in the White House to lose seats on the Federal and State level during the mid-term elections, but no state in the Union turned more red than Wisconsin.
In one election cycle we won back the Governorship, the State Senate, the State Assembly, the US House of Representatives, and elected a man who ran as a tea party candidate to the US Senate. All in all not a bad election cycle. In fact it was the most successful one for the GOP ever in Wisconsin history.
A dedicated group of conservatives are doing their best Doobie Brothers impersonation and are taking their passion for Wisconsin to the streets. They are braving the elements and are doing overpass sign rally’s for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack and for other conservative minded candidates. I have been at a few of these overpass rallies in the past and let me tell you, while you are certain to get a bit cold, you are also certain to have yourself a great time. Spring elections have always been about turnout and you know the liberals and the union hacks will be out in full force to support their puppet candidates. We need to combat them and this is a great way to spread the word and remind people to get to the polls. I don’t have to tell you what is on the line this election cycle but I will anyway. If the left is successful at taking over the high court, EVERYTHING we have fought for the last few years will be in jeopardy. The liberals in this state do not abide by the will of the people and they use the courts to try to drown out your vote and your voice. Do not let them win, come join these great folks and help spread the word. You can find this group on Facebook by clicking on the link below. These Patriots have put out a cry for help, will you answer the call?
If you heard something rustling around during the night, don’t be alarmed. It was just the Senate passing what they consider a budget. While we slumbered, they passed something that was supposed to resemble a budget. It does very little to balance the budget.
Meet Katie Johnson. She is a member of the College Republicans, secretary of Wisconsin College Republicans, and public relations/new media director of the UW-Lacrosse College Republicans. I had the opportunity to interview her on Monday, before she left for CPAC.
Tammy (T):Tell me about what the College Republicans are about, what do you guys do? What are the goals of the College Republicans?
Katie (K): Basically, WICR serves to promote the Republican party– we want to work to get Republicans elected in our state, identify and recruit young Republicans in college and get them actively involved in the political process, and develop leadership skills in young conservatives so that they can grow to be this next generation’s leaders.
A big part of that is campaigning– we’ve been campaigning endlessly for Governor Walker, Mitt Romney, and all of the statewide and local candidates within the past year, and we’re currently working campaigning for Justice Pat Roggensack. We also host leadership conferences to train College Republicans and also for socializing and networking with other like-minded students throughout the state– it’s nice to know Continue reading →
This week was full on Tea Party victories. From Wisconsin to DC the bells of freedom and economic opportunity rang. Although the elections of November still sting, it is weeks like this that give our movement hope and purpose. They also remind us that with every event that happens there is opportunity. Let us review the week that was.
Let’s start with the great local news on jobs in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Senate put jobs ahead of special interest and passed a comprehensive mining bill that will create thousands or jobs. On Thursday, the Legislature did the same and now the bill is heading to Governor Walker’s desk to be signed into law. Having seen some of the devastation that Obama’s terrible economy did to Northern Wisconsin, I know how badly these jobs are needed. On behalf of Wisconsinites everywhere, thank you Wisconsin GOP.
Governor Walker scored a major victory with the Mining bill. Now Wisconsin can finally reap the benefits of responsible mining.
There was another huge victory this week for We The People and believe it or not it was in of all places Washington, DC. US Senator Rand Paul, along with a handful of his allies, spent nearly 13 hours filibustering the nomination of CIA director John Brennan. Continue reading →
*Updated to include a link to the governor’s budget.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker presented his 2013-2015 biennial budget to the state Wednesday evening.
In Walker’s 2011 budget proposal in Wisconsin was in a bad position. There was high unemployment and a significant budget deficit. His budget proposal at that time resulted in union induced drama that is still stewing to this day.
This budget proposal comes form a governor with a proven strategy, after Wisconsin has successfully turned a budget deficit into a surplus and lowered the unemployment rate from 8% to less than 6.9%.
The balanced budget offering tonight has even greater promise for Wisconsin. Continue reading →
Seriously, where are they when we need them? Not to be captain obvious but we are in the middle of a fiscal crisis right now and conservatives have no leadership left. I feel like we’ve been abandoned, am I alone here?
We can place the blame on the horrendous vote and bill in lots of places, but we need to look first at who did the back door dealings and threw a bill on the table with 3 minutes to spare. Who made the right decision on how the voted is hard to say right now. Without being there I don’t know.
What I do know is that what Mitch McConnell did was flat-out wrong. He can try to defend himself any way that he wants, but throwing a bill at your party with 3 minutes to vote, after backdoor negotiations is deceitful to us as conservatives and anything but transparent. I want a leader, someone to stand up and put their foot down. I want a cowboy.
Wisconsin State Senator Mike Ellis published a column in an Appleton paper stating that the Senate Republican caucus in Wisconsin won’t be distracted with what he sees as less important issues. Amongst those lesser issues are voting integrity, school choice, and changes to abortion laws. He says the number one priority is job creation for the middle class and that if it doesn’t create a job it isn’t a part of the caucus’ agenda this coming year.
Well Mr Ellis, with all due respect, you are employed by We The People, and as such we have a right to respond to your little proclamation selling out some of the values true conservatives hold dear.
I am a conservative political activist. I banged on the doors, made the phone calls, Continue reading →
It has become quite evident that the Democratic Party has decided to use the impending “Fiscal Cliff” as an opportunity to further cripple an already wobbling Republican Party in hopes of sending them off the “political relevancy cliff”. Of course the GOP leadership is more than happy to play the role of the Pied Piper in this scenario as they care more about keeping their personal positions of power, even if that means severely weakening the GOP positioning in DC.
It is not like the GOP has anything to lose at this point. Lets be honest, they have already sold out on many of their founding principles in order to try to appease the “masses”. Defending the US taxpayer is really the only winning principle that they have left Continue reading →