George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum: The Dedication Ceremony

 

GeorgeWBushHWBushLBlibraryopening
United States of America President George W. Bush (43) with former First Lady and wife, Laura Bush at the opening of their library.

 

Written by Juliana Simone

April 25, 2013

Dallas, TX – The four former United States of America Presidents, plus the country’s current Commander-In-Chief, attended this morning’s ceremony on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

Presidents Jimmy Carter, George Herbert Walker Bush, Bill Clinton and the honoree George W. Bush were in attendance, as well as, President Barack Obama.

An estimated crowd of ten thousand came to witness the ceremony. What is probably the most intense security in our country’s history, was positioned to protect all of the notables on hand from possible terrorism.

Some of the many guests included former Bush Administration members like Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Vice President Dick Cheney and Colin Powell, former world leaders like England’s Prime Minister Tony Blair and Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and sports figures like former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Troy Aiken. Rice, a close friend to the former President, also spoke at the event.

All five wives of the Presidents were on hand including Hillary Clinton who is not seen very often in public with her husband Bill. If pundits are correct, and Mrs. Clinton, currently 65, is seeking the Democrat Party’s nomination for a second time in 2016 when Obama’s second term ends, the shrewd former First Lady would not make the error to miss this feel-good publicity moment among peers and voters.  The five Presidents spouses appeared lively and well.

With the namesake of the library and museum speaking last, the other four men were to speak in chronological order starting with Jimmy Carter and leading up to our current sitting President Obama. George W.’s father, who preceded him in holding the title of President of the United States, spoke after Carter and before Bill Clinton.

The Democrat Presidents put politics aside and noted accomplishments of Bush’s they admired under his two terms, such as his unwavering response to terrorism after 911, when over three thousand people died when the World Trade Center’s two towers fell to the ground after Islamist terrorists hijacked American commercial jets, and flew them into the buildings without warning.

Jimmy Carter, delivering his words in sunglasses, told George W. Bush, “I am filled of admiration for you and your contributions to the most needy people on Earth.” This was in regards to Bush’s influence on Congress to give funding for AIDS relief for Africa among other humanitarian deeds.

The senior Bush, escorted out by a military usher, told viewers and onlookers in a brief speech, “It’s a great pleasure to be here to honor our oldest son. Thank you all for coming.”  He received a standing ovation. He jested about his speech to his son after leaving the lectern, “too long?” They laughed. Later he said modestly “We are happy to be here. God Bless America.”

His wife, Barbara, was at his side to join in the event of the library and museum dedicated to her son. Some of her comments to the press and guests showed she has lost little of her wit and spunk that made her a favorite First Lady.

An interview between George and Laura Bush, and veteran reporter Diane Sawyer, the night before the library’s dedication on ABC, showed many Americans for the first time President Bush was a painter among many other things. President Ronald Reagan was known for his doodles, and collectors spent good sums for them. Bush takes his artwork up a step. Sawyer’s interview revealed some of his paintings that show the forty-third President is quite talented.

Noting this, former President number two on the list, Bill Clinton, remarked on his colleague’s artistry, and used the wit and smile that made America forgive him time and time again through each scandal to win over the crowd. After expressing his opinions of Bush’s artwork and referring to self-portraits of a personal nature where Bush is bathing, Clinton, a Democrat, said he considered asking Bush to do a similar painting of him, but then thought better of it. “Those bathroom sketches are great, but at my age, I think I should keep on my suit,” he mused. (laughter)

Clinton, though a member of the opposing party, became close to George W.’s father, Bush 41, when they worked on different humanitarian projects together. Clinton and Bush even appeared side by side in commercials together promoting their cause that mixed humor and urgency. They are both Yale University graduates.

Sitting Democrat President Barack Hussein Obama, opened with some kind and thoughtful words where he expounded on recollection, “The last time we all got together was just before I took office.  And I needed that.  Because as each of these leaders will tell you, no matter how much you may think you’re ready to assume the office of the presidency, it’s impossible to truly understand the nature of the job until it’s yours, until you’re sitting at that desk.

And that’s why every President gains a greater appreciation for all those who served before him; for the leaders from both parties who have taken on the momentous challenges and felt the enormous weight of a nation on their shoulders.  And for me, that appreciation very much extends to President Bush.

The first thing I found in that desk the day I took office was a letter from George, and one that demonstrated his compassion and generosity.  For he knew that I would come to learn what he had learned — that being President, above all, is a humbling job.  There are moments where you make mistakes.  There are times where you wish you could turn back the clock.  And what I know is true about President Bush, and I hope my successor will say about me, is that we love this country and we do our best.”

He continued, “…we know President Bush the man.  And what President Clinton said is absolutely true — to know the man is to like the man, because he’s comfortable in his own skin.  He knows who he is.  He doesn’t put on any pretenses.  He takes his job seriously, but he doesn’t take himself too seriously.  He is a good man.

But we also know something about George Bush the leader.  As we walk through this library, obviously we’re reminded of the incredible strength and resolve that came through that bullhorn as he stood amid the rubble and the ruins of Ground Zero, promising to deliver justice to those who had sought to destroy our way of life.

We remember the compassion that he showed by leading the global fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria, helping to save millions of lives and reminding people in some of the poorest corners of the globe that America cares and that we’re here to help.

We remember his commitment to reaching across the aisle to unlikely allies like Ted Kennedy, because he believed that we had to reform our schools in ways that help every child learn, not just some; that we have to repair a broken immigration system; and that this progress is only possible when we do it together…”

But later he seemed to politicize the event and use the occasion to lobby for current legislation under his party’s proposal that is not very popular with Republicans and even among some immigrants. Many commentators agreed post-ceremony this was not the occasion to talk about D.C. agenda. Obama, who has been notorious throughout his Presidency among critics for “blaming Bush” (Bush 43) for all of his woes as the current Commander-in-Chief even years later into his second term, seemed today to do so one more time in an indirect way.

Bringing up the issue of immigration reform, he surmised if this is passed it’s because of Bush who was the first United States President to seek some solution to this major task. “…If we do that, it will be in large part thanks to the hard work of President George W. Bush…”

The major difference is George W. Bush sought answers to this populace out of compassion. Obama, and his equally minded democrat strategists, press to pass this law to increase their numbers at the polls on Election Day and assure the locking in of their party’s majority in Washington for generations to come.

The forty-third President of the United States and the man whose history as our country’s elected two term leader is the namesake of this library and museum was the final speaker.

He presented a memorable speech that melded traditional self-deprecating humor with poignancy. He joked briefly about a library being named after him when it was the last place you would have found him as a youth.

“One of the things about democracies is people are free to disagree. It’s fair to say I gave people plenty of opportunities to exercise that right,” Bush said with a chuckle.

On a more serious note, he told the thousands on hand and millions of viewers that in accessing his own legacy he believed future generations would see “we stayed true to our convictions…and it wasn’t easy…”

Bush said in regards to his father in an understandably emotional delivery, “Dad taught me how to be President. Before that, he showed me how to be a man.”  The second member of the Bush family to swear to preserve, protect and defend the constitution told his father the forty-first President, “it is awesome you’re here today” for this dedication.

After his speech, he held up his three-fingered W sign with his right hand to the people alongside his smiling wife Laura. A procession of military guard carried flags off of the stage and the five Presidents with their wives followed them as the ceremony came to an end.

George H.W. Walker had recent serious health issues with a bronchial infection that made his presence on stage at the age of eighty-eight especially meaningful for his son. He also suffers from Parkinson’s disease. The veteran hero and navy pilot who America fell in love with when watching the footage of his being rescued at sea after bailing out of his jet airplane after being shot down, chose to parachute out of a plane on his 75th birthday. He continued this fete for five years and resumed the event on his 85th birthday after hip replacement surgery. It was the seventh jump for the father of six.

As for future politics, the Bush family which is a true picture postcard of real family values, seemed split about the idea of George W.’s brother Jeb, the former Governor of Florida who was also on hand, running for President. His brother supported him whole heartedly saying, “He would be a marvelous candidate.”  His mother discouraged the notion saying in her view, as a Bush through marriage, there have been enough Bush’s now. Even if Jeb decides to pass on a run for the highest office, there are many younger generations of Bush’s who could someday make history by becoming the third member of a family to hold the title of United States President.

On a final excerpt of the Diane Sawyer interview shown this evening on ABC Nightly News, Laura Bush is shown giving a tour to Diane of the new museum and shows her a tube of “hanging chads.” (they laugh) {Editor: “hanging chads” was a paper ballot ‘condition’ which included “dimpled chads” which was conceived by the Gore campaign after losing the 2000 Presidential election to George W. Bush by an electoral vote count. Gore contested the win and it came down to which candidate won the state of Florida. Gore’s attorneys hoped if enough ballots thrown out because the vote cast was not discernible, after being combed over a second time for any “hanging” or “dimpled” chad, he would overturn the outcome and be declared President. The most rabid Gore supporters and mainstream media reporters could not come up with the missing numbers to overturn the election.}

The admirable former First Lady also reminded Sawyer about her husband’s “No Child Left Behind” work for education reform. While working on this, 9-1-1 suddenly happened and everything changed, she said. She shows Sawyer a big piece of metal on display in the museum that is from the point of impact in the second tower. They mention how President Bush’s relief saved millions of lives in Africa from malaria and AIDS. The tour concludes with Laura showing Diane an exact replica of the Oval Office while her husband occupied it, including the desk that became famous during President John Kennedy’s term while being photographed with his son John Jr. hiding underneath and peering at the photographer as a young boy. An excerpt of the last address of George W. Bush as President is broadcast where he tells American citizens, “I will now carry the title that means more to me than any other – citizen.”

There are twenty-one Presidential libraries throughout the country which in addition to Bush 43 are dedicated to Clinton, Nixon, Bush 41, Reagan, Ford, Carter, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Truman, Roosevelt, Hoover, Coolidge, Wilson, McKinley, Hayes, Grant, Lincoln, John Quincy Adams and our Founding Father George Washington. Thirteen are maintained by the Office of Presidential Libraries which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and eight are maintained by states or private organizations. The cost of the new library and museum was two hundred and fifty million, the most to date of any other Presidential library, but the expense was all paid for by private funds and donations.

CPAC 2013: Connecticut’s State Senator Art Linares (R-33)

InmyvueStateSenatorArtLinaresCPAC13
Connecticut State Senator Art Linares at CPAC 2013

Written by Juliana Simone

National Harbor, MD – Connecticut’s own Republican State Senator Art Linares took the CPAC stage this afternoon to tell the Conservative Political Action Conference his story as a young Republican and newly elected State Senator. Linares is twenty-four years old and was elected in November of 2012. He represents the towns of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook. Linares is a resident of Westbrook. His tale was one that the Conference likes to feature as a strong voice for the future of American youth.

Senator Linares (R-33), introduced himself to CPAC members by telling them he worked in Washington for Senator Marco Rubio in 2010. Dick Cheney (former Vice President to George W. Bush) advised the young man/staffer if he wanted to make a difference to leave D.C., go home, and put your name on a ballot. He did. He described to attendees how he called three friends on return and asked for their help. They knocked on every door until Linares says he wore out three pairs of shoes “and we won!”

He thought some in the room might wonder what made someone twenty-four want to serve his 100,000 constituents. He explained how his Cuban grandparents lived through the Bay of Pigs invasion. His grandfather was put in jail during the fighting. When he got out, and the invasion had failed, Linares grandparents fled to America to raise their children in a safe and free country.

It is this family history that inspired the new state Senator to embrace conservative values of equal opportunity, hard work and protecting American liberty.

Senator Linares then addressed his fellow young Republicans and conservatives in the ballroom. He told them they are the Y generation and they are one hundred million strong.

He said we have the opportunity to change our nation and get involved in our towns and states. “We have to win elections and we can’t win if you don’t run! I’m challenging you to put your name on a ballot,” Linares shouted. He advised them with energy and passion to ring every phone and wear your soles on your shoes down knocking on doors, and {then getting} another pair.

“Will you lead?” he asked. “Will you put your name on a ballot?”

He thanked the convention with the parting words “God bless America.”

Linares chose to follow in his father’s footsteps when he saw his father become a successful businessman as a free man.

At the age of nineteen, Linares started his own solar energy company out of his basement while earning a degree from Skyes College of Business at the University of Tampa. He majored in entrepreneurship as he developed his company. “Greenskies” is based in Middletown.

As his business became prosperous, Senator Linares chose to take a sabbatical from his solar power company for the opportunity to be on Florida’s Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio staff. While serving Rubio, he learned how to work in public service and with the Senator’s constituents.

State Senator Art Linares serves in the Connecticut General Assembly as a ranking member on the Select Committee on Children and is a member on the Banks, Commerce and Education committees.

CPAC 2013: Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland Photo:REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland {Photo:REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst}

 

Written by Juliana Simone

March 16th, 2013

National Harbor, MD – Dr. Ben Carson, a new and articulate face among conservatives, talked at length about a variety of subjects at the fortieth Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. The pediatric neurosurgery doctor who practices at Johns Hopkins Hospital, came to the attention of the mainstream media and thus the general public when as an invited speaker he made conservative remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast held by President Obama in February.

It appears the Obama’s knew little about the man before asking him to address their guests perhaps other than his title and race since they took umbrage to the words he delivered that morning that were in direct contrast to their own beliefs and policies. Dr. Carson’s words were not to the liking of the President and his wife, the media with its liberal bias and most of the room since they sharply conflicted with everything the current administration believes and is trying to legislatively push through while time is on their side.

Carson talked about Hillary Clinton and how her choice of words in public speaking engagements changed ‘freedom of religion’ to ‘freedom of worship.’ “Freedom of worship,” the esteemed brain surgeon explained, is something that is allowed in China and was also allowed in World War II Germany.

The definition of marriage is also an attack on freedom of religion the good doctor said…by trying to change the definition of marriage and make churches recognize the new definition. In words to religious leaders, Carson said, “The church needs to stand up and be the church. When did America allow church into the public square?” he asked. He noted that Christians started the anti-slavery movement and suggested to the CPAC audience to please read “A Free People’s Suicide” by Os Guinness.

Carson asked, what’s logical – what’s common sense? “Common sense shouldn’t just be for conservatives, but liberals, too.” Dr. Carson told listeners he’s received many letters since his breakfast speech with President Obama; many letters from seniors who said they’d given up until they heard him speak. He said he got a few ‘nasty grams,’ too, saying ‘how dare you insult my President!’ Some of them mentioned his race and Carson asked, “when did it happen you had to have a certain philosophy because of the color of your skin?” A reporter once asked me why I didn’t talk about race, he reminisced. I said, “Because I’m a neurosurgeon – when I operate and open the Dura I see who they really are…it’s not the color of their skin.”

He remembered how difficult his upbringing was with a single mom who worked three jobs until midnight and told the convention how she made them turn off the TV at some point and read three books a day. Friends would ask him, why were we reading when our mom wasn’t home? He said, “Because back then you did what your parents said.” (laughter) We couldn’t call 911 and complain to someone…he reflected with a hint of sarcasm.

Addressing his experiences at school, he revealed how as a child he went from being nicknamed ‘dummy’ by his classmates to being top in his class – and helping the other kids in seventh grade when they went to him for the answers.

In regards to the election process, Dr. Carson said people go in the voting booth and say ‘there’s a name I recognize – I’m going to vote for that one.’ They have no idea how they represent them. “This is a country that’s for, of, and by the people – not for, of, and by the government.  And if we turn it over to them, we cannot complain about what they’re doing… because this is the natural course of men, and we have to hold their feet to the fire.”

Speaking about what he knows best, Dr. Carson detailed the human mind saying the brain is amazing…it can process billions of bits of information in one second – remember everything – see everything – strategize – not react like animals…People now would rather react than strategize.

Segueing into America’s debt, he added, “If we begin to spend ourselves into oblivion we’ll destroy this nation.” Enjoying his moment in the new political spotlight, he puffed up and supposed to supporters, “Now, let’s pretend you magically put me into the White House.” (cheers/applause; he laughs and takes it back)

“First, I’d divide everyone against each other,” he inflected with irony to point out the current administrations agenda.  “A house divided against itself cannot stand’ a wise man named Jesus Christ once said.”

He continued by laying out a plan that if he were an enemy of the United States, he would set about destroying the nation in four simple steps:

Create division among the people, encourage a culture of ridicule for basic morality, undermine the nation’s financial stability through excessive government debt, and weaken the military. “It appears, coincidentally, that those are the very things that are happening right now,” he observed.  ”And the question is, how do we stop it?  Can we stop it, or must we inexorably follow the same kind of path that other pinnacle nations have followed before their destruction?”

Additionally, his plan would undermine the financial stability and drive it so far into debt it couldn’t rehabilitate, weaken the military and undermine the moral of the military. All of those things are what happened to other pinnacle nations before they fell, he observed.

We all have responsibility to recognize what’s going on and change it.

Dr. Carson, an advocate for education improvement, talked about the scholarship he created for great students instead of all the trophies given out to kids for everything now that he and his wife saw when visiting schools recently.

“Education is a fundamental principle of what made America a success,” he stated, reflecting on the importance of education in his own life, and noting that well-educated people are better equipped to pursue opportunity and provide for themselves – not lapse into social safety-net dependency.   Carson cited the thirty percent high school dropout rate today and suggested a plan to create reading rooms where schools had no libraries. For motivation on the money spent on educating our young, Carson reminded his audience “for every student we save that’s one less person you have to save your family from or pay for in the penal system.” “We can’t afford to throw any young people away,” he professed.

Reflecting on United States history and its industrial empires, Carson reflected American barons didn’t just become European land barons that just passed their wealth down to future generations. They built transcontinental railroads, museums and {became manufacturers.}

On America’s wealthy, the renowned surgeon stated that forty percent of the wealthiest families give half their wealth to charities. “No other country in the world would do that…”

In regards to taxes, he said someone criticized him at the prayer breakfast for bringing up God. “I don’t understand that – it’s a prayer breakfast.”

God – you make ten billion you put in one billion – you make ten dollars you put in one dollar. What’s not fair is when you exempt someone. To me, that’s offensive.

The superior elite people say, ‘there, there, little thing, I’ll take care of you.’ The other ulterior motive is if everyone doesn’t have skin in the game, not everyone will care about raising taxes and you’ll to explain to all.

As he did at the National Prayer Breakfast, Carson warned of the dangers of allowing government to control health care, which represents one-sixth of the economy.  “If the government can control that, they can control everything,” he said.  Instead, he proposes that 80 percent of the interactions between doctors and patients could be easily handled through health savings accounts, a proposal discussed in more detail in his book, “America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great.”

“We need to understand what is going on, because there are much more economic models that can be used to give us good health care than what we have now. And we were asleep at the wheel to let it happen, but we have to find a way still to make it work,” said the neurosurgeon.

Addressing economics, Carson said his critics would say he’s a neurosurgeon so he couldn’t know anything about economics. “It’s not brain surgery,” he mused. (applause)

“Corporations aren’t there to be social welfare programs. They’re there to make money,” he said in terms of pro-business growth. He said there is an awful lot of money floating around beyond America’s borders, and our government could bring it home by “treating businesses as friends, not as enemies.” He repeated his comments about truly fair taxation he stated at the National Prayer Breakfast where he talked about truly fair taxation and a low and flat tax system which would punish no one and exempt no one.

Moving on to social issues and religion, Dr. Carson told the convention “We need to resist this war on God. People don’t want to talk about God and don’t dare mention Jesus Christ. What happened to freedom of religion? Freedom of speech? Let’s let everybody believe what they want to believe,” he countered.  ”And that means, P.C. police, don’t you be coming down on people who believe in God and who believe in Jesus.”

“We need to understand that we are not each others’ enemies in this country.  And it is only the political class that derives its power by creating friction.  It is only the media that derives its importance by creating friction… that uses every little thing to create this chasm between people.  This is not who we are.  We have much more in common with other people than we have apart.  And we have to be smart enough to understand that, and we have to live by Godly principles of loving your fellow man, of caring about your neighbor… of developing your God-given talents to the utmost, so you become valuable to the people around you… of having values and principles to guide your life.  And if we do that, not only will we remain a pinnacle nation, but we will truly have one nation – under God – indivisible – with liberty and justice for all.”

#                                  #                              #

An interview follows with biographer Eric Metaxas. It is noted Dr. Carson will be retiring from medicine in 106 days. The surgeon will be 62 years of age soon. Carson says he understands why pilots are asked to retire before they crash planes. He’s asked if he is leaving medicine to get into the political sphere. Carson is amused and says he’s very dedicated to education and asks people to go to his scholarship website…then, who knows? The interviewer muses that Dr. Carson must be getting into politics because he didn’t answer the question. {they laugh}

Dr. Carson came into the national political spotlight after criticizing President Obama and his Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, at a national prayer breakfast attended by the president in February, where Carson delivered a staunch defense of conservative and Christian values. His remarks were completely unexpected by President Obama and the First Lady.

 

Ed.: This article written and reported by Juliana Simone, also appeared on Ameriborn News Network, a CT internet news site taken down in October 2015.

 

 

CPAC 2013: Sarah Palin

 

 

Sarah Palin: CPAC 2013 {photo: hollywoodonthepotomic}
Sarah Palin: CPAC 2013 {photo: hollywoodonthepotomic}

CPAC 2013: Sarah Palin

Written by Juliana Simone

March 16th, 2013

 

National Harbor, MD – When Sarah Palin speaks it’s always an invigorating experience. Full of energy, amusing and insightful, she is a breath of fresh air for convention goers and armchair CPAC attendees who have heard hours of speakers. They’re all noteworthy, but Sarah brings the same wit and wisdom to the podium Reagan did…Peppering speeches with folksy zingers that reel their listeners in only to club them in the head with a glaring point. No one can ultimately compare to the former two term Republican President,  but Palin still emits what the more stalwart presenters don’t – amusing antidotes and observations combined with hard hitting facts.

Taking the stage with a humorous and topical prop, the former Alaska Governor displayed a “Big Gulp” cup, a drink purchase a consumer can buy at a fast food franchise or movie theater. This was in reference to New York Mayor Bloomberg’s recent failed litigation to police the food his constituents could buy for the better of their health when the New York Supreme Court found the mandate nebulous in terms of other sugary drinks that could still be bought like sweetened coffees or milkshakes.  Businesses caught selling these were going to be fined two hundred dollars. “Oh Bloomberg’s not around, our Big Gulps are safe,” she jested.

2008 Republican Vice President Nominee started her speech by saying we can have an adult conversation… She asked, “Remember no drama Obama? Now it’s all drama Obama.”  Palin told the crowd, “We don’t have leadership coming out of Washington – we have reality television! And it’s really bad reality TV and everyone tuned it out a long time ago!”

“The purpose of politics is to lead and serve,” she told her fans. “They talk about building the party – how about rebuilding the GOP,” she asked. “We can’t ignore though that we just lost a big election – came in second – out of two…Second position on the dog sled team is where the view never changes and the view ain’t pretty,” she mused.

“We’re not here to rebrand the Party – we’re here to rebuild a country!”

“We’re not here to dedicate ourselves to new talking points coming from DC. We’re not here to put a fresh coat of rhetorical point on our party…We’re here to restore America, and the rest is just theatrics. The rest is sound and fury. It’s just noise. And that sums up the job President Obama does today.”

She stated eight percent unemployment rate doesn’t begin to capture how bad things are for everyone…and cited our President fancies himself as the champion of the middle class… but median incomes dropped five thousand dollars even while working longer hours. Gov. Palin noted the family budget has too much to maintain from college costs to the price of gas.

Palin reminded people that no budget has been passed for four years and it’s not just bureaucracy bungling – it’s government refusing to declare what they’re going to do with our money. {Editor’s note: For the first time in four years, a budget was just passed at the time of this posting which adds a trillion dollars of new taxes for United States citizens and made no cuts to the special interest groups that were on the list} “Barack Obama promised the most transparent administration ever,” she reminded members. “Barack Obama – you lied!” (Applause)

“No budget is no leadership,” she continued. “Never before have our challenges been so big and our leaders so small…When we were here last year, we wanted to see Barack pack up and go back to Chicago – but Election Day came and went and the campaign never ended…”

“Leaders take risks for the good of our country. Campaigners make promises they can’t keep. Leaders reach across political differences, campaigners double-down on those differences. Leaders seek to bring Americans together to confront our challenges and campaigners seek to divide and to conquer and to orchestrate crisis after crisis after crisis to exploit. Mr. President, we admit it, you won. Accept it. Now step away from the teleprompter and do your job,” she said. (Cheers)

“The permanent political class is in permanent campaign mode,” she sighed with remorse.  “So where do we go from here?  One of my idols, Lady Margaret Thatcher – she offered this advice after her party lost…She told fellow conservatives not to get lost in abstract debates and green eye shade accounting.  Mrs. Thatcher advised conservatives to focus their concern first and foremost on the people.  She said, “Look at every problem from the grassroots – not from the top looking down.”  She also cautioned conservatives not to go wobbly on their beliefs, to which I offer a hearty “Amen, sistah!”  We could use a leader like Maggie Thatcher today! {former England Prime Minister Margaret}.

Palin suggested imagining a leadership that governs for the people by the people…Imagine leadership that guides by the star…the constitution…that respects the second amendment in our constitution…

Addressing the topical amendment, Palin inquired, “More background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Should have started with yours!” (applause) “Any wonder there was such a run on guns and ammo for Christmas? You should see what Todd got me for Christmas,” she revealed… “Well, it was a rack to put in a four wheeler… I had to get him something to put in the rack – so this go around he got the rifle, I got the rack!” (Cheers and laughter)

The 2008 Republican Vice President nominee told college Republicans in the audience she is so proud of them and tells them they are so bold. “My only advice – you’ve got to be thinking Sam Adams – not drinking Sam Adams!” (Applause) “Just a joke,” she says, saying she doesn’t want to get email, etc. from the Adams people or beer drinkers – but advices students to keep up the good work.

Returning to her vision in this communication, Palin articulates, “Imagine leadership that seeks solutions to real violence…End the poison between different groups and electorates by pandering with different issues; there are no Spanish issues or women issues or African American issues – there are only American issues!”

CPAC must share our message of liberty and freedom to all Americans. They’re not our enemies – they’re our neighbors and friends. Let’s grow. “We’ll never win a contest of ‘identity politics’ – no one’s guaranteed success but everyone’s guaranteed an equal opportunity to success.”

Liberal’s greatest lie is bigger government is a way to this success.

Crony capitalism, green energy, free phones, free prophylactics… “If you don’t have a team of lobbyists in D.C. or a canceled contribution check, well, you’re not at the table. You’re on the menu,” she said. “The last thing we need is Washington, D.C. vetting our candidates…If we had one message to send to Washington, it would be this: Get over yourself. It’s not about you.” She went on to say it was about families finding a half million in tuition fees, what mandates are taxes and coming next…

We the people need to break up the cronyism once and for all. Alaska – read your constitution. Those big resources aren’t owned by big conglomerates – they’re owned by us.

“The next election is twenty months away. Now is the time to furlough the consultants and tune out the pollsters, send the focus groups home and toss the political scripts…because if we truly know what we believe, we don’t need professionals to tell us.”

Creating a government by and for the people means funding candidates willing to lead in your communities – someone whose opinion you trust. Don’t let those in the political bubble tell you who’s worthy and who doesn’t fit the bill. “If these experts keep losing elections, keep raking in millions, if they feel that strongly about who should run in this party, they should buck up or stay on the truck…

“The architect(ssssss…),” Palin said dragging out the ‘s’ with affect to not make it a singular reference to Republican consultant Karl Rove who recently outlined how tea party candidates cost the republican party votes, “can head on back to their Lone Star state and put their name on the ballot, though for their sake I hope they give themselves a discount on their consulting fees…”

There’s more common sense in the solders, students, moms and cowboys I’ve ever met…she proclaimed.

The conservative bestselling author asserted that we need a President who is more concerned with finding the money for the White House to stay open for tours for college students then giving a half million dollars of weapons to the Islam brotherhood.

“With the grace of god we will save our country.”  Sarah Palin carries off the Big Gulp to-go cup she holds up to the crowd…(Cheers)

The former Governor of Alaska and Republican Vice President nominee continues to prevail with her words both spoken and written while the mainstream media and democrat caucus continue to dismiss her. As Albert Einstein said, ““Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

 

 

{editor: this post originally appeared on Ameriborn News – an internet news site Juliana Simone contributed to from April 2010 to October 2015}

 

CPAC 2013: David Keene

Written by Juliana Simone

March 16, 2013

InmyvueDavidKeeneyoutubeCpac2013pic
David Keene CPAC 2013

National Harbor, MD – The National Rifle Association, President David A. Keene, opened his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference on the third day of the event, by saying he was not going to speak about the second amendment. Keene elected to use his time to talk about the GOP divide. “The Republican Party’s been left for dead many times but it’s always managed to come back,” he said.

The former American Conservative Chairman, who held the seat from 1984 to 2011, or over a quarter century, used his experience and expertise to review the Republican Party, past and present.

Under Nixon, he recollected, there was a project known as “Operation Switch.” This plan involved getting Republican elected officials to get Democrats to switch parties. A Republican leader he knew said to him, “we don’t want those people in our Party – they’ll change our policies.” Keene told the audience that he may have been right, because that legislator lost his seat soon afterwards.

Under Reagan, who got here under Goldwater {the former five term U.S. Senator from Arizona who was the Republican Party’s nominee for President in 1964 and was an advocate for conservatism} and was originally a registered Democrat before becoming a staunch Republican, reminded his colleagues that they needed to accept the fact that when new people come in, they want a voice. Keene said the Party didn’t welcome those either.

Evangelicals came in next, and many today are part of the new/old Republican establishment, Keene observed. The Party didn’t want them. When fully 50% of all votes counted in a Republican primary were cast by people under thirty, the Party didn’t want them. Now, Rand Paul, who became a hero to many, {referring to his recent filibuster on the Senate floor where the Kentucky legislator spoke for thirteen hours in protest to President Obama’s choice to head the CIA} the Party says we don’t want him, regardless of the many young people who support him.

“Establishments grow or die…bring people in or drive people out,” Keene continued. “Our movement is based on ideals and principles…if the Republican Party has exclusion policies, they won’t win and will look back at their glory days.”

The Chairman recalled when Ronald Reagan came to CPAC, but emphasized Reagan and Goldwater didn’t start the conservative movement; writers like William F. Buckley, Milton Friedman and George Stigler did with their publications, along with groups like the Philadelphia Society.

The Eisenhower/Taft war for the Party’s nomination for President also showed the divide within the Party historically, Keene mentioned, and when Dwight Eisenhower won, Taft withdrew his name after speaking negatively about Eisenhower’s win. {Taft was quoted as saying after his loss, “Every Republican candidate for President since 1936 has been nominated by the Chase National Bank.”}

Keene explained further that Goldwater’s book, {published in 1960} “Conscience of a Conservative” made him a hero overnight. “Eisenhower produced Phyllis Schlafly and Goldwater produced Ron Reagan.”

In remembering President Reagan, Keene said Ronald Reagan brought an optimism to the Conservative Party…he had the ability and true belief…he knew we were right and they were wrong; our ideas work and there’s don’t; and he had faith in the common sense of Americans. The course he charted for us brings us to political gains and achievements.

Keene mentions Bill Kristol {founder of The Weekly Standard} and how it’s believed the only reason to be in politics is to gain power. “Wrong,” states Keene, highlighting that “we’re involved because we care…and they’re wrong and we’re right…”

In addressing the present, David Keene suggested to his fellow conservatives, “what we need to do is look at how effectively we communicate our values to those who aren’t as obsessed with politics as we are.”

He spoke about successful political movements and how they start out by electoral wins with good communication. Talking about opponents, he said, “their road is going to lead us somewhere we don’t want to go…our job is to show them this…we’ve done this before and can do it again.” Talking about his fellow conservatives, he said, “We conservatives have our differences. We’re a fractious bunch…we’ve never walked in lockstep and never will – it would be boring if we did.”

Following his observations today, Keene felt a Party that can do this will survive, grow and win, and noted it’s why we strive not to change their appeal. “Freedom is always a better alternative to slavery,” Keene said in parting.

CPAC 2013: Rick Santorum

Written by Juliana Simone

Rick-Santorum-CPAC-2013-Facebookphotocharismanews
Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum CPAC 2013 (photo:charismanews.com)

National Harbor, MD – Republican Presidential candidate 2012 and former veteran Pennsylvania Senator and Congressman Rick Santorum addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday. The articulate legislator who often uses spiritual and historic references in his well-versed speeches told his fellow conservatives “he who has a why to live for can bear almost how.”

Speaking about lower income Americans who are suffering today, he asked if they were worse off than those of the same status one hundred to two hundred years ago. He recognized the old adage without one’s health you’re nothing, but pointed out that healthy or not people on this tier are far better off today than centuries ago due to government assistance and modern advancements.

Regardless, Santorum told the room on culture leadership has robbed them of the why today. He asked, “What is the why of America? What is the American dream?” He told patrons we’re not about ethnicity and we’re all hyphenated in terms of our lineage – Italian-American; Irish-American; African-American. The conservative former Senator surmised it is the Declaration of Independence that brought us together and gave America our soul – “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

He continued observing that God is mentioned four times in the Declaration of Independence and noted we are the only country in the world whose government was not formed from a sovereign, a King or a legislature. Santorum said in essence, America is a moral enterprise and focused on the human dignity of every person.

Talking about the Democrat Party, the expert law maker noticed the left can always provide “more stuff” through government programs that are paid for with someone else’s money. He said with concern if all we do is offer people a way to get more stuff than we lose and that to gain sometimes meanings losing soul.

“President Obama says he wants to transform America,” Santorum proclaimed. He sneered “leave it to Obama to see himself in such a grandiose way…But, America’s been transforming itself for hundreds of years…he just wants to close the deal.”

Going back into history, Rick Santorum spoke about the French Revolution which followed the American Revolution and how French officer Lafayette wanted to mirror our Forefathers vision for his own country carrying two picture frames with him – one with the Declaration of Independence and one empty with the hope to hold a similar document that would leave something great for the future of France. Lafayette died with the frame empty. Why? Because the French Revolution, though it sounded like us, was not… They replaced a sovereign King with a sovereign mob, Santorum explained, which led to the guillotine and Bonaparte.

The principled conservative leader went on to say that a society that is Godless is without faith – specifically anti-cleric/anti-God – they then believe the Government is the one who cares for us. “This is the President’s New Deal!” Santorum declared. “Give us more power and we’ll take care of you.”

Santorum asks his fellow conservatives how to make a difference. He said he’s done his part. (cheers) He talks about starting his organization “Patriots Voices” and about the film he’ll be presenting to attendees later that day at the convention.

He asked listeners how did we win? How did we win the American Revolution? Because we had bigger guns? Better uniforms? No, because we had the passion. He said the left lives every day to transform us. Talking about Americans today, Santorum said we go about everyday living our lives. We don’t have the passion they do (the left).

“The Founders said the greatest threat to freedom was time,” the Republican Presidential candidate reminded supporters. Their greatest fear was we would lose that revolutionary fervor –  that passion for truth. Senator Santorum said he was out today with his wife Karen because they’re not going to let that happen.

“Don’t look to Washington D.C. to solve this problem. I served sixteen years in the Congress – and there are very few leaders and lots of followers…you’ll be disappointed. The answer is here.” Quoting English author G.K. Chesterton, Santorum asked “what’s wrong with the world? I am.” “We’re part of the problem,” he surmised, urging followers to rededicate themselves to our churches, families, communities and schools.

He told convention goers we have to help those who need it; they don’t want government money – they want your money; not because they want your cash – but because they want what comes with it…your caring.

He pontificated on what’s hailed as America’s ‘greatest generation’ and wondered how this could be for a variety of reasons in terms of argument when for one example people watched Britain get bombed during World War II and just hoped things would get better…

In closing, Rick Santorum asked people to join him on “Patriot Voices” and to text or email him. He asked people to commit themselves to being the next great generation and WE will be the ones who saved America and preserved the next great hope for the world.

CPAC 2013: Jeb Bush – Reagan Dinner Speech

 

 

JebBushcpac2013USAtoday
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush CPAC 2013 (photo:USA Today)

Written by Juliana Simone

 

March 15, 2013

National Harbor, MD – Delivering the Reagan Dinner speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday night, the former Florida Governor Jeb Bush presented some viewpoints that would have contradicted those held by his brother, the beloved former President of the United States, George W. Bush (43), as well as perhaps his father, George H.W. Bush (41). These perspectives would include the continued need for more government which is a true faux pas to not only the conservative base, but Reagan himself who always stood for smaller government. Speaking very fast, listeners had to be challenged to absorb every remark.

 

Bush started off by outlining some common pro-American growth goals shared by the Republican Party such as drilling for oil in the U.S. to make America an energy leader, increasing food production to become the Saudi Arabia of food resources in the world and bringing back manufacturing jobs from China by allowing U.S. made robots to do precision work at a faster and less costly rate. He listed a few future visions for robots including driverless cars that will make deliveries without getting lost or having accidents, car designs built by computers and 3-D imaging that are indeed impressive in terms of modern technology but where that leaves humans who used to do these jobs he didn’t say.

 

The potential future Republican Presidential nominee perhaps didn’t properly consider what arm of the Party he was addressing when half of his speech consisted of moderate remarks that echoed those of his similar minded colleagues when it comes to future strategies on how to rebuild the party going forward after losing the Presidential race and failing to regain the Senate in 2012.

 

The tug between Tea Party conservatives and establishment insiders still continues with both sides finding the other wrong in their vision and at fault for election losses. As much as insiders wince at extreme social positioning by the far right, conservatives bristle at the watered down strategies of the moderates who continue to argue they need to move more to the left to appeal to today’s voters by remaining more in the center.

 

Conservatives feel sounding more like Democrats concedes to the left’s agenda and keeps Republican voters at home. Moderates believe demanding stringent moral values today on a more liberal electorate made up of a whole different demographic from decades ago will make Republicans less and less electable. The right wing of the GOP asks if our candidates are going to sound just like Democrats why not simply vote for the Democrat? The moderate wing of the GOP asks if our candidates don’t become more equal on the issues with the liberal views of the Democrats voters, how won’t Republican legislators become more and more in the minority?

 

To illustrate Bush’s moderate thinking, he told CPAC diners that Republicans have lost five of the six popular votes in the elections because, “We’re associated with being anti-everything. Way too many people believe that Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker. Many voters are simply unwilling to choose our candidates because those voters feel unloved, unwanted, and unwelcome in our party.” He said never again can the Republican Party write off whole segments because we feel we have the right ideals.

 

Conservatives would counter this part of his speech with the fact that since they are all ardent Constitutionalists, they believe more than any group in inclusiveness and freedom for all as long as the laws of our country are followed. They also believe it is how the liberal mainstream media en masse portrays them as being exactly the opposite of who they are as why the public views them in this negative preconceived notion.

 

In excerpts both sides of the Republican Party would have to agree, he continued saying greater personal freedoms and opportunity should be available to everyone. We need to be the party of inclusion and acceptance; it’s our heritage and our future and we need to couch our efforts in those terms. Bush told viewers that “real relationships take time to grow.” He stressed they did not grow from Facebook or Twitter. “We used to be the Party that understood personal connections….and that they mattered; we need to do that again.”

 

How the economy effects voters attitudes, Bush observed “if you’re fortunate enough to count yourself among the privileged than you should know everyone else is drowning.” He continued surmising the liberals have channeled the anger and frustration from this oppressive dynamic to attack the very idea of success itself. The former Florida Governor reflected on success as something good and said, “Innovation should be the by-product of achievement.” He believes everyone has the right to rise.

 

Concluding his speech he listed four points he sees as a necessity for the Republican Party and America to be strong again:

 

One: Reestablish the idea of success is a good thing. Success needs to be cool again…success isn’t about taking but creating.

 

Two: Equip every child with the best tools to rise. He reminded members that we spend more per student than any country in the world only to rank further down the list in test grades than other countries, and projected some child being born will build the next “Watson” (a computer he detailed earlier in his speech who became well-known on the show “Jeopardy” and now gives medical diagnosis at hospitals like Sloan Kettering.) – and that a hundred children could have done the same thing but are being squandered in our schools. “We are squandering American’s greatest resource…the greatest waste of human potential,” he said in reference to American’s youth adding we need a system that rewards improvement and excellence.

 

Three: A government that allows small businesses to rise and large companies to fail. Government should have a level playing field – not just pick the winners and losers.

 

Four: The conservative movement has a political realm and a social realm. “The government should fill pot holes; it’s our individual duty to fill holes in the human heart.” Jeb Bush told the CPAC crowd all of us should help our neighbors and mentor our children and that this is immensely more powerful than a thousand government programs.

 

 

Ed.: This article written and reported by Juliana Simone, also appeared on Ameriborn News Network, a CT internet news site taken down in October 2015.

 

 

 

 

Memorial Service for Andrew J. Pape

 

Andrew J. Pape - Vice President, Republican American newspaper
Andrew J. Pape – Vice President, Republican American newspaper

Written by Juliana Simone

November 12th, 2012

Waterbury, CT – At eleven this morning at the St. John’s Episcopal Church, a memorial service was held to honor the memory of Andrew J. Pape, 46, for family, friends, colleagues and those wishing to show their respect to the Pape family. There was such an enormous turnout there was standing room only in both the back areas of the church as well as in the balconies.

Andrew’s father William J. Pape II is well known throughout the state and the world of journalism as the publisher of the renowned newspaper “The Republican-American.” Connecticut locals call the paper ‘The Waterbury Republican.’

The name “Republican-American” came from merging two newspapers in the 1990’s, “the American” and “the Republican” by their owner, William J. Pape. Founded and still run by the Pape family and a holding company, “American-Republican, Inc.” William J. Pape II now serves as the paper’s CEO.

Andrew Pape was born in Waterbury in 1966 on February 13th to his father William and mother Patricia Moran Pape. He was raised in the scenic town of Middlebury in Litchfield County along with his brother, William B. Pape. Andrew graduated from Connecticut’s Suffield Academy before choosing to attend college in New Orleans, where he earned a degree from Tulane University. He returned to Connecticut for both his family business and to be with his future wife, Christine Pattillo, whom he met while attending Suffield.

Within the Pape’s American-Republican, Incorporated, Andrew was happy to serve as both Vice President and assistant treasurer. At the “Republican-American” Andrew was the Director of Operations.

Besides being energetic at his work, Andrew Pape was an avid sailor and participated in leadership positions at many community clubs such as the Madison Beach Club, The Mattituck Museum, the former Waterbury Club, the Anderson Boys Club, as well as the National Rifle Association.

The lovely Memorial Service included the King James Version of Psalms 23; The Apostle’s Creed; Hymn 208 “Alleluia! The strife is o’er”; Hymn 597 “O day of peace”; Hymn 671 “Amazing Grace” and Gospel Lesson John 14:1-6. First Lesson Isaiah 25.6-9 was read by Richard Pape.

Remembrances were given by Andrew’s brother Will Pape, daughter Alexandra Pape and friends Dick Grant and Peter Gersky. Will Pape remembered the things that made his brother special; Alexandra recited a poem she created for her father that placed him in Italy; Dick and Peter reminisced about how kind Andrew was and quick to assist those in need as well as point out how much he loved his wife and children. There were also some amusing antidotes for levity that were shared with worshipers and gatherers. All speakers agreed Andrew was already missed.

Homily was delivered by a female minister who was once the Chaplin at Suffield Academy. Communion was offered to those in attendance who wished to receive it which was the majority. Because of the amount of people who came to pay tribute to Andrew and the Pape and Pattillo families, the Holy Eucharist was given from a few stations.

At the end of the Memorial Service, the Pape’s stood outside to receive guests. Waterbury’s State Representative Selim Noujaim was in attendance as well as Senator Rob Kane. A reception was held at the Mattituck Museum held by Andrew’s wife Chrissie and the Pape family. Donations in memory of Andrew Jamieson Pape can be made at the family’s request to Suffield Academy.

Clint Eastwood – Academy Award Winning Actor and Director Takes the Podium as a Surprise Guest

Tampa, Florida

CLINTANDCHAIRRNC2012
Actor/Director Clint Eastwood RNC 2012

At the Republican National Convention in 2012, the crowd cheers when seeing the famous actor and director take the stage:  “We love Clint! We love Clint! We love Clint!” Appreciative, he tells members to “Save some for Mitt.”  Talking to viewers he says, I know what you’re thinking – what’s a movie tradesman doing here – they’re all left of Lenin…Truth is there are plenty of conservatives and moderates…I saw John Voight here in town. Nodding to an empty chair now pulled up next to the lectern, Clint says he has President Obama sitting here and he’s just going to ask him a couple of questions.

I remember 3 years ago (in reference to a celebrity gathering in CA)  I wasn’t a big supporter and I was watching him talk about ‘hope and change’ and  ‘yes, we can’ and I thought this was great – Oprah was crying and I thought this was great, and I was even crying – I haven’t cried that hard until I found out there were 23 million unemployed people in this nation…and this administration hasn’t done enough to do anything about that, and I think that it’s time possibly for someone else to come along and solve the problem…

So Mr. President, how do you handle this? People in your own party were disappointed when you didn’t close Gitmo? I thought why close Gitmo when we spent so much money on it? (He speaks to the empty chair) I thought it was because someone wanted to try terrorists in NYC. I’ll give you credit you got rid of that….You didn’t like Iraq but were ok with Afghanistan but you didn’t think to ask Russia how they did this for ten years….(laughs)…you did mention a target date and I thought why not bring them home tomorrow morning….

What? What do you want me to tell Romney? (he says to the chair) He can’t do that to himself…you’re absolutely crazy… (laughs)…you’re getting as bad as Biden….Of course we all know Biden is the intellect of the Democrat party…kind of a grin with a body behind it…there’s so much to be done…I thought Romney and Ryan are two guys who came along…and I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to be president….arguing this…seeing both sides…devil’s advocates….

I think it may be time for a businessman, how about that? A stellar businessman….quote, unquote….I think if you just kind of stepped aside….let Romney take over…you can still use the plane but maybe a smaller one….not that big gas guzzler you take to talk to students about student loans…what? No, I’m sorry I can’t do that to myself either….

I have to say something, you, we own this country….we own it and it’s not you owning it or politicians owning it – politicians are employees of ours – they’re just going to come around every few years and beg for votes…I just think it’s important you’re the best – whether you’re a Democrat, or a Republican or a libertarian and when someone doesn’t do the job you’ve got to let them go….

(Crowd: Let them go! Let them go! Let them go!) Clint: Ok, just remember that – we don’t have to be mental masochists and vote for someone we don’t want in office – or maybe not so nice guys if you look at some of the recent ads out there…okay, make my day….I’ll start it you finish it “go ahead….” Crowd: MAKE MY DAY!

Archives: Donovan’s Dilemma Changes Race for Republican Candidates if Esty Wins

July 27, 2012

Written by Juliana Simone

The bad news keeps coming for Congressional Fifth District Democrat candidate state House Speaker Christopher Donovan.  With more federal arrests yesterday taking in six other people for illegal campaign fundraising, after the initial arrest of Donovan’s former campaign finance director, Robert Braddock, Jr. in May, now charged a second time, the FBI is still continuing its investigation. Though some political pundits and rival candidates made statements after Braddock’s arrest that Donovan should drop out of the race, Donovan held fast and said he would be continuing his bid for Congress. He even hired someone to investigate Braddock’s activities to show he knew nothing about them.

Thursday afternoon after the news broke, Donovan briefly appeared before press at the Capitol reading a statement that proclaimed his innocence but he refused to take questions when finished. With Thursday’s arrests, the party endorsed candidate becomes even less likely to be the right choice on August 14th’s primary day, for both voters and Democrat leaders.

This is both good news and bad news for the four Republican candidates competing for the spot on the November ballot. It’s good news if the perceived front runner has to drop out due to scandal, but its bad news because there go all those easy talking points in debates and television ads. Files with anti-Donovan material in them have been sitting in rival campaign computers for months, and with the possibility of his departure, all of that good stuff will have to be tossed. Pre-printed campaign literature will have to head for dumpsters.

Donovan, known for his union ties was an easy target for more fiscal and business oriented Republicans. Connecticut’s stagnant economy has made more and more voters take notice of the effect the untouchable unions have in our state and how it affects them as taxpayers. Add corruption to Donovan, and he is a very flawed candidate in November if he remains on the ballot, which is clearly beneficial for whichever Republican becomes his challenger.

What’s bad for Republicans, is if Elizabeth Esty wins the nomination on Primary Day. Her being the congressional candidate in November would make this a very different race. She will be much harder to beat for many reasons. She is a moderate Democrat, something more difficult to find these days in Washington and more so in Connecticut, as the states’ democrat majority continues to push them out. If Connecticut does have to remain “blue” she would be a refreshing addition to the five democrat held congressional seats in Washington, as a second female who couldn’t be more in contrast with the only woman serving Connecticut in congress right now, Rosa DeLauro, who is extremely left wing.

Elizabeth Esty served in the state legislature as a state representative and therefore is familiar with the legislative process and has been elected by voters before. She earned a reputation in the Connecticut General Assembly as a deficit hawk, voting against the budget and holding her party leaders accountable for over spending. She even took a 10% pay cut to help save taxpayers money. She also fought hard on education bills.

 An attorney, she is well educated and holds two degrees – one from Harvard and a law degree from Yale.  As a mother of three, the Cheshire resident, has always been active in her church, schools and many other community organizations. She has likeability and political connections that help get legislation passed.

If I were a democrat voting on August 14th, I would vote for Elizabeth Esty. I’m saying this before the Donovan campaign arrests. Donovan is someone I could never even fathom voting for nor could ever envision serving in Washington. A third democrat candidate, Dan Roberti, is new to voters but has connections through his father, a lobbyist in Washington who has helped him raise special interest money. He needs to do more before seeking high office.

Esty’s main goals as a congressional candidate are to help small business, bring back manufacturing and to create jobs. This is a democrat? These goals sound like the objectives listed on all the Republican mailers and promised during their campaign commercials. That’s what a moderate or blue dog democrat is – and why they are badly missed in both our state and in Washington. They are needed legislators who don’t vote 97% of the time with their caucus but vote across the aisle when it is the best plan proposed and will serve their constituents for the better good.

Not a social conservative, she is pro-choice and does support gay marriage. But the last female Republican and fifth district congresswoman Nancy Johnson and Governor Rell supported these personal choices, as well, as do many other Republicans and unaffiliated. It’s tough to say the majority of Connecticut voters feel differently. Even the women who agree abortion is bad, still believe there need to be pro-choice laws in place for a variety of reasons.

Many candidates and elected officials who support these views legislatively, often live very conservative lives themselves – going to church every Sunday, remaining married to their original spouse for decades, raising children, going to their kids school games, PTO meetings and town budget hearings. As a writer for Ameriborn News whose covered candidates and campaigns over the years, it’s interesting that those who oppose these things and are running as conservatives, or profess to be conservative, do not themselves engage in these traditional conservative actions or haven’t always.

Lastly, another big factor in political campaigns today, Esty’s campaign has money. A million and a half dollars – and most importantly, almost all of it is from individual donations at 96.09%. Just under $25, 000. is from PAC money compared to Donovan who has around $260, 000. in PAC money according to filings shown www.fec.gov . His campaign filing shows just over a million dollars raised, with 76.07% from individuals, but his donations are part of the FBI investigation under way.

Republican fifth congressional candidate Justin Bernier, with around $700,000. is comparable to Esty with about $27,000. in PAC money. State Senator Andrew Roraback (R-30), the party endorsed candidate, has raised over a half million dollars almost solely from individual contributions at the highest percentage of all fifth congressional candidates at 99.52%. He has received only $2,600. in PAC money. The republican candidate with the most campaign money that is equal to Esty’s, Mark Greenberg, is mostly self-funded with 84.04% in personal income invested.  Roberti and Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley each have just over a million like Donovan, with Roberti showing 96.89% and Wilson Foley, another self-funded candidate, at 47.07% in individual donations.

For political insiders, reporters and enthusiasts who regularly read the FEC. GOV quarterly filings, one of the most impressive things about Esty’s contributions is she has 111 pages of them. Donovan has 79 shown. Roberti 44. Republican’s list between a dozen and just over three dozen (Bernier).

With state legislative experience, a remarkable education and career, conservative home life, and the ability to raise an impressive amount of money from individual contributions, Esty will be a much more formidable candidate for whomever Republican’s choose to be their candidate on August 14th come Election Day. Donovan’s on-going campaign finance dilemma leaves him open for constant criticism by the press and the Republican Party, making a loss in November more likely and a win a possible embarrassment down the line for the Connecticut Democrats and constituents. Esty’s win on Primary Day gives Republicans a real challenge and a win on Election Day the best it can be if it is to be a democrat held seat once again.

 

Commentary and Rhetoric from Politics to Entertainment