Grassroots Activists Turned Away at the RNC

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Jason Pye of United Liberty describes the events that took place the morning of April 15th, 2013 as  more than fifty grassroots conservative activists were denied access to the RNC. We were merely seeking to deliver an open letter detailing our grievances with the RNC’s changing of the rules last year, and a petition with over 12,000 signatures demanding they be overturned. For nearly an hour we were locked out. Finally, Director of Communications for FreedomWorks, Jackie Bodnar was allowed inside with the documents. 

After an nearly a half-hour of standing outside the RNC, Bodnar laid the letter and the petitions at the door. There was eventually some indication that the RNC would send someone down, but they were taking their time in getting to the people who work the ground every election year. As they waited, more and more activists signed the open letter to Priebus.

As time continued to passed, Bodnar again talked to those inside. “Just so you know, this is the grassroots calling and you’re not picking up,” Bodnar said. “So when you wonder where we are, it’s because you locked us out. This all we want to deliver — it’s just an open letter and a petition.”
After a few more minutes, she was eventually allowed to meet with a representative from the RNC who told her that they would be willing to meet if she made an appointment.

Read the full article here at United Liberty

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Sanford Wins GOP Run-Off in SC 1st District, Faces Colbert Busch in May

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My latest on Mark Sanford’s winning the GOP primary run-off last night and what to expect in the general election.

Around 8:30 pm eastern time last night, MSNBC declared former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford as the winner of the GOP primary run-off in the state’s 1st District over former city council member Curtis Bostic.

Sanford will now face Democratic nominee and sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the general election on May 7th. Early polling has indicated a close race between the two with perhaps a slight edge going to Colbert Busch.

It’s too early to be sure however if her apparent support is merely the result of celebrity by proxy or her message is truly resonating with voters in the 1st District.

Though running as a Democrat it’s obvious she’s aware of the electorate in the area. The 1st district hasn’t sent a Democrat to Congress since before 1980 and Colbert Busch appears to be reaching out to conservative voters in hopes of changing this trend.

Read the full article here at United Liberty.

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GOP’s Learning Problem And Why It Will Continue to Lose

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Aaron Rainwater, Special Programs and Operations Executive at The Atlas Society analyzes why the GOP has become a losing team and what they must do to win again.

“If the GOP wants to avoid another embarrassing presidential defeat, they will need to not only adopt a unifying message similar to the one Ron Paul brought to the table, but also take a few pages out of Obama’s voter mobilization playbook, specifically the chapter on early and absentee voting…

…Message is important, and it’s certainly what this author looks for when choosing a party or candidate to support. The GOP should, unquestionably, take that seriously if it wants to avoid being swept into the historical dustbin. However, having the right message is not, by itself, enough to win. If conservatives, libertarians, and anyone in between plan to reclaim the American government, they need to get their strategic and tactical game in order–and they need to do it now or prepare to keep losing.”

Read the rest of the article here at The Humble Libertarian

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The Potential of Rand Paul

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Here is my debut article at United Liberty. As conservatives, independents and libertarians we must focus on the issues where we agree and work together to shrink government, lower taxes and spending and increase individual freedom. The new leaders of the GOP like Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee as well as Representatives Justin Amash and Thomas Massie are helping to move our movement in that direction. Here’s my latest article on why I think Senator Paul is leading the way.

“The constitutional conservatism Paul represents provides answers to key questions the GOP’s been asking since November: First how do we appeal to more voters without sacrificing our values? And more importantly, what are those values?

Paul’s solution to these questions is simple: follow the Constitution. Said Paul,

“The Constitution must be our guide. For Republicans to win nationally, we must stand for something. We must stand on principle. We must stand for something so powerful and so popular that it brings together people from the left and the right and the middle.”

By urging a return to constitutional principles Paul has not only created a chance for Republicans to garner votes from across the politcal spectrum, but has charted a course for the party to actually be conservative once again.”

Read the full article here at United Liberty

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What Is A Conservative Individualist?

As a Christian I believe that every human life is sacred and that God has designed a purpose for each of us as an individual. As a conservative, my aim is to preserve the traditions of our American heritage that emphasize this point. Unfortunately, for several years now the term conservative has been construed to mean a vision of society as a collective rather than as free individuals. What was meant to be a society that cherished Christian and traditional values such as hard work and productivity, individual freedom, personal responsibility and humility, has been twisted to convey that the virtues of charity, compassion, community, humility and generosity must be forced upon society for its own good.

The debates between the two major parties concerning public policy haven’t been debates at all.  For the most part the leadership of both parties accepts the notion that whatever dilemma or moral crises has arisen, government simply must do something. For all of their rhetoric condemning unconstitutional government and reckless spending by the President and his party, the GOP leadership is hardly in a position to cast the first stone.

From the economy to social issues, Americans must once again understand the principle that virtue cannot be coerced but can only exist in a state of free will.

Christians in particular should take this to heart as our Lord and Savior, though being wholly God and wholly man never forced anyone to follow Him. Why? Because repentance and humility like all virtues are a matter of individual conscience and require the ability to choose.

This does not mean as conservatives, Christians or traditionalists that we must sit idly by as our leaders and society drift from our founding principles but to the contrary it demands that we take action to educate and to change the ideas that have brought us to bankruptcy, statism, greed, corruption and immorality. The question is how should this battle be fought? It should be waged by persuasion, activism and living by example.

Our traditions and values cannot be saved by the whims of politicians and bureaucrats-this is something any conservative worth his salt has always understood. Instead individuals in homes, churches, and communities should strive to hold our “leaders’” feet to the fire whether they be at the local, state or federal level.

Our Constitution mandates that government act to serve the people, not to command them or dictate their lives. To restore our constitutional republic that cherishes individual freedom, property rights, free trade and personal responsibility, conservatives must once again embrace the truism that power (no matter how well-intended) tends to corrupt and that absolute power corrupts absolutely; thus government must be as decentralized and as local as possible so that individuals retain the rights to hold government accountable and to pursue virtue and excellence as they see fit.

As Christians we must heed Samuel’s warning in 1 Samuel 8 of the inherent corruption and tyranny that befalls governments and take C.S. Lewis’s  admonition to heart:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

It’s imperative that the individualism that gave birth to this country be reignited; not as an attempt to be selfish, uncaring or hedonistic but just the opposite. If we truly value virtue and seek to honor God, we must first understand that only the individual thinks and thus only the individual acts. In light of this, we must recognize that using government to dictate the economic or personal liberties of individuals is not a testament to our faith in God or our virtues as a nation, but a testament to our lack of them as we seek to supplant the sincere for the superficial.

The conservative and the Christian seek to maintain and promote traditional values. The individualist understands that only by way of individual conscience and example can such values be preserved with any sincerity. It’s time these principles were reunited.

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