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"..........Liberals were offended by [Ronald Reagan's] brand of moral absolutism, It was a direct confrontation of communism; and his conviction that communism was a form of modern-day slavery was at the core of his vision. It is the best example of how Reagan's faith and political philosophy drove the words he spoke according to Richard Wirthlin, his long time friend and advisor.

Tax cuts, limited government, personal retirement accounts, freedom from communism...each of these policy positions taken by Ronald Reagan speaks to his philosophy but also to his optimism. And that brings me to favorite stories.

One of them I will share with you, I heard President Reagan tell and re-tell many times...and so perhaps have you. But we will always enjoy hearing it as much as he enjoyed the telling of it, I am certain.

"The parents of two brothers ndash; one an incurable pessimist and the other an incurable optimist..; took their sons to see a doctor in the hopes of curing the boys of their respective conditions. The physician started with the young pessimist. He took the boy into a room brimming with a mountain of new toys. "These are all yours," the doctor said. Immediately, the young pessimist burst into tears. "What's wrong?" His parents asked. "If I play with the toys, "the boy sobbed, "surely they will all break and be ruined."

Next, the doctor tried his hand with the young optimist. Instead of toys, the doctor took his patient into a room filled with a mountain of horse dung. "This is for you." The doctor told him. With that, the boy smiled, so wide he could have eaten a banana sideways. Excited, he raced to the top of the mountain of manure, where, with his bare hands, he began digging into the pungent heap. Baffled, the doctor and the parents looked at one another quizzically, "Son," the father asked." What in heaven's name do you think you're doing?"

"Well, the boy replied, with all this horse dung, I figure there's got to be a pony in there somewhere!" [end]

Maybe this story helps to explain Ronald Reagan. He believed that Americans could achieve whatever they put their minds too and he intended to have optimism rule during his presidency.......... Source

1 posted on 11/24/2012 12:38:28 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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>> The Democrats’ Big Problem

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Not to forgot God, the Constitution, and me.


2 posted on 11/24/2012 12:41:17 AM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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The establishment may control the presidential race, but the tea party and Palin are players in the down ticket races.

Here we go with 2014.


3 posted on 11/24/2012 12:43:05 AM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer’s successful run in Nebraska)
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I love these encouraging analyses, but I can’t help feeling in the pit of my stomach that somehow the GOP will screw up.

Again.


4 posted on 11/24/2012 12:44:23 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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Two men are standing on the deck of the Titanic watching it sink beneath the waves. The first man turns to the second and says “This has been a really lousy trip. I hope we get a new captain in New York.”

Two Republicans are watching the 2012 elections. The first turns to the second and says “I hope we can in 2014.”


5 posted on 11/24/2012 12:47:16 AM PST by Tzimisce (What do you do when every every branch of the government is corrupt and aligned against you?)
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Hes a dreamer.... voting is over...... OVER.....


7 posted on 11/24/2012 2:01:24 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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Before we lose the election of 2014 we ought to consider how to conduct ourselves in the meantime. We have the House of Representatives and we have a filibuster sufficiency in the Senate. Those are potent forces. To understand how potent the forces can be consider the situation reversed with the Democrats out of the White House and in charge of the House of Representatives and filibustering in the Senate.

Of course, the media would not be writing stories about how the Republicans must compromise their views or face extinction, they would be writing stories about the absence of a presidential mandate and the need for the president to accommodate the real voice of the people as expressed by the House of Representatives. More to the point, Republican officeholders would not be sniping at other Republicans, they would they be breaking their written oaths concerning taxes, they would not, in short, be negotiating against themselves. But that is precisely what Republicans are doing today. Why?

The Stockholm syndrome? The understandable human need not to be beaten up by the media? Or, most likely, a lack of commitment to a set of conservative values. We conservatives, especially those who rise to the rank of elected office as Republicans, betray a lack of confidence in the virtue of conservative principles. We are apologizing before we even begin negotiating.

Politicians are easy to blame but they are really only mirrors of our own souls. The answer is not to turn our face from the process righteously and indignantly claiming the politicians screw us and therefore the system sucks, the answer is to do what the left does, build political forces that force the politicians to behave the way we want them to. Nor should we stop there, we should build forces which intimidate the media into reporting the news the way we want it seen and heard. It is time to start outing reporters and television personalities for their adulteries, their hypocritical closet homosexuality, their gambling, their excessive drinking, their illicit drug use, their tax cheating. Put the fear of God in them.

It is time to expand the concept of the Tea Party beyond applications only to economic issues, but to bring to play an emotional drive of the entire conservative electorate across the whole spectrum of issues. If the Tea Party wants to remain configured as an economic lobby group only, let us hear from an aggressive gun group, pro-life group, pro-traditional marriage group. If politicians are afraid to steal our guns it is not because they have come into a state of enlightenment, rather it is because, as Ronald Reagan said, "if they do not see the light make them feel the heat." Even the left, at least up until this election, has been intimidated by the NRA.

We have social media and the entire spectrum of new media with which to organize and broadcast these values. Mix a little sex in and you will get coverage by traditional media. If there can be gorilla marketing there can also be guerrilla politicking.

Never again should we let the other side define us in an election, never again let them steal the march. The campaign for the next election begins today and that begins with governing. Guerrilla politicking begins with unelected conservatives forcing elected Republicans to toe the line. I am advocating a full-court press now until the next election, full-court means multifaceted as well as end-to-end. At the cost of being called obstructionist, we will finally force our issues to be litigated. We have never really won the mushy middle anyway, we would not be sacrificing much for great gain.


8 posted on 11/24/2012 2:11:49 AM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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In a somewhat similar analogy, Dem voters keep electing nitwits like Obama hoping they'll get a pony i.e. manna from heaven or a mountain of money from American taxpayers. I detected many notes of frustration from the various hands-outstretched ethnic groups in the last four years who were puzzled by the failure of the Obama admin to cure their material goodies problem in relation to the evil 1% who got to the mountain of goodies before they did. "Where is our mountain of goodies?" cry the aggrieved Obamatons. When is Obama going to take all the goodies from the undeserving rich and give it to them?

So Obama, not delivering in his first four years, now has to try to satisfy the angry mob who expected him to fleece the wealthy and shower gold down upon the mob. It didn't happen in the last four years, and chances are strong that it won't happen the next four years. But not from lack of trying by the Obama admin. Nevertheless, chances are high that four years from the unhappy and perpetually demanding takers will be just as unhappy and demanding. Will they still vote for the party that is represented by a mountain of fecal matter hoping there's finally a pony underneath? Millions of them will still keep on voting for the Dems. But I'll bet millions more will come to their senses and realize there's no such thing as a free lunch.

12 posted on 11/24/2012 2:48:05 AM PST by driftless2
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[Articles] .....That translates in 2014 into gains, and very likely gains which will translate into a Republican Senate majority.

People told us that this time. So where's our Senate majority? We had 20 vulnerable Dems up for relection, and instead they posted gains at our expense.

And they gained five House seats (or more d/o appeals and challenges and recounts yet to come).

So .... what happened?

15 posted on 11/24/2012 2:58:40 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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[Article] ...these Republican governors are showing a lot of fight on issues like medical exchanges on ObamaCare....

Like Florida, where RiNO officials have already run up the white flag and requested a meeting with the execrable Sebelius so they can kiss her backside and grovel before an anointed herm of The Won?

Look, the GOP is under orders from the Chamber types to surrender on Obamacare so they can dump their employee healthcare plans and blame the 'Rats. The fix has been in for four and a half years already.

Done deal, now they meet in a back room and lick the holy loins.

16 posted on 11/24/2012 3:02:57 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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That translates in 2014 into gains, and very likely gains which will translate into a Republican Senate majority.

The election was completely stolen, which negates any actual facts about demography.

This, plus the ELGOP is preaching Hispandering and Jeb Bush for their new Gospel.

It's another slow motion train wreck and we are watching from the caboose.

28 posted on 11/24/2012 4:40:54 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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“That translates in 2014 into gains,”

Do I need to list the reasons this moron should be slapped?


30 posted on 11/24/2012 4:45:10 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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Have no fear the pubbies will find a way to f’ it up.


31 posted on 11/24/2012 4:52:14 AM PST by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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Bookmark.


34 posted on 11/24/2012 5:56:19 AM PST by OldPossum
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Mebbe.

The recent election...where Obama won hundreds of precincts with 100% of the vote....successfully....without meaningful challenge...yet....means that the Dems will be focusing on the further expansion and development of this path to power.

Is there anybody on FR who thinks that if Romney had won, we’d not be hearing all about it, everyday 24/7 the precincts where he won 100% of the vote? And that the issue would be in front of a judge from now until 2016?!


37 posted on 11/24/2012 6:07:02 AM PST by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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Mebbe.

The recent election...where Obama won hundreds of precincts with 100% of the vote....successfully....without meaningful challenge...yet....means that the Dems will be focusing on the further expansion and development of this path to power.

Is there anybody on FR who thinks that if Romney had won, we’d not be hearing all about it, everyday 24/7 the precincts where he won 100% of the vote? And that the issue would be in front of a judge from now until 2016?!


38 posted on 11/24/2012 6:07:02 AM PST by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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glimmer of hope ping


42 posted on 11/24/2012 7:57:12 AM PST by bitt (The buck rolls downhill.)
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The only problem the Democrats have is that they have to wait two years to win back the House.

Bear in mind that everything that goes wrong until then will be blamed on the Republican controlled House, not Obama or Reid.

If we couldn't win in 2012 against failures (our definition, not theirs) like Obama and the Democrat controlled Senate, it will never happen.

All the talk about how the “new Media” will help Republicans while the “old Media” is dying on the vine is nothing more than wishful thinking. The Nightly News propaganda machine gets an audience of 50 Million Useful Idiots, while the one Cable outfit that has some sense of fair reporting gets under 3 Million.

We have just witnessed a complete dismantling of common sense. The Electorate can be bought off with the spoils stolen from the Rich and borrowed money to fill in the void.

Benghazi is just a word, the National Debt is just a “short term problem” because Lord Obama said so, the dismantling of the Military is no big deal because the U.N. will take care of everything and Unemployment does not mean a loss of income because the Checks will show up on time and the Government will buy you your food. Not good enough. go for Disability, just like everyone else does.

The American Dream is just that, a dream. The People have spoken and they fulfilled the Founders worst nightmare.

50 posted on 11/24/2012 10:36:04 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (As the Chinese say, erections have consequences...)
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The Democrats’ Big Problem>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Its simple really. 40% of democrats are fasists/Utopians.
The end justifies the means, and eff the Constitution.

The other 60% of democrats are simply ignorant and will lock step follow just about anyone who sounds cool to them.

And so the entire Dem party are simply cannon fodder for a fascist movement led by Obama , bent on the destruction of America and its economy.

The Democrats as we knew them actually no longer exist. Thas their BIG problem.

Good read about Obama and his fascism:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html


53 posted on 11/24/2012 11:52:46 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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Thanks for this thread.

We need to take the time and effort to discuss what we will include in our discussion group, which for lack of a better name I call it the ‘Conserve America Party’ (CAP), and THEN join to covert an existing Political Party.

1.) IMHO, the Liberal Weapon of ‘Political Correctness’ ended when Romney finished his Concession Speech. This end to the PC BS will allow our ideas to reach each other at least an order of magnitude more openly.

2.) I would like to have a discussion on this and other threads on the wisdom of having: a.) a narrow focus, or b.) a wide array of Campaign Topics, Issues, or Planks. (All y’all please put me on those threads ping lists)!

For example, IMHO once the Liberal Agenda Media (LAM) got Primary Candidate Rick Santorum to answer their endless social/moral/Religious questions, Santorum’s Campaign was effectively blocked by the LAM. Finished!

3.) Thus, by starting out with our Core Beliefs (# 1.), and THEN discussing how big our “tent” should be (#2), we can rationally admit to each other what does not work for us. IOW, let the LAM wup up on their own ‘tar-baby’ topics.


65 posted on 11/24/2012 8:40:13 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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The posted article is an astute analysis, but it neglacts one very crucial consideration: Republicans can't do well in any elections until and unless affirmative steps are taken toward neutering the 'Rats electoral fraud and cheating operations!

With the author pointing out the GOP's relatively strong position in governorships and state legislators, it is about time that this advantage is capitalized upon where it exists to enact state election law changes such as eliminating early voting, same day voter registration, and Motor Voter, introducing voter ID cards, and vetting of prospective voters for American citizenship. And Republican sectretaries of state and attorneys general can begin to seriously arrest, prosecute, convict, and sentence election fraudsters and cheaters. (I don't expect Democrat state officials to be in favor of such measures, but if a few are, they can pursue the same agenda.)

Only with a proactive approach with respect to the multiple dimensions of election rigging can the American public be assured that the REAL winner wins.

81 posted on 11/26/2012 10:43:36 AM PST by justiceseeker93
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