A Consumerist Manifesto

The GOP needs to get cool, and in a hurry. Part of it is style: Sending stiff old fuddy-duddies to do battle against the biggest celebrity on the planet is part of the problem, but the other part is substance. Today’s consumer has now idea how the free market can benefit them. The “Free Obamaphone” meme was stupid to be sure, but it planted the idea in people heads the Obama was there to help them on a personal level. THEY got free stuff, not the businesses. 

So turn that around. Show how increased competition lowers costs and improves service. 

  • • Start with going after Copyright Law. The current system is nothing more than corporate welfare for media megacorporations, and rolling back copyright law to what it was meant to be is a great beginning. 
  • • Go after cable/dish channel bundling. Does anyone REALLY think that the current model of giving people the 10 channels they want and 453 they don’t want is healthy or sustainable or economically wise? Yes, it’s a trivial issue, but it’s a trivial issue that is a quality of life issue and will show the GOP to be aware of how the common people live. 
  • • Stay out of the net neutrality mess. When the inventor of the Web and the inventor of Internet Protocol are on opposite sides of the issue, you can be pretty much assured that it’s a political and not technical issue. Focus instead on plans to increase competitiveness in the last mile of infrastructure from the switchbox to the home. 
  • • Support education. Computer education, to be specific. Roll out a plan to make computer literacy part of the SAT. Support a plan to increase broadband access to schools, which will also increase broadband support to homes. 
  • • Support more military – civilian technology exchanges. GPS and the Internet are but two products we can’t live without that started with the military. Tighten up military acquisition (their current procedures make the Windows Vista rollout look good), and show how things like the DARPA challenges help consumers. 

The GOP has dug themselves into a pretty deep hole, but we hold the House and the majority of the state governments. Our message rings true enough at a local level, let’s make sure it also plays well on the national stage.

 
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November 25th, 2012 by exurbankevin

What’s Past is Prologue

In the aftermath of the 2012 Campaign, a lot of us on the right are thinking ahead to 2014 and beyond.  Things did not go our way and we need to start planning for the next elections in the hope of gaining seats in the House of Representatives and Congress.  Beyond that, others are starting to think about the open 2016 Presidential election.  Time marches on and even though we were defeated at the Presidential level, those of us who believe in traditional, limited, Constitutional government can’t stop fighting for what we know is right.

However, we should also take the time to look back and give due consideration to what has worked in the past.

Over at the American Thinker, Paul Pauker writes about a winning formula that has worked and can work again.  His central argument is that Republicans need to run unabashed conservatives for the Presidency.  If you look at the last four decades, the success of conservative versus moderate Republicans at the Presidential level is fairly clear, only George H. W. Bush ran and won as a moderate…back in 1988.

Of course, his son ran and won as a conservative (of the compassionate variety) but would up spending like a liberal during his two terms.

Anyway, the point is the American electorate seems to respond well to conservatives running for the highest office in the land.  Those of us on the right would be wise to nurture and promote those candidates who can run on the values we cherish.  If we heed the lessons of the past, we can move forward knowing we have a winning formula that will help our nation in the years ahead.

 
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November 25th, 2012 by exurbandoug

Wedge issue. Maul. Some assembly required.

Are the Republicans smart enough to figure out that opposing perpetual copyrights is a big, big win for them

I hope so. 

I agree with a whole bunch of other people that the liberty and freedom that conservatism offers is better and cooler than the statism of the left. It ain’t conservatives that are telling you to put down the Big Gulp, and it wasn’t a Republican that started the censorship of rock music

But conservatism won’t be cool as long as Big Media has the cash cow of perpetual copyright going for them. Disney started out by making cartoons out of public-domain material, and now they just cynically push recycled liberal pap onto us just to sell merchandise.

Shake things up. Roll back copyrights to 75 years. Make it about supporting the rights of the individual and not big business. Become cool. 

And drive the Democrat-supporting media money machine BESERK while doing so. 

Win-Win-Win. 

We need change and we need it fast
Before rock’s just part of the past
‘Cause plainly it all sounds the same to me 
Whoa-a-whoa 

 
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November 20th, 2012 by KevinC

Jersey Bore

The wicked flee when no man pursueth.

 
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November 18th, 2012 by exurbankevin

Spam is not halal.

Whoops

Taliban spokesperson Qari Yousuf Ahmedi was forwarding an email from another Taliban spokesperson last Saturday, but much like your grandmother, he seemed to have confused the BCC (blind carbon copy which keeps emails addresses private) and the CC functions, and published the entire mailing list to everyone on it.

According to ABC News, about 400 names were on the mailing list, many of them journalists, but also a “provincial governor, an Afghan legislator, several academics and activists, an Afghan consultative committee, and a representative of Gulbuddein Hekmatar, an Afghan warlord.” 

The only thing that gives me hope these days is that our enemy’s political leadership seems to be slightly more stupid than our political leadership. 

 
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November 16th, 2012 by exurbankevin

Pentagoners.

Confused by the all the shenanigans and goings-on at the CIA, FBI and Pentagon? Not sure who is sleeping with who (and why?). 

The National Post has created this handy little infographic so you can keep track at home. 

Sex. Betrayal. Hanky-panky in the highest levels of government. A U.S. ambassador killed and dragged through the streets of a Middle Eastern country. We all know that Obama likes to hang out with celebrities, I just never thought his administration would turn into an ABC Movie of the Week…

 
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November 14th, 2012 by exurbankevin

The Next Guy

Republicans have ran the next guy in line as their Presidential candidate ever since the Eisenhower administration. 

The candidate after Eisenhower was Nixon. In 1964, the candidate after Nixon was Goldwater, who challenged Nixon from the right in 1960. In 1968, it was Nixon. In the 1976 primary Reagan challenged Ford from the right and lost, but won in 1980. In 1988, Reagan’s VP (and runner up in the 1980 primary) George H.W. Bush was the candidate. In 1996, longtime GOP stalwart Bob Dole was the candidate and got clobbered. 2008, it was John McCain’s turn to be the nominee, with Mitt Romney coming in second. 

Now in 2012, Romney was the nominee, and second place in nomination votes goes to Rick Santorum, but I submit the actual “next guy” is Ron Paul, based on GOP voter enthusiasm, but  the chances are mighty slim that Ron Paul will be running four years from now. This means that like Goldwater in ’64, the next guy isn’t a guy, but an idea. 

I agree with Dave Mustaine: Ron Paul is like insectide, he’s 98% inert gas. That other 2%, however, is lethal.

 
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November 14th, 2012 by exurbankevin

The True North, Strong and (no longer) Free

“Multiculturalism will always fail when the center is not holding and the hordes forcibly enter. Confidence in one’s native culture is gone, and the atheists have taken away our God. There’s no there there.” 

Weekend Pundit

Police are investigating after a war memorial was vandalized on Remembrance Day in Toronto.

The Victory Peace memorial in Coronation Park was defaced with the words ‘Canada will burn praise Allah’ written in what appeared to be black marker.” 

 

 
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November 13th, 2012 by exurbankevin

Double Negative

Ann “Money for nothing” Kirkpatrick has beaten Jonathan Paton in CD1 and Kirsten “Chicks for free” Sinema has beaten Vernon Parker in Arizona CD9.

What’s the best way to translate “Uffda” into English? 

While CD9 had Sinema’s name carved into it since Day One, Vernon Parker is a very compelling candidate with a great story to tell. 

He just never told it. Same story with the good things about ExJon Jonathan Paton. We watched a fair amount of local news this election cycle, which means we watched more than a fair (or sane…) amount of political ads. I saw lots of positive ads for Kirsten Sinema, but not a single ad told me that Vernon Parker went from Snoop Dog’s neighborhood to the Bush Sr. White House to the mayor of Paradise Valley, and I heard the same amount of nuthin’ about Jonathan Paton. 

It does you no good to give voters 10,000 reasons to NOT vote for your opponent if you can’t give them a reason to vote FOR you. 

Next time, give us a future we want, not an opponent we can’t abide.

 
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November 12th, 2012 by exurbankevin

Je me souviens.

I remember. 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

 
 
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November 11th, 2012 by exurbankevin