Elections Have Consequences

Yesterday there were elections all over the country. None bigger was the gubernatorial election in the great state of Virginia. We lost. They won.

Terry McAuliffe, Democrat, narrowly squeaked out a win. To be honest, I did not care to look at the final tally (I am told is was under 3%) because it does not matter. We lost. They won.

What I find most disturbing is the immediate finger pointing and blaming that went on from my friends on the right. Many blamed Cuccinelli for causing a rift with the RNC and thus getting no funding. Others blamed the Libertarian crowd for voting third-party  (who received around 6-7%). Still others blamed the establishment Republicans for doing nothing to help their candidate. (Including so-called Conservative Chris Christie, who won his own state with over 60%.)

In the end, what does it matter? Let the Democrats gloat; while they are, get our collective asses out there and spread the message. We narrowed a large gap in a couple of weeks. Many were saying that McAuliffe would win by 7-12+ points. He didn’t. He barely won. We barely lost.

The mere fact that we did almost win is reason for optimism. We have to continue to hammer our messages home. If there is a candidate, make sure they are fully vetted. Make sure, if it is discovered that the third party might be a plant (as was evidenced by a huge Obama supporter raising funds for the third party guy), make sure it goes viral.

We own the internet. Progressives cannot touch us in that arena. Our word resonates, when articulated correctly. We saw that here when merely pushing the Affordable Healthcare Act news brought victory within our grasp.

Don’t quibble. Don’t moan and groan. Steal your resolve. Elections have consequences. Virginia will learn that, if ‘Big Mac’ has his way. But so does going against the will of the People. Get ready for 2014. We should already be gearing up.

The revolution is at hand. Will you be a leader or a follower?

Finally, Bipartisanship We Can Believe In

I will criticize what I think is wrong in congress, but unlike many others (on both sides) I will also give credit where it is due.

The crisis in Iran is going unspoken in the White House (mostly), but finally there are some in congress willing to go where we NEED to go and where the president is afraid to. I say afraid, because he put himself out there before the elections when the early polls showed that the America-friendly challenger might be ahead and when Ahmadinijad was shown to be the winner he shut up. All he has said is that we cannot be seen as ‘meddling’ in their affairs.

What we NEED to be doing is vocally giving our support for those who are fighting for freedom in their lives. The Iranian government is slamming down on protesters, killing internet access and warning people to behave or else.

If the president will not voice support, at least some in congress are.

The revolution is at hand. Will you be a leader or a follower?

America Could Learn From Iran

When the people get together to protest what they feel is wrong, it can be a powerful and scary thing.

Case in point: The recent elections in Iran. The hard-liner, Ahmadinijad, won re-election but many people feel that there are serious issues with the election. To protest, they have taken to the streets. When will America show such passion for what they believe in?

Answer? Probably never. We are all about screaming at the TV, but have very little motivation to try and change things. Thus, we will continue to be led around by the nose in whatever direction the government wants us to go.

The revolution is at hand. Will you be a leader or a follower?