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Chip Saltsman’s CD: The Gift that Keeps on Giving?

Since I have endorsed Chip Saltsman for the RNC Chairman position, I thought it only appropriate to address the ongoing saga over the CD he gave committee members as a Christmas gift.  I’m not going to get into the arguments of why the title of the Barack song is shocking but yet the meaning of the song is believed to be the opposite, and I am not going to try to convince you why or why not you should be offended by it.  What I will state, however, is that Chip Saltsman should have avoided the “C” word. Controversy.  It is a word the Republican party does not need right now.

I do not want to be too hard on Saltsman since this seems to be the year of Republicans using controversial tactics concerning Barack Obama in order to win an election.  I am a conservative who would never vote for Obama but I became increasingly disgusted with the likes of Rush and Hannity throwing everything but the kitchen sink at him, I was unsettled by the tone the Palin rallies were taking, and I became frustrated with Republicans for not being able to focus on the issues.  All of these things drove undecided, swing, and independent voters right into Obama’s arms.  My advice to Saltsman would have been not to take a page out of el Rushbo’s playbook.

Even though Saltsman himself chose to be put in the middle of this controvery, I still believe his Plan for Republican Victory is best for the future of the GOP.  I would have thought that he ruined his chances for being the one to execute that plan, but then this article caught my eye today.  Politics are never predictable.

The controversy surrounding a comedy CD distributed by Republican National Committee chair candidate Chip Saltsman has not torpedoed his bid and might have inadvertently helped it.

Four days after news broke that the former Tennessee GOP chairman had sent a CD that included a song titled “Barack the Magic Negro” to the RNC members he is courting, some of those officials are rallying around the embattled Saltsman, with a few questioning whether the national media and his opponents are piling on.

Read the rest of the article here.

What If???????

It has almost been a year since the Iowa caucuses and in three more years we will do it all over again.  What if you had a crystal ball.  What if………..

Merry Christmas and the Wedding Ring Lady

This will be my last post before Christmas, so what a more appropriate time to share some insane stories of how it is no long acceptable to celebrate the season as a Christian holiday.  First, there is the incident in Mississippi where a sixth-grader was penalized by the teacher for using the name Jesus in his poem that was supposed to be about what Christmas meant to him.  Next, there was the case in Florida where an employee in a property management company was fired for insubordination when she did not answer the phones by saying “Happy Holidays”.  With examples like this, I agree with what Governor Huckabee said during a recent interview.

It’s perfectly legitimate in our culture today to engage in outright persecution against Christians with seemingly no social penalty for doing it, whether it’s tearing a cross out of a lady’s hand in California who happened to support Proposition 8 or the denigration of Christian values by not allowing even the traditional Christmas carols to be sung at a school. Regardless of whether someone adheres to faith, one cannot escape the cultural implications of those hymns and the Christmas holiday on the American way of life. … [W]e shouldn’t have special rules for everybody but Christians and then those rules are pushed and we become the persecuted.

In Huckabee’s last show before Christmas, he clarified in his closing statement why Christmas is so special to him and many others.  Also during this episode he finally connected with Christina Timko, the lady who donated her wedding ring to his campaign almost a year ago.  During the segment, Huckabee returned her ring and also gave her a special Christmas gift.  What a way to start the Christmas holiday.

I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and I could not go without leaving you with this…..

Rick Warren’s Purpose

What I have seen on most conservative blogs is the response from the left to President-Elect Obama’s invitation to Pastor Rick Warren to do the Inauguration Invocation.  What I am going to address is the response from the right; mainly the outcry from some pro-lifers in regards to Warren’s acceptance of that invitation.

First of all, let’s take a look at what  an invocation actually is.  An invocation is a prayer and/or a call on for aid or protection.  If there is one incoming president who is in need of a prayer or aid I would have to say Barack Obama wins hands down.  Who would these outspoken pro-lifers rather have do the honors?  Jeremiah Wright?  I know they are up in arms about Obama’s stance on abortion, but that is exactly why he needs the prayer.  I know it is also seen as a political move on Obama’s part, but if that is the case he needs that prayer even more.  The real question is how is Rick Warren going to handle the task he has accepted.

During the Saddleback Forum this summer with Obama and John McCain, Warren proved to be more of a moderator than a pastor of the Gospel.  I know most conservatives were critical of him for not going after Obama’s “above my pay grade” response when asked when life begins, but I believe that Warren lost his purpose when he did not hold our own side accountable on the same question.  John McCain answered forcefully, “at conception” when asked the same question, but  Rick Warren missed the chance hold that life issue up when McCain stated that he still supported embryonic stem cell research.

Now Rick Warren has another chance.  In his book The Purpose Driven Life he states, “You may choose your career, your spouse, your hobbies, and many other parts of your life, but you don’t get to choose your purpose.”  He chose to accept Obama’s invitation, but he doesn’t get to choose his purpose.  Remember, Jesus invited himself to the house of the tax collector, Zacchaeus, while the people stood in disbelief that he would be the guest of a “sinner” and look how that turned out.

Get Some New Huck Stuff

For those of you itching for some new Huckabee bumper stickers, a member of Huck’s Army is working on designing new ones.  (By the way, the old “Huckabee for President” ones do not have a date on them, so they can still be used *wink, wink*.)  Here are the designs and I will give an update on how to get them when they are finished.

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There are also some cool appearal items at this website that can be ordered.  You will also receive a “Huck” bumper sticker if you become a member of  Huckabee’s new Vertical Politics Institute.

Paul Weyrich, Safely Home

Conservative icon Paul Weyrich passed away today at the age of 66.  He was most notably the founder of the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation and was currently the chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation.  Mr. Weyrich was a living example of Christian convictions and a leader who spoke the truth.

I will conclude with one of my favorite quotes from Paul Weyrich which was recorded in an article by World Magazine after the 2008 Republican primaries concluded.

Then, venerable Paul Weyrich—a founder of the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority, and the Council for National Policy (CNP)—raised his hand to speak. Weyrich is a man whose mortality is plain to see. A freak accident several years ago left him with a spinal injury, which ultimately led to both his legs being amputated in 2005. He now gets around in a motorized wheelchair. He is visibly paler and grayer than he was just a few years ago, a fact not lost on many of his friends in the room, some of whom had fought in the political trenches with him since the 1960s.

The room—which had been taken over by argument and side-conversations—became suddenly quiet. Weyrich, a Romney supporter and one of those Farris had chastised for not supporting Huckabee, steered his wheelchair to the front of the room and slowly turned to face his compatriots. In a voice barely above a whisper, he said, “Friends, before all of you and before almighty God, I want to say I was wrong.”

In a quiet, brief, but passionate speech, Weyrich essentially confessed that he and the other leaders should have backed Huckabee, a candidate who shared their values more fully than any other candidate in a generation. He agreed with Farris that many conservative leaders had blown it. By chasing other candidates with greater visibility, they failed to see what many of their supporters in the trenches saw clearly: Huckabee was their guy.

Don’t Let Up on the Fair Tax!

One of the things that confused me the most when I started following Mike Huckabee was the Fair Tax that he supports.  As time went on, I began to understand it more and more and began to see how much sense it really makes.  Just think about it…..no more penalizing of productivity…..no more IRS.  I know that this is a description of the Fair Tax in its most basic form, but it is the underlying premise of it.  This system of taxation on consumption instead of productivity supplies the government with the money needed to operate and gives the most opportunities for people at all levels to succeed.  The Fair Tax allows the most people to live the American dream, and Huckabee’s latest blog reaffirms his unwavering support of it.

To those who speculate whether I should back off support of the Fair Tax, don’t bother. I won’t. I’m convinced we could begin to work out of our economic nightmare if our political leaders had the guts to do something about the Fair Tax rather than create monster debts for our children with unconstitutional bailouts for private businesses.

But get ready, because Washington would not be happy with implementing the Fair Tax.  Why?  Because they would lose control of being able to take as much money from you as they wanted in order to fulfill their own selfish endeavours.  Visit the Fair Tax website for more information.

Rebuilding with New Leaders

Governor Mike Huckabee took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with CitizenLink and answer a few questions.  In one answer he evaluates reasons why the Republicans lost, which sums up what happens when the party tries to move to the center.  Huckabee points out that we must keep our promises of lower taxes and less spending while standing firm on our values.

What we saw was the Republican Party forgot what it’s supposed to stand for. When we were clear and we had convictions that we were able to articulate with a sense of clarity, we won. In fact, we would win not only the White House, but we would win a majority of the governors and state legislators and the House and Senate.

We started getting mushy and really lost our way and became a party divided. And more importantly, we started dismiss(ing) the pro-life group and dismissed those who believe in traditional marriage as sort of a fringe group. We’re not fringe. We represent the mainstream and the heart of America.

During the past presidential primary season the heart and soul of the party were disappointed in a lot of the traditional leaders and their abandonment of conservative principles, especially the social issues,  that is contributing to the downfall of the party.  In his book Do the Right Thing Huckabee mentions a new wave of conservative leaders who “began to emerge as prophetic voices who broke with the old guard, determined to follow their convictions.”  I will list some of these new leaders and their websites because I believe they need our support since they supported the issues.

Janet Folger, Faith 2 Action
Steve Strang, Strang Communications
Rick Scarborough, Vision America
Mat Staver, Liberty Council
Donald Wildmon, American Family Association
Dick Bott, Bott Radio Network
Tim and Beverly LaHaye, Tim LaHaye Ministries, Concerned Women For America
David Barton, WallBuilders

More on Saltsman for RNC Chair

I have gathered some more information on Chip Saltsman’s campaign for the RNC chair.  (I had stated earlier that my second choice for this position was Michael Steele, but it seems like he has a more middle of the road approach to the future of the GOP that is a bit discerning.)  Saltsman has been flying around in his small four seater plane meeting with members of the RNC.  In a conference call to bloggers he stressed the importance of  the online community and the grassroots, the 2010 elections, his successes, his views on illegal immigration, and the bailouts which he believes the federal government should have no part in.

Chip Saltsman gave an exclusive interview to The Tolbert Report in which he outlines some of his plans for the GOP such as the “Blue State Plan–focus on every state” and starting from the ground up by winning the state elections, because that is where the party has achieved the most successes.  He discussed his representation of the generational change in the Republican party and that the party needs to return to its conservative principles and stand firm on issues of life and traditional marriage.  Saltsman has to win the majority of the 168 votes of the RNC and he has already met with 35 of them and has spoken to another 90 on the phone.

You can follow Chip Saltsman on Facebook and on Twitter.  The three people in each state who vote on the RNC chair are the National Committeeman and Committeewoman and the state party chair.  You can find that information here.  Let your voices be heard.

Huckabee’s Words of Wisdom

Some people have a problem walking and chewing gum at the same time, but evidently not Mike Huckabee who conducted an interview while engaging in his book signing of Do the Right Thing.  He had time to weigh in on the bailouts, Obama, and Libertarianism.

These words of wisdom should not be taken lightly since back in October of 2007 Huckabee had this do say about the economy during a Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan.

“I want to make sure people understand that for many people on this stage the economy is doing terrifically well, but for a lot of Americans it’s not doing so well.  The people who handle the bags and make the beds at our hotels and serve the food, many of them are having to work two jobs. And that’s barely paying the rent.”

Those other people on stage with him with the exception of one had very different views of how the economy was doing.  Huckabee was beat up by the media and talking heads for his stance on the sputtering economy, but I wonder who was correct back then now that it has been said that we have been in a recession since December 2007?  You be the judge.