"John McClane: You know what you get for being a hero? Nothin'. You get shot at. You get a little pat on the back, blah, blah, blah, attaboy. You get divorced. Your wife can't remember your last name. Your kids don't want to talk to you. You get to eat a lot of meals by yourself. Trust me, kid, nobody wants to be that guy.
Matt Farrell: Then why you doing this?
John McClane: Because there's no body else to do it right now, that's why. Believe me, if there were somebody else to do it, I'd let them do it, but there's not. So we're doing it.
Matt Farrell: Ah. That's what makes you that guy. "

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Words To Live By
"The era of small government is over ... government has to be more proactive, more aggressive." ( Tim Pawlenty 2006)

"You're just petty politicians, who'd sooner sign onto the wisdom of a tyrant in another country, than the demands of ticked off voters in your own." (Neil Cavuto June 2008)

“I didn’t question her patriotism. I questioned her judgment.” Mr. Cheney went on: “The point I made and I’ll make it again is that Al Qaeda functions on the basis that they think they can break our will. That’s their fundamental underlying strategy, that if they can kill enough Americans or cause enough havoc, create enough chaos in Iraq, then we’ll quit and go home. And my statement was that if we adopt the Pelosi policy, that then we will validate the strategy of Al Qaeda. I said it, and I meant it.” (Vice President Cheney NYT Feb. 2007)

"A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers. (Ronald Reagan March 1, 1975)

"Oh, no! First of all, if I took one vote away from a serious candidate, it would be a sin." (Al Franken Time Magazine, 9/1/03)

Hold Fast, Stay True

I’m seeing many Minnesota Republicans panic and begin the oh too easy finger pointing olympics. I know, I know, I’ve been guilty of that too, and I’m sure eventually I’ll open a vein and opine on what went wrong.

But right now I am seeing the men separate from the boys. Some are already threatening to leave. Others have thrown their hands up and called the 2014 US Senate race for Franken, and others are looking for their next big paying gig.

The fact is not all of 2012 was bad. There are some glimpses of hope and examples of success. Overall things suck though and that’s an institutional problem with multiple causes.

The Republican Party does have some hard decisions to make coming up. How big should the tent be, do you tolerate destroyers for the sake of unity, do you have that candid conversation with social conservatives, do we need to finally address the platform reforms because the public has no clue what we really stand for, and what is it that we really stand for?

And most importantly, what is the party organization structure really for?

Because due to the losses, the Democrats will use their unchecked power to pass June Primary weakening the party endorsement process. Which after the last 8 to 10 years I think is a good thing. So then what does the party do?

I’m seeing reason for hope. I’m seeing the things that can be improved upon to make sure 2014 isn’t such a surprise. Because the fact that we were all caught flat footed, well, not us in the 6th District because we kinda kicked some ass, but that we had no clue the majorities were at risk and that Cravaack was toast, isn’t something that only a small number of people can take blame for.

We all have to do better. We can fix this. Its not the end, just another opportunity to save Minnesota and the country.

I’m not one looking to make me better in politics, I’m looking to make Minnesota a better place to live. Because after this election, its bad, but I’m not going to run away just because the going is getting tough.

The next 2 to 4 years will be tough on America, but Patriots and people who love liberty and freedom don’t run away scared of the amount of work it will take.

Hold fast and stay true Republicans.

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