"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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"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)

The Tomato Caucus – Liberty, Limited Government, & Life

Here is an email response from me to some friends about last night’s GOP panel.

I think this sums up the kid of stuff I would have wanted to say had I been on that panel.

All is not lost, but it will be if we do nothing.

Some people just want to watch the world burn.

That panel was not representative of the whole base. When I was 1st asked to be on it, I thought, sheesh, seems more like a line up of “who could we blame” than people we should listen to. After hearing them, I’m confident that they are bit players who have been given more power and respect than they deserve.

We know what we have to do to win elections. The question is, do we just kill the party now so we can move on something else and build from scratch, or do we fight to save the party, fix it up, and start kicking ass?

Success will drown out the tomato caucus. Its amplified by the media. Poor party leadership fractured the party, made it weak, and they sprung in to take control while it was weak. Now we got some great new people out of that, so it wasn’t all bad. But….

We also need to recognize that this isn’t the 1960’s anymore. We need to have a serious conversation amongst ourselves about whether or not we are willing to fall on our swords over marriage? The reality is the younger people not only don’t care if people are gay, they don’t really care about marriage either way.

The way the Vote No campaign was run, is the model. Micro targeting, advocacy, all aspects of media and message conveyance, speaking directly to a person, not groups. Message testing, focus groups, science, not opinion. Parrish did a decent job talking tactics on this, he should know what works, cause his ass got schooled by them. Had he not received such a large salary, maybe MN for Marriage could have deployed such weapons.

If Republicans were promised a permanent majority in MN and the Gov’s office -if they just let go of (DOMA) Defense Of Marriage Act, would it be worth it? Full public support for liberty, lower taxes, and life, in return for gay marriage?

I don’t think we have to cave on abortion and frankly shouldn’t. The common ground can and should be no taxpayer funding or mandated coverage for contraception. Not criminalizing abortion, not banning it either. You educate the public through advocacy why its bad, but don’t legislate morality. As I tell people, if Government is as small as some want it, it can’t provide the abortions you don’t want.

The percentage of the general public who support full blown cradle to grave socialism is small.

Don’t give up hope.

We can fix this.

We have to.

If we give up, America dies.

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